In the last several weeks I’ve been brimming with excitement to try Mendittorosa’s collection. Stefania Squeglia envisioned Mendittorosa as “scents of the soul”. It was this spiritual premise that attracted me to Mendittorosa. The artistic bottles also helped.
Call me a sucker for new age pseudoscience but as of late I have been looking for fragrances that provoke spiritual response in me. The kind of scents that bring me to an olfactory nirvana - an imaginary state where I float while sniffing my hand.
Mendittorosa fit the bill, so I ordered several samples to try them out.
Barely containing my excitement, I ripped the envelope open and in no particular order sniffed each vial I found in it. Some were promising, some not so much. The ones I had the most hope for turned out to be a letdown. Those I ordered for “just because” reasons were the ones that shone.
The one that gave me goosebumps by reading its description was Id. Short for Iddu, the pet name the locals gave to the volcano on the Island of Stromboli (Italy), Id was meant to be a play of shadows that unites the opposites Alpha and Omega (the two other fragrances from the Trilogy line).
Stefania Squeglia describes Id as “the dark passion that drives us towards our dreams”. Such a narrative combined with the imagery of a volcano, conditioned me to expect something raw and transformative. Yet, Id’s olfactory powers left me asking for more.
A fresh combination of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove greeted me in the opening. My initial impression was that Id had tons of sharp edges. Images of splintery wooden spice boxes came to mind. A touch of incense or smoke added an atmospheric feel to the composition. It was devoid of sweetness and appeared austere.
If Id was meant to depict the scent of Stromboli after Iddu’s eruption, then - a job well-done. Dry smoke, spices and wood splinters with only a hint of resin was what I got in the first hour.
Id wasn’t dark or mysterious. It didn’t evoke any passion and definitely didn’t push me towards any dreams.
I consider my response very personal, just like my expectations of it. It is not a bad fragrance because it didn’t meet my expectations. I believe, however, the composition would have benefited from some warmth to re-balance the dry woods and spices.
As time passed, Id turned softer. The harshness disappeared and resins started to emerge. This late stage of Id reminded me of Wazamba by Parfums d’Empire. Wazamba is a dry smoky composition with a touch of red apple and soft resins. Quite austere but interesting.
Id was an interesting fragrance to sample but much harder to wear on a regular basis. It makes for a good post-apocalyptic scent, so I’ll wait for the end of the world before I get a bottle.
About the Smell Test
The Smell Test is a series of mini reviews of popular fragrances. I take a sniff and share with you what I think based on my first impressions. The idea behind the Smell Test is to give you a quick thumbs up or down on popular scents without delving into its intricacies.
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