Niche line Nasomatto has launched Pardon, the line's ninth fragrance:
"Pardon" by Nasomatto is another stroke of genius by Alessandro Gualtieri and who knows, perhaps this new fragrance creation will attain the similar cult status as "Black Afgano"
With "Pardon", Gualtieri has interpreted the contemporary note oud in his very own unique way: in combination with floral notes and, as one or the other "nose" has guessed, magnolia.......
Nasomatto Pardon can be found now at First in Fragrance in Germany, in 30 ml Extrait de Parfum for €108.
Update: see a review of Nasomatto Pardon.
The ad copy is great. Another oud frag… *yawn*
I’m really surprised. Ha.
What do people think of Nasomotto as an outfit? I have never sniffed anything of theirs, as it’s a big world and something seemed a little silly about them, but willing to give a try if worth it…
I have sniffed China White. While it’s not my thing, it was beautifully composed and elegant. It definitely piqued interest in the rest of their line.
I have only tried 2 of them. They were nice. I think these days, my standards for caring about a newish niche line is that they have to be brilliant.
They’re probably worth trying but my impression is that they’re headed by two creative marketing-types who don’t have a sound foundation in how to compose fragrance. To me China White seemed clever until you realize there are two notes in there that are canceling each other out, creating a “grey” impression that’s really more of the scent equivalent of white noise. For me it was notable because after two hours of testing on skin, the whole thing just collapsed into something intensely repellent and both very sweet and very sour, like those notes did not develop properly. Never had a perfume fall apart so epically. With this one and some of the others in the line, I felt like they needed a third guy with some hard-core bench chemistry experience because making scents is more than mixing scented stuff up. That’s just my apparently highly-opinionated impression. And I’ve only smelled some of them which does not include Hindu Grass or Black Afghano, so I may have a big gap in my Nasomatto knowledge.
I think they exist more to market cool than to market good stuff, and the use of the phrase stroke of genius in their ad copy is not meant ironically. So they may be worth sampling because that’s one side to niche.
Their website used to be much cooler, I had referred it to some of my graphic design friends for the layout. It looks like it’s changed though.
Ive only tried Duro, but i loved it. Its the price that is keeping me at bay, but id like to try several others.
Last year I sampled his Silver Musk!!! Delicious!!
Why shoul I have guessed Magnolia? Is something lost in translation?
I think they’re saying that somebody who smelled it guessed it (?)
What on earth links that photo or copy with Magnolia?
It looks like it should smell like cigarettes and musty old wallpaper.
He is saying “I beg your pardon for doing another oud fragrance”.
I think the photo looks like John Galliano, who is very much asking for a pardon.
Looks like I’m in the minority for loving Nasomatto. But yes, yet another oud in what is already an over-saturated market is irritating. Not just boring: Irritating.
I have a couple of Nasomatto fragrances: Narcotic Venus, Nuda, and Black Afgano–all of which are very different from each other, but I really like all three very much, plus some of the other ones from the line that I have tested.
I finally finally finally after a very long wait got a bottle of Black Afgano, which I was very pleased to get. I enjoy a few others from the line but have not deeply explored it. Yes, so it’s yet another oud, but I’ll still smell it.
The line has a number of quite nice fragrance. Black Afgano, supposedly smelling like hashish or heroin (I forget which, and I have never smelled heroin) has a nice dark tarish smell. If you want a nice strong anise (or absinth, as it now more fashionably labelled), their Absinthe is the one to go to (and cheaper than the By Killian version).
I smelled Pardon yesterday; it was quite a good rich fragrance, but is that supposed to be an image of Mack the Knife, a serial killer and thief who certainly did not deserve a Pardon, and who would probably slit a SA’s throat if she caught him slipping a bottle into his pocket.
Black Afgano is the hash one, China White is the heroin one.