The first spritz of Pride by Der Duft releases a powerful cloud of bitter greenness that’s very mossy-soft around the edges. Again, softness is felt, but this time of a different kind: at the later stage of development, Pride is bitter-dark green with underlining earthy patchouli notes – a definite bow to vintage chypre perfumery. It feels like dark green leaves with thick stems are hovering above musky, ambery, wet and warm earth.
The heart of the fragrance is filled with abstract facets that are shining like a bright crystal in these retro-style settings. And the mood changes: a good measure of mineral notes brings forward an air of coolness, sharp edges, and movement. It seems like something round, ancient, overgrown by moss and greenery, gave birth to something new, bright, and angular – this is how I visualize the difference of textures and the play of a warm/cold feeling in this fragrance.
The dry-down is lovely: as the mineral aspects calm down and become quieter and quieter, a veil of ambery smoothness covers your skin. Very refined, and I enjoy wearing it.