Whew, just received my sample from Neil (repeated gratitude !) and uhhh.....I think it's going to take a few wears before I'll be able to say anything definitive about this one.
Chandler shows his scizophrenic side ?
Well, we did ask for "different". - - - Updated - - -
OK, I've given this several wears now, and while it seemed odd on the first wear, that oddness seems to be fading now that I'm more used to it....at least to my nose.
The opening is strange, but that part does not last long for me. The chocolate thing seems to then dominate for the majority of the time.....in a milk-chocolate rather than bitter and dark sort of way.
But what I found most interesting were the basenotes that appear near the very end. I get that smell of....old books, and even though the chocolate seems to be the main theme, it's the books part that sticks in my mind when I think back on it later.
I'd call this a restrained gourmet, a thing that does not want to intrude on anyone's space, no matter how many spritzes I begin with. Yet it seems to trend in a masculine direction, which is not always the case with such non-intrusive things. Not as strong as I might wish, but I suspect my skin is eating it up, and that it may have more projection for others.
Emotionally I see it as somewhat reclusive in nature, if that's a fair term to use. Once I hit the "old books" part, hours later, I get a bit of a melancholy vibe as well.
Not sure where this would fit in my rotation, as I tend to like frags that are ether calming, or that give me a pick-me-up, and I'm not sure that this is either of those.
Interesting though, although what the heck is going on with that first minute or so of the top notes is a mystery for sure.
I'll be interested in hearing the official verbiage that accompanies this fragrance, and what the maker intends it to reflect.- - - Updated - - -
Originally Posted by rogalal
So, what sort of an impression do you guys think this is trying to make?
On a base level, is it niche weirdness gone awry, like something that's intentionally trying to provoke?
Or is it more like commercialism gone wrong, like a meeting full of marketing executives who wanted both an aquatic and a gourmand and this monstrosity is what came of that?
Just my opinion of course, but I get what you mean about this thing trying to be a number of different things at once. It could be as you say : a commercial fragrance that is trying to exist in the safe and non-intrusive realm that Chandler seems to like, while at the same time trying to lay claim to niche edginess as well.
I get a feeling that it can't quite make up it's mind about what it wants to be, and that it might be more successful if it were willing to be a bit more out in the open about it's true intentions.