Brand: Histoires De Parfums
What I liked:
– if you like dry, aromatic woody scents, this is for you
– not too strong and overpowering
What I didn’t like:
– some people may find it too dry and boring
– poor staying power
– the price (although samples are available)
“Veni, Vidi, Vici,” (“I came, I saw, I conquered”) Julius Cesar is supposed to have said after winning the short war against Pharnaces II of Pontus. In 2012, Caesar’s quote and exploits inspired perfumer Gerald Ghislain to create a trio of perfumes that “epitomizes the excellence of success, a merited victory with an inherent sense of boldness, knowledge and achievement”.
In particular, “Vici, embodies fire, which translates into passion and power. It encourages mankind to create as well as to destroy and our mastery of it requires wisdom as much as well as strength. Let’s see how fierce this perfume is.” That’s according to the press release. According to me, Vici doesn’t evoke fire, but the destruction it leaves behind.
Vici smells like a desolate land where a tremendous fire has burned almost everything, leaving a dry, acrid smell punctuated by greeny whiffs emanating from a few plants that have managed to survive the destruction. In the background, you can also smell the incense burnt by the conquerors to thank the gods for their help in the war.
Vici opens with a dry but pungent herbal aroma, reminiscent of an old apothecary shop. The bitter scent of basil mingles with the dry smell of angelica. Sweet whiffs of red berries are in the air, but these too smell quite dry. A light dash of aldehydes mixes with the herbs. As you’ve probably guessed, there’s an aromatic quality to them.
After ten minutes, the green tones become lighter, but never go away completely. Incense starts burning, but its smell never becomes too strong or overpowering. A soft bouquet of iris and lavender, which someone has surprisingly managed to find among all the devastation, decorates a recess of the tent where the incense is being burned. The flowers, too, though, have acquired a dry quality. Tea-like osmanthus and celery seeds provide just a hint of spiciness.
As the hours pass, Vici becomes sheerer and more aromatic and woody. Incense is still there, but now its scent intertwines with woody cedar, earthy patchouli, and somewhat musky galbanum. It’s a pleasant accord, but also a boring one. It’s just so expected, you know? By this stage, Vici has almost become a skin scent too, so you’ll have to be close to it to smell it. After 6 hours, though, you’ll have to reapply it. But, on the plus side, the average sillage means you can wear this fragrance pretty much everywhere.
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Histories De Parfums Vici smells like a desolate landscape after a battle. Herbal, dry, and woody, the scent has average sillage and staying power. Although pleasant, there’s nothing remarkable about it.