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Some fragrances need a little more time
I'm the kind of person who, before buying something, spends hours - in this case, months - researching what would be the best choice. When my interest in smelling good was sparked, I started visiting perfumeries several times a week to try out as many as my nose would allow. I watched Youtube videos, read reviews, and Parfumo became by far my most visited website.
And so, little by little, my arsenal of fragrances emerged, from summer freshies to the extravagance from Kilian (Intoxicated). A total of 7 perfumes are now in my closet. Every imaginable scenario, location, occasion and the devil knows what, I have covered in the best possible way. Except....
I didn't really have an everyday alternative for the colder months. Layton, yes, I already had in my closet.... and Intoxicated too but is it suitable for everyday use? I answered that for me personally with a "rather no". So it was clear, I need one last perfume to close this small (some would say non-existent) gap. So again I searched meticulously for that one perfect match. And so it happened that at some point I also tested Gentleman EdP and unfortunately I don't remember why but for some reason I didn't like it. Maybe the nose was already too foggy from trying it, maybe it was too rarely mentioned in Youtube videos like "Top 10 winter fragrances". Anyway, I didn't find the right perfume and so I postponed my search until later.
And a few days ago was now this "later", so off to the perfumery and test. Shelf by shelf I first went down and tried to remember what my favorites were, until I stood in front of the Gentlemen and knew that these were not one of them. But I just couldn't remember what they smelled like. I knew from Parfumo that the EdP was in the top 100, so I brought test strips, put the perfume on and what happened I couldn't believe myself. I, who could hardly be more critical and usually has something wrong with every perfume, actually believed to have found the perfect perfume. That can not be. So neat up on my hand and let's see how it turns out. And indeed, I was so thrilled by this lavender, iris, vanilla combo, I couldn't stop smelling it - even involuntarily, since sillage and longevity are really top. At the end of the day it was clear: this will be my addition for the cold season. Whether for work, leisure, as a date fragrance, for going out, game night, at the ski lodge.... i could imagine the fragrance everywhere well.
The scent is not a revolution, nothing extraordinary (the similarity to Uomo Intense is unmistakable to me) but it is perfectly matched for my taste, with the right ingredients. Not quite as make-up iris-y as DHI, not as iris-dominant as Prada l'homme, not as youthful as le male le parfum, not leathery like Uomo Intense (personally, I'm not a lover of leather in fragrances). For me, it combined the best of the perfumes I just mentioned. Thus, my Layton has great competition from now on