Iso E Super.
As a huge fan of this line, I've been trying to dissect each scent and really get go know each one. The more I understand each on their own merits, the more I find a common denominator among them. There is a "house accord', similar in the way Creed weaves ambergris throughout their line, that I find in the CC fragrances (at least in their mens line).
The note, to me, is possibly floral, oily (in a good way), textural, and opulent. I have found it in the base of "C"', the middle of "X", and throughout No. 1. After reading their individual note breakdowns, I still can't identify this wonderful accord.
Any input? Thanks!
Iso E Super.
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Yeesh sorry I asked
I was being serious...Geza Shoen (sp?) does their scents (although I'm not sure of the newest), and that's his signature ingredient. He also did many of the Ormonde Jayne line (Iso heavy), Wode (Iso entirely...and a cheaper alternative to the CC scents btw), and of course, Escentric Molecules.
I always got something somewhat like Italian seasoning/oregano out of the scents. Very "herbalish" and green.
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Civet, maybe frankincense?
sometimes they remind me of amouage creations, just no-where as impressive. Even though ironically, I think the best Amouage fragrances were created by Guy Robert when he still worked for them.
I think each of the men's scents from Clive Christian have their own merits. Between C, X, No. 1 and 1872, the base notes all carry a common thread of cedar wood. You could say the same thing about a number of fragrances from any house. When you start examining other notes in each of these four fragrances, they do break away from each other and become either leather and tobacco, spice and wood, oriental floral ambery and spicy citrus. To me, there is quite a bit of individuality in the four scents. I am partial to "C". I enjoy the leather and tobacco notes very much. I was disappointed by "X" and thought the cardamon, ginger and cinnamon was a spicy overload and found I couldn't wear this for very long. "No. 1" is a quiet oriental ambery scent and takes some warming up to. I'm still trying to understand this one and will test it again. "1872" was a bit of a disappointment for me. it was noted as a spicy citrus scent. The heart note of freesia and cyclamen are really pleasant but seem to carry on in this fragrance almost choking any hope of citrus notes.
Sorry, I didn't mean to go on and on.
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Thanks for the responses! I would love to smell orris butter - I think you're on to something there! Flaconneur, thank you! Great insight!
Perhaps I'll give up identifying this accord ... as long as they smell good right?
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Personal favorite is X for men and X for women. ( I'm sorry to say the first thing that came to mind when thinking about Clive Christian's house accord was - money. ) I'm still lemming X for women !
I've come to familiarize myself with Clive Christian and while they aren't innovative, they are very well crafted. I've come to realize that all of the CC's dry down to a very expensive smelling sandalwood (mysore?). I think the No. 1 series are extremely focused on sandalwood, while the X series are chypres and focus on moss; the 1872 focus on citrus and fresh accords. I'm really perplexed by the C series; C for Men is basically Tuscan Leather and C for Women is an indolic floral. No correlation whatsoever. Although both of them smell buttery. So I guess a number of ingredients contribute to the CC's; probably sandalwood and orris butter.
Mimi: X for Women is basically Gucci Rush. Yes it smells more expensive and better made, but who am I kidding...it's Gucci Rush. I wish I knew that before purchasing it! DOPE!!! On a side note, 1872 for Men goes from a spicy, aromatic fougere and then dries down to...X for Women! WEIRD!
Mimi: X for Women is basically Gucci Rush. Yes it smells more expensive and better made, but who am I kidding...it's Gucci Rush. I wish I knew that before purchasing it! DOPE!!! On a side note, 1872 for Men goes from a spicy, aromatic fougere and then dries down to...X for Women! WEIRD![/QUOTE]
Scent - I'll go hunt down some Gucci Rush for now! I'll take your word for it re. It being twins with X!
Like Mimi, my first thought was their house note is smell of credit card plastic.
I too like X for men, but can't bring myself to pop for it. X is the reason I found Basenotes...looking for similar scents that didn't cost a kidney.