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Eau de Parfum

Complex Sizes Available:
50ml $195
0.7ml sample $4
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Here's what other people are saying about Complex...
Not sure how this scent leans towards unisex. I do see the higher ratings to tend to be from men, which I can absolutely understand. I'd be interested to smell this on a man, but my bf refuses to wear colones. Personally I tried this right after a shower and after a minute hopped right back into the shower to scrub down. I don't know how to describe the scent except to say it was overwhelming and there was no way I could wait to see if the dry down would be acceptable for me to wear in public. Ladies, you might want to steer clear of this one.
By   - Chef from Vancouver on 3/27/2019
#SorryNotSorry Robin the Journalist, you have no clue what you're talking about. Scent is not gendered. Our ideas of it are. With THAT out of the way, I am a woman who presents visually in a very stereotypically feminine manner, & I LOVE this perfume!! It's like dirt. But not too strong. It's very like Olympic Orchids Salamanca, but less harsh. My boyfriend LOVES Salamanca, which is hard for me to take, but he agrees that this is a nice, less aggressive version. By less aggressive, I mean that it doesn't dry out your nose the same. It just smells like dirt. Great scent, curiously addictive. Totally odd. Minus one star because I'd definitely have to be in the mood to wear it, and I think I could use a little extra time for it to grow on me.
By   - Photographer from San Francisco on 1/31/2017
Bitter, earthy, herbal, sharp, feral, complex. This is one of the most powerful fragrances I've sampled. In small doses, with time to develop, it really is fantastic. I'm still searching for my holy grail, but I'm delighted to try this and will get great use out of this precious little vial. The basil and sage are not the light sweet scents evoked from rubbing your hand through either plant; rather they are the concentrated oils that come from crushing the leaves. The leather and musk are well balanced and proud. It's like a tonic. A cocktail you order again and again despite of, or maybe exactly because, it punishes your taste buds in a way that keeps you enthralled and perfectly intoxicated. I can't think of a single person in my world who could pull this off as their signature scent. I certainly cannot. I can only play with it and delight in it knowing it is entirely some other person's life I am pretending at for a night. It makes me wish I spoke another language. If I were a sexy, secret spy adept at luring in dangerous men, this is what I'd spritz, ever so lightly, on my decolletage.
By   - from Savannah, GA on 7/10/2013
not that much with great smell. it's like burned Oud..
By  on 5/29/2013
This is how I would imagine I would smell if I was involved in Metallurgy and tried to cover the odor with a fragrance I grabbed from my adolescent daughter's cabinet. It is quite interesting, but makes me cough and wheeze a bit. I appreciate the creative and intellectual attempt to be different, unique and provocative. However, I do not know if it is truly wearable. It might be okay to use as a "freshen up" for a sweaty athletic supporter, but I wouldn't want to go "out" smelling like this.
By   - Currently in Purgatory from Louisville on 2/3/2013
Very macho. After a scrubbing, began to resemble the interior of my 1960's cedar chest. A small spritz is more than enough.
By   - Analyst from Columbus OH on 5/29/2012
Here's the thing: Complex is distinctly a man's cologne. It's aggressive, animalistic fragrane is totally inappropriate for women, which may explain the negative reviews. As a member of the more animalistic sex, this fragrance gets top marks for its unapologetic celebration of civet, musk and leather - a GREAT SCENT!
By   - journalist from Vancouver on 3/31/2012
I forgot to mention: it is quite "harsh" when you first put it on but give it a little time.
By   - from Mpls on 5/26/2011
Must be chemistry. I agree with Gordon. Violet on me. A sort of "dark" violet but unmistakably violet.
By   - from Mpls on 5/26/2011
Don't think I've ever been so offended by a perfume before this. Maybe Serge's MKK. Shocking!
By   - from Austin, TX on 5/18/2011
ô my.... suffocating and disturbing perfume in deed ! i can't quite understand the interrest of making a perfume out of metal chains when the descriptive evoke incense, violet, basil and sage ! even i 'm not that goth ! To help you understand the smell, i'll describe imagery that could give you some ideas...if you like horror movies, this perfume smell like an Hellraiser minions room! or, imagine a big spiky metal toy used in sado-masochist rituals...or, less crude but still...a winter crispy sunday after tchernobyl.....this perfume is more appropriate for an object. i dare you to wear this scent in a elevator... torture in deed ! Industrial Disasters have now a smell....
By   - from Montreal on 11/29/2010
I bought the Complex and Seductive from London without sampling the product. I was absolutely disgusted with both, especially the Complex - smells like one has walked through a smokey bonfire. I would not even spray this down the toilet, it is so utterly nasty. I give this a zero rating.
By   - from Texas on 11/24/2009
awful....truly awful.
By  on 9/10/2009
Yikes. Weird and disturbing. Eau de corpse?
By   - COO from Boulder, CO on 8/12/2009
Oh my! I just can't imagine someone wearing this out in public...on purpose!! I don't mind skank or civet, but this blend is very sharp with too many facets and doesn't blend well together. If you want to smell like you're in need of a hot bubble bath or just got done running a marathon, this is for you!
By  on 8/2/2009
Masculine with a VERY strong animal undertone. Not pleasant.
By   - attorney from Seattle on 8/1/2009
I was prepared for something strong and dark, but - call me naive - I wasn't prepared to smell like a sailor on the whaleship Pequod. When would I ever have occasion to wear this? The next time I sign up for a stint on a frieghter to Shanghai, I suppose. Pass...
By   - designer on 7/31/2009
dont let scentwoman's comment put you off. This is a musky masculine fragrance with a magnificent contrasting violet note. first class stuff, and totally original
By   - sales director on 7/30/2009
Believe the copy when it says "you are warned." While this is interesting for a fragrance, it remind me of the smell you get while idling in traffic on a hot summer day while Cal Trans pours asphalt.
By   - Journalist from Near El Lay on 7/24/2009
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