- Sep 18, 2020
Which composition are you talking about? Everything from the 7th was overloaded with synthetics.
Having a high percentage of synthetics in the majority of these ALD is one of the main reasons why I personally get burned out or get tired of them a lot more frequently and quicker, than most other all-natural compositions.
A superbly blended composition with a beautiful scent profile doesn't always or necessarily translate to captivating, and it doesn't mean they are going to inherently have an addictive and alluring quality. A scent profile can be stunning and interesting, but completely lacks the magnetic aspect that would keep me going back for more.
The entire 6th collection falls into this category, they smelled great and fun for a few weeks but were forgettable afterward, mine were all literally sitting on the shelf collecting dust for over 2 years, until I got rid of all of them except Grandenia, I kept this last one for reference sakes, still haven't worn it in almost 3 years!! This entire collection does not have any alluring and magnetic quality that made me want to revisit them ever again, overall quality is flat and tiring after the initial testing period was over. There was ZERO wow factor for me, none, whatsoever.
This latest collection smells great, OE4 is aesthetically the most beautiful of the bunch, I would certainly try to wear it more frequently than others, W2 is the most complex from the set, SM3 is just as nice as RM2, while RO2 and CO2 are very good for what they are as an Oud soliflore, the entire collection is of very good value and a bargain at the retail price. But none of these have any wow factor for me personally, to date I still have not come across anything from ALD that made me go "holyshit it's fucking amazzzzing....."
With that said, some of these ALD stuff is more suitable as daily wear for me personally, guilty-free dousing from head to toe without much of any restriction, and some of them smell very good, at an approachable price point. EO stuff, they are more of a special treat, too damn expensive to indulge heavily and frequently, both brands have their place in my collection. Believe it or not, I enjoy wearing my $27/100ml Encre Noire Sport and Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisée just as much in the summer as well. If something smells good to me I'll buy and wear them, I don't discriminate and I'll wear whatever the hell I want regardless of how others feel about them. lol