Gai Mattiolo Uomo by Gai Mattiolo
- Upon application, one is treated to an invigorating wave of hesperidic notes, with their citrus highlights of lemon, bergamot, tangerine and orange. A touch of neroli with its spicy, overripe orangey aspect also presents, while star anise imparts its sweetish, smoky licorice and slightly woody facets. This fascinating melange floats on a cloud of perfumed hedione, with its tinge of citrusy jasmine and woods, and wafts to the awaiting middle. Here, in the pleasing heart, the opening mix is subsumed by a somewhat bracing concoction of lively and woody pepper, menthol-ish clary sage and nutty coriander. A sweet rose presents as well. An oceanic fucus provides an undertone of salty, aquatic plant life. Transitioning to the waiting base, the aquatic brew is encased by creamy and delicately balsamic sandalwood as well as honeyed and slightly smoky guaiacwood. A fresh-linen musk, akin to a fabric softener dryer sheet, showers the woods, and leads to a refreshing drydown. This pleasant, masculine composition is ideal for spring and summer, and has average projection and very good longevity. Given its inexpensive price point, it's a must have.
&Eau d'Italie by Eau d'Italie
- One is initially treated to a blast of freshness from the bergamot, with its citron-like bittersweetness. Blackcurrant buds, with their fresh fruitiness and a hint of cat pee, marry with the juicy bergamot to exalt a green, invigorating feel. A orangey and peppery frankincense lightly dances about to compliment the refreshing opening. Transitioning to the awaiting middle, the musty earthiness of clay usurps the mix to interplay with the entrancing florals of magnolia, with its lemony and creamy aspects, and tuberose, with its indolic mintiness, exotic sweetness and flashes of salty rubber and gasoline. Segueing to the robust base, Virginia cedar, with its aromatic, pencil shavings, yellow sweet clover, with its sweetly, crushed hay facet, delightsome honey, slightly peppery and musty patchouli, lichen, with its mushroomy greenness, all commingle creating a wonderful, mediterranean accord. Touches of earthy amber and nuanced musk compliment the majestic melange, and lead to an alluring drydown. This masculine-leaning and somewhat brisk composition has average, radiating projection and average longevity. Cognizant that it could be an all-season fragrance, this polished scent will shine in the spring and summer evenings.
&L'Homme de Coeur by Divine
- Upon application, one is treated to an appealing freshness supplied by cypress, with its slightly lemony, furniture polish element commingling with juniper berries, with their pine-like and marginally terpenic aspects as well as angelica, with its sour, vetiver-like facets. A shy, budding iris with its green, ever so slightly powdery presence remains in the background, and leads this refreshing opening to its heart. Here, in the cooling middle, the regal iris takes center stage, revealing its earthy, rooty and somewhat carroty freshness. Reveling in its splendor, the iris reluctantly transitions into its captivating base. Deer's tongue, with its vanillic and mowed hay aura interplays with a smoky and marginally bracing vetiver. A soft and mellifluous ambergris swirls about. An alluring drydown ensues. This refined, masculine composition is a skin scent with average longevity, 6-8 hours, and is wonderful in spring and summer especially.