Wild Tobaccoby Illuminum (2011)
61 of 100%, 35 Ratings
|0 - 20%||5|
|20 - 40%||3|
|40 - 60%||7|
|60 - 80%||16|
|80 - 100%||4|
|Released in the year 2011, apparently still in production.|
|Top Notes||Clove, Clary sage|
|Heart Notes||Tobacco, Cedarwood|
|Base Notes||Castoreum, Tonka bean, Labdanum|
Researched and submitted by Kankuro
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Very helpful Review - 12/23/2012
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Upon sampling Wild Tobacco, I am reminded of a number of other fragrances … Cartier's Declaration springs to mind as well as one or two by Diptyque, another Jo Malone-esque undertaking. Illuminum's website reports that " creatively combined into four fragrance families – Floral, Citrus, Musk and Oud – each scent shines a spotlight on eight star ingredients using a supporting caste (sic) of molecules and aldehydes to help them sparkle."
In Wild Tobacco the "eight star ingredients" are listed as:
Top: Clary Sage, Clove Buds
Middle: Virginian Cedar wood, Tobacco Leaves
Base: Castoreum, Tonka Bean, Labdanum
OK then … let's make that seven (one must've gone missing) with the copy about the fragrance using words like "fanfare of herbs and spices" and 'sostenato (sic - as far as I know, 'sostenuto' means 'sustained') chord of sensuousness and depth".
Utter 'balderdash' imho … Wild Tobacco is a straight up, Clove laden, vague Tobacco scent with poor to average sillage and abysmal longevity. It also has the misfortune of containing Clary Sage, providing it with a good dose of 'unwashed armpit'. If this is what a 'distinguished gentleman's club' smells like there must've been an un-showered hooker in last night for 'entertainment' purposes. Now, I don't have a problem with a fragrance being just average or even 'cheap'. What I do take issue with is bottling bilge and then selling it at £100 a bottle, in the guise of "perfumery's future". Such behavior within the hallowed halls of niche perfumery is relatively commonplace (just look at Tom Ford) but nonetheless completely reprehensible!
I have tried a few other samples from this collection that are nice (reviews will follow), but I cannot call Wild Tobacco anything but a ripoff. Avoid!!
I have this sample set, too, and now that I've seen your CLOVE RED FLAG, I'll make sure to test this one with a bath on the horizon. lol
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