Originally Posted by Pipsta
It's the one that is the A*Men signature note. I guess people call it a 'tar' like note. On paper it didn't jump out at me as prominently with the Pure Malt as it does the original and that really appealed to me cause I liked the malty, smokey vibe happening with PM. Once I got it on my skin that note really stepped forward and became almost unbearable.
If I smell it occasionally like I was when occasionally sniffing it on paper throughout the day it's not so bad but when it's on my skin and omnipresent it just gets me queasy and head achy. I tried a lighter application the second time around and it was better, less tar, more malt. I'm gonna try it again in a week or so and see if I can dial in an application that will allow me to enjoy it.
If Mugler with Pure Malt had toned down that 'tar' note and just hinted at it in the background like they did with the Pure Coffee I'd be loving PM. Although as it sits rights now I'm gonna have to balance the application just right or find myself not enjoying it at times depending on whether I get it right or not. That's a tricky game to be playing where one extra spray or too close to the nose or too warm of a day or anything that ratchets the intensity up too much for me it will ruin my day.
Its patchouli mixed with coffee. Every Mugler fragrance has given me a headache at first, and its because of the patchouli. I know because thats the only note i'd smell and i'd be sick all day (headache, dizzy). Borneo 1834 is practically straight patchouli and it did the same to me.
There is NO TAR NOTE
in A*Men. I don't know who started that misconception but its unfortunately caught on... Its just the dirty note of patchouli modified by the coffee. It comes off as dark and bitter at first, but with more testing/wearings it becomes sweeter, more coffee like. Thats what I recommend to all A*Men haters: keep trying it