The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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The Scented Hound’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

christmas-packagesLets face it, 2016 has been a strange and challenging year not just in the US, but all around the world.  I’m not saying that shopping is the answer to making the world go away, but a little retail therapy and some good holiday cheer can go a long way.  So let’s celebrate the holidays with some fantastic gifts that will help make all good boys and girls (and maybe some bad ones) forget their troubles and cares!

EXCLUSIVE SCENTED HOUND OFFER FROM SOLID STATE COLOGNE

solid-state-cologneWhen it comes to the beauty industry, men tend to be left out in the dust.  Solid State Cologne has created a line of exceptional solid colognes just for men.  Besides smelling terrific, they are also affordable and easy to use because of their portability.  So when you’re out on the town and need a fragrance pick me up or if travelling and don’t have a lot of room to pack up your fragrances, the Solid State Colognes are the perfect antidote.  And since they are so affordable, it’s a great way to move your tween or teenager away from the body sprays to a quality product that they will love to wear and will be the envy of their friends.

dopp-kitThis holiday, Solid State Cologne is offering a special deal for The Scented Hound’s readers.  For a 50% reduction in price for just under $120, they are offering a collection of six colognes along with a denim dopp kit!  How can you beat that?  Give all six along with the bag to one special person, or parse out the six for stocking stuffers to all of the special men in your life (and maybe keep the bag for yourself!).  In any case this is a win-win all around.  The following are the amazing colognes which are included in the package:

Aviator – Striking notes of citrus and labdanum mellow into woody tones to take you from day to night, ground to flight.

Freshman – A balanced blend of sea breeze and citrus, nuanced notes of floral and spice, with a base of warm cedar.

Wayfarer – A confident, heady fusion of tobacco leaf, tonka bean, cacao and sweet vanilla with notes of wood and spice.

Drifter – Fresh notes of mandarine and ginger settle into a floral bouquet with warm, woody nuances for a captivating scent.

Cruiser – Refreshing citrus notes develop into a spicy, floral blend while woody nuances provide a masculine edge.

Journeyman – A refreshing hint of Mandarine meets a base of warm cedar, while a rich blend of spice adds interest and intrigue.

Even if you don’t want all six colognes, you can buy them individually for under $30 a pop.  The new release Drifter is my favorite in the line with an easy 4 bones rating… but I’m keeping that all for myself.  For more information on Solid State Colognes, check out my review on several of their colognes.

For more information on this incredible deal, go to the exclusive Scented Hound Solid State Cologne webpage.  And if you sign up for their mailing list you’ll get even greater savings.   Please note that this offer is open to all readers across the globe.   This deal is HUGE!!!

PUREDISTANCE GIFT BOX

puredistance-gift-boxI make no bones about my love for Puredistance Perfumes.  One of my all time favorite perfumes is the exquisitely beautiful White.  But all of their perfumes, including their latest release Sheiduna, are each works of art and the utmost in fine perfumery.  This year, the Puredistance team is offering several specials; my favorite is the gift box set that contains a 60 ml bottle of your favorite Puredistance perfume, with an added bonus of a 17.5 ml bottle of your choice of a the same or any of the other perfumes.  All this for the price of a normal 60 ml bottle.  The question is, what to purchase?!  Me…I would go with the 60 ml bottle of White and a 17.5 bottle of Opardu or I…geez…it’s just too hard to pick one!!

For this and all of the other Puredistance Perfumes special offerings check out their recently updated website.

JO MALONE SCENTED CERAMIC CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

jo-malone-london-christmas-collections_scented-ornamentJo Malone is doing Christmas right.  They have so many wonderful options for celebrating the holidays that can either fit under the tree or in this case fit on the tree.  This scented ceramic ornament is infused with the fragrance of pine and eucelyptus…and the best part, it’s only $35.  You can order this special treat through the Jo Malone website.  And while your there, check out all of the other holiday gift offerings they have.

 

LALIQUE BUCOLIQUE PERFUME BOTTLE

bucoliqueperfumeThis incredibly beautiful perfume bottle would easily make the perfect centerpiece for your perfume tray collection.  Is there anything more glamorous than the crystal beautify that only Lalique can offer?  From the Crystal Classics website:

The Bucolique collection offers a touch of freshness that takes us to a dreamlike state of nature, answering a need for authenticity and well-being with the motif of the dandelion and the dragonfly. Its aerial grace offers us an innocent poetry. The dandelion bears many different names- flower of handsome men, golden floweret and king of the meadows. It was born from the dust raised by the chariot of the Sun. The evolutionary pattern is never the same but never totally different.

When I first came across this bottle, I thought the cost would be astronomical, but surprisingly it offered at an amazing price of $450.   Available from Crystal Classics.

MAD ET LEN TERRE NOIRE RESIN CRYSTALS

potpourri-resin-crystals-500x500If you’re like me, you have scented candles and diffusers scattered throughout the house.  For some of the small places, like guest bathrooms, I prefer to use scented stones are resins simply because diffusers can get knocked over and lit candles in a small area can be a bit unnerving.  Mad et Len offers these beautiful amber resin crystals that come with a 30 ml bottle of Terre Noir scented liquid to keep the crystals continually freshened.

From the Twisted Lily website:

Amber resin crystal potpourri housed in a one-of-a-kind blackened iron vessels. Includes a 30ml bottle of Terre Noire scented liquid to refresh crystals. Embers dance like fireflies in the night, hover through a heavy fog, over damp earth darker than the shadow of the night.

Beautiful and unique, this scented gift would make anyone happy.  Available from Twisted Lily for $145.

 

best-book-scented-candles-and-perfumesBOOK SCENTED CANDLES

I have found that books and perfume go together.  And I think that many perfumistas feel the same way.  As we move more towards our e-books, we are losing that old world comfort in the scent of books.  Luckily there are many candles out there that can provide the long-lost fragrance of books without requiring you to have to re-create an old world library.  The folks at eBooks Friendly have provided a list of 30 book scented candles.  I’m sure there’s one on this list that will tickle your fancy.  For more information go to the eBook Friendly website.

 

KEEP CALM WEAR PERFUME MERCHANDISE

keep-calm-wear-perfumeIt’s probably not a secret to your family, friends and even coworkers that you love perfume.  So why hide that love under a bushel when you can wear it on your body.  The Keep Calm phenomenon keeps on giving, even to the world of perfume.  If you’re not interested in a t-shirt, you can put this on a mug or a plethora of other items.  Shine on perfume lover!  The many products and associated prices can be found on the Keep Calm-O-Matic website.

 

keychainPERFUME BOTTLE KEYCHAIN

Great for your budding perfumista, this inexpensive, but bling filled keychain may be just the thing for your stylish girly-girl.  Who doesn’t love pink, sparkles and perfume?  You can buy this from Moxie Retailer for a mere $16.95!

 

The last two selections for gift giving fall outside the world of fragrance…but like with books and perfumistas, I have found that cats and perfumistas go hand in hand as well.  And that goes for me too…suprisingly I don’t have any dogs, but instead have two cats.  So let’s see what cat related items will make perfect gifts this season…

cat-night-lightCAT NIGHT LIGHT

How cute is this USB charging night light?  You can have your personal kitty night light glow in the dark in a peaceful white light, or in vibrant colors.  When I have to get up to get a glass of milk in the middle of the night, I would love to see this cute kitty greeting me along the way.  And the best part is that it’s only $14.93 from Rosegal.com.  What will you name your new feline friend?

CAT BONNET

cat-bonnet-tabby_grandeFinally, my holiday selection of gift would not be complete with something from Archie McPhee.  This year’s gift is all about nostalgia and bringing back the good old days via Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Don’t you want to share those good old days with your kitty?  Do you think your cat is more of a Laura, Mary or possibly even a Nellie Olson?  There’s only one way to find out and that’s by purchasing for your kitty their very own bonnet.   You have no excuse not to buy this as it’s only $5.95?!  This, plus many more fun gifts are available via the Archie McPhee website!

CHANEL NO. 5 L’EAU

chanel-no-5-leauOK…so I lied.  We’re going to end the list with another perfume related gift.  Out of the many, many new releases, I found one to be just perfect for wearing in a no fuss, no muss manner.  It’s just the right perfume for when you’re not sure what you want to wear, or when you don’t want to overthink what to put on.  I love these wonderful classic catch-all fragrances…and Chanel No. 5 L’eau just fits the bill.  And thankfully, it’s not too expensive or too hard to find.  This is a flanker to love!  For more information, go to the Chanel website or your local fine retailer.

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays from The Scented Hound!


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New Release: Aftelier Perfumes Amber Tapestry

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WHAT I SMELL:  The opening of Amber Tapestry hits the skin with a burst of heliotrope quickly met with a gorgeous, calming and deep mandarin.  There’s a very cautious beefiness about the perfume and it radiates a rather marigold golden hue.  There’s also somewhat of a gourmand feel as a cinnamon note becomes prominent in a few minutes.  The perfume has movement to it, but in a way that feels like it’s rocking in a sun ladened porch swing. After a bit, the fragrance turns a bit darker and the glorious positivity in the beginning moves to the more serious.  Here the perfume begins to really project and it moves to an early 1970s vibe as it reminds me of shades of brown, orange and yellow…and yes, it does remind me of a tapestry.  The perfume is now dominated by spice as it continues to cradle between the gourmand and amber.  The perfume is incredibly vintage…as it really takes me back to a bygone time and place.  In the end, the warm yellows, oranges and browns calm down to a softened purr.  Amber Tapestry is the comfort you need for those days when it’s cold, damp and rainy outside.

From the Aftelier Perfumes website:

Amber Tapestry is an Oriental Amber perfume evocative of vintage perfumes where the various amber facets are woven together like a golden tapestry. Shot through with other textures and colors, it wraps around you like sumptuous warm cashmere.

Top: heliotropin, yellow mandarin.
Heart: jasmine grandiflorum, jasmine sambac, pear, cinnamon.
Base: ambreine, labdanum, maltol, benzoin, castoreum, ambergris, coumarin.

carole-king-tapestryWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The most famous modern-day tapestry of all….Carole King’s 1971 Tapestry album.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE AMBER TAPESTRY: vintage, heady, beefy

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT AMBER TAPESTRY: Now Smell This, I Scent You a Day

BOTTOM LINE:  Amber Tapestry is a great segue from the warmth of the summer to the winter cold.  Wearing it is just the layer of golden fabric that you need to keep you warm and cozy.

  • Bone Rating:  3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental
  • Nose: Mandy Aftel
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $180 for 30 ml eau de parfum.  Also available in parfum extrait.

*Sample courtesy of Aftelier Perfumes.  Opinion my own.


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New Release: Arbolé Arbolé by Hiram Green

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Oooooh, I love a Hiram Green perfume and can’t wait to see what this new creation has to behold…

WHAT I SMELL:  Arbolé Arbolé opens with a putty like chewy patchouli that feels encased in a light rubber or elastic.  It’s pretty, but also has this futuristic feel (futuristic like what we thought the future would be like in the 1960s)…as such, it has vintage futuristic vibe.   Soon, the opening kick to futuristic nostalgia adds a citrus and woody edge that moves the rubberized consistency away, although there is still a bit of a putty edge to the perfume.  After some more time a warmed base emerges with a chewy, thickened vanilla…and the perfume really starts to project.  Once again the chewy moves away and the perfume begins to dry considerably.  Here, the perfume radiates this calming lightly sweet rich vanilla that’s tamed by the tonka bean…and the perfume reminds me of something in my youth, but I just can’t put my finger on it.  But I can tell you that it’s a warm fuzzy connection.  Continuing on, the perfume becomes velvety smooth as if the ingredients were lightly warmed to create seamless infusion.  In the end, the perfume deepens, still smooth, still creamy with a light powder.  I absolutely love this perfume.

From the Hiram Green website:

Hiram Green’s latest perfume, Arbolé Arbolé, is a warm and woody fragrance that takes its name and spirit from Lorca’s eponymous poem. Ostensibly simple, yet subtly complex, this is an unashamedly romantic fragrance for those who dare to dream.

Arbolé Arbolé opens with a burst of earthy patchouli that slowly merges with rich cedar wood and velvety sandalwood. Vanilla and tonka bean anchor the fragrance and provide a sweet and powdery base.

The following is Hiram’s inspiration from Frederico Lorca:

Arbolé, Arbolé

Tree, tree
dry and green.

The girl with the pretty face 
is out picking olives. 
The wind, playboy of towers, 
grabs her around the waist. 
Four riders passed by
on Andalusian ponies, 
with blue and green jackets 
and big, dark capes. 
“Come to Cordoba, muchacha.” 
The girl won’t listen to them. 
Three young bullfighters passed, 
slender in the waist, 
with jackets the color of oranges 
and swords of ancient silver. 
“Come to Sevilla, muchacha.” 
The girl won’t listen to them. 
When the afternoon had turned
dark brown, with scattered light, 
a young man passed by, wearing 
roses and myrtle of the moon. 
“Come to Granada, muchacha.” 
And the girl won’t listen to him. 
The girl with the pretty face
keeps on picking olives 
with the grey arm of the wind 
wrapped around her waist.
Tree, tree
dry and green.

suburban-lifeWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Suburban living in the 60s…family, optimism and life was good (based on my childhood memories).

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ARBOLÉ ARBOLÉ: nostalgic, reassuring, unique

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ARBOLÉ ARBOLÉ: Take One Thing Off, Jaroslav Blog (in Polish), AustralianPerfumeJunkies

BOTTOM LINE:  Hiram has done it again…and I have to say as much as I loved Moon Bloom, this perfume may be my favorite yet.  Some perfumers just seem to connect with you…Hiram certainly does with me.  In reading “What I Smell” above, you wouldn’t think that words like “putty” and “chewy” would lead to love, but it does.  Absolutely beautiful.

  • Bone Rating:  5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent Woody
  • Nose: Hiram Green
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $135 Euro for 50 ml eau de parfum.  Hiram is currently running a special on his website, purchase the 50 ml bottle and get a 10 ml travel size for free.  Perfect to keep for yourself, or to give as a stocking stuffer for someone you love!

Sample courtesy of Hiram Green.  Opinion my own.