I really enjoy their Virgin Island Bay Rum product so this one got a try as well. Its powerful and heavy on the leather note. Its inexpensive, if bang for the dollar were the key measurement it would rate very high. To me it smelled very synthetic, cheap and loud. I tried but could not wear it. To date its the only scent that I both showered off and promptly dumped down the drain. It did smell surprisingly good worn by the bath room sink from day 2 through day 7.
Are you fed up with soft leather fragrances? Have you knelt before the fragrance gods and implored them for a strong LEATHER scent?
Be careful what you ask for, this baby is no joke.
Old school, retro, takes no prisoners............apply if you think you can handle this juggernaut of masculinity!
Leather, then leather, then some more leather and then some spices.
Lasts, projects and turns heads.
This will make you walk a little taller and make you feel good in what ever you endeavor.
This is definitely what Indiana Jones smelled like.
First off I'd like to say that PerfumeCollector hit the nail on the head with the opening. Much like other Pinaud offerings, this one opens strong and settles down pretty quickly. Unlike some other Pinaud's it doesn't have quite the same in-the-bottle-funk that the regular Clubman and Vanilla possess.
The first 5-10 seconds of tree-tarryness settles and sends you on a Quorum-esque roller-coaster ride of green herbs and woods, which after about 20 minutes turns cedary and leathery. I will differ with other reviewers and not blatantly compare this to English Leather, although there are similar notes: the pencil shaving-y cedar is there, but the leather is more of a rugged worn leather than English Leather's bright new leather accord.
I have found, however, that although too much can be applied, too little can be applied as well. This is one that I'd rather err in the side of too much than too little, in my opinion. Applying sparingly gave me hours and hours of the faintest rubbery tree-tar smell.
I want to like it, but it makes me smell like an office meeting room full of middle-aged men at 9:15 a.m. It's potent, and it's a bit mature for my taste. I'd like to think I'd like to be able to pull off the Polo green odor, but I think I like it more from a distance after it's worn off a bit.
08th September, 2015 (last edited: 31st March, 2016)
I am a Pinaud enthusiast. I was enchanted by Clubman, so I ordered everything Pinaud makes(since the line costs an average of a dollar an ounce, this was a reasonable proceeding). In America, you can order them all from the Walgreen's website, with free shipping if the order comes to $25, which you can easily make up with other pharmacy items — a courtesy the Pinaud website, Clubmanonline only offers on orders over $75, as well as charging a few dollars more per bottle!
Unfortunately for me, most of them didn't work out. The Lime Sec and Citrus Musk didn't hold on me at all, (I never get duration from citrus scents, which has forever put Koelnwasser, which I love, out of my reach.) I was a little surprised to find that Lilac Vegetal and Classic Vanilla didn't hold on me either.
The Bay Rum did hold, but all Bay Rums end up a bit vinegary on me, so that was out.
No complaints about the fragrances themselves: they were, so far as I could tell, very nice, just not a good match for my skin chemistry.
The Special Reserve I give very high marks. It is a classic spicy-leathery masculine cologne, which has both staying power and presence. It's rather more aristocratic than Clubman: a more delicate blend of scents, and I had to apply it liberally, whereas with Clubman "just a dab will do you."
I would say this was a first-rate middle-range cologne, nearly comparable to the best products of Caswell Massey or L'Occitaine for for quality. A bit like Dewar's Whisky, which has a complex smoky taste out of all proportion to its modest price.
Make no mistake, this is not a great cologne: no one would mistake it for one of G. Trumper's creations. But it is a very agreeable, masculine scent, which at $5.50 for 6 ounces is well worth a try, and, for those of us without an unlimited budget, a fine addition to the permanent repertory.