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Dunhill Signature by Dunhill

Here's a charming scent. Smooth, with a classy, barbershop spice of gentle wood. It has a dry, cool, airy aspect suggestive of white shirts -- hence very suitable for office wear. Everything is toned-down or buttoned-down and yet enjoyable. The elements are well blended, nothing screams for attention. Understated elegance. Has a slightly fresh aspect, in line with scents of the early 2000's.
Aug 15, 2021


Black Jade by Lubin

Sweet opening of plummy bergamot and spices. The spices deepen into the woods and resins. Opulent and rich. Much too sweet for me, but I'm not the target market. It is a well made scent with good notes. The patchouli and vanilla are not overdone, thankfully.
Dec 2, 2020


Akkad by Lubin

Disappointed and a bit surprised. I thought the amber (not a favourite of mine) would be the problem. But, it is the vanilla. This is like a sweet sugar cookie. It almost has a fizzy quality, like biting into sugar crystals on top of a cookie. When this initial blast of sweetness burns off, I detect the good resins and incense. Many would like this Oriental, it certainly is in the conventional comfort zone: sweet and the incense is relatively tame. But it is not what I seek in a scent.
Nov 30, 2020


L'Eau Neuve (new) by Lubin

An attractive cologne style scent. Good herbal notes and bright citrus work well together. Some gentle, peppery spice lurking in the background. Easy to wear and refreshing, both men and women would enjoy it. Nothing remarkable or innovative here, but a pleasant scent.
Nov 30, 2020


Nuit de Longchamp by Lubin

A charming and traditional scent. Lovely floral notes. Aimed at the sophisticated female market. Projects a confident, mature air. The violet adds a haunting, old-school vibe. I like it and would enjoy meeting someone wearing it!
Nov 28, 2020


Corallo / Coral Shell by Ortigia

Resinous and dusky. Gets powdery and somewhat sweet. The balsamic herbs are a fairly heavy note. Some spices. Also get fennel and mint -- reminds me of organic toothpaste, something that Toms of Maine might do. One tiny little spritz is ALL that is needed. Would be overwhelming otherwise. The powerful note burns off quickly but parts of it linger. Kind of a roller-coaster ride. Interesting scent, not a particular favourite.
Oct 19, 2020


Au Coeur du Desért by Tauer

Smooth and attractive. Has some green notes at the beginning, perhaps the patchouly is displaying mint-like qualities. Subtle spices and wood tones. Ending gets a bit sweet and battery. Low-key, and probably most people would like this.
Jul 12, 2019


Freetrapper by D.S. & Durga

One of the more mild-mannered of the line. Herbal and a bit grassy at first, with a hint of smoke. Light woods and incense, and a mossy dry-down. Very pleasant, not heavy or sweet.
Jun 28, 2019


Bakhoor by Montale

I like this a lot. It is very dry, and has a haunting, evocative and exotic character. Peppery spice notes, dry green resins, resolute woods, and sophisticated, non-threatening oud. Reminds me of Tom Ford's Sahara Noir, but this is not so in-your-face. It is more subtle and elegant. Everything is perfectly balanced, and it wears well throughout the day. Oriental Woody. One site suggests it has olibanum in it.
From the Montale site:
"Bewitched by an ancestral perfumed ritual which comes to us from the nomadic Arab tribes of the Middle East, Pierre Montale has created BAKHOOR (pronounced BAROUR), a raw and wild creation, inspired by the traditional incense, burned to release the scents of resin, sandalwood, perfumed wood and natural oils. A wisp of smoke that rises to the sky, an invitation to discover mystical scents of the Orient, both intriguing and fascinating."
Jun 20, 2019


Outrageous by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

Dusty spice and bright citrus notes. Shifts intonations distinctive wood note: ghostly, like a distant echo. Metallic underpinning. Interesting scent, not my style. Very modern.
Jun 12, 2019


Eau de Minthé Eau de Parfum by Diptyque

Green, herbal, refreshing. The mint is NOT like toothpaste, and is not really very minty in style; rather, it is green leaf herbal at the beginning. Pleasant scent, settles into a light brown patchouli accord. My one complaint is that it is not terribly interesting. When I think of classic mint scents, Creed's Sélection Verte or L'Artisan's L'Eau du Caporal come to mind. In these, the mint is more identifiable yet is not compromised. The dry-down is gorgeous -- a throw-back to a classic fougere of the 80's but with a little lighter touch.
Jun 12, 2019


Music For a While by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

Good lavender note up front. Interesting to combine it with pineapple -- not quite sure about that combination but it cashes in on the pineapple craze started by Creed Aventus. Sugary notes give a rather cookie/foody aspect which I am not really enamoured with. Fruity notes bubble in the background. Bit of leather from the patchouli. This is OK, but really not my style. Gets quite buzzy in the dry down.
Jun 11, 2019


Dawn by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

My comment is based solely on a spritz in a shop -- I am unlikely to purchase it (given the price). Some reviewers talk of a shocking, animal oud note. I found it to be rather mild-mannered: definitely oud but not shocking. Dried into a light, pleasant woody-incense. The word I was thinking throughout was "subtle." Perhaps a large application would yield more depth and facets. Given the price, the shop was doling out single spritzes.
Jun 10, 2019


Sale Gosse by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

Fresh, lemony, bright. Many attractive citrus notes. Quite youthful in style. The so-called "bubble-gum" note is a bit metallic. Breezy and fun. A bit soapy at times. Lovely floral-violet note in the dry down. Mild thumbs up.
Jun 10, 2019


Every Storm a Serenade by Imaginary Authors

For me, the ozonic/fresh and oceanic component dominates. I don't get much in the way of conifers or vetiver. Definitely a salty tang here though, reminiscent of ambergris (in a mild synthetic way). Pleasant, but it does not wow me.
May 6, 2019


Botafumeiro by Carner Barcelona

I don't care for it, and am disappointed. The Botafumerio at the cathedral Santiago di Compostella is a gigantic incense censer. It takes several priests working on a pulley system to swing it. Thus, it is a symbol of massive incense in a church setting.
Carner's Botafumerio is not particularly incense oriented. Odd choice to not have frankincense or myrrh. There is only cistus (labdanum) and styrax (benzoin), plus a synthetic accord with the lame name 'Mystikal."
The scent is a somewhat sweet, foody-gourmand sort. Sugary, a bit nutty, reminiscent of a praline. Then a fuzzy warm note appears, cozy like a cashmere sweater. There are some light dusky green notes from the cistus, a bit like celery leaf.
The scent is not dreadful -- but it bears no relation to its name and thus fails to meet expectations.
May 4, 2019


El Cosmico by D.S. & Durga

I like it. For lovers of conifer, this is worth checking out. Resinous, dry, coniferous, austere. Evokes the landscape of a scrubby mesa. Garrigue. At times, there is a hay-like, tarragon note.
Apr 21, 2019


Wander by Miller Harris

A very green and pretty scent. Light, refreshing, unisex. Notes of celery leaf and tomato leaf.
Apr 21, 2019


Experimentum Crucis by Etat Libre d'Orange

The apple note is up-front! A juicy green and tart apple, like Granny Smith. A pretty scent, charming and unisex. Florals and a hint of rose.
Apr 21, 2019


BR78 : Vintage Green by Banana Republic

This is a pleasant, competent spring-green scent. Light and refreshing. Very short longevity but otherwise good.
Feb 4, 2019


Tristan Lui by Tristan

I was surprised at this. It is a pleasant scent. One does not always encounter a reasonably good scent in the branded line of a store. This has all sorts of "masculine" elements (leather, spice, woods) and the package works well. Not brash, not sweet, well done.
Feb 1, 2019


Apley by Truefitt & Hill

This is an OK scent. It has a very pleasant citrus opening. That is brisk and refreshing. It settles into a rich and powerful note of wood. I thought it was sandalwood because it was so sweet and creamy. Perhaps there is some sandalwood in it. Nothing problematic here but it doesn’t wow me.
Jan 18, 2019


L'Eau d'Hiver by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

A wispy, ghostly scent: not spooky, just barely there. Faint white florals and white musk. Nothing Wintery about it.
Jan 18, 2019


Green Irish Tweed by Creed

A green, sporty scent. Interesting, since none of the notes are especially "green" in characteristics (well, perhaps the verbena a bit). Smells like a lot of the golf-inspired scents of the 1980's (e.g., Royal Green,
Trophée Lancôme, Greenbriar). Pleasant, for me it is not compelling. Reasonably classy, I suppose.
Dry-down is salty and mossy -- but no moss is listed. Guess that is the ambergris.
Dec 11, 2018

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