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Eau de Parfum

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Price: £225.00
Size: 75ml
Fragrance Category: Woody Spicy

Top Notes: Bergamot, dried fruits, fruit notes,
Heart Notes: Rose, geranium, saffron, cloves
Base Notes: Cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver, helicrysium, incense, musk

“I know what I am about to face: death, blood, and battle await me. But with courage I will turn the tension that paralyses me into my strength. My freedom is worth this all; I am nothing now more than a slave, but through victory I shall earn my new life.”

"Rudis", the wooden sword used by gladitors in practice bouts, was also given to victorious slaves along with palm leaves after their victory, and it became a symbol therefore of their freedom. It represented both the beginning and the ultimate goal of the life and career of a gladiator. What began as a tool, became a symbol that represented glory, fame and deliverance.

A scent inspired by this object has a lot to live up to. It has to simultaneously consider the strength and courage of combat, but also the gentleness and sweetness of victory. Battle, freedom, life and death, virility and weakness.

The representation of the sword’s wood is found through cedarwood, the leather of the gladiator' armour being equally prominent. But these notes are countered by an accord between rose and geranium, the sweet smell of success and the life of luxury that follow. However, this scent also aims to represent this man who, in setting out with all his hopes on regaining his life as he crosses the threshold of the arena, needs all the courage he can get. Often, we hear, the Roman gladiator would drink himself into a stupor before a fight, with wine made from grape juice and fermented fruit, which we find in this perfume with its marc note ('marc' is the residue from pressed grapes), blended with bergamot, dried fruits and fruity accords.

Finally, saffron gives real personality to the heart of this fragrance; the cloves and patchouly sealing the spicy notes and vetiver and helicrysium adding weight of character to the base. Suitably attired, Rudis now prepares you for all life's battles.


  • Rudis is bottled beautifully in red glass with a carved black wooden stopper. It comes in a leather case made from one piece of leather, hand-crafted by Venetian leather workers.
  • Rudis was a 2015 winner at the prestigeous Fifi awards in New York (the 'Oscars' of the perfume world).

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