WHAT I SMELL: Cologne opens with a clean crisp warmed bergamot and blood orange. It’s tangy and sparkling without being overly juiced. An orange blossom soon joins the mix of this nice and easy composition. Not too sweet and not too sour, the perfume maintains this perfect balance of carefree wear. After around 10 minutes a musk comes into play. It’s not too clean and it brings in some added dimension. However, it does make the fragrance seem more like Febreeze than a perfume. After another 5 minutes, a sugared element comes forth making the orange blossom more prevalent and it helps to dissipate the musk. And then a bit later, the jasmine comes in to give the cologne a really nice boost of fresh florals. In the end, Cologne stays in this easy to wear mode that works at being fresh, without being too fresh.
Composition: Blood orange, orange blossom, bergamot, jasmine, musk, leather…
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Welcome to L.A. The ease of sun and casual living with a hint of a wicked underbelly.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE COLOGNE: easy, wearable, one-off
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT COLOGNE: CaFleureBon, Colognoisseur, Perfume-Smellin’ Things
BOTTOM LINE: I like Cologne but I don’t like it. How’s that? I like it because it takes the standard citrus perfume and make it a little bit dirty. Unfortunately, the musk gets in the way; and it seems to be random. At times, the musk isn’t present, then all of a sudden it comes charging through. Take away the musk and you have a winner.
- Bone Rating: 2.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Woody Spicy
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $149 for 100 ml Eau de Parfum
March 25, 2015 at 5:42 am
Interesting. I’d rather smell like musk than too much citrus. I’m not usually a cologne girl though so I’m still not dying to try this. It does sound like something to spritz on after an evening bubble bath. Clean, but not too clean.
March 25, 2015 at 5:50 am
My dear Poodle, this will make you musky for sure. I’ll send the sample 🙂
March 25, 2015 at 5:45 am
Like so much in modern fragrance, “I like this but I don’t like it” is an excellent summation. It made me laugh out loud.
March 25, 2015 at 5:49 am
Dear P – At times I sniffed it and it was great…then something would change and it was a bomb. It is rather confusing. Question for you…why are we not at Esxence??!!!
March 25, 2015 at 6:19 am
HA! Steve, I’m so jelous of everyone else going but 2015 is a travel moratorium for us. One trip to South Korea to see Jin’s parents and ZERO other travel.
It’s already been a super full year with other stuff so I haven’t missed it, yet.
Why aren’t YOU there?
March 25, 2015 at 6:30 am
We plan to retire in 2 years, so all travel is spent trying to find the elusive place to settle down. I can forego Esxence to search for paradise 🙂
March 25, 2015 at 6:59 am
WOW! 2 years is soon. Fingers crossed for you.
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