WHAT I SMELL: Solo’s opening is a nicely warm one with a lightly herbal lavender that is quickly met with a brightened patchouli that sits between earthy, funky and cottony fresh. There’s also an underlying citrus note that helps to keep the patchouli in an uplifted manner. Pretty much from the first spritz, the perfume is fresh, rather dewy and light with a wonderfully positive persona. As the perfume continues to develop, it begins to move to the more spiced with a lightly sweetened cumin, nutmeg and cinnamon melding with the patchouli. Thankfully, the perfume remains light and airy as the spice is kept at the right depth. Soon afterwards, the perfume begins to dry and it takes on a hazy finish. For the most part, Solo remains true to the lavender, patchouli and lightly spiced heart, but it starts moving towards a clean musk finish. But as soon as I thought it would end there, a flattened slightly sour woody note comes to the forefront and that’s unfortunate as the perfume prior to this development was very likable and now it’s just… OK.
From the Loewe website:
A timeless yet novel fragrance, its secret lies in its contrasting accords of aromatic notes that are juxtaposed in perfect counterpoint.
A spicy, woody fragrance with contrasting notes of sandalwood, guava and marzipan, for the elegant man of distinction who appreciates the value of balance.
The harmony of extremes.
Olfactive Notes –
Humid Stone Chord : guava, lavender, boldo and thyme
Dry Wood Chord : cachemire and patchouli
Hesperides Chord : bergamot, lemon and tangerine
Spicy Chord : cumin, nutmeg and cinnamon
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A careworn ranch house from the 1950s or 60s. When it was built it was a beauty, but over time it has become a bit tired and dated and needs a little sprucing up.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SOLO: cottony, herbal, semi-delightful.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SOLO: No reviews found.
BOTTOM LINE: I really wanted to like Solo as the opening and middle stages of development are fantastically alluring. Unfortunately, it’s only at the end that the perfume begins to fade from my enthusiasm. And call me shallow, but there’s something about the Loewe aesthetic that leaves me a bit cold.
- Bone Rating: 3 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Oriental
- Classification: Masculine
- Expense: Prices start at around $100 for 50ml eau de toilette.