The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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New Release: Amorem Rose by Shalini

WHAT I SMELL:   I guess I should not have been surprised, but I was pleasantly so as the opening of Amorem Rose is warm, deep and incredibly rapturous with a beautiful saffron topped by a mentholated rose.  This rose is not one of playful and sweet frivolity, instead, it’s a rose wrapped in abundance of mystery and intrigue.  The mentholated opening gives way to a grand rose that lingers in smokiness making the perfume feel as if it’s smoldering off the skin  For the privileged wearer, the perfume resides in this most exquisite place like a queen holding court.  There’s power in Amorem Rose in the way the rose holds the wearer captive revealing its infinite wisdom.  After considerable time, the perfume’s smokiness is met with a warm ambered wood which adds even more depth to this royal treasure.  Amorem Rose is beautifully calm, but beautifully serious.

From Shalini Parfums:

Amorem Rose is an ode to love, the greatest love…

The Rose has the highest love energy of all the flowers, often referred to as the Queen of Flowers, the symbol of the divine feminine love.

Amorem Rose is the most opulent rose parfum with an element of smoke.

Lalique crystal flacon “Les Hirondelles

The smoke brings a sense of mystery and intrigue reminiscent of a great love… the love that touches your soul deeply and alters your very being.

The parfum is a glorious composition of Bulgarian rose, Saffron flowers, Baltic amber and Mahogany wood.

The Damask Rose which grows in the magical “Rose Valley” in Bulgaria is considered the most fragrant, exquisite and opulent of all roses. It is the “heart” of  Amorem Rose.

Saffron flowers bring a golden light to the parfum, and are reminiscent of the orient and grandeur.

Baltic amber and  Mahogany wood bring the element of smoke and intrigue while creating a balance to the beautiful floral of the Damask rose.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The most luxurious royal rose-colored textile…exquisitely lush and fit for a queen.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE AMOREM ROSE:  rapturous, mysterious, deep

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT AMOREM ROSE:  CaFluereBon, Now Smell This

BOTTOM LINE:  Shalini and Maurice Roucel once again make beautiful magic with this dramatic creation.  If you’re looking for a rose that makes a grand statement, Amorem Rose is for you.

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental
  • Nose:  Maurice Roucel
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: Cubique glass bottle with the glass stopper $500 for 50 ml, Cubique glass bottle with black bulb atomizer $500 for 50 ml,  Small spray bottle $150 for 7.5 ml.  And for those who want the ultimate in luxury, limited edition Lalique crystal flacon “Les Hirondelles” priced at $3000.  All parfum extrait.  Available at Bergdorf Goodman and Aedes De Venustas.


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Bonheur by Bortnikoff Perfumes

WHAT I SMELL:  Bonheur opens with a warm and enveloping sparkling bergamot combined with an oppulent mix of herbs and florals.  It’s coolly warm in the sense that there’s a citrus freshness mixed with a rapturous warmth that surrounds you in the most welcoming and quiet way.  Bonheur slowly develops in a very non-linear way which makes the perfume feel exotic and seductive while at the same very approachable all while it draws you into its mystery.  After some time, the warmth turns more to a spicy herbal as it vibrates and begins to project a wonderful buzzing haze off of the skin.  As soon as this transition occurs, a green fir appears, lightening the perfume and an oakmoss begins to dry and powder the magical elixir.  But still after some more time, the more exotic once again seems to layer itself over the oakmoss with a lovely clove and incense note.  To me, the drydown is pure heaven.

Notes from the Bortnikoff website:

Top notes: Bergamot, Cardamom, Frangipani, Tagetes, and Cempaka
Heart notes: Oakmoss, Vetiver,Violet, Ambergris, Myrrh, Clove and Nutmeg
Base notes: Cedarwood, Labdanum, Vanilla and Tonka bean

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The quiet grace of a an ancient Buddhist temple.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE BONHEUR:  majestic, calming, exotic

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BONHEUR:  No reviews found.

BOTTOM LINE:  Perfumer Dmitry Bortnikov has created a masterfully blended perfume that transcends layers of combined notes.  Instead, Bonheur weaves a magical spell that serenely drifts off the skin in the most beautiful way.  Bonheur is a perfume that makes you feel as if you’re on top of the world looking down with all the beauty and grandeur that this world has to offer.

  • Bone Rating:  4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Chypre
  • Nose:  Dmitry Bortnikov
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $180 for 30ml parfum extrait via Luckyscent or the Bortnikoff Perfumes website.


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Frost by St. Clair Scents

WHAT I SMELL:  Frost (not to be confused with cool weather, instead the perfume is named in homage to poet Robert Frost) is first warmed with a sun-filled bergamot and waxy herbal lemon and honeysuckle.  It’s so beautiful in its warmth and radiance that you can feel the sunshine bask off of your skin.  The opening is pure comfort and reassurance that all is right with the world.  After a few minutes the waxy and depth of warmth begins to lighten in mass, only to bring out a layer of incense that is incredibly subtle and which has an effect of a fire that’s off in the distance.  Then as that haze begins to soften, a cocoon of labdanum begins to rise from beneath, once again taking the perfume into an intoxicating warmth.

From the St. Clair Scents website:

An homage to the great New England poet, Robert Frost, whose summer writing cabin in the woods still stands a mere 25 miles from our farm.

Many of Frost’s poems are filled with olfactory imagery.

This scent follows the story of Frost’s poem, “To Earthward” which describes the transformation of youthful love, from “sweet like the petals of the rose” and “sprays of honeysuckle” to painful love, which stings like “bitter bark”, “burning clove” and “rough earth.”

This scent weaves together accords of clove and smoke; bitter woods and earth; sweet rose and rose geranium; sprays of honeysuckle and sparkling citrus.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin Yellow and Green, Coriander, Petitgrain sur fleur, Meyer Lemon
  • Middle Notes: Honeysuckle Accord, Rose Geranium, Elderflower Absolute, Petitgrain Absolute
  • Base Notes: Cistus, Labdanum Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Vetiver , Cedar, Smoke, Clove Absolute

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  smoky serenity

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE FROST:  comforting, radiant, serene

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT FROST: I Scent You a Day, Now Smell This, Kafkaesque

BOTTOM LINE:  Perfumer Diane St. Clair has created an incredibly beautiful and serene scent that soothes the soul.  Frost is an intimate perfume that when you wear it, it feels like yours and yours alone.

  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Nose:  Diane St. Clair
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $65 for 13 ml via the St. Clair Scents website