The Scented Hound

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Sarah Baker Perfumes – Bascule

SB BasculeWHAT I SMELL:   Bascule opens with a buzzing bergamot that is quickly met with a weighted ripened peach and a soft, but soured leather.  The perfume is not sweet, nor juicy, but is more dried and grassy as it begins to project.  It’s as if it resides in a wind swept field that holds sun dried orchard fruit.  You immediately take notice that Bascule is a perfume that is not rooted in the city.  And as such, even if you’re an urban dweller that never travels outside the city limits, you’ll be immediately transported to the countryside.  As the perfume continues to develop, a green note comes forward, but the perfume remains in the dry realm, but the green makes the perfume feel a bit lighter and more approachable and carefree.  Here the perfume remains, nicely green with a dried soft leather on top of a hay accord with tufts of tobacco.  It’s just the right amount of earthy countryside for even the most confirmed city slicker.

From the Sarah Baker Perfumes website:

Horses, hay and leather. The sun-ripened notes of succulent fruit, woods and prominent green notes amidst a notable bass of earthy tones and noblesse oblige. Equestrian.

Notes: grass, peach, bergamot, lily of the valley, hay, leather accord, vetiver, amber, musk, fir, tobacco, metal tack.

windswept grassy hillWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A windswept grassy hill.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE BASCULE:  green, earthy, unique

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BASCULENotetaking, Colognoisseur

BOTTOM LINE:  Bascule is wonderfully unique and I was surprised at just how green it becomes in the drydown.  The green dried grass with just the hint of leather transports the wearer to the country in the most wonderful of ways.  Nice job Sarah Baker!

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Leather
  • Nose: Ashley Eden Kessler
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $95 for 50 ml eau de parfum


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New Release: Pear Inc. by Juliette Has a Gun

PearInc

WHAT I SMELL:  Pear Inc. opens with a soft and slightly milky ambered musk.  In a short time, a lovely muted pear makes an appearance while the perfume remains soft, rather cottony and very relaxed.   As the perfume continues to develop, it picks up a bit of volume and starts to radiate a lightly salty aquatic note.  The perfume manages to stay pretty contained leaving the pear note in control where it’s not too sweet, nor too gourmand, but instead it stays in this comfort zone that is pleasantly relaxing and delightfully casual.  In the end, Pear Inc. recedes into a cotton and lightly billowy musk with a layer of subdued semi-sweet pear that rides on top along with just a hint of a hair spray note that seems to pop in and out.  It’s modern without being obtuse, and it’s wonderfully easy to wear.

From the Juliette Has a Gun website:

Pear Inc. is a fragrance built around a green Pear, laying on a milky heart of Musk and twist of Ambroxan to lift its modernity. A heavenly fragrance evoking happiness, sunny days and positivity!

“I designed this new fragrance thinking about the return of warm sunny days and of my favourite fruit, the Pear. I remember, as a child, noticing its intriguing shape standing out from the others in the fruit bowl. With Pear Inc., I have imagined a refreshing fragrance, with a hint of “gourmandise”. A fruity musk, enhanced with Ambroxan and Pear, like the promise of a beautiful summer.” – Romano Ricci

Top note:  Green Pear

Heart Note:  Ambroxan

Bottom Notes:  Musks, Muscenone, Ambrettolide, Habanolide

Pear BeddingWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Pear colored bedding; it’s cottony musky fresh.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE PEAR INC.:  calming, contented, modern

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT PEAR INC.CaFluereBon, Musings of a Muse

BOTTOM LINE:  Pear Inc. is a nicely subtle fragrance that is perfect for those who love musk perfumes.  It’s an easy wear that is perfect for casual everyday wear.  I have to say that I like this perfume, but my husband absolutely loves it!

* Sample provided by Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.


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Loewe Solo Pour Homme

WHAT I SMELL:  Solo’s opening is a nicely warm one with a lightly herbal lavender that is quickly met with a brightened patchouli that sits between earthy, funky and cottony fresh.  There’s also an underlying citrus note that helps to keep the patchouli in an uplifted manner.  Pretty much from the first spritz, the perfume is fresh, rather dewy and light with a wonderfully positive persona.  As the perfume continues to develop, it begins to move to the more spiced with a lightly sweetened cumin, nutmeg and cinnamon melding with the patchouli.  Thankfully, the perfume remains light and airy as the spice is kept at the right depth.  Soon afterwards, the perfume begins to dry and it takes on a hazy finish.  For the most part, Solo remains true to the lavender, patchouli and lightly spiced heart, but it starts moving towards a clean musk finish.  But as soon as I thought it would end there, a flattened slightly sour woody note comes to the forefront and that’s unfortunate as the perfume prior to this development was very likable and now it’s just… OK.

From the Loewe website:

A timeless yet novel fragrance, its secret lies in its contrasting accords of aromatic notes that are juxtaposed in perfect counterpoint.

A spicy, woody fragrance with contrasting notes of sandalwood, guava and marzipan, for the elegant man of distinction who appreciates the value of balance.

The harmony of extremes.

Olfactive Notes – 

Humid Stone Chord : guava, lavender, boldo and thyme

Dry Wood Chord : cachemire and patchouli

Hesperides Chord : bergamot, lemon and tangerine

Spicy Chord : cumin, nutmeg and cinnamon

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A careworn ranch house from the 1950s or 60s.  When it was built it was a beauty, but over time it has become a bit tired and dated and needs a little sprucing up.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SOLOcottony, herbal, semi-delightful.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SOLO:  No reviews found.

BOTTOM LINE:  I really wanted to like Solo as the opening and middle stages of development are fantastically alluring.  Unfortunately, it’s only at the end that the perfume begins to fade from my enthusiasm.  And call me shallow, but there’s something about the Loewe aesthetic that leaves me a bit cold.

  • Bone Rating:  3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental
  • Classification:  Masculine
  • Expense:  Prices start at around $100 for 50ml eau de toilette.