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ICON - Masculine understatement
It was the time before Parfumo when I left Karstadt on Mönckebergstraße with a few fragrances. In my bag I found a sample of Icon. Since I knew the purchased fragrances and specifically acquired, I had not tested anything further in the store.
I stopped testing fragrances in the store a long time ago, when I actually already know which one(s) I want to buy. The danger with me is just too great that it degenerates. Like probably many of you, I've sworn off impulse buys. And that's a good thing. Patience is a virtue, but should be mMn in relation to perfumes actually a basic requirement.
Dunhill has up to this point completely passed me by. Too much I had provided this company with prejudices such as "old-fashioned, turgid, boring, does not fit me anyway" and therefore never tested (if at all somewhere times a Dunhill tester stood). So I sat in the car with my bag and since I hadn't tested anything in advance and my limbs were receptive to it, Icon was placed on my forearm. 2 sprays should be enough to change my image of Dunhill. Of course, one scent can't speak for the entire brand, but this Icon was so good from the 2nd second on that I had to really pull myself together not to buy it right away. So over the course of the day, continued to smell it on my arm. The scent was found to be very good and after the sample was almost emptied, a bottle was purchased. Over the months, other fragrances entered the collection and somehow Icon was forgotten. To make room I Idiot even sold it. Why does one do such a thing? My patience then was not that of today. Good that one learns from the one or other mistake also sometimes... My luck was that I had forgotten also the sample. It was somewhere far down in the sample jar. When I was cleaning up the other day, I got my hands on this (leftover) sample. I have rarely been so happy to find a sample and went straight into scent ecstasy. Immediately I was back to that late summer when I discovered the scent. Wow. Rarely have I felt so guilty. Sounds dorky, but it's true. So Icon was ordered right back. Good so, he will stay.
The fragrance starts for me very fresh, spicy, citrusy with a nice pepper note. Not pungent, rather invigorating. It joins quite quickly neroli, lavender and sage. They make Icon feel warm, flattering, cozy. On the other hand, I find the scent very masculine, energetic. I notice the stated base notes less than the heart notes in the rest of the course. Oud I do not smell, only minimal leather nuances and the vetiver is very light, bright and fresh. An understatement fragrance. For me the whole year wearable, only it should not be too hot. Rather with a shirt than a t-shirt, rather with chinos or jeans than with shorts. A certain (age-independent) maturity should bring the wearer. The durability is very good with me and also the projection leaves nothing to be desired. An absolute price / performance banger.
In a way, Icon has opened the door to Neroli for me, but on a selective basis because everything about the fragrance must fit (for me). My current signature scent is Opalon, without Icon Opalon would have passed me by.
Nice how one's preferences develop and change over time - faster for one, slower for the other - and sometimes you have to find your way back to something to experience a certain level of happiness.
Icon smells to me of understatement with a bit of bad boy character.