I'm just the expert in the room
by, 5th October 2010 at 04:40 AM (1041 Views)
Oh hai BN! I've been doing quite a bit of purchasing lately! Lots of success! A 10ml decant of Guerlain's SDV, a sample of Dior Homme Intense (haven't gotten yet), 4 samples of Noir de Noir, a sample of Costume National 21, a sample of Brooklyn, and 2 100ml bottles of By Man.
I've tried SDV and By Man before, so I already knew of their amazingness. I'd also smelled Noir de Noir on a card, and was intrigued, but needed to try it on skin. The only failure of the lot goes to Brooklyn. Boooooring. I should have just let the house keep their dignity and stick to New Haarlem, but there's just a few others I wanna try. Noir de Noir completely blew me away. Just unbelievable. I get a huge blast of rose with a bit of saffron and for some reason, I get some sort of booziness. I'm a noobie though, so it could just be coming from an unfamiliar note. Then as it dries down you get the vanilla, patchouli, oud wood, and tree moss all coming together to soften the rose, black truffle, and saffron. At first I thought Tobacco Vanille was the winner, but this beat the hell out of TV. It's so gorgeous and it really does feel dark. Our friend Luca gives it 4 stars, which makes me feel good. It may be a purchase!
Costume National 21 really surprised me. Right out of the sample I thought, hmmm this pleases me. I didn't get much from it, so I knew I had to wear it. That's just what I did! It combines facets of creaminess, florals, woods, incense, and spices with just a wee bit of citrus up top. This would be my first "creamy" fragrance, and wow. Definitely sets the bar high for this sort of frag. This one, is definitely a purchase.
I've been doing good so far! Before it gets too far into winter I'll be purchasing L'instant Extreme and also New Haarlem. I'll be the best smelling man this side o' the Delaware.
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