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Old School Bench (2014)
by MiN New York


Old School Bench information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseMiN New York
PerfumerJulien Rasquinet

About Old School Bench

Old School Bench is a shared / unisex perfume by MiN New York. The scent was launched in 2014 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Julien Rasquinet

Reviews of Old School Bench

This is an experimental fragrance, to my nose. The dominant note is reminiscent of a furniture varnish. The overall smell is more feminine than unisex.
24th April, 2015
Old School Bench smells to me like a highly modernized take on patchouli. It opens very aromatic and boozy, unsweetened and almost astringent to then *evolve* into a vetiver-infused uber-dry and non-headshop type of patchouli with woody facets. If you're drawn to hyper-modernism, this smells very good in my opinion but the problem with these MiN is often the same: Why pay Yohji Yamamoto prices for a COS shirt?

Anyway, this is nice.
23rd April, 2015
... and again, as pretty much anything else I’ve tried so far from this brand, another uninspired variation on the same bunch of trendy aromachemicals. A metallic, plastic, heavily synthetic and terribly cheap blend smelling of, again, some of MiN’s apparent favourite clichés: “dry burning wood”, some vetiver, a nondescript cold gassy-ozonic whiff, made thicker and colder by a rather astringent boozy-aldehydic note. All rather dusty, transparent, somehow slightly rusty too. Cacao and patchouli are there too, and that’s the only interesting part for me, as they’re quite cleverly transfigured in a cold, dusty, mono-dimensional look – that’s interesting because they are deprived of their usual “roundness” and thickness, smelling like holograms of the real thing. A really cold sort of white & black representation of chocolate and patchouli. Another thing I admit I may appreciate is how the blend is built, as the result is extremely tight and densely mixed, and you need quite some time to “unravel” the nuances (an operation unworthy the effort, if you ask me). Dry woody-balsamic drydown with a hint of dusty sweetness, still with a massive plastic feel. Aside from the abovementioned couple of interesting features though, and I’m sure this is my problem, I can’t help finding this overall a barely decent albeit rather boring and uninteresting fragrance loaded with “contemporary niche” clichés plenty of other brands have already and quite more creatively exploited in the last 15 years (burning-woody stuff, booziness, cold airiness, “arty contrasts”...). I get there’s room for everyone, but $ 240 for 75 ml of this?

07th April, 2015

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