Originally Posted by Surfacing
Ansel, any thoughts on the fragrances ?
Based on a quick wearing of Scent 79, it smells very incense/leather heavy with the kind of woody smokiness of Encre Noire, but more violet. I like it, but don't think it's anything incredible.
I gave Pure a few sprays a while ago and for some reason it didn't seem like it projected at all on me. I went into a friend's car soon after and immediately she complimented my scent, so I guess projection issues are only to my nose. The notes breakdown for this one include mandarin orange and juniper as top notes, and bamboo and musk as heart notes, with sandalwood and vanilla on the base. I definitely get the orange and juniper in the opening, but there's something I can't recognize that is making it slightly woody. I guess that would have to be the bamboo. Not entirely sure. It's definitely citrusy, but has a warm woody quality that is quite calming.
Both of these scents are likeable, but Scent 79 is far more interesting of the pair. Both have great longevity on my skin (8+ hours).