The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Mendittorosa Rituale

WHAT I SMELL:   Rituale’s opening is warm and slightly smoky and quickly met with a spicy buzzing bergamot.  A warmed lavender soon arrives layered on top of a light brown sugar note.  The perfume is ardently inviting and seems to beckon you into a spell.  The beguiling opening moves to the more serious where deep and mysterious florals slowly pulsate at a level that hugs the skin.  Now that the spell has been cast, the perfume feels as if it has melded not just to the skin, but down to your soul.  As the perfume continues to quietly develop, a warm and rich amber is coated with a honeyed beeswax along with the most subdued, yet slightly sweet patchouli.  Rituale is not a perfume that will make a larger than life statement for the wearer, instead, it’s a quiet, subtle and hypnotic perfume that will draws others to you with it’s magic.

From the Mendittorosa website:

Rituals from ancient cultures; myths, symbols and religions in one perfume. Rituale is illuminated by a nectarous narcissus, a golden distillation of time like an everlasting sunrise. Blessing and prayer, a soothing balsam for skin, Rituale is your personal temple. Perfumes normally come and go with the wind but Rituale likes to linger and bless your day, creating a ritual especially for you.

Head Notes: Italian Bergamot, Mandarin Aldehyde, Lavender.
Heart Notes: Jasmin, Narcissus, Rose, Red Fruits (Blackcurrant, Raspberry, Pomegranate).
Base Notes: Patchouli, Sandwalwood, Beeswax, Amber Woods, White Musk, Hyraceum (Golden Stone).

Ingrid Bergman. Alfred Hitchcock Spellbound, 1945.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Spellbound.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RITUALE:  haunting, personal, contemplative

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT RITUALEThe Silver Fox, CaFleureBon

BOTTOM LINE:  I have been waiting to wear this beauty for some time as I knew it would not work well in the heat of Mexico.  Now that the weather has finally cooled, I was able to experience this quiet, yet provocative perfume.  It’s true, good things come to those who wait.  Oh, and that bottle!

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral Woody Musk
  • Nose:  Amelie Bourgeois
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $230 for 100 ml parfum extrait

Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.


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Bruno Fazzolari Monserrat

WHAT I SMELL:   Monserrat’s opening is delightful with its green hue and pink and juicy citrus.  The perfume feels like it’s sparkling in the sun.  It’s bright and vibrant, yet warm and deeply radiant.  After a bit, a rooted note from the earth comes up from beneath and takes the bright to the realm of the plane.  An osmanthus note begins to develop to create a rounded and dry light fruited note.  The perfume is beyond cozy and it wraps around you like the airiness of a feather boa.  It’s pretty, but not delicate, not feminine…but alluring and rather sexual, but not in an overt way.  Instead, it’s sexuality is completely natural.  After quite some time, a light jasmine and musk appear along with a dried layer of putty.   The putty adds a different and unusual element to the aesthetic, making the perfume that more modern…but not any less attractive. In fact, if anything it helps to bring out the peach.  In the end, the perfume takes on a cottony feel.  It’s peach and jasmine wrapped around a spun musk.  Monserrat is sublime.

From the Bruno Fazzolari website:

Inspired by the burnished colors of classic Italian fresco painting: juicy grapefruit and apricot laced through with green leaves and an unusual, fresh setting plaster note. Luscious and radiant.

Notes: pink grapefruit, green leaves, carrot seed, osmanthus, jasmine, white musk, setting plaster.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A peach colored boa.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MONSERRAT:  delicious, modish, distinctive

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MONSERRATColognoisseur, CaFleureBon, The Non-Blonde

BOTTOM LINE:  Monserrat is wonderfully different and modern as well as pretty without being too feminine.  In all, it’s a fabulously unique, but very wearable perfume.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral Woody Musk
  • Nose: Bruno Fazzolari
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $110 for 30 ml eau de toilette.

Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.


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Grossmith Diamond Jubilee Bouquet

WHAT I SMELL:  Diamond Jubilee Bouquet opens with a sweet and chalky zesty citrus along with a SweeTART candy smell.  But that sweetened sensation begins to disappear quickly on it’s way to open up for a warm and rapturous bouquet of flowers highlighted with a slightly metallic rose.  After a few minutes, a tender and powdery violet pops out of the bouquet to give a perception of innocence.  And soon thereafter, the bouquet begins to really bloom with a mix of warmth and coolness making the perfume a controlled beauty; majestic and pretty without being ostentatious or off-putting.  After some more time, a light spice brings in a more serious tone while continuing with it’s overall restraint.  In the end, Diamond Jubilee Bouquet quietly powders with the lightest of sweetness.  It’s very secure in its quiet and muted beauty.

From the Grossmith website:

Grossmith’s tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a floral tapestry for the twenty-first century.

Top Notes:  Orange, Lemon, Lily of the Valley, Narcissus

Heart Notes:  Rose, Iris, Jasmine, Violet, Vetiver, Carnation

Base Notes:  Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Hawthorn, Amber, Musk

Queen Elizabeth II

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A fitting tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE DIAMOND JUBILEE BOUQUET:  pretty, controlled, contained

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DIAMOND JUBILEE BOUQUET:  Undina’s Looking Glass

BOTTOM LINE:  I really want to love this perfume.   Instead, I just really, really like it.  It’s pretty, but the controlled nature and rather light projection makes it feel best suited to wear with a plain white blouse.  To wear with anything else the perfume would need to be amped up just a tad bit more.  I do think it would make for a perfect bedtime scent though.  It’s powdery floral sweetness would assist in making some wonderfully beautiful dreams.

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral Woody Musk
  • Nose:  Trevor Nicholl
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense:  Approximately $310 for 50 ml eau de parfum.  Also available in 100 ml.  Limited edition.