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Cuir Pleine Fleur by Heeley - One is initially treated to an enchanting, herbaceous melange. Violet leaf with its marked greenness, akin to grass clippings, couples with the bittersweetness of bergamot as well as the sweetly floral and faintly woody aroma of mimosa. An illusion of a hay-stacked pasture is consummated. Transitioning to the heart, a nascent, leathery castoreum blooms, while lovely black locust adds its indolic, orange blossom flavor and hawthorne imparts its slightly honey and almond aspect to the exquisite opening blend. Immersed in the augmented mixture, the resplendent leather takes on a refined, suede-like aura. An undercurrent of aubepine, with its slightly rose-like odor and anise-like facet, as well as the wintergreen of birch carries the luxurious, leather concoction to the waiting base. The sumptuous leather is lifted by the woody birch, which comes into its own, with its somewhat medicinal and spearmint facets marrying with the earthy grassiness of vetiver as well as the pencil shavings of Virginia cedar. An elegant drydown ensues. A majestic scent for all seasons, this polished, masculine composition has average projection and good longevity, 8-10 hours.
L'Essence de Cerruti by Cerruti - One is initially treated to an invigorating bergamot, with its orangey bittersweetness and peppery facets. The freshness of the bergamot commingles with the compost-like and ever-so-slight barnyard aspects of white pepper. Segueing to the middle, the mintiness of birch encases the fresh opening, and infuses its wintergreen sweetness. A raw and somewhat phenolic leather wafts lightly in the background along with the hay-like character of saffron. Transitioning to the comforting base, a creamy cedar infuses its resinous and camphoraceous woodiness, along with the sweetly vanillic and faintly earthy quality of amber. A sensual, fur/skin-like and warm musk also presents. An alluring drydown ensues. This masculine composition is well blended, and has good longevity, 8+ hours, and average projection, being light enough for an office scent. Given its very reasonable, price point, this versatile and somewhat elegant composition is worthy of purchase.
I agree with Dorje123: try some samples from luckyscent.com. They carry a wide array of niche house offerings, do a nice job of describing the fragrance and have affordable samples. Research their site, sample, and I bet you will find one or more that you really like.
Email Ormonde and ask them for a sample of Ormonde Man. You can thank me later.
Without knowing where you live or what you currently own, it's tough to make specific suggestions. What are your five favorite fragrances that you own? This might give some clue as to what you might like out there.
On a more serious note than before...
I don't know where you are located, but if you are within reasonable driving distance of Los Angeles, Phoenix, or NYC, you are close to some really excellent stand-alone perfume boutiques (Scent Bar, The Perfume Shoppe, and Aedes de Venustas, respectively), so GO THERE. (There are others, but these are the ones I've personally been to and can vouch for) Spend an afternoon with the salesperson. Ask questions, smell everything. It's easy when hundreds of testers are laid out in front of you...think Sephora x 5.
Broaden your horizons...and do it in person. It's worth making a special trip.
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yes, i know some notes that i like based on what i've smelled
mint, bergamont, or floral citrus in the top, lavender in the middle, and in the base sandalwood or other woods and vanilla, amber or musk. seems like a lot of scents are like this but few really smell how i expect
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