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    Default Review: Montale Woods and Spices

    I have obtained several Montale samples and let me give a short impression of this. While I can detect a subtle hint of woods in the drydown, it is very warm and spicy throughout. My first impression was that it is very similar to the warmth and overall tonality of dunhill desire and xyerus rouge. Given the name and expensive of the fragrance, I was completely shocked and let down regarding the juice within the vile. I cannot speak much of the evolution from top to drydown because I simple could not justify a skin test. It just did not capture me enough to sample it on my skin. Anyone else feel this way?

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    When I go sampling frags at a place like Sephora, I always make the mistake of sniffing the atomizer bottle to see if it interests me any. If it hasn't been sprayed in a while, I'm probably smelling something that is not clearly the whole expression of the fragrance.

    At least place it on a piece of paper to see if it smells pleasant to you.

    And you don't need me to remind you that many scents with woods or resins require body heat to make its presence known.
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    Close your eyes, so you can see what you're smelling.

    "Press trigger twice to release the strength of wood...the wantonness of vanilla...the sentiment of floral...the passion of spice!"


    ~My reviews~

    ~My Wardrobe~



    I WANT MORE CHYPRE!

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    Default Re: Review: Montale Woods and Spices

    Quote Originally Posted by ikkitosennomusha
    I have obtained several Montale samples and let me give a short impression of this. While I can detect a subtle hint of woods in the drydown, it is very warm and spicy throughout. My first impression was that it is very similar to the warmth and overall tonality of dunhill desire and xyerus rouge. Given the name and expensive of the fragrance, I was completely shocked and let down regarding the juice within the vile. I cannot speak much of the evolution from top to drydown because I simple could not justify a skin test. It just did not capture me enough to sample it on my skin. Anyone else feel this way?

    Agree with you 100%

    Wood Spices smelled like a mainstream gourmand. I've done skin tests of it, and it's very linear. I was just as shocked as you.

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    Default Re: Review: Montale Woods and Spices

    Quote Originally Posted by iMaverick
    When I go sampling frags at a place like Sephora, I always make the mistake of sniffing the atomizer bottle to see if it interests me any. If it hasn't been sprayed in a while, I'm probably smelling something that is not clearly the whole expression of the fragrance.

    At least place it on a piece of paper to see if it smells pleasant to you.

    And you don't need me to remind you that many scents with woods or resins require body heat to make its presence known.

    Smelling this one from the vile is enough to know it's not based around woods or spices, and doesnít have any resins or natural oils within.

    Body heat and skin chemistry are buzz words; they are mostly words used by SA's and Reps to make customers feel enlightened and educated. 1 minute with a blotter is more than enough to get the Ďexpressioní of the fragrance, and to feel its presence.

    Wearing a fragrance on the skin is fun, and does reveal a few nuances and subtle facets that might be overlooked otherwise, but a blotter gives a very clear idea of what a scent is like. I just feel that many people consider the blotter inadequate, and I donít believe thatís justified.

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    With Montale. the Oud collection rocks, this ingredient is a most unusual, deeply resonant Oriental resin, the rest of the scents are very um unoriginal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IPaidForThisName
    Body heat and skin chemistry are buzz words; they are mostly words used by SA's and Reps to make customers feel enlightened and educated. 1 minute with a blotter is more than enough to get the Ďexpressioní of the fragrance, and to feel its presence.
    I totally disagree...1 minute on a blotter is just nice smelling paper. Body heat and skin chemistry are not buzzwords, everyone with some sort of experience testing frags knows that it smells very different on paper vs. on the skin. What seems a quiet and light frag on blotter can become the boldest frag once it settles on skin. That's body heat. What can smell like sweet leather on someone can smell like a wet dog on another. That's skin chemistry...a litmus paper clenched in the hand proves that different people have different pH.
    *********************



    Close your eyes, so you can see what you're smelling.

    "Press trigger twice to release the strength of wood...the wantonness of vanilla...the sentiment of floral...the passion of spice!"


    ~My reviews~

    ~My Wardrobe~



    I WANT MORE CHYPRE!

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    Default Re: Review: Montale Woods and Spices

    Quote Originally Posted by iMaverick
    [quote author=IPaidForThisName link=1126489740/0#3 date=1126497302]
    Body heat and skin chemistry are buzz words; they are mostly words used by SA's and Reps to make customers feel enlightened and educated. 1 minute with a blotter is more than enough to get the Ďexpressioní of the fragrance, and to feel its presence.
    I totally disagree...1 minute on a blotter is just nice smelling paper. Body heat and skin chemistry are not buzzwords, everyone with some sort of experience testing frags knows that it smells very different on paper vs. on the skin. What seems a quiet and light frag on blotter can become the boldest frag once it settles on skin. That's body heat. What can smell like sweet leather on someone can smell like a wet dog on another. That's skin chemistry...a litmus paper clenched in the hand proves that different people have different pH.
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    I will generally skin test if I like it, before I buy it, but I wonít skin test it if I donít love it. That being said:

    That skin chemistry thing is totally overblown. Generally, itís just basic perception. Some people are more sensitive to certain flavours and foods, just like anything else. Skin chemistry is also not a static thing, so according to that theory something could smell like wet dog one day, and sweet leather the next. If that were the case, which I donít believe it is, then it would be wisest to test on a blotter. Fragrance also evolves normally on a blotter; just carry the blotter with you and the fragrance will go through its entire life.

    Now with that being said, I do support and recommend skin testing. My problem is not with skin testing, but rather, the general dismissal of blotters. Blotters are the industry tools. They are what perfumers rely on to test blends and accords.

    I have smelled thousands of fragrances. I have used more blotters than I could ever count, and I cannot think of one time I didnít like a blotter, and liked the fragrance on my skin, and vice versa.

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    I've sampled most of them, including the Aoud line, and only liked one ... but I REALLY like it.

    It's the Chypre/Fruit one. But I don't think I'm ready to spend $135 on it yet.

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    Well, I don't know about body chemistry (the difference between one person and another), but I find there's a tremendous difference between paper and skin, anyone's skin. I think it's a combination of body heat, natural skin oils, and the difference in porousness between skin and paper that makes all the difference.

    I will be receiving some montale samples soon. I'll let you all know what I think of them.

    ~Silk

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    Default Re: Review: Montale Woods and Spices

    IMHO there is a huge difference in body chemistry. There are scents that smell radically different on my skin relative to my wife's. A perfect example is Bois Farine. On me it smells like peanut butter but there is not a hint of this accord on my wife.

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