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Love at second sniff... from herbaceous-cool to balsamic-meditative and close to the skin...
Note: this is a revised review of this fragrance, which only conquered me the second time I tested it this spring...
First and second impressions are identified, I took out the BR540 digression....
First acquaintance: after very appealing descriptions, here is my first blind purchase. Comes in a very small 15 ml version - "can't go wrong" I thought to myself.1826 was supposed to be a complement to my winter-discovered and much-loved skin scents. Unfortunately, however, we did not seem to harmonize at all.
Almost immediately after spraying it on, a somehow very familiar 70s "freshness" hit me in the nose - harsh, medicinal-mountain-mot. Patchouli came right through - herbaceous and cool, just like the incense. And wouldn't form a warm liaison with my skin. No, no melt, no florals, resins + musk? Not perceptible on me at all. It was and remained patchouli. Of the cold and bitter variety. And so it stayed for a while, until I actually couldn't stand it anymore and had to wash it off after about half an hour.... went but not quite off.
After that, it smelled like patchouli in the process of fading on my forearm. Was actually kind of nice... well, so regretfully nice.
Reminded me of past disappointments and bad decisions turned into fragrances. Of rejections and opportunities that weren't meant to be. Of trying to like something that didn't succeed.
Up to this point, much of the scent's progression had escaped me, but whenever I took another sniff of the bottle, there remained the sad patchouli that I didn't like, and the regret of possibly having to overcome a top note before I would like the scent.... that first went into the closet and the souk...
Love at second sniff: the bottle lingered in the souk unloved and unwanted by anyone.
Meanwhile, at another souk, I received a sample of Ulrich Lang's Nightscape. Of this I had also had a sample in the winter and this passed on, because the fragrance wg. its initial freshness did not appeal to me so...
When I tested this again, I was completely surprised that he presented himself this time only very briefly fresh, but then wonderfully woody me. In the fragrance pyramid is also patchouli "built", which wonderfully discreetly subordinated to the woody notes.... AND: he reminded me of the Zonk in the closet.
Should he about?
Yes! Sprayed this time, a woody-balsamic scent reveals itself to me, with latent-creamy musk, carried by softly-unky and ungrounded patchouli. This time it snuggles up and does exactly what Gaukeleya, among others, describes here. Melts into the skin and becomes quiet and personal. I am very gaffed.
The bottle is no longer available. I suspect the change of season has done us both a world of good. Like the Ulrich Lang, I initially tested 1826 in the winter, where neither worked particularly well with my skin chemistry. Now that it is warmer, they are fantastically tart-balsamic, discreet, unisex and very suitable for a pleasant Zen attitude in the currently yet quite stressful everyday life.
The bottle is beautiful and simple even (or perhaps especially) in its 15 ml version - the atomizer is ingenious and allows a very fine dosage.
Oh, too bad.
All's well that ends well.