To Pee Or Not To Pee (that is the question)...
*This review is primarily of Peety sans "personalization" with additional comparison comments at the end.
Peety (unaltered) opens with a very animalic slightly herbal musky accord. Joining the animalics is dried slightly sweet jasmine-infused prune with hints of dulled rose rising from the composition's heart. As the fragrance transitions to its middle the composition remains relatively linear as the musky open slightly softens but remains well-intact, with the dulled rose expanding its role to co-star coupling with supporting subtle hints of pipe tobacco and the remaining jasmine. During the late dry-down the animalics and florals vacate the composition, revealing a dry powdery amber and tonka bean tandem in the base supported by faint traces of relatively dry sandalwood. Projection is excellent and longevity outstanding at over 14 hours on skin.
Unaltered, Peety is one of the most wearable of the O'driu compositions I have tried to date. Make no mistake, Pregoni did not compromise in its creation or vision, but rather put together the components in a way that comes off a bit more refined than some of his earlier work. The open is quite the animalic one with a blast of mild herb-laced musk. The herbs used here are considerably less aggressive than those in most of his other compositions, letting the animalics do the "talking" per se. The dulled rose that makes its way into the open but really shines in the heart is very similar to the one used in my favorite Pregoni O'driu composition, Lalfeorosa, and the jasmine provides it excellent support. Finally, as the composition starts to fade the relatively dry tonka bean, sandalwood and amber in the base provide much needed relief from the stellar but potent earlier animalics and florals while completely shaking things up. One final observation is Pregoni's use of a small amount of synthetics in the base for the first time allows the performance characteristics of the composition to really shine while remaining completely transparent to the naturals. The bottom line is Pregoni continues to impress and hone his craft while expanding the accessibility of O'driu with the 150 Euro per 49ml Peety, earning a superb 4 to 4.5 star out of 5 rating and a strong recommendation (altered or unaltered).
Just a few additional comments about my first experience with the fragrance that is now called "Peety" and my thoughts on the personalization aspect and its results.
The first time I tried Peety was in a special late prototype form that the kind folks at O'driu sent me last year (2012) for an early test drive. The fragrance at the time had a working title of "Secraction" before Pregoni settled on the release name of Peety. The sample kit I originally received contained a small funnel, an empty 5 ml atomizer, the unaltered perfume in a dropper bottle and a very visual set of instructions of what to do with it all. To get to the point, the user is supposed to "personalize" the composition by adding a small amount of their own urine (yes, you read that correctly -- 1 ml per 49ml bottle to be precise).
I confess when I first considered the thought of doing what the instructions asked, I imagined it was in jest and got a good chuckle. When I soon came to realization that Pregoni was completely in earnest, after a few days contemplation and vacillation I got past my aversion to the task and gave it a go. Adding a small quantity of urine to the composition tamps down the animalic open (though the musky aspect remains), adding an almost olive-like aspect early with the fragrance quickly transitioning to a soft rose and jasmine focus with the softened musk adding support. Projection and longevity are both hindered slightly but still one can expect good performance if enhancing the composition as the perfumer intended.
I can honestly say the fragrance does indeed smell amazing with a small quantity of pee added, but having worn it several times both ways I personally have a slight preference for it sans pee. My recommendation to anyone sampling or buying a bottle of Peety is to give it a go both ways and decide for yourself. Either way Peety is a winner and well worth adding to one's collection.