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05/19/2015
3 Awards
Marc-Antoine Corticchiato has taken his boyhood love for plant scents, combined it with his training as a perfumer, and the perfume house Parfum d’Empire was born. This house has a collection of some pretty memorable fragrances, which many of us have come to know and love. Some of my favorite perfumes from their library include Equistrius, Cuir Ottoman and Aziyadé. One of their relatively recent creation is called Musc Tonkin. This perfum extrait concentration was a limited edition release of 1000 bottles worldwide in 2012. It has come out of hiding for worldwide consumption again in 2014 as an eau de parfum. Tonkin musk is the secretion from a specific species of deer that live in the mountains of Southern Asia. It is considered the finest of all musks from an area called Tonkin. Since deer musk in no longer being harvested naturally, all scents containing musk or musk notes are synthetically engineered for our enjoyment. This is what makes Musc Tonkin unusual. This fragrance’s recipe is created without the use of real Tonkin musk. Musks, in generally, have been banned due to animal cruelty concerns since 1979. Musk perfumes have had an impressive run in popularity seen as early as ancient China, right through to modern-day fragrances. Thought to be an aphrodisiac and closely resembling the smell of testosterone, musk has played an important part in perfume history by adding depth.

Musc Tonkin opens with a bountiful profusion of skank. This skank is thick, sweet and painfully animalistic. Totally natural nonetheless, slightly leathery and somewhat urinous, making Tonkin Musk’s beginnings a guaranteed turn off to most unsuspecting individuals. For me, approaching this perfume was easy, proceed with caution. The “It looked terrible but tastes so good” adage comes to mind. I decided to give this perfume time to redeem itself before i gave up. Since the creator is doing nothing to assist us with a diagnosis of the notes for this fragrance, our noses are left to fend for themselves. Once past this general unpleasantness, the heart of Musc Tonkin is slightly sexy and definitely floral with just a bit soapy niceness. The fragrance moves slowing into floral venues with a touch of spice. I detect orange blossom, perhaps something less pungent, more spicy, like mock orange. This is where Musc Tonkin changes to something reminiscent of the smell of human skin. There is also a dusty or earthy attribute in the heart that associates this perfume with characteristics found in oakmoss. So, let’s add that to the list of unknown notes. I detect a good deal of smokiness, adding a sophisticated air with frankincense or myrrh as part of the concoction. The base of Musc Tonkin certainly contains tonka bean or a splash of vanilla, at the least, something sweet and slightly nutty. What would a perfume be without sandalwood? Yes, Musc Tonkin contain a healthy dose of wood. Can Musc Tonkin be classified as a floral chypre? Sure, Musc Tonkin display properties of soft, sweet and earthy qualities to earn the badge.

Off-putting at first, Musc Tonkin is not for the faint of heart. It is sexy, warm and naturalistic. It is fringed in white spicy flowers tied with earthly bounties of resinous woods. Longevity is fantastic with the fragrance’s zenith happening after the four hour range, after which it descends to a sweet nutty, still heavily noticeable skin scent. While the limited edition parfum extrait is no longer available, Musc Tonkin can still be enjoyed as an eau de parfum version


12/08/2014
5 Awards
I recently sampled one perfume from the Trilogy Les Eaux Sanguines series by Les Liquides Imaginaires called Bloody Wood. When sampling a new perfume, I usually play a game with myself and I try to visualize the perfume’s scent based on its given name. I presumed many ghastly possibilities for Bloody Wood, but was pleasantly surprised by this perfume’s more heavenly inspiration, a gift from the gods. Take heed — never judge a book by its cover. This collection of perfumes is designed around a trio of wines; pink Champagne, grand cru Burgundy and a handsome Port. Did someone say, wine? Yes, please.

Bloody Wood opens with a relatively metallic accord, which is at odds with the softer floral notes. This accord has a smidgen of green. It’s slightly fruity, and unquestionably powdery with a sweet edge. These delicate characteristics are then slowly simmered with the dregs from a lovely grand cru Burgundy, adding a distinctive bitterness. This bitterness is a curious complement to the metallic accord. The imaginary and thought-provoking opening definitely caught my attention. Bloody Wood was dark, mysterious and ambiguous, in a déjà vu kind of way. The heart of Bloody Wood brings a bit more delectable sweetness and a fragment of warmth. There are luscious cherries and mouth-watering raspberries, all washed down with a boozy red wine with a fruity bouquet. Even with the presence of a strong dark fruit accord, the florals still lingered in the background beautifully. It certainly seems that we’ve embraced the bloody portion of this perfume profile, so what about the wood?

The bones of Bloody Wood exhibit many variations of woods. We have a damp and musty oaken barrel, giving the perfume a more earthly, naturalistic connection. This wood is rough, helping balance the metallic bitterness experienced in the opening and temper the ample sweet heart. The other wood present is sandalwood. In sharp contrast, sandalwood transports the wood notes from rustic to aromatic, and then finally to meditative. The concept of Bloody Wood would be nothing more than an empty dank barrel without the participation of a multi-dimensional wood accord. The dry-down of Bloody Wood is warm and comforting. Many of the fruity components gracefully age to a more resinous, candied quality with a side note of a nice red wine.

Bloody Wood is by far my favorite perfume between Les Eaux Sanguines and Les Eaux Delà series. All offerings appeal to a variety of sensibilities and are equally as impassioned as Bloody Wood. If you have never experienced Les Liquides Imaginaires perfumes, they are definitely worthy of a closer look. Their concepts are interesting and intelligent, retrospective and captivating. There seems to be a great deal of time invested in the background story to their perfumes. Les Liquides Imaginaires is brilliant at snagging a moment in time and seizing it into a graceful bottle.


11/06/2014
2 Awards
Wood Sage & Sea Salt opens with a brightly illuminated explosion of grapefruit. This grapefruit is happy, energetically awakening the senses and saturating them in sunshine. An exceptional way to start a beach inspired fragrance. So far, so good. A lively citrus can also bring to mind sensual tropical islands, dotted with palm trees, but certainly not the pebbly, chilly beaches of England that they are trying to evoke. As the fragrance progresses, the sharp citrus note mellows and a layer of herbal sage is conjured up. This adds a pleasant sweet and savory accord, not unlike the beginning to a fantastic marinade. Wait a minute, I think my trip to the beach just got hijacked to Italy. How about some English flora like sea kale, thrift, dune helleborine, alexanders or perhaps yellow whitlow grass. I’m thinking that “Wood Thrift and Sea Salt” might have been more interesting as well as a more regionally accurate concept for this English beach inspiration. While the smell of thrift might not be as intoxicating as the smell of sage, the pretense has conceptual context. Back to the fragrance at hand. Wood Sage & Sea Salt’s heart launches with the introduction of a blonde, sun-baked driftwood vibe. This wood is desiccated, aromatic and perfect for what one might experience beachside. An enticing fruity, savory blend layered with an intensely dry wood note does create intrigue. Once a bit of surf is added with sharp sea salt, it wraps up this interesting harmony. Last but not lease, ambrette seed gives the fragrance a slightly musky note, adding a bit of nature to this otherwise unoccupied beach. Wood Sage & Sea Salt’s light aromatic nature, diffusing and clarifying, offers a nicely rounded finish.

While I really enjoyed Wood Sage & Sea Salt, I think the ad campaign’s conceptual strategy is confusing. Many people are well-read enough or, if lucky, well-traveled enough to understand the concept of the English seaside. As we all know, grapefruit nor more grows in England that mangoes grow in northern Minnesota. Jo Malone’s English beach-themed fragrance seems to be a bit of a stretch at best. Speaking of stretches, sage on the English beachside. Is this idea not just another oxymoron in Wood Sage & Sea Salt’s personality? Enough of all of this nonsense, let’s just remove the word “English” from the concept. This would make Wood Sage & Sea Salt a more generalized beach experience instead. It might give this fragrance a more universally acceptable idea for anyone who’s ever been to any beach in their life.


03/05/2014
8 Awards
Cuir Velours opens with a surly blast of alcoholic molasses, a touch of fruit cake and a hint of moistened tobacco leaf. This certainly sounds like a strange holiday potpourri concoction. Nonetheless, the damp and strangely sweet confection undeniably gets your attention. As the opening notes expire, the end result is a luscious sugary rum and dry smoldering tobacco accord with an unusual underlying incense quality. The remnants of the opening notes comfortably settle on the skin as the heart of Cuir Velours boasts immortelle flower blanketed in a sun-baked hay-like haze. These elements are rather nice neutrals, resting points if you will, in preparation for the waxy and creamy suede-like notes which follow. Powdery labdanum and an unanticipated honey glaze help to weave an alluring gourmand web. In complete contrast, the base is warmed up with a touch of amber, giving us the first glimpse of this fragrance’s velvety personality. Frankincense incorporates a necessary clarifying smoky quality, definitely supporting the tobacco accord earlier in the opening. A leathery, rich, suede note successfully debuts in the heart of Cuir Velours. While detected all along, its scent paints a ghostly still life of antique books and well worn saddles. This creamy combination is a superlative complement to the luscious tobacco and rum accords experienced in the fragrance’s opening. Cuir Velours is reminiscent of some very famous “bad girl” perfumes from the art deco era. Goodsir does a fantastic job of taking the best elements of perfumes of the 1930?s and successfully modernizes the genre.

I openly admit that my opinion can be a bit skewed regarding any fragrance based on leather or suede. My love for this type of perfumes cannot hinder my honest impression of this beauty. I thoroughly enjoy Cuir Velours’ intended velvety lusciousness. From what I’ve gathered, so does everyone else I encounter when I’m wearing it. This fragrance consistently stimulates a great deal of interest. Because of the quality of the product, longevity is excellent and a little goes a long way. People find this fragrance alluring, warm and memorable. Cuir Velours is the perfect oasis in a sea of blustery Midwestern winter days.


03/05/2014
6 Awards
Upon initial inspection, the note structure of The Odd Fellow’s Bouquet is by no means complex. The fragrance appears to be a seemingly simple masculine recipe. Atkinsons makes the experience a much more intricate and dimensional creation. It’s not for certain, but based on the name, the concept might have been inspired by a 17th century English fraternal organization known as The Odd Fellows. The Odd Fellows were a fraternal organization that was set up to protect and care for their members and communities. The scent profile certainly conjures up spectral images of chivalrous gentlemen Londoners, sporting starched shirts and brilliant colored ties in mahogany clad rooms, while performing their social duties of the day. If this is part of the fragrance’s storyline, the scent’s structure successfully contributes to the historical reference. The opening of The Odd Fellow’s Bouquet brings a parade of warmth and spice to woo the senses. It’s much like a savory gingersnap that keeps your taste buds persistently stimulated. The ginger note is foodie and downright consoling, and is lightly spiked with peppercorn to intensify the experience. The heart of this fragrance is a rich blend of a velvety vanilla accord, combined with an opulent, fragrant dark tobacco note. The tobacco in The Odd Fellow’s Bouquet is aged and refined. The vanilla, smoldering tobacco and the gourmand-themed top notes make for an arresting combination. In the base, there hides a vaguely medicinal quality, layered with powdery labdanum, creating a unique antiseptic freshness. It makes the finish of The Odd Fellow’s Bouquet curious and beguiling.

You don’t necessarily need to be a fan of gentlemanly scents to enjoy The Odd Fellow’s Bouquet by Atkinsons. You also don’t need to sport a velvet smoking jacket and ascot but it certainly couldn’t hurt. The Odd Fellow’s Bouquet is effortlessly masculine and perfect for someone who enjoys the spice and tobacco genres of fragrances. It smells sophisticated, just like what you might imagine every well-respected British gentleman might. The Odd Fellow’s Bouquet is a slightly more contemporary take on a reliable masculine theme, and impressively done by Atkinsons. This fragrance is quite refined and completely worthy of owning.


01/09/2014
5 Awards
Black by Puredistance is the creation of French perfumer Antoine Lie. Lie has put his talents to good use with the creation of Wonderwood by Comme des Garçons and Divin’ Enfant by Etat Libre d’Orange, just to name a few. His newest endeavor is based on a concept created by Puredistance’s founder Jan Ewoud Vos. The idea was to create a delicate perfume that lay close to the skin. According to Vos, Puredistance’s newest perfume also needed to possess a sensual quality that released the layers of the scent in quiet whispers, without shouting. As part of the back story for Black, Vos included images of famed rocker legend David Bowie and the renowned actor Jeremy Irons in the visual brief for Antoine Lie. Both the musician and actor had qualities that mirrored Vos’s concept for this new perfume. He feels that David Bowie’s elegant and mysterious character and Jeremy Irons’ darkly humorous and charismatic manner are appropriate inspirations for Black the perfume. I believe that Lie successfully completed the task set out by Vos but regrettably, Black is perhaps a bit tongue-tied.

I guess you could conceive Black as an masculine oriental of sorts. This seems to be the intent of its creator and somewhat consistent from other fragrances I’ve sampled from Antoine Lie. You can’t help but think that Lie’s signature will influence an integral part of Black’s character, whether you like Lie’s work or not. Black opens with a flick of bright, juicy citrus. The perfume abruptly shifts to an acute sharpness that tickles the nose, the likes of pink peppercorn or black pepper. Off putting but interesting when combined with a subtle eruption of a soft creamy vanilla or tonka bean accord. This slightly sweet note tempers the peppery sharpness and is a wonderful transition to more conventional coziness to come. The heart of Black is structured around warm and comforting amber woven with smoky frankincense. Like a trusty hat and scarf to keep your head and neck protected, amber does an equally adequate job of keeping the heart of Black warm and fiery. As Black’s heart progresses, you are taken on a journey over blackened, pebble smooth roads filled with complex twists and turns, traveling through a forest of smoke and sensual woods. This warming sensation is quite memorable and fortunately continues on to the base of Black, where one or two new aromatic woody notes are introduced. Black’s base is layered with residual amber, spice and smoke as a touch of saffron appears. The base is further complicated by a delicate oud, light in nature and complimented with earthy patchouli. Last but not least, an animalistic musk gives Black its mysterious human characteristic.

I will admit that Black has lived up to the conceptual ideal of “layers” successfully. Black’s lay-low disposition however, extinguished any excitement created by the evolution of this perfume. Black has some interesting elements; spiciness, a warming quality, a composition of lovely woody accords and a slightly smoky overtone. What’s not to love? While enjoyable, Black it is not as extraordinary as Puredistance’s other offerings; Annie Buzantian’s Antonia or Roja Dove’s M. The latter are examples of very well composed and memorable perfumes. You might find yourself picking either of them up, removing the cap just for a quick heavenly sniff. I don’t find myself intrigued enough with Black to revisit it in the same way you might a favorite book. I find that Lie’s creation is very similar to several other of his perfumes. Like many perfumers, Lie has a signature that is all too apparent in Black. While it is composed of 25% perfume oil, I also find the longevity of Black questionable. Its subtle and discreet nature made it forgettable to my nose after about an hour. I had to remind myself that I put it on. For me, Black is a very well composed skin scent. Again, not as enamoring as any of the other offerings I’ve experienced from Puredistance. While a mysterious, quiet and sensual nature seemed to be the objective of Puredistance’s founder, it certainly does not translate well in value. I’m sure that Black will find its place within the Puredistances collection, and I understand why Vos perhaps felt this profile was necessary to round out their collection. Black does possess a mysterious, sensual demeanor, but it’s a sly cat or sorts.


11/02/2013
4 Awards
The opening of Tribute Attar is focused on spicy saffron and smoky frankincense, giving an Oriental impression at first sniff. Personally, I find this collaboration successful and intoxicating. I love a little saffron in my rice, and a whole lot more in my perfumes. Tribute Attar’s opening combo is a predominantly masculine onslaught, at best, but thoroughly enjoyable and warming. The oil-based concentration of this attar clings to the wearer’s skin endlessly, while developing a deeper, richer, more comfortable texture as time passes. You become hypnotized by the spicy and smoky opening, but you are then unknowingly tricked by the heart of Tribute Attar, which is clad in delicate flowers. Sweet jasmine and spicy rose are but a scrim over more overtly hot and smoky embers. The warming opening does not wane, but becomes just another layer in the evolution of Tribute Attar. Amouage departs from its Arabian roots with a modern Western inspiration; leather. The introduction of leather offers an interesting animalistic element and a complete contrast to the earlier spice and smoky opening. The fragrance takes on a completely masculine accord. It is further complicated by the addition of earthy patchouli. The introduction of fragrant tobacco and aromatic cedar are perfect, but oddly predictable partners. Cedar grounds this fragrance and adds clarity. Finally, a trace of vetiver gives all the mostly heavy notes a slightly lighter green, unpretentious temperament. The saffron has now comfortably settled in, and once merged with the vetiver, allude to a soft powdery accord.

I find Tribute Attar to have a captivating sense of antiquity. This fragrant attar has a timelessness and attractive demeanor. Because the manner in which attars are created, a little goes a long way. Attars should be worn in areas of the body that generate heat. The inner elbow, chest and neck are great places to apply an attar. The bloodflow in these areas will help keep the oils in the attar brewing for hours, and promotes the oil’s ability to emanate. Attars are subtle and more personal scents. Their personality is not loud and boisterous but soft, comforting and alluring. The end result is equally divine and heavenly, as well as precious and potent.


07/01/2013
7 Awards
Antonia by Puredistance is the second of three perfumes created by Romanian born perfumer Annie Buzantian. She is no newcomer to the world of perfume. During the beginning of Buzantian’s career, she was the co-creator of such familiar fragrances as Clinique’s Happy for Men, Armani’s Acqua di Gio and Victoria’s Secret’s Pink. She has created many other fragrances for such names as Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Azzaro and Estée Lauder. Buzantian has two other successful fragrance creations for the Netherlands based company Puredistance under her belt, but Antonia is the most impressive to me thus far. Antonia takes us on an amazing sensory journey that embodies a strong, resilient, modern woman who is a little bit heroic. This woman also has softer, more gently maternal characteristics associated with the notions of traditional femininity. This perfumer’s conceptual woman, with such an intriguing dichotomy, is the inspiration behind this intriguing fragrance.

Antonia is modern in structure with rather formal vintage implications. This fragrance takes you on a journey akin to a walk through an Edwardian garden, bathed in a warm summer air that’s percolating with soft, spicy roses and subtle green nuances. Its entrance is an arbor surrounded in fresh greens, dripping in sweet jasmine. A sheer green note waves in and out between the sweet and spicy blooms. The aftermath of this jasmine and rose duet, successfully creates a modern femme fatale perfume. The opening of Antonia emulates some of Buzantian’s signature notes, rose, jasmine, and her love of fresh greens. The heart of Antonia presents a much more modern convention of florals, however. Orris, with its clean violet likeness and woody accord, melds beautifully with the highly tropical yet simplistic, fruity nature of ylang-ylang. There is a faint suggestion of powder, but not in an old suffocating way, but in a clearly fastidious manner. The base of Antonia commences with galbanum’s schizophrenic greenish, yet musky charm. This, paired with sweet, tantalizing vanilla with its little bit of coziness, is exactly the warmth Antonia needed. The addition of vetiver supports the warm qualities of vanilla and the musky overtone of the galbanum. It also adds a much needed light woodiness and makes the finish earthly bound. The floral ensemble, which seemed so prevalent in the opening and heart of Antonia, is now but a quiet whisper. Antonia’s dry down is a perplexing, but satisfying combination of powdery aldehydes, fresh greens and musky woodiness that is interesting and compelling.

There is no arguing that Antonia is a sophisticated combination of modern versus vintage. We see this marriage being somewhat commonplace today in such avenues as fashion and interior design. What Buzantian has created is a captivating concoction, one fantastic feminine cocktail if you will. Antonia is a fragrance for a woman who lives in the modern world but is emotionally tied to the past. I remember my first impression of Antonia as being truly one of the most intriguing fragrances I’ve experienced. I enjoy its nostalgic references and modern disposition. Antonia is a bit of a tele-transporter of sorts, with its feet firmly planted in the modern world. It offers a brief escape, taking you back to a time of simple pleasures, like a walk in an Edwardian garden on a warm summer day.


02/08/2013
7 Awards
Fresh was founded in 1991 by Lev Glazman and Alina Royberg. This team has created some very interesting fragrances, with a concentration on using natural ingredients. Cannabis Santal was created for Fresh by perfumer Caroline Sabas of Givaudan. She is responsible for Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy, Glow by J. Lo and CK Free Blue by Calvin Klein. Sabas seems to have her creative energy aimed directly at what is young and popular. Cannabis Santal encompasses some of these culturally trendy elements, but leans more towards a fresh, woody fragrance with a slightly musky fringe.

Cannabis Santal lifts off with bright, fresh citrus blend of bergamot and orange. The true star of this opening act is black plum. The plum in Cannabis Santal is sweet, overly ripe and almost candied, but a perfect complement to the tart citrus start. As the plum note subsides, a patchouli heart enters with a green, light, fresh and vibrant quality, and not at all heavy or dank. The cannabis accord enables Cannabis Santal to have a wonderful aromatic freshness with a woody core. So far, Cannabis Santal is a perfect masculine combination of fresh and woody. This continues right through the heart to the premier of a subtle and soft rose note. Rose is always a safe flower choice for a men’s fragrance and an interesting partner for such unlikely components. The rose here is well-mannered and polite, with a spicy and pure quality. The base of Cannabis Santal introduces a delectable dark chocolate with bitter nuances. This note is not overly stated but a very nice reference. The vanilla lays very quietly in the base with just enough presence to suggest something nutty, and a great combination with the woody heart. There is a clean suggestion made in the base, but not overpoweringly so. Grassy vetiver complements the green factor and completes Cannabis Santal’s surprisingly fresh persona.

My lovely Italian friend, Carla, insisted that I try Cannabis Santal and I’m glad I took her suggestion. I’m not completely sure I would have sought out this fragrance for myself based on note structure alone. I found Cannabis Santal a very pleasant surprise and a bit addicting. There was nothing in my collection that even came close to the harmonious sweetness and fresh green quality Cannabis Santal had to offer. Fresh’s creation is the perfect answer for a warm weather day. Cannabis Santal is great worn solo, but if you really want to experiment with an interesting combination, try wearing Cannabis Santal layered with another great fragrance from Fresh, Hesperides. The duo is delightful.


02/01/2013
10 Awards
When talking about Eight & Bob, you can’t help but ask the following question: can a fragrance be as fantastic as the story behind it? Eight & Bob has done an exceptional job at combining two elements to insure successful marketing of this fragrance. The first element is a brilliant story line, and who doesn’t love a good story? Second, smart packaging design that connects the story perfectly to the product in order to intrigue the consumer.

My first in-person experience with Eight & Bob was at Neiman Marcus to visit a fellow fragrance friend. She presented me with a book covered in small grey and white stripes that was entitled “Eight & Bob.” She insisted that I open the book and read the contents. Honestly, I had no idea what I was about to read, so I just started in on the story. After a few sentences, the story of Eight & Bob began to unfold. I found it compelling and I continued on to the story’s end. This was a tale of coincidences that seem unlikely but eventually turned into something marvelous. Not knowing anything about the contents of the “book” I held in my hands, I was pleasantly surprised as I turned the last page to find a bottle of Eight & Bob nestled within carefully cut pages as to hide the bottle inside the book’s body. The story catches your imagination and the packaging design related to the story is ingenious and appropriate. I find myself getting hung up on the question of whether or not there is any truth to the story of Eight & Bob. Is this story an accurate representation of actual events, or has it been carefully concocted to romanticize the fragrance making it more palatable to the fragrance buying public? Personally I was hoping for the latter.

If the story of Eight & Bob isn’t intriguing enough, there is one more complication. There is a rare ingredient that seems to be the nucleus of Eight & Bob, and it is called Andrea. The supposed creator of Eight & Bob, the son of a Parisian aristocrat by the name of Albert Fouquet, took a hiking trips through the Andes looking for plants to add to his perfumes. During the hike, Fouquet’s butler Philippe, who accompanied him on this trip, found a plant that the butler named Andrea. Apparently, Andrea can only be harvested during the months of December and January because of the limited growing area. The production of Eight & Bob is directly based on how much Andrea can be harvested during this particularly short season. This unfortunate set of circumstances makes Eight & Bob even more precious that the story itself. If Andrea is such an intricate part of Eight & Bob, why isn’t it listed as part of the notes of the fragrance? Enough about the story surrounding this fragrance, it’s time to talk about the juice itself.

I found Eight & Bob’s opening to be rather traditional and nothing surprising. It is a biting citrus blend of bergamot and lemon, predictably masculine and fresh. Interlaced with the citrus top notes came a spice accord that was subtle and somewhat perplexing. While ginger and cardamom are listed in the top notes, personally I felt that the reference to them was vague at best. There was a greater herbal presence not previously mentioned. In many great men’s fragrances, this is where we would find lavender, rosemary or thyme. Perhaps this is where the sacred Chilean Andrea comes into play. The heart thrusts forward with a host of sweet, nutty, almond-like qualities that are layered with resinous dry woods and set with powdery cistus. The dry down of Eight & Bob is where this fragrance tends to shine. It is comfortably tinged with sweet vanilla, a dollop of warm amber and an animalistic nod of sorts. It seems more likely that a nice dank patchouli brings on this musky quality when combined with aromatic sandalwood. From beginning to end, Eight & Bob was rather delightful.

Obviously, I enjoyed Eight & Bob as so did the people I encountered while wearing it. It has a straightforward, modest personality without expectation. For some, the simplicity of the fragrance could possibly be its only downfall. If Eight & Bob’s story is true and subsequently developed during the 1930?s, its modern masculine structure is reflective of the time period in which it was born. The fragrance’s use for day or night is a little noncommittal. It works perfectly for casual circumstances just as well as an evening out on the town. Eight & Bob does not boast or blabber but speaks quietly and softly like a Parisian gentlemen should.


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