The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Fiori D’Ambra by Profumum

More ambers; more to love.  This lovely perfume opens up with a rush of spice, I would say almost cinnamon in nature, along with a faint sweetness.  Funny, my husband said that it smells like root beer.  I can see that.  That had me a bit worried.  But once again, as time would tell, the scent transformed from that spicy blast to a nice and mellowed amber.  This is neither harsh or medicinal, but an almost vanilla sweet, lightly spiced amber with great longevity.  I would say that it leans a bit on the feminine side, but it is a scent that is close to the skin and therefore when walking through a crowd, no one would assume that a dowager is passing by.  Light, sweet, subtle.  A very nice amber indeed.

From the Profumum website:

Olfactory notes:  Opium flowers, Amber, Spices

  • Bone Rating:   4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  amber, spicy, vanilla, light, subtle
  • Classification:  Unisex
  • Expense:   Expensive – $240 for 100ml Parfum


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Royal-Oud by Creed

Ahhhh, Christmas, the time of the year when gift giving is plentiful and the worries about spending too much money are put aside.  Some time in November my partner and I were shopping at Nordstrom and we were given a spritz of the new Creed Royal-Oud scent.  I liked it, but at $300 a bottle, I didn’t think I liked it all that much.  My partner really loved the scent, so I decided to surprise him with it for Christmas.  I have found in the past that Creed fragrances typically don’t wear well with me, so I have held back from them in the past.  But the first time my partner put this on, I absolutely loved it on him.  It goes on very green and woody, but as it dries it warms and has more of a light musk smell.  It smells expensive, but I’m not sure it smells $300 expensive and I can’t tell if it’s long lasting or if I my nose just easily become accustomed to it.  But as long as my partner is happy with it, so am I.

Scented Hound Barks:

  • Bone Rating:   4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Woody/Musky
  • Classification:  Masculine/Warm
  • Expense:   Very

From the Creed Website:

Wood, leather marble and gold,” elements of a royal Persian palace, inspire Olivier CREED, sixth-generation master perfumer of France, an architect of fragrance, to create new Royal-Oud for men and women.  Rare, hypnotic, sumptuous oud, an ingredient coaxed from Agarwood trees of India –- and more costly per ounce than palladium –- lends its power to this blend.  CREED Royal-Oud gives the contemporary American man and woman a touch of the splendor of palace life, Persian and Parisian™.

Characteristics:  Universal and modern. Luxury both Persian and Parisian™.

  • Top Notes: A crown of Calabrian lemon, pink berry and Sicilian bergamot.
  • Middle Notes: Cedar, galbanum and angelic root.
  • Base Notes:  Regal Indian oud, sandalwood and Tonkin musk.