Eshu 2020

Eshu by Prin
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Eshu is a popular perfume by Prin for women and men and was released in 2020. The scent is woody-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is still available to purchase.
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AmbroxanAmbroxan Atlas cedarAtlas cedar Black pepperBlack pepper FrankincenseFrankincense Hay absoluteHay absolute Norlimbanol™Norlimbanol™ OakmossOakmoss Tobacco absoluteTobacco absolute Ash treeAsh tree CastoreumCastoreum CognacCognac Copaiba balsamCopaiba balsam CuminCumin Elemi resinElemi resin NutmegNutmeg CinnamonCinnamon


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204 Reviews
Prin / Eshu
'Eshu' or 'Legba' is a mischievous figure of the god of the Yoruba people in Nigeria, who knows all the languages ​​spoken on Earth and serves as a divine messenger between gods and people. This creation is inspired by the fall collection of fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who died tragically in 2000. called 'Eshu'. Elements inspired by the Yoruba tradition and the folklore of the Yoruba creation myth juxtaposed with modern elements. '

It is a spicy-incense-woody and smoky perfume. The centerpiece of this perfume is a marriage of incense and spices (pepper, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg) with a tree that evolves in combination with a very noticeable tobacco through notes of smoky animal castoreum, rum, and ending with spicy and resin notes. This fragrance is very interesting, well blended and non-linear. I find in it a multitude of impressions and similarities with other Prina Lomros perfumes, including Ma Nishtana, as well as woody and smoky fragrances such as Beaufort (Tonnerre) or Naomi Goodsir (Bois d'Ascese). I recommend.
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Peppery Vague Woods...
Eshu goes on skin with a brief touch of soft cinnamon spice with a supporting cedar wood undertone before gradually transitioning to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart the cinnamon remains, gaining a bit of strength as it joins fine black pepper and natural smelling cumin spice in support of the focal moderately aromatic woody accord, with the cedar mingling with other vague woods (aka norlimbanol) and woody pine-like frankincense. During the late drydown the composition is heavily weighted to the norlimbanol driven vague woods with the cedar remaining in support to add realism. Projection is excellent, as is longevity that skirts outstanding at just under 15 hours on skin.

Eshu has a very long official list of ingredients, but I confess most of them just don't register with my own experience wearing it on skin. The key standouts are the peppery vague woods and the pine-like frankincense. There really isn't much to write about as the composition is highly linear from start to finish. I *will* say that the open and early heart represent the best the perfume has to offer, as the cinnamon is very skillfully implemented by perfumer Lomros to the point of one really having to pay attention to find it but it definitely is there, adding the perfect early balance to the peppery woods. Alas, the rest is just a pretty decent woody frankincense offering that does little to distinguish itself from its peers save the more precise use of the norlimbanol in the base balanced by natural smelling cedar that yields a more realistic overall woody profile than others that usually enter scrubber territory. The bottom line is the $140 per 30ml Eshu has little outright wrong about it, but never gives the wearer a reason to want to choose it over its contemporaries, earning it an "above average" 2.5 to 3 stars out of 5 rating and a neutral recommendation to all.
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The God. The spirit. The unpredictable. The sexual. The Revered One. The feared one.
The fact that ESHU is a god (also spirit, depending on the branch of faith) of the Yoruba and thus branched out African-American denominations, was completely unknown to me until the interested research of the name.
Because of the pyramid of scents I had thoughtlessly chosen "ash" (which by the way would also fit).
Also in other religions and cultures ESHU probably plays a role.
Sometimes as a god of (life) paths and crossroads, sometimes as a spirit (-being) and sometimes as an unpredictable and impulsive rogue, who enjoys creating chaos and has power over sexual desire and desire.
However: he does not seem to be completely good or completely bad. So he is respected and feared in equal measure.

But this only as a small, minimal informative introductory text in advance...

ESHU is such a fragrance that impresses me in many ways.
Starting with the fact that it did not take 3 minutes from spraying the test sample to "Pay now with Paypal". So fast (especially considering the price segment in which the Prin scents are sold) I had my finger on the trigger maybe twice in my memory.
Years ago at Patchouli Absolu and then again at Ceylon.
Of course there were also fragrances that I bought more or less spontaneously in the perfumery but even that took longer.

ESHU has done it to me as much as his older brother ARAN did for me.
For the following comparison I do not take any responsibility, because the two test persons on whom I wanted to check my perception could not share my opinion about the similarity of these two fragrances Directly while spraying the ARAN association comes to me.
I don't know why.
It's not even that you could say that the prelude smells "just like" ARAN.
It's more of a nuance plus the overall mood and vibe that ESHU exudes.
In the same way I think that ESHU fits perfectly into the fragrance world of ARAN and MRIGA.
By the way, Homa could also be included as a fourth fragrance without any problems.
Even if none of them smells like the other, they belong to the same family for me.
Powerful, mystical, dark. Animalism and nature.

It is also similar to the already mentioned fragrances in terms of descriptiveness.
It's actually easier to speak in pictures.
How does ESHU smell?
The fragrance moves continuously from darkest green and dirty brown tones with lighter, almost dark orange sprinkles across all darker shades of green and brown. Sometimes something orange flashes through, sometimes something blood-red. Sometimes white-grey fog, sometimes the almost black night sky under which the ash tree swaying in the cool wind with a deer resting at its foot.
Between earth, wood, stones and moss. Fresh resin sticks to his fur in thick drops.
A few trees further on, a hunter sits on a hay bale that is a bit damp from the forest fog and sips a cognac while he is biting his Ricola Swiss herb sugar. The open leather tobacco pouch on his belt.
Carefully observing the forest inhabitants from a distance around him.

Bringing all this to a conclusion will be a small challenge again.

ESHU smells like nature.
To forest and humid air.
To Earth.
It is dark, but not destructive or even life-denying. Dark and sublime. Powerful and mystical; even a little bit approximate.
Possibly even sexually. But I would have to question or smell that again more exactly.
But I can admit with confidence: I feel anything but unmanly, insecure, or unsexy when I wear it.

I really like the darker Prin scents I still consider ARAN to be an absolute cracker. MRIGA as well.
ESHU could be from "the same cast" and is in no way inferior to both.
I also can't imagine that somebody likes the other two and ESHU has nothing to gain from them
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