Perfume Reviews

Reviews by Buzzlepuff

Total Reviews: 653

Homa (हवन) by Prin

Homa is a grand experiment blending large varieties of contrasting notes in the hopes that at the end of it all there will be a pleasant result. Just look at the notes list: a dozen strong spice contrasts, a half dozen bold green notes, several soft lyrical florals, and a half dozen bold oily animalic notes. How does all this work or does it work? At first I feel the contrasts that race past the sense of smell and hit directly into the back of the throat and it doesn't work for me. I was tempted to scrub it off. However, as time goes by the rough edges are smoothed over and the fragrance develops an odd warm fougere feel and a bold incense and garam masala leather combination in the background. Of all the specific notes I can only pick out bits of Ghee, Hyrax, Hay and Benzoin. Homa smells odd and adventurous the first hour and then it warms up and starts to smell like something historical and rich. I rate Homa 3 of 5 stars and recommend testing well before you spring for a bottle.
27th January, 2021

Mriga (มฤค) by Prin

I am hesitant to add anything to the excellent review drseid outlined earlier on Mriga, which neatly deconstructs notes and describes the particulars of this Prin Lomros beauty. I am impressed with the combination of tart lime, deer musk accord and green resinous woods that opens the scent and jets into the heart notes which are built around labdanum darkened with wormwood and layered over smokey but smooth delicate woods. Mriga is the most attractive of any Prin perfume with its soaring and searing lime tinged musk and fir and grassy vetiver spruce notes of this opening. The base is relatively quiet but is a solid light peat woods. The big difference between Mriga and a darker scent like Arsalan is the absence of deep rich oud notes here which might have given it more similarity to other famous Siberian Musk scents of the last year. The result is is an outstanding bright, softly naturalistic deer musk scent set upon a complex wood base. Highly recommended!
27th January, 2021

Nuit des Sens by Louis Féraud

This soft well mannered fragrance is very reserved, all background and context and a pleasant suede neutral warm unisex scent. A tone poem of violet leaf leather softened by pepper and nutmeg at the start and cleansed with vetiver patchouli and incense at the tail end. The lack of contrasts reinforces the softness and neutrality of the finest sueded surface which almost disappears from its subtlety. When making a scent this refined and without contrast it is easy to see why it has gone with little notice in the market. Nuit de Sens smells wonderful and is so agreeable that it blends in almost too much. Butter smooth suede! My only complaint is that it is so subtle that it recedes almost completely as it becomes part of you.
21st January, 2021 (last edited: 22nd January, 2021)
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Arsalan (ارسلان) by Prin

One of my favorites from Prin, Arsalan is a slow moving expansion of fragrance through all the notes listed, each taking their turn as the dominant aspect of this beautiful sphere of scent. It seems to constantly change aromas depending on what hour of its evolution you happen onto it. Arsalan opens with a deep dark oud + incense aroma that is very regal, mature and masculine. At this point I am happy, but it keeps getting better. Slowly the higher notes of cinnamon, cardamom, saffron,and patchouli reveal themselves onto a high pitched musk base. Arsalan is an impressive oud perfume that recreates two classic but different oud oil scents by opening with an elegant smooth rich Cambodian Oud which has wood notes and resolving with a high tuned Indonesian style of oud similar to the mostly extinct Borneo oud that was popular twenty years ago. Longevity of Arsalan is limited to about 6 hours but it is impressive. This is a regal and distinctive blended oud perfume creation - one of the best from Prin Lomros.
16th January, 2021 (last edited: 27th January, 2021)

Nocturnal Poetry by Prin

Nocturnal Poetry is complex fragrance making it hard to describe but the complexity is part of its beauty. There are dark background elements such as coffee, frankincense, leather and cumin that are blended into a dry, dark but rich background mixed with dry earthy parts like hyrax, Civet, tobacco, hay and leather - quite a dark brew underneath but in the background. Soft floral rose absolute and champaca lift and bring an airy aliveness to the density. Other bright bits of contrast arise from cool violet, a sharp turmeric note, and an elevating musk note reminiscent of the Mriga (Prin). Beeswax has a warm exotic presence that is present throughout. The end result is a complex perfume that is slowing changing through its life, and smells somewhat different whether you sniff up close or from a distance. I enjoy Nocturnal Poetry, but it is not my favorite from Prin and is slightly feminine at times which is strange considering all the dark notes employed. It reminds me of a subtler version Nishane Afrika Olifant but with much greater subtlety from a wider variety of similar ingredients. Exotic!
16th January, 2021

Dirty Ginger by Heretic Parfums

For me the name Dirty Ginger threw me off this scent for a year or so. I kept looking for the dirty aspect while totally missing the poetic harmonics of the green contrasts in the mix of this scent. Yes there is lime and ginger that is fresh ginger but it is shrouded in a dusting of black pepper turning the ginger darker from first sniff. The fun starts with a clever harmony of green elements of cumin + ginger, layered over shiso which is a hard to appreciate milky green bamboo, this on top of vetiver which has a sanctified penetrating quality from the palo santo resin support. Taken as a whole this scent is a wonder. It is dark, tart and moody pepper and cumin spice over an almost iridescent green combination of shiso, vetiver and palo santo. It has a naturalistic and mystical aroma while still holding a darkness and a mystery. Heretic tries to explore the mystical in their scents and they succeed with this one.
13th January, 2021

Zeste de Gingembre by Heeley

This opening is the freshest ginger scent I've ever smelled. It is tart, lemony and pure natural ginger as if freshly cut. When at sea and you encounter huge waves chewing on a freshly cut slice of ginger keeps the stomach steady - this reminds me of this and the tonic effects of raw ginger tea with a slice of lemon. Ginger always compliments other ingredients does so here with fresh citrus then pepper and cardamom blended base. The cardamom eventually darkens the freshness of ginger into a well mannered warm spice finish. Fresh and tart at the opening, warm and civil at the base. Well done Heeley!
13th January, 2021

Aran (อรัญ) by Prin

Aran is a dense, dark masculine fragrance that brings to mind the smell of freshly brushed black leather boots. If you can imagine the mixture of stated ingredients: goat hair, leather, frankincense, nagarmotha, tobacco, civet, castoreum, oak moss and mushroom you are sniffing a big dark leather scent. At first it is a little off putting and I am not sure about this one. When I first smelled Aran it was summertime weather and it was just too much. But with Fall and Winter I have come to really like this complex leather which is spliced with various resinous woods which help emphasize the wood nature of the leather over the animalic bits. There is a slight incense aroma that works its way through but the character stays true to well aged polished boot leather. I rate Aran 4 of 5 stars on a scale that lists Ma Nishtana from Prin Lomrose (parfums prissana) as a 5 of 5 stars. Aran is not quite equal to his best, but still a very excellent masculine perfume and is highly recommended.
20th December, 2020 (last edited: 27th January, 2021)

Mandodari (มณโฑ) by Prin

The heart of this fragrance is leather, tobacco and dark woods which gives an ancient, resinous and aged depth. Coffee and cumin spice contribute even more depth to the core, but these dark dry notes are nicely balanced with soft warm floral blend of champaca, tuberose and gardenia. Mandodari smells similar to many other Prin incensed resinous fragrances but is softened by this slightly feminine touch of smokey florals. Mandodari fragrance is named after an important Hindu character who tells her story in an ancient histoirical novel. Although champaca and tuberose are warm and prominent they blend nicely into the dry woods and earthy spice central theme. The transitions are unnoticeable with excellent blending. I rate this fragrance 3.75 of 5 stars in the Prin Lomrose collection of fragrances.
20th December, 2020

Pegwell Bay / GPS 21 ’30”E by Haeckels

Pegwell Bay falls into a category of scents that I think of as bitter aromatic woods. The bitters aroma comes from dry darkness of juniper berry, buchu oil, lavender and balsam fir. This aroma smells dark, piney and slightly sweet with a balsamic medicinal touch. The patchouli, vetiver, guaiacwood and mint scents add cooling deep woods base notes to the already medicinal but slightly oceanic aroma. This is a great scent to wear in late fall when the bright sunny world is preparing for a deep winter sleep. There is a healing almost mystical quality to the bitter aromatic wood of Pegwell Bay.
01st December, 2020

Acqua di Giò Profondo by Giorgio Armani

Ok. This smells not too bad. I was very disappointed at first. It is very raw green antiseptic through the first two hours and smells as if it were inspired by some of the finer floor cleansing products such as Mr. Clean or Simple Green, or a quality laundry detergent pod. But, after a few hours the Armani AdG oceanic spray effect starts to take over and it's . . . I'll give it an OK. The first half of the scent is thumbs down for me and the second half is better - approaching thumbs up, so I've revised my rating to meh! Just not worth going beyond with description - test it before blind buying.
17th October, 2020

Moschino pour Homme by Moschino

A lovely carnation sueded leather with a prickly peppered mace and rosemary/ lavender entry note. There is a big contrast here of soft carnation versus hardness of mace with a light background leather. Green rosemary/lavender versus warmth of amber and incense. This 1990's scent has a slightly out of bounds vibe while keeping a smoothly pressed demeanor. It is shiny smooth leather over paisley and chrome. I like it so I tried three different time periods of this discontinued gem and they are all more or less the same, and excellent.
11th September, 2020

St. Kitts for Men by Tommy Bahama

I picked up this Tommy Bahama St. Kitts while in Hawaii years ago and even though I am a long way from St. Kitts, this is the perfect island ocean scent for me. This is my favorite of the Set Sail series from Tommy Bahama and I am surprised I don't see it around anymore. The opening is ocean air kissed island fruits, with a hint of light floral -magnolia or mimosa possibly. This fresh fruit opening layers over a dry driftwood musk base that has the washed feel of beach sand after constant waves tumbling up onto the shoreline. The musk base could be synthetic to some, but but this base is the perfect dry contrast to the lively island fruit opening. Very nice. I miss the ocean.
06th September, 2020
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Menthe Fraiche / Fresh Mint / Eau de Menthe by Heeley

The spearmint and peppermint opening is pure mint with a sharpness at the outset only, that is medicinal yet is still very true to the smell of natural mint leaves. I have a corner in my garden planted with menthe piperita, a beautiful plant that needs constant attention because it grows like a weed and is always flowing out covering the walkway nearby. This fragrance matches the medicinal sharpness of this natural growing mint plant. The mint loses its medicinal sharpness after about an hour and is supported by the green tea heart over a subdued light woods base. I prefer this mint scent over those that sweeten up the mint with vanilla or powder of some sort. There is also a lack of herbal presence that is often found in min fragrances. One of the best mint perfumes I have smelled and what makes it good is the purity of the mint experience. Even though I like it, when I am thinking "mint freshness" in the mornings of reach much more often for mint fragrances that that have a secondary barbershop quality or creaminess such as Guerlain Homme L'Eau or Mugler Kryptomint - but that is a personal preference. Still for mint purity this is close to the best out there.
04th September, 2020

Spicematic 11.2 by Parfumerie Generale

Ginger is probably the most useful spice for a fragrance that wants some prickly spices. Ginger in Spicematic is softened by saffron and spearmint and then gets lost in pine and cedar woods. Spicematic is a very soft and very dry spice fragrance. A very nice blend that is very wearable and creates a mysterious background of context to live up against. Thumbs up!
18th August, 2020

Labyrinth of Spices by Alghabra Parfums

I like spice fragrances and Labyrinth of Spices certainly has lots of spice. Unfortunately, all these spice notes are all jam packed one on top of another so it is just a big bucket of spices that leaves a burning sensation with a metallic bite when you try to smell it up close. When smelled from a few feet away it is a burning intense spice mix and when smelled from 8 - 15 feet away it is a mysterious deep and sensual spice blend. There is no development of notes as they all hit you at almost the same time so it is best to socially distance yourself from the point of application. Alternatively you can try to use a partial spritz spread out over several places on body. But with the strength in mind, and my love of spice blends, I give LoS a neutral rating and caution the reader to use with care.
18th August, 2020

Ganymede by Marc-Antoine Barrois

This fragrance has an air of mystery to it. The opening is deep green and dark floral which I suppose is the violet. The middle of the scent smells like hay (immortelle) which is a logical transition from the dark green violet wood opening and this feels like nature and outdoors. The hay scent turns softer until it has the feel of suede or soft leather. All of these warm hay and leather notes are the result of interplay of immortelle, osmanthus and saffron. The violet opening combined with these soft aspects adds to the mystery and charm of this scent. It seems to change often from green violet to soft leathery woods depending on strength of application and outside temperature. I've only tried this a couple of times but I think it is enchanting, interesting, a naturalistic pastoral statement and is a pretty fantastic finished product.
16th August, 2020

Iridescent Sky by Strangers Parfumerie

Iridescent Sky is a strange assemblage of bitter tart citrus, smoke and metallic musks, ambrette softness, blueberry and gooseberry bitter dark berries and black tea? It is a strange smell of tart berries without any sweetness, and dry powder + smoke with a metallic musk scent. All these are kind of abrasive against each other. The lack of warm grounding base notes or floral or lyrical heart notes of any type keeps these hard edged contrasting elements up in the air swirling around looking for a place to land. Iridescent Sky is definitely a contemporary, post modern type of scent which is a category of experimental art that I enjoy. But, this scent doesn't interpret itself well to me. 1.5/5
02nd August, 2020

Magenta Pop by Strangers Parfumerie

This is a bright red cherry candy lollipop with flavor and aroma that definitely pops. The cherry candy scent is so luscious and nicely rounded with bits of red wine, mandarin, caramel, rose, licorice, gingerbread etc. etc. packed full of flavor which I taste before I smell. The magenta is a deep cherry liqeuer spice aroma that stays consistent beginning to end. I like the simplicity of the plan to build everything around this one flavor profile and then - POP! Magenta Pop. 4/5.
02nd August, 2020

Cigar Rum by Strangers Parfumerie

The opening notes of raisins, dried cherry, prunes, Rum absolute with mandarin toned amber is a holiday fruitcake of warm sweet yumminess. All these dried and sweetened fruits are adornments for the tobacco base which is a bitter dried tobacco that stands behind the fruitcake opening. The tobacco is given some backbone with oakwood essence, vetiver and seaweed absolute. Then labdanum base pulls the tobacco back into the mellow opening and as a result you end up with a dried fruit and cigar toned amber scent. Overall this smells very good. It's not too strong like many tobacco scents tend to be - tobacco is a very bold aroma to use in any delicate way, but this ends up feeling delicate and I like that. But the delicate balancing of these dried fruits with tarry basenotes levels the scent out into one pleasant tone organized into the labdanum for a gourmand Amber scent. Cigar Rum is missing some notes if Prin wanted to tell a more exotic story. This scent could be more complex like Parfum d' Empire Wazamba or Frapin 1697. This mild dried fruit amber scent with tobacco seasoning is a nice one as is, but could have been more. 2.5/5.
02nd August, 2020

Lumberjack Cologne by Strangers Parfumerie

Lumberjack Cologne is a part of the Strangers Perfumerie series that is created by Prin Lomros. All of the perfumes I've tried from Prin Lomros have been excellent and Lumberjack is no exception. How the name was derived is a mystery to me, but this is part of the fun of experiencing a Strangers perfume. The bottles, packaging, labels, names are all part of the fun and party atmosphere surrounding this range of products. The perfume smells like a soft spice incense woods and suede leather. The opening initially had the feel of a fougere with light green citrus over soapy aromatics. This early phase of the scent smells like a blending of Azzarro PH and CdG Kyoto with masculine aromatics combined with gentle incense notes. As the scent wears on it becomes more prominently incense and spice dry wood notes. The woods merge into a saffron suede note that hints at warmth of leather texture that is a side note without turning into a leather scent. Lumberjack reminds me of a few other soft incense scents as a reference: PG Spicematic, Unum Io Non Ho Mani and CdG Dover Street Market come to mind. I like Lumberjack equally to the best of these and the similarity shows a skill that Prin Lomros has with incense and woods to keep a complex blending subtle, light and lively. Rating 4/5.
02nd August, 2020

Aventus Cologne by Creed

The contrasts found in original Aventus are softer and more subtle for a quieter but still very crisp cologne version of the now classic Creed Aventus. The tart citrus opening is slightly softer and the dry ashen base is more transparent. Aventus Cologne is the probable successor /replacement for Pure White Cologne which has never really struck gold in the Creed line-up. I am surprised I like this as much as I do. It is not worth the price, yes, but its hard to find anything objectionable. There is nothing revolutionary or new with Aventus Cologne, but you get a well made, hot weather compatible, Aventus styled flanker that is a pleasure to wear especially in warm weather. Aventus Cologne follows Aventus original; just as Declaration Essence followed Cartier Declaration - 20 years earlier with improvements that will extend the audience, but also dilutes the personality of the original creation.
01st August, 2020

Sticky Fingers by Francesca Bianchi

The cardamom and cinnamon spice opening is a playful introduction to a pure patchouli heart of Francesca Bianchi's latest patchouli assemblage. Spice is a nice set up for an otherwise clean true patchouli fragrance. To further compromise the patchouli there is a pillowy soft gentle sweetness from heliotrope and tonka which gives a soft cashmere sweater landing for the patchouli to lean into.

The name of the perfume, Sticky Fingers, references an album by the Rolling Stones and the graphics from the album cover is also mimicked in the promotion. Clever theft of imagery, but it doesn't work for me. The fragrance is a bit feminine and very soft as opposed to the hard raw sexuality in the Rolling Stones example. Sticky Fingers, the perfume, reminds me of the gentleness in Thierry Mugler A *Men but I like SF more. No matter if the name isn't totally spot on, I still like this fragrance very much. Rating: 4 of 5 stars.
23rd July, 2020

Isparta 26 by Parfumerie Generale

The red berry opening note continues into the main body of the fragrance and would become too sweet like a confection or cherry syrup if it weren't for the smokey base notes that follow. Honestly I don't smell rose, but doesn't mean its not there filling in the gaps of the cherry berry opening scent. The base which at first appears to save this scent with darkr masculine woods and smokey warmth thins out with amber and balsam so that it is kind of muddled. You end with a kind of rosy cherry toned smokey amber scent. I love the opening and first hour of Isparta. But, it slowly becomes compromised and non distinct in statement because the base note doesn't hold strongly to it original smokey oud showing. I would rate this 7 out 10 stars. A nice everyday fragrance, but certainly not my favorite smokey rose or oud rose fragrance.
15th July, 2020

The Black Knight by Francesca Bianchi

The Black Knight opens with a bitter green deep woodland plant and mosses accord that is a result of the exotic touches of artemisia, caraway and bitter green narcissus overlaying a rooty vetiver, clean cedar and aged patchouli base. These notes create the dark mysterious Black Knight green moistened leather feel that flows into a cool vetiver, cedar and patchouli basenote. As the fragrance ages the leather and patchouli become slightly more assertive. The iris heart note provides some light to these cold dark strokes to prevent a collapse upon itself and become all density. The iris butter, honey and beeswax also adds a little lyrical twist of spring fed naughtiness that dances through the dark woodland shadows. The Black Knight is a serious dark green patchouli and moist leather, brooding medieval perfume that creates its own legend from a story of its own making. Rated 4 of 5 stars!
08th July, 2020

Etruscan Water by Francesca Bianchi

Etruscan Water calls to mind the water drawn from deep stone lined wells that reach deep into the earth for cool water that has not seen the light of day. The opening of this fragrance does have a cold stone drawn water feel by the grapefruit over vetiver. Adding to this crisp light green watery aroma are bits of green basil and caraway. An indolic old floral note is added from jasmine that is made smooth by heart notes of iris. The iris note is a Bianchi staple and appears to add smooth mystery to almost every scent of hers that I have had the pleasure to try. The watery green iris flows over a base of ambergris and labdanum and provides an accurate metaphor for well drawn Etruscan Water. There is an old soul quality that is common to all of Bianchi perfumes I've tried and this comes from the complexity and contrasts in each. This perfume does remind me of water drawn from a stone well but the deep quality of the base and heart notes takes this far out of the oceanic green vetiver category and into its own artistic frame. Another very nice fragrance from Francesca Bianchi.
08th July, 2020

The Dark Side by Francesca Bianchi

Dark Side is a dark incense that is made of many of the same notes which create the extraordinary group of Amber "desert" incense classics such as: Andy Tauer L'Air du Desert Morocain, MFK Grand Soir, Atelier des Ors Larmes du Desert. These dark but radiant notes of amber, styrax benzoin, patchouli, sandalwood and Incense form the dark deep incense base that Francesca Bianchi adds a smoothing introduction of soft mellow iris and cooling violet combination that takes these patchouli intense amber incense notes to a darker place. The results are serious and outstanding. A dark and penetrating woods and amber incense scent of great mystery and power. Rated 5 of 5 stars. A beauty!
08th July, 2020

Sex and the Sea Neroli by Francesca Bianchi

S & S Neroli smells exactly like the hot steamy summertime air that lifts off the skin while sunbathing on the beach. The coconut and honey mid notes definitely position this warm skin tone aroma squarely at the beach and in the hot summer sun. I don't necessarily smell anything about sex, but Sex and the Sea is a fun name for coconutty sun tan oil fun fragrance. It leans slightly feminine to my nose and the neroli is barely noticeable in the background. Also the dry down is pleasant with labdanum, benzoin, ambergris, sandalwood - much more substantial dry down than any suntan oil. I like it. Don't know if its for me, but there is a place in the world for this fragrance. I would rate it 3 of 5 stars.
08th July, 2020

Under My Skin by Francesca Bianchi

Under My Skin is a soft and subtle leather and warm musk and light woods fragrance. There are many notes in the fragrance that are so well complimented or contrasted that you don't get much of any one thing but there are a variety of little interesting moments such as: grapefruit on top of ambergris saltiness; then a hint of rose for tiny spots of gentle radiance; all this is against a very pleasant iris leather for a hint of clean skin or lipstick suede leather. A beautiful soft and changeable interesting warm skin fragrance that every now and then shows moments of intrigue and mystery. UMS is truly unisex while still having a hidden but sexy presence. I would rate this 4 of 5 stars and highly recommended.
08th July, 2020

Hyrax by Zoologist Perfumes

At first I smell dried clay which smells old and dusty. This is a powerful dry and clean sun baked type of clay. Few top notes, none. There are so many dry animalic and powdery dust notes in here which create this intense dry clay smell with a slight warm skin aroma that smells like an earthy tuberose that is emanating through the dusky darkness of dried mud and stone. Turkish Rose, Hyacinth plus whiskey and amber gives that slight floral warmth that escapes unnoticed until an hour after application and then it just barely escapes the dryness of saffron, african stone, benzoin, castoreum, tonka and sandalwood. I don't get a fecal smell at all with Hyrax, but it does have a dried dusty floral tone that never overcomes the musky dry scent as the primary aroma. I like this scent, but it is an oddball and I could never recommend it without testing.
04th June, 2020