Code of Conduct
Page 10 of 16 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 LastLast
Results 271 to 300 of 453
  1. #271
    Power Where You Need It
    alfarom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    10,513

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Drseid, that's exactly what happened to me with Leva. It's strindent citrus/vanilla combo was just auwful on me.


    Discover my Guest Reviewer Of The Day here

  2. #272
    Sound Scents
    drseid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Northern VA/DC Area
    Posts
    7,701

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    ... and here is *my* take on Leva (mini-review follows):

    Leva is definitely a departure from what one expects from the house of O'driu based on most of their other offerings. It opens on skin with just the faintest hint of grapefruit and olive, before quickly featuring a beautiful lemongrass note at the scent's heart, sweetened by a natural vanilla that is not of the powdery variety. The lemongrass and vanilla tandem remain into the base notes, only sweetening a tad more via a minor infusion of tonka bean and maybe even a hint of sandalwood. Apart from the very short-lived top notes, Leva is quite linear to my nose. Projection and longevity were both below average.

    I was definitely surprised at the subtlety of Leva. All of the other O'driu scents I have smelled have not been subtle offerings, featuring spice and rose combinations that can be quite potent indeed. Here, Pregoni lets the Lemongrass and vanilla stay as almost a skin scent, all notes well-blended and quite subdued throughout. Leva is classy, very accessible and extremely pleasant smelling (I should mention I am a big lemongrass fan). I do feel that Leva may be a bit *too* subtle and linear in this case, as at the price point O'driu scents go for, the purchaser almost expects something extraordinary, and while a very good scent, I don't think I would put Leva in that category. Recommended to try for certain, but at its relatively high price point I can't recommend a purchase. 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

  3. #273
    Power Where You Need It
    alfarom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    10,513

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Good Morning all...Today I'm wearing O'Driù Laurhum



    My report will follow sooooooon


    Discover my Guest Reviewer Of The Day here

  4. #274
    Foustie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    2,615
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    ... and here is *my* take on Leva (mini-review follows):

    Leva is definitely a departure from what one expects from the house of O'driu based on most of their other offerings. It opens on skin with just the faintest hint of grapefruit and olive, before quickly featuring a beautiful lemongrass note at the scent's heart, sweetened by a natural vanilla that is not of the powdery variety. The lemongrass and vanilla tandem remain into the base notes, only sweetening a tad more via a minor infusion of tonka bean and maybe even a hint of sandalwood. Apart from the very short-lived top notes, Leva is quite linear to my nose. Projection and longevity were both below average.

    I was definitely surprised at the subtlety of Leva. All of the other O'driu scents I have smelled have not been subtle offerings, featuring spice and rose combinations that can be quite potent indeed. Here, Pregoni lets the Lemongrass and vanilla stay as almost a skin scent, all notes well-blended and quite subdued throughout. Leva is classy, very accessible and extremely pleasant smelling (I should mention I am a big lemongrass fan). I do feel that Leva may be a bit *too* subtle and linear in this case, as at the price point O'driu scents go for, the purchaser almost expects something extraordinary, and while a very good scent, I don't think I would put Leva in that category. Recommended to try for certain, but at its relatively high price point I can't recommend a purchase. 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5.
    Oh this is really great! Can I tell you that your experience of Leva could not have been more different from mine. I found it to have distinct stages of development, a bright optimistic opening, then a few minutes in it became a difficult, dissonant thing, really challenging to me, then relief came in the drydown. You can see from the thread that others felt the same. What is it about these fragrances, that they should inspire such different reactions? I don't think that it is just do with personal preference, you know what I mean, I like one fragrance and you like another. It seems more than that. It seems to me that people experience these fragrances differently, react to them on an instinctive level. Or maybe it is just because they are SO unconventional?
    Last edited by Foustie; 16th May 2012 at 01:17 PM.

  5. #275
    Foustie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    2,615
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Good Morning all...Today I'm wearing O'Driù Laurhum

    My report will follow sooooooon
    Cooooooool

  6. #276
    Sound Scents
    drseid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Northern VA/DC Area
    Posts
    7,701

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Good Morning all...Today I'm wearing O'Driù Laurhum



    My report will follow sooooooon
    Definitely will look forward to it. I saw that one on the site and it looked quite appealing, notes-wise at least (well the bottle too, of course).
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

  7. #277
    Sound Scents
    drseid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Northern VA/DC Area
    Posts
    7,701

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by Foustie View Post
    Oh this is really great! Can I tell you that your experience of Leva could not have been more different from mine. I found it to have distinct stages of development, a bright optimistic opening, then a few minutes in it seemed to became a difficult, dissonant thing, really challenging to me, then relief came in the drydown. You can see from the thread that others felt the same. What is it about these fragrances, that they should inspire such different reactions? I don't think that it is just do with personal preference, you know what I mean, I like one fragrance and you like another. It seems more than that. It seems to me that people experience these fragrances differently, react to them on an instinctive level. Or maybe it is just because they are SO unconventional?
    Interesting observations, Foustie. That could very well be. With respect to Leva, it also could be I am anosmic to the challenging note (or notes) in it. To me it was primarily a lemongrass/vanilla combo scent all the way. Of course, if I would have disliked those notes, maybe my being anosmic to them is not such a bad thing. ;-)
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

  8. #278
    Foustie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    2,615
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    You know I think you may be right. We are all "tuning in" (and out) of various notes and facets. I think that Alfarom has said something similar too. For example, for me, the discordant phase in Leva, after the dominant lemongrass, seemed to be about jasmine although no one else has mentioned jasmine at all! I may have been senstive to that because I find jasmine a difficult mistress at the best of times.

    It is nice to see that you acknowledge that rose is a significant player in some of these fragrances, specifically the Laltroves. I think so too. The Laltroves are the floral pair of the numbered series. And oh, I know that i keep banging on about this but I really do find a rose/rose geranium/ mint accord in Laltrove 1002 which is beautiful, and is very reminiscent of Geranium Pour Monsieur but denser and richer. Would someone care to agree, or disagree? I really don't mind which!

  9. #279
    Power Where You Need It
    alfarom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    10,513

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by Foustie View Post
    You know I think you may be right. We are all "tuning in" (and out) of various notes and facets. I think that Alfarom has said something similar too. For example, for me, the discordant phase in Leva, after the dominant lemongrass, seemed to be about jasmine although no one else has mentioned jasmine at all! I may have been senstive to that because I find jasmine a difficult mistress at the best of times.
    You're absolutely right about the jasmine. It definitely plays a relevant role in emphasizing the overal strident vibe.

    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Definitely will look forward to it. I saw that one on the site and it looked quite appealing, notes-wise at least (well the bottle too, of course).
    After a month or so, I finally decided to break the sealing wax and open Laurhum. It took so long for several reasons:

    1) I got Laurhum as an unexpected gift from Mr.Pregoni himself. He previously wrote me saying that he was just about to send a sample of his new fragrance but when the DHL guy rang at my door holding a huge box in his hands I realized what I was really getting: A full bottle of this beauty. I felt so honoured that I developed a sort of reverence towards this fragrance. To be 100% honest, I also have to admit that, at the same time, I was afraid not to like Laurhum and, knowing myself, I wouldn't have had any problem to shout it out loud. Ok, after a whole day spent wearing Laurhum I can say that I've been silly: this fragrance it's pretty AWESOME!

    2) When I opened the parcel and saw, for the first time, the squared crystal clear box, the wax sealed bottle, the booklets and all the other paraphernalia included in the packaging I was stunned to say the least. The bottle came also with a personal dedication that was inserted inside the original box before sealing it. At this point, the feticist aspect of my personality showed up and said: "you should never open this stuff, keep it like that and ask Pregoni to send you a sample". Shameless!!!

    Fortunately, being myself an avid fragrance consumer, the luxurious aspect of my personality took over and gave me the courage to break the seal wax and enjoy Laurhum in all its aspects...including liberally spraying it (which is quite satisfying). What an experience. I will need a couple more wearings before coming up with my final review but be sure that Laurhum is a top notch. It strikes as a perfectly balanced mash up bewteen O'Driu's most challenging herbal-spicy compositions and the much easier to approach ones such as Lalfeogrigio and Lalfeorosa (minus the florals). Possibly the most easily wearable so far but don't let me say more now, I want to do Laurhum justice with my final review...
    Last edited by alfarom; 18th May 2012 at 08:05 AM.


    Discover my Guest Reviewer Of The Day here

  10. #280
    Sound Scents
    drseid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Northern VA/DC Area
    Posts
    7,701

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    I will need a couple more wearings before coming up with my final review but be sure that Laurhum is a top notch. It strikes as a perfect balanced mash up bewteen O'Driu's most challenging herbal-spicy compositions and the much easier to approach ones such as Lalfeogrigio and Lalfeorosa (minus the florals). Possibly the most easily wearable so far but don't let me say more now, I want to do Laurhum justice with my final review...
    Alfa, you are killing me. If Laurhum ends up anywhere near those two greats, I may just have to save up the scratch for a blind buy in a couple months. Just the thought is probably insanity on my part, but those two are some serious quality scents -- very good company to even have Laurhum mentioned in the same sentence with them... I look forward to your full review later-on.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

  11. #281
    Sound Scents
    drseid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Northern VA/DC Area
    Posts
    7,701

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Here is my review of Vis et Honor. Good stuff (but still I am searching for the highs I experienced with the Lalfeogrigio/Lafeorosa combo).

    Vis et Honor opens with a challenging combination of olive, camomile, green chlorophyll and an almost sharp green semi-animallic undertone that I can't quite put my finger on. It is inspired and somewhat off-putting at the same time. During this phase I found myself both intrigued and somewhat shocked all in one... Then the scent moved to the heart notes which are much less shocking, and quite frankly very impressive... I get a much stronger dose of the olive I detected at the scent's open, coupled with some spices including saffron and maybe some cardamom, finally adding some green lichen from the base notes making their way into the heart notes as well. The base notes combine the lichen with wormwood and incense, while still a hint of the olive remains, adding just a bit of sharp green saltiness to the base. The scent is very green in nature generally from start to finish, but it is also quite unique and I am sure I am not doing all the notes justice as there appears to be quite a bit of them, and the combination is extremely innovative. Projection and longevity are average.

    The opening notes were quite the shocker, not from a perspective as they were "bad," but rather there is an undertone to the opening that is almost green and animallic at the same time. This accord I don't think I have ever smelled before and it really has me guessing as to what exactly it is I am smelling... Once you get past the quizzical opening, in the heart notes I encountered a bit of the O'driu hallmark pattern, but with a much more astringent green spin to it. Just like many of the other O'driu scents, the base notes really finish off the scent with a strong showing. To sum things up, Pregoni has done even better work than Vis et Honor, but while I would say this scent is "middle of the pack" for O'driu, that is "top of the heap" for almost everyone else. I give Vis et Honor a solid recommendation and 4 out of 5 stars. Very Good!
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

  12. #282

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    To explain ODriu is like to explain Monalisa herself.
    Shes happy, no shes crying, no shes a woman, shes a man, shes beautiful, shes ugly, shes hers creator himself...
    Almost impossible, its a millions of feelings together.

    Im giving up to try to describe the fragrances and will only wear them and enjoy the extrasensorial experience.

  13. #283
    Foustie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    2,615
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    I was afraid not to like Laurhum
    Aw, come here. ((((hug)))). I empathise with every word. I really do. Now, spray with abandon and enjoy..enjoy...enjoy..yipee!!

  14. #284
    Foustie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    2,615
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by d4N13L View Post
    To explain ODriu is like to explain Monalisa herself.
    Shes happy, no shes crying, no shes a woman, shes a man, shes beautiful, shes ugly, shes hers creator himself...
    Almost impossible, its a millions of feelings together.

    Im giving up to try to describe the fragrances and will only wear them and enjoy the extrasensorial experience.
    Well said Danny! I think that anyone who doesn't connect on that level with these fragrances is really not getting them. You are so right, just wear, and enjoy the whole experience! ( PS: I still haven't decided which one to have).

  15. #285
    Sound Scents
    drseid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Northern VA/DC Area
    Posts
    7,701

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Up today are my impressions/mini-review for the great Laltrove 1001. "Great" being the operative word...

    Laltrove 1001 opens with a spicy combination of black and red pepper, with olive and maybe just a tad of saffron and other culinary herbs to support to peppercorn/capsicum and olive trio of primary top notes. The top notes still hang around into the scent's heart, but that is where the magic Pregoni has created *really* begins... It builds very slowly, but a wormwood and cypriol combo mixes with what has to be a true cedar note to form one of the best woody, almost incense-like hearts I have encountered in a scent to date. I almost liken it to the scent you smell when you enter a high-end cedar sauna, complete with its own incense sticks. When you add in the spicy herbal olive from the top notes now in the background providing just the right support for the woody incense accord, it is clear this one is quite special. In the base of Laltrove 1001, the woody accord recedes and all but disappears, but the base does not sweeten like many other scents from the house, instead remaining spicy herbal, adding some more kitchen herbs to the mix and a subtle musk that supports the herbal dry-down. Projection is average and so is longevity.

    What a stunningly great concoction here. From the top notes all the way down I knew this was a winner. The real difference though is it really is the heart notes where Laltrove 1001 shines brightest, setting itself apart from other greats in and outside the O'driu line. That woody combo in the scent's heart is just so natural smelling and meshes with the spice extremely well, producing a combination that is just too good to express with anything I could possibly write. Yes, it is *that* good. While the base notes do not impress as much as some other scents in the line (like the Lalfeorosa/Lalfeogrigio sister scents in particular), they are like the rest of the composition absolutely outstanding. Laltrove 1001 is among the best Pregoni and O'driu has to offer... and that is saying something. Sublime, and definitely worthy of its lofty price tag, IMO. Easily 4.5 stars out of 5 if not higher.

    I am waiting for Alfa's final report on Laurhum even more now, as all the O'driu scents I want to purchase (Laltrove 1001 definitely being one of them) are also their most pricy (of course). Laurhum is relatively costly too, but not as much so as being completely out of reach with some saving. Anticipation... :-)
    Last edited by drseid; 18th May 2012 at 11:54 AM.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

  16. #286

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Good Morning all...Today I'm wearing O'Driù Laurhum



    My report will follow sooooooon

    WOW !!! What absolutely gorgeous presentation ! ~ So totally perfectly "up my own street". A bottle to covet that's for sure.

    But also most importantly, what an outstandingly wonderful and most generous of gifts. You must be elated ? (I certainly would be !) Now that I've seen the bottles in their full gorgeous glory, I'm craving the perfumes all the more. ~ Bravo Mr.Pregoni on their beautiful packaging ! Perfectly magical.

    Going just by the name, and were it in English (?), I would have guessed a Laurel Leaf (Bay) and Rum based scent perhaps. (?) - O'driu's very own BayRum interpretation, yes ?? (Or perhaps even Labdanum rather ??) ... Either which way, if in fact the case, sounds very much like the sort of fragrance I'd probably fall hard for.
    ~ Is it by any chance in fact a laurel/rum frag Alfarom as I suspect ?? Or am I just totally misinterpreting a name totally incorrectly, that actually means something else entirely in Italian ??
    Last edited by Sybarite; 18th May 2012 at 08:51 AM.

  17. #287
    Power Where You Need It
    alfarom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    10,513

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by Sybarite View Post
    Going just by the name, and were it in English (?), I would have guessed a Laurel Leaf (Bay) and Rum based scent. (Or perhaps Labdanum rather ??) ... Which if in fact the case, sounds very much like the sort of fragrance I would fall hard for.
    ~ Is it by any chance a laurel/rum frag Alfarom ?? Or am I just totally misinterpreting an Italian name totally incorrectly, that actually means something else entirely ??
    The name is pretty brilliant and it's a combination of things: Laurhum ----> (L') Aurum (latin word for gold, hence the colour of the bottle). Laurhum is also Laurel + Rhum, yes. The fragrance doesn't list labdanum. Here's the official list of notes: Amyris Balsamifera, Citrus Reticolata, Vanilla Planifolia, Citrus Aurantinum, Nicotiana Tabacum, Matricaria Chamomilla, Cangara Odorata, Laurus Nobilis, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum.


    Discover my Guest Reviewer Of The Day here

  18. #288

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Cheers thanx Alfa' ! ... Wow, I'm pretty amazed I got it half right *pats-himself-on-the-back* (LOL) ...
    That list of notes sounds absolutely amazing. - In fact out of all the ones (frags) you've described so far, this one more than any other, sounds just like the one for my tastes !
    ...

    "The earth laughs in flowers" - (E.E.Cummings)

    ------------------------------------------

  19. #289

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    ...

    As for your ... : "I was afraid not to like Laurhum"

    Sorry, but no, I bet there's not one single one of us who's prepared to feel sorry for you about now - after that fab haul of yours ! (LOL) ... (I mean, I'm sitting here only just about now settling down from the ever so slight shade of verdant blush I must have unfortunately turned at your happy news.) - Sorry I just couldn't help it. (*sheepish grin* LOL)
    Last edited by Sybarite; 18th May 2012 at 10:41 AM.

  20. #290

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    alfarom you lucky guy! I'm also pretty jealous. that's a very pretty presentation.
    laurhum apparently is a haute bay rum. which makes sense, considering the style of odriu.

    drseid I also really like 1001. I'd rate it higher than lalfeorosa but lower than lalfeogrigio.

  21. #291
    Sound Scents
    drseid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Northern VA/DC Area
    Posts
    7,701

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by sarıpatates View Post
    alfarom you lucky guy! I'm also pretty jealous. that's a very pretty presentation.
    laurhum apparently is a haute bay rum. which makes sense, considering the style of odriu.

    drseid I also really like 1001. I'd rate it higher than lalfeorosa but lower than lalfeogrigio.
    +1 on your surprise gift Alfa, and congrats on the score. And yes, I join all the other folks here completely envious of you. :-)

    As to Laltrove 1001 versus Lalfeorosa and Lalfeogrigio, Saripatates... It is so hard to choose because all three of those are so good it is almost like a "flip 'em" type of call... That said, if I *had* to choose, it would probably the reverse of your order... Lalfeorosa then a statistical tie between 1001 and Lalfeogrigio... If I could afford any of those three I would be a very happy man though. They are all extremely great releases and high praise worthy, IMO. In this case, I think my love of rose is what makes me switch the order up in Lalfeorosa's favor... more personal preference than one is better than the others really. I can easily see your order as well.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

  22. #292
    Power Where You Need It
    alfarom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    10,513

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by sarıpatates View Post
    alfarom you lucky ...
    From the incipit, I thought you was just about to say "You lucky....bastard" LOL

    You guys make me want to wear Laltrove 1001....


    Discover my Guest Reviewer Of The Day here

  23. #293

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Just giving Laltrove 1002 a test run.
    Herbal, some floral, a touch sweet, less wood, less smoke, neroli makes itself known, not much in the way of citrus. Herbal prominence aside it's very balanced and complex. There's also a certain "soapiness" which I think is largely due to the combination of some geranium/mint with lavender and anise. I can understand the references to GPM although the two fragrances aren't really alike.
    Overall it puts me in mind of vintage 80's or earlier masculines but employing only top quality ingredients.
    I'm finding the anise a little bit too dominant but I think that's mainly because I'm overly sensitive to the note. I doubt others would have this issue.
    Complex, nuanced and dynamic - the notes stand alone and are independent and identifiable, yet they blend to make accords that dance, switch and blend frequently.
    Personally I'm not sure if the overall smell is to my taste but there's no denying it's a wonderful, skillfully made fragrance.

  24. #294
    Sound Scents
    drseid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Northern VA/DC Area
    Posts
    7,701

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Here are my thoughts on Londa 1005... Tough opening but a strong finish...

    Londa 1005 opens with an innovative, but somewhat off-putting combination of pungent cumin, salty fish and pine, mixed with an even larger dose of culinary herbs than is the house's usual signature. There very well may not be any fish in there, but the accord the open produces surely smells like fish that is a bit past its "sell by date" or of the frozen variety (most likely this accord is actually a mixture of the saltiness with the cumin and the pine). The opening is tough to get past on this one, to be honest (especially if you are not a fan of the smell of frozen fish). However, once you *do* get past the extremely loud fishy/spicy opening, the saltiness and the fishy smells both calm down nicely, as does the cumin that came off as too strong at the open, and now in the background it all mixes with the remaining herbs, tempered further by a lemongrass undertone also spiked with just the faintest hint of both ginger root and musk. This phase of the scent is quite nice indeed and should appeal to spice lovers everywhere. You really notice the fishy smell much less, and the spices, while toned down are at the fore. The base features the musk in a more prominent role, coupled with a somewhat smokey vetiver, a woody accord that I can't quite place, the remaining spice and I think I smell even a small amount of castoreum in there too. Londa 1005 really stays spicy through the end, with a somewhat animallic woody aspect that first peeped into the heart notes but finishes in the base a bit stronger, but never overtaking the spicy focus. Projection and longevity are both average.

    Londa 1005 is most likely going to be a polarizing scent. The opening is so pungent and fishy that it may lose some folks right off the bat. I encourage anyone put off by the opening notes to stick with it though (spicy scent lovers in particular), as there really is a nice payoff in the heart and base notes where the more challenging aspects of the scent recede and end up providing crucial support to the other notes. On the whole, once I got past the opening I enjoyed Londa 1005. I certainly prefer a few of the other scents in the line more-so than this one, but it is a very solid composition that most would have to admit is quite unique. It certainly is not going to be for everyone, but count me as one of its supporters. 3.5 stars out of 5.

    Only one sample left... Londa 1006. Mini-review to follow soon.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

  25. #295
    Power Where You Need It
    alfarom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    10,513

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    ...salty fish and pine...
    the fragrance comes with a quote from Coleridge's The Ancient Mariner...I guess it fits..


    Discover my Guest Reviewer Of The Day here

  26. #296

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Briefly trying LALFEOGRIGIO and loving it only to discover it's one of the $888euro frags - heartbroken

  27. #297
    Sound Scents
    drseid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Northern VA/DC Area
    Posts
    7,701

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by laph View Post
    Briefly trying LALFEOGRIGIO and loving it only to discover it's one of the $888euro frags - heartbroken
    Yeah, I definitely know the feeling...

    As to my own sampling, my last sample from the line finishes on a strong note. My mini-review of Londa 1006 and my final thoughts on my experience with the whole line follow:

    Londa 1006 opens with a bit of the salty and spicy aspects that Londa 1005 exhibited. The difference here is the most difficult aspects of 1005's opening are considerably muted. Yes, you still have a bit of that fishy smell, but it is well in the background from the get-go, and the challenging cumin is *way* more subtle to the point of blending perfectly with the other spice and not exhibiting the pungency experienced with 1005. The culinary spices the house frequently features like basil, saffron and sage are certainly here and take center stage, but joining them shortly after the initial open is a sublime mandarin orange note that permeates the scent's heart remaining well into the base notes, creating an herbal spiced orange tea-like accord with the mandarin holding the spice just enough in check to make it much easier to wear. The base, while not very sweet at all, does move just a hair in that direction while the spices tone down but remain through the end. Longevity and projection both are above average.

    Londa 1006 is a beautiful scent that many who found the cumin and salted fish smells too aggressive in 1005 are going to enjoy. I confess that while I personally enjoyed 1005, I think 1006 is a much more balanced composition. The mandarin orange absolutely makes the scent work, functioning similar to the amazing rose used in Pregoni's masterpiece Lalfeorosa by not really calling attention to itself while softening the spice rather nicely. This is a super-skilled effort by Pregoni, but also one that is definitely easier to wear than 1005. It also is one I can easily recommend to anyone without hesitation if you have the financial means. Getting a sniff of Londa 1006 should be mandatory for spicy scent lovers. A favorite of mine from O'driu, Londa 1006 earns an excellent 4 to 4.5 stars out of 5.

    End review.

    Final Thoughts:

    I am somewhat sad that I have now burned through the last of my O'driu samples. It is rare that a house has affected me as much as O'driu. While just like every other fine house, not every release is going to appeal to all, myself included... That said, I think it is quite evident that Angelo Pregoni is a rapidly rising star in the scent world that I will endeavor to watch with great anticipation. In a world of exponentially escalating niche scent prices and trumped up house marketing, it is all too easy to dismiss the lofty price tags and off-beat notes listings of O'driu as just another sign of yet *another* pretentious niche house... I can now say with complete seriousness and certainty that they are anything but, and are truly the down-to-earth real deal. The O'driu scents are surely quite expensive in relative terms, but now that I have experienced them there is no going back. Obviously Pregoni and O'driu are putting the money gained from those prices to good use with sourcing top-notch hard-to-find natural materials, and even more importantly utilizing them with amazing skill and balance. Good stuff indeed!
    Last edited by drseid; 21st May 2012 at 05:16 PM. Reason: corrected spelling errors
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

  28. #298
    Power Where You Need It
    alfarom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    10,513

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Hello everyone, here's my final review for Laurhum...

    UNGROOMED ELEGANCE

    Let's start from the name. A pretty brilliant combination of things: Laurhum ----> (L') Aurum (latin word for gold, hence the colour of the bottle). Laurhum is also Laurel + Rhum, which are two of the main elements of this composition. Here's the official list of notes: Amyris Balsamifera, Citrus Reticolata, Vanilla Planifolia, Citrus Aurantinum, Nicotiana Tabacum, Matricaria Chamomilla, Cangara Odorata, Laurus Nobilis, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum.

    Now for the juice. The fragrance strikes as slightly simpler if compared to other deliveries from the house but don't expect anything minimalistic, transparent or light hearted. Laurhum is a bold, viscous/oily potion of extreme beauty and, just like most of the other deliveries by Mr.Pregoni, it needs some wearings to get warm to it. The opening is kinda brutal (as usual) with a blast of laurel juxtaposed to a green citrusy presence and god knows what else. A true to life cigar note breaks in right away and together with amyris add a salty, kinda urinous vibe. Intensely aromatic and sort of pungent in its literal reproduction of a cuban cigar factory and aged rum. Rough, extremely natural and...challenging.

    Vanilla, the real star here, joins the party and provides, together with cinnamon, some sweetness. The fagrance takes form and morphes into an incredibly elegant and wearable masculine concoction of woody tobacco and top quality vanilla enriched by spices and laurel serving as perfect refinements. An overall boozy vibe preserves Laurhum from becoming overly sweet or affected while a moldy presence provides the typical O'Driù challenging twist.

    Laurhum is a bespoke fragrance made for Campomarzio70 and released in very limted batches of 33 pieces each. For those who don't know, Campomarzio70 is possibly the best niche shop in Italy. In their three stores located in Rome they carry almost anything available on the niche market including all the main brands plus a huge selection of avant-garde offerings by extremely exclusive high-end houses and uber-niche firms. A mandatory stop for anyone visiting the city.

    A (minor) word of caution: the juice is colored an intense dark yellow/green and stains paper and fabric almost as olive oil would.

    Downline: This is Tobacco Vanille for people who actually like fragrances. Once again, O'Driù is not entertainment, it's a lesson.


    Discover my Guest Reviewer Of The Day here

  29. #299

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Oh wow, this one (Laurhum) is without a doubt THE one that has peaked my interest most, from all your above reviews. It sounds positively wonderful. It being even more limited than the others I wonder what the possibility of getting samples of this one will be like (??) Doesn't sound quite as promising .... .

    I probably wouldn't be able to afford one right now anywayz So maybe it's probably best I don't even tease meself with a sample anyway, even if I could get me shnozz on one. ~ (But it definitely sounds like "my "O'Driù" !)

  30. #300
    Sound Scents
    drseid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Northern VA/DC Area
    Posts
    7,701

    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Hello everyone, here's my final review for Laurhum...

    UNGROOMED ELEGANCE

    Downline: This is Tobacco Vanille for people who actually like fragrances. Once again, O'Driù is not entertainment, it's a lesson.
    Sounds absolutely wonderful. I am a huge fan of cuban cigars, and like TV, but find it rather simplistic. This could be the answer. I also like rum and cinnamon,... and vanilla is fine as long as it is not powdery (and the spices will make it more appealing). The only aspect that worries me (if only a tad) is the saltiness. The salted fish notes in Londa 1005 were tough to get past. If the fish is missing here, than it should be no problem. :-)

    In any case, thanks for the review Alfa... I am really looking forward to trying this one out soon.
    Last edited by drseid; 1st June 2012 at 12:13 PM.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

Similar Threads

  1. The fragrances that brings you back only sad memories
    By gifenrich in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 36
    Last Post: 4th November 2011, 10:00 AM
  2. Name a fragrance that whenever you smell, brings back good, or bad memories
    By AlexanderMorgan in forum General Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 4th January 2011, 03:38 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  



Loving perfume on the Internet since 2000