The 3rd chapter in this search is to compare LOccitane Eau des Baux with Parfumerie Generale Aomassai - 1st trial for each :
LOccitane Eau des Baux - (cypresswood, tonka bean, vanilla, incense, cardamom and coumarin)
Initial application revealed a fairly heavy vanilla note, dry but nice.
The transition leads - fairly quickly (10 min.) - to the reported incense note combined with what seems to be the courmarin.
Meh . its ok but nothing to really swoon over.
This so-so excursion then seems to just drop into the cypresswood note and thats where it gets a little strange to my nose.
Owning several iterations of deer musk and aoud / musk mixtures and knowing full well
how urinous they can be sometimes - it isnt something easily forgotten - I was blown
away by that some urine tone in the bottom end. It isnt off putting or obnoxious, it just wasnt something I was expecting.
Thinking about it for a bit, its possible that it could be a rotten wood smell or tone. Ive encountered that scent out in the woods from time to time and its the only
thing my experiences can conjure up. Its a little odd to me though for sure.
As this one has dried down & settled in, it seems to switch back and forth between
a smoke note and that sort of urine/rotten wood scent, even more odd - between these
shifts the scent is emitting a type of floral note.
Im thinking this one needs another test - this just isnt right somehow. A manly scent ? . . . . ummm OK but that sucker hasnt bathed in a few days and hes been
stalking in an old growth forest. Is that me ? Some days but NOT everyday for sure.
An hour later and Baux has settled into a modified wood more along the lines of what I am looking for. Very little Vanilla at that point though. Was hoping for more.
Parfumerie Generale Aomassai - (caramel, toasted hazelnuts, licorice, bitter orange, spices, wenge wood, vetiver, balsam wood, incense, dried grasses, resins)
Several people visiting this call for help recommended this one so it had to be given a test. Mtgprox05, however, suggested giving it a good bit of time to get to the good stuff
and not immediately be put off by the caramel / toffee top notes. Geez was he right. I dont mind the overly sweet smell of caramel but good lord NOT something
I wanna smell like. My goodness thats strong.
Thankfully the caramel backed off fairly quickly and moved into - what I presume to be - the hazelnut / spice notes. That was kind of interesting and I kinda liked it really
(hmmmm,maybe I should be looking for a nutty vanilla instead of woods).
Midway into the progression, a strange note began to take over - the licorice / orange maybe ? Not annoying, more like here we are careening down the road chock full
of caramel / marshmallows / nuts and spices then - ooops, make a hard left at the last
second. A little odd & nicely different but the combinations became pretty feminine
in my estimation.
About an hour into this trip and the woods made their appearance perfectly clear.
Wenge ? Possibly, I wouldnt know. Balsam - oh yeah, for sure.
The drydown though - on my skin - seems to end up as a balsam / vanilla combination and Im torn. Why ? There seems to be a fruit note mingled in there somewhere.
I wouldnt say its the orange. I suppose it could be a licorice remnant as odd as that
sounds. Ultimately this one is a little bit of a twisted vanilla for me and sort of reminds
me of Sephora fr Mysterieuse which is a vanilla / patchouli.
This one I like but this round goes to Eau des Baux.