Fragrance Reviews

Pinrose Campfire Rebel Fragrance Review


* A big cloud of smoke which quickly disperses to become whiskey.

* This scent actually gets stronger and projects more as you wear it.

Fragrance Reviews

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Velvet Mood Fragrance Review


* First sniff is quite confusing.  Am I really smelling motor oil,  burning plastic, tires, and construction materials?

* It’s really disconcerting – like you are walking by an construction site and they are illegally burning construction materials.  It’s also really strong.  Really strong.  

Fragrance Reviews

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Cashmere Mood Fragrance Review


* Starts off like a campfire, there is smoke and flame with wood burning.

* It might be starting like an ode to a religious ceremony, as that is a traditional use of oud.

* The fire dims but the smoke stays a haze over sweet incense and resins.

* Over the incense and resin, the woody oud comes through.  It’s quiet and almost sheer. 

* The resins and light oud are joined by vanilla and amber, yet that smokey haze continues in the base.

Summary: What I like about Cashmere mood is that it is not a generic “oud in your face” bomb. The oud is there but it’s subtle and incredibly well-blended. It smells nothing like what it does on a testing strip, so don’t even consider that as a facet.  This is one that you have to wear on your skin to get a feel for.  I think the scent is misnamed – cashmere is a soft, luxurious fabric.  This scent is so smokey that I don’t think of that kind of luxury.  Though maybe the link is the hazy scent and the light, hazy fabric of cashmere.  The smokiness also ties it directly to Velvet Mood – as they are kind of like brothers.  Projection is loud and brash for the first part of the development and even after it calms down, I think this is too much for an office scent.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrances are available at Neiman Marcus, Luckyscent, and Osswald.

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Disclaimer: Sample provided by store for review. Image courtesy of Neiman Marcus website.

Fragrance Reviews

Jovoy Les Jeux Sont Faits Fragrance Review

* Les Jeus Sont Faits stars off as a mix of smoky wood and dry, sweetened fruits with a hint of balsams.

* The topnote is strong and powerful, dare I say manly?