Perfume Review: ARQUISTE Aleksandr EDP


January 1837, St. Petersburg, Russia.
On a frosty winter afternoon, a fiery gentleman finishes his toilette by dabbing on a preparation of Neroli and Violet. He draws down his cuffs, dons a heavy fur and strides out in polished leather boots. As he rides off on his sledge, the woody scent of Fir fills the air. Beyond the snow-laden trees, on a clearing bathed in amber light, his fateful duel awaits.

Lately, my nose has been leading me in the direction of leather fragrances. I don’t know why, as I used to find them somewhat offensive. But, all of a sudden I find them fascinating! Usually I will smell a leather fragrance and write it off as a masculine scent, but ARQUISTE Aleksandr is leather in its most feminine sense., in my opinion.  Not to say that a man could or should not wear this eau de parfum as it is perfectly unisex, but on a woman, it brings about power and it does not get any sexier than that!

What makes this fragrance so beautiful is a mix of delicate and sharp/bitter notes. ARQUISTE Aleksandr opens light and airy with soft floral notes of neroli and violet leaf. Powdery at first, a smokey and musky leather note subtly appears. I can smell the leather as an accent only in this fragrance and it never actually takes over the composition like one would expect from a leather fragrance. Think about the smell of freshly polished military boots, pleasant and comforting. As Aleksandr settles, it becomes quite fresh – winter fresh with the scent of fir balsam and woods. STRONG-WILLED – SOPHISTICATED – WARM. Love it!

Natalie Cola,
The Etiket Insider Beauty Editor




Top Notes: Neroli, Aldehydes, Iced Vodka accord & Birch leaves

Middle Notes: Violet leaf, Orris, Cognac and Leather

Base Notes: Fir balsam, Birch tar, Moss and Animalic Musk accord

Olfactive Family: Leather

Availability: In-store and online.

If you like ARQUISTE Aleksandr EDP, you may also like: Liaison de Parfum I Dare You EDP and Olfactive Studio Chambre Noire EDP.

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