Tobacco, honey, peach, smoke. The tobacco is quite prominent but is also very sweet. Kind of a cross between something like Red Tobacco & Oajan. Not sure It's something I personally want or need at this moment in time but very nice nevertheless. If you enjoy sweet tobacco fragrances then you will be in for a real treat. Good performer.
I like Ambre Nuit but it was not at the high level I expected. Mixture of bergamot, rose & amber give this fragrance a nice sophisticated feel. There's a little bit of funk going on in the background. Pleased to own a healthy sized decant but wouldn't pull the trigger on a full bottle. Longevity and projection are below average.
So I must admit that while I have been aware of this fragrance for as long as I can remember I have never actually tried it. Original or reform. This was recommended to me by a fellow basenotes friend.
The original Boss fragrance and the best Boss fragrance as far as I am concerned. I know that Isn't saying a great deal considering their shabby output.
Number One is both clean and dirty. In the same way Kouros is. Although they do not smell alike. Honey is the main player. It comes into play around the 5 minute mark and remains until the end. This is not a sickly sweet honey. The honey is supported by herbal and woody/soapy notes. Would make a great office fragrance. Longevity and projection are both decent.
Spice and Wood smells great. There is no denying this. Amazing apple opening. Fresh citrus and wood. Maybe some white florals?? Extremely fresh and uplifting. The problem I have is that this is just all too quiet. Amazing while it lasts but becomes a skin scent within the hour. I own a large decant which I am more than happy with.
I have a dear friend who kindly sold me a decant of this super expensive fragrance.
First things first. Let's get the price out of the way. No fragrance is worth even half this price. But I always judge a fragrance on how it smells. Price never comes into the equation when I am reviewing. It only comes into question when I am purchasing.
The quality is top notch. A spicy, floral chypre. It is heady and opulent beyond belief. It engulfs your senses to the point where you can actually taste it in your mouth. There are massive similarities to the original Enigma/Creation E parfum. It has the cola vibe running through it but with HL the volume is turnt up massively and we have the florals that Enigma doesn't have.
Whilst I think that HL is a superb fragrance it doesn't totally suit my style (or wallet) as I find it a bit too "dandy" and totally over the top.
Very middle eastern. Very holy. Very ancient. Very nice!!
Sahara Noir is a fragrance that was probably doomed to fail. Should have been marketed unisex. Maybe even as a mens fragrance. I think a lot of Women would have a hard time wearing this. There are some similarities to LADDM but with an added shit load of incense. Don't get me wrong, there's lots of other stuff in the mix but this is predominately an incense fragrance. On the whole I'm not a massive fan of incense heavy perfumes but this might just be the exception.
Without a doubt along the same lines as Rive Gauche. Non fragheads would have trouble telling them apart. Centred around that same old school creamy barbershop vibe as RG but here we have a geranium/mint note which maybe keeps things a bit more interesting/modern. I really enjoy Rive Gauche but must admit that I enjoy this one even more. I actually prefer the new signature release to the Original private Blend version as a find it brighter and more sparkling. Longevity is excellent for this type of genre as is projection and silage. Classy!!
Patchouli Intense is perfumery perfection to my nose and mind. A complete work of art. One of the few fragrances that could literally bring a tear to my eye. Something so beautiful. It takes over my senses and consumes me.
There are reminders of Coromandel. Not that they smell the same. But in the way they are constructed. Both are blended so superbly that it is extremely hard to identify individual notes. Both contain patchouli which is always in the background rather than dominating. Both smell typically 'French'. Although I will add that Patchouli Intense might just be the most 'French' smelling fragrance I have yet to encounter.
The opening of PI is quite feminine. It doesn't start the way the name would imply. There is a sweet prettiness. There are hints of orange, cinnamon and rose. The mid is where the fragrance really shines. The patchouli starts to come though, alongside frankincense and a bay rum type note. The drydown becomes much more masculine. The patchouli is still there but mainly dominated by sandalwood with a touch of amber and vanilla. No one note is obvious. It's a symphony of notes interacting to create one beautiful song.
I can understand how someone that wants a really raw patchouli could be disappointed but if you go into this knowing that patchouli only plays a supporting role you are surely in for a treat.
Absolutely wonderful fragrance from the house of Haeckels.
I would describe Pegwell Bay as a herbal citrus.There are many reminders of both Aventus & Cedrat Boise but with a slight medicinal/herbal edge. There is a strong fennel note running though this one which separates it from other fragrances in this genre. The overall composition is fresh and natural. The longevity and silage for a fragrance in this genre are truly outstanding.
I had heard some great things about the latest Cartier release. I wasn't let down.
The first thing to say is that if you are expecting a parfum version of the original then move on. This is a completely different fragrance.
Pasha Parfum is an Oriental. It's spicy, sweet, slightly boozy with a woody base. It's slightly classic but with a modern edge. This one definitely makes a statement. It will turn heads for sure. It will be well received by others whilst remaining unique. There is a slight resemblance to Penhaligons Halfeti. It's not overly obvious in the opening but will become more apparent in the mid and dry down. Silage is just above average while longevity is out of this world. 12+ hours on skin and days on clothes. Smells both expensive and just a bit special.
Sugary bubblegum sweetness. I can see the appeal and if I was 21 again I would most probably wear it. They say females like this one and can understand why. Being the wrong side of 40 it will be a pass from me.
Credit where credit is due. This is exceptionally well put together. You would expect nothing less from Roja. It's personally not for me. I find it a bit too much and a tad too funky. The rose here is great. Very natural. I'm surprised that some say they get no oud? I get a fair bit of it. Very floral, very oudy and very rosey.
A nice traditional masculine fragrance with hints of cinnamon & pepper. Overall really nice. The problem I have is that at this price point the likes of Roja & Xerjoff have blown me away while this doesn't. It's a thumbs up but nothing amazing or groundbreaking. Longevity is fair while projection is on the low side.