The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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New Release: Baptême du feu by Serge Lutens

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WHAT I SMELL:  Wow…Baptême du feu has a wonderful opening that’s cool to the touch, incredibly juicy and vibrant with a blast of bright citrus and bergamot.  The perfume begins to warm quickly and the juiciness subsides to reveal a ripened osmanthus along with an orange rind like sourness.  After 10 minutes or so, a ginger note begins to surface along with a wafting incense.  What was joyous and bright has moved to a mysterious tonality.  The perfume then takes another turn and the incense disappears and the perfume become fully ginger…and it grows exponentially in projection.  But of course, Uncle Serge needs to contradict my words and once again, a wafting incense reveals itself.  The ginger makes the perfume a little sweet, but not too much as there’s a light herbal base that resides under the candied root.  After an hour, the perfume begins to dust and powder with a metallic edge as the candied aspects are lessened.  In the end you’re left with a woody powdered ginger dustiness.

From the Serge Lutens website:

My emotions are fluid. Like liquid wax poured into a mould, they determine what seduces me—like this gingerbread heart. – Serge Lutens

The fragrance features gingerbread, powdery notes, tangerine, castoreum, osmanthus and woody notes.

Pippi-Longstocking-Inger-NilssonWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Pippi Longstocking…it starts off bright, juicy and full of candied ginger…but as it wears it loses its initial gloss and becomes rather tiresome.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE BAPTÊME DU FEU: semi-sweet, pleasant, semi-interesting

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BAPTÊME DU FEU:  Persolaise, Kafkaesque, Perfume Posse

BOTTOM LINE:  For the first 45 minutes of wear, I loved this perfume as its full of life and absolutely delightful.  After that, its pleasant enough. Ho-hum.

  • Bone Rating:  3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $150 for 50 ml eau de parfum


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The Random 10: Room 1015’s Michael Partouche

Dr. Mike - Room 1015When you say the words “fragrance” or “perfume,” most people conjure in their minds high fashion and brand names like Chanel and Dior.  Typically, one doesn’t associate rock n’ roll with perfume, unless the perfume smells like stale beer and worn leather.  Michael Partouche,  founder of Room 1015 tears down the walls of the norm with a brash attitude and a rock and roll sensibility.

Dr. Mike as he is better known, is a pharmacist by trade, but he found the routine and discipline of the pharmaceutical life a hard fit.   So he retreated to the world of psychedelic rock n roll, the place where he felt free to express himself, by becoming one with his guitar.  Eventually, Dr. Mike found his way into combining the world of lotions and potions with the glam life of rock n roll in the realm of fragrance through his brand Room 1015.

With Room 1015, Dr. Mike, along with perfumers Amélie Bourgeois and Anne-Sophie Behaghel have created perfumes that are meant for the stage, the bright lights and the electric energy brought on by the full on sounds rifting from the spellbinding and hypnotic acoustics.

Blomma Cult2So why the name Room 1015? According to legend, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards threw a TV through the bedroom window of the West Hollywood Hyatt in 1972…Room 1015.  I guess you can’t get any more rock n’ roll than that!

Given Dr. Mike’s hardcore sensibilities, let’s see how he answers his Random 10:

  1. My favorite holiday is… summer…forever…wherever.
  2. My favorite gift received was… a guitar Gibson Les Paul Standard (when I was 11) and my dog! 
  3. Those closest to me call me… Micky or Mickey.
  4. If I won the lottery, I would… go to space and probably stay there. 
  5. The one thing that most people don’t know about me is… a secret.
  6. The biggest surprise in my life has been… my 2 kids.
  7. I always have to remind myself to… enjoy the present.
  8. My proudest accomplishment was… my kids (again), my degree as a Doctor of Pharmacy, and of course, Room 1015.
  9. If I ever created a fragrance just for me, it would include the following notes… Geranium, Vetiver and Citrus.
  10. My one recommendation for the fragrance industry is… sniff it, don’t drink it…

Room 1015 has a vibrancy and esthetic that I find exciting and that kick is evident when I reviewed Blomma Cult which I found to be like a swinging red velvet blazer and was named as one of my favorite new releases for 2015.  So which Room 1015 perfume is for you?  Dr. Mike has employed a ChatBot to help you in your search.  He can be found on Facebook at Room 1015 Chatbot.

Thanks to Dr. Mike for participating in The Scented Hound’s Random 10.  Check out the full line of Room 1015 perfumes at their full-on sensorial website:  Room 1015.  The Room 1015 line is also available in the US at Twisted Lily.

Rock on!


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Cocktails with Carlos – Arquiste’s Carlos Huber Visits Arielle Shoshana

IMG_0529Thanks to Arielle Shoshana, Washington DC’s welcomed answer to the niche perfume marketplace in the Nation’s Capital, we now have some fun events and offerings that weren’t available before.  Just this past week, Arielle Shoshana sponsored a Cocktails with Carlos event featuring the founder of Arquiste perfumes, Carlos Huber.  The event offered a chance for attendees to get to know the Arquiste line of perfumes directly from Carlos himself.  As an added bonus, we were introduced to the two new perfumes in the line, Él and Ella which just launched this week.  I do have a problem though, I can’t decide which is my favorite, Él, the masculine fougere which harks back to a 1970’s Acapulco with a sexy twist, or Ella which is a full on floral lovers perfume with just a hint of a dirty!!  In either case, I can’t lose with either of these two fantastic new releases.

A great time was had by all and Carlos is just as nice (and handsome) as all of you imagine.

Thanks to Ari and Arielle Shoshana for hosting this fun event!