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    Smile Focus on Forest... Knize Forest

    I'd like to hear reactions to this marvellous scent. And I can't let Everso have ALL the Knize fun!

    First, I'd like to get the notes straight. This information comes from a pamphlet inside the box. And they differ a bit from those in the Basenotes listing. Translated from the German, they are:
    Top -- lavender, bergamot, lemon, juniper, clary sage, verbena
    Mid -- oregano, spruce, carnation, rose, geranium
    Base -- cedarwood, musk, labdanum, amber, tonka, sandalwood

    I reviewed this a while ago, and I have further thoughts.
    What strikes me most about this is the affective quality or mood of this. Words like gentle, courtly, genteel seem appropriate. This has an old-school charm. It is a lovely green sort of scent, and I would say the green is a mid-tone rather than dark one. The actual colour of the juice is a medium gold, like an oak-aged chardonnay.
    The first phase is very enjoyable. There are fresh notes of citrus, lavender and juniper. There is an airy, "open" quality here. I get the sense of open spaces, a fresh breeze. Also, throughout the scent I find there to be very little pine. So the image I have is of an alpine meadow, rather than a deep forest; a scene of more light than deeply dark tones.
    In the second phase, there are some good but fleeting wood notes (cedar and sandalwood), and a little bit of spruce (but not much of the latter). And gradually the tonka yields its courmarin notes, and still we are strolling in a grassy field rather than a deep wood. Indeed, the coumarin plus the lavender give this a fougere character, although I suppose it should be classed as a chypre.
    The scent has good longevity on me; and I find it to be complex in a subtle, somewhat easy-going way. I'm quite fond of this. Although it is not my holy grail "perfect pine" scent, it is quite distinctive. I always look forward to wearing it.
    Last edited by odysseusm; 11th January 2009 at 11:49 PM.
    odysseusm

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    Smile Re: Focus on Forest... Knize Forest

    How in the heck did you acquire a bottle? Inquiring minds want to know!
    "Smell with your nose, not your ears."

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    Default Re: Focus on Forest... Knize Forest

    I would love to give you my opinion but seeing as it can't be found anywhere to sample or even purchase, I can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acjigga View Post
    How in the heck did you acquire a bottle? Inquiring minds want to know!
    The answer is maddening, I know. I was given a heads-up by a good soul here at BN that a tobacconist carried it. I went to that shop, and bought his last bottles of Forest and Two for insanely low prices. That is my greatest coup!
    odysseusm

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    Default Re: Focus on Forest... Knize Forest

    I never heard of this before. Do tobacconists usually carry fragrances?

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    Default Re: Focus on Forest... Knize Forest

    Quote Originally Posted by odysseusm View Post
    The answer is maddening, I know. I was given a heads-up by a good soul here at BN that a tobacconist carried it. I went to that shop, and bought his last bottles of Forest and Two for insanely low prices. That is my greatest coup!
    odysseusm, was this in your current location ( your city) ??

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    Default Re: Focus on Forest... Knize Forest

    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    I never heard of this before. Do tobacconists usually carry fragrances?
    This was a large store in Toronto, with all the tobacco products like pipes and cigars, and also lots of men's grooming products. I also got a lovely Speziali Fiorentini Vetiver bath product that I hadn't seen for years, again buying his last bottle. There are a couple of stores in Toronto like this. At one, I bought some Geo. F. Trumper and at another I bought some D. H. Harris.
    odysseusm

    "The force that through the green fuse drives the flower // drives my green age..." Dylan Thomas

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    Default Re: Focus on Forest... Knize Forest

    Quote Originally Posted by odysseusm View Post
    This was a large store in Toronto, with all the tobacco products like pipes and cigars, and also lots of men's grooming products. I also got a lovely Speziali Fiorentini Vetiver bath product that I hadn't seen for years, again buying his last bottle. There are a couple of stores in Toronto like this. At one, I bought some Geo. F. Trumper and at another I bought some D. H. Harris.
    I live in a small town, and we have a tobacconist. I mean it wouldn't hurt to take a peak inside to see if they have anything interesting.

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    Default Re: Focus on Forest... Knize Forest

    Quote Originally Posted by odysseusm View Post
    I'd like to hear reactions to this marvellous scent. And I can't let Everso have ALL the Knize fun!

    First, I'd like to get the notes straight. This information comes from a pamphlet inside the box. And they differ a bit from those in the Basenotes listing. Translated from the German, they are:
    Top -- lavender, bergamot, lemon, juniper, clary sage, verbena
    Mid -- oregano, spruce, carnation, rose, geranium
    Base -- cedarwood, musk, labdanum, amber, tonka, sandalwood

    I reviewed this a while ago, and I have further thoughts.
    What strikes me most about this is the affective quality or mood of this. Words like gentle, courtly, genteel seem appropriate. This has an old-school charm. It is a lovely green sort of scent, and I would say the green is a mid-tone rather than dark one. The actual colour of the juice is a medium gold, like an oak-aged chardonnay.
    The first phase is very enjoyable. There are fresh notes of citrus, lavender and juniper. There is an airy, "open" quality here. I get the sense of open spaces, a fresh breeze. Also, throughout the scent I find there to be very little pine. So the image I have is of an alpine meadow, rather than a deep forest; a scene of more light than deeply dark tones.
    In the second phase, there are some good but fleeting wood notes (cedar and sandalwood), and a little bit of spruce (but not much of the latter). And gradually the tonka yields its courmarin notes, and still we are strolling in a grassy field rather than a deep wood. Indeed, the coumarin plus the lavender give this a fougere character, although I suppose it should be classed as a chypre.
    The scent has good longevity on me; and I find it to be complex in a subtlle, somewhat easy-going way. I'm quite fond of this. Although it is not my holy grail "perfect pine" scent, it is quite distinctive. I always look forward to wearing it.

    i just wore this as my SOTD yesterday.......absolutely brilliant. it lasted a good 24 hours on my skin....and i can still smell it in the clothes i wore yesterday. In this frigid NYC winter, i must have smelled like a walking human FOREST. i love this stuff.

    it's funny that most of the people i this thread who have replied, i have spoken to over PM about this scent......and i hope everyone here finds a bottle. It's great stuff....

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    Quote Originally Posted by everso View Post
    i just wore this as my SOTD yesterday.......absolutely brilliant. it lasted a good 24 hours on my skin....and i can still smell it in the clothes i wore yesterday. In this frigid NYC winter, i must have smelled like a walking human FOREST. i love this stuff....
    Welcome, everso! Good to hear from you. Glad you are enjoying it.
    odysseusm

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