Copal Azur by Bertrand Duchafour for Aedes de Venustas 2014


Post by Poodle


I was pretty excited to receive a sample of the Aedes de Venustas perfume Copal Azur in the mail. When I read the promotional material I was a bit skeptical. Oceans and incense? Could they really pull it off? Honestly, I had my doubts. I’m an incense freak but can’t say that fresh, oceanic scents are something I’m drawn to.

Copal Azur by Aedes de Venustas 2014

Copal Azur by Bertrand Duchafour

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Ozone, salty notes, frankincense
Heart: Incense, cardamom, patchouli
Base: Incense, myrrh, Tonka bean, amber

I’ve been to Tulum, which is the locale that inspired this perfume, and I don’t remember it smelling anything like this. I’ve also never smelled actual copal so I have no point of reference for it. Copal Azur is a mix of salt air and plumes of incense rising to the heavens. There’s a freshness that brings to mind blue skies and lush green foliage. It smells like the sea without smelling like an air freshener. The incense in it is a bit woody, not too smokey, and meditative without being churchy.

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The other bright incense perfume that I love is Heeley’s Cardinal. In comparison, that one is more like sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows of a church. Copal Azur is like sitting at a seaside temple at the point where the sand meets the jungle. It opens like a powerful gust of wind over the waves. You can imagine the sea spray hitting your face. The incense is there in every phase of the perfume’s development yet it never overpowers or gets very smokey to me but bear in mind I have a high tolerance for incense.

The salty mist gives way to warmer and greener notes almost like you have stepped away from the water to the shelter and shade of the trees. There’s a sweet, almost earthy quality that begins to emerge. As you’re walking towards the temple you can smell the branches breaking underfoot. The perfume takes a journey from coolness in the top notes to a definite warmth in the base. It is here where the Tonka bean and patchouli blend with the incense and woods and linger a bit until finally fading away like smoke on the breeze.

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I thought this leaned masculine but hubby disagreed and said he liked it on me and I didn’t smell like a guy to him. That being said I still think I’d rather smell it on him. He likes fresh, clean scents that don’t thrill me in the least. It came close to being too chemical and clean in the opening but very briefly. Copal Azur blends the stuff he likes with the incense notes I love. There may be a bottle in his future.

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So, do you like ocean or marine scents or do you avoid them at all cost for fear of smelling like an air freshener?


18 comments on “Copal Azur by Bertrand Duchafour for Aedes de Venustas 2014

  1. Holly says:

    Hi Poodle! I was surprised to find I liked this quite a bit. I only have a sample dabber, and I suspect that I missed the full force of the top notes. Most incense fragrances worn by me are interpreted by others as “headshop”, although at one point that would have been warranted. 🙂

    • poodle says:

      I don’t think this one has that headshop type of incense smell at all. I know exactly the scent you’re talking about. There’s a certain other perfume line that reminds me of that a lot and I can’t wear it either. If you like it you should try and get a small decant and give it a proper testing. It might be an incense you can wear.

  2. Azar says:

    Hi Poodle,
    At one point in the 90s I really liked marine/fresh scents. The use of calone in personal fragrances was relatively new at the time and was a “refreshing” change…but no more! There are several different aroma chemicals out there theses days that represent the marine/ozone/fresh thing. I don’t avoid them but don’t seek them out either. I do favor a little sea salt in my cherry blossoms, though.
    Azar xx

    • poodle says:

      I hated those calone heavy scents back then. That was one trend I never jumped on. Smelled like cleaning products to me. I like cleaning products and laundry I just prefer to not smell like them. I think the incense in this balances out the fresh, clean part. I was surprised I liked it actually.

  3. einsof says:

    Beautiful description Poodle! i have never smelled this, but if you love incense and this is your first copal- i highly suggest you seek it out more. it’s one of the loveliest incense notes, with top, middle and base notes of it’s own much like frankincense (but i find deeper and more smokey.)

    if you’re usa, i’d recommend Mermaid Magickal Arts for real botanical incense. 😉

    cheers and thank you for the moment at the sea 🙂

    • poodle says:

      I guess I do need to find more copal. Mermaid Magical Arts…I like that name. I’ll have to look them up.
      I hope you get to sniff this one. It’s a really nice twist on incense.

  4. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Oceans and incense. Sounds heavenly. Have you smelled Hermes Epice Marine? Correlations?
    Portia xx

    • poodle says:

      I have not smelled that one. To be honest the Hermes scents are usually so light I don’t even bother to pick up the bottles when I see them which isn’t often because most of the stores around me don’t carry the line. I will have to rummage through my samples and see if I might have any.

  5. Hi Poodle – lovely review. I’ve got a sample of this and I really like it. It’s really strong on me – it’s still going the next day. Was it like that on you too? I need to try that Epice Marine as Portia suggested – watery scents are growing on me.
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    • poodle says:

      The next day? Wow! No such luck on me. I did get quite a few hours out of it though which was impressive. I really like the top notes and would be happy to respray to get those to last a bit.
      Maybe it’s this awful winter we’ve had here but I’m liking the water and ocean perfumes lately too. Any glimmer of summer is nice right now.

  6. Tara C says:

    I loved this at first sniff. Although not an aquatic scent fan, the opening aquatic note doesn’t last long on me and I love the incense drydown.

    • poodle says:

      It’s an aquatic for people who don’t like aquatics I think. Really nicely done. Most of the Aedes scents are actually. I even like their iris one and I usually can’t stand iris.

  7. Fazal Cheema says:

    Aedes seems to be coming with quite impressive releases

    • poodle says:

      They do! I was just saying how I even like their iris one and I don’t usually like iris. The perfumes are really worth trying. The store is really nice too. They also have two of the cutest little dogs in the shop. That’s always a good selling point for me. Lol.
      Have you tried any of the line?

  8. cookie queen says:

    Great piece Poodle. Aedes seems to be interesting. I haven’t sniffed this one but have been impressed with what I have tried of the line. The Palissandre d’Or is worth a skin spritz. Dunno about getting into aquatics myself, but stranger things may have happened. 😉 xxx

    • poodle says:

      It’s not as aquatic as the ones of the past. There’s so much more going on in it. I was surprised I liked it. I think it’s one of the more interesting ocean scents I’ve tried. It’s does not smell like air freshener which is amazing to me.

  9. Lovely review, Poodle. I haven’t tried this one purely because my prejudice against marine/ozone notes but this sounds interesting, certainly my magpie eyes are drawn to the bottle… Two cute dogs in the shop; that is a great selling point for me! Darn, I should be focusing on the scent!!!

  10. Trésor says:

    Oh, Poodle! Another on my list of things I must try! I am so fond of their other fragrances, especially the beautiful Iris Nazarena. I must get my hands on a sample, your review has me absolutely mad to give it a go!

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