Incense, Black Pepper, Iris, Rose, Musk, Strawflower.
Opoponax, Leather, Benzoin, Coffee, Wood.
Bertrand Duchaufour created this fragrance in 2008. I have been meaning to get around to this one for a few years now and recently snagged a sample. I enjoy most incense dominant scents and Duchaufour doesn't miss the mark all that often.
Aedes de Venustas opens with an extremely smooth incense and pepper. The citrus is more akin to a delivery system for the spicy smoke than it is an entity. The incense rendition is proportioned delightfully with the pepper and it doesn't remind me of religious or secular. It's simply "there" and smelling very pleasant. The pepper is implemented nicely as well and is a rather demure version that gives the perfect accent.
I can only say that, in spite of the listed notes, it would behoove you NOT to expect all the guests to arrive. The ones that do show up are worth having in my opinion. The totality of Aedes de Venustas is a spicy incense that slowly evolves a leathery wood in the base. It's rather uncomplicated and straightforward.
Sillage is moderate and longevity is an acceptable 5 hours on my skin. Because of the lack of complexity and price, a sample wear is definitely recommended. Thumbs up from Aromi for Aedes de Venustas, but with an asterisk.