Not at all my style, but OK.
Aromatic and quite fruity from the lychee and citrus fruits. Fairly sweet. Feminine in style. Tropical concept of a fruit punch served on the beach. Mineral note from the "wet sand." Calypso music in the background...
This is the second Hiram Green scent I've tried, and I am impressed. This is a rich, spicy chypre with an opulent floral heart. Not at all my style, but it is so well made that I can appreciate it.
Aromatic, a bit sweet and fairly rich. Floral and powdery. The spices add an interesting note. Normally, I can't stand a peach note but here it is well done and does not dominate.
Aimed at a feminine market but because it is not excessively sweet and has interesting spices, some guys might like it. A kind of leather-suede note appears in the dry-down.
I can appreciate this scent even though it is not my style. The floral notes are rich and opulent, and the resins and spices are very well done and add complexity and intrigue.
I find that ylang-ylang dominates in the early going, and then buttery/fleshy tuberose takes over. I think the jasmine is overpowered by these more aggressive floral notes and thus I don't get much of it. Coconut + green notes suggest fig to me. The spices and resins remind me of MPG's Eau des Iles. And overall, this is clearly a tropical sort of scent -- something in the style that Comptoir Sud Pacifique used to do, before they sold out to the vanilla-crazed mass market.
17th May, 2016 (last edited: 16th May, 2016)
I know many good neroli scents. This is not one of them.
Competent rendering of neroli at the opening quickly gives way to a metallic and shallow note. Dry-down gets sweet, synthetic and screechy. Does not compare in any way to the old Atkinson standard-bearer for orange blossom, namely Gold Medal. That is a superb scent.
The generic notes listed in BN accurately convey the style of the scent.
Good citrus at the opening, followed by some aromatic notes. The scent is pleasant, clean and fresh. Ionic yes, but well done. I don't care for ionic/ozonic scents but this is inoffensive. For those who like "fresh" scents, this would be a winner. Woody dry-down with a hint of amber which is not sweet or cloying.
The notes are generic throughout, in the style of citrus or wood without presenting anything more particular.
This isn't my style of scent, but it is so well done that I will give it a mild thumbs-up.
Notes: citrus notes, lavender.
Apparently Chandler Burr was of the opinion that this was a marvellous scent. I do not share that opinion.
The opening is a very strong citrus oil chord -- frankly, it bears a strong resemblance to citronella or bug spray. The scent is monolithic throughout, rather dense in style. I don't really get any lavender. Dry-down improves the scent, but it really is not worth seeking out in my opinion.
This is a delightful chypre with a distinctive rose geranium note. Has a lemon-lime green citrus opening note. Develops an aromatic, even slightly smoky aspect along with a peppery-spice note. Definitely a chypre in style: green and mossy. Dry. The geranium develops slowly but well. A lovely and dry green rose note which works very well in this chypre. Dusky, classy, delightful scent.
A lovely scent, in an old-school masculine barbershop style, with amazing longevity. Starts with beautiful orange blossom, a bit soapy even at this early stage. The juniper berry is not a major element, perhaps it adds a bit of freshness and interesting depth. The soapy quality increases along with a wood note -- typical of some orange blossom. Earthy, even a bit leathery notes probably from both the orange blossom and perhaps a very restrained patchouli. Well blended and attractive, and ticking along at 10+ hours.
Don't know what's up with the BN fragrance notes. Here's what the Atkinson's site says:
Top: Cardamom, Clary Sage & Broom
Mid: Virginia Cedar Wood Essence
Base: Moss & Cashmeran
It would be a strange Cedar scent which had no cedar.
The juice is a pink-brown colour -- distinctive.
Gentle herbal notes and a hint of a sweet spice.
This segues into a gentle cedar wood note which is translucent and pleasing.
Hint of moss and synthetic wood accord maintain the wood note.
A pleasant, rather simple wood scent. The slight herbal frame adds interest.
Dreadful. Cheap-smelling, excessively sweet, brash, cloying.
Starts with an aromatic dusky citrus note. The "malt" is evident immediately, in a toasty, fruity-fermented note. Not particularly pleasant, in my opinion. A vague green crisp leafy note, from the myrtle. No lavender.
Cool, aquatic, generic. Uninspiring, bland and slightly sweet in dry-down. Nothing to recommend it, and certainly not to warrant its high price.
I like this scent. It is interesting, distinctive, very dry with no florals.
Starts with a citrus yellow grapefruit note. This combines well with the mineral-flint accord. There are hints of herbs and spices, the latter is mostly a cool pepper. This is a very subtle scent, much less bold than Terre D'Hermes. Some might complain that it is too subtle or find it a bit faint, but I appreciate it.
Not my style but here is what I find.
Starts with watery-green floral notes. These are quite sweet and in a rather dense clump of various florals, hard to distinguish between them. Touch of tropical fruit? Settles into a sweet musk. A pretty, young, girly sort of scent. Fairly straight-forward and simple, a touch "in your face" but OK if you like that sort of thing.
I get a reverse pyramid here. Namely that the oud/wood register approximately one second after hitting my skin. They hang around for a while. A pleasant, low-key, somewhat sweet oud. Probably synthetic. After a while, some herbal notes make an appearance. I feel the lavender (despite being both "essence" and "absolute") is of rather inferior quality, and thus not particularly interesting. Gets sweeter in the dry-down.
I have often wondered what an oud/lavender scent would be like. There must be something better than this.
It isn't a disaster, but it has a note which seems synthetic to me and I find it problematic.
Points in its favour -- dry, cool, some approximation of some of the notes. Hint of ginger, bit of camphoraceous lavender, woody notes and a sort of moss in the dry-down.
Points against -- mint is synthetic, perhaps the birch also -- or at least give that sort of vibe.
A very frosty sort of scent, with more than a tinge of elevator guy.
Dreadful. Brash, loud, elevator-guy.
Big ol' bergamot, the sign of many guy scents.
Full, nauseatingly sweet with a vanilla tinge.
Could have been a fougere in style but also has gourmand and aquatic vibes.
Yuck is an appropriate term for this early stage.
Pine? Not in anyone's wildest dreams. A somewhat acceptable generic woody dry-down. A plank. No resin.
Has a crisp, citrus-lemon opening. Refreshing, the best part of the scent.
Gets an odd, dirty note.
Then an unpleasant, synthetic grassy note.
Shallow, sour, synthetic dry-down.
A travesty to the term "green."
This is an odd duck. Looking at the notes list, it should be brilliant and exactly the sort of scent I like. I find it to be a failure.
Gin? A very vague fresh note at the beginning, quickly lost. So much for the juniper berries. The one note which comes from gin is a very pronounced coriander seed, that often being used as one of the aromatics in gin. Here it is nutty and it runs roughshod over more delicate notes.
Pine? Couldn't find any.
Roses? They are a very odd, rubbery sort of note here. It took several sprays over two days before I could identify them as roses rather than rubber. The first time I sprayed this, I thought, "car tires on wooden planks in the sun." As well, the rubbery note at times has a rather cocoa-chocolate vibe. Don't know what that is about.
Eucalyptus? Again, a vaguely cool-fresh note.
The cedar is the only thing true to form, and it appears very late in the game, several hours in.
In sum, a confusing jumble of closely-packed and odd notes, few of which seem true to form.
A classic but not my style.
Spicy-rich, substantial, fairly sweet and dense, heavily floral, too much vanilla for me to tolerate.
Notes probably are: citrus, rhubarb, green notes, red berries, white musk.
Tangy citrus and berries. Am disappointed in that those notes are prominent, rather than a very tart, assertive rhubarb. Given the scent's name, I would have expected that to be front and centre. This is sweeter than I'd expect from a rhubarb-centric scent. The red berries/fruit give it a juvenile aspect, definitely a teener scent. actually, I find this to be bland and unsatisfactory.
Should be better. At least this scent registers on the nose-ometer, whereas the 24 Old Bond Street regular hardly did. This has some smokey notes and the tonka note reminds me a bit of tobacco. Moderately acceptable but hardly worth seeking out.
04th April, 2016 (last edited: 03rd April, 2016)
I think the "feminine" designation is incorrect -- it was in the men's section of my store. That being said, it is a rather weak offering. The juniper registers as a sort of fresh note. Rose - no evidence. "Oak casked whiskey" - none that I could detect.
A very attenuated, fresh scent. That's about it.
04th April, 2016 (last edited: 03rd April, 2016)
A marvellously simple lavender: not sweet, herbal, quite authentic. Simplicity done well.
This is a warm, beautiful sandalwood scent. Starts with rich, barbershop spices. The cloves are noteworthy -- not a note I crave but they are done well here, with a slight medicinal tang and not heavy. Subtle hints of green leaves, wood and incense add to the appeal. The sandalwood is creamy and warm. A mere hint of vanilla (another note I don't usually like) but here it adds to the overall scent. Excellent!
The neroli smells more like a brash and somewhat synthetic orange note than an actual blossom. Rather like some synth bergamot notes one often encounters in male scents. Then, there is briefly a wet-pavement smell which unfortunately is more sweet than I'd expect in that sort of note. Poof, it is gone. No semblance of vetiver that I can fine. A vaguely sweet musk dry-down. Nothing remarkable here.
Ah, tuberose. I wondered what the note was. Now I recognize its kind of rich, fleshy tone. I got a bit of pepper in the beginning, and a mineral note as well. Not my cup of tea but it is ok, gets rather sweet in the dry-down.
This is heaviest and sweetest of the Herb Garden Collection, I don't really care for it. It is green (which is good) but the fennel note is rather stronger and more one-dimensional than I care for. A freshly-cut fennel bulb with a bit of a metallic edge.
Several have called this a "light oriental" and I agree. This is a mild-mannered, shy sort of scent. Pretty, but not too sweet and not heavy at all. Could be unisex.
A hint of bergamot at the beginning, and a light tea note. Dusky ginger and mild spices pair with a soapy rose. Sweetens a bit in the dry-down with the amber. Grainy sandalwood and occasionally a celery leaf note -- don't know what causes that.
A pleasant, somewhat innocuous scent.
Interesting, classy scent. I sampled it without knowing its notes. I could tell that it had something green, dry and herbaceous at the centre. I'm surprise to see that it is coriander -- the leaves, obviously, not the seed. Otherwise known as cilantro.
Starts with a citrus opening, but the lemon is not obvious. Perhaps hints of camphoraceous lavender but these too are subdued.
In fact, everything is throttled-back in the cause of sophisticated understatement.
Hint of tonka/vanilla in the dry-down, but be assured that the scent is dry throughout.
This is a very delicate scent, not a rich candy/gourmand type. As the "Herb Garden" name suggests, it is mean to evoke the pleasant scents of an herbal garden. Here, the strawberries are still a bit green and crisp. That note works well with a faint violet note. The tomato leaf is extremely faint, not a major player.
Again -- this is a very delicate and subtle scent, a mere whisper of notes.