The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

New Release: Sandor 70’s by Carner Barcelona

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carnersandos70sWHAT I SMELL:  Sandor 70’s completes a kick-start with a quick blast of bergamot that soon melds into a wonderfully warm floral suede.  The florals then move to the more herbal with a clary sage note that is front and center.  The perfume is smooth and incredibly engaging.  Neither feminine nor masculine, the perfume defies a label.  As the perfume continues to develop, it really begins to project and a dry woody timbre pushes out a light powder.  Continuing on, a smoky note appears along with a dry vetiver, but as soon as I write that, the dryness makes way for a buttery vanilla.  Here, the perfume is simply sublime as it fills the air with a rich, sophisticated suede that feels like it’s coming from a well of nature.  It’s not dirty, nor heavy, instead, the perfume feels earthy and grounded and nostalgic.  As it continues to unfold, the tobacco and the leather mix in a swirl of wafting smoke.  Here, the dirt from the cobblestone streets meet the soles of the well-worn shoes that walk them.

From the Carner Barcelona website:

inspiration:  “At the crest of upper Barcelona once a place to see and be seen, an iconic bar where the smoke of cigars flirted with the aristocratic leather armchairs…”

top notes – Suede Accord, Italian bergamot, Vintage Jasmin absolute, Chinese osmanthus absolute, Bulgarian rose essence

mid notes – Tobacco Accord,  Clary sage absolute, Virginian cedar wood, Peru balsam, Mexican vanilla extract

base notes –  Spanish leather accord, Patchouli essence, Vetyver essence, Ethiopian frankincense extract, Oak moss absolute

wellwornsandalWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Your favorite pair of well-worn leather/suede sandals.  So comfortable, like an old friend.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SANDOR 70’s:  vintage, careworn, comfortable

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SANDOR 70’s: Fragrance Daily

BOTTOM LINE:  Part of the new Black Collection, Sandor 70’s is my favorite among the three perfumes in the line.  Here, the nod to nostalgia is done perfectly and makes this a leather perfume that’s perfect for those who don’t like their leather over the top.

  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Leather
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $220 for 50 ml eau de parfum

Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

11 thoughts on “New Release: Sandor 70’s by Carner Barcelona

  1. I wore it the other day and I know what you mean, it’s so soft and comfy. On me it was a bit mysteriously seductive too

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  2. I really enjoy a number of offerings from this house.
    I have a sample of this, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.
    Thank you for the review.

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  3. Ooh! This sounds great, although I’m not particularly fond of clary sage. However, I’m always open to trying. Well, no … that’s a lie. But I would try this.

    And Steve … thanks for the Birkenstock image. 😀

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  4. Oooh nice…I have only just caught up with the cosily boozy El Born, would you believe, but this also sounds worth a spin.

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  5. The famous fashion Coco Chanel once said, “A woman’who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”

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  6. I like their regular line. Now I wonder: are these new perfumes actually two times better? Or at least use a twice more expensive ingredients? Not that there is anything wrong with company moving further into the luxury market: if they can sell those perfumes, I’m glad for them. But I’m curious.

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    • I really like this brand as well Undina. I wouldn’t say that the 3 perfumes released in this collection are better than their regular fare. Who knows why and how things are branded…what it offers the company in sales, etc.

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