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A confusing mix of feminine and masculine...
Despite the crazy notes list (oud? really?), Sag Harbor is basically one of those sweet fruity florals that smells like a "strawberry fields" scented fabric softener. It's got that cheap strawberry shampoo note that Bond seems to but putting in everything lately, along with some juicy apple over a big slug of fabric softener smell. As is the usual for this style of perfumes, it's got a round, vaguely aquatic rose supporting the candy fruits, and also takes things to a slightly elevated level by including a nice powdery aldehydic quality that classes things up just a little bit.
With time, a dark green smell slowly wells up underneath all this, which turns out to be that 90's "seaweed" aquatic note that used to be so popular, but much darker than usual. When this phase passed, I was left with dull sweet leftover strawberry rose.
So, here's what confused me so much. With anything more than a couple of sprays, the powdery laundry smell dulled my nose and the masculine dark green aquatic heart felt really strong and manly (while the people around me smelled the feminine powdery fabric softener smell that I couldn't detect any more). With only a little spray, the perfume made more sense and the aquatics were kept in check, but it was dull and faded too quickly.
Honestly, this took many days of wearing, and spraying on cards and spritzing on as I went to bed to figure out (seriously, the super-mainstream feminine topnotes and the super-dark-but-still-mainstream masculine middle made NO sense together), until I finally decided that I don't like Sag Harbor enough to care any more. Meh. It's like a Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde that seems avant garde at first but then just morphs between Katy Perry and Justin Beiber, so it's not actually saying anything we haven't heard a million times before.
07 August, 2012