The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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06 Amanu by Odin

06 Amanu recently won the Fragrance Foundation’s 2012 Fifi “Indie” Fragrance Award.  Given such high regard, I had to check this fragrance out.  I loved 07 Tanoke, and since this is an award winner, I was sure I was going to like this as well.  Hmmmm, not sure what the fuss is all about.

06 Amanu is a light and airy fragrance.  It goes on almost a bit salty and then quickly turns floral and lightly sweet.  I can smell the blood orange and the jasmine along with a light musk.  As time goes on, the musk and amberwood warm 06 Amanu a bit, reducing the original sweetness.  This is about as discreet of a fragrance that you can find.  It hugs close to the skin and feels very personal, almost bath like in its composition.  To me, that means that I could have just emerged from taking a bath with some pretty bath salts and would have smelled the same.  06 Amanu is marketed as unisex, but I do think this leans more feminine.  I’m not digging it on me and would have a hard time seeing other men wear this.

For an award winner, I was expecting something more daring.  This scent is pretty safe… and not for me.

From the Odin website:

The primitive ambiance of southern Mediterranean peaks combined with the ancient fertility of Anatolian soils brings forth a herbaceous blend of verdant galbanum and raw lentisque. The cortex of Amanu revolves around the woody rusticity of cedarleaf and the heady complexity of jasmine sambac. Rooting textures of amberwood, musk and live moss endow this earthy scent with a lush maturity.

Top: Blood Orange, Green Galbanum, Lentisque
Middle: Aged Cedarleaf, Jasmin Sambac, Magnolia
Bottom: Amberwood, Sheer Musk, Live Moss

  • Bone Rating:   3 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Woody – aromatic
  • Classification:  Unisex but leans feminine
  • Expense:  $125 for 100ml EDT


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Profumo by Acqua di Parma

Today I broke one of my permanent collection scents that I haven’t touched in quite a while.  I probably made this purchase 5 or so years ago and it was one of my favorites, but all perfumistas know that we go through cycles when something we love goes to the back-burner only to be replaced with a new scent.  The difference with this scent is that it veers from the masculine and is considered a feminine scent.  Profumo by Acqua di Parma is a lovely and elegant chype. A light floral with a hint of spice and powder, it’s beautifully composed and comfortable to wear.  It’s not something that I would wear on a regular basis and when this bottle is gone, I’m not sure that I would buy another; but it has served me well.

Profumo Notes:  Jasmine, May Rose, Ylang-Ylang

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense: From $299 for 100ml, EDP


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Tolu by Ormonde Jayne

Please remember that when I am reviewing scents, it’s based on my opinion and my opinion only.  Scared??  Well, I wanted to get in this review quickly after finally getting home from being out all day so I could wash this off my skin and put on something else.  I received this sample a few weeks ago and thought I would give it a spin.  Have you figured out yet that it’s not my favorite?  At it’s base, this perfume is amber, but you can’t really tell that it’s so.  The juniper when first applied is all that you smell.  Very green, very crisp.  As time goes on, this mellows into a very light and green clean scent.  And when I say clean, I mean it felt to me as if I just got out of the shower and you could still smell the soap.  It has a bit of a soapy edge to me.  I don’t want to feel like I’m wearing laundry detergent.  This scent reminds me a lot of Mirto di Panerea, one of the fragrances in the Blue Mediterraneo line by Acqua Di Parma.  They both share a lot of the same ingredients.  Neither are for me.  Enough said, time to wash up.

From the Ormonde Jayne website:

Tolu is a Peruvian tree resin.

Perfume treasure, this opulent velvety formulation with pure Tolu resin takes you on a sensual Oriental journey. Laced with golden frankincense and amber, the scent’s core is enveloped with a heady mix of orange blossom and clary sage, while intense citrus notes consolidate the harmony.

Top Notes: Juniper berry, orange blossom and clary sage
Heart Notes: Orchid, Moroccan rose and muguet
Base Notes: Tolu, tonka bean, golden frankincense and amber

  • Bone Rating:   2 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Floral
  • Classification:  Feminine or Unisex
  • Expense:   Moderately Expensive – $126 for 50ml EDP