Pride is a collaboration with perfumer Miguel Matos. It is deep and elegant and a marvel on skin. It opens with an original earthy soil note with a touch of citrusy booze and dries into a stone/wood/oud scent. It is reminiscent of the scent of early evening when the gardens are watered and the air becomes fresher, but the earth and stones still radiate heat. It is a bitter dark green scent with underlying earthy patchouli notes. The heart of the fragrance changes the mood as mineral notes bring an air of freshness and the drydown becomes more soothing; a veil of ambery softness that covers your skin in a very refined way.
Pride has notes of bergamot, narcissus, carrot seed, jasmine, cashmeran, amber, sandalwood, patchouli and moss. It is an eau de parfum, edp.
Der Duft Pride Reviews
Cafleurebon: In his signature neo-vintage style, Matos chose a chypre DNA for Der Duft Pride. Chypre is a category or family of classic fragrances that is generally built around an accord comprised of bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli and labdanum. Matos explains his decision: “I think that one of the highest forms of perfume composition and perfume families is the chypre. So, I started assembling materials that I would love to explore in a vintage chypre perfume: bergamot, narcissus, jasmine, and patchouli. These can be considered as the basic building blocks for Pride.” Pride opens with a rush of citrus that smells as if it has been soaked in dark liquor. Pride is earthy, spicy and herbaceous. Narcissus and carrot seeds lend their spicy and dark green characteristics, while the jasmine adds a different “shade” of green and a fresh, white floral creaminess. The fragrance could be described as a spectrum of refined botanical bitterness. Verdant, sharp and piquant in the opening then mellowing out as it settles on skin. I envision the forest floor, submerged in a luminous obscurity. The damp soil, the moss and the lichen bathed in the timid brilliance of a stray ray of sunlight. As time goes by, we move out of the forest (and from the opening of the fragrance), with its cool, herbal spiciness, into a tamer and more manicured landscape. I have a great deal of admiration for this fragrance as both olfactive art, but also for its particular and different interpretation of pride as a concept.
Fragrantica: It is a chypre, created according to classical canons; however, this perfume does not remind me of anything else I have tried in my life. It has a minimum of sweetness in it, there are poisonous bitter green fleshy stems of wild plants; dusty concrete, heated by the sun and sprinkled with lime juice. It also has pleasant mineral facets which surprised me a lot. At the opening you can notice an alcoholic citrus liqueur with a slightly medicinal vibe.
I would call it sort of urban neo-chypre, the roughness of which is smoothed out by white flowers.