The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Hiram Green Slowdive

WHAT I SMELL:  At first spritz, Slowdive is a combination of sweet and sour amid a buzzing hay like tobacco.  There’s a honeyed orange flower that feels earthy and tempered with a layer of soil.  It’s not overtly sweet, but rather slightly flat and slightly urinous.  To me, it’s a strange and curious opening, but it’s one that immediately draws you in.  After a few minutes the tobacco begins to come to the forefront.  It’s slightly sweet and it’s like the tobacco of a well-worn pipe.  Here the perfume begins to move to the intoxicating and I find that the lightly fruited tobacco is a “warm fuzzy.”  Additionally, there’s a wonderful sensation of masculine security at this point.  As the perfume continues to develop, a light tuberose is washed over the tobacco…moving the perfume from the more masculine to the more unisex.  As it continues to develop, Slowdive ramps up the spice.  Here the perfume buzzes with life and this is where it finally settles into a warm and slightly thickened honey and tuberose tobacco.

From the Hiram Green website:

Slowdive is a warm tobacco-themed fragrance that captures the mood of those languid afternoons when the sweetness of the Indian summer air is almost palpable.

The fragrance opens with fresh and flowery top notes of neroli and orange flower before tobacco blossom and beeswax take over. This heart –  rich and deep, with hints of dried fruit and creamy tuberose – is delicately anchored by a base of honeyed resins that give Slowdive its soft and exotic touch.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The beauty of the bee.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SLOWDIVE:  warm, semi-thickened, buzzing

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SLOWDIVE:  Megan in Sainte Maxime, Kafkaesque, CaFleureBon

BOTTOM LINE:  Slowdive is a perfume that personifies the best in tobacco and honey.  The honey is so superbly restrained as if it’s just an earthy glaze rather than a jar full of the sweet and sticky.  Pardon my pun, but Slowdive deserves some good “buzz!”

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Fruity Floral
  • Nose:  Hiram Green
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $165 for 50 ml eau de parfum


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Idyllwild by Ineke Perfumes

WHAT I SMELL:  Idyllwild initially graces the skins with a soft and fresh light tea along with a hushed rhubarb and grapefruit note.  It’s so soft and pretty and incredibly comforting, like a light cashmere sweater that’ spun with the lightest and finest of wool.    Soon a slight medicinal artemisia note appears which quickly is punctuated with a creamy lavender.  Here, the perfume begins to move from the lightest of comfort to a more rounded warmth that buzzes with a creamy evergreen.  The perfume continues to move to the Northwest with the cypress and fir becoming the perfume’s focal point.  Evergreen can be tricky as it can overpower and turn a perfume into a car air freshener.  Here, the notes are incredibly subdued as if the trees are wafting their beautiful scent from afar.

From the Ineke website:

For the wanderers who follow their own compass.

Top notes:  rhubarb, tea, grapefruit and lavender

Middle notes: artemisia, cypress and fir

Base notes:  cardamom, woody notes, agarwood (oud) and musk

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The wings of a butterfly fluttering through a sun kissed forest.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE IDYLLWILD:  comforting, fresh, positive

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT IDYLLWILD: Undina’ Looking Glass, Cafleurebon, Colognoisseur

BOTTOM LINE:   To me, Idyllwild is completely a comfort scent.  It’s one of those perfumes that makes you feel like you’re taking a lovely hike through the green forest with the bounty of nature abuzz all around you.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Aromatic Fougere
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $110 for 75 ml eau de parfum


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The Decay of the Angel by Timothy Han Edition Perfumes

WHAT I SMELL:   The Decay of the Angel opens on the skin with soft and creamy mandarin and neroli, that quickly becomes contained in a mentholated tent of a indolic jasmine.  The perfume’s florals are rich and thick and they feel like they’re full of syrup that coats the skin.  The perfume is incredibly unique, absolutely stunning and mind numbing when breathed in.  After a short while, the syrupy thickness begins to melt away, but the mentholated florals remain with a softened tone.  After a bit, a light suede settles in under the florals as they continue to thin and the perfume continues to radiate, but with a softer intensity.  After a short while longer, a light plastic ebbs in, like the smell of a fleshy band-aid.  It’s not a bad smell, but mixed with the florals it’s interestingly unique.  In the end, the labdanum is the star, giving the perfume a warmed and comforting musk that lingers with the remains of the ghost like florals.

From the Timothy Han Edition Perfumes website:

A rich and exotic burnt floral fragrance with a subtle headiness that comes from desire infused by flowers on the wane. Inspired by Yukio Mishima’s 1971 novel of the same name, these are the final longings of a descending angel.

Top:  Mandarin, Neroli, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense

Heart:  Sambac Jasmin, Acacia, Cade

Base:  Oudh, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Tonka, Labdanum

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A dilapidated French château.  Once full of life with beautiful gardens it’s now a reflection of it’s former self.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE THE DECAY OF THE ANGEL:  haunting, introspective, unique

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE DECAY OF THE ANGEL:  None to be found.

BOTTOM LINE:  I love this perfume.  It’s achingly beautiful in a otherworldly way.  Sometimes perfumes speak to the soul.  In this case The Decay of the Angel does to mine.

  • Bone Rating:  4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral Oriental
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $180 for 60 ml eau de parfum

Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.