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Aedes de Venustas Aedes de Venustas - Grenadille d'Afrique

215,00 EUR incl. 19 % Tax excl. Shipping costs
Concentration: Eau de Parfum
Family: Aromatisch , Floral , Woody , Spicy
Gender: Ladies , Gentlemen
Perfumer: Alberto Morillas


Aedes de Venustas - Grenadille d'Afrique

Sliding between aromatic nectar and balsamic resin, from smoky oak to leathery labdanum, and dipping its wing into the blue-black darkness of ebony, dark violets, and vetiver, Grenadille d’Afrique is a fragrance that captures all the drama of a darkening sky over the plains of Africa. The 7th scent from Aedes de Venustas is a tribute to antique ebony and transports the wearer to the beating heart of the African wilderness.

The fragrance is based on Dalbergia melanoxylon (literally “black wood”), a small tree native to seasonally dry regions of Africa from Senegal east to Eritrea and south to the Transvaal in South Africa. Its dense timber, with a color ranging from red to deepest black, is close in texture and scent to rosewood, and prized in Africa for use in carved wooden musical instruments such as violins, oboes, and cellos.

The ancient Egyptians called it H'bny, which is where the word “ebony” comes from. They prized it greatly and used it to carve exquisite pieces of furniture for royal families and leaders. Grenadille d'Afrique is the French name for this special wood. Alberto Morillas is the perfumer whose steady hand transformed this noble wood into a breathtakingly beautiful piece of olfactory art.


Grenadille d'Afrique evokes not only the tree that gives the scent its name but also the wild, unspoilt African landscape in which it grows. Alberto Morillas describes his composition mysteriously as "fossil wood with a vanilla accent."

The scent is composed of strongly contrasting notes and accords, with a fiercely dark, woody heart offset by a series of bright, almost sparkling top notes. Dusk or dawn over the Savannah? It is hard to tell from the blueish-violet light whether the sunlight is just leaving the scene or just arriving. The scent opens in a haze of golden half-light, a bright bergamot streaking across a dusky field of lavender and violets.

This olfactory portrait of the mythical African black wood is all about warm, resinous woods tinged with juniper and vetiver, which simultaneously adds a resinous, gin & tonic-like brightness and an earthy, inky bitterness. Fresh but dark, the scent teases with its complex, ever-changing notes of wood, smoke, earth, and rocks, forming a nexus that connects plant, animal and mineral.

A leathery labdanum in the base adds a molten, balsamic heat that warms the heart notes from below, exuding a sort of animalic vanilla aroma that is intoxicating. The scent dies out on a faint whisper of dry driftwood, bark, and mineralic, sun-bleached rocks, radiating the residual heat of the sun. Again, the dark violets call to the darkness to gather on the horizon and a sense of coolness descends.  


bergamot, violet, lavender, juniper, vetiver, labdanum, vanilla, musk


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