great mini reviews on the Molinards Miket
I have II & its a nice one .
Thanks. I don't really have a whole lot to say about I and III as I wear II much more often. Great as I and III are there are other things which do the same job especially in the case of I. III I wear a little more often since I'm pushing forty now and it's one of the few aquatics that doesn't run me back triple digits that I feel comfortable wearing in anything but the hottest weather.
II is amazing for me though. Sillage is perfect for a scent of this type (I don't mind smelling sweet and even slightly femenine/foody but I prefer it not to fill entire rooms) and longevity is great. I know of other vanilla/honey scents but none have the same cottony feel and lovely cloudy aura, and rarely are they so cheap and well-constructed.
Don't get me wrong I is of course a great scent, and even if I rarely wear it for the little it costs it's worth it even just for the sense of comfort which you can enjoy for having all three sitting side-by-side. I often find myself loaning my bottle to others, oddly enough.
Molinard is a great house all 'round though I think. Even at full-price they're no more than mid-range designer scents, but they have great options you rarely find from designers. A straight, no-nonsense vanilla for example that isn't crowded out with other notes. Some wonderful soliflores and study scents. A great set of vanilla comps: Vanille Marine is one of the best gourmands available for the price, Vanille Patchouli is just too solid, Vanille Fruitee and Fraicher are both great too. Sure they have a few duds (their musc, at least the reformulation, is pretty awful, but where else can you get a straight musk for $50? Sometimes money talks) but the sheer fact that they have stuff like Habinata which you're simply not going to find in the designer world, and don't charge those big bad prices so commonly expected of niche outfits makes them a brand that more fragrance newcomers need to be put on to.
It's just a shame that so many fragrance types can't appreciate anything that doesn't blare like a fog-horn. I honestly think it's the only reason we don't hear the Molinard Homme series, which are relatively soft even if they are long lasting, lauded alongside the Caron masculines, at least two of which qualify as powerhouses, when it comes to high-end, low-cost scents.
Ahhh let me note another fragrance. Since I mentioned the word powerhouse. It reminded me. This is a beast of a powerhouse with some really individual nuances that is rarely talked-up much on BN: Escada Homme. An 80's powerhouse from the early 90's with a boozy presence. Great stuff.
The Dreamer is another fairly cheap one that's pretty solid, and I if you can get past the wonky box (the bottle itself is top-notch though) check out Escada's Moon Sparkle for men, yes I know it's a laughable name, but this is a great fragrance with a real 'party' feel.
Then of course there's your assorted Joop! stuff. I hesitate to mention Homme because it's so polarizing, but who can hate nightflight? Splash is also pretty nice, if a little generic, and I know where you can still buy the discontinued Rococo (probably the most elegant Joop scent I've ever smelled) for about $30 (they have the femme version too)