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Castingshadows

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My thought is that Oqachol needs to be on a warm sunny day(for my taste). That’s when I get the perfect Osmanthus/ambergris combo. On dark rainy days it can tip into too smoky for me and also weirdly a sour fruit vibe that I only get maybe 1/5 times. I’ve actually come to like the borderline pissy top notes when they show up.
I wish I got the fruits. I realized that my skin hates Oqachol and all I get now is this intense soapy musk note. That’s it. It’s pure soapy musk until it dries down and then it’s ambergris. On clothing though it’s literally pure perfection. Kinda bummed I don’t get the same results.
 

TNBLUEMIKE

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Just stopping in to profess my devotion to Rahassanai. Every time I’ve worn it it’s been a different experience, today the lavender is really coming through and it’s something else. It’s in my top 3 favorite Prins for sure.

Oqachol has actually lost some appeal to me, I wore it to bed the other night and it just felt too fruity and bright. I’m wondering if it’s the osmanthus. I almost got a passion fruit vibe from it strangely.
Awesome isn't it. A kaleidoscope in one bottle. Always intrigued to see what is next when I reach for it with it's cornucopia of ingredients.

Oqachol is still a solid runner up for me I actually enjoy it's fruity excursion not excessively overdone just right to smooth the edges.
 

TNBLUEMIKE

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The drydown of Rahassani is pretty incredible. Like the far drydown where you get the sweet, creamy and somewhat oily aspects of the skunk. It almost smells like ambergris mixed with a touch of oud. It’s just awesome.

Funny i just bought Fragsyndromes Haxan.
No problem on Haxan. I hope you like it. I had a small sample a long time ago ordering directly from Prin and it was always a outlier to come back to and purchase as you could say the World had gone wild with so many choices from multiple houses inundating my inbox. But to save on shipping from Bloom it just felt right for the price hopefully you feel the same.
 

Cheetah1919

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I wish I got the fruits. I realized that my skin hates Oqachol and all I get now is this intense soapy musk note. That’s it. It’s pure soapy musk until it dries down and then it’s ambergris. On clothing though it’s literally pure perfection. Kinda bummed I don’t get the same results.
You’re getting the results that I’d hoped for! Lol. Wanted some smoky aspects too, but alas, I got none of that……mostly just the tart fruity notes.
 

Castingshadows

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You’re getting the results that I’d hoped for! Lol. Wanted some smoky aspects too, but alas, I got none of that……mostly just the tart fruity notes.
I love the fruitiness that I get with clothing it just doesn’t present itself at all on skin. So dumb. But it’s perfect for garments.
 

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Mandodari. almost fizzes itself out of the bottle. Effervescent, sweet, fruity, floral and spicy. Gorgeous, although I’ll have to try a sample to see how it wears for a day. May get tiring if it doesn’t soften and settle
 

Castingshadows

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I’m finally getting to wear Haxan from a full bottle. Spraying this verse swiping a sample is a totally different experience. I can’t believe how three dimensional the herbal floral elements are in the opening. It’s just simply incredible the complexity here. I really feel like this is one of Prin’s best creations. The chamomile and lavender are much more prominent as well.

To my nose this smells almost fully natural with the exception of a well blended ambroxan note with maybe a touch of calone. If there was to ever be an ambroxan scent to have in your collection make sure it’s Haxan as it’s mixed with goat hair and oak moss.

The earthiness is so much more present in the full bottle verse the sample. I was pretty blown away with how the petrichor presents itself as if it’s freshly tilled soil filled with wet leaves. It’s lucid and ethereal. Deep green moss and spices just explode through dark woody cedar wafts of incense.

I dunno man this is just everything I want in a fragrance. It’s versatile, somewhat friendly, smells modern but has enough naturals and originality to keep me interested. The performance is stupid good too. I wasn’t ready for how strong two sprays was going to be. It’s pretty nuclear. Obnoxiously strong.
 

TNBLUEMIKE

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My appetite is deepened. No Shipping date yet from Bloom. Thank you for your thoughts and the benefit of a full bottle spritz rather than a small sample which I have.
 

FragSyndrome

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I’ve really been trying to avoid posting negative feedback but I think the overwhelming positive reviews of Haxan call for a counter balance.

I would highly urge anyone considering Haxan to try a sample first, do not blind buy this stuff! It just smells like cheap synthetic designer perfume; I found it totally revolting. I got a LS sample vial along with that FB I bought so I after I sold the FB, I brought the sample over to a friends place (along with other Prin samples). My friend is a collector of natural fragrances, attars, and ouds and a natural perfumer; he got his nose on Haxan and was revolted by how synthetic it was, commenting that it smelled like “mall perfume”. He loved Rahassanai, Oqachol, Onthamara, Varuek, and was intrigued by Anatolia Anatolia, found Ma Nishtana a bit off putting and synthetic but Haxan is in a whole new category of cloying synthetic mall perfume.

So, you’ve been warned. If you’re into natural fragrances and find mainstream synthetics to be off putting the do not blind buy Haxan. Sample it first.
 

thrilledchilled

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He always uses aroma chemicals. I have difficulty with haxan. I would like to like it more. Perhaps it’s the petrichor note I don’t care for as much. But I think it is very good.
 

Mak-7

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I’ve really been trying to avoid posting negative feedback but I think the overwhelming positive reviews of Haxan call for a counter balance.

I would highly urge anyone considering Haxan to try a sample first, do not blind buy this stuff! It just smells like cheap synthetic designer perfume; I found it totally revolting. I got a LS sample vial along with that FB I bought so I after I sold the FB, I brought the sample over to a friends place (along with other Prin samples). My friend is a collector of natural fragrances, attars, and ouds and a natural perfumer; he got his nose on Haxan and was revolted by how synthetic it was, commenting that it smelled like “mall perfume”. He loved Rahassanai, Oqachol, Onthamara, Varuek, and was intrigued by Anatolia Anatolia, found Ma Nishtana a bit off putting and synthetic but Haxan is in a whole new category of cloying synthetic mall perfume.

So, you’ve been warned. If you’re into natural fragrances and find mainstream synthetics to be off putting the do not blind buy Haxan. Sample it first.
I told you
 

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I like the smell of haxan however there's something in it that didn't sit well with me (made my throat itch), which was a shame I guess it depends how sensitive you are to certain things (this applies to naturals as well)
 

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I absolutely echo the sentiment that there’s something synthetic and designerish about Haxans base but it doesn’t bother me. In fact I think that’s why it reads as so accessible and why it seems to be a compliment puller, it hits the sweet spot between creativity and accessibility for me personally, but definitely wise advice to sample all Prins first imo. When I first tried it I remember thinking the drydown reminded me of Leau D’issey Intense lol.

That being said I’ve never liked Ma Nishatana and find it overly synthetic and droning. Whatever the chem that’s in a lot of olibanum scents is absolutely destroys my brain. Worst of all is Masque Mandala x.x
 

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I’ve really been trying to avoid posting negative feedback but I think the overwhelming positive reviews of Haxan call for a counter balance.

I would highly urge anyone considering Haxan to try a sample first, do not blind buy this stuff! It just smells like cheap synthetic designer perfume; I found it totally revolting. I got a LS sample vial along with that FB I bought so I after I sold the FB, I brought the sample over to a friends place (along with other Prin samples). My friend is a collector of natural fragrances, attars, and ouds and a natural perfumer; he got his nose on Haxan and was revolted by how synthetic it was, commenting that it smelled like “mall perfume”. He loved Rahassanai, Oqachol, Onthamara, Varuek, and was intrigued by Anatolia Anatolia, found Ma Nishtana a bit off putting and synthetic but Haxan is in a whole new category of cloying synthetic mall perfume.

So, you’ve been warned. If you’re into natural fragrances and find mainstream synthetics to be off putting the do not blind buy Haxan. Sample it first.
Thankfully the majority of Prin’s fanbase is well aware of his use of synthetics and his ability to create mainstream scents with artistic and left field sensibilities. I don’t think every perfume house that gets hype in the artisanal community needs to be judged on the basis of creating entirely natural smelling perfumes or else they should smell cheap. I mean it’s one thing to say you don’t like his use of ambroxan but it’s kind of throwing the baby out with the bath water if you don’t follow the journey of the fragrance itself. There is absolutely an incredible use of lavender and oakmoss here which compliments excellent natural materials to create a completely off the wall fougere scent. I would hope that anyone that read my review would understand what ambroxan smells like and even calone and if that material is something which they find revolting they should probably steer clear of it.

I don’t find anything wrong with a perfumer exploring all possibilities of perfumery and Prin is one of the few who can do that. I think that’s his entire appeal. It’s cool to see more of the crossover happening with the Ensar/ALD crowd but I will always stand by Haxan being an excellent form of perfumery showcasing incredible blending and a deft use of ambroxan. A material which can easily ruin a scent in my opinion. Here he nailed it.
 

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Thankfully the majority of Prin’s fanbase is well aware of his use of synthetics and his ability to create mainstream scents with artistic and left field sensibilities. I don’t think every perfume house that gets hype in the artisanal community needs to be judged on the basis of creating entirely natural smelling perfumes or else they should smell cheap. I mean it’s one thing to say you don’t like his use of ambroxan but it’s kind of throwing the baby out with the bath water if you don’t follow the journey of the fragrance itself. There is absolutely an incredible use of lavender and oakmoss here which compliments excellent natural materials to create a completely off the wall fougere scent. I would hope that anyone that read my review would understand what ambroxan smells like and even calone and if that material is something which they find revolting they should probably steer clear of it.

I don’t find anything wrong with a perfumer exploring all possibilities of perfumery and Prin is one of the few who can do that. I think that’s his entire appeal. It’s cool to see more of the crossover happening with the Ensar/ALD crowd but I will always stand by Haxan being an excellent form of perfumery showcasing incredible blending and a deft use of ambroxan. A material which can easily ruin a scent in my opinion. Here he nailed it.
I also think a lot of us have different levels of sensitivity to things like Ambroxan, Exaltolide and Norlimbanol. So for the person who has a similar sensitivity to the material as Prin, Haxan will probably read more as complex than one-note-synth… people who are extremely sensitive to ambroxan will wonder what Prin’s smoking. I’ve had the benefit of talking to a few perfumers who’ve confirmed my suspicions that I’m not smelling the whole picture when those particular chems are involved. I LIKE synthetics but there are a couple that completely blow me out so I can’t even tell what the perfume is supposed to smell like.
 

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I also think a lot of us have different levels of sensitivity to things like Ambroxan, Exaltolide and Norlimbanol. So for the person who has a similar sensitivity to the material as Prin, Haxan will probably read more as complex than one-note-synth… people who are extremely sensitive to ambroxan will wonder what Prin’s smoking. I’ve had the benefit of talking to a few perfumers who’ve confirmed my suspicions that I’m not smelling the whole picture when those particular chems are involved. I LIKE synthetics but there are a couple that completely blow me out so I can’t even tell what the perfume is supposed to smell like.
I like the way ambroxan smells so for me it’s a complementary note which melds perfectly with the chamomile and lavendar to create a sort of aquatic swampy floral vibe that feels so incredibly smooth and earthy. The lavender accord is one of my favorites in perfumery and it’s right up there with Eiderantler in my opinion. In fact this feels like the ancient swamp grandpa to Eiderantler whose been sleeping in a hollowed out tree for decades.

I guess to my nose there’s so much happening it feels unbelievable to have it reduced down in such a way that it could be called a cheap designer. If there’s cheaper fragrances that do what this does I absolutely want those in my collection hahah.
 

FragSyndrome

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Sorry CS but I literally can’t get past the synthetics in Haxan to appreciate the art in it. I believe your opinion on it 100% and I know a lot of people love this fragrance but to me, it just smells like a hodgepodge of designer synthetics.

I know first hand how talented and creative Prin is; I love his latest creations and think he did an outstanding job with Mriga. I'm sure there's many more gems that I haven’t tried yet. I'm not knocking Prin as a perfumer, just reporting in with both my opinion and my friend's opinion of this popular fragrance and cautioning other natural perfume snobs to sample this one before buying it.
 

Proust_Madeleine

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I like the way ambroxan smells so for me it’s a complementary note which melds perfectly with the chamomile and lavendar to create a sort of aquatic swampy floral vibe that feels so incredibly smooth and earthy. The lavender accord is one of my favorites in perfumery and it’s right up there with Eiderantler in my opinion. In fact this feels like the ancient swamp grandpa to Eiderantler whose been sleeping in a hollowed out tree for decades.

I guess to my nose there’s so much happening it feels unbelievable to have it reduced down in such a way that it could be called a cheap designer. If there’s cheaper fragrances that do what this does I absolutely want those in my collection hahah.
I wish I could smell the lavender. For me it’s all ambroxan and petrichor. But that’s what ambroxan does to me, just swamps me with one note. I don’t hate it… just smells exactly the same in everything from drugstore cheapies to Sephora testers to roja dove luxury scents. I can never smell what else is supposed to be going on. And honestly, in this case, I’m super jealous. A lot of people I really respect love this one and their descriptions make me think this would 100% be my jam(I’ve got a bottle and I keep trying!).
 

Castingshadows

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Sorry CS but I literally can’t get past the synthetics in Haxan to appreciate the art in it. I believe your opinion on it 100% and I know a lot of people love this fragrance but to me, it just smells like a hodgepodge of designer synthetics.

I know first hand how talented and creative Prin is; I love his latest creations and think he did an outstanding job with Mriga. I'm sure there's many more gems that I haven’t tried yet. I'm not knocking Prin as a perfumer, just reporting in with both my opinion and my friend's opinion of this popular fragrance and cautioning other natural perfume snobs to sample this one before buying it.
It’s okay. You don’t like Slumberhouse either but we can still be friends 😂😂😂
 

Castingshadows

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I wish I could smell the lavender. For me it’s all ambroxan and petrichor. But that’s what ambroxan does to me, just swamps me with one note. I don’t hate it… just smells exactly the same in everything from drugstore cheapies to Sephora testers to roja dove luxury scents. I can never smell what else is supposed to be going on. And honestly, in this case, I’m super jealous. A lot of people I really respect love this one and their descriptions make me think this would 100% be my jam(I’ve got a bottle and I keep trying!).
Knowing your tastes I would’ve assumed you’d like this one BUT my sample is waaaaay toned down on the ambroxan compared to the full bottle so I have a feeling in time that note will mellow out.

But to speak on your point here I used to have this intense visceral reaction to Cigar Rum because all I could smell was this weird cloying synthetic/generic ashy shampoo note and nothing else. After a few months I can smell tobacco, raisins, dried fruits and an actual gorgeous rum note. Funny how that works.
 
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