Fragrance Reviews Fragrant First Impressions: Penhaligon's, Jack, Dame and more!

Fragrant First Impressions: Penhaligon's, Jack, Dame and more!

04/08/17 07:56:26 (5 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison, Elena Vosnaki, John Biebel, Miguel Matos, Daniel Barros, Stefanie Jähn

Fragrant First Impressions

Welcome to Fragrant First Impressions, our way of sharing our initial encounters with a wide array of fragrances. We may not have significant experience with any of these aromas just yet, but we're excited to present our thoughts to you!

 

January Scent Project Eiderantler

January Scent Project Eiderantler

Marlen: Reviewed by Ida HERE, this is my favorite of the first three January Scent Project releases. A sure thing for lovers of green aromas, Eiderantler is grassy, crystalline, wet, leafy, gentle and mossy - a summer forest after rainfall. A tamed galbanum-like note crowns the composition while lavender and lavandin take the midnotes dressed in a range of woods, musks and other greens. That being said, Eiderantler really isn't a lavender scent but perfumer John Biebel has managed to utilize these herbal notes in surprising ways. A joy to wear.

 

 

DSH Perfumes Deco Diamonds

DSH Perfumes Deco Diamonds

Miguel: While I am still stunned by smelling this work of beauty for the first time a few minutes ago, I have to punish myself for having this sample for more than one year. Deco Diamonds is a perfume lost in time for the true lovers of vintage glory scents. It sparkles and shines like few others do with aldehydes, galbanum, a floral bouquet and a dirty base of my favorite animalic notes: civet and hyraceum. It balances clean and soiled, light and dark, male and female and it mesmerizes me to the point of stupefaction. This floral aldehyde has punch but also glamour or a lost era and I am thankful that I finally opened this vial.

 

 

Penhaligon`s English Fern

 Penhaligon`s English Fern

John: I confess: I love blind buys... and I love green perfumes. So, Penhaligon's English Fern sounded like a great idea. However, this was nothing like what I expected. Yes, it's green, but in an astringent, soapy, medicinal way; something like Barbasol shaving cream. Was it a mistake? Just a few moments later, the fougère comes to life like an electrified, grassy aftershave with nicely sour touches of moss and geranium. It's an acquired taste, some will never like English Fern, but barbershop fans will find it bracing and classically aromatic.

 

 

Jack Perfume Piccadilly `69

Jack Perfume Piccadilly `69

Stefanie: Blindbuying, my guilty pleasure. I had been curious for this positively atypical celebrity scent of the "I sniff everything that crosses my way" British actor Richard E. Grant. Although it's a full force attack on my lungs with a scratchy Ambrox-Iso-Cedar-ish something I came back for more. It's breathtaking, quite literally, but funnily in tune with the concept of this fragrance: "The combination of Patchouli oil and petrol from all the traffic, proved an indelible inhalation!" And this it is: Sipping a slightly smokey Earl Grey, heavy on the bergamot oil with a piece of candied ginger as a tiny side dish, in the middle of a thick cloud of exhaust fumes on a hot day, heated asphalt included. Interesting, though I had hoped for more leather and oily patchouli.

 

 

Dame Perfumery Dark Horse

Dame Perfumery Dark Horse

Elena V: Dark Horse strikes me as the sort of thing you grab on the way to a very promising rendez-vous of an erotic nature. Ladies, beware of men using this intoxicating blend of citrus, burnished woods and cinnamon-cloves spice; they can turn very addictive, very, very soon! On the other hand, you don't have to be a Dame (in the British sense of the word; I'm punning on the name of the founder of the house, in case it got confusing) to appreciate its insinuating message. But i's no deterrent either. Dark Horse is quite classy in its sexiness for either sex, and delicious in its implications. It doesn't quite show it, but it's a player. Hence, Dark Horse, I guess.

 

 

Histoires de Parfums
This Is Not A Blue Bottle

Histoires de Parfums This Is Not A Blue Bottle

Daniel: Histoires de Parfums, what do you mean by "this is not a blue bottle"? IT IS A BLUE BOTTLE. I don't get the joke, but what I do get is a fragrance that is fresh and warm at the same time, both alluring and comfortable. On one hand, aldehydes and geranium pair up to bring luminosity. On the other hand, amber and musk make it cozy and delectable. Definitely a skin scent. By the way, I didn't feel the same vibe from the 1.2 and 1.3 versions.

 

Antonio Visconti Silver Wood

Antonio Visconti Silver Wood

Miguel: A very interesting example of how to contrast woody accords with marine or aquatic notes. In Silver Wood the result is always on the cusp between a woody or an aquatic fragrance. This fragile balance keeps going through many hours since it is long-lasting but it also makes this a peculiar fragrance. There are notes that reinforce the structure with their delicate roles, such as magnolia and pink pepper but what I smell is cedarwood and sea salt on a bed of musk. Not my type of scent but I couldn't stop sniffing my wrist.

 

 

Fresh Patchouli Pure

Fresh Patchouli Pure

John: Patchouli, that tricky leaf! It's not often I get a bit giddy and excited when I smell something, but Fresh's Patchouli Pure touches a raw, tickly nerve. This scent is a sparkling diamond. Vibrant touches everywhere, bold and glittering with little flashes of citrus, pepper, ginger. This feels every bit like a full-bodied vintage perfume from the 1950's, thanks to a skillful hand at selecting the right patchouli and the right accompaniments. Dark, savory, floral, effervescent, sensuous.



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Betsywoolbright
Betsywoolbright

Dark Horse is one of my all time favorites (top 5, maybe even top 3) and I'm always thrilled to see it talked about. I don't really consider it sexy. Just a really great all-occasion fragrance. I love woods and spices, and it is the perfume that awoke my interest in (or love of!) guaiac wood.

Apr
09
2017
StellaDiverFlynn
StellaDiverFlynn

What a coincidence! I too tested English Fern for the first time this week. My impression is similar, that it's a bitter, soapy, medicinal, mossy green fragrance, and it smells quite different from what I'd imagined looking at the note pyramid. I thought it would be a conventional men's cologne aftershave type, but it was actually very complex. I was surprised that I enjoyed it quite a lot, since fougère is not the olfactory family that I gravitate towards.

Apr
08
2017
lilsockmonkey
lilsockmonkey

Just got a sampler from January (very reasonably priced on their site btw) and can't wait to try Eiderantler!

Apr
08
2017
smellagent
smellagent

I want to try that Fresh Patchouli. It was nice reading about some of these perfumes. Some I know other not. I need to check out Some of Dame Scott soliflores. I love his Osmanthus, best on planet, Dark Horse was to masc. for me I think. I did not like This is not a blue bottle. It just had nothing but an alcohol/synthetic smell on my skin. Good article ya'll.

Apr
08
2017
jeffreydame
jeffreydame

"a player" :) Thx EV!

Apr
08
2017

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