Fragrance Reviews

Smell Bent Mocktail Fragrance Review

Smellbent MocktailMocktail quenches your thirst with fizzy citrus and sour fruit.

The top notes project quite a bit but soften after about 30 minutes.

As the fruit starts to drift away, a soapy amber comes up.

Although not meant for consumption, a drink based on this scent would be quite amazing.

The soapy amber contrasts with the dry wood in the base, but they play well together.

Summary:  For any guy or gal looking for a playful fragrance that is office-friendly and has personality; mocktail could be for you.  No, your co-workers won’t think you’re an alcoholic as there are no liquor notes – this would be the mixer.  Be sure to apply at least an hour before you go to the office so as not to project too much.  The longevity is exceptional for the price point and the base notes would be great to layer over for evening.

Smell Bent Mocktail is available from Indiescents and the Smellbent website.

Disclaimer:  No disclaimer needed.  I own a full bottle.  Images from and

Fragrance Reviews

Smell Bent Sunshine Fragrance Review

Sunshine kicks off with sweet orange and vanilla.

Victoria, from eaumg, describes this as an orange creamsicle and I totally agree.

The vanilla lightens up a bit yet the citrus sticks around.  Some sweet resins come in.

Projection is quite strong for the first hour and then it comes closer to the skin.

The base notes of sandalwood, resins, and light musk last more than 8 hours.

Summary:  While this is obviously meant as a summer fragrance, I can easily seeing this kind of Sunshine being a perfect pick-me-up for a cold, dark winter day.   Be careful when wearing, because others may be tempted to lick you because you smell so sweet.  For an eau de toilette, the longevity is very good.  At the quite reasonable price point, this is more fun than anything you could pick up in a department store.

Smell Bent Sunshine  is available from Indiescents and the Smellbent website.

Disclaimer:  No disclaimer needed.  I own a full bottle.  Images from and

Fragrance Reviews

Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Shot Fragrance Review

* The first shot is a burst of cold with juniper berry, pepper, and citrus.  It’s a bit strong and bracing, with strong projection for the first 30 minutes.

* South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius is the face of the fragrance.  Known as “the fastest man on no legs,” he is a double amputee who runs with artificial limbs.  I wonder if the inspiration was to be a sports fragrance with a unique twist.

* A fresh mint joins in with the pepper – I guess that would be called peppermint <grin>.

* Pure Shot bares little resemblance to A*Men, with none of the coffee, chocolate, caramel or musk that the original is named for.

* After about 2 hours, it calms down to a nice woody patchouli that lasts for a good 6 hours.

Summary:  Pure Shot came as a total surprise for me.  When I reach for an A*Men or and A*men flanker, I am expecting deep intense juices that projects.  Pure Shot could easily be described as the A*Men sports fragrance as it is refreshing, light, and heats up well with physical activity.  I would compare it to Serge Lutens L’eau, a clean laundry fragrance in a line of heavy oriental scents.  Pure Shot seems like it was made for guys who don’t wear A*men or don’t like heavy scents.  With that said, I do like it and it would work as a great summer scent.

A*Men Pure Shot is available exclusively at Nordstrom and the Thierry Mugler website.