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    I have owned a decant of Interlude Man for about a year. I keep revisiting it and cannot get past the oregano\smoke combo. I like other smokey fragrances, Hyde, City on Fire, Bois D'ascese. I think it's the combination of oregano that is really off-putting.

    Now as far as longevity and projection go, it's in it's own class. Beast mode doesn't accurately describe the nuclear projection of this juice. I read something funny on Fragrantica where a person said something like "this fragrance really shows it's beauty about 45 days after the first spray. Just wait for it..".

    There's no real point to this thread other than this is the first fragrance I really dislike and it's not for lack of trying.

    Wondering what others think?

    Anyone try the newer Black Iris flanker? I know the oregano is gone which could be a good thing (for me that is)...
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    Interlude is one that I don't wear often, but love it when I do decide to spray it on in the dead of winter. Sweet, spicy smoke. Haven't tried the newer flanker to compare.

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    The Original and flankers are all good! I here now and then some (like you op) get put off by a certain note, presumably oregano, but sooo many people that I’ve seen here and other places seem to really love and appreciate Interlude’s quality, smell, and uniqueness....just as I do! But of course, not for everyone.

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    Personally never took a liking to Interlude
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    Yup, no idea what made them choose Oregano over 100,000,000,000,000,000 other notes. I prefer it in the drydown when the oregano finally starts to calm down and the opoponax/amber combo kicks in.

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    Interlude is one that I haven't tried, I'd be open to try at least once.
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    I love Interlude, but it's HUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE. One spray is enough for an entire 24 hours.

    I especially love the later stage, after a few hours when something deep in the base starts to smell like caramel.

    My favorite time to wear Interlude is in the dead of winter, but it's surprisingly great in summer if humidity is really low. August in Florida? No way. August in Arizona? You bet!

    I wouldn't be surprised if I'd enjoy the Black Iris flanker even more. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like it could be right up my alley.
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    I had a decant. Never found it that Smokey. More of a dry herbal Amber along the lines of Ambre Sultan, supported with Oud and smoke.
    The dry amber, oregano and smoke is a pretty acrid combination and I can see how it might feel too much for some people.
    i like the oregano both in Interlude and Ambre Sultan. I find it less prominent in interlude and it settles down pretty quickly from my memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheetah1919 View Post
    The Original and flankers are all good! I here now and then some (like you op) get put off by a certain note, presumably oregano, but sooo many people that I’ve seen here and other places seem to really love and appreciate Interlude’s quality, smell, and uniqueness....just as I do! But of course, not for everyone.
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    I enjoy interlude, and my nose doesn't really pick out the oregano note that well. That said, I don't wear it often, maybe just a few times each winter. I was going to suggest just what you said OP, and to try the black iris version. I believe it's supposed to be a bit smoother and missing the oregano note as well. I might give that a testing myself at some point.
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    Try Black Iris. The biggest difference from the OG to my nose is the lack of a noticeable oregano note. It’s also beastly, but a bit more reasonable to wear. I like both, but now prefer the Black Iris flanker for its increased wearability.

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    I like it a lot, to me it's a good combination of spices, amber, and smoke. and I like the fact that it's powerful-now that perfumes, even niche, tend to be more subdued.

    But powerful it is-and if one doesn't like it, I can see it would be impossible to wear.

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    Yes. The oregano was way overdone. Ruined what would otherwise have been a masterpiece. Overdoing one single offensive note has become common for them.
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    It's a highly accurate recreation of shisha smoke. It's not really something you're meant to enjoy wearing yourself but no doubt is the kind 'oh wow' fragrance that will turn peoples' heads as you walk past them on the street.

    I don't think it has anything to do with the oregano, personally. That's such a small component in the blend. It's almost certainly opoponax, which is a prominent note to create the main leather accord.
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    The most recent bottle I purchased of this earlier this month, the oregano seemed less prominent. What surprised me the most was the bergamot was quite noticeable whereas it wasn't for me before in the previous bottle and samples.
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    I like it, but it's not something I can handle very often.

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    Great winter gem.

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    The oregano is really off-putting for me too. Even more than the kind of smoky it uses (an ashtray smell).
    But I can see its appeal for many, like in many other fragrances that aren’t just for me.
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    Love the oregano note, which my nose reads as green-herbal, not really specific oregano.

    I think the more you wear Interlude the less you will notice the oregano as a separate note.
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    I actually liked Interlude the first time that I tried it. It's a very bold scent, and that oregano note is certainly powerful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jcelello View Post
    Try Black Iris. The biggest difference from the OG to my nose is the lack of a noticeable oregano note. It’s also beastly, but a bit more reasonable to wear. I like both, but now prefer the Black Iris flanker for its increased wearability.
    I never cared for Interlude because of the orégano note; it really “popped” on my skin. This comment re: Black Iris from Jcelello is something to consider... He’s got a great nose and has one heck of a collection for reference.
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    I'm also in the hate the oregano category. I wore it like four times and never could tolerate that note. It smelled way too foody to me in a way I did not like.

    I'd guess it's one of those issues that some people are able to just easily disregard and appreciate the other notes. I could not. It's the only note that registered with me. Sold it last year.

    I do notice it has been eliminated from the INTERLUDE flanker.
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    I adore Interlude. I use four sprays on clothes. Love the opening and the dry down.
    FYI: I spray all fragrances on clothing, never on skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    I adore Interlude. I use four sprays on clothes. Love the opening and the dry down.
    I'm surprised you're upright after 4 sprays...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fernaldo View Post
    I'm surprised you're upright after 4 sprays...
    I wore 4 sprays from a decant and found it to be strong but optimal for me.

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    Can I just say that sprayed on bedding and pillows it smells absolutely divine and you get nothing of the oregano note, for those worried about such things.
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    I love Interlude as well, and am also in the 4 spray camp. I don't get the "super insane beast nuclear" thing everybody else seems to get. Sure its strong, but its no stronger than Aventus, or Red Tobacco, or Tuscan Leather or any other booming performers. Its longevity, on the other hand.... well it lasts for weeks on clothes.

    I also agree that it is wearable year round (except high heat, high humidity as someone said) and for me its very versatile. On top of that, its one of my wife's favorites on me. She never fails to comment on how good I smell - and comment on how "thats one of my favorites on you".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Joe View Post
    I love Interlude as well, and am also in the 4 spray camp. I don't get the "super insane beast nuclear" thing everybody else seems to get. Sure its strong, but its no stronger than Aventus, or Red Tobacco, or Tuscan Leather or any other booming performers. Its longevity, on the other hand.... well it lasts for weeks on clothes.

    I also agree that it is wearable year round (except high heat, high humidity as someone said) and for me its very versatile. On top of that, its one of my wife's favorites on me. She never fails to comment on how good I smell - and comment on how "thats one of my favorites on you".
    Can recall using this fragrance for the first time years ago, just 1 small spray on top of my hand, from a 2ml vintage vial and the complete living room smelled like this fragrance for hrs, that strong it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jcelello View Post
    Try Black Iris. The biggest difference from the OG to my nose is the lack of a noticeable oregano note. It’s also beastly, but a bit more reasonable to wear. I like both, but now prefer the Black Iris flanker for its increased wearability.
    Agree with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slayerized View Post
    Can recall using this fragrance for the first time years ago, just 1 small spray on top of my hand, from a 2ml vintage vial and the complete living room smelled like this fragrance for hrs, that strong it was.
    Haha! It really is a BEAST isn't it! I've a 10ml sample and I'm wishing I'd bought just 5ml as I'd have to wear it every day until I was 153 years old to use a whole 10ml...!




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