Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
Pre-shower: Bois d'Ascèse by Naomi Goodsir. This has gotten lots of good reviews, but I have to say I don't enjoy it much. The smoky wood smell is just too much; it makes me smell like a bonfire or something.
Me too. But I'm not a fan of Patchouli 24 either. (I do like Black Tourmaline, which would seem to be in the same family, but the smoke seems less intense for some reason, and the camphorous/piney aspect is amped up...)
Originally Posted by Baron
I wore Paco Rabanne today in 102 degree Texas heat and quite liked it. The fragrance, not the heat.
I've been wearing this a lot lately, and have been really enjoying it as well. The dry down is killer...
Originally Posted by HORNS
I love Luca Turin and find him to be a rock among a see of perfume reviewers best described as pseudointellectuals and nincompoops.
Originally Posted by StephenHero
1) I'm looking for vetivers. Are there any great values?
2) The Guerlain Vetiver: is it worth is to pay for the old formula on ebay? How does the new formula compare?.
I have an older formulation of Guerlain Vetiver (haven't tested the current one in any meaningful way) and I love it, though I could see that it could be acquired taste. The opening, to me, has an anise-like aspect, which I really like. During the dry down, the vetiver really comes out. There's a winey/weediness to it that might be too much for someone (I don't have much to compare, but I'd guess that it's natural Haitian vetiver...?) From what I remember, the current version is a bit lighter all around and dials down the weediness somewhat....
Yesterday: Le 3ème Homme de Caron.
Today: Balenciaga Pour Homme.
Damn, this thing is a beast! The über-patchouli opening is quite loud and aggressive, but it dries down to a gorgeous, classy and wonderfully balanced ambery, spicy brew. This is quickly becoming a favorite (though I'm still too much of a wuss to wear it to work—I'm certain it would be pretty polarizing...)
Does anyone else have any experience with this? I'd be interested in hearing your perspectives...