XIX March fragrance notes

  • Head

    • orange, green leaves, mint, nettle
  • Heart

    • lavender, cinnamon, clove bud, jasmine
  • Base

    • sandalwood, cedarwood, vetiver, musk, nutmeg

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Latest Reviews of XIX March

freshly cut grass that had some mint plants growing in it...a faint effect of citrus...well blended into accords vs. notes and notes float around adding little touches here and there...a refreshing scent that smells like it would be a perfect fragrance for a warm summer evening...office friendly also, IMHO...just a little touch of warm spiciness...settles down to a slightly musky wood base...love this house and like this enough to get a decent sized decant...just a touch of flower before it comes down to the finish...
12th April 2019
A well made fragrance, but not for me. There is much greenery in this bottle. Grass, weeds, vetiver, with a bit of sharpness at top...perhaps from the orange and mint combination.
14th May 2017

A green that is close to nature and yet oozes sophistication – one does not come across that often. Often, realistic greens go for profusion, a kind of bramble and grass sprawl, or piercing effects such as conifers accented with clouds of incense that turn chemical over time.
But here we have civilized garden greens – including a lovely fresh mint (cleverly paired with lavender) that seems still dew-laden chirping from the foliage. The freshness is expertly handled – with an opening salvo of citrus and then layers of gentle soapiness from which peek glimpses of light spice and an almost juicy vetiver (if that isn't too contradictory). Ultimately the vetiver will become the central focus as the greens sadly begin to lose their definition after an hour or so and buffing musks become more prominent.
Energizing as a spring day, XIX March is so not about its notes, but of the overall impression of exploring a verdant, beautifully put together garden, wearing something effortlessly graceful.
It may be the lathered-up vetiver that wins out, but it's the green start that is truly memorable.
12th February 2016
On my skin this is a perfume that develops from light to heavier over time. It opens with a bright minty orange notes that combines with a second prong of notes encompassing a herbal-vegetal mix. Fruit and Veg - how healthy. Soon a spicy cinnamon component arises, whiffs of clove emerge, and later in the drydown traditional floral elements are evident, mainly jasmine and lavender. Overall an unusal mix, like wandering trough a succession of citrus groves, herb gardens and flower fields. Nice.

The base is, alas, less interesting and more pedestrian: woodsy and musky components, the usual culprits. The base is the weak point of this composition.

I get moderate sillage, adequate projection and six hours of longevity. Overall 2.5/5.
1st August 2015
This is vegetable shop in the bottle! seriously!
The opening is a very green vegetable kind of smell with fresh feeling. it's like walking inside of a fresh vegetable shop that you can smell the aroma of green and fresh vegetables like dill and parsley in the air!

As time passes and in the base I'm getting a semi sweet musky scent with that fresh feeling but now much less vegetabley!
Smell nice though, specially at the beginning but personally I don't want to smell like a vegetable farm!
It was worth trying but definitely not something to buy and wear (at least for me!)
Projection is above average and longevity is around 6-7 hours.
8th December 2014
The opening of XIX March is lively, greenish-woody-floral, slightly creamy thanks to sandalwood and white flowers (among which jasmine above all), with fresh and zesty head notes of citrus and neroli. The green accord is well played around a refreshing minty note, one of the nicest I've ever encountered so far: it's crunchy, sour, balsamic, leafy and compelling - no "Colgate effect", in short. XIX March is one of those "botanical" scents rich in vibrant notes smelling of leaves, branches and wood trunks, rich of "spring" nuances and graceful colours. Yet it's not conventional, as it bears an unusual bold spicy-herbal accord with nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and a range of "culinary" aromatic herbs. A proper Mediterranean perfume indeed. The interplay between floral notes and woods is clever and nice, as it's quite evocative of flowers hiding among trees, so you smell more the "echo" of flowers than the "inner" of them (as in many other floral scents). It's like sitting in a house garden in the countryside waiting for lunch, the smell and whiffs of trees and flowers mix with spices and herbs from the kitchen. The vetiver note emerges after a while, quickly becoming the prominent character of the drydown. The bad side of this scent is that despite being an "extrait de parfum", its longevity is - to me, unacceptably - short and light, nothing more than a normal EDT. Apart from this, a nice scent from a respectable brand.

17th October 2014
XIX March
Another interesting fragrance straight from this great brand. Over the sample box I read that the juice is appointed in order to celebrate the Focarina di San Giuseppe, namely the night between 18 and 19 March when is a religious tradition to build a large bonfire ("la focarina") in order to burn up the left over twigs and brushes from winter and make room for the rebirth of spring: the air is filled with intense smells, all at once new and nevertheless ancient. The aroma itself I have to say appears by soon less holy but anyway not less compelling than the other juices of the same brand tested till now. XIX March strikes soon by the top notes for its intensely herbal, aromatic and bitter/hesperidic introduction slightly a la Mr Marvellous Byredo (the latter appears by soon anyway less herbal and more orangy) with its accord provided by lavender, green leaves, orange, bergamot and nettle. The latter in particular imprints a typical harsh bitter/herbal vibe I appreciate so much. The aroma anyway evolves by soon towards something less boisterous and decidedly more musky/spicy and floral. A nice musky/white jasmine appears at the horizon, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg provide an intensely spicy/fizzy vibe (L'Humaniste jumps vaguely on mind) in their link with crisp herbs and citrus while a light woody/musky base embrace the elements in to an extremely exotic, daring, slightly floral, musky/soapy and masculine accord. I love the cedarwood/vetiver/rosemary dominant basic spicy accord (a bit a 7 de Loewe's conjuration but in a way more creamy, less peppery and deprived about the incensey touch). The nettle is still stout and have to say this prickly element provides a "titillative" touch throughout, an herbal-pungent lingering feel becoming gradually soapy/spicy, orangy, floral and musky in a light and fluidy way. The outcome is classy (extremely subtle and refined) orangy/lemony and traditional (think at the lovely citrus/lavender/woods/aromatic herbs accord) but obviously more conventional and less innovative. I suppose minimal hints of amber or benzoin are included in the blend (as support for the white woods) cause the musky spiciness is finally almost soapy. The fragrance is a masculine one in my humble opinion. Stout longevity and medium projection.
8th February 2014