Olivier Polge Floral-Woody Oriental ------------------ Top Notes: Sage, Lavender, Bergamot Heart Notes: Iris, Cacao, Amber, Cardamom Base Notes: Haitian Vetiver, Indonesian Patchouli, Leather
------------------ This was an unusual scent for men when it first came out. It seemed a bit too powdery, too floral, too sweet. Yet it made an instant hit in a big way, and other designer fragrances for men began to feature iris in imitation of it. I know this isn't for everyone but let's face it: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Having said that, let's look at the composition. Iris: powdery; lavender: herbal-floral; cacao and amber: sweet. But also, sage: green; bergamot: green-citrus; cardamom: spicy; vetiver and patchouli: woody; and leather. There is a lot of balance for the powdery, sweet, and floral notes. I believe that balance, along with the novelty of this kind of offering as a mainstream men's scent, is what made it a success. This bring iris (orris root) back out of exile from men's perfumery; they set the clock back to 16th century Tuscany and made iris a men's note again. That wasn't easy. Others had been trying, mostly niche houses and "edgy"noses. This was the one that broke through to the larger market.
Last edited by JaimeB; 11th May 2010 at 05:02 AM.
Yr good bud,
"Why spend life seeking that which does not satisfy? Why remain a slave, when freedom waits? Let your life shine; illumine the world with your truth!"
Fiat justitia ruat cælum.
Let justice be done, even if the sky should fall. — Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus Qui nihil potest sperare, desperet nihil.
Let him who can hope for nothing despair of nothing.
Male irato ferrum committitur. It is an evil thing to arm an angry man. —Seneca
Head Notes :Bergamot, Grapefruit, Amalfi Lemon, Mandarin Orange Heart Notes :Geranium, Ylang-Ylang, Rose, Carrot Seedes, Nutmeg, Clove Base Notes :Vetyver, Musk, Virginian Cedar
Have I told you about the scent of jasmine? Have I spoken about the smell of the sea? The earth is scented. And I perfume myself to enhance what I am. That's why I can not wear a perfume that bothers me. Perfuming is an instinctive wisdom. And like all art, it requires some knowledge of yourself..."
Clarice Lispector ( 1920-1977) - Perfumes da Terra / Earth Perfumes
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I hardly ever wear this. Man, it sure is a brutal scent. This is even more tough than Yatagtan. This morning I feel like I'm walking around with my chest puffed out and my arms held out to the side - looking to get into a fight.