Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Anvers 2 by Ulrich Lang
Rose, Jasmine, Lily, Mimosa, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver.
Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Musk, Amber, Olibanum, Oakmoss.
After trying Nightscape not too long ago and liking it, I thought it a good choice to sample Anvers 2. The note listing looked intriguing and naturally it smells different than I had envisioned it would.
Anvers 2 opens with an offbeat citric accord courtesy of bergamot, lime and a latex glove aroma. I deduce that the rubber aspect is coming from the combination of Mimosa and Musk, but this is an educated guess and nothing more. It's more weird than annoying and I have smelled the latex note in a just a few other leather fragrances, yet Anvers 2 is geared to be a floral woody. The top accord also exhibits a mild pepper, but I can't help but be distracted by the rubber quality.
The spicy, citric salutation is fairly nice. The rubber note is apparent, but on par ( volume wise ) with the lime and pepper. It's not until the heart accord unfolds that it becomes pronounced on my skin and Anvers 2 loses me here. I find this stage of the scent strange and not something I want to wear and smell.
The heart accord does afford some wood and violet-like tones. They're on the passive side, but there nonetheless. I am disappointed that, with all the terrific wood notes listed, I only get a generic, subtle woodiness with some spice and that damn latex.
Disappointment sums up Anvers 2 for me. Sillage is average and so is the longevity. I get about 4 hours worth of wear and I'm not mad about that. Perhaps you will fare better than I and take a liking to it. The best I can do is give a neutral rating......and I'm being magnanimous about it.