Originally Posted by California Dreamer
Today I am trialling Passion Boisee, with an eye to another bargain at Peony. Citrus and leather? I don't get the citrus and it's pretty much gone by now, so no to a FB.
wow, how random. I had a 10ml decant of this I got from a friend a while back and was rummaging through my decant box last week and found it, having never worn it, so handed it to my GF who shrpritzed quite a bit on... What struck me most, past the pepper, was a very strong tiger balm / eucalyptus / menthol/medicinal vibe. It kept going for quite a while too! Not unpleasant, but didn't really do it for me either. Eh, not a big deal and it's my fault for handing it to her lol, but you guys ever get stuck on a note and you can't smell past it? I do get some sort of honeyed/syrup/booze in there but it's pretty smooth so I couldn't really pick out any particular notes. Seems to stick around for at least a few hours but can't say it was anything that made me perk up and consider retesting, much less consider a bottle.
Gotta get through this pile, lol:Essentric Molecules - Essentric 02
- Well, like its older brothers of molecule 01, this contains lots of Iso-E super, along with ambroxan, the synthetic version of amber gris. And some iris for good measure. Upon smelling I get the ISO-E, ie a watery transparent peppery cedar like single accord. Somewhat metallic too. Then there's something that's cold and green with a hint of earth, that's the iris I suppose. Iris doesn't really do much for me, so this isn't getting me excited, plus I already own Molecule 01. I was excited to smell ambroxan (apparently it's a big part of the synthetic ambergris base that Creed uses) but this isn't really doing much for me. I'm going to douse myself and see what happens. I do also totally understand people's sentiments about this molecule series being the Emperor's New Scent sort of story. There's basically like one main ingredient in each, so Giza was pretty ballsy to do it and then charge $100+ for it considering you can get it for nothing from the Perfumer's Apprentice. I guess it's mass-niche appeal, not BN/Fragrantica type people who would know about it. I had a colleague who kept selling Molecule 01 by telling people it was a 'booster' layer to amplify their original fragrance purchase choice after I tried to explain to him why perfumers use Iso-E in their mixes. My overall conclusion, maybe the iris accord and the ambroxan will do something for your nose, for me it didn't really go anywhere, but I'd still say the whole series is worth a TRY. I own Molecule 01 and it's the only thing I consistently wore for about a year when I worked in a fragrance department and swear it had a positive effect on the way I felt. Update - just sprayed it all over and could swear I got a big whiff of fresh button mushrooms. Weird, not off-putting, but surprising.Caron Third Man
– First, there’s a lot going on and it’s very well blended, making it hard to separate notes. I wonder if this sample is from a vintage bottle? It certainly smells like it. There’s an underlying Jicky-ness, ie lavender, oakmoss, vanilla, civet, etc. Off the top there’s a smooth citrus, almost creamy sort of lemon, and a somewhat plastic smell too. It’s quite muted. There’s nothing punchy or fresh here, just smoothened out. I’m getting plastic, hints of powder, and a whole mess of mental color associations. Maybe an old dusty dried out orange peel? This reminds me of a very old flat version of Bois Du Portugal, so not as fresh or soapy. It’s not even overtly masculine IMO. I’d venture to say a woman could pull this off. The tweed/flannel type. Who is this for? Young hipster bearded guys, or more likely, you old guys around that 40-60 mark. Smells like a relaxed version of the big bad 80’s scents. If you like Jicky/BdP, hell if you like what the other Carons are all about, then give this a TRY
. It’s not really spicey at all, but there is a hint of incense and warm amber/vanilla in the base. I still can’t get past the plastic+fruit opening, so will have to give this a few more minutes. Actually, I’m also reminded of Ungaro II. Oh wait, I got it now! It’s wax! A lavender candle with the wax and burned out wick. That’s what I’m smelling. Anyway, spend the extra money and get Jicky.Lacoste Essential
– don’t laugh. I’ve had this sample for ages, wore it once, and remember being afraid that my inner snob actually liked the stuff! So here I am years later retesting, just to see… I smell fresh green grass, grapefruits. It’s watery, slightly green, and cooling. Maybe it’s lime? Basil? Alright, time to get my nose checked. Apparently the notes are nothing like what I thought. Bergamot+tangerine, Rose+tomato leaf (two things I dislike), and cassia leaf (???? Anyone?). You know, it’s a watery fresh aquatic type thing, and yet, heck I like it! Pretty young and casual, something I’d wear to the gym (if I went lol), or something to spray on the sheets to freshen things up. Someone on Fragrantica compared it to Live Jazz. I’ll agree with that. It’s not quite as herbal, but yeah, along the same lines. I know you guys will go for the Live Jazz instead though ;-). Or Sisley’s Eau de Campaigne. Or Bois D’Orage (that’s a stretch though). PASS
. It’s not bad, but there’s similar better juice from more reputable houses for less $ than this. Nothing wrong, but it’s too young and, well, generic smelling. About an hour later it’s all but a skin scent. May be different in the heat though.Cartier Roadster
– Clearly I’m behind on my reviews because these seem like samples I’d put aside to test out in the summer heat and it’s nearly 0 degrees outside…. I’ve worn this several times since we had a bottle at the shop and I remember it being pleasant but faded quite quickly and sort of forgot I was wearing anything at all. Props for the cool bottle design though. OK so strong opening of fresh grapefruit, bitter green stuff, maybe some spearmint, something offputting and bitter too which I never noticed before. The grapefruit actually keeps this a little warmer but there’s something underneath that’s green bitter and sharp. Fresh overly with vetiver lying under. I’m reminded a bit of Prada Amber, the soapy floral plus dry bitter side accord particularly. Now the soapy vetiver part, sort of like Creed’s Original Vetiver. I’m trying not to give it more credit because it’s Mathilde Laurant and Cartier, so I won’t. It’s just meh IMO. Better juice out there that does the same thing. Now the bottle just seems try hard to me to compensate for weak juice. Conclusions? The scent is pretty safe mainstream boring. Sure it’s fun and pleasant, but sort of just fades away into the background. PASS
. Try the Creed above or Prada Amber or Heeley Menthe Fraiche instead. It’s drying down to something warmer now, I am actually getting hints of Guerlain’s L’Instant as one reviewer said, but probably only because they suggested it. I’m still not impressed.Boucheron Jaipur
– Wow, I’ve had this sample almost since I started into fragrances. It’s been at least 4 years and I’ve never even tried it. OK, well today’s the day! Spraying it on… Oh yeah baby, this is Rive Gauche all over. Creamy, spices, something green (blech). Sweet, aromatic, creamy, powder, all the good stuff. Very classic barbershop. Surprising bottle design considering, but whatever. Slightest association with bathroom poutpouri here… I think I still prefer Rive Gauche, but actually I’ll give this a TRY for sure! Apparently the clear glass bottle is a reformulation and it was butchered. The original is a half frosted bottle and much better. And there’s an EdP version too that apparently smells similar. Honestly I’m almost tempted to just buy a bottle of this right now. Really enjoying this one. Must retest a few more times but highly recommended to try this one guys.