ItchynoseItchynose's Perfume Reviews

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It was the early 90's during a school trip to some small village in the middle of nowhere that I got to taste wine for the first time. It was meant to be a fun day of learning for us city kids getting in touch with the rural world but it was hot and dusty and we were all more excited by the prospect of prolonged close contact with the classmates of the opposite sex than by honey, cheese or wine making.

In any case we were grateful for the cool atmosphere in the wine cellars and were happy to leave the thyme and olive trees behind in exchange for the mysteriously fruity smell that emanated from deep down the caves and catacombs storing the goods. Eventually we got to have a little taste of the inebriating red juice –it was a different time–, and in the cover of darkness, amongst excited giggles, there was some hand holding and even kissing, a first too for some on that trip.

I smelled Sweet Tobacco Spirits many years later and the memories of that distant school trip came rushing back: powdery honey, musty air in a dark cellar, old wooden casks drenched in booze and syrupy wine on some dusty red lips.

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Smelling Oud Save The King feels like slowly sinking into the cushion of a big, comfy sofa, the prominent suede and oud notes just so smooth and velvety, perfectly supported by sweet orris and creamy sandalwood. Sadly the top notes are nowhere to be found, and without that bergamot the blend becomes a tad cloying and overwhelming after a while. Throughout its lifespan it remains a slightly warm, elegant fragrance but also a bit linear or lacking an exciting edge to it.

Still, Oud Save The King could be an apt scent for those who want to get started with agarwood fragrances that aren't dark or demanding, but it may not provide the "authentic oud" fix to more experienced noses.

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24 Bond Street is a fresh green scent –an aromatic combo of juniper and tea– with a classy, mature, boozy-floral personality: behind the green shoots hides a subtle whiskey and rose heart made in fragrance heaven. As the scent dries down all these notes smoothly blend together and evolve into a familiar, slightly powdery, vintage men's cologne territory.

Like many creations by Atkinsons this is an elegant scent that exudes sophistication and requires a suave, confident wearer. A grown up, old-school-yet-modern perfume to be enjoyed by discerning masculine noses.

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The Moroccan citron in Cédrat Enivrant comes across as a very realistic citrus note, maybe due to Atelier Cologne's preference for using natural ingredients in their products. It's not an artificially sharp or screeching lemon like in a cleaning product nor sweet and cloying like candy drops or lemon drizzle cake: this is a fresh, slightly green and very zesty citron smell that starts and remains extremely fizzy, reminiscent of a high quality lemon scented bar of soap that has been scrubbed into a million little bubbles. Expensive fabric softener also comes to mind at some points.

Performance is discreet –it's a skin scent all the way– and this is one of those fragrances that some could criticize as linear but it's also one that is true to its label: Cédrat Enivrant, intoxicating citron, is a blast of soft, smooth lemony goodness for lovers of high quality yet simple citrus scents.

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From the first spray of Pacific Lime a cloud of sweet and fresh tropical goodness takes over. It's a fruity smell that immediately evokes a few different images: a colorful Caribbean street market brimming with pineapples and bananas; the juicy, syrupy smell of mango juice dripping down the arms and elbows; the coconut-lime sweetness of a tropical cocktail on a sandy beach.

If what we ask from an evocative summer scent is to transport us to a dreamy faraway place that probably only exists in our imagination then Pacific Lime can only get the highest score from me; this is a wonderfully fresh and fruity fragrance that smells just like paradise. My favorite scent from Atelier Cologne.

Picture a wooden porch swing by a Louisiana bayou. It's the height of the summer season and the hot air is filled with the buzz of midges and grasshoppers. The only way to keep cool is by sipping the refreshing and intoxicating cold green juice of a mint julep. Here is where the similarities between the spirit and the fragrance begin. In both tumbler and flacon the green herb is fresh, sweet and covered in crushed ice, drenched in inebriating bourbon whiskey and sprinkled with sugar: an absolute feast for the nose and taste. There is a hint of tangerine zest and the subtle aroma of local southern magnolia too.

In our mental picture the sun quickly sets in the horizon and just as quickly this Saint Julep turns into a skin scent, slightly weak and short lived but retaining its voodoo magic when smelled up close. One may feel compelled to respray every few hours to allow this beautiful experience to continue as if mind-controlled by naughty playful fairies.

A fantastic little potion full of green, sweet, fresh and boozy Mississippi magic.

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I find Black Afgano a bit too dark and heavy for me to wear comfortably and too sweet at times to remind me of any hash I smoked back in the day but there is still something special about it. It's mysterious and alluring in a rebellious, individualistic, uninviting and troubled kind of way, the kind of fragrance you would have expected a James Dean or Christopher Lee to wear.

The scent is strong, heavy –big cannabis, oud and resin notes–, long lasting and not to everyone's taste but it is ideally suited to a particular sombre mood: ominous, pitch black cold winter nights straight out of a horror movie when the fragrance can come to life like Dr. Frankenstein's monster.

One could say it's not as masculine as Nasomatto's Duro, not as wearable as Baraonda and not as pleasant as Pardon... but Black Afgano is the kind of scent that doesn't really care.

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The cute little 5ml bottle of Attar AT is the kind of thing you'd expect to buy from the souvenir shop of an oil refinery. The concoction inside it is indeed something special: dark, leathery, animalic... pure tar in all its glorious smelliness.

When it comes to performance the small bottle size hints at the kind of power at hand: a couple of drops on the wrists will last for 24 hours or more. This is strong stuff that needs handling with care.

Like many of Tauer perfumes this is a fragrance looking for an experienced nose and certainly not the easiest scent to get started with Andy Tauer's creations, although those who dare unleash the genie in the bottle will be rewarded with a unique and powerful perfume oil.

The first few seconds of Majaina Sin are intoxicating with very sweet vanilla, chestnut and a bit of citrus that hint at great things to come. Sadly things take a wrong turn immediately: every new note that makes an appearance –heliotrope, amber, tonka beans– adds a new layer of heavy, powdery sweetness. A few minutes after application the fragrance is full-on feminine gourmand, floral and cloying and just too much for my nose to take.

Even as a lover of sweet scents I have to admit this one is not for me.

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In the hedonistic downward spiral that is the Nasomatto collection –the tempting chocolate of Pardon, the intoxicating hashish of Black Afgano– Baraonda seems to be the chapter dedicated to the old inebriating tipple.

Here is a very boozy fragrance that immediately conjures up dark rose petals drenched in liquor resting at the bottom of a whiskey tumbler. There is aromatic ambrette to help numb the senses and some wood to give the scent a sober touch but all these elements are swimming in the realistic, prominent and long lasting whiskey note. This is an unapologetic tribute to an elegant drink and an incredibly beautiful fragrance. I raise my glass to it.

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