The top notes are very nice in a traditional way, with lavender, jasmin, lemon and bergamot taking the lead. There is quite some aldehyde in the first opening blast, but it is not too overpowering. The drydown is flowery - rose and carnation - but that is soon followed by an unusually smooth and rounded patchouli. This all is subsequently replaced by a mild amber-tonka-moss combination, which gradually fades out. At times a very smooth leather is present, but this is always in the background. On my skin this fragrance starts off strongly, but after a couple of hours stays close to my skin. Its one predominant feature is smoothness - no edge and no harshness, but developing interestingly over its lifespan. The other feature that impresses me is the very fine patchouli note. For the first hour silage and projection are quite good, and I get a longevity of over three hours. .
Moods Uomo opens with a nose tingling blast of carnation floral-laced aldehydes, coupling with spicy ginger and earthy patchouli over hints of the relatively smooth woody leather to come. As the fragrance enters the early heart phase the dark woody leather accord takes center stage with the ginger and patchouli hanging around in key support. During the late dry-down the leather accord softens as the fragrance turns just slightly sweet derived primarily from the use of tonka bean at its base. Projection is above average and longevity is good at 8-10 hours on skin.
While there is no woody accord listed in the official fragrance composition notes, I definitely get plenty of cedar in it. To my nose the primary drivers of the fragrance development once you get past the open are cedarwood, leather, ginger and patchouli. The closest fragrance that comes to mind is one of my all-time favorites, Giorgio VIP for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills. That said, Moods Uomo is definitely no clone, instead featuring a much more woody focus than the Giorgio. The slightly rough heavy leather heart phase can be just a bit much at times, but the aggressive (but oh so nice smelling) ginger spice-laced carnation floral open and the smooth slightly sweet leather finish more than make up for it on the whole. The bottom line is the long-since discontinued but still relatively inexpensive Moods Uomo may not equal the creme de la creme of the 80s powerhouse crop, but it smells better than most and is well worth one's attention if you come across it, earning a "very good" to "excellent" 3.5 to 4 star out of 5 rating.
Pros: Reminicent of Giorgio VIP for Men at times with a more woody focus.
Cons: The leather in the mid phase can get a bit harsh.
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