MRothMRoth's Perfume Reviews

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MRoth 6 years ago 3
7
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle

After The Fire
Three hours in and this is a strong, linear scent. Dabbed-on projection is a handspan out. The label says leather, but I have to politely disagree: there could be bitter, hard, unforgiving saddle leather here, but primarily my nose says 'ashes'.
If you have ever encountered a burnt out house left bare to the elements, the layers of ash and blackened wood having grown damp, never quite dried out and then eventually rotted, this is that smell. Unlike a fireplace or a bonfire it is not a welcoming scent, nor is it clean; there is a sense of something wrong or dangerous - materials that wrinkle the nose and water the eyes when burning, or a short circuited appliance. Patience is rewarded with occasional wisps of green astringency, cigar ash and just the barest hint of musky softness.
Consider it as an olfactory snapshot or work of art and you will be quite satisfied, but blind buyers beware.

MRoth 6 years ago 4
4
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle

An Iris By Any Other Name
Do you like fruit with your iris? There's a lot of fruitiness here! Too much for me, certainly; I do like blackberry in reasonable amounts but on my skin this turns into a sickly sweet syrup. The eponymous iris is there, as is a good amount of violet, which makes everything smell extremely purple. While the ingredients are top notch, here's no refinement - it's very rich.
It's not necessarily a bad fragrance, just not at all what I was expecting. Why would they call this Silver Iris? Now to chase down some Iris Silver Mist, which I hear is a little more faithful to the concept.

MRoth 6 years ago 5
9
Scent
5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle

The Bee's Knees
The honey starring in Tabac Rouge is clear, pale gold and runny, drizzling easily from the spoon. Honey as it mixes into lemon tea; honey without the stickiness. A very well blended ginger gives a little kick that keeps everything fresh and open.
I love this fragrance! Resting just on the feminine side of unisex, the tobacco is both friendly and pure. My overall impression is of sunlight, transparency and good health... you could easily wear this in springtime and not feel weighed down by it. Nor is it powdery as the notes may suggest: again I am reminded of lemon tea spiced with cinnamon and ginger, sweetened with honey, tobacco freshly crushed alongside.
This is a politely happy scent. A healing scent.

MRoth 6 years ago 2
5
Scent
2
Longevity
5
Sillage
2.5
Bottle

Short-lived Gourmand Pick-n-Mix
What a fascinating blend of gourmand accords! The coffee, almond, orange and vanilla are all present and equal in strength without becoming messy or overbearing. Indeed the first hour is a merry-go-round of flavours - even the buttery accord is easily recognizable. Unfortunately after a very short lifespan the drydown begins and oakmoss begins to dominate completely.

Perhaps someone with more patience for oakmoss would get more out of this scent but for me it's a pass. Likely I will try testing it again with a larger amount on my skin and hope the top and heart notes last longer.

MRoth 6 years ago 2
9
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle

Fizzy Fruity Frisson
I don't normally enjoy sweet scents, and I'm picky about rose. But I love Une Rose Vermeille!
This is a super fun, joyous fragrance. The focus is on fizz, a soda bottle opened under the nose. Beneath it a sweet powder reminiscent of candy necklaces and pop rocks. The lemon is noticeable and adds a bright freshness; this perfume really comes to life on the skin.
I am reminded of L'Artisan's "Haute Voltige" as they share the same neon buzz - if Une Rose Vermeille is a girl setting off firecrackers in a sweet shop, Haute Voltige is the same woman in her twenties, still up to no good.

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