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Landshark321 9 hours ago 1
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Minty, resinous, green, semi-dark pine
Pineward Perfumes Boreal is my third sampling from the house, a 2020 release in their initial year, described as a mix of pine needles, mint, cedar, resins, moss. Like Bindebole, it’s a fittingly cold weather-reminiscent pine-rich scent that fits with the concept of the house as described on its website by perfumer/owner Nicholas Nilsson. The mint aspect predictably fades a bit within the first hour of wearing but remains a part of the blend, which, with its high concentration (31%) and dark green juice, is appropriately strong, even from the dabber, even if perhaps note quite as strong as Bindebole. Frankly, Boreal’s greenness and the minty tingle associated with some outdoor plants makes it a bit more realistic and familiar than Bindebole, even.

Another immediate comparison that occurs to me (as a way of describing Boreal) is something midway between Dasein Winter and Winter Nights, with a good balance of darkness (resins), brightness (mint), and greenness/woodiness (pine). Within the house, it’s a touchy mintier and brighter than Bindebole, which leans darker/woodier/more resinous, overall. Still (and I hope this continues to be the case), it’s nice to have two great entries in the house that have similarities but different emphases, with Bindebole perhaps being the night to Boreal’s day.

Pricing is consistent throughout the line at $135/80 for 37/17ml and again, the performance is very strong.

Bravo to Nick on these fragrances—I’m really impressed with the line through my first three tries of Pineward, and the concept seems so perfect for the cooling weather in the US.

8 out of 10

Landshark321 4 days ago 2
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Realistic and robust pine scent, dark and green
Pineward Perfumes Bindebole has an official note breakdown of poplar bud, pine needles, ambrette, crushed leaves, and cedar. It provides a heavy and authentic pine accord with some vaguely resinous background, a dark blend that is nonetheless somewhat green in the way that pine is, but not in a sharp, tingly, even minty way as sometimes can be.

I’m quite impressed by this. Even though the fragrance does not lean much in the direction of a resinous, dirtier fragrance, it nonetheless is realistic, dark, and dense, and really does a great job conjuring the outdoors while being a smooth and wearable perfume.

Bindebole has the same pricing as the rest of the house, at $135/80 for 37/17ml, and performs quite well, in high concentration (30% or so for all of their fragrances). The juice on the website’s photo of the bottle looks to be a darker green, in fact, which is nice

8 out of 10

Landshark321 6 days ago 1
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Spiced apple with tobacco and resins, nicely done
Apple Tabac is my first sampling of the house of Pineward Perfumes, based in the Western US, which launched last year in 2020 but that I just discovered recently by chance, featuring many scents inspired the temperate forests of the region, curated by perfumer/owner Nicholas Nilsson.

Apple Tabac fittingly involves a lot of red apple, but not a ton of tobacco, immediately reminding me of apple cider and similar, spiced apple products (apple brandy, perhaps apple sauce), so very comforting, delightful, and mostly gourmand-like, with the notes of resins and dry fruits featuring prominently. It does not smell exactly like a food item, as the tobacco is part of the mix, but the blend is quite sweet and rich, and leans more toward a stewed / cooked apple vibe than a fresh apple, at least to my nose.

Apple Tabac pivots leans toward a daring, darker scent but in the scheme of cold-weather-evocative perfumes is fairly safe and agreeable, and I think that actually makes for a great introduction to a brand. Even those like me who adore a number of the darker, edgier scents of Slumberhouse or Hendley might nonetheless take comfort in Apple Tabac, as it hits the “stewed fruit with spices and resins” combination very effectively.

Performance wise, it’s quite strong and dense; I applied very little juice from the dabbers before a scent bubble was present, and I can fairly easily smell the fragrance on my neck and wrists more than an hour into wearing.

Apple Tabac (and every perfume in the catalogue) is priced at $135/80/20 for 37/17/4ml, with individual samples sold for each, as well the sample pack of all 11 scents (1ml each in dabber vials) for $45, which is what I bought.

7 out of 10

Landshark321 12 days ago 2
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Nice creation of Armani Attitude
#Attitude is the Dua expression inspired by Armani Attitude, the discontinued men’s offering from 2007 with an iconic lighter-style bottle featuring notes of coffee, lemon, lavender, and cardamom. This version captures the heart of the original even if not being a 1:1 match and, particularly since it’s on the lower end of Dua pricing, it’s a great alternative to seeking out a pricey bottle of the original on the secondary market. And like most Duas, it performs well.

7 out of 10

Landshark321 13 days ago 1
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Spicy, leather, fougere-adjacent
Happyland Man Shit, now Hommeland Extreme, is the more suede-laden, spicier flanker to the modern fougere Hommeland, a smoky, leathery blend featuring the fresh notes of lavender and citruses but with the highly spicy, slightly animalic side, along with woods and oakmoss, really effectively walking the line between fougere and leather, a winter beast to be enjoyed. Certainly one I’d recommend sampling and, as with all Happyland Studio Fragrances, a bargain to be had for $55/42 for 50/30ml, and very high-performing.

7 out of 10

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