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Wow. Just... wow.
on 21 August 2013
I've always thought that anybody who buys an expensive scent without sampling it first must either have too much money or too few brain cells, because what is a heavenly scent to one person is sometimes the stench of Hell to others.
But I kept reading so many reviews by people who said that this was just wonderful, that I crumbled. I certainly don't have too much money, so maybe I have too few brain cells... Anyway, I bought the stuff.
And now it's my new all-time favourite.
I know this is subjective, but here's my take on this fragrance. Unlike other reviewers, I can detect not even the slightest hint of fresh black ink, damp paper, or newsprint. It's definitely a vetiver-based fragrance, but, for me anyway, instead of the earthy, rooty, scent you expect from vetiver, it's more of an immediate mood-lifting blast of warm, smoky incense - and that's pretty much how it remains.
I have, however, had one or two strange experiences... One reviewer said that when he first put it on, it smelt like burning rubber. Yuck. I didn't really believe it. But then, one day I put it on, and... Uh-oh... There really WAS more than a hint of burning rubber. But thankfully this passed very quickly, and I was back with my pleasant incense smell. On one other occasion, the initial blast seemed to have a not-very-nice whiff of turpentine! But again, it passed in seconds. Odd.
In terms of sillage, unless you bathe in the stuff, I don't think anyone in the office is going to complain or be overpowered by the smell. On me, it seems to linger VERY close the the skin. Even in a car, family members claim they can't smell it, though I myself am still very aware of it. Maybe it's a good scent for close personal encounters?
In any case, this is my new favourite, even over my most-loved Trumpers scents which I didn't think could be beaten.
It's great stuff. If you DO want to try it first, eBay sellers are offering tiny samples at a fairly reasonable price. And if you go for the full 100ml, be careful to shop around. I've seen the exact same product priced everywhere between £30 and £80!