Perfume Reviews

Reviews by hoschhti

Total Reviews: 42

Ihram by AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo

The natural, rougher and darker alternative to Terre d'Hermes. It even shows similarities to Encre Noire in the late drydown.
26th September, 2017 (last edited: 28th September, 2017)

Naias by Sammarco

NAIAS is the latest perfume by Giovanni Sammarco. This time it's clearly a perfume for women only. Where its predecessor ARIEL could also be worn by men, I think this is too feminine for a guy - well at least in my opinion. Of course I don't want to discourage anybody from sampling it. As we are already used to from Sammarco, the quality of the ingredients is very good. On his website NAIAS is described having a violet aura. This description is spot-on because the violet lingers in this perfume but never becomes overwhelming - NAIAS is not a violet soliflore. Actually to my nose it's more a rose scent with a green undercurrent and a very abstract and subdued fruitiness. The drydown is mostly a sweet sandalwood affair, actually quite similar in its vibe to ARIEL. NAIAS is an uncomplicated scent, not in the sense of being uncomplex, but in the sense that it's easy to wear. It's not too heavy or too light or too sweet in a girlie way. It manages to hit the right tone and thus is suitable for all occasions and all women (and maybe men too?). Uncomplicated yes, but not uncomplex. NAIAS is blended perfectly and shows a lot of subtle details. Longevity is good and projection is moderate.

List of notes:

Violet, Rose, Jasmine, Osmanthus, Neroli, Orris, Sandalwood, Apple, Pear, Cassis, Mandarin, Amber
14th May, 2017 (last edited: 20th May, 2017)
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Sensemilla by AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo

The best word to describe this scent is the word "smooth". There is nothing harsh about it, it's seamlessly blended, nothing stands out too much. Probably that's the reason why Luca Turin perceives it almost as an Lavender-soliflore because all the ingredients come together and create this nice floral perfume. Does it smell like Lavender at all? Yes and no! To my nose the perfume shifts constantly between Lavender and Rose. "Sensemilla" smells like a Lavender/Rose-hybrid. Surprisingly to my nose the scent is quite sweet, the Rose-part radiates a sweetness known from semi-sweet Rose-scents. Now to the Cannabis: I have absolutely no experience with it as a drug, I have never smoked it nor did I attend anybody smoking it, but I have eaten it once. In Silesia/Poland where my grandmother lives there is this Christmas-dish called "Siemionka" which is basically a milk-soup with hemp-seed. I ate it many years ago when I visited my grandparents at Christmas time and I remember it as a really heavy dish with a distinct smell that reminded me of a bitter Pilsner beer. I can defintely detect this smell in "Sensemilla" as well. It's far in the background anchoring the whole perfume and making it - just like the dish - quite heavy. That surprised me as well because I expected a light and simple Lavender smell. "Sensemilla" seems not complex at first sniff because of the perfect blending, but there are a lot of nice subtle details to discover. Very nice!
15th November, 2016

Cuoio dei Dolci / Sweet Leather by AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo

CDD is a beautiful fragrance. It’s very warm, cozy, animalic (but not too much) and very easy to wear. It’s a perfect autumn scent. The opening of CDD is very surprising as it smells a lot like absinthe (the anise-heavy ones like the Francois Guy). I would have never expected that by just looking at the notes. This sensation fades away after half an hour. What comes after that is a wonderful mix of Castoreum, Cocoa (semi-sweet), Tobacco, some additional Vanilla/Tonka-sweetness and I guess a little bit of Sandalwood. Although the perfume has the word „sweet“ in its name, it’s actually not that sweet. I would even say that it's more masculine than it is feminine. The Castoreum is strong, but just like in Gringo it's nicely softened by the other notes, so it never becomes too animalic, though CDD conjures up images of horses and hay at times in a very gentle way. The description on the website says that CDD contains also Mandarin and Ylang-Ylang, but to me they are barely detectable, especially the Mandarin is non-existent to my nose. The longevity is quite good for a natural perfume. All in all CDD is a great perfume. I think it's the best from La Via del Profumo's latest offerings.
14th November, 2016

New Sibet by Slumberhouse

New Sibet strikes me as totally "mediocre". It's like a mix of Pathetique, Eau de Gentiane Blanche, Cuir d'Ange, Bel Ami Vetiver, potpourri (typical for Slumberhouse) and pencils. Everything is mixed together and then flattened to make it fit in one bottle. It's cozy yet uncomfortable, it's warm yet cold, it's cacophonic yet harmonic, it's dirty yet clean, it's natural yet synthetic, it's heavy yet light..... it's like a cross-section of a lot of perfumes (the ones mentioned in the beginning and probably many more) and a cross-section of almost all the impressions modern perfumery has to offer. That's why I call it "mediocre", but I mean it in a positive way. New Sibet is the best mediocre scent I have smelled in a long time.
25th September, 2016

Gringo by AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo

Gringo is my new favourite from La Via del Profumo. The funny thing is that I already had a sample many years ago and I liked it but wasn’t wowed by it. A few weeks ago I ordered a new sample and it totally blew me away! First of all: Gringo is very persistent for a natural perfume. Folks who want decent longevity will be happy with this one. But to me the smell is the most important thing: The clever juxtaposition of very dirty (castoreum) and very clean notes (mint, citrus) is simply great. Gringo has a hefty dose of castoreum in it and one can smell its full power, but just at the moment when the scent would become too dirty the wonderful mint-note comes into play and covers the stinkier facets of castoreum up. I think there should be more perfumes featuring mint. Patchouli, frankincense, sandalwood and vanilla give the scent a solid and sweet body, so that the perfume appears almost monolithic, but paradoxically at the same time Gringo is kind of weightless and very easy to wear. A nice touch of citrus gives Gringo a Mediterranean feeling. Allegedly there is some rose in it, but to be honest I have problems detecting it. Probably the rose is somewhere in the background holding the scent together. Gringo doesn’t develop much over time, so what you get in the beginning is basically what you get in the end - and that for many glorious hours.
29th August, 2016 (last edited: 02nd September, 2016)

Interlude Man by Amouage

The olfactory equivalent to Metallica's Death Magnetic.

Loud, louder, Interlude Man.
14th November, 2015

Pathetique by O'Driù

Pathetique is so far the worst perfume from this house. It smells like sweaty armpits that haven't been washed for weeks and you try to cover up the smell with a cheap deodorant.
25th October, 2015

Ariel by Sammarco

The first thing that I noticed after "Ariel" settled on my skin is that it’s considerably softer, more gentle, actually totally different in style than the other perfumes by Sammarco, so I think it should be less "polarizing" to folks who found the previous ones too raw. :-)

When "Ariel" hits the skin you are greeted with a strong, leafy green and citrusy fresh accord with a sharp Tuberose, but this accord fades away after a few minutes and the scent turns into a soft and creamy mix of Sandalwood, Orris, Citrus (Ginger, Mandarine) and herbal undertones (although I’m not sure where the notes are coming from as there are no typical herbs listed). There are floral notes as well, but they are more in the background and tie everything together, the only flower that sticks out more is the Tuberose together with Davana. There is also a very faint Tobacco-note providing a slightly smoky background right from the beginning. This stage lasts quite some time and leads to a dry down that consists mostly of sweet and nutty Sandalwood and the soft Tobacco-note. As you can see from my description "Ariel" is a perfume with a distinct evolution whereas the other perfumes from Giovanni are more on the linear side. It’s also the most complex so far. The quality of the (natural) ingredients is very good, but this time they don’t show their raw power and stay more on the polite side. Like mentioned in the beginning this could be a good thing for people who didn’t like the earlier creations and dismissed them as too hardcore. Personally I like the rougher compositions more. Some criticism: "Ariel" can be a bit cloying (Davana?), especially when the dry-down kicks in. Before that the sweetness is nicely counterpointed by the citrus/floral notes and the herbal notes. Longevity is not good (on my skin) which is normal for a natural perfume. Projection is moderate. On the website "Ariel" is described as the most feminine perfume from the line and it definitely is. Still I think a guy can pull this off especially in spring or summer. All in all this is a soft, sweet and sensual perfume with a shier personality, seamlessly blended with high-quality ingredients, and it’s entirely different from the other offerings by Sammarco Perfumes. Definitely worth a try!

List of notes: Angelica, Tuberose, Jasmine, Osmanthus, Violet, Rose, Sandalwood, Mandarine, Ginger, Tobacco, Davana and Orris Concrete.
01st March, 2015

Eau de Narcisse Bleu by Hermès

The boring brother of Eau de Gentiane Blanche.
15th February, 2015

Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules

This is pure Iso E Super diluted in alcohol. Folks, don't buy this stuff unless you have too much money and want to get rid of it! This stuff is a rip-off and you could easily produce your own "Molecule 01" at a fraction of the cost!
13th February, 2015

Lavanda Fizz by Esperienze Olfattive

Right behind "Spicy lavender" comes "Lavanda Fizz", my second favourite from the line. This is how an "Eau de Cologne" should smell like: fresh, natural and easy to wear. No gimmicks, just the classic mixture of Lavender and citrusy notes together with Neroli. What I really like about it is that it's not screechy with high-pitched citrus-notes but it's rather cool and does have a pleasant melancholic vibe. The longevity is shorter with this one but that's okay for an "Eau de Cologne".

List of notes: Lavender, Lavandin, Verbena, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Neroli.
03rd January, 2015
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Spicy Lavender by Esperienze Olfattive

This is my favourite from the line. One of the best, maybe even the best Lavender I had the pleasure to smell. It's hard to write a review because again it is a simple perfume and the name "Spicy Lavender" describes the scent very accurately, so I could stop here. But that wouldn't do justice to the perfume. This is probably the most nostalgic scent I have ever smelled, it transports me directly back to my childhood. It smells like a meadow in the heat of the summer when the grass has turned already brownish, it really brings back the memories when I played on such a meadow as a child. The perfume smells extremely natural, even when compared with other natural perfumes. There is simply nothing "perfumey" about it, but without being so "strange" like the Juniper Ridge-scents. I don't know if it works for others as it does for me, but for me it's simply bottled nostalgia!

List of notes: Lavender, Lavandin, Verbena, Lemon, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Clove, Nutmeg.
03rd January, 2015

Eau du Fier by Annick Goutal

Just out of curiosity I have ordered a sample of "Eau du Fier". I had no expectations, so I was neither terribly disappointed nor pleasantly surprised when I smelled it. Yes it is dark and dry, and yes it is smoky, but also very synthetic and one-dimensional. It is absolutely no competition for "Dark Aoud" and "Bois d’Ascese" respectively. Sniffed up-close it is dizzying, smelled from distance it smells like an ordinary shower gel/shampoo underlined with smokiness. Some compared it with smoked tea (Lapsang Souchong), but because I haven’t smelled the tea I can't confirm that. Although it is a very strong scent its longevity is quite short on my skin. "Eau du Fier" is already discontinued which is not not a big loss for the perfume-world and if I had never sampled it that wouldn’t be a tragedy either!
05th June, 2014

Bond-T by Sammarco

Whenever I hear the words "Chocolate" and "Gourmand" when it comes to perfumes I always make a quick turn, it's simply not my genre. I tried "Bond-T" (What does the name mean?) and was prepared to dislike it, but no, it’s great! Cocoa and Patchouli (together with Tonka and Vanilla) provide the framework for a very interesting note that is embedded in this frame. It could be Osmanthus which is listed as a note but I’m not sure because I don’t know how Osmanthus really smells, it could be also a facet of Patchouli. Anyway, this note smells at times like Tea and at times like Tobacco, and sometimes like the both together! This nice play of notes gives the perfume an incredible depth and sensuality: This amazing Tea/Tobacco-note is floating in a sea of Chocolate! The whole perfume is slightly animalic and smooth as a baby’s bottom. I don’t like the word "sexy" and I normally don’t use it but "Bond-T" definitely is a sexy fragrance! Like the other Sammarco-perfumes it's suitable for men and women. Being all-natural it can't compete with synthetic fragrances when it comes to longevity etc., but that's the price you have to pay if you want to experience a high-quality natural perfume! Me? I'm sold as "Bond-T" is so far the only Gourmand-perfume that I like!
24th May, 2014

Vitrum by Sammarco

"Vitrum" is a Vetiver-perfume that does everything right. For me Vetiver can be a tricky note because there are some aspects of Vetiver that I like and some not. I don’t like the grassy and overbearingly pungent Vetivers, some even smell like some kind of vegetable. I like my Vetiver smoky, dark and earthy. That’s what you get with "Vitrum". The Vetiver is pitch-black and streamlined, smoky and earthy, at times slightly metallic and even slightly rubbery, and very sophisticated (By the way, that's a quality that all Sammarco-perfumes have in common, they are able to showcase the raw power of the natural ingredients but at the same time they remain very elegant). Some Oakmoss highlights all the good aspects of the Vetiver even further. A good dose of pepper gives additional spiciness to the blend making it even more powerful. In "Vitrum" the Rose plays only a supporting role in the background providing some smoothness to the rather austere blend. Its development is quite linear, only the notes themselves (like the Vetiver) develop a bit, but not so much the perfume as a whole. It becomes quieter and maybe a bit mossier with tiny hints of Frankincense. A little bit criticism: In the late drydown it reminds me of "Terre d’Hermes", a perfume that I rather dislike. Longevity again is not the best and again the performance on fabric is better. The quality of the ingredients is outstanding. This perfume was originally created as a bespoke creation for a female person, but it's easily unisex, even leaning more towards the masculine side in my opinion. It is dandy-like and refined, I could see a person like Pep Guardiola from Bayern München wearing this fragrance! Overall "Vitrum" is a very compelling perfume and one of the best Vetivers I have ever smelled! I think it's also my favourite perfume from Sammarco.

What I like about the brand in general is that there are no fancy stories behind the perfumes. The perfumes and their quality speak for themselves and create their own stories together with the wearer. In the case of "Vitrum" one of the first things that popped up in my head was (not a joke) K.I.T.T., the car from Knight Rider! It must be the pitch-black and streamlined Vetiver that reminds of the body of the car and the Rose adding a blittle bit of redness reminds of the red light thingy in the front of the car. Indeed a very evocative perfume!

24th May, 2014

Alter by Sammarco

"Alter" is a gorgeous Jasmine (and Rose) perfume. Being all-natural the floral notes are not tamed but radiate with all their glory and an almost palpable quality, no aspect of the flowers is covered up, but it‘s still a very elegant perfume. After applying the Rose and Jasmine are on par, about half an hour later the Rose comes more to the center stage, leading then to a nice, slightly animalic drydown. There are other notes as well in "Alter", but I don’t pick them up consciously, they are just rounding out the fragrance. Longevity on my skin is not good (which is normal for all-natural perfumes), after about two hours the perfume turns into a skin scent for a few hours more. Performance on fabric is better. "Alter" is not a dark perfume but the Rose is of the darker kind and gives the perfume a mysterious sunset-vibe! Because of that it’s also easily suitable for men - no need to be afraid of florals! The quality of the ingredients is top-notch! For me personally the Rose is a bit too much emphasised. I am not the biggest fan of Rose in a leading role, that’s why it doesn’t surpass my favourite Jasmine-perfume "Tawaf" where the Rose is much more subdued. Nevertheless this is a great perfume for all Jasmine and Rose lovers who want to smell them in full bloom!

24th May, 2014

Blue Encens by Comme des Garçons

Disappointing! Flat and boring and totally unnecessary!
17th May, 2014

Konig by Yosh

"König" smells a bit like "Encre Noire" with some apples. The apple-note is not sweet, it's more like those green and refreshing apples, so it actually adds some coolness and freshness to the scent. It has a nice dry and smoky wood-note, but also like "Encre Noire" this synthetic smelling so-called "White Musk" which I dislike and I think there is also a hefty dose of Iso E Super in it. It has sharper edges than "Encre Noire" and it smells a bit more natural, but is still quite synthetic.

All in all it's okay but nothing groundbreaking. I expected a barbaric medieval king in a dark castle, but it smells more like Neuschwanstein!
05th April, 2014

Siskiyou by Juniper Ridge

Smells like a compost heap and triggers the gag reflex!
01st April, 2014

Venezia Giardini Segreti by AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo

"Venezia - Giardini Segreti" is after "Milano Caffe" the second perfume in the "Italian Series" by La Via del Profumo. It features notes of Jasmine, Rose, Herbs, Myrrh and real Ambergris.

"Venezia" has a wonderful and vivid Jasmine/Rose-combo, perfectly balanced and beautiful. I detect also something citrusy, could be lemon but also a nice and fresh frankincense. Either way it fits perfectly to the "Secret Garden"-theme. I don't really smell any Myrrh in "Venezia", but maybe it is intended to be that way, just adding some warmth and "mystery" to the scent. The Ambergris-base is not strong, but then again I have the feeling that I am partially anosmic to it. It's kind of funny because I don't really smell it consciously with my nose, I smell only a dry, woody note, a bit like cedarwood, but my brain tells me that there is something more that is making the perfume "big" and "alive". So I know that the Ambergris is there.

"Venezia" reminds me of Aftelier's "Sepia", but without the disgusting strawberry-note. "Sepia" is more complex, with more prominent woody notes, "Venezia" is simpler to my nose, but nicely blended and refined. I find "Sepia" totally misnamed as someone could expect a totally different perfume judged by the name, but the name "Venezia - Giardini Segreti" fits perfectly to Profumo's creation because it makes you really feel like sitting in a garden on a hot day and catching whiffs of fresh air from time to time when the wind is gently blowing.

All in all it is a very nice perfume for summer, and a must-try for all Jasmine and Rose lovers, especially for those who didn't like the Jasmine in "Tawaf" because it is much more tamed here. I don't know which perfume of the "Italian Series" I like more, "Milano Caffe" or "Venezia"? "MC" is much more complex to my nose, it's busy, really like sitting in a cafe with people talking and cars passing by. "Venezia" is simpler, more to the point with no distraction, truly like sitting in a garden, an oasis where you can leave everyday life behind and just relax.
18th March, 2014 (last edited: 02nd April, 2014)

Winter Redwood by Juniper Ridge

Bottled boringness!

Smells like an old cough candy and is gone within minutes!

22nd September, 2013

Caruther's Canyon by Juniper Ridge


Smells like a wet fart trapped in leather pants.

20th September, 2013 (last edited: 05th October, 2017)

Acqua Santa / Holy Water by AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo


A joyful and friendly, 100% natural perfume in an EDC-style. Superb quality and blended to perfection. Weak longevity is the only downside.

Pros: Scent
Cons: Longevity"

19th July, 2013

Incense Extrême by Tauer

Very architectural. The olfactory equivalent to the Guggenheim in Bilbao.
29th April, 2013 (last edited: 09th May, 2013)

Eau de Gentiane Blanche by Hermès

This is one of the very few mainstream/synthetic releases that I like. It's surprisingly somber for an EdC, it has a slightly sad and melancholic feeling which I really enjoy. On my search for the ultimate "dark fragrance" is this a good milestone!
27th January, 2013 (last edited: 10th March, 2013)

Sharif by AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo

This perfume doesn't seem to get as much attention as the other ones from get which is totally unjustfied! This is a very nice and refined perfume. Imagine making the same pilgrimage like in "Mecca Balsam", not on your feet but in a Rolls-Royce! This is the yuppie-version of "Mecca Balsam"!
27th January, 2013

Don Corleone by AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo

This is one of the the few perfumes and the only one in Profumo's line yet where I don't know what to think of! It smells to me so unusual and different that I simply don't know if I like it or not. It consists only of three ingredients: Vanilla, Tuberose and Tobacco. Judged by the three ingredints you can already imagine how it smells like, right? No, you have no idea! Try it and you will see/smell what I mean. I sincerely hope that the people of Sicily are not as schizophrenic as the perfume is!
27th January, 2013

Norne by Slumberhouse

Sorry for staining Norne's clean shirt, but I have mixed feelings about the perfume: On my skin it smells perfect, but on fabric it develops a slightly unpleasant medicinal note and after a day or so it leaves a strange and even more unpleasant potpourri-like smell on it. I have to avoid that it comes in contact with my clothes. Okay, that's not a big problem, but unfortunately Norne has weak longetivity being on my skin alone.
18th January, 2013