• Welcome to our newest affiliate vendor, Passus Shoes. We are very happy to welcome our newest affiliate vendor, Passus Shoes. Passus shoes was founded by long term members of the forum and veterans of the shoes business. and is dedicated to crafting fine shoes in Budapest in a time honored tradition. Please help me give them a warm welcome in their new affiliate vendor thread.
  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Scent/Fragrance of the Day thread

dieworkwear

Mahatma Jawndi
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Apr 10, 2011
Messages
16,709
Reaction score
38,875
Trying Xinu's Ummo fragrance today, which I believe is the only "masculine" fragrance in their line. The line, in general, feels feminine, and this feels like a softer take on the dry tobacco leaf theme. It's softened up by vanilla, honey, amber, and cedar. It's dry, slightly sweet, a bit resinous, and almost has a dusting of coco powder.

This doesn't feel as interesting to me as yesterday's Xinu sample (Copola), which I thought was an interesting take on patchouli and vanilla (although the patchouli on that one lasted on my skin for almost a full 24 hours). I think Serge Lutens' Chergui might be a more interesting tobacco scent (that one is tobacco and hay).

For some reason, this scent also reminds me of Ruth Mastenbroek's Oxford, which I raved about last year but never got around to buying a bottle. I was also wow'd by Oxford, but am not wow'd by this. Should try to track down another sample of Oxford at some point to compare. Was originally going to buy a bottle.
 

Parker

Distinguished Member
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Jan 9, 2005
Messages
8,708
Reaction score
15,468
Wearing Hotel Costes today. I'm getting a Neil Young Cinammon Girl vibe from it.

@dieworkwear coincidentally I'm doing a graphic project right now with a woman associated with Xinu. I haven't tried those scents yet. Will check out a sample from Luckyscent soon.
 

DiplomaticTies

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 4, 2015
Messages
1,822
Reaction score
10,586
Trying Xinu's Ummo fragrance today, which I believe is the only "masculine" fragrance in their line. The line, in general, feels feminine, and this feels like a softer take on the dry tobacco leaf theme. It's softened up by vanilla, honey, amber, and cedar. It's dry, slightly sweet, a bit resinous, and almost has a dusting of coco powder.

This doesn't feel as interesting to me as yesterday's Xinu sample (Copola), which I thought was an interesting take on patchouli and vanilla (although the patchouli on that one lasted on my skin for almost a full 24 hours). I think Serge Lutens' Chergui might be a more interesting tobacco scent (that one is tobacco and hay).

For some reason, this scent also reminds me of Ruth Mastenbroek's Oxford, which I raved about last year but never got around to buying a bottle. I was also wow'd by Oxford, but am not wow'd by this. Should try to track down another sample of Oxford at some point to compare. Was originally going to buy a bottle.
How do you like Slumberhouse Baque? One of the most realistic tobacco scents I’ve tried. Also like the sweetness (mainly apricot I think) and vanilla. Only problem is that it projects like nuclear radiation, almost on the point of giving me headaches.
 

taxgenius

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 23, 2007
Messages
5,225
Reaction score
483
Damn, that's really sad to hear.

I was browsing around their site and noticed that some categories were empty, such as certain brand categories. I was wondering if it may be a going-out-of-business sale, but didn't want to presume.

That's a real bummer. They are/ were my favorite fragrance shop.
I noticed that they weren’t restocking items in the last few months. Now I know why. They are pretty much cleaned out already IMHO.
 

dieworkwear

Mahatma Jawndi
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Apr 10, 2011
Messages
16,709
Reaction score
38,875
Trying another Lucky Scent sample today: Strangers' Salted Green Mango. Strangers is a relatively new indie perfume company run by Prin Lomros, who's based out of Thailand. He has some strange themes. I think I saw one scent in there designed after the smell of Tom Yum. There are also a couple of coffee fragrances, including one that mixes in the scent of leather. This one feels like you're eating a salted green mango by the beach in Thailand.

Salted Green Mango basically smells like what you would expect. It's a not-yet-ripe green mango with a bit of sea salt (mostly in the form of seaweed), a touch of chili pepper (for spice note), and hint of magnolia (the white floral), and some lime and pomelo (mostly in the opening). It's very fresh and citrusy, with a hint of that beachy marine vibe from the seaweed note, and a touch of spice. It dries down to that slightly woody ISO E Super smell.

This is a little warmer than Hermes' Un Jardin Sur Le Nil since it has that spice note. It's very good though and seems like it could be a solid summer fragrance. Not totally wow'd by it, but I imagine that's partly because I'm still thinking about winter fragrances.

Speaking of winter fragrances, I think I may pick up a bottle of Indult's Tihota. It's just a terrific vanilla. No way comparable to Eau de Beaux, and while it has a cookies-and-cream vibe like Matriarch's Coco Blanc, it's much more stable and better done. I just wish it lasted longer. For a $200 bottle, it dries down pretty quickly to a skin scent, but it's still a very good skin scent.
 

dieworkwear

Mahatma Jawndi
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Apr 10, 2011
Messages
16,709
Reaction score
38,875
How do you like Slumberhouse Baque? One of the most realistic tobacco scents I’ve tried. Also like the sweetness (mainly apricot I think) and vanilla. Only problem is that it projects like nuclear radiation, almost on the point of giving me headaches.
I haven't tried Baque, but I picked up a sample of Kiste a while ago. Like you said, the projection was like setting off a bomb. I can't really wear something like that in my day-to-day life, so I didn't explore the line further.
 

Nikos

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 24, 2012
Messages
316
Reaction score
121
Derek, I think you might like Pegasus from Parfums de Marly. Not sure how realistic, but a nice almond-vanilla. I don't like PdM's bottles though.
 

dieworkwear

Mahatma Jawndi
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Apr 10, 2011
Messages
16,709
Reaction score
38,875
Derek, I think you might like Pegasus from Parfums de Marly. Not sure how realistic, but a nice almond-vanilla. I don't like PdM's bottles though.
Thanks! Almond and vanilla sound very much up my way. I'll try to track down a sample of that

Trying two more samples today: Strangers' SM Cafe and Burning Ben. Both are coffee fragrances. The first is supposed to evoke the idea of a sadomasochism cafe (yes, weird). I get a roasted coffee note with leather at the top, which quickly dries down to a sweet almost cough-syrup like cherry note. The three mix together for a while until the scent becomes something like a leathery musk. It's an interesting idea, but I could do without the cherry note.

Burning Ben is also coffee, but instead of the leather and cherry, you get birch tar, which gives you that "smoking campfire" note. There are some supports in here: hay, plum, dry tobacco, incense, cognac, and a bit of a burning tire (like Bvlgari Black). There's a lot going on, but in some ways, it just evokes the feeling of black coffee and cigarettes.

Both are good, although not really for me. I think I prefer Salted Green Mango, even though I'm a big fan of coffee fragrances. As a whole, of the three Strangers' fragrances I've tried, I feel like Strangers is really representative of the ups and downs of very small, niche perfume companies right now. You get some really weird scents inspired by strange themes. Some, like Salted Green Mango, is the kind of thing I wish was in the Hermessence line (which, as a whole, I found a bit ho-hum). The coffee fragrances are interesting, but also a little rough around the edges. I don't always love literal fragrances (e.g. "this is a walk in the woods after it rains"). I also don't like when you can easily pick out all the notes. Chanel's scents, for example, just smell like Chanel's fragrances. With indie houses, you get something more niche and experimental, but something that feels a bit more amateurish at times.

That said, I think it was Luca Turin who said that all the exciting stuff right now is happening in the niche world, which I think is true.
 

patrickBOOTH

Stylish Dinosaur
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Oct 16, 2006
Messages
37,235
Reaction score
11,815
It was really the S&M cafe, but hey whatever works!

I like the idea of birch tar with coffee though.
 

bamgrinus

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 19, 2013
Messages
1,266
Reaction score
769
Speaking of birch, I got a pretty over the top endorsement of Patchouli 24 last week, so I decided to order a decant of it. I do really like it, but the opening seems pretty aggressive to me. I barely get any patchouli out of it, so it's very oddly named.
 

ghdvfddzgzdzg

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 3, 2010
Messages
3,095
Reaction score
8,756
Le Labo's scents are known for not smelling like the note in their names, I believe. I think of Patchouli 24 as a smoky barbecue thing, and I love it
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How do you feel about spending money on non-essential goods during the Covid-19 crisis?

  • I don't want to spend money at a time of economic uncertainty, even if I could afford it.

  • I feel compelled to spend to help small businesses that are struggling.

  • I reduced my budget for non-essential goods and I'm not spending at the moment.

  • Not much has changed for me and I'm still buying stuff I can't afford.


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
438,428
Messages
9,448,033
Members
197,992
Latest member
TamikoAriwara
Top