The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


Idyllwild by Ineke Perfumes

WHAT I SMELL:  Idyllwild initially graces the skins with a soft and fresh light tea along with a hushed rhubarb and grapefruit note.  It’s so soft and pretty and incredibly comforting, like a light cashmere sweater that’ spun with the lightest and finest of wool.    Soon a slight medicinal artemisia note appears which quickly is punctuated with a creamy lavender.  Here, the perfume begins to move from the lightest of comfort to a more rounded warmth that buzzes with a creamy evergreen.  The perfume continues to move to the Northwest with the cypress and fir becoming the perfume’s focal point.  Evergreen can be tricky as it can overpower and turn a perfume into a car air freshener.  Here, the notes are incredibly subdued as if the trees are wafting their beautiful scent from afar.

From the Ineke website:

For the wanderers who follow their own compass.

Top notes:  rhubarb, tea, grapefruit and lavender

Middle notes: artemisia, cypress and fir

Base notes:  cardamom, woody notes, agarwood (oud) and musk

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The wings of a butterfly fluttering through a sun kissed forest.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE IDYLLWILD:  comforting, fresh, positive

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT IDYLLWILD: Undina’ Looking Glass, Cafleurebon, Colognoisseur

BOTTOM LINE:   To me, Idyllwild is completely a comfort scent.  It’s one of those perfumes that makes you feel like you’re taking a lovely hike through the green forest with the bounty of nature abuzz all around you.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Aromatic Fougere
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $110 for 75 ml eau de parfum


Timothy Han Edition Perfumes: On the Road & She Came to Stay


Based in London, Timothy Han approaches perfume making a little differently, choosing to produce perfumes in small batches called editions stating that raw fragrance materials vary year to year like grapes for wine.  As such,  theses variations means each run of perfume is created in a limited volume, with edition numbering to allow you to easily identify which batch of perfume your bottle came from.

Both fragrances in the collection were inspired by iconic works of literature.  And each fragrance is accompanied with a numbered work of art on the box cover tied to an individual artist. Similar to differing covers that appear with each new print run of a book, each edition of a perfume will also feature new artwork by the same artist.

ON THE ROAD – WHAT I SMELL:  On the Road begins it’s journey with a lush, moist muted lemon and galbanum.  The perfume is a little sour in addition to having an undertone of what smells  like dirty socks.  In a short time, the perfume begins to feel pinched as a birch tar takes over, mixed with what feels like a plastic sole from a tennis shoe.  After a few more minutes, the perfume feels as if there is a bonfire that is now lightly burning but which stemmed from a set of tires that once were raging in the flames.   Quickly, that aspect of the perfumes development disappears and the perfume moves to more of a rubbery consistence.  The perfume softens considerably and begins to become strangely pretty with what seems to be a sweetened patchouli and vanilla stirred into the rubbery mixture.

On the Road notes from the Timothy Han Edition website:

  • Top – Galbanum, Lemon, Bergamot, Lavandin
  • Heart – Amyris, Cedarwood, Patchouli
  • Base – Tonka Bean, Oakmoss, Guaicawood, Benzoin, Birch, Vanilla, Labdanum, Perou

classic-on-the-road-300x199WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  On the Road feels like just that…the perfume is all about the base of sweetened rubber hitting the cooled pavement.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ON THE ROAD:  modern, industrial, progressive

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ON THE ROAD: No reviews found besides feedback on Fragrantica.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Woody
  • Nose:  Timothy Han
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $160 for 60 ml eau de parfum

She-Came-to-Stay-002-Neda-web_d6895f72-84a5-4041-abf0-e621a60d904fSHE CAME TO STAY – WHAT I SMELL:  She Came to Stay opens up with a warm, inviting geranium topped with cloves and spices.  It feels as if you’re walking into an herbal terrarium, with a breeze of lemon wafting through.  The perfume however is not light; instead, all of the components feel heavy, heady and pressed with weight.  After a few minutes, the perfume does begin to lighten as a metallic edge joins the herbs.  This edge actually does feel like a metallic pole that is planted right at the center of the perfume.  Although not bad, it does feel as if the perfume rotates lushly around this singular component.  There’s a great deal of movement in the perfume and as it continues to develop a mentholated labdanum starts to emerge.  Again, the perfume is warm and herbal.  After some time, the warmth retreats and the herbaled lemon ends up sitting on top of a woody base with hints of cloves and nutmeg

She Came to Stay notes from the Timothy Han Edition website::

  • Top – Geranium, Basil, Lemon
  • Heart – Indonesian Clove, Nutmeg
  • Base – Patchouli, Vetiver, Labdanum, Oakmoss, Cedarwood

Wilson_CastawayWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Wilson from Castaway.  There’s something very remote about the way this perfume feels.  Even though it’s warm and herbal, it feels very distant and aloof.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SHE CAME TO STAY:  No reviews found besides feedback on Fragrantica.

  • Bone Rating:  3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Aromatic Fougere
  • Nose:  Timothy Han
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $160 for 60 ml eau de parfum

BOTTOM LINE:  Both of these perfumes are interestingly different in their own right.  On the Road is really intriguing in that it captures the post WWII age of a new generation through plastics and the automobile.  It has a nostalgic vibe and in the end feels very comforting and secure.

Samples courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.  Opinion my own.


Issara by Parfums Dusita

Dusita IssaraWHAT I SMELL:  Issara’s opening is warm and mysterious focusing around a heavenly dreamlike pine and cedar.  It also feels gently masculine along with a sense of confidence and security.  In a short while, there’s a light barber shop vibe that emerges, like hair tonic.  This helps to make the perfume feel neat and trimmed without feeling stuffy.  As the perfume continues to develop, there’s a buzzing and humming radiance that moves the perfume from the barber shop to the more herbal topped with just a hint of flattened booziness.  There’s a consistent green that sits at the base, but more of a forest vs. a floral green.  I find at this point that there’s a real beefiness to the fragrance.  But as soon as I say that, out bursts a more sparkling pine tinged with a light sugared amber and honeyed tobacco.  Here the perfume resides in the most perfect of states for a lengthy period until a light musk is added to the mix which doesn’t detract from the overall state of grace.  Where other perfumes lose their sweet spot at the heart, Issara keeps on giving throughout.  Absolutely wonderful.

From the Parfums Dusita website:

A one of a kind fresh Fougère fragrance for the free and independent spirit  – the scent with a sense for inner freedom. A fabulous perfume evoking fresh summer mornings, lush green fields, an invigorating breeze blowing through the pines …

At the Top: Brisk, fresh green Pine stirs the senses and blends joyfully with subtle, soft herbal notes for a walk in nature!

The Heart :  A rousing Coumarin accord delivers the pure country-fresh  fragrance of new-mown hay, with rich balsamic notes of the forest from Vertiver Bourbon, and the intimately mellow scent of Sylvester Pine Leaf. 

Base Notes : Played by a trio of spontaneous, earthy aromas — magical Musk, a woody Oakmoss and an extremely rare, rich natural Ambergris

Millennial DadWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The perfume for the Millenial man.  It’s a traditional male scent with a modern and softer edge.  It could easily be worn at the office (buttoned up), the virtual office (buttoned down), a night out with the boys or at the grocery store with the kids.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ISSARA:  easy, comfortable, nod-to-nostalgia

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ISSARA: Megan in Saint Maxime, Kafkaesque, The Scented Apprentice

BOTTOM LINE: I am typically a bit skeptical when I keep hearing raves about new perfumes that seem to sweep through the various perfume groups on Facebook and other sites; but Parfums Dusita with its first trio of debut perfumes really delivers on all fronts.  Melodie de L’Amour is a beautiful deep and narcotic white floral that is sensuality in a bottle and Ouhd Infini restores my faith in the use of oud which has been so completely overdone in the last couple of years.  I’m having a hard time deciding which one of these three is the true masterpiece in the collection.  Maybe they all are?!

  • Bone Rating:  4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Aromatic Fougere
  • Nose: Pissara Umavijani
  • Classification: Unisex but leans masculine
  • Expense: $295 Euros (approximately $330 US) for 50 ml parfum extrait