- Jul 1, 2011
Robert Piguet - Bandit
Am I crazy or does this resemble Balenciaga Pour Homme a bit? Like a brother or sister of it?
Not bad at all.
Man, I really need to up my game on note detection, as I recognize a thing or stuff in this but I don't know WHAT it is. Darn.
It’s a classic leather chypre—some galbanum (I think), aldehydes, and of course a leather accord. The updated version has quite a bit of Animalis, but it isn’t as raunchy as the vintage, which also has lots of Animalis but laced with civet.
We went on a Walmart run this evening (it is literally all there is in this tiny little town—we’re trying to get the good holiday stuff, before it gets picked over, because we use some of it year round. I ran smack into an end cap of Betsey Johnson cosmetics, including a “rare” (according to eBay sellers, anyway) perfume called Betseyfied, which was in such a cute package that I probably would have bought it blind. But I opened the package and it smells like a fruitier Coco Mademoiselle with a passion fruit accord. Not bad for $9.95 for a 30ml bottle. It’s not in the directory yet so I’m submitting it
Sarah Jessica Parker - Stash
Kind of surprised at how high this is rated on Basenotes & Fragrantica, but then again not.
Right off the bat it's that synthetic/fuzzy ('TV static') wood smell that I do not care for. I get a similar thing in Ferragamo F Pour Homme Black.
That calms down/goes away soon after, and it's a pretty nice almost spicy gingerbread-y type of scent. Not thick, not light. Good for 'cool' weather. It's not too sweet either, and I could see this being someone's signature scent for like half of the year.
I do NOT get the comparisons to Santal 33 - not sure what that's about.
Overall, it's a pretty good composition; well thought out, but I think it'd do better justice if the materials used were a bit higher quality. Like a bigger budget for the perfumer(s) to work with.
Givenchy - Organza EdP
Woo boy, that opening is somewhat heady - white floral power. If I'm not mistaken, I pick up the gardenia in the opening. Not my style, but not bad. Does seem a tad oldschool.
Later on it seems to have a spiced lotion type of smell? Comforting; quite familiar?
Sahara Noir. Assuming my carded sample is legit (who knows) it’s not as amazing as I’d hoped.