What else do you find to be lame?
I think he meant even naming them "cologne d'blabla" would be lame.
I'm wearing something that starts with L and ends with 1006 (I tried to keep it in mind!). It is also a curry.
This is good stuff for a guy like me but seeing even the very tame piper nigrum and spezie can be regarded as yucky by many, I doubt they will find many people liking these. It makes sense then, that they make very limited batches.
I have half a mind to combine all the samples, dilute them to 30% and call it lodriu 1009, but I'll wait until at least I sample all of them.
Meanwhile, I think the names, such as they are, are rather clever and very modern -- removing the apostrophe from the Italian obscures the meaning a little for foreigners etc.
Just checking in to say that the one I tried was l'onda 1006 and after 45 minutes or so ( and an addition of a little ethanol ) it has unfurled a lot of great stuff. these are massive fragrances, and they are likely to bust your nose quite easily.
this dark green monster is fairly evocative, and I keep sniffing my arm. not only because it smells curious, and that I'm testing it, but when I'm not sniffing it up close it resembles a borneo oud. honestly. meditative, masculine and very medicinal. it is a witches brew and I'm undecided if I should call it madness. again, great textures, but unlike alfarom my nose isn't good enough to resolve it. where he finds clarity I find moiré.
for the next one, I'll write the name down, try full concentration on one arm and diluted on the other. I'll also keep notes. promise
BTW, I would like to add something. As far as I know, this line it's a sort of work in progress. What I mean is that most of these fragrances were committed by customers asking for a personalized composition and released in very limited batches. A few bottles are available to be purchased but, once they're gone, they're probably gone forever...
The brand is now building a continuative line, called Haiku, with which they will release easier to approach fragrances (sorry the lack of better words) inspired by the most significant compositions we're currently smelling. From what I got talking to Pregoni, the new line will be built by re-orchestrating some of these fragrances with less ingredients/elements and market them with a more accessible price-tag.
On a parallel level, he will keep on producing extremely limited, uncompromising compositions that are not necessarely aimed for the market.
and... I think that these three also correspond to marine, green, and floral. I am really interested in your views about why the even numbers in these series would be considered to be female and the odd numbers male? Lets see....
PS: I don't find the numbers difficult, nor the distinction between them, but I could be wrong.....
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They consider 1006 feminine? Incredible
Ok, here's my "fantascientific" guess. Everything beginned with Ladamo and Leva (the Genesis). According to the Bible, Adam was created first (1, Odd number) and Eve was created just right after using a part of Adam's body (2, even number)...How it sounds? LOLand... I think that these three also correspond to marine, green, and floral. I am really interested in your views about why the even numbers in these series would be considered to be female and the odd numbers male? Lets see....
Neither do I but maybe because they're italian names, therefore, much easier for me.PS: I don't find the numbers difficult, nor the distinction between them, but I could be wrong.....
Last edited by alfarom; 25th March 2012 at 11:58 AM.
Seriously though, your theory sounds great. Ladamo and Leva are the Genesis Series.
I said something about the male and female versions in my little reviews of the Linfideles. I will add it in to post #64.
Really, I want to hear what the guys think about this.
From the ones I've smelled, l'eva comes closest to what I conditionally would describe as feminine.
Today I'm wearing Vis Et Honor, because it has the easiest name to remember
By my notes this is what I smell:
undiluted left arm: moss, mold, aromatic indian amber, camphor, more aromatics
diluted right arm: floral, mint, thyme, lemon
undiluted is better in this one, but I think diluting them a bit more makes them generally better. like a splash of water in a dram of whisky. it is also less tenacious than the others I've tried, but the opening punch to the nose is still there. I'm into the drydown and there is a smell of mushroom and compost. Again a dark green and brown fragrance. Curiously the first hour seems to be the best part of this one. Such bleak greenery. While I usually consider green fragrances as invigorating and uplifting, these are gnarly, gothic fragrances.
I also got sage in it. I haven't smelled roman chamomile oil I'm afraid, so I don't know.
it is a big mixture though, and all these terpenic, antiseptic aromatics start smelling alike after a point. it's anyone's guess.
oh. it turns out I know that one as well. I haven't smelled the oil of that one either, but I know the actual plant well.
the fragrance is very faint now so I'll look for it the next time I wear it.
Thanks for that MB and Sari! I had Clary sage oil a while ago and I will bear that in mind on my next try. I am not an amateur perfumer (probably obvious!!) but I got slightly into aromatherapy oils a while ago. I still perceive the heart and the deep drydown in particular, as Chamomile, and that interests me because I think that it is part of the story. I think that this all just proves Alfaroms point about the possibilities for each person to experience these fragrances differently.
He does use castoreum in more than one of the fragrances. Saripatates mentions smelling horses. But there is definately also that blood and guts and metal accord. Well, that is how it smells to me anyway.
there is an animalic part to vis et honor, especially at the beginning. but there is also a huge amount of cardamom oil in it that smells fishy to me in high concentration.
I'm wearing linfedele 1004 today, also a bit of vis et honor on my other arm.
1004 smells easier to like to me, and easier to deconstruct. I find more definition in this one, but it's also like a black metal band's logo like the others. it's a patchouli & incense fragrance above all to me, with a mulled fruit aspect. the curry and animalic aspects are everpresent. I like the bletted fruit facet.
so far I liked l...grigio the most, I think. I'll have to test and compare them all on paper after I'm finished with blind skin-testing. also, I'm taking a break tomorrow. I'm gonna wear some actual fragrance :P
Last edited by sarıpatates; 26th March 2012 at 02:15 PM.
Here's an interview with Angelo Orazio Pregoni (skip to the bottom of the page for the english version)
A little tease on the forthcoming new release from O'Drił...
The fragrance is called Laurhum (a linguistic mash-up bewteen Laurel and Rhum) and will be released in a limited edition of 33 bottles...Notes include: Green mandarine, Papyrus, Libellule Liberty (??), Petitgrain, Vanille, Laurel, Cinnamon, Tobacco, Rhum, Ylang-Ylang, Mold...
My initial thoughts on Ladamo and Leva
These are very initial which need updating already -
Theonger Ladamo was on more the more the curried immortelle came out which was less appealig
Whereas I began to warm more to Leva and consider it a top class vanilla which I will wear more and more
I tested Ladamo and Leva for some time and im convinced that i LOVED Leva and HATED Ladamo.
Leva is heavy on lemongrass, wich i like a lot (one of my favorite teas, also we have it in my parents house, so im very familiar with the smell).
Has some swetness and other notes, wich i dont remember now, but i loved the evolution.
Ladamo in the other hand, HELL, its a CurryBomb. Blergh its turning my stomach. Smell like pure curry or Yakisoba. For sure i dont want to smell like this.
Quite unique and high end, but NO NO NO its not for me.
Will test the numbered ones and the others in the next weeks.
Alfarom, you will host a split of these bottles (1L) for us?
daniel you will hate the others as well
my blindsniff just ended and I plan to test two more before I leave towards hedonist
The others share that indian salty condiment feel with Ladamo?
I tested one on skin for a very short time just for curiosity when i received the samples and it was very musky, but i dont remotely remember wich was.
I haven't tried the Londa fragrances yet, I may crack on to them tonight.
I tried Lalfeogrigio the other night, I wasn't convinced
I find the house signature far too obtrussive in these fragrances, they begin to lost their identity...
should have guessed :P
I gave it a quick try, I actually quite like the lemongrass/ginger going on in it. But to be honest, after working my way through the line the last week or so... they are just... too similar, I have nothing more to say about them
They are all "O'Driu with a hint of..." patchouli or rose or jasmine. I'm sure this makes my nose sound immature, but I think there's no doubt that they all lack strong identities with the exception of a mere one or two. I'm tired of the signature, it was interesting at first, and then it becomes frustrating.
When reviewing them, I've found myself going "Opens with a near identical bitter herbal concoction... let me wait five minutes for it's personality to come through", which is tedious.
I've tried to like this brand, but I don't
*still waiting for mine to arrive*
I did not get Ladamo--was looking forward to that one
I said ages ago that I wouldn't say which I preferred because with this range that would be meaningless but given how we are going I will say a little bit..
Linfidele 1003 is a clean expansive green which wears beautifully. Its sister (in my view brother) Linfidele 1004 has the same notes but with the addition of toasted notes and cumin. It depends on your personal preferences which one of the two you would find most appealing. I dont like skanky, dirty or sweaty fragrances so my preferred one is the 1003. I really like it. Other people may prefer the more animalic version.
Again with the two Laltroves, (which don't seem to have been mentioned yet), they are aromatic and more floral than the others, they are variations of each other. For anyone who is thinking that these O'Driu fragrances must be completely weird and unwearable, can I say that, for me, the Laltroves have an accord reminiscent of Geranium Pour Monsieur, one of them in particular, 1002 I think. I am sorry I cant check just now. They are lovely.
OK lets admit, some are more like Olfactory Art Installations but not all, no no, not at all.
I have had my samples for a while now and I am still not all the way through them.
Best to all,
I'm sampling 1001 now, and about half an hour into it I find a great walnut husk smell in the fragrance. It is one of the smells I've been looking for fragrances. Coupled with sharp and bitter citrus and astringent notes this would be wonderful. I wonder what makes up this accord.
Lovely fragrance btw. Wife loves it too.
Yes Sari, the Latrove 1001..
Trying LEVA on paper today and while I'm still trying to figure out what's going on, my initial impressions is the biggest NO to O'Drił so far...This stuff smell just like cough syrup. I will come with a more precise idea as far as I'll find the courage to apply LEVA on my skin but, as much as I supported this line, LEVA is just awful to me. The combination between white florals and SWEET vanilla juxtaposed to a strindent citrusy element, it's just plein gross. Sorry!
Please, don't let this disencourage you. White flowers are very hit or miss for me...
Hi everybody! There are a lot of great comments here. I received a nice assortment of samples recently. I think Foustie is the only one to review Linfedele 1003 -- and this is the one which interests me the most. I'll try it and post some comments soon.
"The force that through the green fuse drives the flower // drives my green age..." Dylan Thomas
now things get interesting
With the exception of leva and lalfeorosa I think you'll like the general direction. But I wonder if they will hit the mark for you, mr. ody, sir.
Glad to have you here Ody. I'm very curious to hear your thoughts...
On a side note I recently came across a couple of fragrances you might be interested into...If you'll have the chance, try to give a test to the Testa Maura's range...my thoughts here.
Hello Ody. It is so nice to see you here!
Hello Foustie and everyone! It is thanks to Foustie that I heard about this line.
Today I tried Linfedele 1003. It is an intriguing and complex scent.
The juice is a deep golden colour.
Sniffing the juice in the vial, I immediately got a powerful leather-laurel (bay leaf) combination.
I tried Foustie's advice and put a bit on paper. That brought galbanum (a bitter celery-leaf note) to prominence.
On my skin, the galbanum is extremely fleeting. The scent quickly goes to leather and laurel, with a brief sulphur note which reminds me of the tops of chopped green onions. At this point, the scent is a dark green sort, quite leathery, and dry. It is cool (perhaps a bit minty) but not cold -- the leather gives it considerable warmth.
The leather recedes and combines with a dusky, round scent which is also a bit soapy. This phase is quite complex and I struggle to identify it. I feel that is benzion from the styrax with myrtle and myrrh. AT times this phase seems to suggest warm rubber!
Then, some marvelous smoky incense appears. This is a new and very pleasant phase, sadly a brief one.
Next, a coumarin (hay) and tobacco note appears. It is more sweet and grassy, with a kind of reed-stalk-wood pith aspect. The interior of a newly-snapped twig comes to mind.
The scent seems quite masculine to me: it is not sweet, floral or pretty. It is powerful, weighty, leathery-green. I guess in style it is a chypre.
I like it but I am not in LOVE with it. It is an amazing scent. Perhaps it is a bit too weighty/dense for me, and a bit too sweet in the dry-down. Still, any green fan should try it.
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"The force that through the green fuse drives the flower // drives my green age..." Dylan Thomas
I'm feeling a bit left out here...
I sent them an e-mail (to firstname.lastname@example.org), nearly two months ago, requesting samples and never heard a thing. I then sent them another e-mail, about three weeks ago, asking for an update (and even offered to pay any costs). Still nothing!
So, what gives, guys?
Zut Alors!! Sorpresa!! Thank You so much Odysseusm. How fantastic to have you here! Why did I not notice the leathery aspect of Linfidele 1003? I do now!! Not at all dominant for me though. Yes it is very complex, and from your description it is definately colder on me than it is on you. Brrrr. I really like it! It is my favourite. May I make a request Ody? Would you mind contrasting one (or all) of the pairs? I am really interested. So would you tell us how you find Linfidele 1004 in comparison to 1003, and give us your ideas on what that is about? Bear in mind that O'Driu define the even numbers as masculine and the odds as fem. We don't all agree with that though, do we boys?
Alfarom, is that Leva screeeeeching at you? How dare she!! Go on, slap it on yourself and tell us what happens on skin. Screeeech/hug. Not an earth mother, a harpy!
Monkeybars, my apologies. I didn't think that anyone had said anything about the Laltroves but I have noticed that you did! Thank You.