I've been a lover of pine scents all of my life. My first pine scent was the original Polo green. I started wearing it in about 1983 or 1984. I loved the scent and was sad when it lost much of it's pine appeal and became more of an alcohol based scent. I heard about Good Fir 11 and liked what I was hearing about it's clarity, freshness, and pineyness. I tried to get a sample, but was told that the scent had been vaulted, so I bit the bullet and got one of their last bottles out of the vault. I wore the Good Fir 11 for the first time a few weeks ago. I was a bit startled by the turpentine exuberance in the opening. I also noticed a smell in the first hour or so after application that I couldn't quite put my nose on. I finally figured it out, and it seemed to be a slight hint of urine. I kept my objectivity and allowed the scent to dry, to experience all of it's characteristics. As the day went on, I noticed that the Good Fir 11 had a sweet smell that increased with the dry down. By the end of the day, I was still trying to figure out what I thought about this fragrance. I decided to wear in again on Friday and enjoyed the mixture of pine, vetiver, etc. The turpentine, and the slight urine smell didn't show up at all with the second wearing of this cologne. I enjoyed each phase and change. As I mentioned, it gets much sweeter in the dry down. In fact, it smells a bit like pine scented smarties candies. I mean the American version of smarties, which are tart, powder based candies, as opposed to the M&M type chocolate candy that the United Kingdom and Canada are used to. I am enjoying this perfume, and would recommend that anyone who has any desire to wear this scent had better contact Krigler to see if there's anything left to buy. Don't let my comments of urine turn you away. I know this fragrance is distilled for a long period of time, and I believe the initial turpentine/urine smell is a by product of that distilling process, but as I mentioned, I didn't even notice it on my second wearing. I will be enjoying this scent for many years to come. It is very nice addition, and I'm glad to have it in my collection.
A slight addition to my review. I took one of the coats out of the closet today that I had worn the last time I wore the Good Fir 11 and it smelled amazing! A very sweet, pine filled fragrance.
Probably just because of the silly name, I've been trying for years to convince myself to like Good Fir. Unfortunately, I just can't seem to make it work for me.
The star of the smell is that fake pine smell I associate with those tree-shaped air fresheners for cars (and also with Pine-Sol). There's mint on top, which gives a sort of icy vibe, as well as vetiver, which mostly seems to impart a dirt sort of smell. The main issue is what I think is probably blackcurrant, which has a strong cat pee quality, as well as some unnamed musk that makes the whole thing smell like a cleaning product. As such, what's supposed to be a walk in the forest smells to me like a freshly scrubbed but still unclean bathroom.
Given time, the cleaning product associations go away when the scent takes on a sweet, candied quality which I kind of don't like either.
Oh well. I guess this one just isn't for me.
Good Fir is a lovely walk in a chilly pine forest. Very clean and natural smelling, it would be my favorite of this type were it not for Mazzolari's signature fragrance, which is similar, but with more complexity and potential to evolve on the wearer. If someone gave me this, I would appreciate it very much, I just don't see myself buying it.
Notes: cedarwood, fir, pine, mint, vetiver.
This is a delightful scent! Very coniferous, green and fresh. It has a zen-like simplicity and natural quality which is really appealing. At times there is a slight turpentine note in the early stage, though it is not as powerful as in CdG's Hinoki. Also there is a slight medicinal-herbal note. The mint and conifer work well together and are persistent. Uplifting and invigorating, clear and bright. Grassy and resinous hints develop in the attractive dry-down
Really an ideal scent for me.
15th February, 2013 (last edited: 05th November, 2014)