A group to share a love of all scents coniferous and resinous. Special attention given to pine, fir, spruce, cypress, freshly-cut wood, dry incense, resin and sap, and so forth; with honorable...» More
I realize that I have never tried this. I have tried most of the Miller Harris line but for various reasons have not been able to sample this one. Looking at the list of notes, I wonder the following:
pimento berries -- spicy?
sage -- the herbals
patchouli -- how strong is it, how heavy, how sweet?
And of course the pine needles -- you say "a touch" which implies just a little.
Overall style -- rich and heavy? Miller Harris calls it "haunting" which is a quality I like.
i've never smelled a sweet patchouli essential oil. the patchouli is at a very, very small dose. there is definitely a tiny touch of sweet amber to my nose, which rounds out what is definitely not a sweet composition.
yes i would say there is a subtle but noticeable coniferous aspect to this one though it is primarily herbal.
overall style is crisp and woody, definitely not rich or heavy, though the composition leans toward base notes as one expects from an EdP. very good longevity. i do get the haunting thing too, as it's complex yet very well structured. i'm rather impressed and will be exploring the line more as a result of encountering my sample; it's on my wish list.
Thanks MB, you've definitely moved this onto my must-try list. I like Miller Harris as a line, and own two of them (Fleurs de Sel and En Sens de Bois). Both are excellent, a bit quirky-medicinal but I like that.
I own FdT, and I agree with MonkeyBars's description. For me, it's primarily a woody spicy scent, with tobacco in the background. I smell mostly cedar, with some other coniferous smells in there (maybe fir or pine). It's a strong scent, but not heavy or sweet, thank goodness. I find the patchouli pretty prominent, but it's more to make the scent aromatic, rather than to stick itself in your face. There's no vanilla either.
I own FdT, and I agree with MonkeyBars's description. For me, it's primarily a woody spicy scent, with tobacco in the background. I smell mostly cedar, with some other coniferous smells in there (maybe fir or pine). It's a strong scent, but not heavy or sweet, thank goodness. I find the patchouli to be prominent, but it's more to make the scent aromatic, rather than to stick itself in your face. There's no vanilla either.
I've enjoyed FdT for some time now, but wearing it yesterday (due to MonkeyBars' comment) I enjoyed it even more. I suspect I'm not alone when I say that sometimes I can't smell a note 'til I'm told it's there. Well, in the case of FdT, my nose said just "tobacco, slightly sweet." In short, I did not think hard enough (or inhale deeply enough) to find out what all was really present in FdT. There is indeed a wonderful piney opening that lasts some while. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
While I agree essentially with the descriptions, I do perceive the scent as slightly sweet and slightly heavy. Given it's EdP nature, it is rich.
I have to add that even though I love this scent, I don't find it even remotely haunting, or dark. I find it brisk, invigorating and very spicy. It reminds me of Cuba by C&S but without the dogshit-and-bad-breath accord.
A follow-up to my post on the 16th, re: longevity: MonkeyBars said FdT had "very good longevity." I couldn't agree more. In fact, my one-spray application (to my wrist) lasted all day and into the next. The fragrance was plain even after a shower. Frankly, I like a fragrance to quiet down by bedtime. So, for me, FdT's persistence is over the top; for someone else, it might be just right. This suggests that when we applaud or complain about a given frag's longevity, the opinion could be misinterpreted without a statement (a) of duration or (b) of our preference or expectations.
Good point about longevity. There is also the issues of (c) the individual scent itself -- some scents I happily enjoy but am Ok when they leave around the 4 hour mark and (d) the development of the scent over time. If a scent is monolithic then it could get tiresome, but if it continues to evolve then it is interesting to experience that.