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Memories from the past
When I was looking for fragrances around my registration at Parfumo, a category came to my mind, which I absolutely wanted to test. You could call it bar/alternal club fragrances. Because the thought of a mixture of tobacco, alcoholic notes and spice sounded interesting and worth testing. Representatives of this category were named a few, which I then took a little broader for myself because of the scent pyramids. Thus, besides Tobacco Vanilla, London or Jazz Club, fragrances like Herod were among the desired candidates. Jazz Club in particular also quickly landed in front of my nose as a rehearsal, so I had a starting point.
Unfortunately the scent did not turn out to be what I had in mind and so I put it aside disappointed. My negative/disappointing experience, however, led me to inform myself about the other fragrances in the Replica range. After some research I ended up with the name By the Fireplace. The more I informed myself about the scent, the more I had the feeling that this scent could also disappoint my expectations, because a pure smoking aroma would not be my case. The caution came naturally by the experience with Jazz Club.
A good year later, I checked out the scent again on YT. I took heart and wrote to a great perfume user, with whom I had already made several sample deals, and asked if he would sell me his remaining bottle. He agreed and so I not only made a blind buy, but also had a surprising experience.
Especially when I unpacked the fragrance, because the bottle is a visual enrichment for every collection. It looks like a bottle from a century ago. So trivial and yet filigree that it is almost artistic in its entirety. In addition, the label, which lavishly denounced over the glass, yet was processed so informatively and stylishly and has a wonderful feel to it. The spray head, which may well already count itself among the better ones, was convincing.
By the Fireplace is a fragrance, where so many thoughts and memories shoot through my head from sniffing the spray head. A fragrance that I have smelled before, so that I thought: "You know this one from somewhere". Now an interposed question to our perfume users, has there ever been a fragrance before that was similar to this one ? I have the feeling that I smelled this kind of fragrance two decades ago at my father's house
The perfumer has created something here where I inevitably tend to get a better rating just from these memories. Not the original pure incense aroma, which I would have resigned myself to, but a sensual union of delicate incense mist from the campfire, sticks held in there and marshmallows to sweeten the evening for the children. At the beginning the fragrance starts with clouds of smoke, which are not too dark, rather light wood, just freshly lit. According to my association, some burnt nuts still come towards me here, some of which already have dark spots. A change is clearly noticeable here, because the light smoke becomes darker with time, as the wood already forms a carbon-like crust. This doesn't harm the fragrance, because it counteracts with much sweeter notes. What some of my fellow reviewers interpret as a marshmallow, I would describe in contrast to this rather as liquid caramel in admixture with the nuts mentioned at the beginning. Both may be correct, as one is a fine and pleasant sweetness, which gives the fragrance the perfect balance.
Like other fragrances that combine smoke chords, this one has good durability and sillage. Especially in those moments when the smoke aroma still has the upper hand, the fragrance tries to show a decent projection. As soon as the sweetness gets the whole thing under control, the projection sinks a little, but remains on a good level. The shelf life of the fragrance is perfectly adequate. Since I have heard the scent over the time of my work, I would testify a skin-near durability of just over eight hours without any problems.
Again such a fragrance, which like Jo Malone's Blackberry & Bay has given me a number of thoughts and memories. Thanks for that.