Brand: Histoires De Parfums
What I liked:
- interesting aquatic woody blend
- unisex (although it smells better on men)
- not too light but not too strong either
- beautiful bottle
What I didn’t like:
- the scent has a jarring, even cheap quality
- average staying power
- the price (but samples are available)
Julius Caesar was a great warrior and leader who conquered many people and nations, but even he had problems taming the contrasting perfume notes in Vidi, one of the three fragrances inspired by his famous phrase “Veni, Vidi, Vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered). If Vici was supposed to embody the creative and destroying powers of fire, Vidi, “the wind, carries us over seas and oceans, allowing us to rise above mountains and to take our gaze and spirit beyond the horizon.”
Vidi is a ozonic woody fragrance based on contrasts. It opens with a ozonic accord, created with the fresh aroma of cucumber mixed with the watery scent of cyclamen. It is paired with a light dusting of cardamom, whose citrusy facets have really been amped up here. I had never really come across a fragrance that used both cucumber and cyclamen and, while it makes for an interesting accord, I can’t say it is too successful. There’s just something jarring, even cheap, about it.
The watery accord is present in the heart as well. This time cyclamen plays with a plastic, but transparent, rose. Its transparency may disappoint some people, but it serves to enhance the watery quality of the scent. Saffron is also present, adding a delicate and warm vibe to the composition.
As the hours pass, Vidi turns woody, but never completely loses its aquatic quality. Musk and vanilla, both of which smell quite synthetic, are joined by warm Immortelle, which adds a dry and spicy touch to the drydown. Immortelle, though, is really out of place here. I haven’t decided whether that’s a good thing or not yet.
Histoires De Parfums Vidi is one of the most intriguing scents I’ve come across lately in terms of creativity. They have really taken a chance in pairing notes that normally don’t go together. Unfortunately, the result is often jarring and plasticky, but hey, at least they’ve tried. I much prefer that to playing it safe and creating only beautiful, but predictable, scents we’ve all smelled a thousand times before.
And if you don’t like it, you won’t have to put up with it for long. After six hours, Vidi is already gone. Sillage is average too. It doesn’t stay too close to the skin, but it isn’t overpowering either. Still too much for you? Give it to your man. Although unisex, this stuff smells much better on a man!
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Histoires De Parfums Vidi is an aquatic woody blend. Although the accords are intriguing and original, mixing together notes that contrast with one another, the result is jarring and, at times, even cheap. Sillage and staying power are average.