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In late 2018 ZARA released to the market a couple of colognes classified as masculine, in EDP concentration, a great package, a heavy and magnetic cap, a superb sprayer, and a plentiful 120 ml bottle colored with translucent shades outside and liquid silver inside... which almost justify the higher price around 25€ opposed to the regular ZARA releases in between 10-15€.Today I'd like to introduce you to those 2 gorgeous colognes, Thunder Feel and Metallic Spirit respectively.

An Indefinable Aura around the Wearer

The bottle of Thunder Feel is like an evening sky during a storm with thunder, you can feel the storm smell, the lightning, and the thunder. As many reviewers already stated here and elsewhere, this cologne is closely akin to a past release named C0r4n0l (coranol), and I am glad to hear that because the last one was available on a small 50 ml size only.

Thunder Feel opens up with an explosion of cardamom, a black one I reckon due to its raunchy, sturdy, and medicinal aspect that is evocative of opulent patchouli. At the same time, there is a sort of mildness mixed with such darkness, you know, a sweet nightmare, a dirty dream, a wicked game. I don't get any zestiness in the opening, maybe a touch of powdery bergamot is present as in nearly all modern scents, and the sweet aroma might come from the heart notes.

The impetus opening easy a bit down after a few minutes, and it is followed by a slightly powdery and hazelnut aroma, and creamy touch of sweet floral, something reminiscent of ylang-ylang. That should be the coranol molecule, which has an extremely fresh, floral, somewhat vibrant rosy-metallic note that is really almost impossible to miss. The more I stick my nose on my wrist the more I like it.

As time goes on it is that we see a little more woodsy look. The dry down is full of cedarwood, without the pencil sharpener accord. However, it's not ultra woody, but a construction of an accord that suggests nuances of cedarwood with a velvety sensation, and perhaps a bit of fresh and clean musk. In other words, you will probably get a sweet sandalwood/cedar-like smell.

Overall the scent is great, this synthetic aroma hasn't the iso-e-super characteristics, so the fragrance lacks the luminosity and woodsy accord that it would provide, but love the spicy cardamom smell. which you probably know as a sweet sandalwood/cedar-like smell. Performances are in the average, the best wearing season is a cold one, winter. It is a whole day and evening scent, for men of any age and woman who likes masculine-targeted scents.

Smooth, Sexy and Safe Joy

Ok... Metallic Spirit is a must try. It is fresh, crisp, and clean. It is a great flirty scent. My only complaint is that I had to put this on pretty heavy to get the sillage I desired despite its EDP concentration. Albeit it was recently released, this is not a winter scent like its mate Thunder Feel. The bottle of Metallic Spirit is like the tree's leaves during a fall season, shades of gold, bronze, and copper, you can feel the crispy smell, the woodiness, and the moodiness. This cologne is closely akin to another Zara release named Silver, yet in different intensity.

This rich and tantalizing redolence merges the best of both worlds: citrus notes of lemon and lavender, and spicy, earthy notes of cedar. It could be classified as an aromatic fougère and to my nose, it emanates fragrance notes of citrus peel and juice, aromatic herbs, citrus blossom, cedar and sandalwood, and amber accord.

Metallic Spirit opens on my skin with a clean, positive, uplifting, citrusy and a bit peppery lavender with the tender trace of slightly floral orange blossom. The opening is a great fresh mixture of lavender, pink peppercorn, and citrus without being floral or tangy. However, if you don't like lavender or if you prefer strong fragrances, this is not for you. These notes are sheer. There’s a hint of ozone freshness and sports fragrance herbal-menthol as the cologne develops.

As time goes by, white flowers with dominant orange blossom become stronger with a nice touch of clean and a bit bitter neroli, and a warm woody accord makes its appearance. Creamy accord of cedar and sandalwood are mixed with patchouli, which is so tame here that even those who dislike this note will be able to wear it easily. None of its more pungent, rich and animalic aspects are present here. Overall, the fragrance smells nice, when the amber comes in.

The base is more cedar than patchouli, a bit woody accord with dominant sandalwood comes into the game with a whisper of patchouli and with a hint of amber. So, the drydown is all about woody, floral, and moderately sweet and I get some woodiness, amber, and flowers.


Metallic Spirit is a versatile fragrance, which can be used easily in the cool and cold weather, day or night, yet I do feel like wearing it in spring or fall, not a winter scent. I think most of the people don't like the fact that this fragrance is quite linear. No big surprises, not really a deep, complex scent but the beauty is in its simplicity.
It's masculine, sexy, warm, and lasts moderately long on my skin, and it won't choke people around you. Anyone who smells this fragrance on you will come closer to smell it better. And that's what you want, right? I am kidding, but it is a compliments getter, seriously. The longevity is ok considering the price. It has just enough depth in the dry down to keep it interesting; reminding me of a really nice masculine scent and super casual. This scent isn't going to offend anyone. It is distinct, and I got several compliments while wearing it.



Well, if you are anything like me, and love Gucci Guilty genre, you just might be giving a chance to this jewel without prejudice.

That's my two cents worth.

-Elysium

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Here you are two brand new entries from Pull&Bear. I am looking forward to getting home and writing a review... They both smell so freaking awesome!

8 months ago
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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.

The Club

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?

-Elysium

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.

Vanilla Original

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.

Vanilla Coffee

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.

Stay tuned,

-Elysium

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