- Jan 6, 2012
A great one! Devin was my signature scent for 2 bottles worth, back in the day!A belated autumn sync with one of my first bought fragrances when taking up this hobby last spring. Aramis Devin is a multi-faceted fragrance of the old school even as reformulated and a great autumn scent to my mind. It made me understand what a fragrance can be - a piece of art. Incredibly cheap at the time of buying, the prices now have doubled since its discontinuation.
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That absolutely counts!Guess it'll either be Red Aoud or Santal Wood for the next prompt, these wear me more then I wear them guess that counts?
I’ve never tried this that I can recall, but I may like it! “Virile e romantico” sounds worthy, and all that sanitary lemon may meet up with my love for PineSol and friends!I'm pre-syncing with one I find increasingly hard to wear, one of my early blind buys that I like in the abstract, but sometimes feels all wrong when it hits skin. Versace l'Homme, a total masculine classic, as bold and brash as ever in modern formulation. Opens with an uppercut: eye-watering LEMON straight to the jaw. Then the herbs come fast and furious, with a relentless BASIL assault from top to base. There's actually a lot to love here, with some retro-classic patchouli, carnation, and cinnamon over this fat-bottomed sweet amber base laced with wood, leather, and mossy notes, but heavily padded with the blooming warmth of amber, vanilla, and tonka. It's got that semi-oriental barbershop vibe of something like Chanel Pour Monsieur EDP, but where that one is a paragon of class and refinement, l'Homme cranks everything to 11 and lets it all hang out.
The main issue for me, really, is that the pungent lemon/basil opening smells an awful lot like toilet cleaner, or urinal cakes, and that association is very hard to shake once you make it. Apparently the older formulations actually smell a bit animalic and pissy; mine does not, but the toilet associations seem to lend a urinous ghost note I'd rather not be thinking of while going about my day. (The neon yellow color of the juice does not help.) It's also... quite strong. One never forgets one chose to wear Versace l'Homme. I usually only spray once to try and tame the beast, but in the spirit of this week's sync, I doubled the output: two to the chest, take no prisoners. I will undoubtedly smell this on my shirt tomorrow, at which point the patchouli and sandalwood base will smell lovely, and I'll forget about the toilet cleaner opening, and the cycle repeats. For now, I am feeling rather VIRILE E ROMANTICO.
Definitely a smell worth smelling. I’m actually enjoying it today now that I’m leaning into the vibe; cooler weather helps. Prime candidate for a blind buy, too. Testers go for about $18 on ebay.I’ve never tried this that I can recall, but I may like it! “Virile e romantico” sounds worthy, and all that sanitary lemon may meet up with my love for PineSol and friends!
- Equipage Geranium (Hermès) : It doesn't smell bad by any means, but I feel like I'm in my 60's when I wear it ! I probably linked that "signature smell" to someone way older than me at some point in my life.
I don't have it in me to want to wear Aventus (turd) or Eau d'Hermes (scrubber).That absolutely counts!
It could be turds and scrubbers just like @N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer said, but it can also be great, interesting, fine fragrances that are just a bit too much for us - too big, too loud, too floral, too feminine, masculine or unisex for our liking, a bit too brooding or too frivolous, maybe a bit too sweet, too vintage-y smelling or too popular for us to wholeheartedly approve and be able to wear any day, any time. Something that needs special conditions, mood, occasion or weather to put on. Maybe the end of September could be the perfect time to wear one of these?
I don't think I have actually, but if they have the same "DNA"... chances are I put everything in the same bag ! I'll test this one next time I go to some kind of SephoraIf you think that about EG, have you tried original Equipage ? I see EG as the younger generation version.
Thank you for your Friday sacrifice and for a funny story!Had a long think about today and one came to me. I actually had to search to find it, which shows not a bottle I pick very often and surprised I haven't got rid of it?
Superstitious by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
I am not a fan of jasmine or in general white florals, they go what I call screeching on me.
So the week this was released I was at a store evening and had been drinking the champagne and as I knew the SA for Malle talking to him. He was actually going and getting more champagne for me. He explained the fragrance, I said not a fan of jasmine, but this was a special jasmine it seems. So tested it, and it was quite lovely, yes that was the champagne talking. So I bought it, tried again the next day and well yes it was screeching at me. Today I am suffering for the synch by wearing it.
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