surprisingly strong and long lived for a EDT.
ok, so i had a sample, and (like always) i stupidly had low expectations because of the hype i read about on a few threads.
yet again, im proven wrong, and Knize delivers an amazing masculine scent with Sec.
it appeals to me as it has definitive frankincense incense notes, which really flourish throughout the whole performance.
there is a very very light leather hint, and i mean light, as id hate this if it was leathery, but its there and isnt obtrusive, and doesnt ruin the smoky atmosphere.
if you take your time, there is some fruity notes tiptoeing through the main party, which really make the whole affair bold and complex. exactly what a good scent should!
as said before, youd be forgiven to mistake it for an EDP, it certainly has the legs for it.
for the cost, and the whole package of a beautiful scent, its a definite must buy.
Knize Sec is a bright citrus and frankincense composition that's marked by its transparency and by the sheer simplicity of its structure. Besides the central citrus and incense accord, Knize Sec's most notable feature is a conspicuous sage note, which in conjunction with the labdanum-rich amber in the scent's foundation lends a faintly urinous tang, the likes of which can also be found in certain rich fougeres. (Jules and Lauder for Men come to mind.) Some may object to it, but in my opinion it's just this somewhat off-kilter animalic tang that rescues Knize Sec from banality. Without it there would be little to distinguish it from any number of other transparent frankincense fragrances, Avignon and Heeley's Cardinal not least among them. Even so, Knize Sec is far from a groundbreaking scent, and it's playing in a very crowded field, which makes it hard for me to get too excited about it.
This opens with a lemony citrus with a dusty incense note. After a while a astringent lavender appears giving the scent a slight harsh herbal like accord.
Out of this a leather note rears it's head but it's low key because of the dominant smoky lavender and incense note.
This fragrance has character and there is a lot more going on than I can put my finger on. Some floral notes mixing in methinks.
Though this scent has it's rough edges due to the astringent lavender and incense note it does also have it's charms. Boring it is not.
Knize Ten is a legendary fragrance. It set the bar for smoky leather-bound fragrances. However, ownership changed hands and then allegedly things began to slide downhill for Ten. I had a full bottle of it for a while, then sold it. I liked it during my ownership, but found it lacking somehow. A bit too "chemical." I'm thinking that the older formulations are better, but they're next to impossible to source these days.
However, Knize Sec is a fine alternative. As others have stated, it is polite and more wearable. I do find the fruity/citrus notes struggle with the leather a bit. It's not a completely settled composition, at least in the beginning. Thankfully it smooths out into the drydown.
While I appreciate Knize Sec, if I had to pick one flanker it would have to be Knize Gold.
20th January, 2014 (last edited: 11th June, 2015)
Sharp, yet subtle
Bursts out with hot, white wood and a splash of white and black pepper. Various herbs and spicy citrus lie beneath the surface. A slight leathery afterglow follows. Good longevity and perfect for an autumn day.
On my skin the is a clear brother of the original Ten, but with a number of important differences. He harsh opening blast is missing. The leather is softer, more elegant and a hint sweeter and fruitier, and in the later stages of a drydown I get a mild barbershop-style powdery note added. A wonderful fragrance, and a tamer and a less dominant sidekick to its famous brother. Very good projection and a longevity of over seven hours, but definitely less than the original.