The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Puredistance Rubikona

WHAT I SMELL:   Rubikona seems to glide on the skin with a warm, mysterious mandarin and a rather buttery grapefruit which is quickly met with the most creamy layer of florals that seems to pour out from an ancient vessel.  Intermixed, the florals seem to weave in and out, highlighted between a muted combination of rose and ylang-ylang.  The creaminess is incredibly unique and it makes you wish you could bathe in its silky beauty.  As the perfume continues to develop, a thin veneer of cloves begins to hover below the florals.  The cloves add just the right amount of mystery as the perfume begins to warm the creamy florals while it greets the addition of an unsweetened vanilla and tart patchouli.  Even though the perfume moves to this new stage in development, it continues to retain it’s creaminess as the perfume really begins to radiate.  Here, Rubikona will put anyone under her spell who falls in her wake as the perfume swirls and dives as it comes off of the skin.  As the perfume continues to develop, the creaminess begins to dissipate and the woody and slightly soured patchouli begins to intensify.  In the end, Rubikona radiates a soft, yet powerful aura of exotic mystery.  Rubikona is boldly beautiful and quietly commanding.

From the Puredistance website:

RU BI KO NA … Four distinct sounds that together form their own small symphony. Much like a perfectly cut RUBY that fascinates by the various shades of red and intensities of light. Puredistance Rubikona is a deep, warming perfume with a gracious, warm heart – safely embedded in deep blue satin. Elegance in every vein, in line with the sophisticated character of Puredistance. Rubikona is ‘Chic Inside Out’.

Top Notes – Grapefruit, Bergamot, Mandarin.

Circe, The Temptress – Charles Hermans

Middle Notes – Rose, Iris, Ylang, Clove, Orange blossom, Creamy notes.

Base Notes – Patchouli, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Solar notes, Musk.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The red temptress.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RUBIKONA:  creamy, exotic, enticing

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT RUBIKONAPerfumManiac, The Fragrant Journey, CaFleureBon

BOTTOM LINE:  Rubikona is an exotic beauty with a creamy heart that is beyond gorgeous.  I would say that the perfume is not oriented to being an everyday perfume, but instead should be released to entice during those evenings on the town…or maybe just when you’re trying to weave a spell on that special someone in your life.  

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental 
  • Nose:  Cecile Zarokian
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: Starting at 175 Euros for 17ml parfum extrait (28% perfume oil).

 


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Puredistance Gold

WHAT I SMELL:   Gold opens with a rush of soft herbed and spiced bergamot that instantly fuses with the warmth of your skin.  The smooth warm opening makes for the most welcoming invitation of what’s to come as from the first spritz, Gold feels as if the perfume is made just for the wearer, and the wearer alone.  As the perfume settles in, Gold begins to flatten and the bergamot and herbs make way for the lightest of labdanum and jasmine bringing the flattened transition to the more rounded.  Here the perfume is pulsing and hypnotic.  After quite some time, Gold begins to dry and the desert begins to emerge from the perfume.  At this point, Gold feels as if the scent is wafting over the ancient dunes and mysterious spices have joined the winds from far away lands.  Gold is a gift from the most ancient of kings.

From the Puredistance website:

A rich and harmonious fusion of gold tones.

Top Notes:  Green Mandarine Essence – Italy, Bergamot Essence – Calabria, Pink peppercorn Essence – Reunion Island,
Rosemary Essence – Morocco, Clove buds Essence – Madagascar

Middle Notes:  Jasmin Absolute – India, Ciste Absolute – Spain, Geranium Essence – Morocco,
Cinnamon Bark Absolute – Madagascar

Base Notes:  Styrax Essence – Honduras, Benzoin Resinoide – Laos, Myrrhe Resinoide, Patchouli Essence – Indonesia,
Vanilla Green Beans – Madagascar, Tonka Beans Absolute – Venezuela, Castoreum Absolute,
Vetiver Essence – Haiti.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  The Saharan sands travelling west over the Atlantic bringing the beautiful sunsets to the Americas.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE GOLD:  intimate, exotic, hypnotic

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GOLDCaFleureBon, Chemist in the Bottle, Colognoisseur

BOTTOM LINE:  As with all of their creations, Puredistance uses the the finest materials and Gold is no exception with its’ 36% perfume oil.  And again, Jan Ewoud Vos and Antoine Lie never disappoint with their majestic collaborations as Gold is an exotic beauty that seems to meld with your DNA for the most intimate of wear.  

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental Spicy
  • Nose:   Antoine Lie
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: 295 Euros for 60 ml parfum extrait

 


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Puredistance Aenotus

WHAT I SMELL:  Aenotus greets the skin with a soft as silk citrus which glides along with a light touch of yuzu in a haze off of the skin.  Incredibly inviting, Aenotus’ opening is all about comfort and reassurance with just the right amount of sunshine.  After a while, and very quietly, the citrus notes seem to drift off as if the wind lightly carries them away.  A warm and lightly sugared accord gracefully takes center stage, once again adding a layer of perfumed comfort.  Aenotus doesn’t shout about it’s beauty, instead it confidently retreats from anything that can be construed as overt.  A hazy oakmoss begins to then radiate, tinged with pettigrain, adding more comfort along with a subtle elegance.  Here the perfume begins to illuminate lightly off of the skin which after a great deal of time finally surrenders to a most gracious musk.  Aenotus quietly and effortlessly transforms in the most beautiful way.

From the Puredistance website:

AENOTUS is a perfume that, despite its high percentage of perfume oil, is not loud – and after an intense and fresh opening – transforms into a delicate scent, very close to the skin. Only those dear and near will be close enough to enjoy its subtle and intriguing character.

In Greek mythology, Aeolus is the God of the winds who brings coolness to the South of Europe. In AENOTUS the cool notes of Aeolus are fusing with the soft, sensual warmth of the South. And the classic (Latin) ending of the word Aenotus suggests the depth and maturation of time.

NOTES:  Orange, Mandarin, Lemon, Yuzu, Mint, Blackcurrant bud, Petitgrain, Oakmoss, Patchouli & Musks

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Perfumed aura.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE AENOTUS: soft, serene, sublime

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT AENOTUS:  The Plum Girl, The Fragrant Journey, Chemist in the Bottle

BOTTOM LINE:  Aenotus isn’t a perfume that is meant to be smelled by lifting your arm to your nose.  Instead, it’s an enticing haze that surrounds the wearer creating the most sublime cocoon of perfumed peacefulness.  Aenotus is a subtle beauty.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Citrus Aromatic
  • Nose:  Antoine Lie
  • Classification: Leans feminine
  • Expense:  295 Euros for 60 ml parfum extrait.  Also available in 17 ml and 100 ml sizes.