When I first sniffed Penhaligon’s Quercus, I had flashbacks to the mid-90’s. This stuff smells really familiar.
Quercus opens as ozonic to me but not “sea-fresh”. It reminds me of a gin and tonic. There’s a slight effervescence mixed with a cool spicy cardamom and tons of citrus. It wears as clean musks, ozone notes, citrus and shampoo-like florals over a warm, squeaky clean amber.
My “issue” with Quercus is that it is very similar to CK One…or at least how I remember CK
Inis “The Energy of the Sea” by The Fragrances of Ireland is a clean, cool aquatic perfume. It’s a quintessential aquatic fragrance.
Inis (Irish for island) fits right into the aquatic genre of fragrances. It opens with cold ozone, citrus-melon and florals. With time I get an overdose of lily of the valley mixed with algae – something green and salty. The lily of the valley is what makes this scent so clean to me. (I have a feeling that most people will call this “soap” and not… Continue reading | 1 Comment
The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Fragrance
Hugo Boss Intense “Woman” is a woody floral amberl launched in 2003. It was created for “a woman with initiative“. It was one of those ad campaigns where the lady is sexy and in charge, “an intensely feminine and sensual fragrance with a sophisticated edge that makes it distinct.” My overall impression is that Boss Intense is a fragrance trying very hard to be sexy. From the woodsy floral notes to the red and black bottle, this is a fragrance that is trying hard to seduce… Continue reading | 7 Comments