A beautiful clear and clean mintiness in the opening that transitions into an excellent clove and cinnamon. I got terrible longevity and sillage with the little dabber sample I've got. This is much nicer and more transparent than Tiger Balm and smells like a high quality, well blended fragrance, not like a cream based medicinal balm. I would wear this a lot if I can get better performance out of it with a full spray bottle. I loved it while it lasted!
This opens with refreshing bright medicinal mint and a synthetic ash accord. Plenty of pepper and spices to keep things bracing right through the middle. This settles into a muted and toned down version of the opening dry vetiver, black pepper and mint and is much nicer. Moderately interesting, pass and thumbs neutral.
An accurate rendering of the lineament.
I like the camphoraceous opening with its medicinal note and bright minty aspect. Very invigorating.
However, the clove and cinnamon chord, though accurate, is not at all to my taste. Too sweet and clove-y to suit me.
Inigo, Lisa, thanks.
I've been wanting a menthol/confirous/camforous perfume for a while now.
Some were too weird - Fille en Aiguilles
Tubereuse Criminelle came close but veered off into tuberose territory
Others were ok but veered off into an herbal prospective (Geoffrey Beene bowling green)
Others started out nice but ended up flaking away - Richard Lüscher Britos 46°N 08°E - Valais
Norne is ughh .. nauseating
Blenheim Bouquet is a good alternative -
Between this & Granville , my tiger balm needs are satiated.
Granville and Esprit du Tigre are like Coromandel & Borneo 1834.
The former are elegant, polished, regal & everything that a St.Regis calls for.
The latter are the rugged, utilitarian & unadulterated complementary specimens.
This starts out harsh, herbal, and camphoraceous. Liniment? Bengay? No, Tiger Balm, dummy! The opening is medicinal enough to make me ask Why in heavens name would anybody want to smell like this? Once the top notes clear off the scents appeal is much more obvious, but the structure is also far more conventional. Within ten minutes Spirit of the Tiger has deepened and sweetened into a warm, spiced incense blend that even borders on the gourmand.
The drydown reveals a pleasantly rich spicy/ambery oriental foundation that is very nicely balanced, though not terribly original or exciting. Its as if Spirit of the Tiger is trying to make up for its shocking entrance with an apologetically polite development. The result is an olfactory non-sequitur thats probably too challenging at the outset for traditionalists and too tame in the end for thrill seekers.