The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


Limited Edition New Release: Stones by Atelier de Geste

Stones Atelier de GesteWHAT I SMELL:  Stones opens with a bright, dry and uplifting galbanum.  It’s beautiful and earthy, very vegetal and pulsating with life.  There’s a great deal of movement with the perfume as it seems to breathe, move and dance across my skin.  The perfume resides in this lyrical state for quite some time which is just fine with me as it’s incredibly beautiful.  After around 20 minutes or so, the perfume adds an additional earthiness of moss.   A woody vetiver, which was there from the beginning, starts to take root at the center of the perfume.  Still very radiant, the perfume continues to feel very alive as it adds a minty ginger to the composition.  After some more time, the perfume begins to dry and become more powdered, but still ever radiant.  Stones is an incredibly beautiful perfume.

Notes:  Galbanum, Geranium, Physalis, Tomato, Pine, Ivy, Lotus, Ginger, Vetiver, Moss, Lichen (nightshade), Vetiver root, Muguet flowers

mossyearthenWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A mossy and earthen forest that’s tinged with rays of cooled sun.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE STONES:  lively yet serene, earthen


BOTTOM LINE:  Stones is the more earthy cousin of Chanel No. 19.  The opening is breathtaking and it ends up as this equally as pretty earthy powdered beauty.  Stones is a limited edition of 200 hand painted bottles, each which is numbered and signed.  Stones is easily full bottle worthy.

  • Bone Rating:  4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Aromatic
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $125 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum

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


New Release: Rendezvous by DSH Perfumes


WHAT I SMELL:  Rendezvous opens up as pure animal with a strong and breathtaking civet.  It’s powerful and primal and it draws you in to take you prisoner.  After a few minutes, the initial wave of animalic prowess begins to soften with a light creaminess, but at the same time a dry oakmoss begins to appear along with the most subdued of florals.  A dirtied jasmine, mixed with the animalic  makes for an interesting play because at times the jasmine comes to the forefront and a minute later the civet and castoreum come to the center stage.  After some more time however, the florals win out…still deep, rich and creamy, they provide this heady and voluminous and achingly beautiful arrangement that is wrapped up in an ambered and golden aura.  After quite some time, the perfume reveals its final treasure, a gorgeous soft rounded lightly dirty and spicy powdered floral that’s warm, intoxicating and incredibly nostalgic.

Perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz:

I let my imagination go to a time and place when animalic perfumes reigned supreme.  Of course, I included the four traditional animal notes: musk, civet, ambergris, and castoreum with added elements of aged oakmoss, and botanical “animalics”; ambrette co2, labdanum, and  hyracium tincture (aka African Stone).  The heart is filled with indolic juhi jasmine, orange flower absolute, and gardenia balanced by a slightly sharp and spicy white pepper and aldehyde top note.  The result is a lush, provocative, and thoroughly sexy perfume for both men and women.

beautiful decayWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: beautiful decay

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RENDEZVOUS:  haunting, breathtaking, careworn


BOTTOM LINE:  I love it when perfumes can stir something inside your core.  Too often, new releases tend to be pleasant and nice but rather uninteresting.  Rendezvous however, evoked an emotional response in me that took me by surprise.  I don’t know if my words convey exactly how beautiful the perfume is and I don’t want my visual to denigrate its effect.  But to me, there’s a fragility in the perfume, like a magnificent beauty that has faded in time…you can see the ravages of time, but at its heart it still possesses a grand presence.  Rendezvous is a stunning perfume.

  • Bone Rating:  5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Aromatic
  • Nose: Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $165 for 1 oz. eau de parfum or $295 for .5 oz parfum extrait (also available in additional sizes and strengths).  Available via the DSH Perfumes website.

Sample courtesy of DSH Perfumes.  Opinion my own.  Review based on the eau de parfum concentration.


New Release: Elephant & Roses by Maria Candida Gentile

MPG Elephant Rose

WHAT I SMELL: Elephant & Roses opens softly with a wonderfully herbal thyme that is sweetened so slightly with osmanthus.  The perfume is light, soft and reassuring and unique in that it doesn’t start off with an oft seen bergamot or citrus blast.  After a few minutes, a warmth from the amber develops and it helps to push-off the herbal and floral notes, lifting them up from the ground and sending them flying towards the sky.  The rose begins to come towards the center, but it’s a lightly earthy rose that is anything but sweet and it’s very tender in its existence.  As tender as the perfume is, an anamalic note begins to appear to give the perfume some wonderful depth and a bit more of an exotic feel…which was already exotic from the beginning.  A vetiver and musk note brings the perfume to a more linear base, but helps to keep the perfume, soft, comforting and lightly radiant.

From the Maria Candida Gentile website:

A late afternoon, sitting at my desk, exercising to recreate an elephant smell, while writing my perfume formulae I had a kind of a vision, which merged the elephant’s image, its smell and a large field of roses, of an intense colour, almost fuchsia. Within this vision the elephants were running and, trampling on the roses, were dispersing a scent of flowers, mixed together with the strong smell of their bodies. Slowly – while I was weighing and smelling my formula – after trying it on my skin I realised that it was mine. I used the Turkish rose: this fragrance is derived from the blending of two different formulae, using the so called “dans le tiroir” method, by which I merged animal notes with skin and floral ones.

Name’s origin :  The elephant comes from a remembrance of Indian and African colonies, and the rose is the British rose. An encounter between an elephant and the roses has got some British sense of humour. There is an assonance with London district Elephant & Castle.

Top notes:  Thyme, Custus, Osmanthus
Heart notes:  Rose, Jasmine, Grey Amber
Base notes:  Java vetiver, Sandal wood, Animal accord

Rose Elephant

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  I can’t argue with the perfume’s name and inspiration, it makes for a lovely visual.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE ELEPHANT & ROSES: comforting, herbal-infused, personal


BOTTOM LINE:  I am a big fan of Maria Candida Gentile perfumes.  They are all distinctively hers and this perfume is no exception.  Elephant & Roses is less of a “rose” perfume than and herbal floral arrangement and would be a good rose perfume for those who don’t want to smell like a fragrant bouquet of sweet roses.

  • Bone Rating:  3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Aromatic
  • Nose: Maria Candida Gentile
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $185 for 100 ml or $45 for 15 ml eau de parfum

Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary