This was an oddball for me - seeing the wide range of descriptions in the reviews makes me think that this is a fragrance that smells very differently on different people. It opened with a strong, amber-y, spicy blast that I rather liked, but it quickly shifted to an unpleasant note that was somehow both soapy and musty. I got a little bit of the violet and cinnamon as well, but mainly that soapy smell. About an hour in, though, I started to get some nice little whiffs of a pretty white floral; however, when I brought my wrist to my nose I still got that unpleasant note. It's nice to think that it smelled better from a bit of a distance, but not much fun for me! Not very long-lasting - I'm five hours in and left with only a tiny vanilla-ish ghost . . .
28th April, 2016 (last edited: 01st May, 2016)
Quite good anisic white floral which initially reminded be of l'Heure Bleue with more wood, but rather quickly petered out. It has a ghostly thin veil of a body with a finely honed spicy hem but the entrancing effect I get from the opening and the ensuing minutes is quickly lost and the rest of the journey is less memorable. Very pleasant but meek as a kitten.
Sweet and fruity from the very start, 1826 maintains a sunny olfactory optimism right through its development. Rose and jasmine, cinnamon and ginger join the bright fruit in the central movement, which remains perfectly poised between fruity-sweet and spicy-dry. The overall impression is somewhere between a fruity fougère and a floral oriental, offering the freshness of the former and the sensuousness of the latter while miraculously avoiding the clichés that burden both of these overworked fragrance genres.
1826 is plenty potent and projects well off of the skin, but a certain inherent clarity of texture keeps it from cloying or overwhelming the nostrils. This is a happy, easygoing scent that should appeal to men and women alike. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys fruity scents but has tired of the trite, crass fruity florals and fresh fougères that crowd cosmetic counters these days.
Wow, this one was a pleasant surprise. I ordered it almost as an after thought in the HdP sample set, but it is turning out to be one of my favorites from this line. It is a study in white, cool, musky tones - different notes from different fragrance families but all singing in the same register. There is a triumvirate of notes at the top - white musk, an airy "white" patchouli, and milky, cool anise. The musk and patchouli win out, their voices are stronger, but the anise pops in and out like a supporting contralto. It is a clean, airy fragrance, with none of the dark/dank/skanky associations you usually get with patch or musk, but then again, these are stripped down, clean cut versions of those notes. The only issue I have with it is longevity - it lasts about three hours and then poof! It's largely gone.
The opening is quite much different depending on whether you test it on paper or on skin. I usually don't use paper strips, this time I did it just for curiosity and once I tried this I was like "I love this!"... well lucky for me I also tested it on skin before both writing a review and deciding if it was purchase worthy (spoiler: it wasn't). Basically it opens with a peculiar and bold accord of violet-lilac, mellow white musks and a patchouli note which is so velvety, dusty and sweet that together with ginger and cinnamon it basically creates a sort of "choco-like" accord with a resinous/spicy feel. And that is precisely what I do not like here much – it is kind of "too much" unbalanced a bit overhelming, shouting over the rest of the notes, notably the floral notes. On paper this smelled just perfect and far more balanced – it was heavenly. It is silky, soft, almost milky and quite elegant, with a slight earthy-herbal-balsamic accord... but also much sweet and all over. Besides, the drydown evolves towards a rather generic, vaguely ambery/woody aromatic, kind of ambrox smell, not that natural either. So it's kind "too much" at the beginning and "too little" at the end. Perhaps I was unlucky with my skin, but I find this a bit wrong at a couple of stages. Nonetheless, if you like that type of accords and/or this works differently on your skin, than it may turn into a great scent as it initially was on paper for me – I'll just say: not for a blind-buy (and I'm kind of a blind-buy guy often), better try it and wear it before.