My first review. Well, here we go.
My new enthusiasm for niche fragrances is taking on more serious traits. Fascinated by this new, unknown world, I throw myself with all my interest and perceptiveness (as much as can still be teased out after hours of online lectures) into never-ending adventures consisting of Parfumo reviews, YouTube videos and dozens of forums.
Le Male, Sauvage, Hollister, cK One, Armani & co. have had their day and are put aside like an aging, somewhat musty teddy bear. A niche fragrance must come.
I would love to smell them all. From Tom Ford to Creed to Xerjoff to Parfums de Marly to Amouage. But a certain pandemic and living in a small town put a crimp in my plans; I guess it'll have to wait until I can inquisitively bust down store doors.
The alternative is quickly found: Souk. So orders are placed. Creamy gourmand fragrances, spicy-green classics, fresh summer scents, the well-known "compliment-getter": I smell myself once across the niche world. To make an important decision: "calm down", I have to tell myself, "you can't buy them all". So I focus on the upcoming summer.
The bottles with the two horses often catch my eye in my search. I don't pay much attention to them, though. "Looks like the private label of Ferrari", I think to myself and give more attention to simpler and more modern flacons (that's the way it is at the beginning, you judge -certainly hastily and too quickly- about fragrances) like those of Tom Ford.
But why the stinginess? Sedley comes along in the pool. Everywhere you read and hear about its abysmal longevity at the time. I am not deterred. I want to convince myself of that.
And it comes, as it must come: He strikes me directly positive. None of the other fragrances can keep up with this creation. I am blown away. "Please don't be Sedley. Or be it. Or...please don't be," I think to myself as I flip the test strip over and read: PDM: Sedley. Oh great. Mixed feelings come up. So the best fragrance by far is the one that is said to have the worst staying power. So? Is it that weak? Unfortunately: yes.
Two weeks later, I have Reflection by Amouage in my shopping cart. Not a true summer scent, however, I also really like this Le Male DNA with an elegant floral touch. Until today.
I'm actually just counting down the days until I can finally run into the perfumery and leave with Sedley in a sleek black bag. In the spring, Bleu de Chanel served as a gap filler but every time I walked past the beautiful blue bottle in the store, he looked at me reproachfully and formally spoke to me: "Now buy me yet finally. My only shortcoming was my shelf life. I've fixed that. What are you waiting for?"
Well, that's a good question. I was originally going to get it in early July. As a self reward for then hopefully passing exams. But why actually? Summer temperatures have long been an everyday occurrence. I've waited long enough. The tester will soon be empty. The girlfriend is a big fan. And some occasion will already find to justify the 225 Euro purchase before himself.
I sit at the computer, in the here and now. Move my left arm to my nose. And think about how, after all these paragraphs, I now best confess that I'm an absolute sucker at recognizing individual scents and, more importantly, putting them into words. I just try it anyway.
The first few minutes smell to me like someone squeezed a fruit juice of limes, grapefruit, and other similar citrus fruits onto my forearm. Fantastic, this naturalness. Add to that, sort of as a topping: a freshly picked mint leaf. I am blown away. This opening is, in my opinion, absolutely unique and until today, no fragrance manages to pull me so under its spell.
After about 30 minutes, the scent becomes, I can't say it any other way, more herbaceous. Lavender is for me the dominant note, if you can say it so. The fragrance is namely anything but intrusive. The fruit takes a bit of a back seat, the mint takes the place for the most part and explains the herbaceous, spicy for me. However, in a soft and very pleasant way.
After 1,5-2h a pleasant wood comes in. Woods, if you want to go by the official notes, but with my expertise I leave it now times with a gentle wood.
The total composition lasts on my skin about 6-8h. Considerable for a summer fragrance. The beauty of it is that one never takes the place of the other. Fresh citrus, gentle spicy lavender and delicate wood occur in its symbiosis.
To the flacon I can say no more than: perfect. The chavvy Ferrari association of yesteryear is history, I could look at this elegant blue / gray all day. The sprayer is also insane. I could press minutely like a small child on it.
Bottom line: this scent is perfection to me. So simple, so plain, yet so rich and unique. The wait is over.
To quote an esteemed scientist of mine, summer is going to be good.