Happy Hanukkah! Thank you Smell Bent for not forgetting the Heebs! For Holiday 2010, Smell Bent has launched 5 limited edition scents. Dr. Dreidel is one of them. Dr. Dreidel is a spicy “green” scent. It’s heavy on angelica and clove-like pimento. It summons up the ancient spirit of...Drakkar Noir.
I’m going to be blunt. I really don’t care for Dr. Dreidel. It’s a spicy, clove-like scent with “wet” cedar woods. It’s very masculine and a bit old-school. It’s hot and cold. I’m one of those people that just spritzes unknown scents on my skin. No blotters. I’m a fragrance risk taker. I spritzed on Dr. Dreidel and wished that I didn’t. It isn’t that I dislike it, it’s that I don’t want it on my skin. It reminds me of a simplified version of Drakkar Noir, a fragrance I’d never wear on my skin. Dr. Dreidel opens up with a much more alcohol than any other Smell Bent scent I’ve ever tried. This gives it that cologne vibe. Paired with nose-numbing spice and woods, this makes me think of Drakkar Noir. I don’t mind Drakkar Noir. It’s a scent that defined 1980’s men’s fragrances; it’s a classic. But, I wouldn’t wear it. I tried talking my husband into sampling Dr. Dreidel for me. He’s not as a nice as me. He said he wasn’t going to wear something that smells like “rotting chrysanthemums and damp clove cigarette butts“. You know, his description of Dr. Dreidel isn’t so far off. Smell Bent Dr. Dreidel smells like damp cedar and smoked clove cigarettes. Or at least what I remember of clove cigarettes…RIP.
My description may seem bad, but I can see how people, men mostly, could like Dr. Dreidel. When I smelled it, I thought of my grandfather. He’d dig this stuff. In mind this is the most “grandpa” fragrance ever. If you like Drakkar Noir, then seriously you may like Dr. Dreidel. I keep mentioning the big DN, Dr. Dreidel isn’t exactly like it. It just really reminds me of what little I remember of Drakkar Noir. It’s herbaceous and spicy (clove, allspice, mace, “hot” spices) with lots of cedar. This description sounds almost wearable. But put all of those notes in a damp ashtray…OK I’ll stop now. For a Smell Bent fragrance, I didn’t think Dr. Dreidel in the EDT form lasted very long, but that’s cool. I didn’t want to wear it very long.
Notes listed include freshly carved hiba wood, angelica root, and pimento leaf.
Give Smell Bent Dr. Dreidel a try if you like hot/cold fragrances or scents like Guy LaRoche Drakkar Noir EDT, Frederic Malle Angiliques Sous La Pluie EDP, Aramis Classic EDT, Classic Royall Spyce “Lotion”, and/or i Profumi di Firenze Spezie di Medici EDP.
The EDT (what I’ve reviewed) retails for $45. The perfume oil retails for $20. Dr. Dreidel can be purchased at Smell Bent.
So, I’m starving myself today so I don’t feel so bad later eating fried starches. I hate the years when Hanukkah is so close to Thanksgiving! I feel so fat and guilty for weeks. Hmm…is that from the food or a guilt-trippy mother? Don’t you just love the holidays!
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