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Itchynose 3 years ago 1
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Green Voodoo Magic
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.

Itchynose 3 years ago 1
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Dr. Frankenstein's cologne
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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Itchynose 3 years ago 1
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Genie in a bottle
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.
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Itchynose 3 years ago 1
6.5
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7
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Too much sugar ruins the cake
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.

Itchynose 3 years ago 2
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Hurrah for booze!
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 alcoholic note. The final clue is the cap itself hinting at the real inspiration for this great juice: a moist cork wine stopper.

This is an unapologetic tribute to an elegant drink and an incredibly beautiful fragrance. I raise my glass to it.

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