The other day I was lucky enough to receive some samples of the biehl parfumkunstwerke line of fragrances. They recently have been made available in the US market and I had yet to have any introduction to them, so I was excited to check them out. My plan was to provide a review on biehl parfumkunstwerke’s gs03 which is their newest release, but for some reason I was strangely drawn to sample gs02 (released in 2007) instead. Maybe notes like castoreum and descriptors like “erotic” had something to do with it!
WHAT I SMELL: gs02 opens with an herbal orange/citrus note which is clean and somewhat astringent. Quickly, gs02 begins to develop a bit of a sour note and in the background there lurks some castoreum, which gives the fragrance a bit of dirtiness…but it remains in the background. I keep waiting for the leather, but it’s not quick to make its appearance and when it does, it too lurks in the background unwilling to really pounce. After about 15 minutes, gs02 becomes more woody and after almost 30 minutes, the fragrance warms and becomes more radiant. It’s funny, gs02 blends seamlessly and it’s incredibly restrained which makes this a wonderfully mysterious and hypnotic scent.
From the biehl parfumkunstwerke website:
charisma. determination. arrogance can be erotic after all.
head: aromatic, spicy.
the liveliness and elegance of absinth, Campari, orange, thyme, angelica roots
heart: leather perfectly combined with castoreum, rounded off very erotically with
base: ambergris, tonka been, vanilla
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A sly fox.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE gs02: sexy, subtle, confident
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT gs02: That Smell (I couldn’t find any others)
BOTTOM LINE: gs02 is lovely and a bit sexy, but very subtle. I believe this would be a good fit if you need a great office scent that would translate well into the after work happy hour.
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Leather
- Nose: Geza Schon
- Classification: Unisex – but leans masculine
- Expense: $195 for 100ml EdP
Sample provided by Hypoluxe, official distributor of biehl parfumkunstwerke products.
August 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm
Interesting review Mr. Hound. I recently tried the newest Biehl done my Geza Schoen, gs03 but I find it completely off-putting. After a couple of minutes from the opening it turns very synthetic on me with lots of Iso E Super.
August 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm
I have yet to break that one open Lucas, but now you have my interest piqued. It sounds like we need to keep this away from Kafkaesque, who despises the Iso E Super more than anyone I know!!!
August 5, 2013 at 4:30 am
Too late Mr Hound, Kafka already reviewed gs03 but I don’t remember if she liked it or not, will have to read her review again
August 4, 2013 at 12:25 am
nicely done Mr. Hound. I do like gs02 myself also; just to wear and enjoy. Thorsten Biehl, owner and Creative Director of biehl has also mentioned in passing that gs02 is his personal favorite from the collection. Tomorrow’s scent now picked out, looks like a gs02 day.
August 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm
Thanks for the sample Jeffrey… I think any day would be the perfect day for gs02!
August 4, 2013 at 4:21 am
I’m testing both gs02 and gs03 now and while I rather like them than not, I want to say: somebody, please take that Iso E Super cistern away from Geza Schoen!!! I have my Molecule 01 and actually enjoy it but at some point I’d love to see that this perfumer can work his magic without these crutches.
August 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm
Both you and Lucas cite the Iso E Super. I don’t know if I can pull it out of the fragrance, but I’ll take both of your words for it. I really need to get the gs03 out to give it a whirl.
August 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm
I just checked: in her review for gs03 Kafka also mentions Iso E Super. And she definitely knows better since, unlike me who likes that chemical component in general, she gets headaches from it.
August 11, 2013 at 12:38 am
I’ve been trying to convince my husband to try gs02 but he’s having none of that “castoreum stuff”. *Sigh*
August 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm
I think it makes it that much more inviting!!!! LOL! I hope you’re doing well Kay.