Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy evokes a very particular scene. You’re walking through a damp forest at night, listening to the sounds of a crackling fire ahead behind a group of trees that obscure your view. The smells of ceremony fill the air — incense, fresh flowers, human exuberance — and as you creep closer you uncover an (un)holy mass, an ecstatic celebration to someone or something unknown. Bacchus? Dionysus? There’s dancing, singing, consumption, all culminating in… well, you get the picture.
When I first smelled Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy, all I got was a powerful blast of pine and spruce. To be perfectly honest, I was disappointed. After hearing others rave about this magnificent, opulent incense fragrance, I worried that it was all hype. I put it away for the night and resolved to come back to it the next day.
I’m so glad that I did. That first smelling I guess I hadn’t the right comportment to unlock Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy’s secrets! I was wandering, lost in a lush pine and spruce forest. But during that next encounter, I found the path.
Petrichor sneaks in
After the blast of green, forested woods, the curious dampness of stones and woods after the rain appeared — petrichor. It’s a very particular sort of dampness, of the sort I’ve only ever experienced after sustained rainfall in the forests of northern Ontario. Had the nose behind Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy taken a trip to Algonquin? A smoothness combined with the tiniest echo of decaying plant matter. Dirty, earthy, but somehow clean and renewing. That’s paradoxical, I know.
But recognizing the petrichor was the key to following the scent to its final destination. Once I was able to distinguish that dampness from the pines and spruces, the incense revealed itself to me. As incense notes go, the one in Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy is lighter than some, playful, almost excited. It’s not brooding, though it does have some mystery to it. The incense is deepened and greened up by patchouli, which plays some tricks with my nose, here. Some sniffs, I get more incense, and others I get more patchouli. I’m going to say this is evidence of some clever and tricky blending on the part of Paolo Terenzi.
An ecstasy of green, wild rose
Then, as if from nowhere there is rose. A deep, rich, green rose note in Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy. It’s such a shock when you finally pick it out that you wonder if it wasn’t there all along and you just weren’t noticing it. It’s wild — ecstatic, perhaps! After a moment or so of marveling at this newly-discovered rose note, I take note of how the incense, patchouli and rose expertly swirl around each other. Notes seem to pop up out of nowhere and then disappear.
As Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy lingers on, it warms up. An amber note appears in the base and smooths everything out, sweetening it slightly. It’s just sweet enough to let the other notes shine; the amber never takes center stage. By this point, too, the woodier aspects of the pine and spruce from those first moments have appeared. They blend superbly with the incense, drawing it out and welcoming you to explore the latter.
The base notes here really do their job well! They appear to support the other notes of the fragrance but never come on too heavily or pungently.
Performance and sillage for Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy are both very good, which is to be expected from an Extrait de Parfum. Projection is strong, but never overwhelming or screaming, and longevity sits somewhere around 8 hours before it becomes a total skin scent.
For the price (I paid around $80), this is a joyous, totally worthwhile scent. If you’re at all into incense and rose combinations, this is an exemplary effort from the house of Tiziana Terenzi and one of the best scents from the house that I’ve tried. It clearly beats Maremma and Orion, my two other favourites, in originality and quality. Definitely worth a sample or a decant, and certainly worth consideration of a full bottle!
Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy fragrance review
Incense, rose, and the forest
Packing quite a punch, Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy combines incense, rose, patchouli and woods to create the impression of walking through a mysterious, wild forest. It truly suits its name.