Pelargonium by Nathalie Feisthauer for Aedes de Venustas 2017




Hey Crew,

Well clearly a new package of splits has arrived because this week we are talking NEW STUFF on APJ. It’s not regular here for us to get hyper excited about new releases but there seems to be a plethora of really good and interesting stuff for all taste ranges lately. I’m not saying that hard core perfumistas will like it all but there does seem to be something quite lively about the newest batch.

Pelargonium by Aedes de Venustas 2017

Pelargonium by Nathalie Feisthauer

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Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Bergamot, Mandarin, Clary sage, Black pepper, Sichuan pepper absolute, Cardamom, Egyptian geranium, Hedione, Iris, Carrot seed, Elemi resin, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Gaiac wood, Moss, Musk, Ambermax®

I have a little story for you. Maybe you remember that Jin and I bought some property in Tasmania? Well, we bought two houses for unbelievably low prices and they have been tenanted. One of the houses has just changed tenants but we were lucky enough to meet the last couple the weekend before they left. They had spent a year beautifying the gardens and had added about 15 pelargonium plants in pinks, purples and dark reds. When I mentioned how much I loved her pelargoniums we instantly bonded because she’d never met anyone who knew the difference. The whole house was at least in 20% better shape than we’d first rented it. Sadly I only got one photo of the magnificent flowers but you can see how dramatic and glamorous they are.

Pelargonium Aedes de Venustas  Tasmania June 2017

A sharp geranium smell, soapy, clean, strong and poised. Cool and dry, the peppers give a snap and sizzle to cardboard iris and lightly salted driftwood shavings. There is a lot of light and shade and the whole scent is so well blended that very few pieces stand out enough for met nose to capture them.

Very unexpected treatment of pelargoniums, as the heart develops I am smelling warmth. It’s like the sunrise warming the fragrance through that has been waiting in the cool dark for it. The whole personality of Pelargonium becomes that warm, woody, synth smell that I really like in so much niche but has little or nothing to do with the flowers as I know them. In fact the perfume is now a very masculine leaning thing.

Pelargonium Aedes de Venustas  Flowers Max PixelPDI

Hints of the opening float to the surface unexpectedly throughout the heart and dry down. It gives a lift and swish, keeping the wood and dry resins interesting.

Longevity is really good and I stay quite noticeably fragrant throughout.

Further reading: Now Smell This and I Scent You A Day
Peony Melbourne has the Aedes de Venustas range

Are you a fan of the Aedes de Venustas line? Is Pelargonium on your To-Try radar?
Portia xxx

10 thoughts on “Pelargonium by Nathalie Feisthauer for Aedes de Venustas 2017

  1. I’m a big fan of Aedes de Venustas but haven’t tried this yet. Interesting that this is the second time in a week I hear good things about this perfume, now I have to go and try it. 🙂


    • Hey Ines,
      It’s pretty new so people are talking. I’m yet to find an Aedes de Venustas fragrance that isn’t well thought out and beautiful to smell.
      Portia xx


  2. Thanks for a great review.
    Well, it is on my To-Try radar NOW!
    I have been given a purse spray of Iris Nazarena, which I love. I still need to explore the rest of Aedes de Venustas, except Copal Azur, which did nothing for me, to say it politely. 😉


    • Hey Fanny,
      What a shame about Copal Azure. It’s the only one I have a bottle of so far but I think I’ll buy the original and Pelargonium next time I’m near a store.
      Portia xx


  3. Hi gorgeous.

    Lovely review and I am curious. Glad you like it.
    That said I don’t tend to go out of my way to try new things since there are simply too many… ignorance is bliss methinks.

    I did try some of the early Aedes when I was shopping at Liberty in London in 2015… they are indeed quite lovely and I do adore those bottles.

    XXX… T


  4. I liked this perfume when I tried it but I’m not sure if I like it enough to want to wear it.

    Those are very beautiful flowers! I wonder if I should look to sublet a room in my house to somebody who is into gardening? 😉


    • GENIUS! Undina, I like the way you think.
      Pelargoniums are so easy even a brown thumb can usually make them flourish.
      Portia xx


  5. I really like Aedes de Venustas. They make interesting, classy and long lasting perfume, yet the price prevented me from buying anything from their line so far. I’ve tried Pelargonium a while ago but only on a paper strip. It reminded me of Hermes’ Jardin sur le Nil a bit and I really liked the spicy pelargonium interplay with the woody musk. Unfortunately I haven’t smelled the fresh flower.


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