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    Default Re: First Willing to Review - MadHat Scents: Vesrim US ONLY

    No problem Mike. No Ebanol or ISO in Vesrim either. Some of my up-coming stuff ventures will include the use of fragrance molecules. For the first 3, I wanted to go all-natural.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Thanks, I thought so.
    I'm glad you're enjoying stargarden.

    Just a little background on Madhat...
    The ingredients used are indeed costly. Initially, I had no intention of selling any of my works. I really just wanted to create fragrances for myself and a few friends. I found people were wondering where they could buy Vesrim and a few of my other earlier workings...and I can't afford to give everything away unfortunately. I'm really trying to keep the prices down for others to try my stuff by NOT buying expensive bottles and packaging. Additionally, you'll notice that I'm pricing fragrances differently as they contain different ingredients. I felt this way another good way that I could not sacrifice quality of the fragrance for a fixed price across the board. I do have a day job and no intention of doing this on the scale that other amateur and artisan perfumers are...So my releases will be limited batch...usually about 200-400ml will be available per batch. I'll continue to do this as long as I'm able to! My favorite part is getting to share new and unique fragrance with all of you and hearing your feedback, both positive and negative.

    Quote Originally Posted by stargarden View Post
    I am still enjoying this near the end of the work day. I really want to give this a try on a nice hot day and see how it develops. It does indeed go through three sections to my nose. Personally I really like the opening, it's a bit brash perhaps - but interesting and no offensive in any way. The middle section gets nice and "attar-like". And the final movement is a sweet yet woody scent that hangs close to the skin and I am currently enjoying!

    For me, this is a no brainer for the price. It only takes a few drops, and 10ml will probably last me a long while. When would I wear this? Office, home, anywhere except the yoga studio (i keep it REALLY basic when going to yoga). I'm going to get one of the 10ml bottles, as I am pretty sure the ingredients cost more to make this than Ryan is charging. To my nose, it's quality fragrance.....
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  2. #32

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    I was happy to take Vesrim for a spin recently, but due to other writing commitments, I was a little slow in responding. While I sent Ryan some more critical thoughts, I do want to join the above voices and add that Vesrim demonstrates some real potential. What struck me the most is that the main notes are handled with proficiency, playing very well together overall. I'm not the biggest fan of vetiver, but I like the way it's deployed here, and it reminded me of Vero's use of vetiver in Onda EdP in that you have to strain to really identify as such. Vesrim's affable and presents no real challengesit's a very easy scent to get along with. It's a tad sweet at the outset for me, and I do think there's more work that could be done to polish it to the level of sheen that it deserves, but I'm categorically impressed, and I'd urge those of you who dig semi-sweet, exotic, bright scents to take it for a spin.
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    Default Re: First Willing to Review - MadHat Scents: Vesrim US ONLY

    I ordered a bottle of "Amber Tar". Hopefully it will make it to Germany.

    Deadidol, did you already smell "Amber Tar"? If yes, I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoschhti View Post
    Deadidol, did you already smell "Amber Tar"? If yes, I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
    That one was a little rough for me, to be honest. It's highly phenolic and I think it could benefit from some tweaking. I'll be curious to see how it works for you.

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    Default Re: Madhat Scents: Amber tar

    I wore Amber Tar last night for the 1st time.

    Wow!

    I was reminded of the amber I've smelled in Smoked Amber by D.S. & Durga (the Madhat is less sweet) and also 7 Billion Hearts by CB I Hate Perfume (an animalic smoky vanilla). The incense component of this much more toned down than the Norma Kamali mentioned above, but don't get me wrong, this stuff is strong. I only wore 3 tiny sprays (I decanted my 1 ml sample into a sample atomizer so I could spray it on) and I clearly smelled smoky and resinous for several hours last night. Perhaps this warm summer weather isn't the best time to be testing this, so I'm going to put this away & test it later in the year when it cools back up again.
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    Default Re: Madhat Scents: Amber tar

    Have not tried Amber Tar yet - but regarding longevity - Vesrim is amazing, out of all the frags and samples I have in my collection so far it is in the top 10% for longevity and depth. I can still smell some on my wrist the next day when I wake up prior to my shower. And my 1ml sample is lasting a long time, it's very attar-like in that regard.
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  7. #37

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    Thanks for the review Mike! And definitely stargarden, they're high concentration fragrances so they'll last quite a while but they may sit a little closer to the skin due to the concentration and the fact that they're both all-natural. The vetiver in Vesrim lasts forever, it's a very nice Haitian Vetiver that I used for the fragrance.

    I shipped my last bottles of Amber Tar and Vesrim this week. They're both going back to the drawing board.

    Amber Tar is now a shell of its former smokey self. I've employed the use of a few synthetics (it's still over 85% natural) and loads of labdanum. The first version is somewhat of a smoke bomb fragrance with birch tar being very apparent. Now, I've adjusted so that the smoke is in the background and it's more a leather fragrance with smokey amber facets. Vesrim has received a dose of rose...and I'm waiting on a few more materials to come in as well to take this one in another direction. Hint: I like vetiver and I'd like to highlight that part of the fragrance.

    Both will most likely be released under different names Neither Amber Tar nor Vesrim will overlap in terms of smelling too much like the first rendition. Thanks to everyone that's tested, supported or helped me along the way! I've got some different things on the horizon - one will be coming out in a few weeks. Note profile is an interesting one: Oud, Cedar, Apple, Styrax, Hops, Star Anise, Cardamom, Black Pepper. I'll probably do a give-away of a few samples of that one (NorOud) soon, keep your eyes peeled!
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    I never did a give-away for my oud fragrance, NorOud - Notes: Oud, Hops, Fruit, Cedar, Styrax, Star Anise, Cardamom, Black Pepper.

    If you're interested in a sample, be the first poster to reply to this (US ONLY) and send me a PM w/ your address. I'll send you a 1ml sample vial. All I ask is your honest opinion of the fragrance in return :-)
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    Default Re: FREE Sample NOROUD Willing to Review - MadHat Scents

    No worries Remik, I'll give away two!

    Next to reply, you'll get one as well.
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    Default Re: FREE Sample NOROUD Willing to Review - MadHat Scents

    I still owe you $8.99 for the samples I'm about to purchase, but I'd love to try it as well (sorry, personal finances got to me, going to be selling a lot of my bottles soon).

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    No worries. This one's one me. Shoot me your address.

    Quote Originally Posted by noideawhatimsaying View Post
    I still owe you $8.99 for the samples I'm about to purchase, but I'd love to try it as well (sorry, personal finances got to me, going to be selling a lot of my bottles soon).
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    Default Re: FREE Sample NOROUD Willing to Review - MadHat Scents

    Definitely interested in what you have going on rynegne. I also really need to get my blog back up and running come May, so perhaps I'll just have to get a sample pack or something if you offer that and write reviews (I do this for a living partially, as I'm a writer by trade).

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    OctaVariuM, shoot me your address. I'd be glad to ship you a sample.

    Quote Originally Posted by OctaVariuM View Post
    Definitely interested in what you have going on rynegne. I also really need to get my blog back up and running come May, so perhaps I'll just have to get a sample pack or something if you offer that and write reviews (I do this for a living partially, as I'm a writer by trade).
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    I've got one more...post here that you're interested and shoot me your address...This one will be for Engin - smoked resins coupled with waxy aldehydes that turn into a creamy-woody resinous base.

    Anyone new care to give this one a try? It's kinda a weird one, so hopefully you're into stranger scents.
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    Default Re: FREE Sample ENGIN Willing to Review - MadHat Scents

    me me me me me :-)
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    Sounds like an intriguing fragrance. May I give it a try?
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    Absolutely, shoot me your address D.Sprad. Thanks all for participating!

    Quote Originally Posted by D.Sprad View Post
    Sounds like an intriguing fragrance. May I give it a try?
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    Default Re: FREE Sample ENGIN Willing to Review - MadHat Scents

    I see good things for this house. An "Americana" house.

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    I am buying a set of samples - my 1 ml sample of Vesrim has already had four good wears and there is still 70% of it left! Can't wait to try the other four samples I just ordered. And VERY excited for the new sandalwood based fragrance you are working on !


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    Cool Madhat Fragrances

    Okay, this is a new one for me, never heard of them before a basenoter had a mention on their post.


    Can anyone here give a review on their offerings?


    I'm reading about 'Americana Rust' & 'Vesrim' on their site and see cade in the mix.
    Just how smokey is this? I usually detest anything with cade because to me it smells so much like road tar. But hey, that's just me!
    Another, Engin, has 'birch tar'. ;(

    Reviews anyone?

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    thanks llp, I really should have researched first!

    Upon reading the opinions on these, they sound fairly good, with too much smoke for my taste. I love NK Incense and don't think I'd enjoy a 'lighter version' as one poster described! I want my incense frag very realistic and heavy!

    I do purchasing for both myself and some for my husband (knowing what notes he enjoys), so, skipping even the samples for these!

    Thanks again!

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    We should probably have an official thread for them, since there are those few threads up there that have some really good discussion. I'll be doing some lengthy write ups once my samples come in.

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    You're welcome. meow7 - hope you both enjoy them.

    Agree, OctaVarium - maybe the first one could have it's title edited by the O.P. & we could then merge them all together?

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    That sounds like a prudent idea to me at least. If we merge them all together then there will be a nice bank of information available in one area.

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    Hey Meow7,

    Thanks for the interest in MadHat. I think anyone that doesn't like smokier fragrances should probably skip both Americana Rust and Engin. Amber Tar was an absolute smoke BOMB, I basically had a warning label out for those that bought...must LOVE birch tar! I do realized many don't have a passion for overtly smoky fragrances, so I've toned the smokiness down on my recent releases. Atlas Incense is definitely one you missed out on, it was heavy incense and cedar with supporting gourmand notes (not too sweet as they were naturals), that has since sold out.

    Engin smells like burning resins and turns into a creamy/woody resinous scent with some spice notes. I did have a female basenoter that received a sample tell me that it was "fabulous" last night, so different strokes for different folks I guess :-)

    Americana Rust isn't the smokiest now, I've toned it down quite a bit...but it does have slight smoky undertones. This one literally smells like dried tobacco and woods.

    Vesrim had very very minimal amounts of cade and wasn't smokey at all. I've since re-worked vesrim into a different fragrance, it will most likely be re-released under a different name as I feel it's changed quite a bit from the previous fragrance. The newer version (I've yet to name) is definitely more heavy on the vetiver (a super grassy and nutty vetiver) and has other additional supporting notes, including rose, geranium, sandalwood and amyris.

    NorOud is a combination of Oud, Amyris, Hops, Ginger, Fruit, Cedar, Styrax, Star Anise, Spices. It's a bright fragrance with loads of Oud (black agar, oud blend and even some real oud..oud) and Hops (the hops gives NorOud a green vibe and hints of pine.) NorOud has no smoke either and congers up images of a northern forest without heavy doses of pine or fir, hops is very light piney/green.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. I will be releasing 2 new fragrances this summer that are nothing like the previous. They will be a warm sandalwood fragrance and a lime/coconut/musk/woods. These might be a little easier to handle than something like Engin or Amber Tar.
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    Default Re: MadHat Scents - Discussion Thread.

    I have three bottles coming in and will be doing a review on this exciting house.

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    Giving away my newest fragrance (1ml dab vial sample), MadHat Limed to the first US poster that stakes claim...just post here that you're interested. I'll follow up and ask you for your address information.

    Just in time for summer...Lime and ginger meet four different types of sandalwood (Vanuatu/Australian/New Caledonia/Mysore) along with wafts of coconut, frankincense, vanilla, citrus and musk swirl. This tenacious combination of notes is perfect for both men and women. Inspired by white sands and gentle waves, grab your cocktail and join me at the beach!

    Limed: Sandalwood, Lime, Cedar, Incense, Musk, Ginger, Coconut, Vanilla, Roman Chamomile
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    Posting!
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