House of Cherry Bomb is a collaborative indie perfume line by Maria McElroy (aroma M) and Alexis Karl (Scent by Alexis). I often get asked for perfume suggestions and one of the most frequent ones is, “Are there any under $100 indies/niche that you recommend?” And the answer is “yes”. House of Cherry Bomb is a line that I would recommend anyway, but especially if you are looking for something under $75.
Tobacco Cognac is a warm, musky tobacco, like dried tobacco leaves. Something in this scent is indolic and heady, like jasmine but really it’s just the indoles.¹ The amber is warm and toasted. The honey in this is both powdery and animalic. The scent wears as a musky, honeyed tobacco with booze. The dry-down of Tobacco Cognac is this warm, salty, balsamic amber that happens to remind me of beach-side skin dried – warm, golden and sandy.
Tobacco Cognac seems like something out of French New Wave. It’s late nights smoking cigarettes having indifferent conversations, drinking cognac while wearing frayed wool sweaters, shorts and dock shoes. It’s lazy weekday mornings sunbathing on the little beaches of a forgotten French resort town in a faded polka dot bikini.
Notes listed include natural ambergris, fossilized amber, Arabian musk, honey, tobacco and cognac. Launched in 2013. PERFUMERS – Maria McElroy and Alexis Karl
Give Tobacco Cognac a try if you like tobacco scents or animalic honey fragrances. Or if you like perfumes like Serge Lutens Chergui, By Kilian Back to Black, Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Pour Le Soir and/or Keiko Mecheri Les Zazous.
Projection and longevity are average to above average (depending on application).
The 1 oz. bottle retails for $55 at House of Cherry Bomb. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Skanky, musky tobacco. I highly recommend sampling this entire line.
¹If you like the idea of white florals with tobacco and cognac, you’re in luck. There’s a Tuberose Tobacco Cognac!
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