Ocean Rain by Mario Valentino today. This, as has been mentioned here a hundred times lately, is Edmond Roudnitska's last scent. In a lot of ways, this really is a scent of its time--1990--, but in other ways it's very much a classic Roudnitska. The analogy I'm coming up with is the Kinks records from the early '80s, such as State of Confusion: that early '80s sound is clearly not their natural idiom, and yet its unmistakably the Kinks, and it is good. What makes this a scent of its time is the aquatic notes, which are quite prominent from the get-go. The very top reminds me of Le Feu d'Issey, not because they smell similar--they don't at all--but because both open with a thousand notes whirling past at a mile a minute. There's a strong animalic/leather vibe at the top that reminds me--forgive the sacrilege!--of KISS Him. But there's also a prominent aquatic note, a bunch of very sharp, herbal green notes, and something that reminds me of melon, although there's nothing like that listed in the notes. As it dries down, the sharp green notes take center stage, and the scent starts to feel like a modern fougere. In the later stages it gets mossier, but amber and leather notes are there too. I'll be very curious to hear what rach thinks once he tries it, as he's a bigger fan of Roudnitska's work than I am. EDIT: Very odd, sometimes when I smell it out of the bottle, I get lots of rose. Other times, I get lots of leather and animalic notes.