Scent/Fragrance of the Day thread - Page 1183
Give your thoughts on Interlude. I tried a sample some time ago, but don't remember it well. Normally when I wear my Amouage scents I don't get compliments, but I notice when people pass me I or are close I get a look of delight (I think it's the fragrance) <grin>.
Nez a Nez - Atelier d'Artiste - I'll start by saying I like it! This is a complex rich mix right away. I'm getting hints of glue, leather, gourmand, berries, incense, very old red wine and wood. While I'm loving all the smells, I'm also having trouble figuring out for what sort of day, weather, occasion, etc this is for. Maybe some sort of modern art show. Call me crazy but I get a lot of Idole here with a nod to Frapin's offerings. Now I'm getting dirty candied oranges and something between old stale urine and old coffee. Not in a bad way . Maybe it's the old paper/books and leather smell? I'm getting dark fruits like really old red grape and oak barrels. I'd say this stuff is really nice! Still have no idea of a specific time and place I'd wear this. Probably fall days, maybe more evening, could be intimate. Actually, I'd say it's quite a bit like Michael Kors for me, so a leathery base with some dried candied fruits on top. So if any of the aforementioned scents are in your top lists, then give this one a try. If you love the notes above, then get a sample, otherwise I'd say it's worth a sniff if you see it at a store, though I'm sort of on the fence about if it's worth ordering/buying a sample of specifically. Eh wth, TRY
Miller Harris - Feuilles de Tabac - I won't claim to be an expert on the tobacco note. This has slight honeyed side but it's mostly dry and somewhat bitter. I smell a bit of green woody herbs, sort of like a rosemary. It's sort of honeyed for the first second of smell, then moves into a rather Aramis/Azzaro direction sort of vibe. If anyone has smoked clove cigarettes before, there's a strong hint of that here too. A lot of reviews are saying's it's more of a wood scent than a tobacco one. I dunno, it's tobacco, but not the typical way it's done. I guess my criticism of this scent is it's a bit too simple for my taste. It's like say Malle's Vetiver, just to simple, whereas Guerlain's takes it in a direction. There's some warm honey notes, some green piney/wood notes, and the wet sticky tobacco. That's about it in a nutshell. If you like Old Spice, Azzaro, Aramis, etc then this is worth a smell. I think it's pleasant but too simple. PASS
Olivier Durbano - Black Tourmaline - Well firstly it's marked in the Basenotes directory as a feminine, and I don't agree... It's burned smoked wood, sort of like Avignon but I'm getting a sweet almost BBQ meat layer here as well. It's like Immortelle or something, with a bit of body odor funk. Sticky sweet and dry smoke. I want to like this, I really do, but it's just not doing it for me I think... a little bit too much like the overwhelming Le Labo's Vetiver and Patchouli. I'm sort of getting that spicey funky woody side of Declaration, without any of the citrus or water. I'm also getting a lot a lot now of black pepper, sort of like Piper Nigrum or MJ Bang. Now I'm getting a mix of the cumin/cardamom spiced top notes and a somewhat petroleum/turpentine vibe, which is rather offputting. Conclusions, well to be honest it's a fascinating scent, but I find it rather harsh, and don't know how well this would be received by anyone around smelling it. I like a whiff of gasoline as the station, but if I spilled some on myself I'd wash it off asap. So it's worth smelling, but would I recommend it to someone to buy and wear, don't think so... PASS in terms of buying a bottle. If you love incense, smoke, BBQ, etc and some of the above fragrances are your favorites, then sure give it a shot.
Mona di Orio - Les Nombres d'Or - Oud - well the price is pretty off the charts. I mean it's not crazy but it's very high. I think 100ml for $450-500 or something. Considering a lot of 30ml extraits are $300-350 it's not way out there, but still, pretty high. Anyway, on to the scent! Well it's difficult to describe. Slightly sweet, but mostly woody, funky, old rotting, fairly repulsive actually. Hints of tonka/vanilla, almost creamy. It's a stinker. I'm reminded of Puredistance M with the leather and funk. Slightly medicinal here too. And BN is telling me there's some florals. I'm finding this a bit nauseating. Now, strangely I'm getting a strong dry cinnamon tea note. It's an interesting intense scent, and yet I'm not quite convinced I'd actually call this an oud scent! There's a slightly fruity floral side, a rotting civet/animalic wood side, and a hint of sweet oud. If I ignore the name on the bottle and price and packaging etc, I'll conclude that it's interesting, well blended, has good quality ingredients, etc but totally not something I'd enjoy wearing or maybe even smelling on someone else. Given the price and expectations of a 'good oud', I'm going to say sniff it if you see a bottle, but otherwise PASS. It's a shame, I had high expectations for this one...
Sonoma Scent Studio - Incense Pure - Perhaps a misnomer? More like Fireplace Pure... Sweet, boozy, green opening. Heavy woods and patchouli. Dry frankincense and a hint of warmth in the base. Old wooden cabinets. Ashes from a fire gone out. This has a lot of promise and it's not drying down fast enough for my patience, so I'm going to have to give it a full wearing at some point. BN seems to have nothing but rave reviews. Maybe they're a bit overstated, but from what I've seen it's a very nice woody incense with a hint of warmth that was missing from Avignon and it's ilk. It's starting to dry and I'm getting more of the dry incense and wood. Even at this point I'm going to say TRY. And btw I smelled a bunch from SSS a couple years back and emailed Laurie the perfumer just to say how impressed I was with the line and she messaged me back within a few hours. This house is definitely worth a try. . Tabac Aurea, Winter Woods, Fireside Intense, etc...
Ava Luxe - Firewood / Feu de Bois - whoa, weird, I get a very strong mentholated vetiver note off the top here, just like Breath of God from Lush. Lots of earth and green and eucalyptus/menthol. It's a strong pungent opening. Very bitter green and resinous. Almost like sappy pine. BN is telling me it's the opening of birch tar. I'm getting a very Xmas vibe here, like sticking my head in the pine tree but it's really old. Someone on BN said evergreen note and I think that's it. It's very harsh IMO. Basically it's menthol, evergreen+pine, and strong woody incense. Overall though I'm finding this one just way too strong. Will give it a light full wearing at some point to double check but for now I suspect it's going to be a PASS. I guess if you like some of the CdG random incense ones like Amazing Green or something it's ok, but too raw for my tastes.
Ava Luxe - Café Noir - Highly anticipated! I've been on the hunt for a perfect coffee scent for years and this one came highly recommend but I didn't want to buy samples off her site so just got some in a trade... Really hoping I've found my coffee grail scent! On to the scent. Oh wow, this is goooood. Now it's got a sort of hazelnut caramel accord, a syrupy note, smells more like a caramel latte so far. With a hint of cream, almost barbershop creamyness. I'm hoping for some sharp bitter beans and incense down the line. Let's see how this goes... There's a hint of lavender too. Strongly reminding me of New Haarlem, but a more down to earth so to speak. This would make a wonderful candle so far. Actually I'm reminded of Borneo 1834 with the patchouli undertone and the coffee/chocolate overtone. There's something sort of 'off' with this, maybe a plastic vanilla synthetic smell, not enough to ruin my excitement, but this one will require a few careful wearings to make sure before pulling the trigger. I have a hunch I'm going to be buying this bottle, just need to compare it to Borneo and Haarlem as well as Black Vetyver Cafe (hell, I own all 3, clearly I have an addiction here. or I've been looking for the 'right' coffee note to no avail). Oh, and I also own TF Cafe Rose with incense and coffee so there's a hint of overlap there too... Still, highly worth a TRY, at least if you're interested in gourmands (in the real sense of the word) and like the above sort of scents... not easy to find, mind you. I feel like this would layer well too. I'd add a light shpritz of a basic woody incense just to amplify that.
I've sniffed this one a few times and it seems to have monstrous projection. But then again there's this really sharp dry herbal oregano note that I simply can't get past, so it's a no-go for moi.
No, they had all the MDCI fragrances at Osswalld Parfumerie but I overwhelmed by the Parfumerie Generale and Roja Dove to completely explore the line. I did get a sample of the Cuir Garamante, which is a beautiful fragrance.