Elysium's Perfume Blog
November 2018 is a hot month for Fragrances and Zara are going to get this packed for Christmas!
Excited to get a review of these guys: Soft Haze EDT, Dry Land EDT, and Calm Lake EDT.
All at €12.99
To be continued...
In the latest years, Sergio Tacchini released three real doozy men's colognes entitled Club, Club Intense, and Club Edition Monte-Carlo. I have no clue whether the last two are deemed to be flankers of the original one, certainly, they smell completely different from one another. I came across those three unknown gems barely a week ago, a perfume store was offering them at a convenient bargain between 40% and 50% the retail price, and I decided right off the bat to test them all. In the beginning, when I sprayed the testers on paper strips, Club was the one that didn't impress me much, I mean, it was so similar to numerous modern fresh and aquatic colognes out there that I chose to pass over it and just bought the other two... But it was after a while that it unveiled its real character and convinced me to go back to the store this morning and put my hands on it, and now I have the whole Club team.
This is the original essence and has been released in 2012, it has a blue strip printed on the minimalist bottle whose shape is reminiscent of Azzaro Chrome's one and a pale sky-blue juice inside. It is like a journey to the Mediterranean along the Amalfi coast... a modern fragrance, designated by aromatic greenery with warm fruity top notes and a trail of musky wood.
As aforementioned, the opening is full of fresh and zesty notes, the sparkling citrus notes of bergamot, Italian bitter chinotto from Genova that smells closely akin to the famous brown drink, and tons of far east yuzu fruit stand out creating a blend that recalls me of other similar colognes. But after a while, Club brings you to the central notes of pineapple leaves, wild lavender, and aquatic notes. The greenish aroma of the tropical leaves mixed with fougère fragrant lavender blossoms and a sense of marine accord wrap you with a summer sea breeze, something I didn't expect at all.
And then comes the drydown portrayed by woody and musky notes, which leads to an intense accord of moss, animal musk, and brackish driftwood.
Contrary to the paper strip where the cologne is weak and barely perceivable, on the skin, both sillage and longevity are above the average, definitely a matter of chemistry. It's a simple fougère-green-fruity composition with interesting notes such as pineapple leaves and driftwood, which really hits you, a light spring and summer scent that is very present all day, great for work and gym.
The Club Intense
Intense has been released 3 years later in 2015, the same bottle with black band and the juice is light grey. Do not consider this as a powerful variation of Club because it is anything but akin to it.
It is a powerful combination of spicy and woody accords and kicks off with peppery-spicy notes of black pepper, aromatic basil, and dazzling bergamot. The heart of the cologne appears next, with warm-spicy notes of nutmeg, smoky tobacco, and lacquered cypress. The fragrance closes with base notes of sweet amber, modern patchouli, and woody cedar.
Intense twists the fougère fragrance in a modern way. First, cheering the earthy sophistication with fresh citrus and spice. Then, replacing classic Club’s lavender heart note with a highly addictive tobacco–patchouli pair. The result is more sensual, exhilarating and unmistakably masculine.
Albeit this cologne can be used any time of day, it is expressly suited to evenings and passionate nights out, during colder seasons... I can dream of burning dried leaves, smoky chimney, pipe's tobacco, and anything smelling like fall and winter times.
The Club Edition Monte-Carlo
This is the most recent release introduced in 2016. Here the strip on the bottle is red with a greenish juice within. The fragrance belongs to an oriental and fougère family with sweet and fruity accords. A limited-edition charismatic fragrance that updates the classic fougère fragrance with the seductive freshness of the Riviera.
The affair begins with sun-drenched top notes of juicy mandarin orange, slices of tropical pineapple and bitter orange tossed with sparks of pink peppercorns. A fruity and sweet opening, in line with modern men's fragrances featuring fruits and apples in the top notes.
The excitement builds as the brilliant whiteness of neroli, slices across a heroic heart of spicy nutmeg, cinnamon bark and golden amber wood. The heart is spicy with a nuance of burnt smell like rubber and dark woods.
The drydown surrounds the body in cool vetiver and crisp tobacco leaves. Delightful notes of vanilla and tonka bean linger on his skin. The sparkling and vivid notes make this scent suitable for warmer days, good at work as well as at leisure time, all day and evening. The overall aroma makes me think about an afternoon walk into a park, red and yellow leaves falling while a soft rain is wetting everything it touches.
And you, which Club are you on?
Albeit the Queen's title has been given to the Cardamom, having the Black Pepper the King, I firmly believe that Bourbon Vanilla deserves it.
For those who are not familiar with, vanilla is a non-pungent spice, sweet, with a pleasant perfumed aroma, oftentimes with woody or smoky facets. It's a flavor derived from orchids with more than 110 kinds of vanilla, and the plant is originally from Mexico. Today, the main area of cultivation for real vanilla is Madagascar, followed by Comoros and La Réunion, a former colony of France. In earlier times, the isle was called Bourbon, which is where the famous bourbon vanilla gets its name from. Additional growing regions include Java in Indonesia (a former Dutch colony) and Tahiti. Some vanilla is still produced in Mexico nowadays as well, though production there is far exceeded by that of other regions. Each regional variety of vanilla features particular characteristics.
The vanilla beans typically used for cooking or baking come from the vanilla planifolia species, more commonly known as Bourbon vanilla or Madagascar vanilla, which is produced in Madagascar and neighboring islands in the southwestern Indian Ocean and in Indonesia. The flower that produces the vanilla bean only lasts one day. The beans are hand-picked, cured, wrapped, and eventually dried in a process that takes up to 4 or 6 months. Vanillin is the main flavor that develops during fermentation. It is the spice’s strongest flavoring agent. Today vanillin is also produced synthetically, however, the authentic, natural substance is in no way comparable to the artificial one.
Due to the complicated and long fermentation process, vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, after saffron. This is also why vanilla is commonly called “The Queen of Spices”.
Just recently I came across Perlier's Caribbean Vanilla fragrances, namely Original Vanilla and Vanilla Coffee. Notwithstanding they are both built around a bourbon vanilla heart, and allegedly genderless, the two scents smell different, I can tell Original and Coffee apart.
This juice is a concentrated perfume that releases the purest, most precious Vanilla to the skin, in a real burst of vitality, suitable for those who love sweet Vanilla and want to enjoy its intense, warm, embracing flavor. But there is more in this scent, other than luscious vanilla. The fragrance opens up a bit fruity and floral, with Vanilla flowers and wild strawberries. This opening is followed by a brilliant floral heart, a bouquet of luminous jasmine, refined rose and sweet orchid blossom. Finally, the drydown reveals all of the hidden beauty, an abundance of Bourbon Vanilla, a delicate white musk, and creamy sandalwood. Perhaps the plenty of flowers in there might lead to a woman's choice, yet it fits perfectly a man's skin without endangering his masculinity.
This jewel is a concentrated perfume that releases the purest, most precious Vanilla, combined with the intense aroma of Coffee in a real burst of vitality, proper for those who love dark Vanilla and want to enjoy its intense, warm, embracing flavor. Again, more than just gourmand vanilla is hidden in here. A morning freshly crushed coffee beans and a touch of floral freesia opens the day, like homemade breakfast on a kitchen table with a floral vessel on the window. The middle notes come with hawthorn blossoms, wondrous jasmine, and plenty of coffee flowers. This time, the drydown offers pure delicious Vanilla, a tad of gourmand toffee, and mild white musk. The plethora of coffee in any formats might lead to a man's choice, however, a woman who dares supremely wears it.
Cold days are looming, what's better than a warming and embracing vanilla scent! Think about them, a bargain for good quality and results.
Today I'd like to introduce you to the home fragrances. I’ll make this first one short and sweet. Our scentmate Jezzy76 just sent me a few days ago a picture of a couple of home fragrances made by Fragranteria that presumably she liked, and I realized they were the very same flavors I bought a few months ago. That's weird if you think there are about 12 different kinds in the Stilos collection, out of 3 different collections such as Class, Stilos, and Herbal. Returning to the issue at hand, Fragranteria is a line concerning environmental scents marketed by an Italian franchising named Tigotà, a brand that offers personal hygiene and beauty solutions, a wide range of perfumes and makeup, but also specific formulas for cleaning the home. Out of the 12 Stilos's different flavors, I especially like the following ones: Namasté, Silvae, and Ebané respectively. All of the fragrances are very similar to body scents and are far from the ordinary air fresheners or whatsoever.
Namasté - Woody Amber
An olfactory decor that expresses the oriental notes of amber and liquidambar, to then reveal the intense scents of ylang-ylang, honey, and sandalwood. Inspired by precious oriental decorations, Namasté creates a soft, serene atmosphere. If it were a body cologne it would be Back to Paradise Boadicea the Victorious.
Silvae - Woody Fougére
An olfactory decor that expresses the aromatic notes of petitgrain, cardamom, and lily of the valley, and then goes into the wood nuances of fir, rosemary, and oakmoss. Inspired by the shady charm of the woods, Silvae creates a reflective, mysterious space. If it were a body cologne it would be Fierce by Abercrombie&Fitch.
Ebané - Oriental Amber
An olfactory decor that opens with the intense notes of incense, cumin and nutmeg, to then seduce with the woody and amber nuances of patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, and labdanum. Inspired by the charm of the nights of the East, Ebané creates an enchanted, dreamlike space. If it were a body cologne it would be Skylight by TFK.
P.S. I'd like to give special thanks to Jazzy76 for suggesting me those treasures!
ZARA has released 8 new men's colognes in the last month. Despite the new names and flasks, the colognes almost smell like some past releases or famous brands.
There's one collection where flasks are labeled as SCENT# plus a number from 1 to 4, and all of the scents are a variation of the aromatic family, each for merely 9.99 euro.
SCENT#1 is a leathery woody aromatic same to ZARA Tiveden, which is uncannily alike to Santal 33 by Le Labo.
SCENT#2 is a leathery fougère aromatic same as ZARA Aromatic Future, which is closely akin to Dior Sauvage.
SCENT#3 is a citrus chypre aromatic, whereas SCENT#4 is a woody aromatic.
Then, another collection has flasks labeled with eerie names such as Where is my Juliet, Comme d'Habitude, and Destination Mars, each for 9.99 euro.
Where is my Juliet is, in my opinion, is a fougére aromatic identical to 7.0 and W/End till 12:00 am, which is closely akin to Eclat d'Arpège and Burberry for men, yet the crown associates this with Emporio Armani Stronger With You, which I've not smelt yet and I cannot comment.
Comme d'Habitude is an aromatic, creamy, fresh, and sweet that shares quite a few vibes with Jimmy Choo Man Intense, whereas Destination Mars is a citrus aromatic, yet warmer and more floral.
Afterward, there is one more cologne in EDP concentration labeled From Paris to New York, this one cost 19.99 euro, which is allegedly brand new and really intriguing. The flask is similar to the latest edition of Vibrant Leather, the overall aroma is fresh, warm, modern, and reveals notes of lemon, ginger and cedar. I will write more about this if I decide to buy it.
I will update this review as soon as I get more details about similarities with other scents around the world.