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  1. Fragrance Review: Amouage Interlude Woman


    Genre: Floral Oriental

    Interlude Man strikes me as a cacophonous nightmare of a fragrance, but I’m happy to report that Interlude Woman is a much more successful and congenial composition. No shrieking horror of pseudo-sandalwood here, and no thunderous head shop patchouli. Instead, we get a novel, yet understated accord of nutmeats, frankincense, and white floral notes over a delicate opopanax, vanillic amber, and tonka foundation. Whereas the oudh reconstruction
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    Updated 28th July 2014 at 11:04 PM by Way Off Scenter

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  2. Fragrance Review: Amouage Interlude Man


    Genre: Woody Oriental

    I’m afraid I have to break with the pack on this one. Frankincense, opopanax, an oudh reconstruction that smells of burnt hair, and a whole lot of patchouli add up to a very loud, crude composition, which I really don’t enjoy. This fragrance seems to have too much going on, all at once, and all at stentorian volume. The frankincense and patchouli fight one another like two mismatched paint colors, the opopanax is a bit too powdery and sweet,
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  3. Fragrance Review: Serge Lutens De Profundis


    Genre: Floral Oriental

    The photorealistic chrysanthemum top note is unique in my experience, and truly arresting. Chrysanthemum is an autumnal, melancholy note, with associations of turning leaves and early frosts. As De Profundis matures on the skin, the evocative chrysanthemum gains support from an accord of liturgical incense, carnation, and woody violet. It’s all rather moody, despite the floral content, and the composition maintains a brooding, bittersweet air
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    Updated 19th July 2014 at 07:23 PM by Way Off Scenter

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  4. Fragrance Review: L'Artisan Parfumeur Seville à l'Aube

    Genre: Floral

    Seville à l’Aube’s romantic backstory obscures the fact that it is basically a straightforward – if high quality – orange blossom soliflore. Its distinguishing characteristic is a peculiar savory, almost saline, quality to its orange blossom note. (A trait it shares with Vero Kern’s equally lovely Rubj.) The orange blossom is sweetened with benzoin and enriched by a very subtle incense note, but the composition feels otherwise direct and simple. The mood is
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  5. Fragrance Review: Parfum d'Empire Corsica Furiosa


    Genre: Green

    Aggressively bitter herbaceous top notes of galbanum and tomato leaf are tempered by a healthy splash of sweet citrus, but the overall effect is astringent and pleasantly medicinal. Corsica Furiosa’s heart maintains the bracing green olfactory impression, even as lentiscus (mastic bush), a huge fresh hay note, and a dab of honey smooth out and slightly sweeten the profile. The fragrance is intensely evocative – it is difficult to wear Corsica Furiosa without
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    Updated 19th July 2014 at 04:08 AM by Way Off Scenter

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