The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Raw Spirit – Bijou Vert by Nomad Two Worlds

bijouvert_large2WHAT I SMELL: Bijou Vert opens with a sweet citrus mixed with a warm floral on top of a tangy vetiver base.  The sharp edges that sometimes come with vetiver are smoothed and rounded with an undertone of a layered warmth.  The fragrance seems to radiate of my skin like sunshine.  After about 20 minutes or so, a woodiness comes into effect, but thankfully that sweet and sparkling top layer refuses to go away!  After that, just sit back and enjoy the fragrance.  Bijou Vert isn’t complicated, but it’s wonderfully easy.

From the Nomad Two Worlds website:

RAW SPIRIT – BIJOU VERT (“Green Jewel”) was inspired by Haiti, the Caribbean isle once known as the “Jewel of the Antilles”.

This is an elegant and uplifting vetiver fragrance, featuring premium Haitian vetiver, grapefruit, mandarin, geranium, lotus flower, black pepper, benzoin, patchouli and cedarwood.

Radiant-GreenWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  radiant vetiver

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE BIJOU VERT: uplifting, positive, comforting

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BIJOU VERT:  No reviews found thus far.

BOTTOM LINE:  I often have problems with vetiver fragrances, but Bijou Vert is a lightly sweeter and softer vetiver which I find to my liking.  No, it’s not earth shattering, but it is reasonably priced and it comes in a smaller size.  Plus, buying it gives back to the planet.  How’s that possible?  Because part of the fragrance proceeds will be used to support sustainable Haitian agricultural projects in conjunction with the Nomad Two Worlds corporate socially responsible business mission.  For more information on the objectives and goals of Nomad Two Worlds, check out their website and their other fragrance and product offerings.


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Ambra Nobile by Nobile 1942

Sometimes I like to gamble.  Not gamble in the Las Vegas sense, but I sometimes will make a purchase sight unseen.  I took a gamble with Ambra Nobile because at present Luckyscent has the marked down by 35%.  So knowing my love of ambers I took a chance.  I couldn’t be any happier.  Ambra Nobile is a sophisticated, warm and lovely fragrance.    When I applied this for the first time, I was a bit worried.  It went on a bit sharp and had almost a putty smell that came to the surface?  Where was the amber that I so wanted?  After a bit, the sharp citrus smell retreated and the mix of the other ingredients came together along with a light spice.  Finally, the vetiver and sandalwood came through and mixed with the amber.  The combination in the end makes for a modern twist to a very old-time scent.  Ambra Nobile is considered a unisex fragrance and would satisfy both sexes easily.  But for me and probably for most men, this scent will derive memories of barbershops of past.  Ambra Nobile would be fine for day and evening wear.  It’s warmth, like many ambers, is enveloping and a spritz on my hand is perfect for satisfying my sniffing needs throughout the day.  I am a happy hound with my latest purchase!

From the Nobile 1942 website:

Ambra Nobile evokes “nights for happy lovers are bright and brief” inebriated by the perfume of amber aphrodisiac, combined with the warm, citrusy, notes of labdanum resin, the notes of liquorice Helichrysum, Whose leaves shine like gold in the sun (“golden leaf “), the” manly “tobacco hints of the Tonka bean, and a slight, delicate sandalwood finish as the calm after the storm olfactory.

Ambra Nobile Notes:

Neroli, Bergamot, Ambergris, Labdanum, Patchouly, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Vetiver

  • Bone Rating: 5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $135 for 100ml EDP


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L’Hetre Reve by Nez a Nez

I love good surprises.  I am always hesitant with scents that are comprised with elements of leather.  I know as a man, I should embrace that rustic side of me, but I usually find that the leather is just too heavy. When I first applied this to my skin, the leather was clearly present, but it mixed wonderfully with the spices of cinnamon and clove.  I can live with that kind of leather.  As a unisex perfume, I thought at first that this was a decidedly a masculine scent; manly but warm and very enveloping.  By the time I arrived at work, the magic continued but on a whole other level.  Still warm, but now sweet.  The leather dissipated and out came the light floral elements, a tinge of musk and a tinge of powder.  I noticed that as the day went on, depending on what I was doing, sitting at my desk quietly or running to a meeting very busily, the scent changed… warm, cool, sweet, powdery, musky.  It was like I was applying a new scent throughout the day.  My one downside is that by the time I got home, the scent had pretty much disapearred on me.  Well, I guess that just means that I’ll have to apply some more!

Notes:

Star anise, mandarin, cinnamon, clove, sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, plum, wisteria, cedarwood, gaiacwood, jacaranda, leather, musk, port

 

  • Bone Rating:   3 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  leather, sweet, musk
  • Classification:  Unisex
  • Expense:   Moderately expensive – $165 for 100ml