WHAT 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
WHAT 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
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SWEET MORPHINE: Colognoisseur, Kafkaesque
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