The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Ex Nihilo Sweet Morphine


Sweet MorphineWHAT I SMELL:  Sweet Morphine makes good on its promise as being addictive as it opens sweet, soft, gentle and powdery with a feeling of spun cotton candy without the confectionaried sugar.  Lilac is listed as the top note, but I rarely get lilac out of the perfume, but instead a powdered and pretty iris surrounded by fringes of succulent green.  After a few minutes, the light opening (which almost begs for you to apply more on because you believe it’s going to disappear) makes way for a vanilla laced iris and mimosa floral that moves from demure and softly spun to a much rounder and slightly thickened and slightly creamy candied state.  The perfume then assumes a woody based, but resting on top of the wood remains the sweet and lightly peachy and powdered floral that makes this the addictive morphine it’s named after.

From the Ex Nihilo website:

SWEET MORPHINE, the embodiment of a self assumed but ambivalent femininity, at once delicate yet lascivious.

It’s floral bloom melts on the skin with a dark and addictive woody vanilla background.

A subtle bouquet tenderly perverted by a very captivating carnal lightness.


Top – Lilac

Heart – Iris

Base – Wood Accord, Vanilla

sexy pink nurseWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A sexy (not slutty) nurse.  I’m ready for my shot of sweet morphine!

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SWEET MORPHINE:  current, uncomplicated, accessible


BOTTOM LINE: Sweet Morphine has a very modern sensibility and is incredibly delicious for a non-gourmand fragrance.  Every time I wear this perfume it morphs just a little different each time; sometimes it’s a bit sweeter, sometimes it’s more demure, but it is always just the right amount of sexy.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Floral
  • Nose: Nathalie Gracia-Cetto
  • Classification: Leans feminine
  • Expense: $225 for 50 ml eau de parfum

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

22 thoughts on “Ex Nihilo Sweet Morphine

  1. Houndy, it’s not the perfume that’s just the right amount of sexy. It’s you. 😘
    That being said, this does seem rather interesting and the 5 year old in me likes the pink color.


  2. I just ordered a sample, I couldn’t resist its happy looking sassiness, not to mention the combo of lilac and iris, either…
    Great description.


  3. Now I’m gonna laugh every time I pull this one out! You’re adorable, and as always your choice of image to illustrate this perfume is perfection. (Remind me to tell you about my Marilyn Monroe impression I performed once to brighten up a patient’s day. :D)


  4. Ooh – I haven’t been following anything perfume since breaking my arm, and in fact not even reading reviews. My interest has waned in the black out, but this sounds really really lovely! And that color is beautiful… Thanks for the review 🙂


    • Understand completely. It’s hard to be injured, taking care of children and running trying to play with your hobby all at the same time. But…are we going to see you on 8/6 when Carlos Huber comes to town?


      • Maaaaaaaybe. My husband is playing in a tournament that day, but I’m hoping enough of his family will be there that I can sneak out for a little bit and meet up with you all!

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  5. I got 2 samples and have 1 to a pal. There is a bottle in my future but I am waiting for the LuckyScent bot to take pity on me and give me a discount or I’ll wait until the next BG Spend More Save More event. I will be splitting the 100 mL bottle because I don’t need 100 mLs of anything (um well, I lied – looking at you Chanel Les Exclusifs).


  6. Great review as always. I love that picture!! I prefer shots from hot male nurses-lol, but she’s cute! I do get some lilac in the initial spray of Sweet Morphine, but I agree that it’s more iris after that. My issue with this one is the short longevity on my skin. I do enjoy it, though. Still trying to decide whether I want a bigger decant. For some reason I’m all over powdery sweet stuff this summer. I’m just going with it!


    • My dear Ricky…I am all about the powdery and sweet this summer too. This adds the pink as well and it makes me feel like I’m applying pink lemonade on my skin. Sorry this doesn’t last on you. I know on me it starts of very faintly, but does grow pretty large and lasts at a minimum for 6 hours on my skin.


  7. Another great review! I will dig out my little sample. I love the pink nurse picture, but agree that you look better!


  8. The name of this one just makes me smile!


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