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    Cuir Cannage by Christian Dior

    Cuir Cannage works more with the raw leather style of Knize Ten mixed with fruity, floral top notes. It has that Dior style of leather, just cleaned up with the floral aspects here. The base was underwhelming and powdery though. Not a bad option at all if you are looking for a an accessible, formal leather fragrance, but for me, I prefer a bit more excitement added to the leather.

    05 October, 2014

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    Versilia Vintage - Ambra Mediterranea by Profumi del Forte

    Ambra Mediterranea is an enormous smell. I cannot imagine putting on more than one spray, as one spray on me alone lasted nearly two days on my skin. What is perhaps the strength, but also ultimately the downfall for me, of this fragrance is the overwhelming Benzoin accord. It has the ability to harmonize the amber, and other resinous notes, which by the way, the amber is fantastic here; but it also became too dominant, suffocating and claustrophobic for me. On my skin, it also developed a pronounced sweet gourmand feel, particularly of chocolate and vanilla, which I was not fond of.

    It's a peculiar balance in this scent. It's immensely thick, rich, and sweet, but also dry and piquant. Towards the end of it, Duchaufour's always-wonderful incense touch is present, but sadly underrepresented in this one.

    04 October, 2014

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    Onda Voile d'Extrait by Vero Profumo

    This immediately opens rather powdery, but don't be afraid because this isn't the overall effect of Onda. The development of Onda is subtle, but it's there -- this isn't a linear fragrance.

    Onda is an extremely dry, austere, and tenebrous smell. Yet it is also comes off as refined and civil, and has a frigid aura throughout; a great scent to pull out on a cold, dreary, wet day. An extremely difficult composition to define and categorize, which makes it all the more ambitious.

    There is a leathery vibe throughout, but it never really asserts itself as a leather fragrance on my skin. The vetiver is present, but behaves unlike most vetiver you'll approach in perfumes. This is a dusty, dry scent that has only the faintest amount of sweetness from the ginger, honey and spices. Almost has a grape/wine vibe in some whiffs.

    Smelling it throughout the day, it's apparent that Kern has executed the salty "smell of skin" effect magnificently here, as if she has elaborated on what you know as the smell of flesh without making it vulgar. Wearing Onda can feel like a dreary experience, but it diverts the gloominess by reminding the wearer that an actual person is wearing it -- you're constantly reminded of the humanness of it; the smell of your own skin.

    04 October, 2014

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