The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Hiram Green Slowdive

WHAT I SMELL:  At first spritz, Slowdive is a combination of sweet and sour amid a buzzing hay like tobacco.  There’s a honeyed orange flower that feels earthy and tempered with a layer of soil.  It’s not overtly sweet, but rather slightly flat and slightly urinous.  To me, it’s a strange and curious opening, but it’s one that immediately draws you in.  After a few minutes the tobacco begins to come to the forefront.  It’s slightly sweet and it’s like the tobacco of a well-worn pipe.  Here the perfume begins to move to the intoxicating and I find that the lightly fruited tobacco is a “warm fuzzy.”  Additionally, there’s a wonderful sensation of masculine security at this point.  As the perfume continues to develop, a light tuberose is washed over the tobacco…moving the perfume from the more masculine to the more unisex.  As it continues to develop, Slowdive ramps up the spice.  Here the perfume buzzes with life and this is where it finally settles into a warm and slightly thickened honey and tuberose tobacco.

From the Hiram Green website:

Slowdive is a warm tobacco-themed fragrance that captures the mood of those languid afternoons when the sweetness of the Indian summer air is almost palpable.

The fragrance opens with fresh and flowery top notes of neroli and orange flower before tobacco blossom and beeswax take over. This heart –  rich and deep, with hints of dried fruit and creamy tuberose – is delicately anchored by a base of honeyed resins that give Slowdive its soft and exotic touch.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The beauty of the bee.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SLOWDIVE:  warm, semi-thickened, buzzing

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SLOWDIVE:  Megan in Sainte Maxime, Kafkaesque, CaFleureBon

BOTTOM LINE:  Slowdive is a perfume that personifies the best in tobacco and honey.  The honey is so superbly restrained as if it’s just an earthy glaze rather than a jar full of the sweet and sticky.  Pardon my pun, but Slowdive deserves some good “buzz!”

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Fruity Floral
  • Nose:  Hiram Green
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $165 for 50 ml eau de parfum


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Peche Cardinal by Parfums MDCI

peche cardinalWHAT I SMELL:  Peche Cardinal opens with a muted berry that’s sweet and fruity and lightly tropical.  It’s really pretty and soft and could easily have gone big and garish, but instead it is pure innocence.   There’s a light creaminess that lends itself to a light peach freshness.  It’s as if there are peaches and plums in a beautiful bowl, tinged with sun that’s met with a gentle breeze coming through an open window.  Plus it’s cottony soft, like a baby’s blanket; all comforting and secure.  After around 20 minutes, the warmth of the sandalwood comes in along with this restrained tuberose, making this even more comforting if that’s possible.  After the 30 minute mark the fragrance begins to grow and increase its projection.  But once again, it does so without making it loud.  The final drydown is a just a little spicy, but a lot of peach and muted tuberose.  Peche Cardinal is one majestic beauty.

From the Parfums MDCI website:

A fruity floral From a palette of raw materials by the famous Fragrance House Robertet, Amandine Marie imagined for MDCI a very bold, young and vivacious composition: daring at first, but with soft and silky tones in its development. A dazzling start: peach, blackberry, blackcurrant, Davana and coconut make it a true fruity fragrance, full of exuberance. After this grand opening  that feels like the triumphant arrival of spring and awakens the  senses, lily and tuberose and a touch of plum enter the  composition, softening it into a smooth fruity floral. These floral  notes are a prelude to the round and velvety final accords of the  base: sandalwood, cedar and musk bring soothing calm, body and lasting power.

Girl with a Kitten, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau

Girl with a Kitten, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The story of a girl’s transformation from beautiful innocence to a sophisticated and charming woman.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE PECHE CARDINAL:  glorious, comforting, cultured

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT PECHE CARDINAL:  Olfactoria’s Travels, Another Perfume Blog, Perfume Posse

BOTTOM LINE:  Peche Cardinal translates into Cardinal Sin.  There is NO sin involved with this fragrance.  Instead, it would be a sin not to enjoy it.  I’m not a fan of peach fragrances…but I am a big fan of this.

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Fruity Floral
  • Nose:  Amandine Marie
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense: $250 for 75ml EdP without the beautiful bust.  $375 for 60ml EdP with the iconic bust.


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Graine de Joie by Eau D’Italie

Graine de JoieWHAT I SMELL:  Graine de Joie opens with a combination of juicy pomegranate and red berries; it’s fresh, clean and sparkling sweet.  Soon enough, a bit of wood enters, but the sweet fruits on top are the main focus.  There’s also an underlying current of a kind of light hairspray feel to the fragrance.  After around 10 minutes, that hairspray component disappears and the fragrance begins to bloom slightly as it becomes bigger and rounder and more juicy.  After around 30 minutes the musk starts to appear along with the freesia which then make the fragrance more “bathtastic”.  In other words, it feels like it is more suited to being used as bath oil than as a perfume.  Graine de Joie is pretty linear as it’s all about the juice.  Unfortunately there’s also something very artificial about this that drives me away.

From the Eau D’Italie website:

Graine de Joie is a tribute to Love, a vibrant and luminous Eau de Parfum that evokes the irresistible feeling of light-headedness of when you fall in love. A bright and joyful fragrance with notes of red berries, pomegranate, pralines, and musk.

Top notes – pomegranate, red fruit; middle notes – freesia, praline; base notes – cedarwood, musk

pomegranate redWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Pomegranate red.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE GRAINE DE JOIE: fruity, bathtastic, artificial

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GRAINE DE JOIE: Chemist in a Bottle, CaFleureBon, Bergamotto e Benzoino

BOTTOM LINE: Graine de Joie is clearly not for me.  If you like light, clean and fruity perfumes it might work for you.  Actually, I wouldn’t mind this as a fragrance diffuser for my bathroom.

  • Bone Rating: 2 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Fruity Floral
  • Nose:  Daphne Bugey
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $150 for 3.4 oz. EdP