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
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
Updated 19th July 2014 at 04:08 AM by Way Off Scenter
A crisp citrus top note doesn’t get much airtime before it’s enveloped in Musc Tonkin’s unctuous, sweet amber and musk accord. The composition is exceptionally well-blended, such that individual components are not easily identified. Nonetheless, I detect labdanum and benzoin in the amber, some indolic jasmine, and a fruity rose alongside the prevailing musk. The whole thing is heady, dense, and viscous, with a penetrating, at times near-fecal, animalic tang
A juicy bergamot top note introduces what is essentially a floral eau de Cologne variant, with a core of citrus notes, clean jasmine, and dry rose. If this is “forte” I have to wonder at how the plain paper wrapper version plays, since this is still a very mild and understated fragrance. Longevity is pretty impressive for a fragrance of this buoyant, transparent style; the citrus and floral core holds together for a good three or four hours before yielding to
I absolutely must retest this when it isn't so absurdly hot. We're mid-heatwave here at the moment, and after a horrendous morning runing errands in the centre of town I've given up and declared chav mode - around the house at least, it's shirt or trousers but not both until the weather breaks.
The reason I want to retest this fragrance is the first twenty minutes. It's delicious. I'm not a highly-trained nose, I can't pick out notes and tell you what it smells of, but I can tell you
Updated 18th July 2014 at 02:21 PM by philistine
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