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    Route Du Thé Homme by Barney's New York

    This seems to largely be based on the smell of green tea essential oil (which doesn't smell at all like tea or tea leaves, and instead smells like sort of a creamy sweet green fresh smell - it's quite popular in spa products, so it's a familiar smell even if most people don't know it by name and would never associate it with tea). Though I assume Route Du Thé Homme is actually synthetic, it still focuses on that strange creamy green note.

    It's brightened on top with a mix of lavender and mint (refreshing and good, not toothpasty), and on the bottom by a subtle pinch of vanilla and some cinnamon/mace pie spices. There's a bit of chamomile tea in there, too, which is exceptionally clever - long story short, that famous Tobacco Vanille/Back To Black pipe tobacco accord is done with a mix of pie spices, chamomile, cedar, and honey, so the spiced chamomile in Route Du Thé Homme, being about half of the accord, hints at a cigar tobacco smell without ever technically smelling like it.

    I bought a full bottle of this a couple of years ago and have spent that time enjoying it but never really falling in love with it. It deserves a thumbs up, but it's never really managed to become one of those smells that really move me.

    03rd June, 2012

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