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.
If the scent of someone who doesn’t have to try too hard – you know the kind, blessed with charm, good looks and unearned wealth (the bastards!) – could be bottled, this may be it. It seems to be effortlessly graceful without striking affected poses. Soft-focus in feel, the blonde wood notes are rounded and supple, the musks (although listed as the dreaded ‘white musks’) are airy but gratifyingly luxurious, the patchouli is a silken murmur, little glints of anise (a note I have a very low tolerance for) pop up like flecks of white nougat, a barely there gingery spice brings a trace of angelic perspiration to the brow: the whole is poised and natural seeming.
The trail is modest, but it’s kind of hard to see this working at a more amped-up level.
Suffers from that plague of modern perfumery which is so prevalent it seems barely worth mentioning – Drydown Dulldown. Here after a couple of hours, 1826 turns into a pleasant but nondescript woody musk – all the fun’s been had.
I dabbed this on before watching the first episide of season 4 of the Tudors, so pardon my references. This is the episode where Kathryn Howard comes to court as Queen, and we the viewers get to see lots of bedroom activity.
Now I paid attention to this era in history class, so i know that King Henry was a fat old diabetic with an ulcer that stunk up the entire castle. I also know these folks didn't bathe, so how on earth where they able to 'get romantic'?
With this I approach 1826. Yes, it's a few centuries later, but the concept is still there. This is what I imagine those bodices smelled like, and I don't say that with a nod of praise. There is the strong musky note, aka the perspiration- saturated linen undergarment. This is covered up by frequent visits to the powder room, where a handful of white florals are smashed and rubbed all over the bosom. Picture yourself standing in one of those big rooms on a hot summers night; the windows are open to let in a stale breeze, and everyone is fanning their body odor about with a feathered fan scented with incense and patchouli taken from the peasant's church.
Sound good? Then give this a try. Sound like it would rub your bodice the wrong way? Then move on.
overbearing top notes but has a nice finish