Originally Posted by Le critique de parfum Olivier Durbano
: Rock Crystal was a fresh take on incense, the following ones, Black Tourmaline and Jade are mind-blowing. Can't wait for more!Andy Tauer
: A true artisan. Andy's craftsmanship is quite unique. His latest, Incense Extreme and Rose Chyprée are quite something, creatively and strength wise.Tom Ford
: His first batch was less than perfect, but his potential is incredible. Within few years his Private Blend will be a must have, a la Lutens.Prada
: Daniela Andrier is slowly but surely turning Prada into a major player. Infusion d'Iris, the exclusive extraits, Amber pour Homme and now infusion d'Homme are so classy and definitely here to stay.
What do you think?
I think you and I are on different planes when it comes to perfume.
Durbano Black Tourmaline is wonderful but the others have been forgettable to me. Although Jade hasn't been given a full wear yet. On strip and wrist it isn't exciting me.
Tauer-And I know I am in the minority here. Both incense scents, Rose' and Extreme, are great. Vetiver Dance, Lonestar Memories, and L'Air du Desert Marocain, not so much.
Tom Ford---I would have agreed on the Private Blends until the recent double whammy of Champaca Absolute and Italian Cypress which both underwhelmed me. Couple this with a very weak mainstream White Patchouli and I feel Tom Ford is on a bit of a downward trend to my nose.
Prada----the last good thing they did was Infusion d'Iris. Infusion D'Homme stripped everything I liked out of Infusion D'Iris and oversimplified the scent. The latest Infusion de Fleur D'Oranger smells like Kool-Aid on the strip and is not making me long to put it on my skin. Another House on a downward trend for me.
For me the Houses on an upward trend are:
Le Labo- As Gaiac 10 and Poivre 23 were excellently made scents. I can't defend the price tag but the juice is spectacular to my nose. Oud 27 is on the way to me and I am looking forward to it.
Parfumerie Generale---L'Eau Guerriere is the only one of the most recent scents I've tried but it is spectacular on me. The rest of the line is pretty good as I have only sniffed about half of it but have yet to run into one that makes me go so what. Querelle's use of caraway is one of the best discoveries I've made in the last few months.
Divine--L'Etre Aime Homme was great and that goes with their previous L'Homme sage and L'Homme de Coeur.
Amouage--Starting with Jubilation XXV through Homage and Lyric Men to the rereleased Ubar also a House on a winning streak. Although as with Le Labo the price is the main reason I have for not being more bullish on them.
I think you and I are reliable anti-critics for each other as it looks like our tastes don't overlap much.
But then again that's what makes these discussions fun.