Scent/Fragrance of the Day thread - Page 1614
Pre-shower: Mona di Orio Ambre. This is a soft, light, powdery amber. There's a prominent benzoin note, which gives the scent a matte, Play-Doh kind of feel. The only thing I really enjoy from her lineup is the oud scent. (There are lots I haven't tried, though.)
SOTD: Tauerville Amber Flash. This, along with Amber Absolute and Ambre Sultan, is among my top three ambers. It's heavier than the other two on the labdanum, which is one of my favorite notes.
I have a little decant of her Amber. Found it smooth, nice, well rounded, but really nothing much of note. Not even something I would say oh hey it's worth smelling etc. I have a bottle of her Vetiver and same story, basically good but not all that interesting. I find her Musk quite interesting, very fatty and white. Her Cuir is wow, blows me away and I hate smokey leather so this one is instant headache for me but if you're into those Knize 10 type things then this is worth trying. And her Oud (old version) which I really like and have a bottle. Not sure it's worth the price tag but it is really nice. Her Vanilla is nice, just ok though. Sort of like Creed's Vanilla, simple soft basic and well made but nothing unusual about it.
I'm working my way through the discovery set. Liked cuir. Looking forward to the Musc.
Well, guess what arrived in the post today...
SOTE is... Aurum d'Angkhor. It was a tough choice picking which of the lot would go first, but based on Kafkaesque review this one won.
Is there a rose with jasmine at the start? Sure, if you say so, but what I smell, straight from my childhood in the mountains is... fresh cowpat. Specifically the kind where it's summer, and the cows have grazed on a lot of flowers, roughly 5 minutes walk higher than the tree line. Did I apply to much? To be continued...
That's what I imagine Marcello Mastroianni must have smelled like in La Dolce Vita, after a full barber treatment, before smoking again. I read he was quite the chain smoker and kind of embarrassed of his yellowed fingers. Bandit is not just cold smoke but warmer and more subtle with musky organic (civet and oakmoss) undertones. There is nothing synthetic about it. Rather quite a pleasant "mature" man's smell.
Edited by DeSense - 5/3/16 at 4:49am
Couldn't resist and spread a drop of the Tabac Grande on my other arm.
Liquorice, with a hint of spices from the Indian market (Tekka in Singapore). But very much liquorice upfront. I don't smoke, so probably can't detect the tabac quite as well as intended.
I'm going to do a LT and compare them to Prokoviev sonatas. AA is the 7th - technically brilliant and accomplished, projecting said brilliance in a rather cold manner across the auditorium in Moscow, engaging the intellect of the audience (where many odd-coloured haircuts can be spotted) but making them slightly uncomfortable. TG is more like the 5th. Comfortable, more suitable for a chamber setting, within friends, very classical and appropriate even in its neo, with the occasional chord progression that makes you go "aaah". As it dries down we'll see if it's worthy of the 2nd.
15 minutes in. TG is a now smoky, resinous (like the rosin used for violin bows) pear, with a hint of leather and, what, beeswax? No fecal notes. Really, really fantastic stuff - in fact, probably my favorite fragrance ever, yet.
Worth noting both attars stained paper (and probably my skin). Neither has much projection compared to the alcoholic stuff... is that because they are slow to evaporate?
Edited by crdb - 5/3/16 at 6:56am