The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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New Release: Foxy by DSH Perfumes

Tis the season of the fox!  For living in the heart of a metropolitan area, it always surprises me every spring that the local foxes seem to come out of their intown lairs to go hunting in the dew of the morning.  It’s always my delight when grabbing the newspaper on the front walk to see a fox go traipsing down the street.  As a city boy, this makes me extremely happy and I have to say that foxes are easily one of my favorite wild animals.  So I was thrilled to see that DSH’s latest offering was called Foxy.  Let’s see if this new fox on the block makes me equally as happy…

WHAT I SMELL:  Foxy opens with a spiced cinnamon and lightly boozy opening.  There’s also a anise candied note that reminds me of ribbon candy.  The perfume is warm, rather animalic and somewhat wild and feral.  After a little while, the feral starts to lessen and the perfume begins to purr as it softens and evens out.  The perfume doesn’t develop all that much.  Instead, it smoothens to a light and warmed floral amber that covers you in the softest of fur.  Yes, when wearing this you’ll definitely be foxy.

From the DSH Perfume website:

A smart, sexy, and playful retro-nouveau animalic fragrance that features the fur accord paired with a spiced – boozy beginning, and a rich, ambery drydown.  You will definitely feel FOXY in this!

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A fox of course!

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE FOXY: stealthy, content, smooth

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT FOXY:  No reviews to be found.

BOTTOM LINE:  Foxy is a sexy perfume that isn’t complicated, yet maintains an aura of mystery and seductive confidence with the most sublime drydown.  Now, this is my kind of fox!

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Animalic
  • Nose: Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: Prices and concentrations vary via the DSH Perfumes website.  Review based on the Voile de Parfum version.

Sample provided my DSH Perfumes.  Opinion my own.


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New Release: Silphium by Stora Skuggan

WHAT I SMELL:  Silphium goes on the skin incredibly herbal, medicinal, warm and mentholated.  It really vibrates with a vaporous sheen and the perfume is incredibly reassuring without being soft and cuddly.  Instead, since there is a medicinal edge it feels more like an elixir of health.  As the perfume begins to settle, the herbal turns to an energized spice that is somehow flat, yet full of movement.  Still rather medicinal, the perfume throws out an aura of energy which now begins to lighten with a rounded moisture fused in ginger and a slight citrus.  After some time, the perfume removes the majority of the medicinal tone and lightens to a fuzzy and lightly powdered wood that albeit full of projection, feels somewhat ethereal and wispy brought on by the breath of an opaque incense.  In the end, the perfume softens considerably and becomes a comfort scent…in the sense that the therapeutic aspects of the fragrance make you feel like you don’t only smell good, but the perfume is good for you.

From the Stora Skuggan website:

Silphium (probably of the genus Ferula) was a plant that grew in the area of Cyrene, present day Libya, and was widely renowned as a spice, medicinal herb and perfume ingredient throughout the empires of the classical antiquity. It was praised by Greek philosophers and writers, as well as Roman emperors and cookbook authors.

There were many attempts to cultivate Silphium, but they inevitably failed. It would only grow wild in a limited area of the north African coast. This in combination with its qualities as seasoning and medicine made Silphium the most valuable spice in the world, outshining both saffron and cinnamon. The demand for Silphium eventually became so overwhelming that it was harvested to extinction, and the taste and smell of the once greatest spice in the world was lost in time.

Our rendition of this historical plant is created by researching surviving assumed relatives of Silphium, using aromachemicals (the molecular building blocks of scents) to create an accord that we feel represents what descriptions remains. This is set against a background of ancient incense, woods and leather.

Silphium features top notes of Silphium accord and Cistus. The heart notes are Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Tobacco, Ginger, Geranium and Clove. Base notes are Frankincense, Myrrh, Cedarwood and Leather.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Medicinal cotton.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SILPHIUM: herbal, medicinal, therapeutic

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SILPHIUM:  None found.

BOTTOM LINE:  This new release from the Stockholm Sweden based Stora Skuggan is interesting and different and I love the fact that they are creating a perfume through the re-creation of an extinct and historical plant as a central theme.  And for perfume lovers who also gravitate towards incredible bottles…Silphium does the trick.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Spicy
  • Nose: Olle Hemmendorff and Tomas Hempel
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $140 for 30 ml eau de parfum

Sample provided by Twisted Lily Fragrange Boutique and Apothecary.  Opinion my own.


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Rose Emois by Molinard

molinardroseemoisWHAT I SMELL:  Rose Emois unfolds soft and sweet as baby’s breath with a slightly sugared bergamot and mint that is quickly met with a milky almond highlighted with the lightest of saffron.  A serene floral bouquet warmed by a softened sandalwood and amber make this incredibly dreamy.  The perfume is light and transparent but at the same it has a pretty powerful projection.  After a few minutes, the rose begins to break out of the dreamlike haze of warmth.  The rose is subdued and deep and thorny without being heavy.  The sandalwood and amber anchor the perfume making the perfume feel more ambered than rose.  After some more time, an oudish note is added making the perfume feel more exotic.  As the perfume continues to develop, the oud note becomes more prominent and the perfume becomes more powdery, but there is a slight bite (no doubt from the oud note) that is a bit discordant.  I do wish the perfume would return to the beginning, but instead, it remains in this oudish rose colored powdered haze.  That’s not a bad thing, it’s just that the opening and middle phase was just so breathtakingly beautiful.

From Molinard:

Caressing scents in tender intuitions, sharing confidence for confidence … this harmonious fragrance cultivates its chosen affinities.  Carved from a rose, its natural whimsicality carries it irresistibly to floral allegories … and abandons itself secretly to the enveloping waves where man and woman meet, and make no more than one …

Top notes are bergamot, mint and almond; middle notes are jasmine, rose, saffron and ylang-ylang; base notes are musk, sandalwood, amber and ylang-ylang.

asian-tapestriesWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A vibrant Indian tapestry full of color and infused with the exotic smells of the market.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ROSE EMOIS:  dreamy, royal, serious

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ROSE EMOIS: No reviews found.

BOTTOM LINE: Rose Emois is part of Molinard’s La Collection Privee. Besides the classic Habanita, you don’t hear much about Molinard.  Their perfumes, albeit somewhat hard to find, are pretty and easy to wear.  This is no exception.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral Woody Musk
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: Approximately $180 for 100 ml eau de parfum.