Narcotic Venus by Alessandro Gualtieri for Nasomatto 2007

Hey Frag Family,

Today you can come look at a fragrance from a line that I keep hearing great things about. They are often talked about on Fragrance Blogs, the FaceBook Frag pages and among perfumistas and are held in high esteem. Last year in Vienna with Birgit I bought a bottle of Nuda, I haven’t opened it yet, because one 10 minute wear and I was head over heels already. Today’s fragrance is from Nasomatto’s first offerings back in 2007, well that is the first mention I can find and it’s on Perfume Shrine who writes this: The masterminds are both Italian, Allesandro and Arturetto, who had been students in Germany at the H&R company for courses in “medieval” perfumery. We’re told that Allesandro was taught by Arturetto and then went on to create fragrances for designers such as Romeo Gigli, Versace, Valentino, Helmut Lang and Fendi, finally locating in Amsterdam and re-uniting with Arturetto to launch his private vision: a line of his own niche perfumes, called Nasomatto. 

Narcotic Venus by Alessandro Gualtieri for Nasomatto 2007

Narcotic Venus Nasomatto FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Tuberose, jasmine, lily, spice

Nasomatto does not release note lists so we can wear the fragrance and enjoy it for what it is meant to be, a culmination of science and artistry that makes a fragrance that is more than the sum of its parts, it is an experience. My nose is so dodgy that I often need to check the notes because I smell things that are quite different, I think my nose and set of memory reference points can be slightly awry.

Anyway, how does Narcotic Venus smell on and to me?

Michael and I saw this lovely painting (Birth of Venus by Cabanel) while at the Musee d’Orsay in Feb 2014, purchased by Napoleon III at the 1863 Paris Salon which was the same year Manet showed ‘Luncheon on the Grass’ which we also saw. I think it a perfect representation of the cool, perfect, unsexy sensuality that Narcotic Venus displays. To be completely honest I like my narcotics more rough and in your face, this little baby is prim and pretty, and seems to be beautifully executed with expensive feeling ingredients but no raging sex kitten. Expectations have let me, and the frag, down I think. Such a shame because with a name like Nartcotic Venus I was hoping to be overwhelmed by a wall of white flowers with very dirty and sexy “come hither me hearty” attitude, sadly I am not. The end.

Narcotic Venus Nasomatto Alexandre_Cabanel Birth_of_Venus WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Further reading: Scent For Thought and Perfume Shrine
LuckyScent has $185/30ml and samples
First In Fragrance has €118/30ml

What are your thoughts about the Nasomatto line? Which have you tried? Do you like the aesthetic of the brand?
Portia xx

19 thoughts on “Narcotic Venus by Alessandro Gualtieri for Nasomatto 2007

  1. I can imagine you working Nuda wonderfully Portia.

    Quite agree about Narcotic Venus. It’s chiller cabinet fresh rather than skanky, though even that big white flower bouquet got to me after a while. I generally don’t think the brand is for me. It aims to shock with the drug references but doesn’t quite pull it off for the most part.

    The Musee d’Orsay is on my bucket list. Glad you got to go there last year. Stunning painting.

    Best wishes to you for 2015.


    • Tara!
      I have a bottle of Nuda, bought with Birgit in Vienna on our 2013 trip. Nice call.
      Musee d’Orsay needs 4 full days. You need to do a specific holiday just for it, Michael and I ran through in 2 hours. VERY fast.
      I want your 2015 to be wonderful my friend,
      Portia xx


  2. Not tried any of the fragrances. Yet. In my heydecade I would have smoked the dude under the table. As Tara said, beautiful picture. xxxx


  3. I know that I have smelled this along with a few other scents in the line. I distinctly remember looking at and holding the bottles. I cannot recall anything about the perfumes themselves though so I guess that says it all for me.


    • Poodle,
      Oh dear! They are all very intense rides, maybe their shared size completely overpowered what they are trying to smell like?
      You know, for this kind of money I want to be screaming, WOW! WOW! WOOOOW!
      On this one, though I think it is very nice it’s just too polite.
      Portia xx


    • Sandra,
      Interesting. Yes, we both love our white flowers, don’t we. Some BWFs that smell killer on your skin and chemistry sadly I cannot rock.
      I bet Nuda is splendid on you, imagine us both bathed in it. We could be a wall of white flowers.
      Portia xx


    • Make a deal with yourself ThinkingMagpie. Give yourself a realistic budget. If it’s $100/week or month or quarter then make a shopping date for yourself. Put a list on the fridge. It will be really fun.
      Portia xx


  4. Well after reading your post and all of the comments – it looks like Nuda is the way to go! Though I am a fan of white florals, everyone seems to be pretty meh on Narcotic V. Perhaps I shall seek out a sample of Nuda sometime, I do rather love those bottles…


    • Hi Sun Mi,
      I think Narcotic Venus a lovely perfume but it should not have been called such an extravagant name. Carnal Flower is not very carnal either through most of its life. It seems silly to name something a very naughty and sexual name and then to give us a prim wallflower.
      Portia xx


  5. The Nasomatto line was one of my first *discoveries* and Nuda was the first one I tried. Loved it then, love it now. I was hopeful about Narcotic Venus but was disappointed. Wanted drama but got nice. Hindu Grass is lovely too, especially for a lover of green scents and another friend loves Duro.


    • Hi there Maya,
      Another score for Nuda, sadly it was discontinued.
      I need to really spend some time with the Nasomatto range. I’m sure there will be another love hidden away in there.
      Portia xx


  6. I so agree Miss P! This was also a disappointment for me. I’ve said here before that I think it is Michael by Michael Kors’ poorer cousin. That is essentially the same ingredients/feel but with more vavavoom and much cheaper.

    M xx


    • AAAAH! I remember you saying that Madeleine,
      I went and found the Michael Kors because of your review and loved it so much I bought it on the spot.
      Yes, all true.
      Portia xx


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