The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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ROSAE MVNDI by PROFVMVM

Rosae MvndiWHAT I SMELL: Rosae Mvndi has a sweet and tarty rose opening that smells like candy (Sweethearts), and it  has this cotton candy consistency, like rose spun sugar.  Even though it’s rosy sweet it’s light enough not to make it oppressive.  A woody patuchouli lurks underneath to help bring the spun sugar down to a more earthly existence.  After around 15 minutes a slight sourness comes in I believe from the vetiver which kind of gives the fragrance a salty edge.  After another 10 minutes or so, Rosae Mvndi begins to smell exactly like Bazooka Bubble Gum.  It almost has that sweet and juicy first bite into the gum feel.  After some more time, the fragrance deepens, although it has that Bazooka edge, the warmth and woodiness starts to make it diminish and instead, it beefens up the fragrance.  Wait… after almost an hour, the fragrance went into sugar overdrive, like someone spilled sugar all over it.  In the end Rosae Mvndi is a woody rose fragrance that is sweet, but not overly shiny and bright.

Rosae Mvndi Notes:  rose, patchouli, vetiver, cedar wood

BazookaWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Of course, Bazooka Bubble Gum (OK, not through the entire life, but enough of it to warrant the comparison).

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE ROSAE MVNDI:  sugary, sweetened, candy-coated

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ROSAE MVNDI:  Scent for Thought, AustralianPerfumeJunkies

BOTTOM LINE:  I don’t love it.  I don’t hate it.  I can tell you that a little goes a long way and this is probably more suited for cooler months as the sugary sweetness would probably become extremely cloying in the heat and sun.

  • Bone Rating: 3 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Floral
  • Classification: Leans Feminine
  • Expense: $265 for 100ml EdP


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Eccelso by Profumum

I don’t recall a fragrance that when I put it on, my husband said to me, “what are you wearing that smells great” and when I walked over to him and said, “oh, you like it” and put my arm up to his nose, he wrinkled his nose and said that it smells better from afar then up close.  Strange.

To me, Eccelso smelled just OK all around.  The only other 2 fragrances from the Profumum line Fiori D’Ambra and Ambra Aurea were stunners to me.  Of course those were ambers and I’m not surprised that I loved them.  But enough of the past, let’s go to the present…

Eccelso is a light and bitter scent, punctuated by bergamot and magnolia mixed with a light nutmeg spice and sandalwood.  This is not a groundbreaking scent and I found it to be familiar.  Sadly when I say familiar it kind of reminds me of what my mother’s Aqua Net hairspray used to smell like after she obliterated the bathroom with her aerosol cloud.  Maybe that’s a bit to the extreme since the scent stays rather close to the skin and doesn’t take over a room like the Aqua Net did.

Bottom line for me, is that Eccelso did not hit the mark.  Longevity is average.  Sillage is average as well.  Eccelso leans a bit masculine but is considered unisex.  Unfortunately, for the cost of a 100ml bottle of Profumum, I expect a bit more.

From the Profumum website:

Elegant and nonchalant.
Walking through the vernissage’s crowd,
a haze wraps him and attraction renders
him even more mysterious than
what he seemed from far away.

Olfactory notes:

Bergamot, Nutmeg, Magnolia, Sandal wood and Musk

  • Bone Rating: 2.5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Aromatic Fougere
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $280 for 100ml EDP


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Fiori D’Ambra by Profumum

More ambers; more to love.  This lovely perfume opens up with a rush of spice, I would say almost cinnamon in nature, along with a faint sweetness.  Funny, my husband said that it smells like root beer.  I can see that.  That had me a bit worried.  But once again, as time would tell, the scent transformed from that spicy blast to a nice and mellowed amber.  This is neither harsh or medicinal, but an almost vanilla sweet, lightly spiced amber with great longevity.  I would say that it leans a bit on the feminine side, but it is a scent that is close to the skin and therefore when walking through a crowd, no one would assume that a dowager is passing by.  Light, sweet, subtle.  A very nice amber indeed.

From the Profumum website:

Olfactory notes:  Opium flowers, Amber, Spices

  • Bone Rating:   4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  amber, spicy, vanilla, light, subtle
  • Classification:  Unisex
  • Expense:   Expensive – $240 for 100ml Parfum