The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


Hello 2016!

2015-16Well, 2016 is finally upon us and today brings back the reality of going back to work after the holidays and all the festivities that have been enjoyed in the past month.  The Scented Hound is not much for looking back at what “was,” but as an eternal optimist steers forward knowing that the year ahead is going to be the best ever.  But before moving forward, we’ll take a little walk down memory lane at 2015, one last time!

The Best Perfumes of 2015 –

I, by no means, experienced the majority of new releases this past year.  But instead, had the pleasure (or displeasure) of experiencing a small percentage of the new.  As such, I’m not going to make any claims about what were the best new releases, but what I found to be my personal favorites of the year…

Puredistance WhitePuredistance WHITE:  Undoubtedly this release was my favorite of the past year.  The beautiful, warm and majestic florals have me craving this perfume almost on a daily basis.  I cannot get enough of this radiant beauty.  It easily is my favorite from the line and that says a lot, because the entire Puredistance line is magic.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae Forte:  Aqua Vitae Forte is the second cousin to Puredistance WHITE.  Very similar in its composition, Aqua Vitae Forte has more of a citrus zing which I found to be perfect for the hot summer months.  Easy to wear and absolutely beautiful.

Blomma Cult by Room 1015:  As many of you know, I tend to lean towards the more traditional when it comes to my perfume likes.  Blomma Cult veers away from the trend with its rock star energy and dynamic creativity.  In the end, the perfume purrs like a kitten, but the stage show getting there is one hell of a ride.

Although technically launched in 2014, I didn’t experience the following until 2015…

Mohur ExtraitNeela Vermeire Creations Mohur Extrait:  The original Mohur eau de parfum is incredible, but the extrait is like a satin and cashmere wrap of exquisite beauty.  This is one of those perfumes that I wish that everyone could experience at least one time in their life.

Maria Candida Gentile Syconium:  Maria Candida Gentile offers perfumes that either people love or hate…I find that there are very few in-betweens.  Syconium I do believe is one of those perfumes that everyone can love.  For myself, fig can sometimes be troublesome and overbearing, but with this creation, it’s a soft and creamy garden delight.  And shout out to Maria Candida Gentile for offering smaller 15 ml amounts that don’t break anyone’s budget!

The Worst Perfumes of 2015 –

gentlewoman-juliette-has-a-gun-interiorJuliette Has a Gun Gentlewoman:  A nod to androgyny, this perfume is a basic citrus cologne that is a weak imitation of a man’s cologne.  Boring, uninspired and pointless.

Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum:  What started off with promise and beauty turned into a cotton ball chemical bomb.  I’m not one that promotes natural ingredients, but this ended up like a lab experiment on my skin.

My 2015 Reality –

2014 to me was the year of the big florals.  That continued to a point in 2015.  I found that the perfumes that I wore the most were traditional florals…my top 3 being Puredistance WHITE, Roja Parfums Risque (Creation-R in the US) and Caron Tubereuse.  All three of these perfumes I found myself craving time and time again.

Roja-Dove-Danger-Parfum-ExtraitBut as I say that, I also found that I was heading back to traditional male perfumes as well.  This year, Roja Parfums Danger, Vetiver  and Amouage Dia Man were worn at least once or twice a week to work.  None of these perfumes are overly butch in their demeanor, but both are easy to wear and rather buttoned up.

Less is More –

When I was first introduced to this wonderful world of niche perfumery, I, like many wanted to purchase, purchase and purchase new perfumes.  Around every corner there was a new perfume that was wanted and desired.  However, over that past several years, I find that much of my collection is not being used.  Additionally, some of the perfumes that I couldn’t live without have now turned on me (has this happened to anyone else?).  Case in point, Amouage Fate Woman.  Two hours after wearing the perfume, the dry and dusty base, creeps up through my nose to give me this blinding headache.  I thought maybe it was just a fluke, but every time I wear it now, the same happens.  Needless to say it is sitting neglected on my perfume tray.

As a result of not requiring a great deal of perfume and by wearing many of the perfumes multiple times a week, I found that I only purchased two perfumes this year; Roja Parfums Danger a 10 ml bottle of HMC at Coqui Coqui Perfumes in Mexico.  I was wracking my brain wondering if I had missed something, but that is it!  My wallet is extremely happy and so am I as I don’t need a large collection to make me love this industry.

Looking Ahead to 2016 –

I have to admit that I possibly have become a bit jaded when it comes to perfume.  Even though there are a plethora of newly released perfumes that are beautiful and of which would be a great addition to any perfume collection, there seems to be only a few new releases that really stand out as exceptional.  Maybe 2016 will buck that trend and we’ll find that 2016 is the year of the “exceptional perfume!”

Happy New Year from The Scented Hound!


Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum

Bottega-Veneta-ParfumWHAT I SMELL:  Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum opens up light and sweet with an oh so pretty bergamot that’s sparkling and fizzy.  The jasmine is lively and full of energy and it has an incredibly happy disposition.  The projection of this delightful perfume is big and rather candied.  But there’s a slight spice that keeps the candied aspects from going full-blown lollipop.  There’s not a lot of morphing with the perfume, but the addition of patchouli brings another sweet tincture to the scent and the fragrance begins to become a bit more woody and it starts to flatten.  There’s a high level of radiant projection here, but the patchouli begins to completely take over with a brush of musk.  The perfume begins to dry with an oak moss powder,  but the one spritz I applied begins to overpower.  What started off a lovely, is now turning into a shouting superpower that’s too sweet, too artificial and too in your face.  In the end, it does quiet down, but what promise there was in the beginning just makes me feel a bit tired.  What else is there to say?!

From the Bottega Veneta website:


cotton ballWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A overpefumed cotton ball.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BOTTEGA VENETA EAU DE PARFUM:  Now Smell This, The Candy Perfume Boy, Olfactoria’s Travels

BOTTOM LINE:  Boy, my nose missed the boat on this perfume.  If you read the other reviews, there was a much more positive experience had by most.  And the suede or leather aspects?  I got nothing of the sort and I wore this several times to see if it was just the heat, humidity, my skin at the time, etc.  I guess all perfumes are not equal when it comes to the wearer….especially in this case.  But I have to say, it does come in a lovely bottle!

  • Bone Rating:  2 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Chypre Floral
  • Nose: Michel Almairic
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense: $115 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum


Bottega Veneta Knot

Bottega Veneta KnotWHAT I SMELL:  Knot is immediately cool to the skin and the opening is this refreshing mix of citrus and lavender.  It’s clean, fresh and light and irresistibly pretty.  After 10 minutes or so the musk and Tonka joins the mix to provide a bit of sour which soon dissipates to create more of a clean haze.  The fragrance which started off light and pretty has moved slightly warmer to reveal a more sensual side with the lovely comforting florals sitting front and center.  As it further develops, the fragrance becomes a lightly powdery, musky and pretty comfort scent.

From the Bottega Veneta website:

Exotic and refreshing notes of clementine intertwine with a delicate heart of soothing lavender, the rich floral accord of rose and the lingering sensuality of peony essence, evoking the unforgettable breeze of the Italian Riviera on a sultry summer evening. An enigmatic base note of uplifting musk and Tonka absolute adds a passionate and lingering texture.

Dining-Al-FrescoWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Dining alfresco under the stars and pretty lights on a warm summer’s eve.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT KNOT:  Bois de Jasmin, Thirteen Thoughts, The Smelly Vagabond

BOTTOM LINE:  Knot is a nice, easy to wear perfume that can easily take your mind off the doldrums of winter.  I normally don’t care of clean musk fragrances, but the musk is carefully controlled and doesn’t completely dominate the perfume.  Oh, and I love the bottle too; a great design.

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral
  • Nose:  Daniela (Roche) Andrier
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense: $125 for 1.7 oz. Eau de Parfum