The Scented Hound

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Vilhelm Parfumerie – Basilico & Fellini

WHAT I SMELL:  Basilico & Fellini opens with a warmed, sparkling and zesty dragon fruit that is incredibly uplifting in its tanginess and its freshness.  The basil comes in quickly to add this great mix of herbal goodness to the tangy fruit.  It’s gourmand, but from the garden with the fruit and herb.  After a bit, the dragon fruit begins to make way for a soft violet mixed with a fuzzy fig.  There’s so much freshness going on here that is so refreshing, delightful and positive in its energy.  All the notes within this concoction seem to take turns coming to the surface, from fruit to herb to flower as if they’re involved with a whirling and twirling dance of happiness.  This dance continues for quite some time, but it finally slows down to quietly end with a warm and comforting fig infused hay.  Basilico & Fellini is a delight of a perfume that’s perfect for warmer weather as well as those winter days when you want to be transported back to the sun-filled splendor of the garden.

From the Vilhelm Parfumerie website:

The unmistakable smell of risotto bianco and a minty, peppery kick as the ultra fresh basil warms on the dish. A bon vivant who wanted to show life in all its glorious reality – people eating, sleeping and making love – Federico Fellini was said to request extra servings of this herb, rumored to be an aphrodisiac.

Top:  Dragon Fruit, Basil
Middle : Violet, Wild Fig
Base : Vetiver, Green Hay

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Fig and basil garden goodness.  So much so that I thought I would include a recipe for a delicious fresh salad.

Fresh Fig Salad with Basil, Goat Cheese, and Arugula

Fig season is short and sweet, so make the most of it with this fresh fig salad with basil, goat cheese, and pomegranate vinaigrette.  Yields 4 servings.

Ingredients:
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 4 tsp pomegranate molasses
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 oz arugula
  • ¾ cup basil leaves
  • 8 ripe figs, room temperature
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the shallot, mustard, and pomegranate molasses. Add some salt and black pepper to season and then whisk in the olive oil.
  2. Add the arugula and basil to the bowl and toss to combine. Divide among serving plates.
  3. Quarter the figs and arrange over the salad. Top with goat cheese crumbles and serve immediately.

THREE WORDS THAT BASILICO & FELLINI:  zesty, uplifting, fresh

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BASILICO & FELLINI:  Pink Wall BlogCaFleureBonColognoisseur

BOTTOM LINE:  Basilico & Fellini is an easy to wear, fresh aromatic perfume that just sings in the sun.  The basil, dragon fruit, violet and fig are just the right mix of earthly…or should I say “heavenly” goodness.

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Aromatic Fruity
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $150 for 50 ml eau de parfum


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ByBozo Rival in Love

WHAT I SMELL:  Rival in Love opens with a lightly sweetened blood orange that’s quickly met with a juicy, ripe and enticing lychee.  It’s so incredibly intoxicating in the softest of ways as there’s nothing sharp here as the perfume just lilts upon the skin with a light and soft sheath of cottony musk.  After a bit, the sweetened and soft opening moves to the more round with a lightly peppered rose making it’s entrance.  Where the opening was light and demure, the perfume is now more mature and seductive.  Here, the perfume begins to radiate and amplify, but never in a way that shouts.  As Rival in Love continues its progression, a patchouli enters grounding the florals with a buzzing woodiness.  Here, the perfume seems to be in conflict as you can tell that the patchouli is being buffered by something else that is trying to get out on top of it.  As the perfume finishes its internal fight, a sweetened vanilla and lychee come out to make the perfume the perfect mix of innocence and seductive maturity.   Rival in Love is one “love” of a perfume.

From the ByBozo website:

ByBozo Rival in Love. What next? A seductive scent of sexual energy. This is what passion smells of! It doesn’t hesitate to reveal all its emotions, so varied… Gentle and aggressive, Rival in Love opens with a sharp tango of blood orange and lychee. But in its heart dances a rose and an elegant jasmine, separated by a clove. This is a fight! The firey rain leaves behind the jealous patchouli, but it’s calmed by gentle vanilla What next?

Top Notes:  Blood orange, Lychee

Middle Notes:  Rose, Jasmine, Pepper

Base Notes:  Vanilla, Patchouli, Benzoin

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A fight for love that ends in the most beautiful of ways.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIVAL IN LOVE:  subtle, enticing, engaging

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT RIVAL IN LOVE:  None found.

BOTTOM LINE:  Rival in Love is my first venture into the ByBozo line of perfumes and it’s a fantastic first foray.  The perfume is so well blended and is sheer and yet bold at the same time.  And for those of you who believe that bottle is just as important or as nearly as important as the perfume, ByBozo delivers with a fantastic weighty bottle and magnetic cap.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental Floral
  • Note:  Paul Emilien
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  Prices starting at 58 Euros for 15ml eau de parfum

Sample courtesy of ByBozo Paris.  Opinion my own.


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Chanel Allure Homme

WHAT I SMELL:  Allure Homme opens with a fresh and intoxicating herbal mandarin and lavender that is peppered with hints of brown sugar.  It goes on sexy, invigorating and completely approachable.  The perfume soon mellows a bit from its’ exciting entrance, but it remains delightfully confident in it’s persona.   As the perfume continues to settle, the tonka and a light vanilla are the radiant center and help to create a smooth and creamy aura that begins to radiate ever so subtly.  After some time, the perfume matures a bit with a buzzing pepper coming into play along with a soft, but sweetened patchouli.  Allure is neither for the young or the old, but for any man who just wants to smell clean and fresh…and just fantastic.

From the Chanel website:

Difficult to define, impossible to resist. Crisp and clean, warm and sexy, ALLURE HOMME is the expression of a man’s charisma and inner strength. A fresh, spicy and woody composition that reveals the presence of the man who wears it.

Vigorous, fresh top notes of Mandarin and Coriander, subtly spiced, blend into clean, intense notes of Cedar. Venezuelan Tonka Bean and Cistus Labdanum combine for a sensual trail that’s heightened by Black Pepper from Madagascar.

Top notes:  Lemon, Peach, Ginger, Mandarin Orange, Lavender and Bergamot

Middle notes:  Pepper, Cedar, Patchouli, Vetiver, Brazilian Rosewood, Rose, Jasmine, Gardenia, Freesia and Anise

Base notes:  Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Coconut, Sandalwood, Amber, Benzoin, Leather, Musk and Oakmoss

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Allure Homme is aptly named.  But I can’t help but call this fragrance a “go-getter” as there’s some real positive energy in the perfume and that when you wear it, it makes you feel as if you really can accomplish anything.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ALLURE HOMMEaffirmative, energized, easy-to-wear

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ALLURE HOMME:  I only found one review online, but the site was so full of obnoxious pop-ups that I won’t subject anyone to it.  I did find plenty of reviews for Allure flankers, but since this was introduced over 20 years ago in 1999, I guess it’s not that surprising that the buzz about Allure has long since passed.  Too bad, it’s such a wonderful perfume.

BOTTOM LINE:  Allure Homme is a good anytime perfume, which means it can be dressed up or down depending on your mood or situation.  And no matter how it’s used, you’ll always smell fresh and fantastic.  Plus, it’s not an “in your face” perfume which means that you’ll leave a quiet trail behind you when you wear it without offending anyone.  A perfume doesn’t always have to be groundbreaking to be wonderful.  Allure Homme is a perfect case in point.

  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Amber Woody
  • Nose:  Jacques Polge
  • Classification: Leans masculine
  • Expense: Starting at $80 for 50 ml eau de toilette