The Scented Hound

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Sarah Baker Perfumes – Bascule

SB BasculeWHAT I SMELL:   Bascule opens with a buzzing bergamot that is quickly met with a weighted ripened peach and a soft, but soured leather.  The perfume is not sweet, nor juicy, but is more dried and grassy as it begins to project.  It’s as if it resides in a wind swept field that holds sun dried orchard fruit.  You immediately take notice that Bascule is a perfume that is not rooted in the city.  And as such, even if you’re an urban dweller that never travels outside the city limits, you’ll be immediately transported to the countryside.  As the perfume continues to develop, a green note comes forward, but the perfume remains in the dry realm, but the green makes the perfume feel a bit lighter and more approachable and carefree.  Here the perfume remains, nicely green with a dried soft leather on top of a hay accord with tufts of tobacco.  It’s just the right amount of earthy countryside for even the most confirmed city slicker.

From the Sarah Baker Perfumes website:

Horses, hay and leather. The sun-ripened notes of succulent fruit, woods and prominent green notes amidst a notable bass of earthy tones and noblesse oblige. Equestrian.

Notes: grass, peach, bergamot, lily of the valley, hay, leather accord, vetiver, amber, musk, fir, tobacco, metal tack.

windswept grassy hillWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A windswept grassy hill.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE BASCULE:  green, earthy, unique

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BASCULENotetaking, Colognoisseur

BOTTOM LINE:  Bascule is wonderfully unique and I was surprised at just how green it becomes in the drydown.  The green dried grass with just the hint of leather transports the wearer to the country in the most wonderful of ways.  Nice job Sarah Baker!

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Leather
  • Nose: Ashley Eden Kessler
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $95 for 50 ml eau de parfum


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Chanel Le Lion

le-lion-chanel-nuevo-perfume-fragancia-leon-1WHAT I SMELL:  Le Lion goes on the skin with an ambered bergamot and lemon that is tinged with patchouli in an opening that is is warm, yet light and inviting.  There is no mistake that the DNA of Le Lion is aligned with Guerlain’s classic Shalimar.  But to me, the biggest difference is the lemon and citrus which remains front and center which lifts the perfume up to something that is lighter, a tad brighter and much more approachable and easy to wear.  Le Lion doesn’t morph all that much, but as it does wear, a puttied sandalwood makes it way under the other notes and the entire composition begins to lighten.

From the Chanel website:

Gabrielle Chanel was born on August 19, 1883, under the sign of Leo. Majestic, indomitable and wild, the lion is more than just her astrological symbol; it also embodies Mademoiselle’s radiant personality and serves as inspiration for this powerful fragrance.

Faceted with a rich amber accord and featuring bold notes of bergamot, lemon, patchouli and sandalwood, the scent evokes the spirit of CHANEL.

Chill LionWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A chill lion.  Modern; made for today.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE LE LIONcomfortable, easy, Shalimar-lite

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LE LION:  Persolaise, The Black Narcissus, Now Smell This

BOTTOM LINE:  I like Le Lion and could see myself wearing this often as it’s an amber perfume that doesn’t set out to be too heavy.  The citrus remains afloat above the patchouli and sandalwood to give it just enough of that clean Chanel finish that is so easy to love.

  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Amber
  • Nose:  Olivier Polge
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $200 for 2.5 oz. eau de parfum


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New Release: Pear Inc. by Juliette Has a Gun

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WHAT I SMELL:  Pear Inc. opens with a soft and slightly milky ambered musk.  In a short time, a lovely muted pear makes an appearance while the perfume remains soft, rather cottony and very relaxed.   As the perfume continues to develop, it picks up a bit of volume and starts to radiate a lightly salty aquatic note.  The perfume manages to stay pretty contained leaving the pear note in control where it’s not too sweet, nor too gourmand, but instead it stays in this comfort zone that is pleasantly relaxing and delightfully casual.  In the end, Pear Inc. recedes into a cotton and lightly billowy musk with a layer of subdued semi-sweet pear that rides on top along with just a hint of a hair spray note that seems to pop in and out.  It’s modern without being obtuse, and it’s wonderfully easy to wear.

From the Juliette Has a Gun website:

Pear Inc. is a fragrance built around a green Pear, laying on a milky heart of Musk and twist of Ambroxan to lift its modernity. A heavenly fragrance evoking happiness, sunny days and positivity!

“I designed this new fragrance thinking about the return of warm sunny days and of my favourite fruit, the Pear. I remember, as a child, noticing its intriguing shape standing out from the others in the fruit bowl. With Pear Inc., I have imagined a refreshing fragrance, with a hint of “gourmandise”. A fruity musk, enhanced with Ambroxan and Pear, like the promise of a beautiful summer.” – Romano Ricci

Top note:  Green Pear

Heart Note:  Ambroxan

Bottom Notes:  Musks, Muscenone, Ambrettolide, Habanolide

Pear BeddingWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Pear colored bedding; it’s cottony musky fresh.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE PEAR INC.:  calming, contented, modern

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT PEAR INC.CaFluereBon, Musings of a Muse

BOTTOM LINE:  Pear Inc. is a nicely subtle fragrance that is perfect for those who love musk perfumes.  It’s an easy wear that is perfect for casual everyday wear.  I have to say that I like this perfume, but my husband absolutely loves it!

* Sample provided by Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.