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    Quote Originally Posted by odysseusm View Post
    Today I'm trying Laltrove 1001... Again, very nice but also very similar to Londa 1006. I can't see having both.
    I believe you mean Laltrove 1002...

    Laltrove 1001 is more of an earthy forest green scent, whereas Laltrove 1002 and Londa 1006 both start out smelling more like a herb garden.

    I'm not going to say much at this point but the last few days have been some journey with this line. No perfume house has made me feel so... ravenous, with regards to the desire to sample, deconstruct and understand.

    Three days ago, I would have doing cartwheels on the board but, now that the honeymoon period is over, I have to say that this house disappoints just as much as it intrigues and inspires. When I first tried these, I had the desire to purchase around 4-6 of these. But now, I'm having trouble springing for just one!

    More details when I get the time but I'm definitely impressed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    I believe you mean Laltrove 1002...

    Laltrove 1001 is more of an earthy forest green scent, whereas Laltrove 1002 and Londa 1006 both start out smelling more like a herb garden.

    I'm not going to say much at this point but the last few days have been some journey with this line. No perfume house has made me feel so... ravenous, with regards to the desire to sample, deconstruct and understand.

    Three days ago, I would have doing cartwheels on the board but, now that the honeymoon period is over, I have to say that this house disappoints just as much as it intrigues and inspires. When I first tried these, I had the desire to purchase around 4-6 of these. But now, I'm having trouble springing for just one!

    More details when I get the time but I'm definitely impressed...
    Trebor, this is exactly what I find to be exciting about this brand. Personal preferencies aside, this is an incredibly interesting line, thought provoking, inspiring, anythng but dull and, in the end, even if extremely pricey, it doesn't show the greedy approach of most of the high-end brands around.

    I had the chance to know Pregoni and what I can say is that he striked me as an incredibly genuine person.
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    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Quote Originally Posted by odysseusm View Post
    Today I tried Vis et Honor.
    These reviews are wonderful, fascinating, fun! I absolutely LOVE Alfaroms review of Vis et Honor too. Isn't it great that a fragrance can create such reactions.

    Again, to me, Vis et Honor is an alchemical story. Vis et Honor, or a version of such, was the motto of the Roman Legions. I totally agree with Alfarom about the opening. The opening is so shocking, so visceral that it hits you in the hindbrain and releases some adrenalin!! It is suggestive of fear. And Ody, the Laurel, so revered by the Romans that it was used in wreaths and crowns of honour. Of course it is in this fragrance. The opening of Vis et Honor makes me recoil but in fact to me the development and the drydown are much calmer, "steadier", simpler. On skin and much more so on paper it is eventually about Roman Chamomile, (MonkeyBars says Clary Sage). I think that it is extraordinary.

    If I had to choose one fragrance from this range, purely from a collectors point of view it would be this one, no contest.

    For one to wear and enjoy, not this one!

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    Okay, it’s too soon for me to go into detail about the compositions but I feel I’ve spent enough time with them to provide a summary of some sort.

    First of all, these fragrances are amazingly complex and really demand your attention – more so than the releases by most niche houses I’ve encountered. Each composition requires more than a day of sampling and musing over and, even then, there are still facets yet to be discovered. Intensely engaging with the potential to induce sheer madness, I’m utterly amazed at the labyrinthine and shape-shifting demeanour of O'Driù’s offerings.

    Upon initial sampling, I’ve never experienced any line of fragrances leaving me with an overwhelming insatiable desire to further explore. Angelo Orazio Pregoni isn’t only an alchemist but also a seducer of the olfactory senses, and seems to have pinpointed in the human brain exactly where to hit you with his creations. Whether or not the memories and imagery, generated by each creation, matches the perfumer’s own is immaterial as provocation itself appears to be the ultimate goal.

    So, will I be buying any? If you asked me a couple of days ago, my reply would have been something along the lines of “Hell, yes! I just need to pop out and purchase a black balaclava…” However, over time, I have come to realise that most of them are, as alfarom has already pointed out, works of art. And like most works of art, we can either enjoy them for what they represent (but wouldn’t even consider owning them) or are simply unable to afford them so admire them from afar. The fragrances from this house reflect this concept perfectly, and I truly believe that what O'Driù is doing is the true future of perfumery – releasing a limited edition fragrance in small batches, possibly evading IFRA regulations, while keeping the flame of creativity alive.

    So, returning to the question about acquiring any O'Driù fragrances, now that the dust has settled and that period of euphoric madness has subsided, the answer is ‘no’. Yes, I’m certainly impressed with them and am excited about any future releases but, like works of art, it’s better to experience their olfactory complexities and then walk away with only lingering recollections. Now that’s not to say they’re completely unwearable (I feel most of them are), nor vile or grotesque (far from it, albeit one in particular), but they’re not as ‘practical’ as I would have wanted them to be, for the reasons set out below:

    1) Lasting power: I don’t know about the rest of you but I don’t find most of them particularly long lasting – some completely disappear off my skin within 3-4 hours. Okay, so they’re natural but, given the prices, I would have preferred more tenacity. While I strongly feel that, as artistic statements, they can be priced at whatever level the perfumer desires, as a fragrance consumer, I would have appreciated more endurance (especially at the prices set). While there’s substance in the compositions themselves, the same can’t be said for most of their bases.

    However, in all fairness, I feel that each collection performs differently – the Genesi Serie (Ladamo and Leva) are the most tenacious out of all the ones I’ve tried but it’s quite ironic that they’re also the cheapest releases available. Both linger on my skin for more than 12 hours with ample sillage. As for the ones with numbers after their name, they are among the worst in the longevity department. As for the rest (e.g. Vis et honor, Laurhum, etc.), their longevity wildly varies.

    2) Spray attachments: These only come with bulb atomisers. Sorry, but after spending that much money on these olfactory works of art, the last thing you need is a bulb atomiser. That’s a real deal-breaker for me. Yes, I could decant the contents into a smaller atomiser but I would have preferred a choice (in the way that some of the Guerlain exclusives offer).

    Anyway, enough meandering – time for some quick comments about each of the nine I’ve tried so far (consider this an attempt to break things down to manageable bites). Btw, Lalfeogrigio and Lalfeorosa have yet to sampled as I originally deemed them as too expensive, only to realise that they’re available in 100ml, as opposed to 50ml like the others:

    Ladamo – I completely agree with alafrom about this being a superior version of Fareb (even though it contains no immortelle). thebeck, once you smell Ladamo, you’ll throw Fareb in the trash! I’m really tempted to purchase a bottle of this but am not sure how comfortable I’d feel about smelling like a curry house with a celery fetish…

    Leva – I get the cough syrup vibe at the beginning but I don’t find it that off-putting. It starts out like an intense and high-end version of Chypre Rouge before blossoming into a darker interpretation of loukhoum (or a herbaceous loukhoum with lashings of burnt sugar). It’s really growing on me but I already own a loukhoum scent and am not confident about trading it in for this.

    Laltrove 1001 – I absolutely love this dark and earthy forest green fragrance. I smell a lot of galbanum but this could simply be the wormwood and cypriol weaving their magic. Longevity is okay but difficult to detect after a couple of hours (it lasted much longer on one of the feathers that came with the sample). Unlike many of the others, it stays true to the opening, even during the drydown. It would have been full bottle-worthy if it was more tenacious. Such a pity…

    Laltrove 1002 – a close relative to Londa 1006. They both start out beautifully as grassy herbaceous offerings before transforming into something very different later on. Due to the similarities with Londa 1006, I was somewhat distracted and didn’t make any mental notes about either. However, I do recall preferring Londa 1006 more.

    Linfedele 1003 – I didn’t get a sample but, if anyone would like to forward me one, please PM me.

    Linfedele 1004 – this was initially a personal favourite but I’ve made a sudden u-turn on it. Yes, it definitely smells sexy but it also strongly reminds me of Opus IV. As I already own this Amouage offering, owning Linfedele 1004 seems pretty redundant. It also offers the best longevity out of the six numbered creations, remaining quite close to the skin.

    Londa 1005 – No, no, no! Awful! Yes, the opening is vile and it takes a very long time for the composition to redeem itself. All the while, glimmers of mint, lemongrass and lavender makes things a fraction more bearable. It’s the only one I dislike but can still recognise its later virtues. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow its evolution as much as the others. But the drydown is dank and mouldy, and probably second best in the longevity department after Linfedele 1004.

    Londa 1006 – like Laltrove 1002 but I think I get a mandarin note during the drydown.

    Lafro – I didn’t get a sample but, if anyone would like to forward me one, please PM me.

    Vis et Honor – another personal favourite and one of the most compelling. The juxtaposition of the bitter almond, clary sage and galbanum is amazing. At first, it left me confounded but then grew to appreciate it even more. Longevity is a little better than most but still insubstantial (although I have noticed that it performs differently every time I apply it – sometimes lasting for ages and at other times not).

    Laurhum – I would say it’s the most conventional and yet softest out of the line. After the impressive top notes, it’s very reminiscent of Santa Maria Novella’s Toscano but far lighter and ethereal. Both sillage and longevity are frustrating to say the least but, when you do manage to get whiffs of it, it’s rather divine. Another potential purchase that is now a no-no.

    As others have mentioned, many of these remind me of Xerjoff releases where they tend to be top-heavy but with insubstantial bases. However, the main difference is that the O'Driù bases are just as fascinating to smell as the top notes, with most Xerjoff bases being both bland and synthetic.

    Anyway, I need to revisit them in a couple of days but I think everyone should sample them for the experience, if nothing else. Even taking the ones I dislike into account, there are hardly any duds.

    I think I’ll wear Ladamo tomorrow as my SOTD…

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    Thanks for the very detailed notes, trebor.
    Today I'm wearing Laltrove 1002. Looking at my notes for Laltrove 1001, I get the impression that these are rather similar fragrances.
    The juice is lighter than most in this line, here a golden-olive colour.
    On paper, it has a floral, sweet-spice chord which quickly goes to a dusky green note like clary sage or celery leaves.
    On my skin, it is aromatic, much more woody, and not sweet at all. In fact, it is very dry. I find it quite satisfying. The herbal notes are attractive, clearly mint, anise and artemsia. There are hints of jasmine and rose in the early going. The cedar wood is very pleasant (not at all like pencil shavings) and there is a hint of leather mixed in with the well-blended spices. Once in a while there is an interesting "dirty" note, milder than what I've experienced in Tom Ford Italian Cypress, closer to Czech and Speaker's Cuba. It reminds me of an old ashtray.
    This is an intriguing scent, and for me the easiest to wear of the line (so far). I like it.
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    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Trebor, as usual, you completely cought the essence of the line IMO


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    I am starting to tackle the 11 Odriu samples Anna and the very generous folks at The Pleasure Factory sent me gratis (with excellent presentation, I must say).

    The first up was Linfedele 1004. Copying my just newly posted review on this site after a few wearings now...

    Linfedele opens on skin with a dark spicy blast of dill, tumeric and what appears to be cumin, showing as a mild BO undertone that actually works here (even though it is not listed in the notes) with maybe just the faintest hint of citrus in the far background. The dill definitely dominates the other notes and continues to hang around into the heart notes, where it is joined by clove and even a subtle coffee undertone that at first I did not notice, but after further wearing it became more apparent. The real base becomes sweeter and does not develop until much later... so late that at first I thought the scent was gone, and then when waking up the next morning the sweet base was definitely evident. It consists primarily of a semi-sweet vanilla (which is quite natural and not of the powdery variety), a mild incense supporting note and I believe I detect even a hint of sweet sandalwood as well (even though it also is not listed in the notes section). Projection is below average, but longevity, while somewhat mysterious (as the spicy heart notes seems to disappear after about 4 hours, only to have the sweet base notes re-appear much later) is quite good.

    Linfidele is a very unique and interesting scent. I can't think of a single scent I have smelled like it to date. That said, while it takes a couple wearings to get used to, it smells quite intriguing, and I mean this in a good way. I don't think I can afford buying a full bottle, but I have to applaud the folks at Odriu for trying something unique, but still doing a great job in putting some difficult notes (like the dill) together in a way that still works and is wearable. Linfedele is not going to appeal to everybody, but I don't think that is what Odriu was going for. It is designed for the person who demands quality and individuality in materials and scent composition, while still expecting something wearable. Definitely a sniff is recommended, especially to demanding spicy scent lovers. 4 stars out of 5.

    I guess the bottom line is I liked it. :-)
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    Alfarom, if longevity and the spray attachments weren’t issues, I probably would have been very interested in Laltrove 1001, Londa 1006 and Vis et Honor. I’m still undecided on the personal suitability of both Ladamo and Leva, though.

    What I love about this house is their generous use of green and herbaceous notes, and how they’re integrated with other accords in unusual and innovative ways.

    I have mixed feelings about this new, cheaper and more accessible line but we’ll see what they come up with (and if anyone from O'Driù is reading this, a green and/or herbaceous offering that’s as tenacious as Ladamo would be most welcomed!)

    Btw, there should also be two new additions to the Genesi Serie (currently comprising of Ladamo and Leva) very soon…
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    Alfarom, if longevity and the spray attachments weren’t issues, I probably would have been very interested in Laltrove 1001, Londa 1006 and Vis et Honor. I’m still undecided on the personal suitability of both Ladamo and Leva, though.
    Have you dabbed them or sprayed? I'm actually wondering why you had longevity issues. Vis Et Honor was pretty long lasting on me. I've given a full wear to neither Londa 1006 nor to Laltrove 1001 so I can't comment on those...

    What I love about this house is their generous use of green and herbaceous notes, and how they’re integrated with other accords in unusual and innovative ways.
    Absolutely. As I said in one of my previous posts, personal preferencies aside, O'Driù is one of the best things happened to contemporary perfumery...On can wether like their fragrances or not, but the overall quality and innovative power it's undeniable.

    I have mixed feelings about this new, cheaper and more accessible line but we’ll see what they come up with (and if anyone from O'Driù is reading this, a green and/or herbaceous offering that’s as tenacious as Ladamo would be most welcomed!)
    If they're any close the the four fragrances that Pregoni composed for the art performance "Perfumhance" (Laccordo, Labrazo, Lonciale and Lideale), they're going to be OUTSTANDING. These four are more minimalistic than the others and result somehow more wearable. At the same time all the complexity and innovative accords that made the other fragrances so compelling, are intact and preserved.

    Btw, there should also be two new additions to the Genesi Serie (currently comprising of Ladamo and Leva) very soon…
    I guess you're referring to Leden and Linferno (heaven and hell).


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post

    Each composition requires more than a day of sampling and musing over and, even then, there are still facets yet to be discovered. Intensely engaging with the potential to induce sheer madness, I’m utterly amazed at the labyrinthine and shape-shifting demeanour of O'Driù’s offerings.

    Upon initial sampling, I’ve never experienced any line of fragrances leaving me with an overwhelming insatiable desire to further explore. Angelo Orazio Pregoni isn’t only an alchemist but also a seducer of the olfactory senses, and seems to have pinpointed in the human brain exactly where to hit you with his creations. Whether or not the memories and imagery, generated by each creation, matches the perfumer’s own is immaterial as provocation itself appears to be the ultimate goal.
    Trebor, your synopsis is fantastic! There are so many parts of your post I want to talk to you about but I have chosen the section above. I absolutely agree! These fragrances smack you in the hypothalamus, and the imagination, as well as the nose! I am also spending a lot of time with them, really egaging with them. I am absolutely loving the experience.

    It is a pity that you didn't get Linfidele 1004. Hopefully someone can send you their sample. I would have sent you mine but they are already shared/pledged. Sorry.

    I said early on that I wouldn't say whether I liked them or not, or whether I preferred one over another. I felt that was of no interest at that time. But we seem to be moving on. So, some thoughts;

    My favourite is Linfidele 1004. To me it is an expansive green forresty, herby, cool, oxygen-y thing, although others find something different, and that is OK. I would really have liked to hear how you found it.

    I really don't like Leva at all, but I can admire it.

    Vis et Honor is incredible conceptually.

    Each of the pairs has one with a "clean" pallette and one which is dirtier, sweatier, more animalic. O'Driu say that the odd numbers are masculines and the even number are feminine. I don't see that at all. Personally, I prefer the ones with the clean pallette, the exeption being Linfidele 1003, which I like, it is lovely, warmer than 1004, sexy.

    A question. Does anyone else get the mint/geranium accord reminiscent of Geranium Pour Monsieur in the Laltroves?

    See you all soon.
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    Today, I had the privilege of sampling Lalfeorosa. My one word descriptor of the scent is "masterpiece." That said, here is a copy of the review I just wrote of it on the BN review page for the scent...

    Lalfeorosa does not list dill spice as a note at all, but when I first put it on skin that is immediately what I smelled. The dill is joined shortly by other spices like fiery red pepper and maybe even a bit of saffron. The dill recedes, but the red pepper remains, coupling with a beautiful supporting rose note with hints of lavender. I confess even though tonka bean is listed in the heart notes, I did not experience it until later on in the base, combining with patchouli and the remnants of the saffron and red pepper that remain. This base is somewhat sweet due to the tonka bean and patchouli combo, but the spice keeps it well in-check. Longevity and projection both are excellent.

    I am a sucker for both spicy and rose scents in general, so I have a predisposition to enjoy a combo of them both in a scent such as Lalfeorosa, but I was entirely captivated with it from the get-go and it has exceeded even my high expectations. It is innovative and unique, while accessible from a wearabilty perspective, and definitely expertly crafted with top-notch materials by a majorly talented nose in Angelo Pregoni. In short, it is a masterpiece. With only enough juice for 8 bottles created in Italy at a cost of 888 euros each, I regrettably will have to live vicariously through the lucky few that have the financial and logistical means to acquire it. That said, I will joyfully wear the sample I have of Lalfeorosa with great care, so as to be able to experience this amazing composition as long as possible. 5 of 5 stars.

    So far, Odriu is batting 2 for 2 with me... and this one was incredible.
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    Default Re: O'Driù brings Niche back to its place (Olfactive Obsessions)

    Wow Drseid, that was quite an enthusiastic review! Exactly what happened to me with LALFEOGRIGIO! Now, I'll need to go through my sample of LALFEOROSA!


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

    Ah! This is our first review of Lalfeorosa as far as I can remember! Fantastic!

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    ...and what a promising review


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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    ...and what a promising review
    Yes, now if only Odriu could use Lalfeorosa as the base for their less expensive line... hint, hint. ;-) It actually is killing me that I can't buy this one in truth... but alas, money is a factor regrettably...
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    Testing Laltrove 1001 today...yay!

    Elitism and snobbery seem to be two of the most common aspects of high-end perfumery firms but, solid brands who deliver solid fragrances just like O'Driù is doing, don't need to endorse such attitudes. Ok, Pregoni is surely responsible of a bunch of the most exclusive fragrances around, but this doesn't mean that exclusivity have to be necessarely related to snobbery or elitism. In this context, O'Driù perfectly reflects its "maitre parfumeur" vision which is a journey into art, literature and culture, not just fashion.

    Laltrove 1001:

    Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright
    In the forests of the night:
    What immortal hand or eye
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?


    from "The Tyger", William Blake, 1794

    A tiger in a dark forest. This is the most appropriate and fitting image to describe Laltrove 1001. A brutal, sort of arresting opening accord of astringent citruses immediately joined by the usual aromatic herbs galore and a strong, dark green presence. Breathtaking. This initial phase is surrounded by an overall anisic/absynth vibe that while mantaining the general dry carachter of this composition, provides a slight dose of "light" to an otherwsie incredibly dark fragrance. Believe me, there's nothing like it around.

    Compared to other deliveries from the brand, Laltrove 1001 results pretty linear which, considering the amazing opening, is good news. The only substantial change during its evolution is an animalic, sort of leathery-musky element that shows its presence during the drydown providing some tension. It's there to remind you that you're not alone in the forest. There's a tiger crouched behind the bushes, lurking in the dark, patiently waiting for its prey.
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    Yes, now if only Odriu could use Lalfeorosa as the base for their less expensive line... hint, hint. ;-) It actually is killing me that I can't buy this one in truth... but alas, money is a factor regrettably...
    Just testing Lalfeorosa: loving it. I'll give it a little more time before coming with my report...

    In the mantime, I really urge you to test Lalfeogrigio!


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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Testing Laltrove 1001 today...yay!
    Wow!! This one grabbed you! And your review grabbed me. An animal in a landscape. Grrrrrr! I love it. Your review of Laltrove 1001, and Ody's both follow exactly the same trajectory, this....citrus/dark or bitter herbs/anise/leather/animalic. I am just getting to know the Laltroves. They are both great, and amongst the most approachable/wearable I think, along with the Linfideles.

    Does NOBODY smell an accord reminiscent of Geranium Pour Monsieur in Laltrove 1002?

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    Not tried Laltrove 1002 yet...


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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    I really urge you to test Lalfeogrigio!
    I have Lalfeogrigio on right now. Too early for a formal review yet, but many of the things I loved with Lalfeorosa, I am loving again here. I haven't gotten to the base notes yet, but the heart notes are somewhat similar between the two. Another great one so far...
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    OK, you convinced me. I'll give it a go this weekend. :-)
    More challenging during the opening but same amazing drydown.


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    Today I'm wearing Lalfeogrigio.
    This is a nice, old-school stye of scent. It is centered on a creamy sandalwood note, with a charmingly retro tonka-hay note which reminds me of vintage fougeres.
    The scent starts somewhat spicy, and at first the tonka is so vanilla-heavy that I wince. This quickly burns off, to reveal a dark and rich scent. It is somewhat sweet in the early going but is not problematic. Unlike other O'Driu scents, this is not a green machine, no herbal stew happening here. Rather, it is a burnished gold-brown, sort of like mahogany in my mind. The sandalwood, coffee and tobacco work together quite well.
    Suddenly and amazingly, there is a bright geranium rose note. Quite a surprise, and am amazing contrast to the darker tones.
    The sandalwood gets very creamy. I'd say this is a must for sandalwood fans.
    Great wood and fougere charm in the dry-down.
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    yes, lalfeogrigio is quite different than others. within the ones I've tested lalfeogrigio, lalfeorosa, eva and vis et honor are more immediately distinct than others.

    I wish this line was more affordable though :/
    On the other hand, these aren't everyday material.

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    Thanks Ody for your review...I never thought about the fougere-y carachtaer of Lalfeogrigio. Will keep it in mind when wearing the fragrance next time. Interesting.


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    After Drseid's review of Lalfeorosa I felt it was about time to give it a full wear...what an experience. Thanks Drseid.

    Another outstanding delivery from O'Driù.

    If you're getting sick of beautiful and catchy top notes evolving into synthetic and predictable drydowns, O'Driù is well worth checking out. In this context, among the newest brands, the italian firm has one of the most solid ranges available on the market. Ok, their fragrances are surely not the most easily approachable around and (may) need some wearings to be fully understood and appreciated but, once you've become familiar with the house challenging herbal signature, you'll be redy to discover some truly amazing compositions.

    Lalfeorosa could make a perfect place to start exploring this wonderful range being, IMO, one of Pregoni's easiest to like deliveries. The usual culinary, sort of apothekary opening is toned down to quickly reveal a mindblowing drydown of spicy floral patterns (mainly rose and jasmine) and sweetish/balsamic elements such as tonka, vanilla and patchouli. Smooth yet incredibly rich, warm and extremely well balanced. A wower.

    For several reasons, Lalfeorosa made me think about the most classic Guerlains (ok, I said it). Don't get me wrong, the fragrance doesn't share many objective similarities with the french firm but, at the same time, it shows the same solidity and overall top quality of ingredients. It's classic yet incredibly innovative and, most of all, when they do it right, there's no match for anyone else...
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    Lafeorosa has something of its own. The others are variously interesting, challenging, fascinating, incredible, but Lalfeorosa is beautiful. Stunningly, intoxicatingly beautiful.

    But it is impossibly expensive the way that it is sold at the moment....

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    For several reasons, Lalfeorosa made me think about the most classic Guerlains (ok, I said it). Don't get me wrong, the fragrance doesn't share many objective similarities with the french firm but, at the same time, it shows the same solidity and overall top quality of ingredients. It's classic yet incredibly innovative and, most of all, when they do it right, there's no match for anyone else...
    Agree.

    So far this is the one that grabbed me. I'm just making notes as I work thru them all and then I'll do a second run but initial impression for Lalfeorosa went along the lines of 'bewitching evening oriental'. I sense opoponax underneath but that may just be a ghost note from the balsamic / tonka mix. Two non-perfumista colleagues here mentioned 'sophisticated Indian Princess' and 'saffron, like Indian dessert' when they tried a dab. This one is quite sexy.

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    Ah, I couldn't wait any longer and just had to order some samples.

    Is there any stand outs I should specifically ask for?
    Baring in mind I like full, heavy, complex, challenging, unusual fragrances. Generally pleasant fragrances and heavy doses of vetiver need not apply.

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    duplicate

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    well laph, just get all of them. odriu doesn't seem to be making simple pleasantries. if you are going to skip on one, maybe l'eva, I'd say.

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