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Hyrax by Zoologist Perfumes

Kyung-chul ( Min-sik Choi ) in I Saw the Devil by Jee-woon Kim 2010
03rd December, 2018

Noël au Balcon by Etat Libre d'Orange

Clementine Kruczynski ( Kate Winslet ) in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Michel Gondry 2004
03rd December, 2018

Les Heures Voyageuses - Oud & Rose by Cartier

Smooth, enveloping formulation by Cartier in their "Les Heures Voyageuses" pricy collection of oud scents.

Oud & Rose exudes class! Nicely balanced, feminine on balance (but men can give it a try). Not in your face oud, but a slightly musky-woody-floral outing that can be described as behaved (but beautiful).

Trying this out at a local Cartier boutique shop, there was NO way that I would plunk down $200 plus for a full bottle. I was just glad that I was allowed to check this and other Les Heures Voyageuses scents out without any fuss! Anyhow, the fragrance is nice, and decant-worthy.
03rd December, 2018
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Kingdom of Dreams by Laurent Mazzone

Very much in the Epic Man/Journey Man camp. More incense here but the same spicy/oud/frankincense notes. Lot's of depth and character. Totally not my style because of the over use of incense but a good fragrance for those that enjoy the likes.
03rd December, 2018

Vodka on the Rocks by By Kilian

A super realistic opening. Smells just like vodka, ice & tonic. Then drys down to a bit of a generic aqua type scent maybe along the lines of ADG. Doesn't last very long. Totally overpriced.
03rd December, 2018

Vetiver by Guerlain

Just about a thumbs up for me.

A nice and pleasant vetiver which is quite safe. Classic and comforting.

03rd December, 2018

Eternity for Men by Calvin Klein

I was never really a big fan of Eternity. It was just very fresh and quite nice. There was nothing to really dislike. I just found it kinda boring.
03rd December, 2018

Paradise Lost by Keiko Mecheri

Inexplicably for me, this perfume is one of the most criticized and forgotten Keiko Mecheri. And even stranger it seems to me that it is usually taken as an atypical fragrance of the house. On the contrary, this is a new work of artistic delicacy, just as other fragrances in the house are, which, as often happens with Mecheri, are of scarce duration and almost non-existent projection. But what a beautiful breath! Vanilla and tuberose, white flowers and a base of tuberous and sandalwood truly humble and prodigiously well made. It does not become cloying, but its sweetness, that its beginning is nuanced by an appearance of oriental spicy patchouli (very similar, although in its feminine version, to the Njnan Noir of Al Haramain), softens in the sensuality of the vanilla at the same time that remembrances of exquisite flowers are exhaled from here with extreme "white and pink" stillness.
Seductive, evocative above all, and not so feminine as it may seem; I take it with pleasure, although I prefer it for my nights alone in my room. Of course, do not expect a powerful perfume, far from it.
03rd December, 2018

Grange by Perfumology

While I consider Perfumology's initial and highly-regarded release, Blyss, as inherently a bit feminine-leaning, my default stance toward fruity/floral-dominant fragrances, the shop's second release, Grange, is clearly a unisex fragrance.

Orange and lime for me create an opening that is as green as it is typically-citrus-intensive.

The dry down is where the magic happens, though, as the fig and tobacco become predominant. I generally haven't connected well with fig-laden fragrances, as much as I've wanted to embrace them (like Yesterday Haze by Imaginary Authors, for one) but in Grange I find the blend of the fig and tobacco to be one of contradiction working well. The tobacco tempers the quirkiness of the fig and the fig adds some sweetness to the tobacco.

The oak and cedar in the heart provide the woody roots of the fragrance that anchor it further in a real outdoorsy feel.

Even with its sweet and woody side, Grange for me feels like more of a fragrance I would wear outdoors in warmer weather, or perhaps as a comfort fragrance of sorts.

Grange, like Blyss, is a great value for an extrait de parfum, at $85 for 50ml, and it's nice to know one is getting dense juice even if it's (deliberately) not a projection monster.

8 out of 10
03rd December, 2018

Attar AT by Tauer

I Bought it after felling in love with its dark aura, I'm really addicted to this Attar.
At first, I liked its smokiness and the "dirty" and earthy sandalwood, but it surprises me with new facets every time I wear it. Some jasmine is definitely there but it's not perceivable every time I wear it, nor does it perform continuously. When it's there it's like a ghostly veil turning round a corner, you can defintely see it for a moment, but it remains at the very edge of your "visual" field. other times some labdanum appears and persists for quite a long time.
I think the facets vary basing on the skin's warmth and the external temperature, and personnaly I like this attitude a lot. The birch tar opening is not for everyone, but I'm a great fan of "a city on fire" and other smoky fragrances so I like it.
03rd December, 2018
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Rose Tubéreuse by E.Coudray

An orangey opening with a strongly fruity undertone, mainly rhubarb, but freshened up by lashings of bergamot.

The tuberose arises in the drydown, and it is a lighter version, neither waxy nor too distinct.

In the base a vanilla impression moves into the foreground, with touches of benzoin and whiffs of white musk.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and six hours of longevity on my skin.

A spring scent that is not without original touches, but a tad too synthetic and also too generic at times. 2.75/5.
03rd December, 2018

Les Heures Voyageuses - Oud & Musc by Cartier

Cartier's Oud & Musc sounds simple, yet the actual experience feels more complex.

O&M is a moderate strength nod out to classic men's colognes from decades past that were wood and musk-based. There is a laid-back, tamed oud here that is overshadowed by the animalic musk within. I swear that I am catching additional notes swimming in there - like slight florals.

Ultimately, O&M is suitable for warmer weather and for more formal occasions. Decant worthy, IMO.
03rd December, 2018

Les Heures de Parfum - XIII La Treizième Heure by Cartier

The 13th Hour is here!! Cartier's La Treizième Heure - part of the "Les Heures de Parfum" niche collection - comes across as classy, refined, well-crafted, legitimate fragrance that either gender can wear.

La Treizième Heure has a pronounced leather accord, with a clear smokiness inspired by the presence of birch. Smooth cashmeran and gritty, earthy mate powder, and deep green leafiness of narcissus, arise and lend a sense of depth and freshness. Comparisons can be made to Replica by the Fireplace by Martin Margiela, both having that "burnt" quality which I and many (not all) seem to enjoy.

Except for occasional whiffs of patchouli and vanilla, La Treizième Heure tends to stay linear in its blazing glory. It's a love it or hate it fragrance, warranting a test spray before buying any size of it. But overall, I am impressed by La Treizième Heure and give it a strong thumbs up! :-)
03rd December, 2018
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Les Heures de Parfum - XII L'Heure Mystérieuse by Cartier

Spicy, aromatic, resinous floral fragrance is L'Heure Mysterieuse by Cartier, another pleasant outing from the haute parfumerie "Les Heures de Parfum" collection.

Jasmine combines well with the incense, spicy coriander and nutmeg, and the resinous frankincense and elemi gum. The patchouli doesn't overtake any of the other notes, adding its lovely mentholated accord to the mix.

The result is a really rich, dense experience that inspires me with confidence! Excellent fragrance for men or women, and a masterpiece overall. :-)
03rd December, 2018

Les Heures de Parfum - X L'Heure Folle by Cartier

Well, out of all the "Les Heures de Parfum" scents I'd tested out, this one - L'Heure Folle - fell short of a thumbs up rating from me.

For me, the fruitiness of this one is a bit much. I have enjoyed thick, fruity scents like Xerjoff's Casamorati 1888 Mefisto. Somehow, in L'Heure Folle, there is a slightly overwhelming sensation that gets in the way of my enjoying it. That's not to say that the ingredients are cheap: They are evidently high quality and shine loudly. Yet, it just doesn't "click" with me.

03rd December, 2018

Les Heures de Parfum - VIII L'Heure Diaphane by Cartier

Les Heures de Parfum is a niche collection by Cartier that has presented very imaginative offerings exploring different notes and landscapes.

With L'Heure Diaphane, we have a classy rose and lychee scent that comes across in a very clean, fresh way, with the added touch of peony and amber to smooth things out.

This is a floral fragrance suited more for women. The elements work so well together, a fruity floral combo that is balanced and elegant.

It smells like it was thoughtfully constructed of high quality ingredients. Kudos to Cartier for yet another terrific outing in this niche collection!
03rd December, 2018

Allure Homme Sport by Chanel

Chanel Allure Homme Sport (2004) is another rare example of Chanel coming 'round to give the masses what they want. They've only done it a handful of times in the perfume world, like with Cristalle (1974) or Platinum Égoïste (1993) neatly falling into genre conventions of the day, and again Chanel would offer capitulation to men in the form of Bleu de Chanel (2010), as it seems Chanel takes less risks on this side of the fence than with their feminines. Overall, whether they are usually creating precedent, or rarely following it, they still manage to put an indelible "Chanel stamp" of thoughtful refinement on everything they do, and Chanel Allure Homme Sport (2004) is no different. "Sport Colognes" were reaching their peak by the dawn of the 21st century, having been reinvented from brisker, smoother versions of popular standard selections (i.e. Antaeus Sport from 1982), to altogether different fragrances that serve as unique flankers in a range. The "Sport" concept congealed in the 90's as a usually-aquatic (but not always) fragrance with mint, citrus, neroli, and a peppery note or light floral on a bed of composite amber. Ralph Lauren Polo Sport (1994) set the standard for this style into the 90's, and was followed by scents like Claiborne Sport for Men (1997), although eventually entire houses like Lacoste and Addidas would realign themselves to the style due to brand image. Allure Homme Sport embraces the concept gracefully, and is recognizable as "sporty", but not to the extreme of its peers, being more of a casual briskness than a banal "dude let's hit the gym and get swole" that some of the more-commercial entries in this train of thought invoke.

Jacques Polge was careful to color within the "Sport" lines with Allure Homme Sport, and it shares not a single strand of DNA with the original Allure Homme (1999), just like most sport flankers, but I find it more enjoyable because of the self-awareness on display. Mandarin and bergamot meet with dihydromyrcenol to make the usual citrus aquatic note that has been witnessed time and time again since Davidoff Cool Water (1988) made it "a thing", but Allure Homme Sport blends it with a very "Chanel" kind of aldehyde, making this feel like the "No. 5 (1921) of aquatics" in a weird sort of way. The nose hairs are spared a good burning thanks to a menthol note, mixed with a peppery heart of neroli and cedar. This sweet orange blossom and mint tandem would later be revisited by John Varvatos in Artisan Aqua (2013), so fans of that take notice, but the pepper adds just enough warm capsaicin contrast to make this stand out. The contrast of "hot and cold" moves into the base as well, where vetiver and oakmmoss bring the bitter "chill", but tonka, amber, and white musk make it contradictory in warmth too. a ceremony of opposites is the best way to describe the deceptively complex yet easy-to-wear "sportiness" of Allure Homme Sport, giving the enlightened perfume snob a fragrance he can safely take to the gym and still be "one of the bros" even if only skin deep. Overall wear time is about 8 hours, and sillage isn't extraordinary, so this is a soft-talker just like it's older Allure brother. I actually like this better than the original Allure Homme, as it seems much more focused in purpose, whereas Allure Homme just wanted to be "all things 90's male in a bottle because our shareholders made us do it", and that kind of thing never sits well with me. At least with Allure Homme Sport, Chanel wasn't trying to make a one-size-fits-all kind of juice, which is the single biggest gripe I have for the original Allure, even though I like it.

All told, this is the casual weekend, day with the homies, upper-class but still grounded, designer blue jeans and t-shirt entry into the male canon from Chanel. It's the dressed-down scent for the freewheeling and fun-loving not-so-serious guy who already has a bottle of Antaeus (1981), Égoïste (1990), and maybe even the original Allure Homme, and wants something that doesn't feel like it's trying to impress (which all Chanel masculines invariably feel like they're trying to do), so I can see this garnering high-traffic for the brand, and high-use from owners of it. I am kind of over this style because I wore it so much in the 90's and early 2000's, even though it was actually cheaper brands in the same vein, which makes me kind of wish I knew this existed in 2004, but oh well. If you're going to have one modern "sport" fragrance, you really can't go wrong with something this well-composed, but if you hate the aquatic/citrus genre overall, this won't be any kind of exception to the rule, so I suggest moving on to the next one. The success of Allure Homme Sport also evidently saved the Allure Homme line as well, since sales of the original increased because of this flanker, so every other flanker after this one also carries the "sport" moniker, even though some are really not sporty at all. Allure Homme Sport would have to carry the Chanel banner through the 2000's until Bleu de Chanel came along, and for that I give it additional props, but despite it's qualities, I'd not call this interesting by any stretch of the imagination, although it does barely eke out a thumbs up. Most salespersons will be eager to let you sample this in stores, so try before you buy if this sounds like your bag.
03rd December, 2018

Layton by Parfums de Marly

Parfums de Marly is another consequence of unprecedented income inequality in the Western world (but particularly in the US), where Veblen goods and conspicuous consumption has reached such a crescendo amongst the ever-consolidating wealthy elite of Capitalist society, that you can literally sell an idea of exclusivity with the actual product contained therein being little more than sugar water or cardboard to somebody so long as they can be led to believe the symbolism represented by displaying ownership will incite jealousy among the the throngs of impoverished onlookers to reinforce recognizing and "knowing their betters". Ugh, that was such a filthy thing to type in a fragrance review, but it needs to be the preface for the rest of the scent, because Parfums de Marly Layton (2016) is little more than a designer-grade aromatic fougère which has been made and re-made in the same relative quality again and again over the decades, but never with a price tag nearly three-times its predecessors, justified by brittle connections to centuries-old French aristocracy. At least Creed has a family tree for some validity, even if their stories of glorious past customers are a bit tall, and Penhaligon's has continuously-operating locations from their earliest days to prove their pedigree, but Parfums de Marly delivers a designer fragrance in a relatively-plain designer bottle, with only a heavy chrome-plated cap and crest to make it "prestige", and a phoney-baloney back-story to prove why it's so elite compared to its competition. Frankly, it's disgusting, and even if I was a billionaire with no concern for discretionary spending, I'd still find the concept behind the house too tacky and embarrassing to wear their perfume. Louis the XV and the La Cour Marly be damned. Creed's fragrances might have cheap brittle caps and too much packaging for their own good, but at least the fragrances smell like they're sincerely of (mostly) natural and top-grade materials, and don't fall apart into aromachemical bases after the top and middle give way.

With that having been said, Layton is actually a nice fragrance, if it cost $50, because once you wear it and let it sit on skin, it is nearly a brother-in-arms to many late 80's and early 90's designer fougères that relied on apple spice or vanilla/sandalwood dry downs. The fragrance opens with mandarin orange, apple, and lavender, instantly recalling Yves Saint Laurent Jazz (1988) in the opening, with its smooth mulled cider and lavender accord. Fans of Collection 34: 34 Boulevard Saint Germain by Diptyque (2011) might also appreciate this as a smoother fougère take on that chypre-like scent, with all the rough resinous edges ironed out, but pound for pound, the Diptyque smells better and more unique. Violet here also recalls briefly Dior Fahrenheit (1988) and at times there's a bit of plum tobacco like Michael for Men by Michael Kors (2000), but again, this is all in the realm of designer fare. Layton really shows its "true quality" in the base, where an aromachemical-powered ambroxan/norlimbanol add the sweet scratchy finish which makes all concept of prestige fall apart at the 3 hour mark, reducing the dry down to that of any modern Versace, YSL, Dolce & Gabanna, or Gucci. This wouldn't be so bad if Parfums de Marley wasn't asking for over $240 at retail for a bottle of this stuff, while you can have at least two of anything I've already listed above. Patchouli, Australian sandalwood, vanilla, and cardamom really round this out into a semi-oriental glow, bringing Layton closer to Pasha de Cartier (1992) or the discontinued "unicorn status" Yves Saint Laurent Jazz Prestige (1993), which even at over-inflated eBay gouger prices is STILL CHEAPER than the Parfums de Marly. Performance is the only real saving grace for Layton, as it is parfum strength and will glow all day on skin, even if sillage is rather soft, but the artifice in the base makes it a louder, less-economical alternative to the Cartier, which is by far the best example in the genre. If you really want to go cheapo, you can grab a bottle of Avon Signature (2008) or Herve Leger Homme (2010), which tread the same water for a fraction of the price, even though they are both long-discontinued as well. Simply put, if you are going to make scents at this price point, you need to do a better job with that base, and at least give me some Guerlinade or something to latch onto the lie you're pushing.

Indeed, Layton is a good successor to the style, and I'm actually kind of mad that something of this rarely-seen style is at a level of quality that should place it in mainstream price ranges but is instead delivered at a laughable price point. Sure, I've purchased Creed and Amouage scents, so I can definitely afford a bottle of Layton, but I refuse to pay the price knowing I can back up my Cartier or YSL and be much happier, with pre-IFRA unrestricted goodies like oakmoss and eugenol at that, which are kinda crucial to the style Layton tries to revive. It's a respectable-smelling scent and I'll never complain coming across it in the wild. I dare say that Layton is among the most likeable from the house, but when you try to put a Cartier in Creed's clothing and tell me it's worth it because it revives the traditions of a long-dead monarch known for lavish over-spending and a sociopathic disregard for Human life not his own (but yay Versailles), I'm left a little bereft of credulity, and I'm not sorry. There's prestige that tries to actually put money where it's mouth is, and I have made peace with that, then there are posers like Parfums de Marly. Hate me all you want for a strong opinion, but if you tell me you like Layton, I'm going to tell you to save your money and buy 2 or 3 bottles of Pasha de Cartier or YSL Jazz and be much happier with not only the performance or quality-per-dollar, but the fact that you have a near-lifetime supply of the stuff you can wail on daily and not feel bad when it runs out. This is literally the perfume version of Payless Shoes opening the mock high-end "Palessi" and charging $600 for a $30 pair of kicks, except Parfums de Marly is not joking. In view of the scent itself, I won't give a thumbs down, but knowing how much of a grift this is, I can't give it any better than a neutral. Please sample around before committing to a bottle, and thank me later.
03rd December, 2018

Collection 34 : 34 Boulevard Saint Germain by Diptyque

Collection 34: 34 Boulevard Saint Germanin (2011) is an interesting conceptual fragrance that attempts to capture the smell of the first Diptyque shop into a single bottle for posterity. This is an arduous task to put it mildly, as some of the essences, from the wood of the furniture to the kilims, the candles, and the "melange" of the brand's scents all sprayed together wafting from the shop entrance, somehow seamlessly mixed into an aura that is "Diptyque in a bottle". I think it works, but not without a little aromachemical science, so this breaks from the usual traditionalist/naturalist perfume lean the house normally takes, which may be why it is presented in a signature bottle to separate it from the rest of the line. Collection 34: 34 Boulevard Saint Germain is at it's core a chypre, or at least a chypre-like fragrance, since the content of oakmoss probably doesn't meet hardcore purists or vintage zealot's standards of what a chypre "must be made of" in order to be labelled properly as such. Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn. This is good stuff for fans of woody, resinous floral fragrances and I get the sharp chypre "backbone" well enough in the dry down to qualify, so enough with nitpicking labels okay? Olivier Pescheux was also onboard with this like he has been for many Diptyques in recent times, so there is a bit of connective tissue vibe-wise with this and the rest of the line, in spite of being constructed so differently.

Collection 34: 34 Boulevard Saint Germain opens with juicy blackcurrant and pink pepper mixed with clove, cinnamon, and cardamom. This effect creates a "mulled apple cider" effect to my nose, even though no apple is claimed to be present in the official note breakdown, and this is probably just the way the fruit and citrus play with the spices, evoking scent memories which make ghost attachments to notes not there. Ghost notes or not, it's a lovely fall-like opening that moves to florals which are both hedionic and idolic. Rose and violet bring a sensual bordello side while geranium and iris keep a clean, barbershop tone full of soapy sheen. The conflicting emotions of this heart help keep the fragrance unisex overall, but the tuberose nudges this slightly more feminine in the middle, so a CISHET man wearing this better be okay with floral notes or he's barking up the wrong tree. Collection 34: 34 Boulevard Saint Germain goes to the waxed wood floors and candles next, with resinous warmth and polish from patchouli, basalm fir, sandalwood, cedar, eucalyptus, and a teeny smidge of cistus/oakmoss in the very finish. The entire journey from store front to shelves, to counter, and out the door with a bag in hand is complete, and this is the kind of olfactory comfort food made particularly good at family get-togethers in colder months.

The Eau de Toilette is about 8 hours of wear, with moderate sillage, while the Eau de Parfum is more intense, aromatic, and omits much of the floral middle to add a cassis-tinged woodsy resinous edge with also feels bolstered by a bit of cade/juniper. This version of the scent is definitely more paired-down and longer-lasting, with a 12+ hour wear time that might be better for guys uncomfortable with fruit or floral accords, but this still is far from butch even in the more-focused EdP format. The person who likes Collection 34: 34 Boulevard Saint Germain the most is the person who is already a firm believer in the Diptyque brand ethos. If you haven't smelled any of their stock and trade smells like L'Ombre Dans L'Eau (1983), Eau Lente (1986), Philosykos (1996), Tam Dao (2003), Geranium Oderata (2014), or Tempo (2018), you should stop right where you are and explore those first before proceeding to try Collection 34: 34 Boulevard Saint Germain, just because it is really unlike the rest of the house's work, and not indicative of their usual style. For the Diptyque legions, still proceed with caution, and try the EdT before the EdP, since one is the "full Monty" and the other is a concentrated stripped-down model that feels almost like a different scent. A very warm, enticing, if unorthodox "shop in a bottle" kind of scent that is bound to appeal for folks who enjoy coziness in their perfume! Thumbs up!
03rd December, 2018

Aoud Blue Notes by Mancera

Starts off with a harsh, leathery oud but then settles quickly to a soft, slightly fruity, blue-candy scent.

In the drydown, it's a nice, pleasant vanilla and amber that's quite a change from the fruity-blue opening. Nice development.

For an aoud, this is very wearable, versatile and pleasant. Also, it's not super-strong either, so can be worn indoors or out.

Modest projection with good longevity, lasting 8-9 hours.
03rd December, 2018

Les Heures de Parfum - VII L'Heure Défendue by Cartier

Clever, ingenius semi-gourmand fragrance from Cartier!

L'Heure Défendue (the "defended hour"!) centers its focus on the classy cocoa accord, which seems naturally to pair with the patchouli plant and vanilla. Tolu balsam adds a warm, spicy element, working well beside the sandalwood adding its creamy woody quality in the midst. And powdery iris ties up the notes nice and neatly.

Very "delicious", comforting, and elegant scent that stands on its own as a great outing within the "Les Heures" niche collection.

03rd December, 2018

Les Heures de Parfum - VI L'Heure Brillante by Cartier

L'Heure Brillante is a simple, linear citrus-aromatic fragrance from the mind of Mathilde Laurent, a part of Cartier's Les Heures de Parfum collection.

Classy lemony scent with a nice dose of boozy gin and crisp airiness of the aldehyde accord. Fresh and energizing while it lasts, with an exotic Amalfi lemon accord worth noting.

Wish it would last longer and had more intensity, but it is what it is; I still appreciate this as a pleasant, warmer weather wear that is closer to an invigorating mood scent than not.
03rd December, 2018

Crabtree & Evelyn for Men by Crabtree & Evelyn

When I first started driving in the '80s I used to go to a local mall (remember those?) that had a Crabtree and Evelyn shop. I remember several scents, but I wasn't into colognes back then, so I never got more of this till just this year. Along with Sienna, this is one of the all time best. I always thought it had tons of rosemary, but it's not listed in the notes. This really is a tremendous masculine scent, and others will notice for sure.
03rd December, 2018

Neon Graffiti by Jazmin Saraï

The radiant city streets

Neon Graffiti is not my style but it's really lovely. It's a vibrant and sensual jasmine fragrance enlivened with bright and juicy citrus notes and dense mango that are bolstered by cedarwood and a polished touch that keeps it from veering into tropical/jungle territory. It manages to be uplifting but with heft. It has excellent projection, wafting up from my wrist whenever I move it.

Small niche houses like 4160 Tuesdays, DS & Durga, or Kerosene can tend to smell a little raw, rough, or off-kilter. These are not necessarily negative qualities, and the name Neon Graffiti suggests it's offering something similar. In actuality, it smells surprizingly careful and considered.
03rd December, 2018

Les Heures de Parfum - IV L'Heure Fougueuse by Cartier

Great bucolic experience sealed in a niche bottle!

Cartier's L'Heure Fougueuse has a well-formulated feel of being outdoors in the countryside. I believe the inclusion of vetiver and oakmoss recreate a hay-like element that is so beautifully farmlike. Mate is a deep, earthy tea experience that adds an additional bit of interest (as several have said, like drinking tea in a field!). And the horse mane note is a nice musky addition reinforcing it all.

Mathilde Laurent is to be congratulated for making this imaginative fragrance, a solid entry into Cartier's "Les Heures de Parfum" haute collection.

03rd December, 2018

Les Heures de Parfum - III L'Heure Vertueuse by Cartier

Whenever absinthe / wormwood / artemisia is involved in a scent, I feel a bit nervous. It has a bitterness which needs careful treatment alongside other notes to work.

L'Heure Vertueuse achieves just that! Cartier's noses included effective use of herbs (thyme, rosemary, lavender) to accompany the inherent minty, bitter green absinth. This all makes for a fresh, green, aromatic blanket that stays on for as long as the scent is "alive." Beautiful lemony touch from verbena and the arabic gum (mastic) adds a nice pine-like quality that is compatible with the herbs.

This fragrance has a really natural, garden fresh greenness befitting its color. Not a heavy scent, but medium-light in projection. Seems like a great mood fragrance, but with heavier application can leave more of a trail for others to behold.
03rd December, 2018 (last edited: 02nd December, 2018)

Lanz by Slumberhouse

I find this to be one of the most incredible fragrances produced byJosh Lobb. While perhaps not my very favourite, it is certainly in the top three and one I find fascinating and unusual every time I wear it. Boronia is an extraordinary flower fragrance in the Australian bush and some of the refernce notes of the flower are captured in Lanz. The most interesting aspect of Lanz is how far from boronia Josh as pulled the rest of the perfume. The first time I wore this fragrance, it struck me how clever and skilful lot's composing becoming. I understand the there will be ms
any men and women will be challenged by work such as Lanz.

Boronioa and Blue Lotus (a traditional aphrodisiac) are difficult notes to work with due to their strength and dominant natures - in Lanz they are part payers on a grand stage and do not dominate. The rest of the notes are similarly high quality and the overall fragrance never gets overwhelmed. Josh once again proves there is magic to be unearthed yet in this world. The special quality transcends simple male/female boundaries that many user thing go a meaningful. When wearing Lanz I cannot stop smelling myself and have as a man received compliments for both other males and females.

A breathtaking and groundbreaking masterpiece.
02nd December, 2018 (last edited: 04th December, 2018)

Honey & the Moon No. 10 by Tokyo Milk

Sweet sugary honey and sugared violets. I almost always enjoy non-fruity sweetness in a fragrance. This is no exception. There is a bit of jasmine under the sweet. There is sandalwood later. The sweetness here calms down enough to resemble more of a Real honey smell. A bit earthier. This fragrance is lovely. It would make a great gift for those just starting out in exploring feminine scents.
02nd December, 2018

Zino Davidoff by Davidoff

Bold and savory top with it's bergamot, sage, and lavender. The latter of which is very pleasant. The rosewood then joins the mix. This is a manly scent that I can wear without reservations.

The floral heart isn't feminine in any way, shape, or form. The geranium is not too bitter. LOTV, rose, and jasmine almost seem spicy together.

I once had an affair with a man who wore Zino. The fragrance is more memorable than his affections.

Geranium ramps up with an almost cumin smell. Sandalwood, patchouli, and Tonka begin to shine. Sharp cedar note. Amber later. This is a classic in my mind. I'm enjoying my vintage, miniature bottle while it lasts.
02nd December, 2018

Ma Bête by Eris Parfums

Floral, spicy, aldehydic opening; well blended.
The heart notes flow easily.
Cypress vibe.
Not too earthy or dark styrax.
Ever so slightly boozy jasmine.
Animal in the base. Civet? It's musky. Woody with darkish patchouli.
The jasmine becomes stronger with time. Patchouli gets "sweeter".
Very lovely! Worth trying.
02nd December, 2018