WHAT I SMELL: Venenum Kiss (poison kiss) opens with a saffron laden ripened fruit. The perfume is fleshy and thick, and it feels like fruit that’s ready to fall off the limb of a tree with the weight of the rotting juice. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just very narcotic and rather fermented. Or in other words, it is forbidden-fruit in the best sense of the word. Overall, the perfume is warm, radiant and seductive. And as the perfume develops, the rose and the sandalwood come forward with a soured and sharpened melding of forces. What once was more seductive and fruited, is now more of a poisoned arrow; still beautiful and seductive, but it feels more deadly. As the perfume continues to morph, the sharpened edges soften, but not by much as the vanilla base continues to provide a sweetened, oudish bounty of menace. And in the end, it’s all topped off with a bit of incense, making it all so very seductive.
From the Ex Nihilo website:
VENENUM KISS, a sensual and sophisticated liquor with hints of candied apricot and vanilla.
The strong and intense feel of an electric night in the Orient…
The women are wearing their evening perfume, in their wakes, a veritable storm of scents.
Wherever you go at night, you succumb to this same hypnotic smell.
TOP: Neroli, Saffron, Nutmeg
HEART: Rose absolute, Davana, Amber
BASE: Vanilla, Styrax, Sandalwood
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE VENENUM KISS: sinful, dangerous, fleshy
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT VENENUM KISS: Colognoisseur
BOTTOM LINE: Venenum Kiss is named perfectly. The perfume is decadent, poisonous and it feels predatory and rather deadly. It also reminds me a bit of Armani Prive’ Cuir Noir, except that Venenum Kiss feels a lot more dangerous and over the top. Venenum Kiss is NOT an office scent and it would have to be worn on just the right occasion. Perfect when you want to bring out your deviled horns.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Oriental
- Nose: Quentin Bisch
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $225 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum.
Sample courtesy of Lucky Scent.