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Silverfire 2 years ago 1
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Like a Boxing Match Between Two Fighters You Hate
1805 Tonnerre goes on with a very aggressive leather that smells like it just came out of the tanning vat. I like leather, but not this way. Ugh. After a while that dies down and the smell of something burning rises from my wrists. This recedes then intermingles with the gunpowder note, which makes me the smallest bit nauseous. By five hours it has died down to an inch or two of projection. By eight, it is a skin scent that smells like smoke. It's a nice ending, but the two main notes just don't work for me. I wish I got some of the others, but I don't. This is a gunpowder-new leather tandem.

I wanted to like this scent, because Beaufort's approach, imagery, and mystique is something I find quite appealing -- masculine, backwards-looking, somber, and intense. However, 1805 Tonnerre is like watching a boxing match between two fighters that you hate, but you're close enough to smell them. The end of the fight is good, though: they knock each other out.

Silverfire 2 years ago 1
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6
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A Composition in Three Movements
To enjoy this scent, you must apply liberally. At least, that's the view from over here with my sample.

I don't have the experience of playing violin or being around violins, so the connections others have I don't (band person here, not orchestra, or professional musician -- sorry).

Bowmakers opens with an acrid campfire aroma, like burning cypress or magnolia, perhaps. I'm trying to identify the kind of branch that I've burned that has this particular aroma, but I'm pretty sure it's not pine. (I live in the county, so I can make fires. Don't judge.) The projection is large for the first thirty. It gradually fades in strength for the next three hours, and hits a nice boozy, aldehyde moment at about eight hours. The final movement is a smoky incense. Curiously, when it's done, it's done suddenly. You can immediately detect its absence.

The final verdict? Props to DS & Durga once again for making something out-of-the-ordinary. It lasts long enough. The concept makes more sense now, in the context of violins, rather than my initial context, which was hunting bows. I'm just not a big fan of the smoky incense, and so the last movement was a bit of a let-down.

It's a pass for me, but it's well worth trying. DS & Durga is one of the best fragrance studios out there.
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Silverfire 2 years ago
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5
Sillage

Immaterial
This one's been on my wish list for a while, but sadly did not live up to my (possibly unrealistic) expectations.

Initially, I get the aroma of wild grasses (first 30), then something more airy comes along which echoes being outside. I can't peg this. It's not ozonic, but something with a tinge of sweetness to it.

Occasionally, the scent transitions to pepper, and then a rotten waterlogged vegetable smell, then vanilla musk and aldehydes. Sometimes it just skips to the vanilla musk and aldehydes stage. The projection dies off in the first hour, vanishing to just about nothing. I don't think it lasts more than four hours on my skin.

Now this last stage deserves comment. Where it lands is a generic young girl's scent. If you suspect that you've found the most generic perfume you can possibly wear, congrats. You have. You've smelled it a million times before, under different names, but it's all the same stuff.

I was expecting something distinctive -- kudzu, cherry blossom (sakura), maybe even rice -- but not vanilla musk. I got the dandelion (wild grasses, I guess) note, which was nice, but nothing that spoke to me specifically of Japan or Tokyo.

Final evaluation: Not worth it.

It could always be that I'm romanticizing a place I've never been. Yet, doesn't the line Scents of Departure make the claim that different places smell different? The Different Company might look to them for some olfactory inspiration.


Silverfire 2 years ago
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8
Longevity
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Sillage

Resination
Goes on with that dirty stryax scent shared with Mojave, and then blooms into a resiny pine which is much more enjoyable to me. Two hours in, it grows more arid, turning into a pine-resin-arid-stryax combo. Not bad, but not really great, either. By six hours, it has receded to a skin scent, but the composition remains as it is, a stryax-heavy pine-resin, outdoors scent. The longevity is nice at 10+ hours, but the scent is just average. I salute Juniper Ridge for their wild-cultivated ingredients, but they could use a little bit more creativity in the composition department. To end with a pun, this scent just didn't resin-ate with me.

Silverfire 2 years ago 1
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8
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Dirty Desert Duel
Mojave (Backpacker) is, according to TwistedLilly, a wild-harvested fragrance. I'll leave out the dizzying mental images provided by the source, though and insert my ordinary words instead! Yes! Power! Ahem. (Sidebar: whomever writes the product descriptions at TwistedLilly is a true writer and probably has marriage offers cross his/her desk every week.)

My experience was not the fantasia as you might expect given the product description. For me, it was a stryax and cumin duel with a late show of vague arid notes. Stryax begins, cumin shows up and the long staredown begins. Cumin eventually outshoots stryax and goes to a saloon later with the arid notes.

So yes, it's a dirty/earthy kind of scent. Even the stryax at the beginning has this oily undertow to it. The cumin stays out of "other man's b.o" territory, but just barely. The arid notes don't elevate the fragrance. Fortunately the projection is never overpowering at 6" (early) and skin scent (later).

Not my thing. It fits the name and the longevity is worthy at 11+ hours, but that's really it for me. It's not terrible. It's not gross, but I'd rather wear something else.

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