(working through sample pile)
SOTD: Etro Palais Jamais. Hmmm, At first I hated it, now, well I still don't like it but think it's a good creation. What I'm smelling is a dry green woody scent. I feel like I've rubbed my hands on an evergreen tree. It's that green woody smell, a bit menthol/eucalyptus and hints of pine, plus some oakmoss and dry birch tar smoke. There's also some really dry vetiver in here like say Malle's. I'm getting green smokey swirls with black, it's dry and swirling like watercolors. Strange image for this one. Smells like a hike through the woods crunching through green trees. Oh also there's a little candied lime or something in here peaking out now.
now here's where I changed my mind. I think I understand this scent, and can say it's not for my taste, but I know there's a specific group of people who'll go for this. In fact, the more I think about it, it's really a spin on something like Malle VE or the classic 80's aromatic fougeres like Quarom or Paco etc but the big point is it's from ETRO. And once again, I'm going to say that I think Etro, despite recent reformulations which is a real shame, has made some really good scents. They're not Chanel, they're not Dior, etc but they had this exlusive little collection years ago and I think they're quite underrated. I think for them to have made a scent like this was pretty daring at the time and good solid work and if you like smokey piney vetiver type scents, probably worth a sniff. Certainly if you see Etro's line anywhere, give them a smell. I own the Sandalo (warm nutty sawdust sandalwood, vintage is much much better) and am eyeing the Messe de Minuit, but overall I think it's a decent line with some real winners in there and I respect this particular composition for what it is. Not my taste, or even generation honestly, but it's got a place and is a good example of a real idea, so it's not a generic smell they're pumping out, it's a pretty decent line!