Foetidus is on the money, for the most part. However, while I agree that there are no middle notes to discern, there is enough in this fragrance to make it stand apart despite its simplicity and limited range. I really like this as my summer scent. As explained by others previously, the opening also caught me quickly: the ivy compliments the grapefuit well, for a combination of seemingly contradictory tastes. I would add that there is a discernible basenote of cedarwood--albeit slight--which combines well with high notes for an interesting fragrance of two or three simple notes. Simple, yet attractive. The ivy and vetiver do the trick at the end. And, it lasts most of the day for me. Hope it is never discontinued. My girlfriend likes this on me on Saturdays or Sundays during summer. If you dislike generic aquatics and citrus fragrances, you mght want to opt for ths green/fresh offering.
Story by Paul Smith, 2006
Rated #547 in Fragrances
I am totally revising my previous review in which I highly praised PS Story. While it isn't bad, it's not my favorite fresh vetiver scent. I feel fresh vetiver scents are hard to pull off, or maybe I just don't wanna smell it too often, as I think vetiver goes better with woods as opposed to citrus. Regardless.. Story is one of the better citrus/vetivers. It's fresh, grassy, oily. The smell reminds me of fresh cut grass, with oil poured over it. Yes, motor oil.. not so much gasoline. It's fresh, yet still a little dirty, which I think is what keeps my attention; while at the same time, I think that's why it's discontinued, because of some aroma's that may not please the average Joe's. In the realm of fresh and citrus vetivers, on the designer side, I think Story is my favorite. My biggest gripe is longevity and projection issues, as I usually only get about 4 hours with it. It does remind me of a more complex and less synthetic smelling version of He Wood (which smells like magic marker to me, it also reminds me of Creed Original Vetiver's dry down. Again, this isn't my favorite fresh vetiver. In fact, I think the whole genre of such isn't really my taste. Although if I had to pick 2 that are outstanding, they would be Bois Blonds, and Grey Vetiver. Both being a bit more pricey, and niche. I don't think Story is bottle worthy, simply because I don't have a purpose for this genre of scent in my collection. However, for designer's in this genre, I think it's the best one I've tried. I give this one a hesitant neutral rating, because of purpose, longevity, projection, and some minor flaws in craftsmanship, that affect my personal taste.
Story by Paul Smith - One is initially treated to a blast of a lemony and slightly peppery, citric accord. The herbal and faintly woody aspects of ivy leaf intrude upon and commingle with this sparkling citrus, providing a crisp, leafy opening, which saunters to the awaiting middle. Here, in the heart, a floral potion from the sweet jasmine and cardboard-like mustiness of rose leaf tempers the jarring opening, and transitions to the welcoming base. An altering melange of grass-like and clean vetiver, white musk, with its laundered-linen illusion, as well as a rugged, mineral amber coalesce. With an errant metallic and faintly minty something fluttering about, the dry woodiness of cedar squires the cleanly mix to a refreshing drydown. This light and fresh composition has good projection and longevity, and will bloom in the spring, summer and fall. A very nice fragrance which can be had rather inexpensively.
Is it only me that get a hint of black pepper in the topnotes? i love it! and everybody around me looks my way (in a good way;) this is defenitly a unisex frag. Boys & Girls just can´t seem to get enough! OFFCOURSE it´s a thumbs up:)
This is an interesting compromise between the bright soapy green of Mugler or Creed OV, and the dark moist sharp green of Eau de Gentiane Blanche or Eau de Campagne. Initially it's like a sharper Mugler, with a wet, ivy-like soapy green, not very sweet but very astringent. Then, while other scents become soapier at this point, Story becomes greener: an earthy forest green, with some dirt but not much, so that it still remains clean. It's mainly ivy from this point forward, which is cool and refreshing for summer, but one caveat here is an underlying rubberiness, imparting that sense of "eau de shoe store" that I find in a small number of fragrances. It's not as bad as in some others I've tried, though. It weakens quite a bit after this, getting duller and dirtier as it completely loses that initial sparkle. There's a little bit of spearmint in what's left, and it feels like it's trying to bolster both the strength and the freshness, but not making much inroads toward either. Overall this isn't a bad offering, and is admittedly pretty cheap, but if you've got the money, I'd consider the four aforementioned scents, or even the archetypal Paco Rabanne. But if someone starts selling bottles of "Paul Smith Story Minutes 0-5", I'll buy one!
The opening is nice and promising - citrus and vetiver, reminding me a bit of Mugler Cologne. The mid and base lose me a bit, as it moves into clean, contemporary "musk" territory (Iso-E maybe?) with some vetiver hanging around. All in all, it's okay, but doesn't really wow me or compose a unique enough narrative to make a statement.
Story is a good idea run rampant. The ivy note I came to appreciate in the volumes of works under the Lolita Lempicka name grew monstrous under the limelight and became a scent akin to SlimJim snacks. This weird, beefy-spicy leaf note pierces the composition and gets in the way of everything else like an annoying child jumping in the way of a photographer's best shots. Wearisome and gross. And since his parents are either drunk or distracted, said child never goes away.
My wife adores Story and reminds her big time of D & G Light Blue. I agree with her assessment. I quite like it and find it refreshing and clean. It stays with me all day long. I go to Story when I need a break from my heavier frags such as Azzaro PH or Gucci PH.
I ordered the scent based on reviews and did not disappoint. Initial blast of grapefruit is bitter and somewhat harsh. The other notes are soft and mellow. My nose detects primarily semi-sweet green ivy accord which is highly pleasant. Comparisons with Versace Fraiche and Bulgari pour homme are justified, although Story inclines toward Bulgari due to highly natural overall feeling. Longevity and projection are average.
This stuff is dangerous!
I bought this juice for its brilliant opening, duly praised by previous reviewers. Comparison with the top only underlines the poverty of the later notes, but, as I learned, you dont need a lot of dynamite to blow yourself up.
I work with a woman who has the nose of a bloodhound (although her tail is shorter). Every morning, as I walk past her door on the way to my office she jumps to her feet to give me a thumbs-up (or down) critique of my fragrance choice for the day. I pretend to care, she pretends to go back to work and all is well for the rest of the day. How she can smell something from 20 feet away that a normal person can barely detect while standing beside me is one of the deep mysteries of our age. I should invite her out to hunt truffles.
The day I wore Story all hell broke loose. Instead of delivering the thumb verdict Ms. Noze shot out of her office at a quick waddle, followed me down the hall skipitty-trot, tackled me and parked her nostrils square on my shirt snorrrk, snork.
Yummm she says. Whats this one? Her move attracted spectators whom she waved off as the princess might shoo away her chambermaids before the arrival of her brother, The Tsarevitch.
An hour later shes back. As I take care not to let her get between me and the door she inhales and pronounces Yup, still there!. This goes on till about noon when the glory starts to fade. Ms. Noze demands to know what I did to the scent. She departs, crushed by the truth, not to be seen for the rest of the day.
I wear scent to please myself, not to win friends, influence people or invite tackles. Of the 50 or so that Ive worn, this is the only juice that has earned a yellow card.
I dont know whether these particular top notes are unsustainable through the usual perfumers alchemy or they are short-lived by design, but this stuff could be HUGE for the House of Smith if they could find a way to either string them out or compose a worthy second movement. Thumbs up for the opening. The rest? Meh!
Story by Paul Smith, 2006
By: Paul Smith
|Top Notes||Grapefruit, Bergamot, Green ivy|
|Middle Notes||Jasmine, Green rose|
|Base Notes||Modern musks, Mineral amber, Cedarwood|
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