The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Cavatina by Parfums Dusita

WHAT I SMELL:  Cavatina opens with a lovely green barber shop bergamot that’s herbal, fresh and warmly inviting.  It’s not too bright, nor too earthy, but it has a wonderfully familiar and comforting persona, and from first spritz the perfume sings with happiness and joy.  As the perfume develops, a green floral starts to emerge along with a light clean and fresh soapiness and in short time a fresh and dewy muguet takes center stage.  At this point, the perfume is neither loud nor quiet.  Instead, it’s perfectly balanced in its freshness as it begins to grow and project along with just a hint of creaminess.  As this happens, Cavatina begins to move to the more “bathtastic” with a finish that feels as if you just emerged from an exquisitely fragrant bubble bath.  Continuing on, the perfume begins to center itself around a green jasmine accord which is soft and pretty as it’s wrapped up in a cottony musk finish.  It’s all just so glorious; when you wear Cavatina, you can’t help but smile.

From the Parfums Dusita website:

Inspiration:  Cavatina is music to the soul, a fragrant hymn to human compassion conducted with the spirit of “joie de vivre”. Starting with Pissara Umavijani’s  love for vintage muguet-centered scents, she composed new floral accords that ended up dancing together in a melodious scent that became Cavatina.

Olfactive Notes:

The opening, a symphony of sparkling, invigorating citrusy notes: Calabrian Bergamot, Chinese Litsea Cubeba, Paraguayan Petitgrain greets our exclusive, resolutely modern Muguet Accord.

At the Heart, our very own Tea Rose Accord harmonically blends with fresh, seductive floral touches: Egyptian Tuberose and Jasmine Grandiflorum, Indonesian Ylang-Ylang.

The Base Notes, the airy muskiness of Indian Ambrette, the soft woodiness of Siamese Wood and the deep sensuality of Madagascar Vanilla.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  I can’t argue with perfumer Pissara Umavijani’s inspiration; Cavatina is “music for the soul.”

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE CAVATINA: fresh, spring-ish, joyous

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CAVATINA: The Plum Girl, CaFluereBon, The Black Narcissus

BOTTOM LINE: It’s presently January, but when you wear Cavatina it immediately transports you to spring.  Its clean and fresh muguet heart is just what is needed to take you away from the dark winter skies.

  • Bone Rating:  4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Floral
  • Nose: Pissara Umavijani
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: Starting at 150 Euros for 50 ml eau de parfum


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Jivago 24K

24KWHAT I SMELL:  24K opens with a warm, soft and tender rose that moves towards a lightly spiced tuberose and jasmine.  The perfume buzzes with muted ambered florals that seems to become warmer on the skin with each inviting inhale.  As the perfume continues to develop, it becomes more rounded and the florals seamlessly meld into one beautiful fragrant bouquet.  At this point the perfume slows it’s progression and it radiates floral energy with a warmth and pulsing force that’s completely mesmerizing. There’s something nostalgic about 24K that takes me back to a bygone era of the 1980s and 1990s.  But don’t get me wrong, the perfume doesn’t feel vintage or old fashioned in the least.  In fact, it makes me yearn for some of those forgotten floral beauties of the past that you couldn’t help but notice.

From the Jivago website:

24K for Women is a sensuous floral composition created from some of the finest ingredients in the perfumers palette: Bulgarian Rose which induces thoughts of loving affection; Jasmine Sambac which has been prized forever worn for blessings, protection, and good luck; Tuberose Absolute which is both calming and spiritually stimulating.

The scent is elegant, weaving a tale of opulence and tasteful desire. Our most successful release to date, this award-winning fragrance became an instant best-seller and has been recognized for its iconic status in perfumery.

Understated but undeniably luxurious: this is the scent for woman of worth, grace, and poise – but also of great warmth… a timeless classic beauty.

DynastyWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  “Dynasty-lite”.  The perfume carries all the quintessential aspects of the 1980s; big, bold, large and in command.  But instead of being over-the-top and in your face, 24K remains perfectly muted.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE 24Kwarm, sophisticated, beautifully-confident

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT 24K:  No reviews found.

BOTTOM LINE:  I used to live in the Washington DC area and went to many concerts and plays at the iconic Kennedy Center.  At some of these events, I would at times be entranced by a woman’s perfume that would envelope me.  I would find myself so mesmerized by these wonderfully elegant perfumes that seemed to be designed just for these evenings on the town, that I would lose myself in the perfume rather than in the event itself.  24K is one of those perfumes. 

It should be noted that 24K comes complete with flakes of gold floating in the perfume as well as an iceberg stand that holds the bottle.  Wonderful in every regard.

  • Bone Rating:  4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Floral
  • Classification:  Leans feminine
  • Expense:  Review is based on the $145 eau de toilette version.  Also available in eau de parfum for $175.  
  • Special Offer:  Thanks to Jivago, you can receive 10% off your purchase of 24K using the code:  STEVE10.  Offer valid exclusively on the Jivago website.

*Sample provided by Jivago.  Opinion my own.


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OroNardo by Xinú

WHAT I SMELL:  OroNardo’s opening is heavenly with creamy buttery lightly spiced tuberose that sparkles and buzzes with just the lightest of earthiness brushed with orange blossom.  The warmed perfume wafts and dances like sun-kissed florals in the Mexican summer breeze.  A greenish stem comes forward taking the perfume from the garden to the most luscious of bouquets.  This is tuberose that’s not heavy nor overbearing, but tuberose that’s fresh and lightly dewy and which is very much alive.  As the perfume continues to develop, the florals become lighter and rise into a heavenly aura.  Here the perfume resides in a true essence of floral harmony wrapped up in the lightest of powder.  Breathtaking.