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Passage d'Enfer Extrême

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Launched in 2020 by by L'Artisan Parfumeur, Passage d'Enfer Extrême is a new version of the cult favourite, Passage d'Enfer from 1999. Both fragrances were signed by the incomparable Olivia Giacobetti.

Passage d'Enfer Extrême opens with a sombre note of smoky incense that's cool more than it is resinous.  Up through the smoke comes the strong, sweet smell of white lilies, bolstered by sweet, luxurious jasmine. The heady, aromatic flowers smell fresh and add sensuality to the fragrance. The lilies have spicy nuances that bloom on my skin and gives the incense a second act.  Creamy sandalwood stars at the base and joins the incense to boost the woodiness of Passage d'Enfer Extrême. Vanilla adds a coziness to the base; its sweetness tamped just enough by the smoky incense.

Passage d'Enfer Extrême is one of Ms. Giacobetti's finest works. The interplay among the notes, as when the lilies appear through the smoky incense and then recede, only to reappear later wrapped in sandalwood that creates those ethereal veils of scent shadows mentioned earlier. She brings the nuances out of each note at just the right time in the progression of the fragrance creating space for creating ethereal veils of scent shadows.

Passage d'Enfer translates into 'passage to hell,' leading one to think that the fragrance is dangerous or edgy and suggesting that the Extrême version is even more daring. In fact, Passage d'Enfer refers to the address of L'Artisan's head offices in Paris in the 70's. There is nothing edgy or hellish about either of these fragrances. Instead, they are deftly designed skin scents, each with their own unique ethereal beauty and personality.

Notes: Incense, jasmine, white lily, sandalwood, vanilla absolute

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Olivia Giacobetti.


Price: $6.00