The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


Bombay Bling by Neela Vermeire Creations

I was all set not to like Bombay Bling.  The weekend started off with temperature of low 100s.  Then Friday night a storm came through bringing 75 mile an hour winds with it.  Saturday I cleaned up the yard from downed limbs and I had to clean up the shattered glass from my broken patio table (getting bits of glass out of the lawn is a time consuming task…but I had to ensure that the neighborhood fox and the squirrels don’t cut their paws on the glass!).  It’s Sunday and it’s still around 100 and I’m almost finished working on the lawn.  In other words, it has not been a fun weekend.  I always worry that when I’m in this mood, writing reviews might not be the best thing to do.  In any case, here we go…

Bombay Bling is a hard fragrance for me to describe.  It goes on sweet and fruity, but in a very subdued and subtle way.  Maybe it’s because there’s a tinge of pepper that hides behind the top notes, or maybe its the base of warmth that keeps the sweetness under control.  In any case, the opening stage of this fragrance is lovely and embracing.  In fact the nice thing about this scent is that as it wears the opening doesn’t really disappear it just becomes a bit more subtle. From the name of this fragrance, I was expecting some over the top, loud creation.  Instead, Bombay Bling is the exact opposite; it’s fresh, light and reminds me of purity, optimism and sheer happiness.

OK, Bombay Bling managed to eat through my crusty weekend veneer.  As I need to get back to the yard work, I’ll just leave with you with the notes.  I’ll be coming back to Bombay Bling later.  This is truly a wonderful surprise.

Bombay Bling Notes:

Mango, lychee, blackcurrant, cardamom, cumin, cistus, Turkish rose, jasmine sambac, ylang-ylang, tuberose, plumeria, gardenia, patchouli, tobacco, sandalwood, cedar, vanilla

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental Floral
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $250 for 55ml EDP


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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Hanae Mori by Hanae Mori

I pulled out my box of samples and found a tester for Hanae Mori hiding on the bottom of the box.  Hanae Mori was once part of my full bottle collection, but it’s been years since I have worn it.   It’s funny how your tastes change.  I still believe that this is a wonderful fragrance, it’s just now a little too sweet for my taste.

Hanae Mori is considered an oriental floral scent. It goes on very fresh, very fruity and as I mentioned before very sweet.  It’s a pretty linear scent that does tone down a bit as you wear it, but it never really leaves the sweetness of the base.  Maybe I’ve just become annoyed with Lily of the Valley as I’m finding anything these days with it as an ingredient to be problematic for me.  Now, I always found the EDT version was perfect for wearing in the summer.  Surprisingly, with the floral notes associated with Hanae Mori that it would fit a woman more than a man, but it really does fit a man well.  Hanae Mori is a great scent, just not for me at this time.

From the Hanae Mori website:

The first rush of HM is superb lemon, fine lavender, blackcurrant and green notes.

Then a deeper impression of iris, jasmine, Bulgarian rose and Lily of the Valley is revealed.

In time, warm vanilla, appealing amber, hearty moss, rich cedar, sandalwood and Tonka bean are present.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent Type: Oriental – Floral
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $50 to $70 for 50ml EDT & EDP