Originally Posted by RFX45
Anybody own/tried the Creed Aventus?
I've sampled this a few times and currently have a 30ml decant on the way (check Rambo's scent split thread) - it's basically a not overly sweet pineapple (sort of woody) plus some ashy combo... sounds strange but it's actually quite nice.
An interesting point on this one, even if you think it just smells 'meh', just my opinion, but I have strong reason to believe there are some very powerful aromachemicals at work in this one and it was also heavily influenced by test groups, because from what I've heard it gets serious compliments/attention IRL.
*Do note that there are major batch variations, so see the Scent of the Day thread for a link to the Basenotes thread that lists which batch has more/less of certain notes.
Originally Posted by Spencer
Anyone have any history with Le Labo? Their Santal 26 candles are awesome, have some in my house.
I've sampled many of their line, plus visited the store in NYC. My sense is they make some decent scents but the whole 'mixing it fresh' is a useless gimick and also many of them are overpriced for waht they are. Based on general popular opinion, the line's standouts seems to be Rose 31. The Santal has good reviews, and on a personal note I liked the labdanum and neroli, but for many like say bergamot, it's just overpriced for such a simple frag.
Originally Posted by RFX45
How about the Himalaya? Any comments on it?
I've only tested this one once but found it barely lasted and wasn't particularly interesting to smell. There was that one 'metalic' ('gunpowder') note, but otherwise I found it mostly a skin scent. So IMO Creed does bright fresh frags best.
their new Oud is quite promising!
Originally Posted by Hatch&Whisk
anyone had any experience with CB I Hate Perfume
? looks very interesting (perhaps kind of ridiculous), but im curious about how spot on the scents are and if they are practical. smelling like black tea sounds rad but maybe i should just have some sort of tea rubdown in the morning instead of getting a spray
i've tried a few of his creations... they're quite different from what people traditionally think of as 'cologne'. rather it's more like a smell of a place or a moment. he builds the scents based on memories or experiences. I think that his style pushes the artistic bounds of fragrance, but in reality I have trouble actually wearing most of the scents. they're worth smelling from an artistic perspective, and if you're someone who hates citrus/floral/wood cologne smells, then maybe you'll love his ones.
I only have one - Burning Leaves - which nails the concept, but there are many other more wearable fireplace like frags out there.
*note that his 'carrier' isn't alcohol, it's water. so they feel a little weird going on (like a spray of water that gets absorbed into the skin and leaves a bit of a sticky patch)
Also, Christopher the man is quite a character... flip through this amazing BBC documentary (link below) and you'll find interviews with him along with him showing how he makes a bespoke fragrance.http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCX827
(click "all videos" since the series "The Suit" is on autoload)
here's the link to the episode with him - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nGRy7U-S9Q
BTW, for those who find this all a little overwhelming, sample sample sample... check out sites like luckyscent, theperfumedcourt, etc. buy from reputable e-tailers like fragrancenet or scentedmonkey, etc and get the same stuff for 30-50% less than retail. Ebay's usually safe but if you're not sure than just avoid it.