The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Puredistance Gold

WHAT I SMELL:   Gold opens with a rush of soft herbed and spiced bergamot that instantly fuses with the warmth of your skin.  The smooth warm opening makes for the most welcoming invitation of what’s to come as from the first spritz, Gold feels as if the perfume is made just for the wearer, and the wearer alone.  As the perfume settles in, Gold begins to flatten and the bergamot and herbs make way for the lightest of labdanum and jasmine bringing the flattened transition to the more rounded.  Here the perfume is pulsing and hypnotic.  After quite some time, Gold begins to dry and the desert begins to emerge from the perfume.  At this point, Gold feels as if the scent is wafting over the ancient dunes and mysterious spices have joined the winds from far away lands.  Gold is a gift from the most ancient of kings.

From the Puredistance website:

A rich and harmonious fusion of gold tones.

Top Notes:  Green Mandarine Essence – Italy, Bergamot Essence – Calabria, Pink peppercorn Essence – Reunion Island,
Rosemary Essence – Morocco, Clove buds Essence – Madagascar

Middle Notes:  Jasmin Absolute – India, Ciste Absolute – Spain, Geranium Essence – Morocco,
Cinnamon Bark Absolute – Madagascar

Base Notes:  Styrax Essence – Honduras, Benzoin Resinoide – Laos, Myrrhe Resinoide, Patchouli Essence – Indonesia,
Vanilla Green Beans – Madagascar, Tonka Beans Absolute – Venezuela, Castoreum Absolute,
Vetiver Essence – Haiti.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The Saharan sands travelling west over the Atlantic bringing the beautiful sunsets to the Americas.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE GOLD:  intimate, exotic, hypnotic

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GOLDCaFleureBon, Chemist in the Bottle, Colognoisseur

BOTTOM LINE:  As with all of their creations, Puredistance uses the the finest materials and Gold is no exception with its’ 36% perfume oil.  And again, Jan Ewoud Vos and Antoine Lie never disappoint with their majestic collaborations as Gold is an exotic beauty that seems to meld with your DNA for the most intimate of wear.  

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental Spicy
  • Nose:   Antoine Lie
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: 295 Euros for 60 ml parfum extrait

 


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Gucci Winter’s Spring

Greetings from Mexico.  Yes, it’s been quite a while since I last posted, but it seems that 2020 has been a challenging year at best and that current events, i.e. COVID-19, BLM protests and now Tropical Storm Cristobal encroaching upon the Yucatan Peninsula has brought me back out of hibernation…and in search of a comfort scent.

WHAT I SMELL:   Winter’s Spring first graces the skin with a soft, slightly flat and flaxen lightly peppered cotton.  Rather quickly, a fresh mimosa rushes to the forefront.  It’s fresh, light and just the right amount of soft and pretty.  After a bit, the mimosa warms on the skin with a buttery hue and just a touch of sweetness.  The warmth feels like radiant sun on this skin and the fragrance is incredibly reassuring.  After some time, the warmth makes way once again for the slightly cottoned, but this time with a greenish clean mimosa.  Winter’s Spring is all about mimosa. As such, you won’t find a great deal of development, but it’s just so pretty and comforting you don’t need anything more than what it is.

From the Gucci website:

Representing the first sign of spring at the end of winter, Mimosa blends with notes of Pepper and Musk. A bright and joyful scent, “Winter’s Spring” conveys an immediate rush of energy and light.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Buttery, summery mimosa.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE WINTER’S SPRING:  comforting, clean, reassuring

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT WINTER’S SPRINGeauxSILLAGEIncludes a quick review of the other Gucci Alchemist’s Garden collection.

BOTTOM LINE:  I bought this beauty at the arrival of spring this year, partly because I wanted a lovely spring scent and partly because I have been obsessing about the Gucci Alchemist’s Garden collection and the fabulous bottles.  I took a risk with a blind buy and wasn’t disappointed.  And yes, the ceramic bottles are just as beautiful as in the pictures…and oh so heavy.  And of course, this just means I want more from the collection!

A bit more on the Alchemist’s Garden collection from the Gucci website:

Gucci’s first Haute Perfumery line, The Alchemist’s Garden unfolds within an imagined laboratory filled with curious jars and mesmerizing scents. Blended by master perfumer Alberto Morillas under Alessandro Michele’s creative direction, the customizable collection made up of eaux de parfum, perfumed oils and acque profumate (“scented waters”) is inspired by the art of alchemy and fragrance-making, formulated to be layered and blended together to create a unique, personalized fragrance combination. Built around a hero ingredient linked to the distinctive codes of the House, each scent can be magnified, muted or fused with other fragrances from the luxury collection to create a one-of-a-kind sillage.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral 
  • Nose:  Alberto Morillas
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $340 for 100 ml eau de parfum


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A Visit to the Mexico City Guerlain Boutique & Joyeuse Tubéreuse Review

The Scented Hound and hub just got back from a short getaway to Mexico City, which is quickly becoming one of our favorite places to visit due to its rich heritage, beautiful parks, incredible restaurants, fantastic shopping and numerous and interesting museums, not to mention the warm and friendly people.  Now that the first Guerlain Boutique is open in Latin America, a “must-stop” for anyone travelling to Mexico City is located in the El Palacio de Herrerio Perisur department store.  Located outside the central city, the boutique was an easy Uber ride from where we were staying and completely worth the trip.

The first thing you notice when you step into the boutique is a display of all the colorful bee bottles.  To be honest, looking at the collection is a bit head spinning knowing that you have the option to put your favorite perfume into one of these spectacular little jewels of a bottle…but I’m getting ahead of myself.

As soon as I walked in, I was warmly greeted by the boutique staff as well as the boutique manager, Alberto Plata. Unfortunately, he spoke very little English and I speak very little Spanish.  But without hesitation, Melina Rodriguez, makeup artist, came over from the Guerlain makeup department to help translate.  We were all business at first, but through “fun with translation” and just having a great time, we all quickly became fast friends.

So with the hub sitting patiently on the side, Alberto had me sit down for a fragrance consultation.  Of course, having already a collection of Guerlain perfumes, both current and vintage, I pretty much knew what I was looking for, but I wanted to go through the consultation process to see what it would reveal.  Alberto started off with questions about the comforts of home, foods that I like, special memories associated with smell, etc.  I revealed that I love luxury in the bedroom with nice linens, but that my favorite food is pizza.  I knew I was going to be a challenge.  After going through the questions, I was then asked to rate the smell of some blotters.  After putting this information into their consultation system, it revealed that my fragrance personality was “Floral/Fresh.”  I clearly had no arguments with this as I do love my florals!   Given that and based on other provided information, the system made four recommendations for perfumes:

  1.  Chamade Pour Homme – My goal for the day was to buy a bottle of this lovely perfume which I had just written about.  So far I was impressed with the results!
  2. Samsara – Samsara is already in my collection.  I have a big bottle of vintage parfum that I wear when I want to be noticed.  It really is a spectacular perfume….still impressed with the results.
  3. Bois d’Armenie – This recommendation was a bit of a surprise as it’s an oriental.  I like the perfume, but knew it was not for me because wearing it in the heat and humidity of Merida would make it suffocating except for the one or two months where it was just a bit cooler out.
  4. Joyeuse Tubereuse – Another surprise because the perfume was no where on my radar of something that might be to my liking.  Actually, it stole my heart.

As I mentioned, I knew that Chamade Pour Homme was on my “to buy” list, but I decided to go ahead with a purchase of the Joyeuse Tubereuse as well.  So off to the bee bottles…

Of course, you can purchase the perfumes in their original bottles, but how many times do you have the opportunity to have your very own customized bee bottle?  Alberto and Melina led me over to the display case where I picked out a lovely green bottle for the Joyeuse Tubereuse and a grey bottle for the Chamade.  The next task was for me to decide what to have etched on the bottle.  I chose for both, a simple font of my initials.  The bottles were then placed in the etching machine and given to the technicians.  Here, the technicians suited up in sterilized robes and gloves prepared the bottles for filling.  First, they cleaned the bottles out with alcohol and then with a small amount of the perfume and then filled the bottles, recording on the bottom the perfume batch information.  These ladies were masterful in their handling of the product and it was so fun to be able to witness their skills.

One of the things that I was not thrilled about with the bee bottles is that they’re only available in splash.  Not to worry, for each perfume I was given a 30 ml refillable spray bottle and funnel.  And too boot, as part of the purchase I was given a free gift of a suede fringe purse…not really my thing, but it’s beautiful and it will make for a fabulous present for someone special.

The technician’s ended up wrapping up my new treasures in the most beautiful of way and after sharing hugs we ventured off on our way.  This truly was a fun and wonderful experience.  The customer service from Alberto and Melina and staff was exceptional and I left feeling like I had some new friends.  I cannot wait to head back to Mexico City….in fact I wish I would have purchased a bottle of my beloved Chamade in parfum extrait….but that just means that I’ll have to go back sooner than later.  Thanks Guerlain, for making Mexico City just that much more wonderfully perfumed.

JOYEUSE TUBÉREUSE REVIEW – 

WHAT I SMELL:  Joyeuse Tubéreuse opens with freshest of green stems.  The perfume is soft, pretty and feels like dew that’s sitting on top of the morning’s fresh cut flowers.  A tinge of lily starts off the fresh introduction of florals with the mildest of tuberose coming in slowly.  There’s nothing harsh with the pretty white florals; instead they glide in effortlessly and remain in the most delicate of state.  Still dewy, the perfume brings promise of a beautiful spring day ahead.  As the perfume develops, the tuberose begins to take it’s place as the quiet focus of the perfume and the perfume begins to lightly warm with the softest of vanilla.  Joyeuse Tubéreuse makes wearing tuberose and easy joy with its soft and light touch.

From the Guerlain website:

An airy and radiant tuberose. Exquisitely innocent, amazingly fresh.  Floral green.
Top notes: green notes.
Heart notes: tuberose, lily, sambac jasmine.
Base notes: sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A fresh and dewy spring morning.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE JOYEUSE TUBÉREUSE:  Soft, serene, fresh

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT JOYEUSE TUBÉREUSE:  CaFleureBon, The Black Narcissus, Stephan Matthews

BOTTOM LINE:  Joyeuse Tubéreuse is a simple perfume…simply lovely.  But that’s part of it’s charm.  It doesn’t take you on a ride of development. Instead, it eases you into a spring day in the most perfect of way.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral
  • Classification:  Leans feminine
  • Expense: $260 for 2.5 oz. eau de parfum