Fefé (Dandy Napoletano) 2015

Fefé (Dandy Napoletano) by Panama 1924
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Fefé (Dandy Napoletano) is a perfume by Panama 1924 for men and was released in 2015. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by Profumart / Profumitalia.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAmalfi lemonAmalfi lemon Calabrian bergamotCalabrian bergamot TarragonTarragon
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine sambacJasmine sambac Orange blossomOrange blossom SaffronSaffron
Base Notes Base NotesIndian sandalwoodIndian sandalwood Singapore patchouliSingapore patchouli Virginia cedarVirginia cedar Gaiac woodGaiac wood Cashmere woodCashmere wood AmberAmber MuskMusk

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Scent

6.916 Ratings

Longevity

8.414 Ratings

Sillage

7.214 Ratings

Bottle

6.119 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 02.08.2021.
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Scent
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Longevity
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Sillage
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Bottle
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Top Review    13  
Dandy? Hmm... .
.. ... how Boellis came up with this story about this scent is not clear to me. I expected a powdery-sweetish Italo classic and got an intense wood scent.

The start with Hesperidien is immediately crossed by a tarragon note which condenses with saffron to an ingenious herbaceous spice mixture. White blossoms are added - quasi to relief - before the long lasting Holzoverkill starts with creamy sandalwood and some other woods. The icing on the cake was the addition of ambry patchouli and musk to soothe the initially wild scent.

It has little to do with a classically elegant dandy. The scent pyramid already points in the right direction: wood scent.

The scents placed aside the woods push this initially very strong scent - unexpectedly for me - into a more filigree direction. The Italians simply have a knack for this, as do the fragrances of Mazzolari, Farmacia Anunziata S.S. and, in particular, Bois 1920, clearly demonstrate under-safran estragon.

While testing I immediately thought of "Aoud Musk" (sweeter + fuller with 'Oud') and also "Duro (Extrait de Parfum)" (this somewhat darker, more resinous, louder and more linear).
I checked this later, tested "Anthracite Noir" and "Library Collection - Opus VII" against it and found that we have a much brighter and clearer variant than usual in this genre.
And this is exactly what makes this fragrance interesting and also - discreetly dosed - wearable in the office or during leisure time at warmer temperatures.

For whom: Wood scent lovers who are looking for something between "Royal Oud" and "Black Afghano (Extrait de Parfum)"

Shelf life - Sillage: Loosely 8 hours (for an Eau de Toilette very good) - the first hour strong, then decent

Conclusion: Nothing really new, but an interesting variation of the theme wood scent and competition to the brachial-linear Nasomattos.
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Musky dapper!
This new offering by Boellis is also probably their most creative one so far. The color of the packaging (bright bold orange) and the Neapolitan reference misled me at first, I thought this would have been some bright, lively fresh zesty scent, but the notes intrigued me as it seemed actually darker and rounder. And in fact it is, this is by far the darker and also quite more complex scent by this brand. But at the same time, probably the one I enjoy the less.

Basically Fefé is a patchouli-musk bomb with a massive dusty-powdery-woody feel, truly warm and aromatic (even “culinary” thanks to saffron), barely enlightened by some very subtle whiff of citrus greenness. Patchouli, musk and a dusty woody-ambergris accord sit at the core of this scent like big, bold, humid Stonehenge stones: imagine the smell of some antique, kind of musty Belle Epoque closet, with its earthy-powdery and woody nuances, and that nondescript smell of damp dust and old abandoned garments. Refined and melancholic at once, and I surely get the reference to a Neapolitan dandy – a quite evocative and quality portrait of the Italian heritage of laid-back dapper gents of the early Nineteenth century. Or well, of any gentleman of that era, and this is the smell you still can get in some very old boutiques (dusty barbershop boutiques, again... you can’t really say Boellis hasn’t a very clear “fil rouge” throughout their offerings).

The scent is quite complex for me, as the way the notes interact smells quite new to me, but at the same time it doesn’t evolve that much, so that’s pretty much it – patchouli, musk, amber, earthy-powdery nuances, a dusty sort of “damp stones” feel mixed with a soapy vibe. It smells good, but well... quite a bit cloying after a while, honestly. Not sure if that’s intended, but it does seem a bit static, and given the boldness of the notes and their dusty-damp feel, you would probably prefer it to evolve a bit, to “open” somehow, to lose some weight and strength as it feels quite thick and almost haunting after a while. Or just a bit boring. Nonetheless the smell per se is very good, so if you like it or if you’re looking for an unusual patchouli-powdery scent, then it’s a deal. I do like it, but it’s really not an “everyday scent” or something I’d want to reach often.

6,5-7/10

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