Originally Posted by agml65
What I get is a very muted Kilian Straight to Heaven with blasts of citrus...the best of the Varvatos group..longetvity a little better but of course everyone is different
I'm 3.5 hours deep into it - my bottle arrived today - and so far it's not bad. It's not a blast of citrus I'm getting... more like a warm citrus with patchouli - think almost potpourri with the cinnamon but the rest of the notes carry it far away from a bad house fragrance and more like a rather atypical men's fragrance.
I get the Straight to Heaven parallel, even almost like the part(s) of Straight to Heaven on the dry down but with a few notes swapped for what's listed in the JV 10th Anniversary SE - the leather is probably one of the few leathers that's pushed back quite a bit, but still is there, noticeable and rather smooth. Reminds me of a 20 year old leather jacket I have that was recently re-conditioned. In fact... it's almost JUST like it, but with the JV 10 SE notes on top of it.
The aforesaid citrus isn't the zest, nor the first "splash" of citrus to my nose - not like Artisan, Black or other citrus fragrances I tend to like - but more earthy... in fact, I have a grapefruit, a lemon, a lime and kumquat tree... it smells like the dried branches of those trees once they've been set out in the sun for a while. It's that kind of citrus to me.
In the first hour, it tempered itself down from the initial patchouli "bomb" to what I'd consider one of the manliest scents I possess - not powerhouse manly, but downright leather jacket or wool blazer manly. I'm SO glad I tried this today when the temperature dropped a solid 20 degrees Fahrenheit from yesterday to around 58-60. This will go over well in the winter months...
I've seen mention of cinnamon, but it's just barely there for me on my skin. But it's probably what's giving this some warmth.
And I won't lie... I'm usually not a fan of patchouli on my skin because it may go many directions - not all of them good - but this is the first usage of patchouli that really agrees with my skin and doesn't turn into some odd beast minutes after application.
This is probably get shot down by many as a scent who are niche lovers, but this is definitely not your typical, very clean designer fragrance. It feels, smells, and is complex enough to almost throw you for a loop if I never told you what it is.
Presentation box was nice - it's much bigger than the current Vintage/Artisan/JV boxes - with the silver and black print, the silver bottle - I've got a ton of smudges on it already... and the dog tag (it's gonna end up on something, it clanks too much for my likes when I move the bottle to spray and the lugnut top are all nice; but it won't win awards nor end up on a shelf with lights on it. Still looks nice though and I like JV's bottle shape.
And best part... the woman doesn't sneeze with this one. So it's a keeper. I hope my amateurish take on this bottle - it was a 100% blind buy for me - doesn't offend nor confuse anybody. This is an odd scent by JV - and I'm actually loving it so far.