The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Atelier Des Ors Riviera Lazuli

WHAT I SMELL:  Wow, what an opening…Riveria Lazuli is instant sunshine combined with bright, breezy and juicy lemon citrus.  This amazing opening would make any cloudy day turn sunny in a second.  The bright and energized opening sails right into a lightly herbal woody backdrop.  Here, the sun meets the Riviera coast with cedar lined trees hugging the top of the hill.  I’m not sure how they captured the essence of the coast and put it in the bottle, but Rivera Lazuli is like taking a mini vacation with just a couple of spritzes.  After some more time, the brown sugared guaic wood meets a very light immortelle as the perfume becomes less sunny, but more sophisticated.  It’s as if the perfume moved from day to night.  The combination of the guaic wood and immortelle is very spellbinding.  Each of them can be a bit too much on their own, but they really compliment each other here evening out each of their harsher aspects.  In the end, Riveria Lazuli wraps up the sun-tinged day and quiet evening with a lightly sugared woody ember.  

Riviera Lazuli Notes:

Top notes:  lemon, cypress and bergamot

Middle notes:  sage, cedar and guaiac wood

Base notes: immortelle, balsam fir and incense

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The French Riveria…bien sûr!

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIVIERA LAZULI:  bright, sunny, delightful

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT RIVIERA LAZULICaFleureBon, The Plum Girl, Australian Perfume Junkies

BOTTOM LINE:  Riveria Lazuli is one of three perfumes in the new Riviera Collection, along with Pomelo Riviera and Riviera Drive.  All are perfectly suited for the warm weather and each provide their own characteristics of the sunny Riviera.  All in all, they are positively perfect for a quick vacation when all you can do is reach for a bottle of perfume!

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Woody Aromatic
  • Nose:   Marie Salamagne
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: Approximately $185 for 100 ml eau de parfum.


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Crépuscule Des Âmes by Atelier Des Ors

WHAT I SMELL:  Crépuscule Des Âmes greets the skin with a warm and sparkling opening which quickly moves to the more herbal.  The perfume is lightly spiced and incredibly inviting.  As the perfume develops, it starts to take on a urinous note which turns the perfume from comforting to intriguing and lightly naughty.  Underneath the naughtiness is just a shimmer of sweet that keeps the perfume in the perfect place.  Eventually a light incense weaves its way in to add another dimension of mystery.  After some more time, a wonderful patchouli helps to once again draw out the lightly sweet.  Here the perfume perfectly resides…comfortable enough to wear on many occasions, but interesting enough to make it just that more exciting to wear.  Crépuscule Des Âmes is not a powerhouse, but it’s not shy either.  Instead, it’s a perfume that is distinct enough to draw others in wondering where the exotic elixir is coming from.

Crépuscule Des Âmes Notes:  Mandarin, cardamom, clary sage, hysope, incense, pimento berries, hyraceum, patchouli

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A 1950’s mink stole.  Lightly warmed…perfect for the cool of the evening.*

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE CRÉPUSCALE DES ÂMES:  naughty, intriguing, retro-modern

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CRÉPUSCALE DES ÂMES:  Colognoisseur, The Plum Girl, CaFleureBon

BOTTOM LINE:   There is something very chic about Crépuscule Des Âmes.  It’s a modern twist on a classic base.  Very wearable, the perfume is lovely with just the right amount of naughtiness.

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Woody Aromatic
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $225 for 100ml eau de parfum

* The Scented Hound does not endorse the use of fur for fashion.


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Atelier des Ors Iris Fauve

WHAT I SMELL:  Iris Fauve glides on the skin with a smooth and silky bergamot that is quickly met with a cashmere and rather putty like iris.  The perfume is creamy, weighted and it feels like “waving in the wind” silk gliding across the skin.  There’s an interesting cinnamon note that provides just a hint of sparkling sweetness; it’s a really nice touch that gives it a special brightness that rides on top of the silkiness. After a bit, that cinnamon note begins to retreat and the perfume begins to flatten, but with a deep and rounded consistency.  This perfume is pretty without being too feminine.  Instead, there’s a wonderful masculine edge, most likely coming from the labdanum, that provides this unexpected beefiness for an iris perfume.  As the perfume continues to develop the cinnamon seems to come forward once again, along with a mysterious myrhh.  Iris Fauve is beautifully bewitching.

Top notes are bergamot, cinnamon and iris; middle notes are patchouli, haitian vetiver and cypriol oil or nagarmotha; base notes are myrrh, musk, labdanum and liatris.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Trading on the Silk Road.  The combination of exotic flowers and spices make for a mysterious and exotic perfume.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE IRIS FAUVE: enchanting, fluid, enticing

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT IRIS FAUVE: CaFleureBon, Kafkasesque, AustralianPerfumeJunkies

BOTTOM LINE:  Iris Fauve is an iris perfume that’s not cool to the touch.  Instead, it’s a beautiful, spicy and exotic presentation of iris that feels modern, yet which stems from the old world.  And who can resist those bottles and the gold flakes?  Heaven.

  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental
  • Nose: Marie Salamagne
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $275 for 100 ml eau de parfum