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Comme des Garcons Green

1 May

The opening of Green smells more like a mojito than any fragrance I have ever sampled. Why? Probably because it isn’t trying to. Take THAT, Demeter!!

Green has a hint of saltiness which makes it almost wander into margarita territory, but ultimately it registers as a light, true mojito scent. Projection and longevity are low, but perhaps on someone else they would be better.

The drydown is sweet mint, accompanied by a light, earthy mineral vetiver. It reminds me of the soil clinging to the roots of the mint plant right after you pull it from the ground.

The final notes smell synthetic sweet and abstract green.

I would much rather drink a mojito, but at least Green smells good, and the mint is not obscured. Light, casual, summery mint.


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Jo Malone Grapefruit

27 Mar

Grapefruit is the perfect “morning” scent. It is dressed to the nines, briefcase in hand, checking the time and out the door to work. Look out, world… It’s Grapefruit!!!


This is one of the most masculine-leaning grapefruits I have experienced so far. That said, it is still totally unisex to me. The dry spice and transparent earthiness make it feel like a light, refreshing face tonic.

I could see Grapefruit layering beautifully or working as a light everyday office scent (provided that you enjoy grapefruit of course). It does not project very far, so that’s also good for the office depending on where you work, and it’s longevity is great for a JM.

Grapefruit stands out to me because unlike other masculine/unisex citrus oriented scents on the market today, JM shows us a natural-smelling rendition of notes and their relationships. It’s not overly-simplistic but it also doesn’t smell abstract or synthetic.

My overall impression is  signature Jo Malone. I can immediately detect the way in which Grapefruit is a cousin to Lime Basil & Mandarin, as well as Amber & Lavender. This ability to create distinct scents while maintaining a signature feeling throughout is to me, a sign of a strong identity and consistent quality.

The person who wears this by itself is not interested in a scent that evolves and transforms dramatically over time. This is just a pretty compliment to the skin. True to life citrus, a hint of pepper and some aromatic herbs.

If you feel “out of it” this will wake you right up, and lift your spirits. Good morning! Now get out there and make us all proud.

Chanel Bleu de Chanel

2 Mar

Bleu de Chanel has a very strong lemony citrus opening. It almost crosses into Pledge territory with the top notes, but there’s some spicy sweetness to temper it and keep it in check. The sourness of the lemon diminishes significantly after the first ten minutes, and the result is a pretty average masculine lemon and incense with woods composition. Projection and longevity are both pretty low. The drydown fades into sweet powdery woody incense. Ho hum..

Bleu de Chanel is a young professional who lives a comfortable life but is disconnected from it. He takes his dates to quaint fancy overcrowded restaurants which he loves reading about in his spare time. He makes good money, wears almost exclusively Banana Republic (because it’s nice and convenient), and his New Year’s resolution is always to find new hobbies such as: “figure out which type of music I enjoy.”

He is kind and friendly, but for some reason, he just isn’t the least bit sexy or seductive, even though he has a motorcycle.

He is physically unremarkable, and wholly unimpressive. Perhaps the World would be a better place if there were more people like him, or maybe it would just be more crowded. If I had to choose between offerings from Chanel, I would select Egoiste Platinum over Bleu de Chanel any day.

Just this side of “dime a dozen” (bonus points for niceness).

Jo Malone Amber & Lavender

25 Feb

This fragrance is very direct, fresh, and simple. It does not smell like an old man to me at all, but it does have a clean, classic barbershop feel to it.

Amber and Lavender is an attractive man with dark hair right out of the shower, with the present year, time of day, Season, location, all a fuzzy blur around him, almost like the steam from his shower. The timelessly sexy man in the towel is the only thing which remains in sharp focus. It’s a reassuring feeling, as none of that other stuff really matters.

The Amber is very light and dry in this fragrance, and is a mere transparent shadow behind the boldness of the lavender, which is not a true to life lavender, so much as a truly fresh and spicy masculine aftershave. Once the sharpness of the lavender mellows out, the fragrance becomes a spicy, soapy-clean lavender powder.

If my fragrance collection were a box of oil pastels, I could see this rich periwinkle one being very useful from time to time. It has great sillage and longevity.

I think Amber and Lavender is a quintessential example of Jo Malone’s scent-combining concept. Her fragrances are intended to be used as individual elements meant to be layered with others from her line (or anything at all, really) in order for their ultimate potential to be realized.

Want to add a classy lavender masculine element to a fragrance you already have (perhaps the fragrance of your bare skin?), but without all of the potential clutter that comes with it? If so, this is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

L Artisan Parfumeur The Pour Un Ete

23 Feb

This is what I wish The Vert from L’Occitane smelled like. It has a very similar lemon green tea opening, but the green tea note in The Vert contains a bitter, over-steeped quality and the lemon only muddles The Vert’s bitter, slightly dirty combination of notes.

In The Pour Un Ete, the lemon is alone in the opening, natural, pure, and sour, though it quickly makes room for a smooth green tea with just the slightest hint of natural sweetness. This tea-lemon combination is perfectly balanced and soft.  As it opens on the skin, the composition becomes  light green and dry. Those who are fond of this combination of notes will be in heaven.

I do detect a light jasmine and the faintest cedar behind the tea and citrus, but they are soft and do little more than round out the other notes,  emerging slightly more in the dry down. The dry down continues to be a smooth and slightly sweet tea note, turning into more of a jasmine green tea than a lemon one.

The projection is average, and longevity is typical for L’Artisan, which means longer than 10 minutes, but way less than 10 hours.  Very refreshing for Spring and hot, humid weather.

The Pour Un Ete is having lunch with iced tea and fresh lemons in a campground with your family.There are conifer trees surrounding you and it is near the ocean so there are no mosquitoes. It is smooth, green, sweet, satisfying, and complete.

Hermes Eau D`Orange Verte

21 Feb

This fragrance smells uncannily similar to L’eau de L’Artisan by L’Artisan, only with the addition of orange and lime sour fruit and peel top notes. Under that initial blast of fresh citrus fruits, there is an almost musty, herbal base of something reminiscent of dried, though still very green basil and grass. I happened to have the bottle of L’Artisan close by, and when I applied D’Orange Vert, and allowed the top notes to settle on my skin so that the heart and base began to take on more dimension, I couldn’t help but notice L’Artisan’s green herbal body peering out. I applied it on my other wrist just to be sure and the similarities blew me away.

Personally, I would choose L’Artisan over the Hermes in this instance, because the longevity on D’Orange Verte is very poor, even more so than L’Artisan’s generally short-lasting fragrances. If you are in love with all things sour orange however, D’Orange Verte is certainly that even with the basil lurking in the background.

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