Rundholz Parfums - FEB.14,1912
The 3rd entry in the Rundholz running saga of esoteric, atmospheric fragrances, February 14, 1912 once again proves that this is a brand who treats perfume as an art. It surpasses all the expectations raised by the first two fragrances. In fact, we are quite blown away by this one. For this installment, Arturetto Landi once again turns his masterly hand to the wheel, creating an eau de parfum that floats between masculine and feminine but doesn't settle easily on either. The fragrance itself is similarly mysterious, hard to figure out.
There is an iridescent gleam to the scent, like the changing, petroleum-like colors of a beetle's shell. At first, it darts between fruity and fresh, to green and spicy, but soon the prickly top notes are subsumed by a pleasant haze of warm milk.
Notes come and go throughout the life of this scent, like light refracted on a broken crystal - it is prismatic and ever-changing. Warm, powdery florals such as iris, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and heliotrope weave in and around out a sturdy, resinous base of cedar wood, musk, leather, and tonka bean. The lilting dance between light and dark, soft and harsh, give the fragrance an enveloping character. In short, an eventful fragrance that shows what is yet possible in modern perfumery when talent, resources, and creativity meet.