While I love the English language, German has some great words, the title of this post is one of them. Angstgegner means most feared opponent and jasmine is surely my most feared opponent when it comes to perfume.
But facing one’s enemies is a very freeing experience, and since I made my peace with jasmine, my life is that much more fragrant.
Nuda was created by Alessandro Gualtieri and includes jasmine. (That is all that is apparent at least, since Nasomatto makes a point of not revealing a notes list.)
“Nuda is the latest creation in Alessandro Gualtieri’s project Nasomatto. The fragrance invites you to undergo the unexpected tranquility of giving up oneself without concern for boundary, and to sense the hazy intuition of a depth that undoes distance. It’s a result of a quest to find a vanishing point in nature, the translucence of our senses, nude desire.”
– from the Nasomatto website
Nuda is described as a very indolic jasmine, but my experience is that on me it turns sweet and rich, but not in the least overripe, animalic or fecal, it is positively delicious.
The jasmine in Nuda is not the fresh morning, dew-kissed variety, but the night-flowering, heavy and sweet one, designed to reel in bees and on a woman it is designed to reel in admirers. Nuda is seductive, but not in an overt, vulgar kind of way. I find Nuda to be elegant and restrained, especially in the light of many reviewers saying it is a jasmine bomb.
After a more vocal start, sillage shrinks back and the perfume wears close to the skin and stays for at least eight hours on me.
Nuda is a perfume where the color of the juice itself for once, is exactly the color I smell synesthetically.
Nuda is nothing to be afraid of, my former Angstgegner has turned into a friend whose warm embrace brings out my soft, womanly side.
Nuda even inspires me to reign in the shrieking harpy in me (often brought out lately by the men in my life) and instead take a deep breath, relax and tell myself that all is well, all is well, all manner of things are well.