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Masque Milano Montecristo Fragrance Review


* Tobacco and rum dominate the top – and the room – as it projects strongly.

* When I say it projects strongly, you will be leaving a strong scent trail.

* The tobacco and rum stay present and gradually get more dirty and animalic as the smell of dirty leather and musk comes in.

* It starts to get a little smoky at this point, as if the match for the tobacco has been extinguished in the dirty leather.

* As the smoke rises, the heart of sweet resins and earthy patchouli come in with a hint of the rum from the top still in the mix.

Summary:  The buzz on this scent from my fragrance friends has been deafening.  Last time I was in NYC, my friend Brian was wearing it, and walking a few steps behind him, I felt like I had to control my urges to throw him down and ravage him.  Montecristo is very powerful, primal, and sexual.   Obviously not a scent for the office, but for a night of clubbing (or hunting for a partner) this would be a great go-to scent.  I supposed a woman could wear this but it feels so virile and masculine, I am not sure how it would work.  Longevity is great at more than 12 hours on my skin.  It also wears a little differently each time – sometimes it feels dirtier, while other times the rum on the top remains the dominant note.  For a good bit of the time in the heart phase, it smells like a used leather satchel used to carry around illicit goods that has absorbed the best of all the elements – well worn, but still very desirable.

Other opinions:

Ca Fleure Bon
The Non-Blonde
Chemist in the Bottle

Masque Milano Montecristo is available from Twisted Lily and LuckyScent.

Disclaimer: sample received from fellow perfume lover.. Image courtesy of LuckyScent website.

Fragrance Reviews

M Micallef Rouge No. 2  Fragrance Review

* The spicy fruity opening starts with juicy red fruit, accented with clove.

* This is a statement scent and it starts out very powerful.

* The spice of the clove introduces a lush floral arrangement with violets and jasmine.

* The fruity sweetness transforms into an oriental/vanilla that keeps the flowers juicy (like in the opening).

* That oriental vanilla stays present and contrasts the animalic musk of the base.

Summary:  If you are looking for a scent that transforms over time, Rouge No. 2 will give you that journey.  It literally goes from fruit to flowers to animal.  While it’s listed as a feminine fragrance, a guy can totally rock this one and it would be quite sexy. Like I said in my review of Rouge No. 1, it’s the intensity and the mood.  While No. 1 is soft and plush, No. 2 is more boisterous and in your face.  It’s definitely not office-friendly, and I would venture to say this is one of the edgier scents of the Micallef line.  If you are looking for a scent that is animalic and a bit dirty but not over the top skanky, this is definitely worth a test.  Longevity is excellent with the base lasting well past 10 hours.

Other opinions:

Perfume Shrine
Ca Fleure Bon
Best Things in Beauty
Olfactoria’s Travels

M Micallef fragrances are available through Lucky Scent and Osswald.

Disclaimer: Sample provided by publicist for review. Image courtesy of Lucky Scent.

Fragrance Reviews

Christian Dior Oud Ispahan Fragrance Review

* Oud Ispahan starts off quite delicate with a lightly smoky, woody amber.

* Don’t let the top notes fool you, this is a bumpy ride up ahead.