The Scented Devil
- Oct 17, 2012
I take back what I said. I gave this another full wear, and I was reminded of why it's so special.
This opens up bright-fresh, and feels kind of nice but at first I don't get too much nuance. I got wear it more to appreciate this part of it.
Then it starts to creep into Bleu de Chanel/Dylan Blue territory but doesn't quite go all the way, because you don't get that heavy spicy aspect of those two. It's like a very subtle take on the genre of 2010s dark blue trend.
Then it dries down further, and THIS is what I remember liking so much about it when I first sampled it. Some other notes come into play that give it this additional character, that elevates it above just being a quieter Blue de Chanel-type. It almost reminds me of Trussardi Uomo, which I know, sounds crazy. TU is an ultra dry leather scent. However, at the tail end of that classic's dry down, there's this fresh, sexy, smell that emerges/remains, when all that harsh dryness dies off. That is what I get in Missoni Pour Homme's dry down. There's a freshness with a hint of weight that gives it some gravitas.
I saw at Fragrantica everyone's comparing it to Bleu de Chanel, but one person said it reminds them of Grigio Perla, another 80s classic.
I read your review of Missoni where you said the following:
Okay, so it's not just me. Birch smoke and sandalwood. Patchouli. TU has sandald wood AND patchouli. That must be what it is.
Man, I love this little fragrance. The presentation of the bottle is superb. It's got a modern, magnetic cap, but the bottle design itself is conveying some age and legacy. It harkens to the old school. Kind of like the scent itself.
I blind bought this one after reading this thread and Varanis Ridari's review. BdC meets barbershop? Worth a shot. I ordered earlier this week and should have it in a few days.
First wearing of this one today for me. I am really enjoying it. Longevity is great, although it wears close after the first 3 hours or so. It's sort of like they tried to split the difference between Bleu de Chanel EdP and Parfum, but adding a rounder wood plus some birch tar/leather in the base. It's just so damn smooth.
I need to give this some more wearings, but initial impressions are very favorable. I blind bought, which I'm trying not to do these days, but it seemed like a pretty safe bet. Seems to have turned out that way. The lavender and the deep, rich base give a mature and barbershoppish impression, while the freshness of the grapefruit and ambroxan create a clean, contemporary vibe. There's nothing here I don't like, and as Hugh V. said, it gets better as it dries down. Seems like it'll be a mainstay for me.
Glad you liked my review and that the fragrance worked out for you two. I ended up buying it as well.