The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Blondine by Frassaï

WHAT I SMELL:   Blondine graces the skin with a smooth buttery cream that’s deep without being heavy.  Unlike many breezy top notes, It feels like a base is being built for something amazing that is about to come.  And just as I suspected, soon enough the depths of the opening begin to lighten and a floral element appears.  There’s a dreamy quality that embodies the perfume and it seems to hover over you as if it’s part of your natural aura.  As the perfume continues to develop, the florals start to bloom until they’re front and center.  The exotic flowers feel as if they’ve just been plucked from the jungle, but they don’t have an overwhelming sweetness to them.  Instead, it feels like they have been ripening in the hot rainforest sun and have been dusted with the lightest of cocoa.  I have to admit that Blondine to me is a hard perfume to describe because it seems to continually morph as you wear it….sometimes more floral, sometimes a bit more gourmand and at times, a lovely musk. But in the end it’s easy for me to categorize it as incredibly unique and absolutely exquisite fragrance.  I love this perfume.

From the Frassaï website:

A seductive and playful fragrance crafted to intrigue the senses, inspired by the 1920’s French fairy tale. Innocent sensuality is revealed through notes of sacred Ashok flower, spicy Tiger Lily and the seductive allure of cocoa, salted butter caramel, and vanilla in a base of irresistible blond musks. 

A few notes: Salted Butter Caramel, Pear Leaves, Ashok flower, Cocoa, Blond Musks

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Hammock dreaming in a sun kissed jungle.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE BLONDINE:  dreamy, creamy, stunning

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BLONDINE:  CaFleureBon, Colognoisseur, Undina’s Looking Glass

BOTTOM LINE:  Blondine is a perfume that is beautiful and easy to wear.  One reason it’s so wearable is because there’s an incredible depth to the perfume without it being weighty.  That’s great for someone like myself who lives in a hot and humid environment as Blondine blossoms on the skin in such a wonderfully graceful way.  What’s not to love?

  • Bone Rating:  5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Floral Musky Gourmand
  • Nose:  Yann Vasnier
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $130 for 50 ml eau de parfum via the Frassaï website.


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Two from Brooklyn Perfume Company: Oud & Vetiver Eau Fraiche

WHAT I SMELL – OUD:  Oud’s opening kicks off with a soft and lightly sweetened grapefruit that quickly melds with a somewhat menacing leather.  There’s a heft of sexiness with the leather being slightly carnal without being funky or crude. After a little bit, a sweetened vanilla emerges with a layered sheen over the leather.  Here, the perfume continues its seductive path, but where it started off a bit masculine, it now embraces its feminine side.  Oud to me is less oud, but more of a sweetened wood.  The strong sensation of oud which usually dominates does not occur here. Instead, the perfume bounces between leather, vanilla and wood.  To me, this makes it the perfect perfume that can be worn for any occasion.  It would be perfect to wear when you’re feeling strong and seductive as the leather comes to the forefront letting anyone who enters your path will know that you mean business.  If you’re in the mood to be mysterious, the vanilla wood tinged with the smokiness of the leather will make you smolder with a quiet confidence.  In the end, a light floral component seems to weave in and out of the composition, adding just another incredible layer to what is an already incredible unisex beauty.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Seductive confidence ala Theo James.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE OUD:  captivating, self-assured, quietly bold

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT OUD:  Colognoisseur

  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental
  • Nose:  James Peterson
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $150 for 30 ml eau de parfum

WHAT I SMELL – VETIVER EAU FRAICHE:  Vetiver stays true to its name with an opening of hay and dried grass which quickly moves to a sensation like that of grass that has been cut and left out in the sun to dry.   Not long after, a buzzing light sugar accord rests on top of the dried grass.  The perfume is a subtle and easy wear, although as time goes on, it does grow a bit in volume.  Vetiver’s woodiness is casual, yet elegant and is timeless in its beauty.  As a soliflore, Vetiver does not provide any twists or turns, instead it unfolds into a familiar and comforting ageless fragrance.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  summer dunes

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE VETIVER EAU FRAICHE:  uncomplicated, easy, careworn

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT VETIVER EAU FRAICHE:  No other reviews found.

  • Bone Rating:  3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Woody
  • Nose:  James Peterson
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $45 for 60 ml eau fraiche

BOTTOM LINE:  The perfumes in the Brooklyn Perfume Company line are simple beauties that don’t try to be anything but what they are; uncomplicated.  When it seems that twists and turns in a perfume are par for the course, it’s nice to have perfumes that don’t pretend they’re something they’re not.


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Joy Eau de Parfum by Jean Patou

WHAT I SMELL:    Joy (current version eau de parfum) is truly a joy when it first goes on the skin as it’s full of lush ylang-ylang and soapy white flowers and bright aldehydes.  It’s a clean smell and one that’s slightly metallic.  The florals are wrapped up in warmth, but at the same time there is a coolness or a bit of aloofness that makes the perfume proper and rather removed.  After some time, a light controlled rose blends with the metallic notes and the soapiness begins to dissipate.  As Joy continues its slow and deliberate path, a jasmine blends itself with the rose…but combined, they’re still very controlled and incredibly proper.  Joy doesn’t transform or morph very much, but in the end, the florals fade and soften a bit, and what you’re left is a lightly warm breeze of light floral sandalwood musk.

From the Jean Patou website:

Created in 1930 at the height of the economic crisis. Joy, a sumptuous blend of roses and jasmine, is the antidote to gloom. Conceived as a perfume to reveal the essence of femininity of every woman, “Joy” is a timeless fragrance, the signature of the house Jean Patou.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Floral steel.  A bit soft, yet rather hard.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE JOY:  controlled, reserved, distant

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT JOY: There are many reviews on Joy, but I haven’t found any on the current eau de parfum version.

BOTTOM LINE:  Joy is legendary as the pillar of the house of Jean Patou.  That said, I can’t honestly say that I don’t know anyone who continues to wear the perfume.  Classics don’t always transfer well to the modern age and to me, Joy is a bit too removed in its personality.  However, I’ll admit that I have a vintage bottle of the eau de cologne version from the 1970s.  It’s clearly Joy, but it’s a much lighter wear as the florals aren’t tinged with the metallic edge and it’s just so much easier to like (but not love as it still leaves me a bit cold).

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral
  • Nose:  Henri Almeras
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense:  Varies