I'm very curious to try this! Rose is very hit or miss for me, but I'm a big fan of Rogue.Rostracto by Rogue -- On paper the rose comes off more light and airy, taking the fore with the charred woods in the background. I loved the result, but thought the mixture a bit on the stereotypical "feminine" side of the spectrum.
On skin the mixture presents quite differently with the smoky/charred woods taking center stage and the rose more as co-star or even support. This presentation takes a more unisex to even stereotypical "masculine" balance. I am not sure which of the two presentations I prefer, but what I do know is that Manuel Cross has another stellar release on his hands.
Maybe Chanel - Allure Homme Edition Blanche?Later on I tried a sample of Chanel Allure Homme Sport. In my quest to find a good dumb reach summer scent, I had high hopes and yet... this seems like the epitome of a generic designer freshie, not particularly distinctive, but entirely inoffensive and better blended than most. I really can't fault it, but I think I need more character these days. Neutral.
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Matière Première - Falcon Leather
Not one of my samples, but my first wear of a blind buy.
INITIAL IDEA: “Create a leathery scent inspired by falconers’ gloves.”
MAIN INGREDIENT: A vegetal leather note, birch tar (Finland).
CREATIVE APPROACH: Exacerbate the power of the note at the start thanks to saffron. Unfold and enrich the texture of birch tar to evoke both sides of leather: highlight the smooth full-grain side with ciste labdanum (Andalusia), amplify the soft suede side with benzoin absolute (Laos).
Ebene Fume by TF has become one of my absolute favorites. It sits right up there next to a couple of my other favorites: YSL 24 rue de L'Universite, Creed Royal Oud, and Chanel Sycamore. It is pricey, but (unlike Lost Cherry and Tobacco Vanille) it's worth the price.Got a 2ml sample of Tom Ford's Ébèné Fumé today. Lots of dark wood (sandalwood, to my nose) and pepper. Great smelling stuff, but out of my price range.