The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Gothic Angel by O’Driu

gothic-angelWHAT I SMELL: Gothic Angel opens like an angel with a fleeting mimosa riding on a soft bed of lavender in a manner that’s ever so subtle and contained.  Quickly, the perfume begins to move towards the medicinal with a semi Band-Aid smell which makes the perfume feel a bit antiseptic.  However, that Band-Aid smell is rather comforting…at least to me. After a bit more, a light wood covered in incense begins to appear.  Again, the perfume is very subtle, the kind of perfume in which you smell something, but you’re not sure where it’s coming from.  As the perfume continues to develop, a sweetened floral appears that’s enclosed in decay.  At this point the perfume feels old, like a building that’s been sitting untouched for years.  That’s not a bad thing, as it feels like it contains a story that’s been long forgotten.  As Gothic Angel continues it drydown, there’s a subtle oil or petroleum edge that appears which adds to the decay.  After some length of time, the decay makes way for a brighter and lighter component as the perfume begins to dry and powder which makes the perfume comforting.  In the end, Gothic Angel becomes a complete angel as it becomes a soft floral and musk perfume set on top of an understated sandalwood and incense.

The fragrance features mimosa, ylang-ylang, jasmine, violet, rose, lavender, wormwood, sandalwood, musk, incense, olibanum, tobacco, grapefruit, cassis, amber and vanilla.

apparitionWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  An apparition.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE GOTHIC ANGEL: storied, obscure, mystical

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GOTHIC ANGEL:  None to be found.

BOTTOM LINE:  Gothic Angel is my introduction into the O’Driu perfume line.  Unlike the well-known Peety, this perfume, released earlier this year, is a bit unknown, but is an interesting step into the collection.  I’m looking forward to testing more from the quirky perfume house which I have no doubt will take me on an interesting ride.

  • Bone Rating:  3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent Oriental
  • Nose: Angelo Orazio Pregoni
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $165 for 50 ml eau de parfum

Sample provided by O’Driu.  Opinion my own.


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New Release: Baptême du feu by Serge Lutens

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WHAT I SMELL:  Wow…Baptême du feu has a wonderful opening that’s cool to the touch, incredibly juicy and vibrant with a blast of bright citrus and bergamot.  The perfume begins to warm quickly and the juiciness subsides to reveal a ripened osmanthus along with an orange rind like sourness.  After 10 minutes or so, a ginger note begins to surface along with a wafting incense.  What was joyous and bright has moved to a mysterious tonality.  The perfume then takes another turn and the incense disappears and the perfume become fully ginger…and it grows exponentially in projection.  But of course, Uncle Serge needs to contradict my words and once again, a wafting incense reveals itself.  The ginger makes the perfume a little sweet, but not too much as there’s a light herbal base that resides under the candied root.  After an hour, the perfume begins to dust and powder with a metallic edge as the candied aspects are lessened.  In the end you’re left with a woody powdered ginger dustiness.

From the Serge Lutens website:

My emotions are fluid. Like liquid wax poured into a mould, they determine what seduces me—like this gingerbread heart. – Serge Lutens

The fragrance features gingerbread, powdery notes, tangerine, castoreum, osmanthus and woody notes.

Pippi-Longstocking-Inger-NilssonWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Pippi Longstocking…it starts off bright, juicy and full of candied ginger…but as it wears it loses its initial gloss and becomes rather tiresome.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE BAPTÊME DU FEU: semi-sweet, pleasant, semi-interesting

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BAPTÊME DU FEU:  Persolaise, Kafkaesque, Perfume Posse

BOTTOM LINE:  For the first 45 minutes of wear, I loved this perfume as its full of life and absolutely delightful.  After that, its pleasant enough. Ho-hum.

  • Bone Rating:  3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $150 for 50 ml eau de parfum


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New Release: Le Quatrième Parfum by Coolife

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WHAT I SMELL:  Le Quatrième Parfum initially opens up smoky warm only to be quickly met with a boozy, but green sharpness.  Almost gourmand at first, the perfume rapidly begins to lighten as the air meets the perfume; as if a genie had been let out of the bottle.  For being so balsamic, the perfume is rather light and ethereal.  As the perfume continues to develop, there’s a light sweetened honey that appears as a layer to the smoky notes.  After a bit, the patchouli makes it way to the center, but it’s ever so soft and it feels as if it’s wrapped within a fruited tobacco and incense.  After some more time the patchouli continues to grow along with a coating of vanilla, but it always remains contained, subdued and at peace.  Le Quatrième Parfum is a perfume that will help you to believe that all is right with the world.

From the Coolife website:

Designed to engage with the root chakra, our most physical energy center, Le Quatrième Parfum is the fourth fragrance created by Pauline Rochas and Carole Beaupré. In homage to our ancient connection with earth, Le Quatrième is grounding, erotic, and lush. It captures passion and draws out that exquisite moment of connecting with our roots. Known as Muladhara in Sanksrit, the root chakra is the border between animal and human consciousness. Like the deep and sturdy roots of a tree, the root chakra is the stem of life, the smoldering origin of our sexuality, seated at the basal end of the spine. Le Quatrième conjures the scent of rum, an invigorating liquor blended in the heat of the islands, intertwined with smoky, organic tobacco leaves. This deep, Oriental fragrance stimulates the body at its base, with essences of Myrhh and Resinoid, Indonesian Patchouli, and Peru Balsam. Heady top and mid notes of aphrodisiac honey, vanilla, and plum intoxicate the senses, stirring a tempest within the body. Muladhara is the chakra of scent, our most primal sense. Le Quatrième manifests the power of fragrance, entrancing strangers and rapturous lovers to linger in your presence, luxuriating in romantic union. With a balanced root chakra, you are at once sensual and instinctual, magnetic and in control. Surrender to the allure of Le Quatrième and, with the energy of the earth surging through your body, you hold the key to the realm of desire.

serenity1WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  serenity

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE LE QUATRIÉME PARFUM:  calming, warm, peaceful

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LE QUATRIÉME PARFUMNone to be found as of yet.

BOTTOM LINE:  If you’re looking for a perfume that really puts the ease in easy, Le Quatrième Parfum is an incredibly relaxing and centered perfume that doesn’t try to be anything more than it is.  And what it is, is a beautiful and peaceful perfume full of positive and calming energy.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental
  • Nose: Yann Vasnier
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $175 for 50 ml Eau De Parfum

Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.  Opinion my own.