(***) S-ex is weird little thing revolving around a plastic accord, with a touch of something vaguely citrusy up top and musky down below. Overall a little bare, and could serve as a basic idea in a more realized perfume.
S-ex by S-Perfume, 2004
Rated #2458 in Fragrances
This starts off fresh & slightly floral, with a large dose of the ozonic/salty marine note of calone. The impression is of a very "white" & clean fragrance, in a similar way to Eternity, but more translucent, & hovering weightlessly above the skin. lf this is sex, it is a futuristic, non-contact, cyber-sex version. ln the heart, l get a very faint strawberry note along with white musk. l get no leather at all until around three hours in, just as it's all beginning to fade, & then a little sweetness from the malt. Five hours in, it's completely gone. l don't hate this, but it lacks any kind of animalic warmth, & instead just leaves me cold. Not the kind of sex l'm into, thanks.
I do not like opening of this one I find it to be too sweet, and too much but with a name like s-ex (essex) I guess I should have expected that. The dry down I love I get a salty musky leathery quality
S-ex is pop-art. Just like Basquiat, Lichtenstein or even Andy Warhol. Where brands such as Comme Des Garcons create their own language by introducing alien smells, "environmental odors" and abstraction, Se-x achives a similar result by taking a couple of perfumery pillars and pairing them together for an unexpectedly interesting result. On one side we have the hyper-classic floral-leather structure. On the other, the polarizing, generic, department store-reminiscent and emblem of the 90s: Calone. In this context, Laudamiel is just like Warhol who used to take very popular icons to transform them into "pieces" of art. If you prefer a musical analogy, just think about those musical mash-ups that used to take famous pop-songs and pair them with electronic/avant-garde bases. Among the most successful there was Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody (RIP), layered with Computer World by the Kraftwerk, or the amazing revisitation by Boards Of Canada of the classic Midas Touch by Midnight Star. S-ex it's just like those mash-ups: it pairs the sacred with the profane. The aristocratic and "cultured" language, with the slang. The dirty animalic notes with the laundered age. What comes out is a destabilizing yet fascinating concoction of sweet/salty plastic-smoky leather, juxtaposed to a fresh marine, fruity/floral vibe that will appeal to anyone who's into the most daring fragrances by Comme Des Garcons and the likes. S-ex stays quite close to the skin, revealing a nice musky quality especially during the drydown. Modern, slightly weird and perfect for metropolitan parties in the most avant-garde clubs around the world. Minimal techno with a tad of pop! The smell fo Berghain.
Simply, and subtlely, striking! I DO get some salt, LOTS of malt, and a TON of long-lasting & ultra-quality "skin musk". I have found a new favorite, which will undoubtedly be used in heavy rotation this summer. I am impressed by this. I find it to be the most amazing and creative fragrance available. Did I mention I really like this?
S-ex perfume! From the reviews I found online and the rumour of it having sperms printed on the bottle, I expected a more masculine scent but I still couldn't resist trying such a perfume with such a cool combination of notes of two different types of leather and musk, strawberry, salt and malt. Malt! My fave thing in the world in a scent? Just couldn't resist the combo. Now to the scent. I found this to be very sweet! You can hardly detect the saltiness if any. My beloved malt was MIA! I would describe the actual scent to be a "not clean yet not dirty" musk with whiffs of leather which is only noticeable in the top notes, and stable fruit note accompaniment. I assume this is supposed to be the strawberry. *smh*!! At such low level of quality, all "fruit" notes are indistinguishable. They just read as 'cheap subpar fruit of no particular kind' and of course when you sniff them, you know that no fruits smell like that. If you are all excited to try this because it lists strawberry, expecting the said note to smell like strawberries, you will be gravely disappointed! S-ex is neither ugly nor attractive. He is just average but only in appearance! S-ex is NO one minute man. I'll tell you that. Whatever he lacks in appearance, he easily makes up for in performance. This one outperforms his more attractive and unique peers! I'm talking over 40+ hours of powerful nonstop continuous action, in the shower and out and this S-ex machine just wont quit! This well endowed mister has a very strong back I tell ya! Of course S-ex avoids a thumbs down for being.. well, a machine :P. Overall, I won't say this fragrance wooed me but I must be fine with it because cutting my arm off from such a monstrous lasting power never crossed my mind...... Then again, why would it? ;)
I find S-ex to be the subtlest suede, incredibly easy to wear leather..the strawberry is also very present but subtle, along with something fresh and the smell of clean skin. Definitely not sexy in a hard core way! I find it beautiful as it penetrates the air and fabric in its vicinity in the softest way. S-ex is never powerful or strident but its longevity is excellent. I can tell it is a CL creation in the same vein as Aura or Amanda Lepore which also share these understated qualities..very artistic yet wearable for any occasion.
S-eX is an abstract leather scent, mixed with florals, and a touch of musk. The leather in this is sheer, somewhat aquatic, and very synthetic. Think fake black leather. It gives off a sort of dust particles in compressed air vibe. It's very futuristic in style. Some find the name of the scent misleading. I have to disagree. This isn't sex in the conventional way of two lovers under a warm blanket in bed. But the kinky, sadistic kind. A dominatrix wearing head to toe leather, whips, metal handcuffs, and BDSM. Interesting, but not for everyone.
I think I might have liked it more if it wasn't named S-ex. I have a real "truth in advertising" issue with this one. I get aquatic and I get fruit but I get almost NO leather, no nasty bits. Had a few other people at my office give it a sniff and they were equally confused about why someone would think this is reminiscent of sex.
Held captive within a triple-glazed, Calone-filled fume cupboard is the secret subject of S-ex: leather. A simple leather, of a homeopathic quantity, but it's undoubtedly there and is divulged most prominently in the first hour. The drydown, unnervingly long-lived, ensues in a watermelon and red berry direction and S-ex reluctantly expires as a fruity, steely musk. I can't fathom why a perfectly fine leather accord should be submerged in a medium as uninviting as what the official pyramid of notes refers to as 'Spirit of Life'. If you can move beyond the urge to voice a spirited rant about the chilly lifelessness of Calone, S-ex does repay attention: the leather is darkly, smokily convincing. But if it were just amplified to something more than a miniscule concentration there'd be less work to do in tearing away the clingfilm tomb and the fragrance would feel less like a misconceived cryptoscent.
S-ex by S-Perfume, 2004
|Top Notes||salt, oxygen, spirit of life|
|Middle Notes||camellia, willow, white leather, skin musk|
|Base Notes||malt, strawberry, baroque musk, black leather|
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