You may either love or hate such fragrances. Or rather, love and hate them. As is life itself.




(1 customer review)

What was the smell of the Big Bang? And the smell of the mythical Eve’s hair and skin? Would the forbidden fruit smell like the White Transparent variety or rather the Reinette one?

Genesis encourages you to search for the Beginning, on many different levels. It is also a reflection of my love for niche perfumes and what I felt when I first walked into a very stylish niche perfume shop full of extraordinary scents. I was captivated by new aromas I had never experienced before, with their incredible complexity and –sometimes– extravagance.

This fragrance evokes echoes of everything primal and authentic. Dangerous and real. It could be the smell of that moment when you stare at the abyss and it looks back at you.

You may either love or hate such fragrances. Or rather, love and hate them. As is life itself.

1 review for Genesis

  1. We Are Scentient

    Genesis is a beautiful title for a perfume & especially one to launch with. Agnieszka Lewandowska the founder & creative director uses both of these perfumes to introduce us to her, a partial portrait via scent, slowly revealing her story & love of perfume, as a way to celebrate uniqueness. ‘Le Frag is dedicated to all those who feel different’ & Miguel Matos with his extensive perfume knowledge & avant-garde visions is the perfect perfumer to make these dreams a reality. This perfume isn’t for everyone, but life is boring if everyone smells the same.

    How it smells: Bitter grass greens get aldehydic & airy as things get thicker & darken. The aldehydes sparkle darkly as flowers bloom for the green grassy grounds below. Green cassis leaves add hint of celeric sharpness almost that cat pee aroma, like territory has been marked under the bushes; but not as a soft almost sticky sweetness from strawberry balances it, rounding out the sharper greens making its fruity & fuller. It’s a lovely strawberry accord as most smell like that fake sweet kind, this has a subtle darkness.

    Magnolia adds a lush slightly waxed floral airy aroma with hints of jasmine too. It’s like a clean slightly lemony fresh aura that’s formed as the greens slowly go & some sour skin like narcissus is revealed. The floral interplay is beautiful, making an abstract futuristic floral, that’s almost human, like your skin has become a flower. There’s still ghosts of strawberries quietly haunting, adding splashes of reds onto the greens, whites & yellows.

    You start to get hints at the chypre structure as oakmoss pokes through, it’s been off playing with the narcissus, but wait there’s some tropical nuances making a move too, a soft subtle coconut adding more creaminess to the magnolia. Some Dadaesq Futurist fun is at play here. Genesis is the moment of beginning where the past, present & future are all happening together, time &’doves flowing backward & forwards, in the now, time is flattened. Strawberry & coconut teasing florals feels like the futures as the aldehydes, oakmoss & civet give a beautiful vintage twist. The civet here like in many of Miguel’s creations adds a velvety opulence & hint of dirtiness, the cassis it’s bringing some wild to the party too. I get a kind of fruity exotic amber liquor booziness too, with a smooth luxurious feel. It’s all sounds confusing but makes fun & sense on skin. Just let go & enjoy it.

    There’s a wild tango of materials throughout Genesis, it’s plays with balance, tipping back & forth from darkness & light, a punk ballet of or movements, taking you to the edge only to swing you back as it spins. The Scottish dancer & choreographer Michael Clark comes to mind when smelling this. He famously used the music of The Fall rather than classical music to preform too, wild Leigh Bowery style costumes mixing contemporary moves with classical ballet ones. This created a beautiful new beast with wild results.

    Agnieszka Lewandowska wanted to have that Genesis moment where she 1st walked into niche perfumery & was exposed to an explosion of scents, I think it’s beautifully captured here whilst retaining a unique chypre structure. I’ve got a box of vintage minis & opening it I understand the genesis of Genesis, that beautiful confusion of combined aromas making something complex, a little confusing, but super unique. This time bending green floral chypre with some dirty fruity fun is definitely a way to make an entrance. Where’s next on this wild adventure?!

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