Viktoria Minya’s newest perfume, Hedonist Cassis, is a vibrant crème de cassis-kissed rose. It’s one of those fragrances, that from the description, I wouldn’t think wouldn’t be a good fit for me. But, that’s why we shouldn’t let descriptions intimidate us.
Hedonist Cassis opens with tart berries and green grass. There’s a mentholated, sulfuric quality to this from grapefruit peels. It wears a tart, fruity rose with an airy sheerness (that is similar to the feel of the other Hedonist flankers like Hedonist Iris). It’s a green, grassy rose with sunny citrus and tart berries. The dry-down is a sheer musk with a “clean” cedar.
Even I’m surprised by how much I like wearing this fruity floral. I don’t know if I’m attracted to it since it doesn’t remind me of winter. I don’t know if I like because of my obsession with rose. I typically don’t like cassis but I love its tartness in this floral. I never thought I’d be tempted to buy a luxury black currant perfume, but I’m very tempted.
Notes listed include blackcurrant, grapefruit, Bulgarian rose, grass, cedar and incense. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Viktoria Minya
Give Hedonist Cassis a try if you like fresh, fruity florals. Or if you like perfumes like YSL In Love Again, Hermès Hermessence Rose Ikebana, Balenciaga Rosabotanica, Maitre Parfumeur Rose Muskissime, Bond No. 9 The Scent of Peace and/or Annick Goutal Eau de Camille. Hedonist Cassis is very classic Annick Goutal-ish. It doesn’t remind me of one Annick Goutal. It just seems like something that brand would have launched in the 80’s or 90’s. It could be Petite Cherie‘s long lost sister.
Projection is average (to below average). It’s one of those “sheer” scents that I expect to have little longevity but it actually lasts. The musky base is present most of the day, even when I no longer notice it.
The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $190 at Indigo Perfumery. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A rose kissed by crème de cassis. It’s one of those playful fragrances that I can’t believe that I enjoy wearing! But, I do.
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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. Product pic from Fragrantica. Olga Petrova pic from fanpix.net.