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Thread: New Bogue Profumo: MAAI
Does anyone know where (or if) these can be bought? Or is the website being prepared right now?
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KER is a just a concept, a small precious thing (as antonio would say) and it's far from any general or generic idea of perfume. he used some very precious materials that were not in great quantity and some of them will probably be very difficult to find again. he made 300ml total of KER and used 100 ml for the bologna olfactory exhibition. he kept 100ml as archive materials.
colour me crazy, but do i also detect some leather in the later stages of its development?
to my inexperienced nose, this is (so far), antonio's masterpiece (no disrespect to eau d'e and cologne reloaded, which i have both).
i put the 'untitled jasmine project' which i've had the chance of testing it a few months ago and maai head to head and whilst there are similarities, i would say that maai is the finished product, all refined and polished. i agree with alfarom in his assessment that this is a classic, old fashioned (in the best sense) chypre with animalic undertones and that it feels like a lot of banned/illegal ingredients have been used. i still smell his signature (i.e. camphor and cypress) but waaaay dialled down and refined.
it feels very evocative, very 20's, i would say a perfume worn by people going dancing to those illegal jazz clubs in chicago during the prohibition era. the tuberose is there, the jasmine, other florals which i cannot detect, all very smooth, all very polished. the florals would probably stop me from buying a full bottle, but damn, it's gorgeous (i get a headache/dizzy from tuberose and white florals in general). i cannot wait to smell this on my wife. personally, i don't know if i can pull it off but i'd get a bottle just to sniff it from time to time. it's classic and classy at the same time and when i smell it i think chanel perfumes from a bygone era.
when i mentioned this to antonio (re. 'early Chanel'), he said that my reference to it was spot on as he's used some 'old style/ very basic' aldehydes and i quote, "probably very similar to the first ones used in early stage of Chanel perfume experiments."
also, not wanting to deflate anyone, but he said that all the ingredients/components in the perfume are completely and entirely legal, and i quote: "MAAI is probably the most "legal" perfume I made until now even the real animals in it are legal!".
i've immensely enjoyed the drydown but i could probably skip the opening and middle phases (pretty much the first couple of hours, at least, it is that potent) and when i said this to antonio, he said to "spray it on the skin on the low chest area, under your t-shirt and shirt, like a cheap deodorant".
this might be the most expensive deodorant ever (that i'll buy).
that's all for now.
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"Dear Antonio,what the hell did I do here?I've landed myself into some deep waters indeed,your perfumes are going to get me bankrupt, I find them bloody fantastic,I love both Cologne reloaded and MAAI.I couldn't do a very good notes breakdown,my nose is not experienced enough for this,and the 2 perfumes especially MAAI are very well blended. Cologne Reloaded starts with an intense herbal vibe,kind of fougere style,quickly followed by a sort of soft,slightly sweet lemon nestled into a mossy nest,then a almond,iris and heliotrope heart,very akin to LHeure Bleue a bit less powdery,then in the drydown there's also a hint of smoke.I'm rambling on,and probably way off the mark,but I hope I won't make you laugh too hard.Then MAAI:this one starts intensely bright and green,a kind of camphoraceous tropical vibe there's definitely ylang ylang there supported by old fashion aldehydes.There are some musky,animalic notes too and some other florals,some sort of oriental vibe too,maybe some sandalwood with a touch of incense.I'm not too sure I need to retest.Well done,I will definitely order one of them,maybe both "
Having only just applied some for the first time - wow, anyone missing the classics & after something classy should definitely be in for some fun here.
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What is the pricing like on this one? It sounds right up my alley for sure, but I can't be dropping $300 on a scent or something, especially one I have not smelled. Also, you'd think that for someone with multiple fragrances he'd have a working webpage where you could buy stuff instead of having to email him.
He is one person, who is just starting out. He basically releases one-two perfumes at a time, in very small batches. Eau d'E and Cologne Reloaded may have been 75 bottles at the most. Right now, his business is being done from word of mouth.
If you e-mail Antonio, I am sure he would be willing to send you a sample to try.
And I get what you are saying in terms of it being one person with limited releases, but so are companies like Ryan's MadHat scents, and he has a checkout option.
^^^^ I received a bottle of MAAI yesterday, It is definitely worth sampling.
Considering that Antonio is located in Italy (and this is all speculation), setting up a checkout option based on his local market would mean you'd have to contact him directly anyway to get a correct shipping pricing - so of the participants in the thread, only alfarom would be able to take advantage of this.
I imagine that setting up webstore software intelligent enough to take into account all the specifics in terms of shipping restrictions and regulations for several countries would be too much overhead (which would add to your steep $180 USD) for someone that has limited and sporadic output of products. It would be more feasible if he were constantly releasing fragrances or had long running product lines.
This way, you're less likely to get discouraged by going to the website and seeing "shipping to USA not available." Contacting him via email takes exactly as much effort as posting on the thread wondering about why this and that isn't so - AND you get the information from the horse's mouth (no offense to Antonio).
Either way, I never said it was a major problem or anything. It would, however, be helpful to know the price of the products someone is selling through their website. That, in my eyes, is one of the main functions of having a website for a company. It doesn't make me any less interested in the scents or anything, I'm just offering my opinion.
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I've worn this twice from an official sample spray.
It felt like he saw that a lot of people were craving poop. Just flat out fecal perfumeness.
So he said ok. I'll give you guys fecal.
It's pretty fecal. No doubt about it.
But what else?
It felt like it was going in circles.
I kept waiting for it to develop.
Normally, perfumes like Maai have my name written all over them.
But Maai felt like the majority of perfume skill effort was directed into achieving skank.
AND it does.
And I love skank.
But it felt there was more than fecal notes but not enough stand out & announce their presence.
Like for example in vintage Route du Vetiver or Norma Incense. They each revolve around a single note with apt supportive notes.
In Maai, I know they're there. But I can barely make out what they are or what purpose they serve.
Maai isn't a bad perfume.
It's more of a soliskank.
I have high quality essential oils of castoreum, hyraceum & civet from Abdessalam of profumo.it.
Maai smells like them with very little else in terms of supporting notes ore accords.
Like how Carnal Flower & Vetiver Extraordinaire are tuberose & vetiver based perfumes.
I own & love those particular note-centric perfumes.
I love skank but I like my skank to have a pronounced accord along with it.
If you want a skank dominated perfume that only needs 4 sprays to last a good 8 hours, then Maai will suit you very well.
I like the potential Antonio has & hope to see more fine tuned compositions from him.
Very curious to test this... but alas I won't get the chance until much later in the summer... is it really that fecal?! I'm not opposed to fecal per se, but if the perfume is structured around a 'poop accord,' it will be another one of those for wearing at home....
It seems very mossy to me - I don't have a problem wearing it outside
I have only had a chance to give Maai one full wearing, but so far on my skin I am not picking up the fecal aspects, but definitely find it *highly* animalic. I get tons of a musky animalic ingredient, possibly hyrax driving most of its development, coupling with thick castoreum -- far more than I usually enjoy. There are also some floral (rose and tuberose) and herbal undercurrents throughout. The herbal mix immediately makes the composition recognizable as one from Bogue, but the animalics are definitely the driver here. I think Maai is a solid composition, but it definitely does not play to my preferences. For me, Eau d'E is easily the best thing Antonio has released and I absolutely love it... That said, Maai is quite good too if heavy animalics are your thing. Not a buy for me, but I can see the appeal to others.
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) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
I honestly wouldn't describe MAAI as fecal. Muaky and animalic seem more appropriate adjectives IMO. Warm and old-school as opposed to straight up skanky stuff. Loads of oak moss too…
BTW, I just purchased a full bottle and both the packaging and the flacon are extremely nice. The cap is a sextoy-like foam/latex thing which is pretty funny...
I'd say fatty animalic, not fecal. But I can be musk anosmic at times.
Well, it's cheaper than therapy... edit: No it's not...
Either way I do believe Antonio is being kind enough to set me up with a sample to see. Until then I'll be saving my pennies just in case.
Where can you get samples?
Brineapple (Pineapple, Guava, Ylang Ylang, Marine Notes, Green Tea, Cade, Guaiacwood, Cedar Wood, Ozone) / Fur - (Vintage Musks, Woods, Leather) / Onsen Wood (Hinoki/Hiba/Cedar/Yuzu) / Winter XVI (Tree Saps, Extractions and Resins, Bois des Landes, Bourbon Vetiver, Spearmint, Frankincense & Myrrh) / L.O.M. Leather Oud Musk (Leather, Oud, Musk, Beeswax, Tobacco, Strawberry, Incense & Amber)
Samples are via email to Antonio.
Having bought a bottle, I've been wearing it quite a bit and don't get fecal either.
More a bit dirty, in the way that L'Air de Rien is not fecal but is on the dirty side as opposed to seriously fecal as in some Ouds.
I do love moss and a lot of the 'oldies' 'though, so the use of some old-style ingredients is both interesting and apparent.
And the packaging has been so well thought out - even the squidgy bit
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