KuraiKurai's Perfume Reviews

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Kurai 4 days ago 3
7.5
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
6
Bottle

Soap on a rope
An old soap bar. Beige-brownish in color. Cracked surface, edges all rounded from extensive use. One or two curly hairs sticking to it. What's not to love, right?

Original Musk starts off with a rather animalic type of musk that changes into a more human skin scent along the way. Soaped up skin with a little bit of funk to it. Cuddly warm like getting into a wool sweater after a cold shower.

Apart from the musks, I don't get much of the other notes listed. Maybe some florals, though rather faint. So basically this one only suits you if you are into musks of the soapy, slightly dirty kind. And I happen to be one of those people, so I'm fully enjoying this one. Not suitable for work, obviously.

Kurai 10 days ago 4
8
Scent
9
Longevity
6
Sillage
6
Bottle

Clear skin
It is a fine line between clean and dirty. Clair de musc has a bit of animalism in the opening and then quickly lands in the clean side. Clean as in soaped up human skin. It plays around with the clean-dirty dualism, moving back and forth towards the border, but stays far from going funky.

Don't go spraying this on cloth or blotters. That's like drinking fine wine from a paper cup. Body temperature is key to make it shine in all facets. That goes for all perfumes, of course, but for musks like this in particular.
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Kurai 19 days ago 4
7.5
Scent
8
Longevity
5
Sillage
6
Bottle

Mellow Yellow
A seemingly common neroli-petitgrain formula, with a long-lasting yellow citrus glow and a range of herbs to support. Thanks to a soft vetiver-patchouli base and an EdP concentration, it may feel a bit more full-bodied than the typical neroli-style refreshment.

Contrary to other herbaceous colognes, this does not feel harsh or bitter. The emphasis here is on mild, yellow and blossomy tones. Sillage is pretty modest from the start and longevity is above average.

When I finally got my hands on this one, summer season had already come to an end. So I haven't tested it yet on the hottest of days. In mild temperature it works like a charm, I must say.

Kurai 24 days ago 3
8
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage

Bit of a stinker
People who tried ELd'O know that this is a peculiar house. I like the rebellious, non-conformist positioning, although some of their creations tend to be a bit 'artsy fartsy'. And some are just plain outrageous. This one, Jasmin et Cigarette, has a few of the typical ELd'O characteristics:

Quirky name - check!
Quasi-artistic background story - check!
Note pyramid that is hard to fathom - Umm, not really. Pretty much 'what you see is what you get'

And oh yeah.. Seriously polarized ratings - check!

But in the end, this perfume is not completely from another universe, I guess. And all that background noise doesn't really matter anyway. About the scent.. It's a bit of a stinker, but in a good way. From beginning to end, you get an indolic, rather musky Jasmin scent. In the background some dry woody or tobacco qualities. The scent doesn't really develop, although the intensity of the jasmin seems to be constantly changing. It lasts for a good 6-7 hours.

Due to the animalic musky character, it may be a bit challenging as a wearable perfume. Unless you're really into indolic florals, of course, which I am. Quite successful as a conversation starter, that's for sure.

Not at all bad, ELdO! *add to watchlist*
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Kurai 27 days ago 3
9
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage

Green adventure
Mazzolari combines a large number of spices and herbs into a strong broth that takes you on a trip in a dark green universe. A near-psychedelic adventure with a number of plots. The potion begins in a bitter-herbal state and takes you along a forest path as it slowly evolves into a velvet-smooth herbal-woody that glows bright green. Along the way you will find resemblances with other masculin classics that are heavy on the herbaceous notes, particularly Caron's Yatagan.

This Mazzolari stays far far away from modern trends of freshness and sweetness, so it's not to everyone's taste. Personally, I feel pretty comfortable on the green-herbaceous side of the spectrum and this one made it to my favorites list instantly.

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