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.
I am just floored by some of the negative reviews I've read of this fragrance. It just convinces me further that our own skin chemistry can significantly alter the projection of specific notes in a fragrance and our noses can react differently to the same smells.
I found Knize Ten to initially be a saddle-soap leathery overload tainted with campfire smoke exposure. At first it seemed that this is all that was and I wasn't impressed. Then into the dry down, the leather got richer, the smoke became smoother, and I could pick out some of the other notes. It just felt so good. And it has excellent projection with reasonably good longevity... all without having to moisturize first.
To me, this is an essential fragrance for any leather lovers.
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.
Much more polite, elegant and wearable than his loud-mouth older brother, Knize Sec is one of my favourite leather scents. It is certainly dry, Champagne Brut rather than Demi-Sec (which suits me). There is a light, slightly creamy yeasty note which, along with a mild fruitiness, creates the unmistakeable Blanc de blancs aroma, and helps to prevent this scent from taking itself too seriously (unlike the afore-mentioned humourless sibling). Incense is quite prominent throughout its lifespan, which is about 8 hours.