Pélargonium by Aedes de Venustas

…”Like prolonged echoes mingling in the distance, in a deep and tenebrous unity, vast as the dark of night and as the light of day, perfumes, sounds and colors correspond” (from Correspondences, Charles Baudelaire).

Aedes de Venustas, the renowned “Temple of Beauty” from New York, gives a “face” to its eighth Muse: Pélargonium.

Since 1995, nr. 7 of Greenwich Avenue has become a reference point for celebrities and selective perfumery lovers. Right here is located the iconic boutique of Aedes de Venustas, where elegance, opulence and refinement blend harmoniously in the beautiful setting of a boudoir furnished in contemporary Baroque style. The impeccable aesthetics of Karl Bradl and Robert Gerstner, founders of Aedes de Venustas, finds its full expression in the creation of a homonymous fragrance collection. Each Eau de Parfum evokes the beauty of a particular “vegetal muse” whose sublime uniqueness is exalted by the most famous Noses of contemporary perfumery, excellent interpreters of bold and complex compositions. With their own charming personality, the wonderful Muses dance on the magnetic wake of a note of incense, olfactory signature of a collection that has garnered critical acclaim and earned prestigious awards.


The eighth creation of the House pays homage to Pélargonium Graveolens, a particular variety of Geranium that, ever since the late 19th Century, represents a key ingredient of fougère fragrances to which brings lightness and transparency. Not to be confused with the most widespread species that adorn the balconies of many dwellings, the Pélargonium Graveolens is endowed with a more minute inflorescence and fleshy, velvety and jagged leaves; from the latter, a precious essence,  characterized by complex rosy, citrus, verdant, balsamic and slightly metallic facets, is distilled.

still life painting

Willem van Aelst (Bloementuil, 1665, source Wikipedia)

Signed by Nathalie Feisthauer, a celebrated French perfumer, also author of important creations for Hermès, Comme des Garçons e Van Cleef & Arpels, Pélargonium is a delicate, albeit persistent, aromatic, woody and floral fragrance.

my aesthetic inspiration was an old-school flower wveryone thinks they know, even though no one really knows it”, says Nathalie. Portrayed as one of the main pictorical subjects of the Dutch Golden Age, where colorful bouquets stood on dark backgrounds creating contrast and depth effects, the Egyptian Geranium rises to the role of protagonist of a fragrant still life.

Pélargonium by Aedes de Venustas

Pélargonium by Aedes de Venustas
(ph. credit Anthoscents)

Nathalie immortalizes the Pélargonium at the center of a surprising olfactory painting, exalting its many facets through skilful chiaroscuro effects. A warm ray of light delineates its contours in a bright aromatic, slightly spiced, accord of Calabrian bergamot and green cardamom. The delicate pink shades of Geranium take shape, nestling on the dusty softness of orris and supported by the grassy sweetness of carrot, framed by a green and lush foliage whose velvety surface is made almost tangible by the ambery and vegetal shades of clary sage. A peppery, balsamic and incense-like touch of elemi emphasizes its citrusy facets and its freshness, creating the contrast with the dark base of the composition, where the austere elegance of cedarwood is tinged with the smoky and earthy tones of vetiver, guaiac wood and oak moss. A veil of musks seals the mysterious and magnetic charm of an extremely elegant and refined Eau de Parfum.

The creations of Aedes de Venustas  can be purchased either at Aedes Boutique or from their Online Store and are available worldwide in selected boutiques and pefumeries.




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