The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


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Vilhelm Parfumerie – London Funk

WHAT I SMELL:  London Funk opens with a fresh basil and bergamot with an interesting cardamom note that quickly slides right in.  It’s fresh and inviting and really full of life.  Soon, the perfume begins to warm and it feels like it’s beginning to sugar, like a concentrated sugar reduction as it’s not sweet, but rather vibrant and somewhat thick.  And a short while after, a little bit of the “funk” begins to roll in.  It’s just a slight undercurrent of something that I can’t distinguish that seems to be simmering under a woody note.  It’s not unpleasant, but it’s almost as if you smell a little something off under the outside decking of a local pub. By this time the initial top notes have made their way out of the door a woody vetiver has entered becoming the main attraction.  London Funk at this point really projects with hints of leather and herb (cannabis?) which seems to grow as I write.  But the perfume never gets too funky and instead rides this high impact and slightly bitter woody mix that seems very familiar without being able to exactly put your finger on it.  Overall, London Funk is a very tenacious perfume that keeps on giving for a very long time.

From the Vilhelm Parfumerie website:

The slap of a wood bat on a leather ball, followed by intense giggling and the sound of fabric rustling. It’s five o’clock at Biba in London and Jim Morrison is leading a young Debbie Harry astray with a Long Island Iced tea, and a game of cricket in the stock room. Can you smell all the possibilities that curled into a trippy London afternoon in the Seventies? They certainly could.

Top notes: Juniper, Basil, Cardamom, Bergamot.
Heart notes: Blackcurrant Bud, Driftwood.
Base notes: Vetiver, Yerba Maté, Cedarwood, Amber Gris, Sandalwood.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Like the back deck of the Atlanta Eagle bar.  A mix of wood, leather, beer, smoke, plastic, sweat, cologne and lots of other bar related smells.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE LONDON FUNK:  bold, vibrant, familiar (but how, I’m not sure)

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LONDON FUNK:  No written reviews found.

BOTTOM LINE:  London Funk is more funky than funk.  In reading what I have written about “What I Smell” my descriptors are pretty obtuse.  But that’s because I find that London Funk is a perfume that’s hard to describe or categorize.  What it is however, is a perfume that is not for everyday use and I wouldn’t recommend it for the office.  It’s not that it’s not a pleasurable perfume, but as it has a large personality and I’m not sure one’s coworkers would appreciate it.  But as for a night on the town at your favorite club…absolutely!

  • Bone Rating: 3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Woody Aromatic
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: Starting at $90 for 20 ml eau de parfum


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Ricardo Ramos – SacroMonte

WHAT I SMELL:  SacroMonte opens brightly with sunny grass tinged with basil.  It’s very comforting in a familiar way; its as if you just finished mowing your lawn when your yard smells so green, clean, fresh and tailored.  Soon, a very light note of fig leaf helps to lift the perfume from the ground up towards the sky.   And shortly after, a soapy jasmine enters where it sits nicely above the grass along with a light spice.  The perfume at this point begins to dry and the grass moves more towards a hay that has been sitting in the sun.  But as soon as I say that the perfume turns more towards the green, but this time with the help of lily of the valley.  SacroMonte is really beautiful at this juncture.  I find it to be incredibly approachable and interestingly pretty in a very unisex way.  In the end, SacroMonte settles into a sweetened ambered musk which is lovely, but not nearly as interesting as the perfume was along the journey.  Nonetheless, SacroMonte is an easy to love perfume.

Notes from the Ricardo Ramos website:

Legend has it that the treasures of the expelled Nasrid nobility were hidden in the mountains where today is the idyllic and picturesque Granada’s neighborhood. SacroMonte is a vital fragrance which transports us to a natural environment with a dry and fruity effect of freshness.

Top notes: Freshly cut grass, fig leaf, basil; Heart notes: Lily of the valley, jasmine, plum, fig; Background: White musk, dry amber, hay.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Sunshine summertime.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SACROMONTE:  comforting, familiar, subtle

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SACROMONTE:  Notetaking

BOTTOM LINE:  SacroMonte is a perfume that can be worn anytime without having to give it any thought.  No matter the occasion, it will make you feel fresh and clean.  Groundbreaking no; but delightful all the same.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Aromatic Fruity
  • Nose:  Jorge Lee
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: 125 Euros for 50 ml eau de parfum


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Jovoy Paris Touche Finale

WHAT I SMELL:  Touche Finale opens with sweet, bubblegum berries that are tamed with a gorgeous mimosa.  It’s rather thick and heady and wonderfully intoxicatingly sweet without being overbearing.  From first spritz, Touche Finale is feminine, lively and instantly fun as if it comes sweeping though the door letting everyone know that the party is about to begin.  After a short time, the florals come to take their place with the rose and violet leaf front and center.  Here, the bubblegum opening starts to dissipate but the feminine touch doesn’t seem to be bothered by its departure because the perfume moves to the more powdered.  Heliotrope soon begs to be let in the party and prompts the perfume to grow and radiate.  In the end, Touche Finale matures from it’s celebratory opening, but it remains florally beautiful as the powder is met with a finish of warmed peppered musk that keeps the festivities going for a very long time.

From the Jovoy Paris website:

Whenever it appears that an artist’s work is finally finished, there is always a moment where a sense of doubt overwhelms the artist. Should they change a note? Do they need any more of this? Or a little less of that? 

But when the artist trusts their vision and makes their final stroke, any sense of doubt is replaced by an ultimate satisfaction. Then the only desire that follows is the will to reveal it to the world. This is the exact moment when a master decides that their work is finished. And this is the very moment that Jovoy has grasped and put into a bottle.

This new perfume is also a tribute to the seductive souls who each have their own rituals of preparation. The slow, measured method of dressing. The make up, the rice powder… these are all a prelude to seduction. And even if their gestures are different and their secrets proper, they all share a common ritual: their ‘final touch’ is the application of perfume.

Touche Finale is a reinterpretation of a perfume that has already left it’s mark in the history of the rebirth of Jovoy: 2006’s renowned Poudré.

After more than two years of work, the independent perfumer, Vanina Muracciole has managed to preserve the soul of the original Poudré, whilst exalting it, in this new, ultimate version.

Head Notes – Mimosa, Pink Berries; Heart Notes – Rose, Violet Leaf, Cedarwood, Jasmine; Base Notes – Heliotrope, Musk, Sandalwood

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Party girl!

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE TOUCHE FINALE:  vivacious, captivating, delightful

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT TOUCHE FINALE:  CaFleureBon

BOTTOM LINE:  Touch Finale is all things feminine; powder, notes of lipstick with a light sweater of musk.  It’s a joyful perfume that brings life to the wearer.  Just be careful though because just like too much partying, Touche Finale requires a lighter touch. Too much of a good thing can be…well, you know the rest.

  • Bone Rating: 3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Powdery Floral
  • Nose: Vanina Muracciole
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense:  145 Euros for 100 ml eau de parfum