The Scented Hound

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New Release: Copal Azur by Aedes de Venustas

Copal Azur

WHAT I SMELL:  Copal Azur’s opening is wonderfully spicy, yet sparkling, like sunshine evaporating the moistness of the early day.  A salty note is mixed with a fresh pine, but the pine is not a cool weather northwest pine, but a warmer pine that feels like it’s grounded to the windswept Caribbean shore.  There’s a distinct patchouli note which is woody and light and after around 15 minutes, a creamy sweetness enters all the while an incense radiates from above.  Around the 30 minute mark, the fragrance lightens to a radiant incense with the pine, patchouli and tonka breezily anchoring the shore below.  Overall, there is a brightness about Copal Azur that’s extremely appealing.  In addition, the perfume is full of positive energy and inner warmth.  Copal Azur is a magical Mayan beauty.

From the Aedes de Venutustas website:

Mayan incense, rising from age-old temples. Lashes of sea spray and whiffs of the jungle where the jaguar lurks… Copal Azur exhales the lush, spiritual vibes of sacred Tulum.

The Muse: Copal, the Mayan incense

The vibrant hues of the Mayan Riviera filter through milky, pine-scented wreaths of burning resin.  Blue, for the Caribbean Sea and the limpid depth of the cenotes, the subterranean fresh-water pools that riddle Yucatan: a cool breeze of ozonic and salty notes.  Green, for the lush Mexican jungles: a flash of cardamom glinting in the moist, woody undergrowth of patchouli and myrrh.  White, for the purest quality of copal and the pristine beaches of Tulum: a lick of almond-scented tonka bean smoothed into creamy notes.  Amber for the Jaguar God of Terrestrial Fire – the fire that burns the sacred copal… Hypnotic, spiritual and forceful, Copal Azur might well indeed open the “Gate to Heaven”.

Tulum Mexico

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The magic of Tulum, Mexico.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE COPAL AZUR:  positive, sun-touched, energized

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT COPAL AZUR:  Chemist in the Bottle, Colognoisseur

BOTTOM LINE:  I guess it’s fitting after just returning from the Yucatan on vacation to complete a review on a fragrance that was inspired by a Mayan incense.  What I love about this fragrance is that as an incense perfume, the incense is subtle, like it’s lightly whipping over the cliffs of Tulum (in other words, an incense perfume for those who typically aren’t incense perfume lovers).  Copal Azur is a lovely addition to the Aedes de Venutas collection of perfumes which are each unique and wonderful in very different ways.  I can’t wait to see what their next release will be!

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental
  • Noses:  Bertrand Duchaufour
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $245 for 100ml Eau de Parfum

Sample courtesy of Beauty Entreprise.