SSS Fireside of course. :-)
The cold days and holidays are here again and those special moments by the fireside are a staple of these winter months. What I am looking for is that essence from a burning fireplace. It's otherworldly and brings back so many warm happy memories. Maybe it was the complete package of setting up the logs, lighting them up and seeing the flames dance, but that aroma, that smoke, you close your eyes and it brings me back to another world.
So I ask you, Basenotes Members, what is the most authentic fireplace experience?
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SSS Fireside of course. :-)
Sonoma Scent Studio: Fireside Intense without question. At first it smells like a fire with an old tire thrown on top for good measure, but the rubbery quality subsides quite a bit and it stays wonderfully smokey it's entire duration. Awesome fragrance!
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Lonestar memories has fireplace aspects, though the stronger smells of campfire.
Among candles, Feu du bois does a good job at replicating the smell without actually burning wood.
I agree with SSS Fireside Intense. Laurie is great with woodsy smoky notes. Another you should sample is her Winter Woods.
When it comes to personal fragrances, Naomi Goodsir Bois d'Ascese for sure. Diptyque's Feu du Bois is indeed a great candle and captures the scent of burning wood in a fireplace perfectly. I burn in a lot during the winters.
I agree with Naomi Goodsir's Bois d'Ascese for sure. Profumum Arso is wonderful but not, IMHO, "authentic fireplace." If we're going to venture into "man sitting in front of a fireplace while wearing a beautiful fragrance" territory, I'd definitely include Arso and also Black Tourmaline.
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Most definitely Sonoma Scent Studio's Fireside Intense. I might give a vote for Naomi Goodir's Bois d'Ascese as well.
My first vote is also for SSS Fireside Intense, but I'd also suggest a look at Profumum Roma Ambra Aura which has an extremely smokey note, so smokey amber.
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Anthropologie has one called Smokewood by Distillery, and it seemed pretty authentic, particularly for the $20 price point. Worth a try; I can't speak for the others.
Glad to see I'm not the only one who loves smoky scents.
In her bottled up is a woman peppery as curry,
a yam of a woman of butter and brass,
compounded of acid and sweet like a pineapple,
like a handgrenade set to explode,
like goldenrod ready to bloom.
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Strangely, even my current SOTD, Giorgio Beverly Hills Red for Men smells a bit like fireplace, fire wood and a slight hint of smokiness, quite faint, tasteful and skillfully blended into the final development. Perhaps also with a minimal, but still perceptible, "winter spice", heavy and exotic rather than sweet complement to the notes assemblage.
I agree with the Arso by Profumum Roma.
It's like Margiela's By the fireplace, but with depth.
I really want some of that now... Damn.
Yet another fragrance with a slight "fireplace note" to me is Cedar Woods by Woods of Windsor- almost every note reminding of being close to the fireside of both a fireplace but also a campfire, yet in avery light and almost evocatively nostalgic, rather than heavily noticeable way, as if a faint, sketchy dream some cedar wood, smoke, resins, unburnt logs and timber, some moss, perhaps a bit of piney notes as well all came together in some distant, almost Proustian fragrance memory.