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Reviews of Mahogany by Etro

Total Reviews: 12
Certainly quirky and the top definitely makes me think marijuana, but sufficiently interesting to merit seeking this (relatively) hard to find fragrance.
26th August, 2012
Anyone has idea why Etro Mahogany is not listed officially among Etro perfumes?
I had a chance to try it recently and according to my tast it's not an tipocal Etro type of fragrance. I would define it as a nice, very unique, very tender and very elegant mascular fragrance.
I would qualified it primerily as a men fregrance.
21st January, 2012 (last edited: 06th April, 2012)
In the course of the  first ten minutes of the short development this fragrance turns out like the smell of your hands as well as you have rolled a cigarette of tobacco and red marijuana  after having piled mandarines and oranges. The citrusy harshness is made of orange, lime, bergamot, black pepper, vetiver, dry amber and spices. The aromatic and edible note of marjoram and dry spices (that imprint the typical touch of exoticism from Etro) enhance the dust but i would talk rather about general tartness than about dust or earthy harshness. Some herbs are mixed in the blend i suppose, together with tart cedar. The smell doesn't evolve so much with time, becoming just woodier with a sheer note of sandalwood expressing its balancing role and going to become smoother because of a chord of faint vanilla and soft musk. In the time the temperament holds on being woodsy and basically tart and  grassy although with a less impressive strength. Mahogany is basically a fragrance grounded on a base of vetiver and citrus in my opinion, it's a very citrusy vetiver as well as Vetiver Etro is a very herbal and grassy vetiver. A touch of smoke and olibanum colour the woods of the base. It's in the same vein but less distinguisced, rooty and masculine of Terre d'Hermes. Not bad.
16th November, 2011
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Notes: bergamot, marjoram, cypress, clove, cumin, pepper, sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla, musk, amber
Revised review --
I am revising downwards on this scent. Used to like it but I find it a bit sweet, rich and synthetic at points.
It is in a spicy style with hints of wood. The clove is rather prominent and I don't care for it. There is a lemony acidic note which might be from the cypress and is not all that pleasant. The woods in the dry-down are not bad, but the overall scent is too sweet to suit me. Discontinued, and in my opinion not worth seeking out.
12th January, 2011 (last edited: 17th November, 2014)
It resembles the odor of mahogany quite well. In my memory mahogany tends to smell a bit sharp at a fresh raw edge. A bit more than other woods, specific. Etros composition dries down to, well, a very dry, trustworthy wood, dark, solid and restrained. Not much of a development.

It should be used with care. If it leaves a trace in the air or even envelopes the wearer perceptible for others, that would be a misuse, in my opinion. I'm convinced its real merits lie in being a whiff, that reminds of something having structural strength, giving a relaxing confidence.

Sufficient longevity.
13th January, 2010
I tried Mahogany because I'm a woodaholic and was looking for something different. I agree with the others that it's a rather synthetic smell - in my mind, it's akin to a hardwood floor with a pleasant but strong varnish. Someone else (the_good_life, I think) likened it elsewhere to being smacked in the forehead with a two-by-four, and I would concur, and add that the wood has been highly treated, sanded, turpentined, and varnished with something really, really synthetic. I will admit to liking it, as does my wife, but if you don't love wood in almost every form, I suggest care in choosing this scent. It's light, and projection and sillage are low, which are, to some extent, saving graces for something which errs on the side of being synthetic. Drydown gets better, not worse, so you have something to look forward to. But longevity is not great here, so those who are really put off by the need for reapplication should stay away. Glad I bought it, but not as much as I had hoped.
23rd August, 2008
It isn't often that I disagree with both Robyogi and Marlen. This one rubs me the wrong way from the beginning. For the first minute or two after application there is an off-putting ascorbic something in amongst the woodiness of the opening. I find that note disagreeable and I can’t think of a reason for it to exist. I use the word “synthetic” quite often and with mahogany I have to use it again. The main wood accord has an element of plastic to it. When the opening has moved into the heart and base notes, the fragrance shifts to a strong, linear wood accord that would not reach “average” in my judgment because it strikes me as being unnatural. There is nothing strongly likable about the fragrance to my nose. Mahogany just doesn’t appeal to me, and this is unusual because wood is my favorite category of fragrance.
23rd October, 2007
I've got to agree with Marlen regarding Mahogany. While this is not as complex or "natural" smelling as Patou Pour Homme Prive, the overall effect of Mahogany (after they drydown) is similar. I can't say that this smells like mahogany - I doubt it does - but the name is appropriate in that the scent brings to mind the color brown. Woodsy, with noticeable lavender, and yes, something a little synthetic, Mahogany smells classic and modern at the same time. Of note are the topnotes. The first 30 seconds or so smell like a burning joint (marijuana), a sort of herbal bittersweet scent. That passes quickly, and the woods and lavender emerge. I will disagree with Marlen on one point...I get little longevity here. If I get it into my clothes, I can get it to last the better part of the day. If not, it lasts a few hours max. I like it for its classic yet modern vibe.
12th November, 2006
There is a pungent synthetic-smelling wood note in Etro's Sandalo, which makes that particular fragrance less enticing than it could be. For Mahogany they lifted precisely that note from Sandalo and amplified it to the power of 10. The lumber yard association is fitting, but on me this simply will not fade or transform into something better. It is dissatisfyingly monochromatic (like the "cedar" in Tumulte which is ISO-E-Super) obnoxiously synthetic and a plastic, imitation-wood thumb down for me.
19th October, 2006
Similar to Patou Prive in the overall effect, this is a deep, resinous wood aroma highlighted with a tinge of vanilla and lavender. The name suits it perfectly. One of the EDP's from Etro, so the sillage and longevity are outstanding.
15th January, 2006
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When I first put it on it smells acidic and pungent, like walking into a lumber yard. So, I always put it on about 30 minutes before leaving the house. The drydown is unexpected. The woody richness climbs up very slowly and remains subtle throughout. Very unique.
06th December, 2005
a very deep and distinctly woody fragrance - a bark, a deep forest, soil
04th August, 2005