The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Land of Warriors by The Vagabond Prince


Land of WarriorsIn the past year I have shied away from doing negative reviews.  As such, if I find that I am confronted with something that I don’t care for I typically toss the sample aside and move on to something else. This is why the number of one and two bone rated perfumes is much smaller than the three to five bone rating categories.  Well, since it’s the last day of the year, I thought I could end on a low note which means that the first review of 2015 can only go up from there.  So here it goes…

Chaps ala Borat

Chaps ala Borat

WHAT I SMELL:  Land of Warriors opens quickly with a nice sueded leather that’s topped with blackcurrant.  It’s very nicely finished and crisp for a leather.  However,  it doesn’t take long for the leather to begin to bloom.  Where the opening began with a sueded leather, the morphing leather has become salty and sharpened with something that can only be described to me as a chemical peel.  It feels as if layers of leather are being folded back from the middle of the fragrance.  There’s an herbal vibe that feels like a force field that sits above the fragrance that makes the fragrance more earthy.  But soon enough the leather morphs once again, becoming bigger and with some added skank.  It seems to move back and forth between smelling like a pair of used leather chaps that have consumed too much sweat and bodily fluids to some kind of 1980s big hair “look at me now” fragrance that wants to be tough, but instead it just screams “I’m trying too hard.”

A big hair warrior princess

A big hair warrior princess

Once again, Land of Warriors morphs and this time moves into a lightly boozy, hazy and smoky phase.  Thankfully, at this point the fragrance feels more finished rather than raw.  But just when I think that it’s going to become a pussycat on me, it turns into a chemical bomb that when sniffed, it scratches the back of my throat and it becomes all too big, tarry and biting.  After an hour or so, the perfume becomes a smoky, hazy leather cloud that’s not quite the brute that it wants to be, but is still manages to a chemically enhanced leather punch.

From Fragrantica:

Land of Warriors pays homage to leather notes with a transversal and vertical presence of leather through all the different accords. The juicy top note is at once green, fresh and tart with the combined presence of pomegranate, blackcurrant, juniper, cucumber and violet leaf. The distinctive freshness of the top note is reinforced by the hefty dose of rum, an intoxicating note linked directly to the inclusion of celebrated oakwood absolute.

vegetal leather: angelique seed, violet leaf, cucumber accord reinforced by tomato leaf,blackcurrant leaf;

mineral and spicy leather: oakwood, frankincense, davana, cistus absolute, saffron effect, nutmeg, oregano;

animalic leathery effect: castoreum absolute, ambergris accord;

smoky leathery effect: styrax pyrogéné, tar.

ConfusionWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Skanky chaps + 80s big hair + smoke and haze =  I’m confused



BOTTOM LINE:  There’s a good fragrance hidden inside of Land of Warriors, unfortunately it’s buried somewhere in there and it can’t get out.  I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of leather fragrances, but this is a chemical bomb to me that’s so manufactured and artificial that it makes it rather hard for me to connect to it.  I guess if there’s a positive note to this it’s that I may not like the perfume, but the Vagabond Prince bottles are wonderful works of art!

  • Bone Rating: 2.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Woody Aromatic
  • Nose:  Bertrand Duchaufour
  • Classification: Masculine
  • Expense: $200 for 100ml Eau de Parfum

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

13 thoughts on “Land of Warriors by The Vagabond Prince

  1. Dear Mr Hound,

    I adore reading negative reviews, not from schadenfreude, but from a guilty pleasure angle. One of the funniest reviews I ever read was the Perfumed Dandy’s take on Obsession. Like you, I measure out the negativity carefully, but once or twice I couldn’t help myself.

    I am surprised to see Bertrand Duchaufour at the helm of this one. But even a genius can’t please ’em all.

    There is definitely room for another turkey after Christmas.

    Happy New Year! I always enjoy your blog.

    warm wishes


    • Samantha – I have to admit that writing an unfavorable review can be a bit cathartic as it allows you to express yourself in a manner that you don’t often get a chance to. Speaking of which…where has Mr. Dandy gone off to. I haven’t seen a post from him for such a long time??!
      Happy New Year! Keep up the fantastic work my dear!


  2. Hmmm, quite a blast at the end of the year. Sweaty chaps… The images of certain establishments in Benidorm came into my mind. I don’t know, am I brave enough to smell this one? Certainly you stirred up my curiosity though.
    Happy New Year!


    • Ms. Magpie – the sweaty chaps sensation only lasts for a short time so don’t let that keep you away. However, I will say that you really need to like leather fragrances to find this at all appealing. However, I don’t see this as being a perfume for a Magpie, but I could be wrong.

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  3. Haha after reading the review, I was surprised to see it still got 2.5 bones! I welcome the negative reviews – they’re funny and their presence makes the rest of your positive opinions more authentic seeming (if only because it’s hard to imagine someone loving everything – not because I doubt your authenticity at all!). I understand where you’re coming from though. I blog primarily for myself, to help me learn about my tastes and remember my experiences, but I feel bad whenever I really hate something – especially if there’s several from one house that just don’t do it for me. Ah well.

    Thanks for the insightful review, I look forward to reading many more in the new year! 🙂

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    • Sun Mi –

      I have to admit that I was waffling between a 2 and a 2.5 but went with the higher number because I believe that if you like leather fragrances, there is a chance that you might like this too. That’s why I hate negative reviews because I know there are folks out there that will love this and I don’t want to dissuade others from trying it. But again, that would mean that I have power over others and I doubt that is the case at all!

      Happy New Year!


  4. I’m going to pass on this perfume but big 80’s hair, well, that’s a whole different story. I love, love, love big hair. My hair was fabulous back then.
    Happy New Year!


  5. I’m with Poodle and taking a pass on this. I was just cleaning out files and other stuff and came across pictures of me with my version of big 80’s hair 🙂

    Oh, and I love the snow falling…let’s keep it virtual, OK?


    • Hmmm, somehow I’m not envision a Hajusuuri with big hair! But I bet you looked incredible…well at least for the time 🙂 As for the snow, I can’t promise a thing… actually you might be getting snow as I type this. Happy New Year darlin!


  6. Great review. I’m out on sweaty, but yes to big hair!! Happy New Year!


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