Top Notes: Grapefruit, Clary sage leaves, Black pepper, Lily of the valley
Middle Notes: Vetiver from Java
Base Notes: Cedarwood, Cistus, Ambergris, Tonka bean
Interesting mix of scents here. It starts off with great sillage. The greenness of the notes mixes well with the citrus, florals and spice. The tonka sweetens it. The vetiver is very grassy and is probably the closest I've smelled to actual grass, but the other notes add more freshness and depth. Once the wood enters the...
At the heart of the scent: Vetiver, with an elegant Sandalwood note and dashes of Cypress, Juniper and Pink Pepper, for an earthy, warm and enveloping, yet subtle presence. ~ Chanel site
Now this is a nice surprise. Great vetiver on par with Encre Noire but at the same time it's less harsh. This could be used year-round but most would like it for the late summer/fall/winter periods. The vetiver is very clear at the beginning but the nice juniper and cypress soften the experience. Very...
Top Notes: Coffee beans, spice oils, incense
Heart Notes: Sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla, vetiver
Base Notes: Ambegris, oakmoss, vanilla
This is a nice sandalwood (more woody like planks of wood than typical incense) sweetened with vanilla and an enjoyable ambergris. The opening is a bit harsh and very earthy but it softens to a nice exotic scent not unlike Timbuktu (but without the fruit). The sillage isn't great like Timbuktu but it probably would be a monster if it did project too...
Givenchy Vetiver original
Top ~ Tarragon, bergamot, Cinnamon
Heart ~ Cedar, Vetiver & patchouli
Base ~ Civet & Russian Leather
This is powerful from the start. It's a little like Guerlain's sweet vetiver but with more woods and herbs. It's very pungent. The tarragon pungent smell mixes with the bergamot to give off an "herby" floor cleaner smell (not as bad as described) and the leather gives off a stately quality and helps to contrast the greenness of the herbs. In terms of...
Top Notes: Bergamot, Rose
Middle Notes: Jasmin, Spices, Peach
Base Notes: Oakmoss, Woody notes
Okay I've taken the plunge. The citrus is pretty obvious and so is the rose (which is similar to the rose on Habit Rouge EDT but stronger). Pretty quickly the middle notes approach with a nice blending of all those notes. The peach gives the floral a slight gourmand reaction. I found it to be pretty quiet in the first couple of minutes but now it keeps drumming on in a good clip...
Santa Maria Novella Ginestra
Notes: Citrus, Ginestra flowers, Oakmoss
Very refreshing scent. It's got a nice citrus to it and mixed with sweet hay like florals and oakmoss it becomes this nice outdoorsy scent. This is perfect for anyone who likes Oakmoss but not Grey Flannel.
Ocean notes, bamboo stalk, java tea leaves, floral herbaceous notes, sweet water mint, yellow wild broom, acacia flowers, sand white lily, yellow rose, tiare, musk
Oh no it starts off with hairspray much like Brezza di Mare! :blink: Pretty quickly some different accords appear. A soft bamboo and minty florals. The hairspray is lighter in this and mimics sand/dirt so there's a little impression of flowers and dirt. This maybe too feminine to me but Lucky Scent describes it as unisex...
I Profumi di Firenze Brezza di Mare
sea salt, bergamot, lemons, limes and watermelon
Starts off with a harsh blast of hairspray before it starts calming down. There is rubbery sea salt accord that's slightly sweet. The slightly sweet part is supposed to be bergamot, lemons, limes and watermelon but it's swamped by "hairspray sea salt" to the point that it's hard to decipher. It's basically like headache inducing paper with hairspray and slightly sweet. Yuck! :cursing:
Myrtle, Cedarwood, Marine Algae
Very similar to Hyle but much stronger scent. There's a Marine accord but it's less fake smelling than most and the cedarwood definitely gives off a vibe of wood floating in water. The ingredients are good and the sillage and longevity are better the Hyle. The myrtle and cedarwood mix well together and the algae gives off an oceanic greenness. The price is exorbitant for either Hyle or Acqua di Sale. Those who love licorice will love these scents...
Farmacia SS. Annunziata dal 1561 Hyle
Lemon, bergamot, myrtle, lavender, ginger, ozone, musk notes, juniper wood, patchouli
This is a strange acquatic. It has barely some ozone and much more noticable myrtle and lavender. It comes off a little like overchewed bubble gum. The juniper wood is more noticable and as it comes in it improves the scent, but ultimately the sillage is nonexistent and there's little longevity. For the price it's not worth it.
Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Cuba
Notes: Honey, leather, tobacco
The leather starts off a little like talcum powder (in a good way) and mixes well with the light tobacco and a good helping of honey. This is a very pleasing scent and for an EdC lasts pretty long and the sillage is very good. The price may be a bit steep but anyone who likes Creed Vintage Tabarome, Knize Ten, and Burberry London should give this one a shot. Overtime the scents meld together in a cohesive oneness...
Top notes: Grapefruit and cardamom;
middle notes: Tahitian vetiver, bourbon geranium and ylang-ylang;
base notes: Iris, patchouli and bourbon vetiver.
On the top the noticeable grapefruit appears and patchouli (anyone with Terre D'Hermes will understand) but a high quality vetiver accompanies it and together it's like a gourmand vetiver. With the floral cardamom it keeps it outdoorsy. It's evocative like outdoors near an ocean but it's a mile away. For an aquatic this is very...
Top Notes: Lemon Tree Leaves, Bergamot
Middle Notes: Juniper, Absinthe, Coriander, Nutmeg
Base Notes: Oakmoss, Patchouli, Everlasting Flower
Interesting surprise. This is similar to other fragrances but fits it's own niche. When first sprayed on the lemon and bergamot are harsh and chemical. When you put your wrist away and let it develop you get a leaves smell similar to Yatagan but more subtle and more citrusy. The juniper appears and warms it up. On the...
Top Notes: Bergamot, Lavender, Cinnamon leaves, Black pepper
Middle Notes: Mimosa Flower, Port wine, Leather notes
Base Notes: Guaiac wood, Oakmoss, Opoponax, Tobacco leaf
Off the top you get a little bergamot but much more mimosa fruit flower. Also leather and tobacco make their appearance quickly and last. This is not a bad department store scent and the longevity is very good. To me this is mainly a fall and especially winter scent. The tobacco leaves seem...
Top notes: bergamot and citrus,
Middle note: pepper
Base notes: sandalwood, ambergris and pepper.
One thing I'll give Vintage Tabarome is that with a drop I'm still getting some scent going on so longevity and sillage must be at the top level. It's like a nice green super peppery citrus. Very unique and easily better than the new Creed Tabarome. VERY MANLY. The citrus and the pepper with the basenotes is what makes it so unique. It's almost like I'm smelling a chair at a peppery...
Cale Fragranze D'Autore Mistero
Top notes: rum, rhubarb and mint
Middle notes: pimento, elemi, saffron and basmati rice
Base notes: oak, agar, labdanum and musk
It starts off smelling like an oil painter's pallete of turpintine and paint. This is definitely due to the pimento. Pepper tends to make other green scents chalky smelling. The basmati rice and oak appear pretty quickly. The oak is very recognizable much like smelling oaked wine. The mint gives it a freshness and the...
This scent is a simple citrus floral. It is a good comparison with Acqua di Parma Colonia. Just dial down the excess powder and remove the roses and you’re getting closer. It has a charming old-world quality coming from the realistic florals. It’s smells like orange blossom but it isn’t overpowering and very refreshing. The longevity is similar to Caldey Island Lavender and it could be worn by both men and women (though it comes with a ribbon). I personally would prefer this to Acqua...
Top Notes: Mango, Berries, Pink Pepper, Cardamom.
Middle Notes: Karo Karounde Flower, Papyrus Wood, Frankincense
Base Notes: Myrrh, Vetiver, Patchouli, Benzoin
The mango and berries appear upfront and refreshing. Pretty quickly a really nice floral appears mixed with a nice light wood. There's good sillage and longevity like most L'Artisan fragrances. The wood and flower are what makes this exotic and the incense finishes it off well by being a little sweet. This is so...
Top Notes: Eucalyptus, Cardamom, Orange Blossom Absolute and White Cedar
Middle Notes: Red Turkish Rose Absolute, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute, Cinnamon Leaves, Mace and Rosewood
Base Notes: Benzoin, Tonka beans, Vanilla, Incense, Red Sandalwood and Guaicum Wood
The citrus at the top is overpowered by the wood. The rose and floral elements are overpowered by cinnamon leaves, rosewood, and vanilla. The leaves themselves are much better represented by Yatagan. It seems like it should...
Patou pour homme prive
Top notes: Bergamot, Lavender
Middle notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli, New Mown Hay
Another great lavender scent. The bergamot is great and the lavender is bumped up with a green hay/grassy scent and supported by sandalwood and patchouli. It jumps between a sweet soapiness to a green earthiness. It’s hard to compare this with anything because it’s so original. This should be sampled by anyone who likes fragrance. Good longevity and sillage...