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Baume du Doge


Launched in 2008 by Eau D`Italie, the Italian indie perfume line that explores the landscapes and history of Italian regions and cities and Baume du Doge is the olfactory expression of Venice’s powerful maritime past, when merchants brought spices, silks and incense from the far east to the hustling port to trade making it the portal between east and west.

Baume du Doge opens with a note of sweet, luscious orange warmed by cinnamon and sweet, resinous, camphouous cardamom. Wild fennel adds an herbal, anisic note. The notes mingle and blend and smell like some kind of herb tea – light and comforting. As it blooms, a rich, resinous smoky note of frankincense comes up through the top notes, warmed by peppery saffron and checked by bitter myrrh. Sweet, warm aromatic clove balances the heart before it moves to the base where woody, earthy, balsamic vetiver root comes to play along with sweet, warm benzoin while vanilla adds a rich creaminess that softens the spices and mellows out any sharpness. It smells dry, woody and camphourous – to my nose it smells like the patchouli-scented wooden boxes they used for shipping silk and I melt a little every time I get a whiff of it.

Despite all the heavy hitters in the list of notes for Baume du Doge the drydown is opulent, rich and yet surprisingly light.  

That list of notes tells the story: oranges, so common now, we forget they originated in Southeast Asia and were introduced to Europe in the late 15th century; clove so highly valued that London dockworkers in the 16th century were paid their bonuses in them; frankincense and myrrh so critical to making perfume and incense that their trees were seen as a source of wealth by Arab rulers. Spices, roots and herbs from the middle east, so rare, so exotic, so fragrant filled the air in medieval Venice. This is what Baume du Doge smells like.
Notes: orange, cinnamon, cardamom, wild fennel, frankincense, saffron, myrrh, cloves.

Type: EdT

Parfumeur: Bertrand Duchaufour

Price: $5.00