A nice soft scent that waffles between very clean and very dirty in a most enchanting way.
Not easily classified as a work scent or a date scent, it's a nice casual scent perfect for just hanging around. Becoming a fast favorite. None of the notes are hitting me to make it seem masculine or feminine. Nicely balanced.
Starting to feel to me like a must own for Basenoters.
For my birthday, I splurged on some pricey Roja decants.
Diaghilev is the best of them. I can sort of see it as similar to Mitsouko but feels a lot richer than the version of Mitsouko I tried. Not loud, but potent. Odd sort of longevity that recurs long after you thought it was played out.
It's a wonderful scent and I'm glad a have a small decant but would never spring for a full bottle of this, even if the price were much lower. Doesn't really suit me, but I'll milk this decant to the end.
It's elegant and would make a great compliment to a dressy evening for sure.
I've never been a good notes analyst and nothing springs out for me as dominant.
Clever, well crafted chypre that does smell pricey.
This is one is like a running joke in the wetshaver community. Some profess to love it and maybe so, but I think it's more of a way to haze noobie wetshavers.
The opening is beyond harsh and weird. Any number of descriptions fit like rotting vegetables. I doubt any frag head would ever like the opening.
But it does dry down into an almost pleasant lilac scent. The lilac doesn't exactly smell feminine...more like "antique." Like all Pinauds, it is a nice soothing finish to a shave.
If you want to get in on the joke, it'll cost you about $6US. For me, it always conjures what an old gold prospector or cowpoke might smell like after his first bath and shave in three months when the barber slapped some on. Yeee Haw, bring on them dancing' girls....
It smells a lot like an EdT version of Pinaud Clubman- the ultimate American 'barbershop" scent. Almost every old school barbershop in USA had the Clubman aftershave and talc.
If you're a wetshaver type and like Clubman, you're crazy not to own Canoe. It really lengthens and extends that distinctive Clubman scent. You'll feel fresh from the barber all day long. And it's super inexpensive.
Being a mature guy, I can feel more comfortable wearing this than many.
Blasts off with intense cinnamon and lavender...whatever oud is in it is quite subdued. While it's called an "Oud Star" it's sure not very oud-y.
Nothing overly earthy or confronting to wear here. I guess the oud sort of tempers the spices and makes it a bit woody.
Lasts well and be careful- it's probably kind of loud scent for a couple of hours.
Seems a bit to me like a very potent niche version of YSL La Nuit. Not that it really smells just like La Nuit, but it has that same sort "oh so sweet and really pretty" vibe. But still manly scent.
A good casual or romantic scent. Would be too weird at work for me.
I've been a Basenoter over 10 years. Tried and/or owned around 300 scents. This is the only one I found truly awful enough to write up as really bad.
Silly me... "Bourbon" and "vanilla." Two scents I like. But this is no bourbon or vanilla. I don't know what this scent is...raw vanilla pods??? In fairness, I now gather "bourbon vanilla" is a particular type of vanilla plant...not a combination of bourbon scent plus vanilla scent.
But this was nothing I related to. Sort of chemical smelling. Lasted forever, and that didn't help. I found nothing about this scent I liked in opening, mid, or base notes. It wasn't repulsive, just not relatable to anything I want to smell like.
Not good for work, dating, hanging around house, going out with friends. Useless scent.
Being somewhat of a fan of Mr Smelly and having similar tastes, I took a flyer on this one. Mistake.
Found the scent quite nice, laden with notes I like. Great for about one half hour.
But then it just died on me. I sometimes have that issue with scents, so it's quite possible it's just some quirk with me. I see plenty of reviews that some find it has pretty good legs, but I found it very fleeting.
What I could smell was like a decent fairly modern fougere.
I'm rarely one to care about presentation, but as Man of the World said, JOVOY has really got that covered. Big beefy bottles that make you want to own it, hold it, and spray away. The bottle could be used as a weapon.
PRIVATE LABEL snuck up on me. Not the kind of scent I would ever expect I would like. Strong, earthy, kind of grimy vetiver is what sticks out. Leather and patchouli contribute, but the dirty vetiver dominates to me.
For me, it's kind of a solitary "Covid confinement" kind of scent. I enjoy wearing it around the house, but doubt I would wear in an office, on a date or out socially.
Nothing sweet or inviting in this one. Dark, brooding, austere. Inordinately masculine.
I had long used the TRUMPERS Sandalwood Skin Food and Shower Gel. This smells just like those and is a very nice extension of that creamy sandalwood scent.
It is very nice, but kind of defies easy categorization. It's inordinately pleasant. Not particularly masculine or feminine. Good for work or casual days.
I quite like it and though it does not smell much EGOISTE to me, it is probably a given that EGOISTE fans would like this. It's kind of like a vastly simplified EGOISTE. A touch of citrus and vanilla, mainly sandalwood. Lacks the spice and rosey aspects of EGOISTE.
Though a "cologne" has pretty good legs but a bit lacking longevity wise for me. It's a comfortable easy reach with a more prominent sandalwood than many are probably used to wearing.