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"Rant" but no "Rave" !
“Ocean” is more a sketch, than a fully rendered seascape: Instead, it's a log, just beginning to macerate in a pond of artemisia and violet infusion. "Oasis Wet Wood", done. It's simple, and it's linear; and as such, I like it a lot. "Marketing" should have stopped at that. But to call this "Ocean"? That just brings up a whole new set of expectations. This is barely "seashore".
As far as "flankers" go, it's somewhat disappointing. If "Rocky Mountain" painted a different portrait of HeWood, "Ocean" simply drew a Mustache on him ! Essentially just adding Calone to the original, isn't going to make this a great "flanker". In fact, the biggest disappointment here, is that “water" accord. Which comes off as being Still, and Murky -lacking the vibrantly salty character of the sea. Blame it on the patchouli in the "base"; working against the water effect. It both, dulled, and "grounded" the composition -even though it technically gave the fragrance better longevity in the end.
Alberto Morillas is usually formidable. But Daphne Bugey really should have asked Jacques Cavallier, instead ! To partner-up her HeWood with the beautifully vivid ocean in his Bvlgari Aqua pour homme (or even, Aqua Marine). The result could have been my new "signature". As things stand, I still like it. Just don't love it. *Sighhhh...*
Longevity: 9/10 (in base)
Projection (summer temperatures): 8/10 (in mid)
Art/Creatives: 6/10 (concept and scent execution
only-bottle stays status quo in this series)
How: casual, work or play, summer only, by yourself
picking lint out of your navel.
12th October, 2012 (Last Edited: 05th November, 2013)