The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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1828 by Histoires de Parfums

1828 (Jules Verne) by Histoires de Parfums is a scent that when I first put it on, I knew I was going to love.  Today was going to be a pretty spring day so I wanted to try something light. In looking at the composition, I thought this would be a perfect fit.  The top notes are fantastic; citrus, grapefruit, eucalyptus…the perfect refreshing mix to get the day started.  Nothing like a good zesty opening to put a spring in your step!  After a bit, the citrus dissipated and out came a woody and peppery mix; still zesty, but the scent started moving into a more piney embodiment.  I still was in awe.  OK, sometimes, good things must come to an end.  Unfortunately, 1828 moved into a direction in the end that didn’t agree with me.  In the end, this fragrance just became sharp.  Still woody, still piney, but something else left the scent, some bit of warmth, and it just became a bit annoying.  I found this sharp and biting quality driving me to a headache.  Can I just have the top notes back please??

From the Histories de Parfums website:

Top Note: Grapefruit, Citrus, Tangerine, Eucalyptus
Heart Note: Nutmeg, Pepper
Base Note: Cedar, Incense, Vetiver, Pine cone

  • Bone Rating: 2 out of 5 possible bones
  • Classification: Masculine
  • Expense: $125 for 2 oz., EDP


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Terre d’Hermes by Hermes

Spring has definitely sprung this year.  But today, the day started off a bit chillier than it has been for the last couple of weeks.  This gave me opportunity to break out one of my favorites, Terre d’Hermes.  I’m not much for “this is a winter” or “this is a summer” scent classifications, but in this case this fragrance best suits my fall and winter moods.  On initial application, you get a rush or citrus and orange with a slight clove note (I don’t notice cloves as an ingredient, but to me it’s there).  The orange then takes background to a beautiful and warm cedar scent.  When you mention cedar, I typically think of hamster cages; but in this case, the hamster would be lounging on the most luxurious bedding imaginable.  Terre d’Hermes is a unique scent that has great longevity and sillage.  It’s a captivating scent without being intrusive.  Although marketed to men, a female co-worker of mine was wearing this once and it worked perfectly for her as well.  This is one of my favorites; so much so that I’m on my third bottle!

Terre d’Hermes Notes:

grapefruit, orange, shiso, flint accord, woody notes

  • Bone Rating:   5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Classification:  Masculine
  • Expense:   Varied; available in EDT and EDP


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L’Air du Desert Marocain by Tauer Perfumes

 

I really wanted to like this scent.  I had read some wonderful reviews where people were raving about how distinct and special L’Air du Desert Marocain was.  Maybe it’s just my body chemistry but this scent just got lost on me.  In the bottle it smells amazing and when I applied it, I got an immediate rush of green in an almost medicinal sense.  Then it quickly moved into an ever so slight floral…I was thinking that this may turn sweet?  No, it then moved to a very dry and woody single layered scent that I found to be nice.  But I need more than nice.  As the day wore on, it just disappeared on me.  I recently reviewed 07 Tanoke by Odin and found this to be similar, but it lacks the extra special something (maybe the tinge of sweetness?) that Odin found.

From the Tauer Perfumes Website:

Head Notes:  Coriander and cumin, carefully blended with petitgrain.

Heart Notes:  A warm heart note with rock rose and a hint of jasmine.

Body Notes: Dry cedar woods and vetiver, brilliantly joined on a fine ambergris background.

Powerful, sensual and pure. Laying on the bed, watching the moon raising over the sandy hills of the Saharan desert, he dreamt the fragrance of a Moroccan night. 

  • Bone Rating:   2 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  dry, woody
  • Classification:  Unisex but leans towards masculine
  • Expense:   Moderately expensive – $105 for 50ml EDT intense