Just received the black rubber travel edition of Terre d'Hermès Parfum from another Basenoter.
The opening reminds me of sour orange with a touch of Mexican lime and just a hint of fermenting, overripe Golden pineapple. The flint accord starts for me about a half hour into drydown. Solid, masculine, intriguing and lush. Not a lot of sillage but intense next to the skin. A delicious addition to my wardrobe.
A rare fragrance to be sure, one radiating a medium of freshly ground anamalic mitochondrial debris whilst a background of smoking flat-top grease gently plays with one's nostrils. But on the whole I consider this scent to be well done.
"Two all-beef patings, specially saucey, let us cheesily pick it (oh-yums!) while on one's safely-seated bum"--Booger Kink
Another Aramis Reissue Home RunThe reissue is mossy, leathery, herbal, tangy with some lavender thrown in the mix. Heavy, dark and pleasantly bitter from the get-go much like the hops effect I experience from a pint of top quality dark ale. Sillage and lasting power of the reissue seems somewhat less than the vintage but the overall impression is that they both are very similar.
"A rich aromatic fougère edt with top notes of wild mint, basil, nutmeg and bergamot, heart notes of wormwood, oregano, ylang-ylang, patchouli, pine balsam and Russian leather, on base notes of cedar, vanilla, sandalwood and musk."
I definitely find the comparisons to Polo Crest spot on. I have the original Polo Crest though. The reformulation may be different.
The opening blast is a bit off-putting: what the scent pyramid says is Aldehyde/Ozone/Bergamot (with a Minty background). I was initially disappointed, thinking Force Majeure might be a scrubber. But, give it a few minutes and things settle down to a very pleasant peppery Cinnamon/Clove/Mint mix that replaces the somewhat nose-shocking opening. In about an hour a beautiful soft woody/fruity drydown shows, and it is worth the wait.
Surprisingly modern, I find it a fragrance that after a short initial jolt doesn't yell out its presence but sillages gently with a quiet authority. Very good.
The opening eucalyptus/mint reminds me of the nose of a particular wine I once tasted. It was a bottle of 1974 Heitz Martha's Vineyard Cabernet, but Elixir is without the fruit of the wine. I detect a bit of mace also. The overall opening effect is one of a well crafted fragrance in the Penhaligon tradition, not totally unlike their Hamman Bouquet, and invites continuous sniffing..it is that good!.
Middle notes continue the eucalyptus/mint framework adding a rose floral note with a muted cinnamon present as if braided skillfully throughout.
Basenotes include a gentle slide into Tonka, Sandalwood and an intriguing background of incense. Again, all notes are carried along by the opening Eucalyptus/mint. Strangely now the captivating Eucalyptus/mint radiance that carries all the other notes is experienced as much in memory as in the fragrance itself and I have to re-sniff closely to distinguish it.
Beautiful. Enchanting. Mesmerizing. I fell in love with this scent a few seconds after I spritzed it for the first time this morning. The love story is continuing as I continue to sniff its development. Definitely Bottle Worthy. This is one Penhaligon fragrance I will be adding to my wardrobe in the future.
After an initial blast of sharp green accord that sillages nicely but lasts just a few minutes a much more subtle sage phase arises, the green virtually disappearing. This phase is also reminiscent of the wood of a freshly shaved pencil and almost reticent it is so laid back.
Within 45 minutes of application a hint of vanilla and cedar wood is all that is left. Not exactly a stellar performer. If you are into explosive green then Geoffry Beene Bowling Green would be a longer lasting and far less expensive choice.
Starts out somewhat muted. I initially get a hint of high quality oil paint squeezed from a tube onto a palatte. Then it quickly evolves into a sumptuously rich and rounded spice and humus melange. Within 20 minutes a velvety and darkly flavored mixed floral comes to the fore.
At this stage I note a sense of taste as well as the sense I am smelling this fragrance with the inside tissue of my nostrils--in fact with my total olfactory zone!
Smooth, polished and deep, the basenotes perfectly wrap the sensual florals in a thin overlay of delicious animalic tones, all sliding into a slowly emerging glow that lasts and lasts.
Very high quality and just a beauty of a fragrance!
Possibly the best Men's fragrance value in the $0.86 per ounce category!
I hadn't worn this since T-Rex roamed the earth but was inspired to try it again by a recent Basenotes Thread. It instantly brought back memories of the very few times I wore it, and those all almost exclusively on high school dates as I recall.
If Aqua Velva Ice Blue had never before been issued and was brought to market today as a Designer Fragrance I believe it would easily sell for 5 times the price for half the 7.0 ounce volume of today's bottle. This is a smooth masculine enjoying typical Aftershave longevity with a most pleasant lavender/bergamot opening that ends up as a musky/mossy/amber delight!
Don't expect a powerhouse or a top tier mix of scents by any means--enjoy it as a comfort frag that projects a relaxed mood and a man-in-the-house atmosphere.
I know of no other bargain fragrance that gives so much for so little money.
Soft notes of fragrant, mild pipe tobacco wrapped initially in bergamot and later joined by black pepper (more pepper oil than the peppercorns) and continued tobacco.Then a rich amber/vanilla/beeswax wood polish accord appears and dominates the delightful slow drydown. Lasts a good 8 hours. Surprisingly masculine to me and decent but not overwhelming sillage throughout the experience. Great for a breezy mild evening or a cool afternoon in sweater or light jacket.
Quite good as a warm weather fragrance actually. The explosive right out of the gate green tangerine note is perfect for fighting the warm weather blues. Saffron lifts the tangerine as it tires and carries it through to a soft, aquatic-like ending. Different and enjoyable.
The opening reminds me of the tangy nose of a cut-fruit laden white Rioja Sangria (served in an icy cold blue-glass pitcher) that I enjoyed at a fine Spanish restaurant. Woodsy, herbal notes back up the fruit but they don't overwhelm it. The laid back middle notes and drydown keep the fruit alive and both phases hold quietly close to the skin but are definitely not hard to notice and enjoy, particularly as the modest sillage drifts past the wearer's nose on a warm, sultry summer evening.
If you are looking for a Tobacco (ashtray tobacco ash, in a good way) fragrance look no further. Tobacco ash is dominant from early Top Notes and right through Middle Notes and into and through the Basenotes, with a smattering of mashed green tree leaf and spice for good measure along the way. This bold fragrance slowly winds down to a moderately sweet patchouli-amber-tobacco finish . As the old song says: "a cigarette bearing lipstick traces.."
Smooth, suave, clean, fresh. Gendarme holds tightly on my skin for better than 8 hours, all the while gently enveloping me in a soft masculine aura. Not an in-your-face fragrance by any means but one that will catch the attention of those close to you as it plays hide-and-seek with your own sense of smell. A winner.
Take a fresh and ripe lemon peel and bent it to release the intense spray of essential oils from the skin. That is the citrus fireworks opening notes of Eau Sauvage bring to my mind.
This superb beginning quiets down rapidly and evolves languidly into a less explosive but still rich mixtue of citrus, patchouli, caraway and much more. Definitely a fragrance for those who cut their own path and would never leave a trail of fluff in their wake
Maisonstinky's site review of Jean Pascal Edt states that the following notes appear:
bergamot, pineapple, herbal essence
musk, wood, amber, moss
This one starts out sweet and spicy and evolves quickly into an arrestingly smooth and muted floral of considerable depth. The finish shows a background of the floral notes but now interwoven with an earthy, musky framework. Longevity is about 5-6 hours on me but it lingers faintly on for as many hours more.
Altogether a classy fragrance I feel quite comfortable in, and one I can be reasonably sure no one else would be wearing to an upscale cocktail party. Nice.
A dense pine forest brushed here and there with sunbeams and shadows, fragrant with resin and crushed pine needles overlaying a peek-a-boo black pepper oil background. The drydown holds close to the skin and softens beautifully an hour or so after a rather intense opening few minutes. Masculine, warm and rich. Will show best in cooler weather I would think. Yes!
Very spicey opening, followed by an added dimension of rum-soaked cigar ash and then slowly evolving into the familiar 'classic' Havana smoke-and-spice vanillic fruit, faintly alcoholic afterglow. Lasts for hours. Different from 'regular' Havana but yet so much the same. Classy and utterly delicious.
A first cousin to Aramis Havana for Men, the intense opening is parallel, perhaps more Oriental but not quite as wild. The initial intense in-your-face spice/dried fruit compote slowly melds into an intoxicating background drydown of musk, incense and mulled wine for me. A very seductive scent you can enjoy alone or, better yet, allowing it to capture the attention of others.
Definitely a keeper and a legitimate steal at current prices (2007). Get it while you can as not too many know this discontinued gem. It is a wonderfully masculine 'killer' of a scent.
edit 7/4/08: Apparently being manufactured and available again in a formula very close to if not identical to the original. This is a truly wonderful fragrance, with similarities to Havana for Men but definitely going it's own beautiful way. It has an appealing dusky-bergamot-citrus opening and glides through a long, delicious drydown.
I will try to never be without a bottle and have sufficient backups stored safely away to make that a fact. When you find a frag you love, you never know when some marketing 'genius' will change it for the worse or ::shudder:: make it disappear..