As with the Interlude and Memoir scents, Journey Woman is the more interesting and original of the Journey pair. Journey Man is a perfectly pleasant, well-made, and ultimately very conservative sort of scent. Journey Woman is an altogether different kind of animal. “Animal” being the operative term. Indeed, Journey Woman’s sweet, intensely animalic top notes are real wake-up call! They announce from the start that this is not necessarily going to be
Updated 19th July 2014 at 05:57 PM by Way Off Scenter
Some nifty Sichuan peppercorn and neroli top notes yield to a smoky, boozy, and rather nostalgic accord of pipe tobacco, coumarin, and cypriol (papyrus), with a very warm, woody vibe. (What perfume critic Luca Turin might refer to as a "cigar box" fragrance.) In mood, if not content, Journey Man’s central stage brings to mind both Shiseido’s late, lamented Basala and the big tobacco fougères of the 1970s and 1980s – fragrances like Équipage, Lauder
Updated 13th July 2014 at 04:22 AM by Way Off Scenter
Genre: Green Floral
This is nice work in an uncharacteristic style (no incense, no leather, no oriental trappings,) from Bertrand Duchaufour. Intense galbanum and lentiscus top notes usher in a central accord of aldehydic green muguet and white flowers over a plush white musk foundation. The contrast between the brisk, effervescent green floral accord and the soft, caressing musk energizes Perle de Mousse like the mainspring of a mechanical watch. The nose waits in suspense
Updated 12th July 2014 at 09:57 PM by Way Off Scenter
Genre: Woody Oriental
They got the “dulcis” right; the “soul” I’m not so sure about.
By all rights, I probably shouldn’t review Anima Dulcis. It’s simply not the kind of fragrance I’m liable to enjoy, even if done well. Nonetheless, I’ve sampled it, and I have some thoughts, so I will assume the dissenter’s position and share my experience.
Anima Dulcis launches on lovely, sweet bergamot top notes, but these give way quickly to a syrupy vanillic
Updated 12th July 2014 at 03:58 AM by Way Off Scenter
Unlike some previous reviewers, I do not find this to be a quiet scent. Aleksandr’s huge violet top note is overwhelmingly potent – strong enough to stir memories of pre-reformulation Fahrenheit. The violets-that-ate-Tokyo are soon joined by a pungent, chilly balsam fir note and a smoky, birch tar-laden leather accord. The tripartite structure unfurls in linear fashion over the course of three or four hours, landing eventually upon a rugged woody-balsamic
Updated 10th July 2014 at 05:14 PM by Way Off Scenter
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