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AmberScent 4 years ago 4 1
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An enchanting, sophisticated and mysterious noir fragrance
Gabriel Chami, owner of ScentStory, set up an interesting and simple perfumes business model. When this company started in 2008, he proposed the "customer availability of niche fragrances without having to rob a Bank". With a strong belief that fragrances are a perfect media for story telling as well as expressing true feelings and emotions. The scents concocted by ScentStory are powerful and obsessive. Its 24 range of fragrances offers us a burst of intense scents created by artisan perfumers, but developed in the pure tradition of French fine perfumery.
The proposed fragrances are positioned halfway between a Niche behaviour and a Designer one.Undoubtedly their "Elixir" line of fragrances is niche and unique, while others could populate a shelf of most medium and top designers.

ScentStory exudes confidence with 24 Go Dark through a spirited and oriental masculine cologne. This scent sits upon an animalistic base of rich leather, earthy musk and sweet strong vanilla that mark the scent perceived by the surrounding people during the dry down. An aromatic heart notes of spicy pepper and exotic patchouli characterize the middle evolution and present a good blending with top and bottom notes. The opening is kind of short lived, presenting a zesty lemon and bitter bergamot together with other citrus and apple.
As a general sentiment, the fragrance is enchanting, sophisticated and distinctly mysterious. Its general aroma is of a smoky, dark, earthy and sweet perfume. To my liking, it's a jewal that fulfills my deepest requisits for a fragrance that I really may enjoy wearing. It has an unmistakable ressemblance with the lesser dark D&G The One and The One Gentleman, but with better performance.
24 Go Dark is packaged in a simple yet sleek square black bottle with a chunky black cap and front vivid red numbered detail. It's similar to other "24" ScentStory flasks, but with a sleek "noir" colour that fits well this fragrance. It seems to have been discontinued but it is easy to purchase in Web Providers, at a very inviting price.

Really recommended!
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AmberScent 4 years ago 3 2
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A Zara perfume easier to wear than to pronounce its name
This new baby from Zara, with a vowel-less name, smells good, but looks a bit weak in terms of projection. The first time I tried this fragrance I suspected of some olfactory boredom, but the surrounding people confirmed that the projection was kind of faint.
Scentwise it's a natural pleaser with a short-lived, earthy and rosy spicy opening, that gains smoky and tar-like facets later on.
Before the drydown, fragrance evolutes to a musky warm background frame with a strong, sweet and resinous amber tone, without loosing some of the smoke and earlier spiciness.
It's a very safe Oriental perfume to wear, and probably a crowd pleasing base for Zara to develop future flankers.

Keep your scent high!
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AmberScent 4 years ago 6 1
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Praising a Zara not clone scent
Zara should have probably two lines of perfume business. No, I am not talking about Zara Home which for me is a totally different perfume maker. I am talking about having a different Zara perfume company for clones and another Zara for non Clones.
Zara does make average to good clones, but as far as I am concerned, I find myself buying Zara perfumes for two reasons only:
1 - The scent is very good, so I buy it. Both online and in the store the purchasing is easy and affordable.
2 - The scent is very good, and even if I feel that I will not use it, and just want to play with the fragrance a bit, I buy it anyway because it is inexpensive. To make a decant would be costier.
So in my case I don't see any compelling reason to buy a Zara fragrance because of it being a clone of some upscale fragrance.
Zara already produced some very good fragrances like Zara 9.0, Hi-Lo Country, Exclusive Oud and Vibrant Leather EDT and EDP. All this examples have been perceived as clones of upscale perfumes, namely Valentino Uomo/Dior Homme, JPG Ultra Mâle, Armani Privé Oud Royal and Creed Aventus in the same order.
This clone chasing behavior is making us fragrance lovers lose the opportunity of buying/using some very good Zara fragrances by sheer unawareness of its value as a scent. In a recent past some Zara fragrances like Ambre Noble, Tone Indéterminée and Ganache Tonka lost the opportunity of a deserved market hype, just because they were not clones of a flashy expensive perfume... And almost anybody cared to use them.

Having said (written) that, I would like to present you a very good Zara fragrance, not a clone of any perfume I know: Zara Winter Collection!
It's a fougère EDT for men (no, not unisex to me) aiming to be used in Autumn, Winter and early Spring.
It seems to be preety linear (not a defect) and even if it has a citrus accord, this one does not pretend to be fresh (remember it's for cold weather), but nevertheless fullfills its aromatic function.
To the main accord I would like to label it as pleasant forest scent with the woodiness and the herbal greenness of cypress, eucalyptus, cedar, lavender and patchouli. What a magnific clean and dew moist forest scent! It's really a please everybody manly scent that you may use on a daily basis, at leisure or in the office.
There is also a bit of earthy spiciness to frame mother earth in this forest scent, and a bit of amber to round any edges that could exist. You may also feel some brightness, with a hint of sweetness, from the orange blossom note.
It's not really the scent of a dark gloomy wood filled with trolls, orcs and gnomes. It's the aroma of a bright forest with chirping birds, funny rabbits, beautiful deers and bright flowery glades, where probably sleeping beauty lived with her fairy godmothers.

It's not a long lasting or heavy projecting fragrance but do reaply at will or keep a bottle in the office, besides one at home. I paid €10.00 for my Zara Winter Collection flask and certainly everyone can afford two bottles.

Keep your scent high!
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AmberScent 4 years ago 6 2
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Absolutely gorgeous manly scent leading Gucci recent (r)evolution
A turmoil has been taking place at Gucci after the appointment of a new creative director, Alessandro Michele, two years ago. In the fragrances department a handful of women perfumes, along no less than fourteen Gucci scents in The Alchemist's Garden unisex niche line, have been launched after Guilty Absolute pour Homme.
We also saw new sequin neck bow ties, serpent embroidered dinner jackets and fur-lined Gucci loafers. Just like in Gucci other collections, we may see a mix of messages behind the new men scent that is probably the banner of the Gucci new winds of change. The woodleather ingredient is an homage to the ultimate Gucci materials, while the flask is finished with details inspired by the beauty lounge line and the liquid is the colour of manly cigars and cognac.
You might not instantly recognise the work Alberto Morillas as it is far from its traditional creations. Morillas defined the Gucci Guilty Absolute scent with two leading notes: Woodleather® and Goldenwood®.
- Woodleather is an obvious tribute to the House’s leather making roots, and a rare type of the common leather note.
- Goldenwood is a new natural extract of the Nootka Cypress. While conducting researches in the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Archive, Morillas came across the Goldenwood ingredient, and selected it specially for this fragrance. The resulting scent features deep ultra-dry woody leather scented manly notes.
Vetiver has also been chosen for the fresh and earthy smell, while three forms of Patchouli oils are used to intensify the overall scent.
The fragrance is half way between a linear scent, and an evolutionary fragrance leaded by leather, followed by patchouli and finished by a woody/vetiver scent.
The bottle is a stylish upgrade from the best-selling classic Guilty fragrances. The flask is smooth almost sleazy simple, and the glass is transparent and finished with a shiny black cap. The packaging is military brown coloured, featuring black interlocking Gs.
Seen from the atemptive enthusiast angle, nothing seems to have been left at random in what concerns scent and style.
Performance is very good in deed - another novelty in Alberto Morillas work - with up to ten hours of longevity, applying three sprays, and a sillage good enough for five feet with two and an half hours of projection.

Guilty Absolute pour Homme is, to date, the last Gucci perfume only for men. It is also the last but one edition of the Guilty line because Guilty Oud is a new unisex oud fragrance and was released in 2018. Aparently Guilty Oud follows the same style trend initiated with Guilty Absolute pour Homme.
I really love and recommend this still new Gucci Absolute Scent. Are we going to witness the come back of bold Gucci perfumes like Gucci 1 and Envy?
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AmberScent 4 years ago 4 1
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Amber landmark
Mystic is an adjective well applied to this perfume.
It's intoxicating in a good way, dazzling as a goblet of good liqueur (or many goblets) and, with an above-average performance, grants many hours of pleasure to its wearer.
Although I consider it a unisex perfume, its masculine side is bigger than the feminine one.
The existing initial sweetness is mostly fruity and comes from the raspberry and blackcurrant existing notes.
The rose note it's not strong but is very alluring and pleasant.
The overall scent is intense and seductive, with a strong chord of amber and incense. The oud, without being intense, makes itself noted with a good dosis of smoke. It behaves like an ember. No flame, but always on fire.
The presentation is very beautiful and worthy of being in the front row of any shelf.
Estée Lauder can only be congratulated on this perfume and it has completely awakened me to try the Wood Mystique as well.

Keep your scent high!
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