The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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M. Micallef Style

micallef_exclusif_style_bottle_grandeWHAT I SMELL:  Style opens wonderfully warm and herbal, accentuated by cardamom and nutmeg.   Its clean and crisp, like a starched dress shirt.  There’s a generous, thoughtful and inviting masculinity in the perfume.  After around 5 minutes, the dried lavender starts to bring with it a rather large projection.  It’s warm, dreamlike and very elegant.  There’s a layer of incense that swirls below the lavender, that adds just a hint of sexiness to the rather formal composition.  After some more time, the perfume becomes more woody and dry, but the incense still layers the perfume from below like the remains of a bonfire drifting in the distance.  As the perfume continues to develop, the incense begins to wain and the sandalwood brings a welcomed light creaminess along with a light floral bloom to the dry and woody heart.

Notes listed from Fragrantica:

Top notes of the composition will offer a spicy blend of nutmeg, warm and gourmand cinnamon and cardamom, refreshed by luminous and sunny lemon zest. The heart of the composition accentuates floral notes of elegant jasmine and lily of the valley softened with aromatic lavender, while base notes provide us with warmth and precious woody notes of patchouli and sandalwood embraced by a mysterious veil of incense and sensual musk.

MCCREA, Joel , 1933   , RKO , Bird of Paradise,

Joel McCrea , 1933 , RKO , Bird of Paradise

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A dashing 1930’s Joel McCrea; accessible and easy masculinity.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE STYLE:  classic, controlled, elegant

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT STYLE:  Chemist in the Bottle, CaFleureBon, Memory of Scent

BOTTOM LINE:  Style is an elegant and wonderfully controlled and easy to wear masculine perfume.  This would be an easy add to any man’s wardrobe.

  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Woody
  • Nose: Jean-Claude Astier
  • Classification: Masculine
  • Expense: $110 for 30 ml Eau de Parfum


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M. Micallef Art Collection Rouge Draw Winners!

Micallef ROUGE ART COLLECTION poster LRCongratulations to the winners of the M. Micallef Art Collection Rouge draw!  Each winner will receive one 5ml bottle of Rouge No. 1 and one 5ml bottle of Rouge No. 2.  These 10 winners are lucky indeed!

And the winners are…

  1. Undina
  2. Ginny
  3. Tami Holubar
  4. glrsims
  5. Charlotte
  6. Cyn Nagele
  7. Nancysg
  8. Nancy Knows
  9. Poodle
  10. Laurels

 

If you are one of the lucky winners, you have until midnight eastern standard time on Thursday, September 5, 2013 to send me your contact information to include full name, mailing address and email address.  Please send the information to:  thescentedhound@gmail.com.  If any winner does not provide their information by the time cited above, The Scented Hound has the right to pass the prize to the next participant chosen via the random pull.

Thanks to all the participants in the draw and especially to Jeffrey Dame at Hypoluxe, Inc. the sponsor of this incredible draw!

The draw was completed via random.org.  


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Rouge No. 2 by M. Micallef and Special Draw!

Micallef-ROUGE-2-500The other day I reviewed Rouge No. 1, part of the new M. Micallef Art Collection.  I loved Rouge No. 1’s floral beauty…let’s see what Rouge No. 2 has in store…

WHAT I SMELL:  Rouge No. 2 opens with sweet black currant cut with bright citrus notes.  It’s tangy, sparkling and zesty.  You can smell a tinge of nutmeg which gives it an undercurrent of cinnamon like spice.  Quickly, the florals make their way in.  At first I get more violet which is then taken over by a wonderful jasmine.  The base notes bring some nice depth into play with sweetened and warm vanilla and amber.  After around 20 minutes, Rouge No. 2 becomes more full-bodied and begins to expand.  There is almost a gourmand sugary sweetness that sits on top of the florals.  It’s sweet, but not syrupy…it’s what I would call more of a sophisticated sweet.  In the end, Rouge No. 2 radiates its gourmand beauty with a large projection that lasts for hours.

Rouge No. 2 Notes:

Top notes are citruses, black currant and nutmeg; middle notes are jasmine, violet and orchid; base notes are vanilla, labdanum, amber and castoreum.

red-velvet-layer-cake1WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Cake.  Not literally; but its yummied goodness makes you want to cut off a big piece and eat it!

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE ROUGE NO. 2: big, sugared, gourmand

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ROUGE NO. 2:  Olfactoria’s Travels, Cafluerebon

BOTTOM LINE:  Where Rouge No. 1 sits more on the sophisticated side, Rouge No. 2 sits more on the wild side.  Its full-bodied sweetened goodness doesn’t allow for it to be shy.

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Floral
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense:  $245 for 100ml EdP

Micallef-5-ml-Bottle-Bag-500THE DRAW:  The good folks at Hypoluxe, the U.S. distributor of M. Micallef fragrances have offered 10 5ml sets of Rouge No. 1 and Rouge No. 2 to my lucky U.S. readers.  That means all winners will get one of each!  Each 5ml fragrance comes in its own cute little bottle and accompanying bag!  To enter, please leave a comment as to which M. Micallef Art Collection perfume, Rouge No. 1 or Rouge No. 2 , intrigues you the most and why.  Also, be sure to state that you are a resident of the United States.  The drawing will close at midnight Eastern Standard Time on August 31, 2013.  The 10 winners will be chosen at random.  Good luck with getting your rouge on!!