Splendid Smell of a Crime: Fantomas by Nasomatto


A masterpiece or a disaster, this is the discussion about Nasomatto Fantomas. Alessandro Gualtieri’s creation – for Nasomatto and beyond that, for Orto Parisi – are known for their eccentricity and perplexing smells, and once again the nose slaps the public with this shocking release.

People usually give black/white feedback about his creations. Some adore, and some find them too intense and nauseating. Whether or not one will be able to wear his perfumes fully depends on personal preferences in unusual fragrances.

For whoever appreciates generic perfumes, Fantomas’ opening with unidentifiable fatty lemony melony smell makes a nightmarish experience! Yes, the fragrance has an unexpectedly weird recognizable start. It’s sweetish, fat as whipped cream, and pungent, bright, and loud.



Confession: I hate its opening. This opening smells like a lemon cake with tropical melon slices on it. Kind of ordinary? Naaa, I find the smell obsessional and potentially criminal.

I like the concept and more than a perfume to wear, Fantomas is a conceptual smell. Believe me, an unknown bloody fruity smell conjures up the sense of crime much better than a dark smoky fragrance.

I have been in a crime scene all by accident (I was not the victim or the criminal) and I’m telling you, more than being frightened or feeling discussed, I was straining to match words to describe what I was watching and what feelings I had. It’s quite indescribable.

Just as weird as a crime scene Fantomas smells unusual like a wrong result of a mad doctor’s experimental researches in his hidden lab – at least for the opening.

In the beginning, it is repulsing and too much for many people, but after a while, it skews and settles in milky white sandalwood and sheer musk. The whole composition here quickly grows fatiguing.

My bottle of Seminalis

I should say that this sandalwood smell is highly over my tolerance level. I experienced it in Seminalis from Orto Parisi line and this was the major negative factor that made me give the scent away.

The same overdose of sandalwood here repeats. We know this “urbanized” sandalwood is Gualtieri’s signature from the beginning of Nasomatto, but am I the only one who thinks this signature is getting larger than the text in his latest works?

Regarding its style, Fantomas demands high care for the style. Unusual fragrances need an extraordinary way of fashion.

Regarding its performance, the fragrance is over the high level of longevity and sillage. No kidding it stays +24 hours on my skin. Even it survives my hot water showers.

All these I listed may Fantomas a love/hate choice.