Top note: This is a very bright fruit basket with spicy, creamy cedar. This scent has a youthfulness, especially when first applied. It’s the idea of escaping the lecture going outside to the forest and running through the trees. The fruity notes contrast the seriousness of the wood notes. Mid-day: Softened to bergamot, cedar, leather. Longevity is excellent. One application lasts all day. Enjoyable and masculine.
Attaquer Le Soleil Marquis De Sade English: Attack The Sun – Marquis De Sade. Attaquer Le Soleil Marquis DE Sade is my second favorite from this house. It’s spice on steroids. It’s a holiday in a bottle only I can’t figure out which one so let’s go with all the holidays in one container. The main note is cistus need I say more? For those who haven’t experienced cistus, it is a soft, fruity smell with warm honey overtones. It has a musky, clean, dignified edge. Mid-day the same as the first. I love rocking this scent. It makes me feel proud and rebellious all at the same time. Longevity is good. Defiantly feel like the outrageous Marquis de Sade when I have this on. Who knows what I might accomplish?
This scent reminds me of remodeling old Victorian houses. It’s the pop of fragrance you get when you drill or cut into a 100-year-old redwood door molding or staircase railing. It’s wood in stereo. Not loud but soft and subtle. Mid-day: Still all of the wood notes but softened. Longevity is excellent on this one. If you love the scent of remodeling, you’re going to enjoy Rien.
This scent has an initial pop of latex rubber that you would find with fetish fashion clothing. Tom of Finland has the rubber aspect of auger-wood that is usually best to avoid, but it fades off the top almost immediately and is appropriate for effect. Very creatively combined with notes of musk and suede. That initial note fades away rather quickly and what is underneath is a sweet musky spicy men’s cologne. Longevity is ok on this although I did reapply for the evening. They have captured the mystique, fun, and fetish of Touko Laaksonen’s artwork and his legendary Tom of Finland.
Top note is Oud. The oil from agarwood is called Oud, and it is sometimes referred to as ‘liquid gold’ because it is 1.5 times the value of gold. Underneath I get notes of valor, patchouli, vanilla, and oakmoss. It is a woody, peppery slightly sweet scent and leans softly toward the masculine. There are similar scents on the market, but this blend has a zesty, clean complexity. It’s like a shower enclosure with a large window providing a view of the forest. Slightly revealing but refreshing and enjoyable.
Top note: Citrus musk. Underneath: Complex notes, patchouli, camphor. Archives 69 has a dual personality. It is the most unisex scent I have tried. I’m a guy, and I feel very comfortable to rock this even though it feels like it’s halfway to perfume. Here’s my thought on Archives 69: Why choose? If you’re a little confused about you’re identity right now, you’re going to enjoy this. Anyone who rocks this scent is going to feel polished, sophisticated, sexy, and confident. It’s spicy, sweet, musky excellence in a bottle.
All organic fragrance for women and men. Top note: Sandalwood. Underneath: Bay leaf and bergamot. We sampled Rich Hippie at the Aira in Las Vegas several years ago, and we were impressed. It is a California house in tandem with “Nature Girl”. The product is 100% natural and chemical-free. I have purchased a few scents from Rich Hippie, and my favorite is Nirvana. This scent takes me to the Lost Coast. Humboldt and Mendocino, California. It’s the scent you would expect in a van on the beach with surfboards on top. Climb inside and wrap yourself In a warm Mexican blanket. Inhale the aroma of trinkets from the hippie shops mixing with the scents from the redwoods and the ocean. This one is slightly masculine, and longevity is an issue, so wear it heavy. They nailed the feeling of a trip to Humboldt County with this scent. It’s one of my go-to Colognes.
Top Notes: Candy and marshmallow. Underneath: Tobacco and musk. My Take: I put this on and immediately think of Pez and cotton candy. I had to check that the spot I sprayed it was not sticky from sugar. Sweet in a subtle way with the contrast of musky tobacco. It’s like a rebellious kid who’s too young to smoke walking through the town square with a cigarette. It’s candy-cute but adult-cool. Mid-day: softer, more complex, less candy, and more tobacco musk. It’s a very light and happy scent.
Top note: Ginger and Rose. Body: Moroccan neroli, vetiver wood, musk. Fresh, youthful, playful autumn unisex fragrance. Late in the day, the top note changed to a delicate vanilla caramel vibe, and I like it. “Like This” is the big hit among the young men on the team. Tangerine and ginger. Underneath: Spicy wood rose and musk. “Like This” puts my mind in an autumn vibe. The ginger orange and spice create pumpkin illusions in my head. Slightly strange at summer temperature so I will be testing this again when I break out my cozy sweaters in the fall. Longevity: Need to reapply after work.