A beautiful fragrance that is very wearable. So light, but with enough body to transport your positive emotions on it's soft, sweet, suede wafts of powder. I'm not a lover of powdery scents, but Daim Blonde isn't just a powdery scent, it has it's own understated but desirable quality that speaks for itself. I've only worn it once, but I already love it. Another bottle worthy Lutens to be sure.
A nice citrus/orange opening. The transition to the "vert" portion begins within the first 30 to 45 minutes, with the vestiges of the citrus still remaining. I pick up a "corn chip" vibe from Concentre D' Orange Vert like I did from Dior's Granville. It's not as pronounced as it was in Granville, but I do smell it. 6 hours in now, and I still smell this fragrance, but it's gone from something refreshing to a deodorant spray. It smells like someone has put deodorant over body odor. When I got home from work, I asked my wife what this smelled like. Her exact words with no mention from me of my impression were, "It smells like someone's sprayed deodorant on to try and cover body odor". And, just to clarify, I sprayed CDOV on my neck and face, not my arm pits. So, there's no reason it should smell like B.O. I'll try it again soon and see if I get the same results. The opening is good, but the dry down was not good, so a neutral for now from me.
Noir de Noir, a rose fragrance with patchouli and truffle. I'm not into Turkish Delight or rose flavored truffles for that matter. I can tell that Elizabeth & James Nirvana Rose used Noir de Noir in some ways as a template. Noir de Noir is better made, but it's still not my style. Of the rose centric fragrances I've tried, Rose Flash by Andy Tauer is the one I've felt was the most accessible on my skin, but Royal Mayfair by Creed is the fragrance with a rose note that I've enjoyed the most out of all the rose notes for men that I've tried. Noir de Noir is for some, just not for me.
Vert de Bois was a pleasant surprise! Based on the listed notes, I was expecting to absolutely love Vert d' Encens. It looked like it would be a coniferous dream, but alas...the pine resin, etc., listed was all but non existant as it was a heliotrope explosion.
Vert de Bois however is a fresh, clean, green scent that brings a smile to my face! It has a soapy aspect that has just a small hint of Cypres Musc by Creed. It doesn't really smell like Cypres Musc per se, and it doesn't have the bright cypress note that Cypres Musc has. It does have a hint of CM's soapiness with a wonderful green aspect of it's own that is very pleasing. Vert de Bois is much nicer than Vert d' Encens or Vert Boheme. A great fragrance to add to the collection! Nice job on this one TF...
Interesting to read the reviews on Sova. My experience has been a good one, but I haven't smelled many of the things I've read that others have.
Sova opened with a very nice caramel smell, but one that had a strange note as well. It took me a moment to recognize it, but I finally realized it smelled like a burning smell, and to be more accurate, like the smell the belt on my vacuum has when it's slipping and starts to burn a little. It was a strange smell, but it didn't last too long, and once it was gone, Sova just smelled so wonderful all day. To me, Sova smells like caramel popcorn. Not just like caramel popcorn, there are spices going on as well, but this caramel popcorn smell is the bomb. It's an ultra buttery caramel popcorn. Absolutely delicious smelling to my nose. Sova seemed very linear to me once the slight burned rubber smell left. The rest of the day the buttery caramel corn smell hung with me, and I really enjoyed it a lot. I'd love to have a bottle of Sova in my collection. Excellent fragrance in my opinion.
Grateful I didn't blind buy a full bottle of Rume. Granted, it's pretty difficult to find, but I'm sure patience would pay off in time if someone was looking for a full bottle. My advice however would be to get a small sample before considering a blind buy with this one. Let's see...where to begin. At the beginning I guess.
The opening is the straight up smell of fermentation. This is 100 proof red wine for the first 10 minutes. I love many fragrances that have alcoholic beverage notes. Gin, scotch, cognac, bourbon, etc. Rume's wino breath in the opening however smells like fermented prunes. Another smell this reminds me of is an old time health remedy my mother used to give me as a kid called, Beef, Iron, and Wine, so there is a home remedy tonic presence to Rume. As the scent develops, the spices begin to increase and add to the overall fragrance, which helps it in my opinion. This is when it starts to take on some of the potpourri vibe. After a few hours I smelled the hay accord that some have mentioned. I don't smell the cola note that many have said they smelled, but I did have several people say they could smell a cola like scent with Rune, so I guess it must be there. My nose still smells, prune wine or strong red wine with some spice and hay accord. At around the 6 hour mark I felt the composition had melded into a nicer presence. I also noticed the praline note which indeed has a nutty quality. Honestly, Rume isn't very accessible for the average person looking for an enjoyable fragrance to wear. This one requires work and patience from the perspective of the wearer. It would also require patience from the people around you as you wore it. My first reaction was, "yuck". But as I had patience and let it develop over the course of the day, I came to appreciate things about Rume. I don't need a full bottle by any means, but I'll continue to check it out from time to time, and who knows, maybe if I "Rume"inate long enough in this stuff I'll come to actually want more than a sample. At present though a sample is ample. Neutral for now...
Tried Olibanum by Profumum today for the first time. It has now officially jumped to the top of my wish list. Profumum does such a nice job with it's fragrances. I've tried quite a few of them and own several of them as well. Olibanum is a wonderful resinous journey. I even found a hint of a coniferous woodiness to it in the dry down. What a gem this one is. My only complaint is I wish it had more longevity. Perhaps it's better when sprayed on rather than dabbed on from a sample. Beyond that though, this is a winner in my book. I would have to put it in the potential signature scent category. I also found a vetiver like note in the dry down even though it isn't listed in the notes for Olibanum. There's a part during the dry down where this reminded me just a little bit of Sycamore by Chanel. Sycamore is more transparent, whereas Olibanum is much more dense in character however. I'll be getting a bottle of this one as soon as I may...a fabulous olfactory experience!
Oranges and Lemons say the Bells of St. Clemens. Well, I say...."Tricks are for Kids". Seriously though, this opens with sweet neroli, orange and lemon notes. I love neroli, but this smells more of sugared fruit flavored kids cereal than any other citrus based opening I've smelled yet. It is nice, but it also disappears rapidly, and when I say rapidly, I mean within 5 minutes it has lost more than half of it's presence. It literally went from having sillage to being a close skin scent in 5 minutes. That's poor performance in my book, especially for the money this fragrance costs. I was going to rate it as a neutral because as I said, I love neroli, but this performed so poorly that I can't see how tit could be anything but a negative rating, even though it's a pleasant enough scent...for about 20 minutes...and then it's gone. At least it was on me. Pretty sad really.
This smells like rose and patchouli to my nose. It actually smells something like Rose Flash by Andy Tauer. Rose Flash is better in my opinion, but Nirvana Rose isn't too bad. It doesn't smell quite as well made, or as well blended as the Tauer creation, but it's worth sniffing if you're into the rose.
Chesapeake Bay Spyce Cologne by Costal Fragrance is a hidden gem! I want to give a shout out to Possum-Pie from right here on Basenotes for making me aware of this wonderful fresh fragrance. It smells amazing from the bayberry note that it's infused with. This is a cologne/aftershave type fragrance, so of course, it doesn't have great sillage or longevity under normal circumstances. I've discovered however, that if I put on a moisturizing aftershave balm, let that dry a bit, then put just a touch of some facial lotion on a let that dry before applying the CBSC that I get excellent results with regards to longevity. When I did that, this wonderful frag lasted all day on my face and neck. This can also be purchased for a decent price and is a pretty good value. Some might say this smells like the olden days, or like an older gentleman's aftershave, but I think it's one of the very best aftershave scents available and would highly recommend you try it if you like the original Old Spice after shave and the like. One thing to keep in mind is that this product is marketed with many different packages depending on the region it's being sold in, but it is the same fragrance. It's sold in gift shops on the warf under the seaside labels, and in gift shops in the Ozarks with the old time mountain type label. I highly recommend trying this excellent fragrance...two thumbs up!
A departure from from all other Slumberhouse fragrances I've tried. Grev is much more transparent in nature than the thickness of scent that resides in Josh Lobbs other amazing olfactory concoctions. This review is for the Grev limited Cask version, which by all reports pulls the clove way down from the original. I believe this, as the clove in this version doesn't sit far out in front at all. This opened with a brightness that was very fleeting. It almost felt citrus, like a bit of bergamot in the opening although nothing like that is listed in the notes at all. As I said, it was VERY fleeting, and almost immediately changes to a minty vibe that has some of the Cartier Roadster feel. This mintiness stayed throughout the wear for me although it becomes more a part of the overall scent as time passes. I read from some other reviews of Grev that there is a "wet plaster" smell that develops. For me, the other powerful note I got was the atmospheric smell that is prevalent in Imaginary Authors Every Storm a Serenade. Grev has that same vibe in a major way. The first time I wore Grev, I was hoping for the pine note mentioned in the original EDP. I found zero pine in the limited cask version. So, on my second wear, I put some fir essential oil on as a base and then sprayed the Grev on top of that. Mmmm...that hit the mark and took Grev in the direction I was originally hoping for. The added coniferous note lasted and mingled with the mintiness and atmospheric notes of the Grev in a very enjoyable way! I'm excited to add Grev to my collection and will enjoy it for a long time to come...
Wake up and smell the vetiver!
That's what I did this morning when I put Chanel's Sycamore on. It's a straight shot of vetiver with some juniper thrown in for good measure. This smells really nice. A powder vibe sets in as this dries down, but it's not problematic at all. I'm going to try and pick up the cypress in the next few wears, but so far, I'm getting, vetiver, vetiver, vetiver, a little juniper, and the a for mentioned powdery note. This is a classy fragrance. Transparent, fragrant, well blended, and just plain excellent. It is full bottle worthy for sure, but it's a bit on the pricey side. I would love to add it to my collection however, one day...
Jeke is not what I was expecting. I knew it was a tobacco heavy fragrance and that accord is definitely there. But, it is very dense, and each of the other notes are also noticeable during the length of the wear. I have enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I was expecting a Fumidus type experience before wearing Jeke, but instead, I've had a very nice day with this smokey, tobacco laden, woody thickness. That's the word that fits Jeke..."thickness". It feels as dense as smearing molasses on oneself, but in a good way. I must admit that I'm becoming more and more a fan of Josh Lobb's work with each Slumberhouse fragrance I try. Aside from New Sibet, which I just haven't been able to get into, I have loved each one of his creations. Thumbs definitely up for Jeke!
I've worn Gin, Cognac, and Bourbon over the last three days as I've worn Royal Mayfair, Pear & Olive, and Kiste. All three fragrances are fantastic! I was just bemused by the fact that all three of them had alcoholic beverages in their compositions. Kiste is another wonderful accord from Josh Lobb and Slumberhouse. I'm becoming more and more a fan of his unusual works. This one definitely has the boozy quality of bourbon, along with many other fabulous notes that are juxtaposed just right to create a wonderful fragrance that wafts up in enjoyable waves throughout the wear. Sillage was about 5.5 hours and I'm now 8.5 hours in, and the longevity is still going strong. Another Slumberhouse product on my must have list. The nice thing about wearing alcoholic beverages instead of ingesting them, is that I can drive without a designated driver, and still get the enjoyment out of them. Thumbs up!
15th March, 2017 (last edited: 17th March, 2017)
Wow...I finally tried Pear and Olive from Slumberhouse, and then find that it's been discontinued. I wouldn't care if I didn't LOVE IT!!!!! I want a bottle now and won't find one without being robbed in broad daylight. This is the buttery goodness I was looking for when I was sampling Mona di Orio's Vanille. While the MDO Vanille is nice, it has a sour sharpness during the wear that Pear and Olive doesn't have. This Slumberhouse fragrance is brilliant, and I wish I had gotten a bottle when I had the chance. Sadness...
Thumbs way, way up for Pear and Olive...
14th March, 2017 (last edited: 17th March, 2017)
Delicious is a word that comes to mind. It's not that I want to drink this fragrance, but it really does bring into my mind the type of feeling I get when something is delicious. From an olfactory perspective, fresh, classic, refined, etc. etc. etc. Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisse is excellent and highly recommended for either high fashion affairs, or jeans and a t-shirt. Versatile and fabulous. Two thumbs way up!
Roadster is a fresh, enjoyable fragrance. The opening as mentioned has a nice clean mint accord that is enjoyable, but somewhat fleeting. It doesn't smell anything like toothpaste as some have stated, at least not to me. The dry down is also very nice. The only issue I have is that the there's too much patchouli in the middle notes for my taste, but other than that, I really enjoyed my first wear of Roadster.
A sweet opening that has a note I really like. There's almost a Barbasol shave cream to the opening. In fact, it smells quite a bit like the Jack Black hair and body wash product, which is a very good thing in my book. There's a transition after the first 45 min to an hour, and I'm not as fond of the change as I am of the opening. It takes on a synthetic woods accord in the dry down that just isn't as good as the opening, but it's still not too bad. I do like this fragrance overall and I'm glad to have it in my collection.
05th March, 2017 (last edited: 31st March, 2017)
Gaaahhhh! I made the mistake of putting this on my skin. It started with a decent freshness. I even smelled the coconut for a moment. Then came the dry down. Smells like sooooo many designer frags for men that I've tried, and it's a headache inducer to boot. No thanks. I've been scrubbing for a while now and it hasn't come off yet. Feel like I may need to ram some Vick's Vapo Rub up my nose to escape it!
Mmm...this is very nice. Sweet, but not too sweet...floral, but not too floral. The vetier brings a nice balance to the lavender and iris, and the leather settles it into a delightful gentleman's fragrance that's very, eh..."suited" for formal wear. GREAT! This is another fragrance I'm going to need...I'm a sick man!
A very nice Vetiver. I smell nutmeg and woods in the opening. The one thing I'm not totally crazy about with this one is the scent of Cashmeran, or Cashmere Woods as they're called, which is a synthetic woodnote. This is a good vetiver frag however and I would recommend anyone who likes vetiver fragrances to give it a try. After having tried this one and Guerlain's Vetiver, I have to say that I prefer the Guerlain product to this one. But, this one is still good.
Another winner from Evocative Perfumes. The opening isn't as enjoyable as the dry down on this one for me and has a miniscule sour smell. It's very slight, and is the only part of the wear that I didn't care as much for. This fragrance gets better and better as time passes however. The coniferous notes are bright and very pleasant. It's also as smooth as butter in the dry down and is just such a pleasant wear from that point forward. I'm very happy to have this fragrance oil, and again wish I could have the EDT in my collection. Thumbs up!
Ahhh...fir and pine sap and resin!!! This truly is a wonderful coniferous experience. I've lost myself in this resinous, sappy walk through a pine forest a couple of times now with this beautiful fragrance oil. My only regret with this product is that I can't get my greedy hands on the Siberian Fir EDT. This is truly special and I love it!!! Major kudos to Evocative Perfume for creating this beautiful fragrance! Two thumbs up as high as I can hold them!!!
Mmm...I like this one. I got a sample for my wife and she wore it today. She's also tried the Penhaligon's Bluebell previously, and I must say that Jo Malone's Wild Bluebell is much fresher smelling and enjoyable overall. It has some similar notes to the Penhaligons, but the Jo Malone fragrance outshines the Penhaligon's, which comes across more musty and synthetic to my nose. I will definitely get her a bottle of this at some point. She liked it a lot as well. Thumbs up.
A dusky but clean note starts of with Earl Grey and Cucumber. Pleasant and comfortable. It feels a touch foody, but not in an annoying way. An enjoyable vibe.
A definite "tea" dry down. I'm now 9 hours post application. This reminds me of 5 o'clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens, sans the ginger note. I don't pick up any cucumber now, it's all the tea accord at this point. I like it, but wouldn't buy a bottle.
The stench that keeps on giving. Fahrenheit is just devastatingly terrible in my opinion. I can't think of a better way to describe it than to say something similar to what DEAN ja described in their review. It really does smell like pouring gasoline in to an old lawnmower. The gasoline smell has been spilled a lot on the lawnmower over the years, and the cut grass has been baked onto the lawnmower as well. This combination of gasoline and baked, old hot lawn clippings is a pretty good summation of the Fahrenheit experience. For those who enjoy that smell...this juice is for you. Two thumbs way down for me though...
Monumentally disappointed in this fragrance. I read a lot of good reviews and blind bought a 4.2 oz. bottle. I can't stand it in the least. I've tried to wear it on several occasions, and it's a synthetic smelling miasma of mediocrity. Thumbs down.
19th February, 2017 (last edited: 22nd February, 2017)
What an amazing opening this fragrance has. It is as fresh and feels as gentlemanly as anything I've tried. There is a big citrus burst, but it is surrounded by class. I pick up ginger, which mixed with the citrus reminds me just a touch of West Indian Lime by Crabtree & Evelyn. But, this Guerlain Vetiver is a timeless smelling fragrance and has other spice notes, as well as the vetiver which give it a white shirt and tie vibe that is just classy. I find myself smelling my wrist every few minutes so I can re-remember the notes. This is a joy to wear. I've heard some people say that it smells like what an old guy would wear. Well, if that's the case, then bring it on! I love the smell of this fragrance and will wear it proudly as an old guy. :-)
Well done, Guerlain! Two thumbs way up!
An interesting opening for Vanille by Mona di Orio. There's a definite citrus tartness upon spraying this that reminded me just a tiny bit of Sunshine Man by Amouage. I say just a "tiny bit" because Sunshine Man has not only citrus, but vegetal brashness about it. Vanille by Mona di Orio has nothing brash about it. It is as smooth as butter, but with a hint of citrus in the opening. I also picked up some woodiness that developed right after application, and a muted spicy aspect as well. The buttery vibe is probably my favorite note and I'm assuming after reading the note list that it comes from the rum absolute along with the sandalwood, which always strikes me as having a smoothness about it that I feel adds to the rounded, smooth character of this fragrance. This is an enjoyable wear and I'm looking forward to applying in a higher concentration to see if it projects any better. My one negative comment, and it's not really a completely negative comment, but it would be that I'd like better projection from this fragrance. It wears very close to the skin on me, and I'd prefer to pick up more of it coming off my skin. Other than that, I've really enjoyed this fragrance today.
The opening smells a lot like Finisterre by MCG. Not as sharp, but very similar...very herbacious and enjoyable. It started to smooth out over the next few hours, and I could smell a leather note. I need to interject here and say that I didn't read the note list before wearing this today, as I wanted to stretch a little bit and see what I could detect with just my nose, so I was happy to see that I "was" smelling a leather note after I had already identified it with the ole' olfactory. The vanilla is actually quite nice with this fragrance and doesn't over power at all. It helps smooth the strong herbs down just a touch in the dry down, which gives it a nice vibe. Thumbs up.