The musings of an amateur fragrance enthusiast.
I usually steer clear of the discussion boards, as I A.) seem to be a human lightning rod for flame wars, and B.) have a weakness for getting sucked into the most uncivil exchanges. However, a current thread (certainly not the first, nor the most mean-spirited,) bemoaning the apparent elitism and bias toward obscure niche scents at Basenotes caught my attention. I was particularly struck with one sarcastic remark made in the context of innocent teens receiving recommendations for astronomically
Updated 31st July 2014 at 08:29 PM by Way Off Scenter
Given the amount of Basenotes blog bandwidth these review postings consume, especially in relation to the viewing numbers, I believe it is appropriate that I discontinue duplicate posting Basenotes Directory reviews in this space. (It feels a little bit like duplicate posting on the discussion boards.) I invite those who are interested to check the Reviews by Way Off Scenter page periodically for new reviews.
Signing off for now, with best wishes to all,
Way Off Scenter
Genre: Fruity Floral
This is basically the same kind of Del Monte canned peaches note that you can get for $245 US from By Killian's Flower of Immortality, offered here for a mere $60 US retail. Or you can just go out and spend $1.99 on the canned peaches. (Actually, the Jo Malone smells better than the expensive ultra-niche stuff – though maybe not better than the Del Monte.)
Granted, it’s a pleasant smell, but as a fragrance it’s
Updated 29th July 2014 at 03:22 AM by Way Off Scenter
Blackberry & Bay Cologne confirms my suspicion that Jo Malone makes fragrances for people who dislike fragrance. The central berries and clean musk theme parallels predecessors like Mûre et Musc and Fraîcheur Muskissime, but is offered here in a tenfold dilution, as if to ward off the calamity of somebody accidentally smelling it. The bay should make an interesting savory contrast to the berries, but in a fragrance this faint and fleeting, it hardly
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
Updated 28th July 2014 at 11:04 PM by Way Off Scenter