Directly connected to Opus 1144’s extrait, Rosa Nigra talks about the scented stone of gothic buildings. A sophisticated, polished, and modern take on the woody floral, Rosa Nigra crosses fragrance genres like a chameleon.
Its enchanting opening begins with a radiant floralcy that smells like roses coated with succulent peaches and dusted with warm spices atop a rich sandalwood base laced with artemisia that bears tantalizing oud-like facets. Artemisia is the source of absinthe, the mystical aromaticism of which transforms Rosa Nigra’s middle stage with refreshingly crisp herbal greenness and spicy geranium-like leafiness, and masculine woods whose quiet smokiness is counterbalanced by floral iris and clean musk.
There is real harmony between the balsamic sweetness of flowers and the intensity of fruited woods in Rosa Nigra. Iris shades are in this perfume’s heart where a luminescent fantasy of freesia comes alive, with a mild ritual scent and magic spiritual powers. We also perceive peach notes, an old oriental symbol of immortality, celebrated by painters, poets and musicians. The peach note at the olfactory pyramid’s top has a further symbolic value because of its many transcendent meanings.
In the dry down, the enticing, complex and mysterious bouquet is transformed again. At the base, we find the best of Opus 1144’s harmonic structure: cashmere wood, warm amber, silky vanilla, mellow musks & creamy sandalwood that give us feelings of well-being and allow us to reach our deepest thoughts, conveying spiritual opening, warmth and comprehension. At first, Rosa Nigra seems easy to read, on the contrary, with eyes closed, it releases its whole complexity. From start to finish, it is a fascinating, brilliantly balanced, and incredibly elegant fragrance.