By NATALIA DUBINSKY – Beauty Expert & Celebrity Stylist
In an industry swamped with lackluster releases and uninspiring scents, the arrival of a fragrance that embodies boldness, enigma, and audacity is like a breath of fresh air. I've never been one to settle for mediocrity when it comes to fragrances. The new release from Argos Fragrances, titled "Love Triumphs Over War," has stirred my senses and rekindled my passion for scents that dare to stand out.
Oh my, I have awaited with bated breath for the next release from The House of Argos. I had to pinch myself when I received the notice that not one or two, but three new releases are slated for 2023. It seems like it has been forever since their latest releases—Pallas Athene, Adonis Awakens, and the famous Nemean Lion—came out in 2022. Pallas Athene easily became one of my all-time fruity floral favorites. I had Adonis Awakens in my top spot for the most unique and most compliment-getting fragrances of 2022. And Nemean Lion stole my heart and reignited my passion for luxury niche perfumes.
Argos Fragrances, a USA-based brand renowned for its ultra-luxurious niche perfumes and colognes, has consistently raised the bar with their commitment to artistry, opulence, and innovation. Their hand-polished and painted bottles are works of art, signaling that what lies within is equally exceptional. As a beauty expert and celebrity stylist, I've had the privilege of exploring a myriad of scents, and Argos has consistently impressed me with their unique blends and storytelling prowess.
As the name suggests, "Love Triumphs Over War" is not just a fragrance—it's a narrative that unfolds on your skin. In an era of minimalistic clones, I'm in search of fragrances that tell a tale, that resonate with me beyond the olfactory senses. Gender labels are irrelevant; what matters is the experience. This fragrance embodies a story, and that's what captivates me.
The story behind "Love Triumphs Over War" draws inspiration from Greek and Roman mythology, a recurring theme in Argos' creations. This fragrance is part of new artist series that is not only inspired by Greek & Roman mythology but also the artist Peter Paul Rubens. The painting by Rubens entitled “Return From War” plays a part in the brilliance behind this olfactory masterpiece.
Picture this: Amidst the chaotic setting of Vulcan's forge, Venus leans affectionately into the arms of her paramour, Mars, who is captivated by her irresistible gaze. Ensnared by his attraction to the boldly seductive goddess, Mars becomes incapable of pursuing his military endeavors. Venus takes off his helmet, while playful putti frolic with his sword and shield.
During the 1600s, the scene of Venus disarming Mars was commonly seen as a representation of Peace in allegorical terms. However, Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder's interpretation emphasizes the delicate nature of peace. In the background, weapons continue to be manufactured amid the blazing fires of Vulcan's forge, suggesting that love's triumph over war might be fleeting, and that the dominance of peace is temporary.
What a powerful painting and on subject matter that is to this day, unfortunately very prevalent with the war ongoing between Russian and Ukraine. A war that holds special and profound meaning to myself and my family as I have relatives on both sides of the divide.
The scent of "Love Triumphs Over War" mirrors this epic clash—a bold, masculine composition that exudes confidence and uniqueness. Notes like Subtle Citrus, Scottish Pine, Resinous Labdanum, and Dry Oak Moss make a grand entrance, transitioning into a heart of Intense Clary Sage, Peppery Coriander, Rich Jasmine, Pink Peppercorn, and Juniper Berries. The base, a symphony of Warming Amber, Regal Mysore Sandalwood, Leather, and Musk, captures the untamed essence of the Nemean lion.
Christian Petrovich, Argos’ perfumer, and founder revealed a surprising detail about the creation of this wonderful olfactory dreamscape. In a short interview I had with Mr. Petrovich he discussed how the original formulation for this fragrance was very masculine and how through sever iterations of during the formulation the scent became subdued. This immediately brought images to mind of the Greek goddess of love subduing Ares the god of war and several paintings on this theme came to his mind. This dedication to artistry and authenticity elevates "Love Triumphs Over War" to level few fragrances achieve.
Now, let's discuss the visual experience. The Eau de Parfum concentration promises longevity, the opening powerful and bold, while the dry down takes you on an evocative journey. The bottle itself is a masterpiece—hand-polished glass, solid metal cap with intricate design, and an artwork plate featuring Ares and Venus in an embrace, adorned with rhinestones, is a true testament to luxury. Keep in mind that each 3d metal artwork plate is hand painted and the crystals are put on one at a time by hand.
The fragrance isn't for beginners—however, it is not overbearing. This beautifully blended and perfectly balanced aroma demands a palate for unique and powerful scents. For those who appreciate unapologetic elegance and regality that commands attention, "Love Triumphs Over War" is a must-have. The option of a 30ml bottle caters to collectors and travelers alike, aligning with Argos' dedication to quality.
"Love Triumphs Over War" isn't just a scent; it's an experience, a story, a triumph. Like the painting “Return From War”, by Rubens, a priceless masterpiece that held significant meaning in its day, this fragrance will carve its place in the history of remarkable scents. The allure of Argos Fragrances lies in their commitment to quality, their ability to blend mythology with modernity, and their unwavering dedication to crafting scents that leave a lasting impression. If you seek fragrances that are exceptional, unique, and tell a story, look no further than Argos Fragrances. And remember, in the world of scents, as in life, "Love Triumphs Over War."