Devante Valereo was raised in a dusty Spanish village on the Balearic Sea. He fondly recalled going to the bullfights with his father, an ex-picador, and credited those experiences with inspiring his popular novella, Bull`s Blood. The book`s lurid tale of seduction garnered obscenity charges against him. A ban on the sale of his works persisted for a number of years. A fixture in Barcelona, writing in the cafes & bars into the night, Valereo disappeared as a fugitive in 1967 after a highly publicized bar scuffle. “A man who has killed,” he wrote in Bull`s Blood, “is a man who knows passion.”
Patchouli smolders seductively, a green flash of red fabric, flourished in the blink of an eye. This blood colored flag invites action, and after patchouli`s initial invitation, the drama in the fragrance never ceases, nor disappoints.
Rose emerges quickly after patchouli`s wave, a willing participant. Gorgeous but thorny, this bloom is not to be messed with. Though her petals may look satin-soft their edges are as sharp as razors and her prickly stem is a ladder that cannot be climbed without paying the price--in blood.
Costus root`s bitter, unctuous fragrance is a balm after rose`s sweet revenge. Tobacco is the next contender, bold enough to take up patchouli`s loaded welcome. Shimmering with a honeyed, aged countenance, tobacco looks weathered enough to take on any challenge but a black cloud of dense animalic musk descends, and in an instant tobacco is ablaze, its rum-like richness evaporating into the cold night air.
Only the faintest shadow of tobacco remains, charred and ashen, a silvery outline that floats around the periphery of black musk, highlighting this substance`s superhuman strength.
Bull`s blood is the only stuff that can withstand patchouli`s challenge; thickly liquid, iron rich and midnight dark, bull`s blood pierces the shadow of patchouli`s flicked cape, to lift and hurl the enigmatic toreador high into the midnight sky. Unabashedly animalic and with a stamina to match, Bull`s Blood is a wild ride that`s not for the faint of heart. One spray, and you`re ready to run.
When to wear: This is a powerful scent for someone who knows what they want. Bull`s Blood is for those nights when you want to take the bull by the horns.
Notes: Patchouli, Rose, Costus Root, Tobacco, Black Musk, Bull`s Blood.