Peety by Angelo Pregoni for O`Driu 2013


Post by Azar


Hi there fellow Junkies!

In 20 13 I wrote a review of O’Driu Peety and a subsequent two-part interview with O’Driu’s controversial perfumer Angelo Pregoni. Several readers were put off, maybe even pissed off, at the suggestion of adding pee to perfume. At the time, adding bodily fluids to fragrance smacked of a middle school science project and seemed an ill conceived, sophomoric attempt at marketing. In retrospect I see that the reference to pee served its purpose, drawing attention to the House of O’Driu and to the talents of Pregoni – not an easy thing to do in an industry that has so many accomplished perfumers and where at least 1,600 new fragrances are introduced every year!

Peety by Angelo Pregoni for O`Driu 2013

Peety Revisited – The Truth be Told


Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Jasmine, rose, tobacco leaf, moss
Heart: Mandarin orange, bitter orange, amber, cinnamon, pink pepper
Base: Patchouli, sandalwood, tonka bean

Three years on I am still enjoying Peety – without any adulterants. On me it is a gorgeously warm, animalic oriental, the perfect scent for autumn or for any time I want to feel good. I don’t care about Pregoni’s antics or what he believes in (and the same goes for Coco Chanel) – I just love the perfume and appreciate the talent that created it. And Unlike many of my other indie and niche fragrances, Peety never goes into storage. It is out for use all year long.

That being said, I am not focusing here on defending Peety or the talents of Pregoni, or ranting against attempts to marginalize someone or something because it doesn’t fit into a prescribed template. My reason for revisiting Peety is that I’ve come to realize to what extent other peoples’ opinions affect me. Sadly, up until today, I have been wearing Peety secretly – not admitting how much I adore this stuff and what I really think of Pregoni’s talent, for fear I too will be marginalized or sniffed at.


I have always considered myself outspoken, but the Peety thing made me realize that I carry around plenty of irrational fears revolving around not being liked, “friended” or appreciated for who I really am…but how can anyone know who I really am (and what I really like) if I’m afraid to say what I think? It seems this kind of honesty often involves some risk – either to the sense of self or to the sensibilities of others.

LuckyScent has $180/50ml + Samples

Azar xx

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This week we will have 1 winner who will receive:
1 x 2ml spray decant of Peety by O’Driu
1 x 5ml decant of vintage Eau de Rochas
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Please tell us if you ever find yourself intimidated by the knowledge of a perfume expert or the consensus of a crowd – so much so that you keep your ideas and opinions to yourself? Does the prospect of defending your favorite fragrance or navigating a gauntlet of criticism take the wind out of your sails or, like the Union Civil War naval officer David (James) G. Farragut, do you simply say “Damn the torpedoes…go ahead…full speed!”


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52 comments on “Peety by Angelo Pregoni for O`Driu 2013

  1. fanny says:

    Oh, Peety is such a fascinating concept, would love to try this perfume!!
    Where perfume is concerned, I have always been open and outspoken. I consider perfume as a form of art and it is one of my great passions. One can always agree to disagree, right?…!:)
    Following by email, thanks for yet another most interesting giveaway!!!

    • Azar says:

      Hi fanny,
      I have to keep reminding myself that anything regarding perfume is so subjective! There is really no right or wrong or even good or bad. If it works that is what counts – you are so right. Perfume is an art form!
      Azar xx

  2. Gina Tabasso says:

    Intimidation by the consensus of a crowd: Oh yes! Not that I wouldn’t express my opinion. But, there is a current indie perfumer who is all the rage and buzz in fragrance groups. He is making “Middle Eastern attars” that mainly are dupes but he says he has a few originals. I posted that I like the fragrances and he was making quality stuff but they were derivative and even the “originals” were actually copies of less expensive fragrances that you could get for $30 from Kuwait versus his $50 for a bottle 1/3 or 1/2 the size. I was assaulted. People were posting hate messages in groups about me with my photo. They stalked me on the internet and posted personal messages about my work and life, insulted me, called me names on all my YouTube posts and comments. They spent a lot of time hunting me down. It was complete intimidation, stalking and hate. Because I didn’t like something? I thought many of us live in a free world where we can express an opinion. I didn’t slam the perfumer. I didn’t do anything wrong. It is insane. For months, they have been attacking me. It is his fans but the perfumer has never stepped up to say this is wrong and put a stop to it. He privately messaged me that he likes when people do not like his scents because it encourages him to do better and he likes that feedback. Well, why not post that publicly in his fan group? Instead, his silence supports the attacks. This has been a real experience. Sometimes, you get screwed for speaking up or saying truth. I will not hide in the shadows or be a coward. It’s all men also who have been intimidating me. I have seen other men say the same thing about these fragrances but am not seeing the lashback.

    • Neva says:

      Outrageous! I’m so sorry that something like this actually happened to you Gina. I admit,I wouldn’t be so bold to post a comment like you did on the perfumers fan page, but I think it was the right thing to do. You expressed your opinion and knowledge. That’s all right! Hypocrisy and idolatry – how I dislike it! I would refrain from commenting directly on his fan page but share my opinion otherwise with perfumistas.

    • Jackie b says:

      What a sickening experience, to be condemned for offering an opinion.
      Some people need to get things in perspective!

    • Fanny says:

      I am so sorry you experienced such horrible treatment!…
      I should add, after reading your story, I never post on fan sites; it’s just Fragrantica, Parfumo and such. Also, I would never start an argument over perfume… Jackie b is right: “some people need to get things in perspective” !!!

    • Azar says:

      Gina! I’m so sorry you had to go through that! I suppose that some people must really be afraid of something – but WHAT? The reaction is so totally out of proportion. You have certainly had more than your share of torpedoes. I hope you will continue to speak your mind!
      Azar xx

  3. Kerri Clarke says:

    Hi there!

    I follow via Facebook.

    Sure I’m intimidated, and some if the people I’m most intimidated by have become my friends! 😊 I know I can’t compete with these people on industry knowledge and chemical composition and exact notes, but they’re kind enough to let me understand that my thoughts and feelings are still valid and worth speaking about. I may not know molecules and different vintages, but I know how a fragrance makes me feel. I know that we all love fragrance in our own way… and that’s what makes this world of ours so much fun.

    • Azar says:

      Hi KarriClarke,
      Absolutely! It’s what we love that counts, not so much the molecules, vintages or the notes!
      Azar xx

  4. Ellen M. says:

    I follow by email. I’ve often felt intimidated by the “experts with noses,” especially when there is massive support about how wonderful a particular fragrance is or a fragrance line. There is a kind of bandwagon effect and if you aren’t an expert, you feel reluctant to comment in the opposite. I end up saying nothing, usually. I liked Peety, by the way, and couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Ellen M.
      I’ve been thinking about this for awhile. My taste often runs counter to the current bandwagon. Not just with perfumes but with movies too! “Experts” seem to be everywhere!
      Azar xx

  5. Jackie b says:

    I always wondered whether the discussion about Peety was only to create a buzz, but it sounds quite nice without any addition!
    I was never going to add anyway!
    I follow by email.

  6. Neva says:

    I am sometimes intimidated by the language used by experts because I’m not 100 percent familiar with it and English is not my mother language so I feel I cannot express myself thoroughly. I look for perfumistas who share my taste and like discussing perfume with them because it is productive and fun. When I completely disagree with the mainstream opinion, I mostly keep it for myself because I simply don’t want to “defend” myself or have to convince somebody. I will do as I please anyway.
    I follow APJ via email and thanks for the nice giveaway.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Neva,
      Great! I’m happy to know that you do as you please and I try to do the same! My best defense, if I have to make one, for any fragrance is the “subjective” card…because I truly believe that everyone smells things just a bit differently,even without the variations in humidity, atmospheric pressure, temperature and last night’s dinner!
      Azar xx

  7. AnnieA says:

    Following via blog. I can’t stand Neela V perfumes either scrubbers or dullards. All I can do is suggest people buy samples before spending so much on perfumes they might utterly hate.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Annie A,
      I’m so happy that you can say that right here! I have to admit to never really being a great fan of Shalimar, even though I’ve come to like the older cologne versions lately.
      Azar xx

  8. FeralJasmine says:

    I love Peety but have disliked some of Pregoni’s antics in the past. I understand the desire for publicity, but no need to bother bloggers who don’t care that much for your scents. Concentrate on the ones who do.

    I don’t feel intimidated much but recently had a very funny perfume-shame incident. I was going to hear a friend of mine speak at the local Mennonite church service and had dressed appropriately, i.e. very quietly. It was a cold day, and I thought that one squirt of Ambre Loup would be a nice treat. I hadn’t counted on the church hall being overheated. As these modestly dressed and quiet people held their simple and moving service, great waves of amber, tobacco, vanilla, and spice spread through the little meeting hall, and the usher stopped and sniffed audibly as he walked by. A piece of blatant carnality had been introduced to their world, and as the only stranger there I was the obvious source. I slunk out right after the service and didn’t bring my bold nightclub ambiance to the discussion group…too intimidated!
    I follow by email.
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    • Azar says:

      Oh dear!
      I’ve been in that situation before but I wasn’t playing to that kind of a crowd! Yikes!
      And there is nothing that can be done about it either, save for what you did, slinking away! But I bet the Ambre Loup stayed behind to remind the congregation of their guest 🙂
      Azar xx

  9. I follow via email. I don’t usually feel intimidated. I’m pretty good at standing up for myself and what I believe in!

  10. Paola Cardiano says:

    I just have started to follow your blog as I am absolutely mad about perfumes and in particular the most controversial! that’s the reason why I would be delighted to sniff pregoni unique scents!

    • Azar says:

      Hello Paola,
      Thank you for stopping by, commenting and joining the draw. I love a little controversy now and then too 😉
      Azar xx

  11. Hikmat Sher Afridi says:

    Wonderful article about Peety. Angelo Pregoni is a unique perfumes & I love his creation.
    I am a shy person & shy persons IMO are intimidated from perfume expert easily. hahahahaha
    Count me in please. I follow via email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Hikmat Sher Afridi,
      I was once very shy but not so much anymore. I’ll never be a real expert on perfume but I’ll just blurt out what I think anyway. Maybe not always the best plan…
      Thank you for joining the draw today!
      Azar xx

  12. Julie F. says:

    I follow by email. I pretty much keep my opinions to myself on all things, not just perfume. If someone asks, I’ll give my opinion. Something like fragrance has so many variables: how it reacts on variable skin, individual smell receptors, cultural values associated with different smells, individuals’ personal memories/experiences attached to different smells; I can’t help but accept all opinions as valid because, well, everyone’s different. Thanks for the draw.

    • Azar says:

      Yes Julie F.!
      I love the old saying “There are as many ways as there are hearts of men…” – or noses in this case 😉
      Azar xx

  13. Lindaloo says:

    I haven’t been intimidated by good or bad reviews or consensus. But I often find myself intimidated by all the recognition of specific notes. I haven’t trained my nose. The best way would likely be with samples grouped by note, but buying samples means less money for something I truly love.
    Therefore my perfume categories no matter what others say are: absolutely love it, buy it; love it, buy it if I find a good deal; okay, would wear it if a bottle dropped in my lap; not good, pass on any bottle that dropped in my lap; and scrubber! don’t even let a sample near me.

    As for Peety, I saw the whole thing as a bit of performance art and maybe a jab at those always looking for something “unique.”

    Very sorry to hear what happened to Gina. Truly the worst of being online — so vicious. I’ll only post on blogs that have a civilized readership and who understand all the reasons Julie lists for a different response to a scent.

    Following by email. Thanks for the generous draw.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Lindaloo,
      I’ve given up on trying to get the notes right. There are just so many overlaps and combinations that can give the impression of different but closely related scents. I also found that when I stop trying so hard and just go with what comes to mind (nose) I tend to be more accurate than when I give it all too much thought.
      Gina’s experience is horrific and, as you say, vicious – and for what?
      Azar xx

  14. Bec says:

    I would love to try Peety, have heard so much about it!

    I don’t really hang out with any perfumistas IRL, and normally I am the outspoken fragrance nut, but definitely online I feel intimidated by how knowledgeable some people are. I’ll give an opinion but shy away from doing any real review, or commenting on particular notes etc as I never feel quite sure I right.

    I follow via email

    • Azar says:

      Hi Bec,
      I love using this quotation by the Hawaiian comedian Andy Bumatai – “No quote me – I might be wrong”! 🙂
      Azar xx

  15. Fazal says:

    I have lost count of how many people I have offended by bashing overpriced niche brands because I refuse to equate pricing and exclusivity with quality and creativity 🙂 I follow APJ by email and FB. Thanks for the generous draw.

    • Azar says:

      Yes Fazel! I am always wondering if anything really justifies those prices? I once had a friend who owned a clock and watch shop. He would sometimes run a sale. If the items didn’t move on sale he would jack the prices up even higher than before the sale. The funny thing is that he often sold more of the same item when it was priced higher. Perhaps people just feel better if they pay more – not me, though 🙂 Like you I have a hard time equating high price with high quality.
      Azar xx

      • Fazal says:

        What an interesting anecdote from your friend. This is how I always differentiate between those who buy perfumes for their own sake and those who buy perfumes to impress others.

      • Fazal says:

        To be honest, I do own niche brands. But I have rarely paid full retail prices for any except maybe Tauer. And even when I may be impressed by a niche offering, I would give credit to the expertise of the perfumer behind it. Never have I deluded myself into believing a perfume I love is priced higher at retail level because it has been made of very expensive formula. In the end, high prices usually reflect marketing creativity rather than formula cost. As far as expensive formulas are concerned, they were more likely to be found among vintage mainstream creations such as first versions of Opium and Kouros that actually smell expensive even if you don’t know the name or brand of the perfume.

  16. Caroline says:

    Follow by email, and the last time I had perfume-related intimidation was when I was about 13-14 and rocking Tatiana, when a young guy informed me I “stunk.” That was the last time I wore it to school, but I do wish I’d retained the bottle! Peety sounds intriguing, would love to give it a whirl.

    • Azar says:

      Caroline! It’s too bad that that one pubescent person’s opinion spoiled Tatiana for you! I’m sure you’ve made up for that intimidation many times over 🙂
      Azar xx

  17. Hanna says:

    Hi Azar, the concept sounds quite intriguing to me and I would certainly be curious about “customising” the scent (unless I really fell in love with it as is – then I’d probably be a bit scared of messing up the remaining 49mls!) When I first got seriously interested in fragrances I used to put a lot of weight on the opinions of certain critics in the field. The more I’ve sniffed the more I’ve developed my own taste, however, and my perfume palate so to speak has changed quite drastically in the process! I’m not easily fazed by the unfamiliar nor extremes – in fact I’m rather drawn to unusual notes in fragrances and enjoy getting my head around them (same goes food; just love to try the weirdest dishes whenever I travel :D)

    I follow by email! <3

    • Azar says:

      Hi Hanna,
      I knew from the first moment I smelled Peety that I would never customize. I find it too beautiful to take the risk. But I do have a lot of scrubbers laying around here that would be good for experiments. 🙂
      Azar xx

  18. flowergirlbee! says:

    i follow by email.i would love to try both the perfumes you are giving away.i know nothing about this perfume and the notes look delish.i remember reading really good things about the rochas as well.on the whole i can just say what i think and be fine with others disagreeing.sometimes i actually enjoy loving something everyone else is like finding a treasure and i feel really lucky to get what the perfumer was trying to do.thanks for the giveaway.

    • Azar says:

      Hi flowergirlbee!
      I especially love finding something that really resonates in the online discounters’ bargain bins, a perfume that, for one reason or other, has failed to sell. As you say, it is like finding a treasure!
      Azar xx

  19. BB Mc says:

    Thanks for the draw, Azar. I follow via email and I do get intimidated often because my nose often picks up notes others don’t and I have weird skin chemistry that wreaks havoc on my nose. With age, I try to say ‘whatever’ and wear what I want and makes me feel good because I know very few people have my type of acidic skin and my nose :p

    • Azar says:

      Hi BBMc
      Not to feel bad! My nose picks of notes that are non-existant – for other people, that is – but very real for me. 🙂
      Azar xx

  20. Jose Hernandez says:

    interesting. a unique fragrance

    • Azar says:

      Thank you for dropping by, Jose! And yes Peety is a very interesting fragrance and has the potential for being totally unique.
      Azar xx

  21. I have some of this somewhere – I remember Portia and I having a sniff off with it – I must revisit it after your lovely article. Thanks xx

    • Azar says:

      Thank you, Ainslie!
      Now that you are home I will be checking in on the Nocturne! I have a few questions. Once again, loved the interview.
      Azar xx

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Yes, I feel myself intimidated often. I can’t write forthright review about perfume I hate, so I dont write a review at all in this case. But I can wear any perfume I love regardless how many people hate it))
    I’ve never tryed perfumes by Angelo Pregoni and I wish to try. Thank you for the opportunity!
    I follow by email.

  23. Tina G says:

    Hey Azar,
    I’m saddened that you’ve felt like you’ve needed to keep a perfume love a secret, but I also understand as well. Thanks for sharing this post, it’s been something that I’ve been thinking about myself (& was just about to post an article on O’Drui as an example!)
    DNEM. xx

    Tina G

  24. Azar says:

    Hi Tina G,
    I’m really looking forward to more of what you have to say about O’Driu and the subject of fragrant intimidation. Besides Peety, I have other favorites in Pregoni’s line. BTW – Do you remember the sanitary pad packaging material/gimmick? I think that was probably a mistake, as I know of several people who were totally alienated from O’Driu by that one. It was stupid and almost funny, in a perverse sort of way. Perfumeland remains a very good target for all kinds of social commentary and a very good subject for performance art of every kind – another topic for another day…
    Azar xx

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