Sixteen92; ex tenebris lux

Labdanum, Benzoin, Tonka and Vanilla Absolute with Patchouli, Oakmoss, Blood Orange, Bergamot and Tuberose

From the darkness comes the light; dawn’s first rays on barren snow. A warm winter amber melange brightened with citrus notes of blood orange and bergamot, and sweetened with a precious Tuberose absolute.

Ex Tenebris Lux means ‘light out of darkness’, which seems pretty fitting for this scent. The opening was a strong dose of blood orange and bergamot, creating this sparkling image of the thin rays of sunlight upon your face; these bright tangy notes are a stark contrast to the patchouli background, warmed by the use of amber and resins in this concoction. The blood orange is probably the most prominent note out of the lot, and I can’t detect any tuberose at all, which is such a pity because I am a fan of white florals.

This scent managed to last for around 4 hours on my skin, but the projection was really low, remaining just slightly above skin level. Warm, not overly sweet and slightly, almost bitter, I think Ex Tenebris Lux makes for quite the unique winter scent, as compared to the usual gourmand ‘mulled wine and eggnog’ or woody ‘pines and evergreen leaves’ types of scents people normally put in their winter collections.


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