Cretaceous Oud Era Unisex (Collection Vetiver Expressionism By Flower)
25 CHF – 500 CHF
“A primeval encounter with one of the most fantasmatic Era of Earth. As if one could walk by the dinosaurs and breath through their prehistoric lungs the story of the generations of trees that have survived till modern ages.” Oriental, Woody, Gourmand and Balsamic.
About the Collection Vetiver Expressionism by Flower: The Vetiver is a Grass, which roots produce one of the most complex perfumery materials with captivating nuances from oud-like tones, to wood or honey notes depending on its terroir: country origins, type of soil, whether it is cultivated or wild and the processing techniques. NadiaZ exploits the various scent profiles of Haiti most prized vertiver to draw subtle harmonies like a painter palette. The Collection is an hommage to this plant modest in appearance but hiding a true treasure. Like the Expressionist Movement, that bored famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Donray, Wassily Kandinsky or Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka, the concept of the Collection is to decline atmospheres and emotions from a Vetiver Heart into variations compositions where a Flower is placed in the Spotlight. For Ayiti Pasyon Vetiver Unisex, it is the Coffee Blossom (Coffea arabica), for Coral Jasmine Bengal Moon Woman it is the very rare Nyctanthes arbor-tristis (Coral Jasmine/Parijata), for Noon Rainforest Light Unisex it is a particular variety of green scented Jasmine called Auri (Jasminum auriculatum) seldom used in western perfumery and even less as a head note, and finally for Cretaceous Oud Era Unisex it is the Cassie Flower (Acacia farnesiana ) married with the magestic Oud (Aquilaria agallocha).
Atmosphere: Retracing the genealogy of plants back into the Cretaceous Era 130 million years ago, which saw one of the highest biodiversity of dinosaurs as well as one of the greatest extinctions in the history of earth. In this prehistoric age, when the invention of petal flowers was in its infancy, the Acacia tree already set its lineage. Its bright yellow puffy flowers generously spread their fragrant pollen into the rich atmosphere, dancing in the air under the warm exhalation of the volcanoes and the limestone dust distinctive to this Era, in such abundance that fossils of these life capsules brought their testimony to us. Imagining the perilous journey of a tiny pollen into the dinosaurs world, their gigantic lungs filled with primeval air, plants first legacy of oxygen and perfumes, their breath blowing far and away into new territories to colonize. From the earlier Cretaceous period to its end, from the abundance to the devastation of the accomplishment of an era, an air filled with the sweet, delicate and naive fragrance of Cassie ancestors learning their alchemy, trees adapting to the growing aridity, dry wood cracking and bending under the sun loosing their bark to the soil, the winds and the crush from the dinosaurs footsteps. And in the middle, an Aquilaria tree holds its grounds, as paleonthology attests, already giving its kiss of death to the fungi that causes the bewitched blood named Oud. And through the courage, the pain and above all the incommensurable thrive to live, a legacy of children still hides today in the wild of secret forests alcoves maybe till the next extinction.
A warm beating heart of a palette of Vetiver and Oud mirroring each other in an infinite resonance, from the sweetest, honey and ambery notes, to the old and cracking wood reaching its end journey into a faint smoky state before starting the circle of life again with the revigorating young twigs and gourmand citrus fruit essence of the Lime Petitgrain. Throughout, a subtle Cassie scent, with spicy hints of cinnamon a floral mellowness in conjunction with a brisk powdered air quality floats like an aura.
Note: This perfume is highly concentrated and contains Lime Oils, see the instructions and Use and Allergies. NadiaZ is open to collaboration with like-minded companies to produce a retail niche Eau de Toilette version.
* Occurs naturally in essential oils ** Essential and vegetable oils and extracts 100% natural plant. No synthetic fragrances. Vegan.
All NadiaZ products are made with Virgin Vegetable Oils and GMO free. No chemical preservatives, parabens or mineral oils. Patch tested on humans. No animal testing.
The Collection Vetiver Expressionism by Flower aims to put the spotlight on the essence of individual ingredients in a smaller number than the 15-200 NadiaZ signature Perfume harmonies. Independantly of their number, NadiaZ perfumes may contain plants which bear unique active ingredients and interact with each other in holistic compositions. The featured plants are a selection of some of them for you to discover. Please check the menu NadiaZ Ingredients to learn more about the brand repertoire. NadiaZ is involved in research on the specific phytotherapeutic properties of indigenous plants, however perfumes enter in the cosmetic category and not in the medicinal one, which is why legislation do not make it possible to describe those on this website or the brand documentations. Feel free to google them or check on Wikipedia to get more information, or send an email for specific questions.
Vetiver (Vetivera zizanioides): A tall perennial scented grass mainly cultivated in the tropics – in India, Tahiti, Java, Salvador and especially in Haiti – its root can reach deeper than some trees, which besides being the source of an exquisite oil, offers a range of benefits to the communities such as to fight soil erosion or as a natural detoxifier. It bears captivating nuances from oud-like tones, to wood or honey, sweet, oriental, almost tobacco-like aroma, or a smoky green depending on its terroir: country origins, type of soil, whether it is cultivated or wild and the processing techniques. The Java Vetiver is known for its distinct smoky flavor while its Haiti counterpart is in comparison round and ambery. The soil composition has a large role to play, in Haiti depending on the mineral nature of the soil, it can give birth to an extraordinary Vetiver de Pierre or Stone Vetiver which sweet nature is virtually exempt from the smoky and grassy notes, bearing even more resemblance to Oud. In addition, the production in Haiti provides much needed income to its impoverished population. For a vibrant history of Vetiver through the ages, we recommend reading the Osmotheque article “Vetiver : a palette of woody fragrances”“Vetiver : a palette of woody fragrances”“Vetiver : a palette of woody fragrances”.
Agarwood (Aquilaria agallocha): Renowned to be the most expensive wood in the world, Agarwood (Oudh in Arabic) is formed as a result of parasitic intervention on the tree. The Agarwood scent has been revered throughout the Orient since time immemorial, and used in Arabic perfumery as a signature scent. It is powerful and pervasive, with the tiniest amount being quite perceptible. NadiaZ exploits various types of Oud which complexity is legendary, from the mellow woody, mushroom tainted to the powerful smoky overpowering scent. Often reserved for male fragrances, NadiaZ ingeniously blends it to infuse unisex and women’s perfumes with mystery and character. While the trees have become scarce, especially in India, thankfully replanting efforts have been successful in some locations. Given NadiaZ ethical engagement in preserving plants, the brand refrains from using Oud that wouldn’t be sustainably harvested. Owning a drop of the rarest Wild Oud may sound attractive in the same way ivory or a tiger claw is, it is however taking the life of a rare and endangered individual, therefore NadiaZ refrain from this Oud market competition. In her signature perfumes, she favors the blending with wild mushrooms and other woods and demonstrate that it is possible to bring Oud notes through a better valorization of the incredible biodiversity of plant resources.
Cassie (Acacia farnesiana): These puffy flowers, from Acacia trees, found from Africa to India to Australia, are reminiscent of a mother’s soft embrace, yet enigmatic and elusive. Honey-like with hints of wood and grass, this aroma magically reveals itself once every other scent wears off. The Cassie is similar to Mimosa but subtle balsamic, woody notes that are reminiscent to tree bark drying in the sun.
Lime Petitgrain (Citrus aurantifolia): The oil is made from the leaves and twigs of the Lime tree. It bears a distinctive citrus scent in a woody and somewhat spicy bouquet. The oil is often used to reduce anxiety, boost energy and uplift the mood. In phytotherapy, it is used to help the respiratory system and is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. However, its high content in limonene can cause contact allergies, it is therefore not to be used regularly or in large quantities.