Originally Posted by BlackForest
Thank you! It smells very good.
Since you seem to be very knowledgable on the chemistry, do you know what note is prominent in The Dreamer and Luna Rossa? Its a very powdery and I want to say lavender smell but Im not sure. I hate it and need to avoid it in the future.
Another note, the one that is in CK One and Silver Mountain Water and Lacoste Essential?
Also, what is the (ignorant term but instantly youll know what im talking about) old man note. is it vetiver, patchouli? both?
thanks for any help you can give
Lavender does tend to read as powdery, but it can also be somewhat fresh. I personally don't find the note to be well used in either of those, though. I like it in A Taste of Heaven, but that tends to divide people.
CK One is loaded with a chemical called Hedione (I was just reading this over on the DIY page), and I'd assume the others have a hefty amount as well. But I'm not sure about a common note, per se.
Vetiver can be sharp and give off a more vintage-y vibe -- sort of what you might expect a standard old-school scent to smell like. It can be softer, though, and in it's natural form, it smells quite different to something like Eau Sauvage. It also depends on where it's sourced from (in the natural form, at least).
Patchouli is often associated with a more hippie vibe -- a dirty, heavy scent. But once more, it doesn't really smell much like that at all in its natural form. It almost has a bitter-sweet quality to it as the plant itself is related to mint. Again, depends on where it's sourced etc.
All of the above are somewhat common as synthetics in contemporary / mainstream perfumery, but more often than not, don't smell that much like the original. In all of the above cases, you could find forward-thinking and interesting twists that might alter your perception of what those notes are doing.
Lavender, for example, is well used in Encens et Lavande. Patchouli is quite impressive in Olfactive Studio's Chambre Noire. And vetiver is used to good effect in Lubin's Figaro.