Arquiste Anima Dulcis Fragrance Review

* The Arquiste line is created by architect Carlos Huber who specializes in historic preservation.  Each fragrance is meant to transport the wearer to a moment in time.

* Anima Dulcis (the name is Latin for ‘sweet soul’) kicks off with sweet cocoa kick and a touch of light florals.  It is sweet, but not sickeningly sweet.

* The fragrance is meant to evoke Mexico City in 1695, where nuns in the Royal Convent of Jesus Maria would prepare a cocoa spiced with chile.

* The floral notes on top recede and a rich vanilla comes out, which is balanced by a darkening of the cocoa.   The fragrance gets richer as it develops.

* Though projection is moderate, people will notice you up close.

* Cocoa stays present throughout but gets drier as the spicy chile notes and hints of cinnamon come through.

Summary:   While some drink coffee in the morning to wakeup, a spritz of this cocoa scent would do the trick as well.  On your way to work, the mid notes become more of a skin scent and quite office friendly.   Think of this as grown up hot chocolate that you would get from a niche coffee house that isn’t afraid thing to experiment and add chili from space.

Arquiste Anima Dulcis is available at Barneys New York.



Creed Aventus Fragrance Review

* Inspired by the life of an historic emperor who lived his life on his own terms.

* Starts with fruity bouquet of pineapple, black currant, and bergamot.

* Fresh, but not transparent.

* Light patchouli in the middle balances the floral, rose middle notes.

* The leather-embossed flask adds to the manly feel.

* The vanilla and amber base notes are more dry than sweeet.

* Office-friendly; wears close to the skin and lasts for a full workday.

Summary:  Aventus is a very nice upscale fragrance and is a great introduction to the world of Creed for someone looking to break out of mainstream fragrances and find something more signature, yet not go too far out of their safety zone.  Bear in mind though that this is one of the more modern fragrances from the house and quite different from their classic powerhouses like Bois Du Portugal.

Creed fragrances are available from Neiman Marcus, select Nordstrom and the Creed Boutique.   If you live in South Florida, I strongly recommend that you reach out to Eduardo, the Creed representative at the Bal Harbour Neiman Marcus.  If you live in Nashville, Byron at Green Hills Nordstrom is quite exceptional as well.