Alkemia Perfumes' fragrances continue to impress me. It's obvious that they don't care about current perfume trends, and I get the sense that they simply make perfumes that they want to make. So far I've worn six of their fragrances, and out of those there was only one I don't like, and that's mainly due to my personal taste and not because it's a bad scent. Lacivius is probably my favorite out of the six, and I've bought a full bottle of it, along with a bottle of Highwayman.
Alkemia on their site describes Lacivius as a sweaty, animalic, almost aphrodisiac scent, saying it's like the smell of sex. Though I don't quite smell it that way, I think that's a good description of Lacivius. I tend to wear animalic fragrances often, so Lacivius wasn't likely to shock me. However, I do agree with Alkemia when they say that Lacivius is not for everyone. Acqua di Gio-wearing jocks will have no use for this.
Lacivius is an oud fragrance with heavily musky overtones. I'm not an oud fan, but this is really well done. The oud note is up front and center, but not obnoxious. It's warm and smooth, an effect which is aided by the musk with which it's blended. I also smell patchouli here, which gives adds a welcome earthiness, complexity and a diversion from a note, oud, that can get tiresome to smell after a while. The scent lasts for hours, and all the while it's constantly evolving. For example, it will smell raunchy for 45 minutes, then smell dry and woody for an hour, then tart and cork-like, then it will smell like sweat, etc.. It's a fascinating scent that never gets boring.
Most importantly, Lacivius smells like passion. Though it's not a loud fragrance, it's not a scent for someone who wants to just blend in and not be noticed. It really does project a kind of hot blooded, sweaty, passionate attitude the whole time, so it succeeds in its stated purpose. In that respect, Lacivius reminds me of Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent, even though it's not as loud as that. This would be a fun and ironic fragrance to wear in a stuffy or conservative setting or occasion, like a business meeting or a fancy cocktail party.
If you like daring, off-the-beaten-path fragrances, then you should definitely give Lacivius a try. At only $12.00 for a bottle of unique and great smelling juice, you'll be kicking yourself in the ass if you don't get one and they run out of stock.
MY RATING: 8.5/10
Fragrance House: Alkemia Perfumes