A bit of a tease, this one. The gasoline/leather top notes give the expectation of a true gas-pump fantasy. But along with gasoline’s scent, Nostalgia has gasoline’s volatility. Still, the crackly woody drydown of Nostalgia is a wonderful scent in its own right, top notes or not. And for those of you who like woody fragrances but don't want a warm, harmonious feeling, Nostalgia remains fairly cool, carrying the chill of evaporation that gasoline has on your skin.
Two thoughts. One, this is an interesting option for those still mourning the loss of Fahrenheit’s original formulation. Two, Nostalgia points out that in the language of perfumery, gasoline is a woody note.
Nostalgia opens slightly lemony and spicy, with an herbal/medicinal (birch tar) shy undertone before to develop all the aforementioned characteristic burnt rubber (warm tyre)/warm (semi-synthetic) leather effect so uncompromising and realistic. I see the association with the olfactory idea of an old car's interiors smell under the roaring sun (leather/rubber with a touch of smoke). The aroma ends slightly gasseous but warm and almost yummy/vanillic. Masculine with no compromises. The smell, so faithfully reproducing such an "industrial" type of aroma, hardly seems the outcome of an artisanal kind of handmade work. A really particular take on rubber (more than leather) from an artisanal glorious brand unfortunately too much "closed in itself".
30th November, 2013 (last edited: 25th June, 2014)
Motor oil, flowers and honey
Motor oil, flowers and honey is what I get right off the bat. There is something both intoxicating and repulsive about this. It is one of those scents that I am fascinated by, but not sure I can think of too many times I would wear this. Perhaps at my annual punk show or a darker photography exhibit. Clearly it does exactly what it is designed to do, which makes it a good scent. I get a fair amount of longevity with it, and I do find there is some progression over time toward the more floral elements.
The front end of this is oddly compelling -- the rubbery smell of warm tyres in the sun. The note is clear, strict, focused, quirky and fun in a strange way. There's things in the background but essentially on me that was it.
The second half didn't please me to any great extent. A somewhat sweet, vanilla and light wood combo.
If you'll ever have the chance to visit Florence don't miss the opportunity to go to the Santa Maria Novella's museum / shop / headquarter located in an ancient chapel from 1200 that's absolutely breathtaking for its beauty and majesty.
Said that, Nostalgia it's not the kind of scent you would expect form a company founded in 1612 as it's quite modern and somehow weird. Rubber and leather that smell exacactly like the interiors of my grandad's old FIAT 500 during the summertime, when odors were emphasized by the high temperatures of the season. A great fragrance if you like challenging smoky rubber/leather scents a-la Knize Ten / CDG's Garage / Lisa Kirk's Revolution. I do.
Downside: the drydown is quite conventional if compared to the opening, but still pleasant.
One more thing. In italy SMN is sold at a reasonable price. 100 ml for 75 euros.