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Electimuss London: A Buyer’s Guide to the Nero Collection

Today I had the pleasure of testing the entire Nero collection from Electimuss London. The English niche house creates some extremely unique scents that are based on mythological gods and tales.

So far, I have been extremely happy with what I’ve smelled. All of their fragrances set the tone right off the bat as they are made of materials that exude quality, smell unique and tend to be good at their job.

If you didn’t catch the review on Emperor and Lustrous, click here.

Electimuss London: Mercurial Cashmere
Electimuss London: Mercurial Cashmere

Electimuss London: Mercurial Cashmere by Sofia Bardelli

Top: Madagascan Pink Pepper, Cardamom and Italian Bergamot

Heart: Grey Amber, Tuberose, Violet and Iris

Base: Oud, Musk, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Caramel, Cashmere Wood and Cedarwood from Virginia

Mercurial Cashmere is a unisex citrus fragrance that dries down to an edible gourmand combination of Vanilla and Woods. Off the top, the fragrance opens up with pungent citrus accords and spices that follow. 

From there, the fragrance slowly introduces a floral note that is paired with some makeup-like powderiness. The scent maintains a very potent Bergamot note for an impressive amount of time. 

After two hours, the fragrance loses the citrus accord, giving way to the Oud, Tonka, Vanilla and Woods. What you’re left with is an aromatic, woody fragrance that teeters on the line of being overly Woody.

The aromatics add a fresh and unique note to the scent which is what helps it maintain a unisex accord. Pink Pepper works hard to not get trampled by the powerful Woody notes. All in all, a terrific scent that is mass appealing. 

Electimuss London: Vixere by Sofia Bardelli

Top: Mandarin, Bergamot, Neroli, Grapefruit and Ylang-ylang

Heart: Violet, Jasmine Sambac, Iris, Gardenia and Heliotrope

Base: Sandal, Patchouli, Musk, Tonka Bean, Vanilla Berries and Amber

Vixere is a lovely fragrance by the house, combining stunning citrus accords with fresh and easily digestible florals. In the base is a terrific set of notes that project woods, creamy sweetness and a tinge of the forest. 

The four citrus notes off the top do a great job of projecting clean and zesty aromas. I feel as if I’ve just dug my knife into the rind, opening my nose to a bouquet of beautiful notes. 

As the fragrance dries down, I’m met with floral accords that can be described as sweet and refreshing, yet sit in the background. What I find is that the fragrance skips past the heart pretty quickly, opting to focus more on the base notes.

When the base combines with the top, magic occurs. The Amber, Musk and Patchouli give off a very sweet accord and a separate aroma that reminds me of dirt in a positive way. It gives an earthy feel to the zest which is extremely enjoyable.

Summanus by Electimuss London
Summanus by Electimuss London

Electimuss London: Summanus by Christian Provenzano

Top: Cardamom, Bergamot, Orange, Black Pepper, Ginger, Pine and Elemi 

Heart: Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Absolute, Amyris, Amber and Cognac

Base: Sandalwood, Cedar, Nagarmotha, Guaiac and Tonka

This next fragrance by Electimuss London has a very acquired taste. What stands out the most off the top of the fruitiness of the Cardamom. It smells ripe, a little bit sour and is met by a very smoky accord. 

Summanus will then live on its life with a very hardened background of incense smokiness. I felt as if I had taken an incense cone, rubbed it around on my wrist and continuously smelled it.

For me personally, it was quite overpowering and generally not a scent profile that I was into. Although, for those of you who like a very incense-based fragrance that is smoky, woody and raw, this fragrance might be one that you should check out.

Electimuss London: Capua by Christian Provenzano

Top: Elemi, Sicilian Bergamot, Cypress and Madagascan Tagetes

Heart: Cedar, Egyptian Cumin and Indian Nagarmotha

Base: Cedar, Indonesian Vetiver, Amber and Kashmir Wood

Capua is a fragrance that has an interesting note breakdown, and an even more puzzling aroma. I felt as if I went on a journey of smelling a completely different fragrance at random points in the day. 

At first, the fragrance opens with a nice Bergamot accord, slightly zesty yet not overpowering. From there, it mixes with the florals, producing a very approachable freshness.

From there, the scent morphs, adding Woody notes, Spices and Amber. The set of notes produces an extremely animalic, stinky accord. Amber is utilized in a way that is chalky, slightly sweet and musty. The fragrance as a whole wasn’t my cup of tea, unfortunately. 

Electimuss London: Black Caviar
Electimuss London: Black Caviar

Electimuss London: Black Caviar by Marco Genovese

Top: Caviar, Agar Wood and Cedarwood

Heart: Lavender, Rosemary and Sage

Base: Vetiver, Patchouli and Oakmoss

By far the best fragrance in this set! Black Caviar is a luxurious fragrance that is extremely unique, appealing and quite sexy. Off the top, The Wood accords amalgamate, producing a very crisp freshness and syrupy sweetness. 

From there, the aromatics and florals kick in. The Sage and Rosemary are extremely raw and potent, cutting through the woods very well. It almost reminded me of Vick’s Vaporub in the sense that it opened up the bouquet, allowing me to smell the sheer quality of the notes.

Upon full dry down, Black Caviar has an almost blue freshness to it. It’s not aquatic, but fresh in the same way Dior Sauvage, YSL Y and Bleu de Chanel are. I believe that this is a woody masterpiece.

The Caviar note is so interesting, giving the scent a very fresh, almost green accord. The fragrance overall is extremely fresh, masculine and quite sexy in a refined way. 

Conclusion

This sample set was 50/50 for me. The first two fragrances were phenomenal but unfortunately, what came afterwards was a bit too niche for my liking. Although, the experience was saved by Black Caviar.

By far the best fragrance in the set, Black Caviar is a must-own for all men who like to portray that they are refined, stylish and can clean up well. So obviously, if I were to buy a full bottle from the Nero collection by Electimuss London, I would grab Black Caviar.

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