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Oriental Lounge – What I’m Sampling Now

A few weeks ago, one of my twitter pals mentioned he was wearing a Jo Malone scent that was suggested to him by a mutual friend. To be specific, he was wearing sweet lime cedar layered with vanilla. Where it gets interesting is while he liked it, he thought it smelt girly.

Undoubtedly, his feelings toward this scent have been influenced by how the industry has marketed fragrances. Sweet and floral scents are for women. Spicy and woody scents are for men. But the reality is, the ways our bodies react to scents are quite different. I personally experienced this when I was testing Le Labo’s Oud 27 and a women who was also testing it, hated the way it smelled on her skin and loved it on mine. I also had a moment when I was wearing Tom Ford’s Black Orchid. A woman smelt it on me, thought it was great and had no clue I was wearing a women’s scent. To my male comrades, this girly smell thing is all in your head…get over it.

This brings me to what I’m currently sampling, The Different Company’s Oriental Lounge. I learned of this fragrance a few weeks ago when I was looking for a Christmas gift for my wife. In my opinion, this very well could be a unisex scent but it was introduced to me as being for women. From the moment I smelt it, I thought to myself, I could wear this and quite frankly, after this twitter exchange, I decided I would begin wearing it.

Oriental Lounge starts off like a sweet smelling rose and you quickly realize you’re in good hands. The fragrance is very concentrated and on the Different Company’s website, they discuss their concentration levels and reveal they only create parfums, so that makes total sense. But if a rose isn’t your thing, perhaps you’ll appreciate how it evolves.

What I find attractive about this fragrance is how warm and spicy the dry down becomes without being overbearing. As a Different Company says, “It is a modern and sophisticated amber, an outspoken and subtle perfume for those who are looking for a comfortable, sensual and true oriental. A fragrance that suggests but does not reveal immediately its true character.”

I’m loving this scent and know I’ve worn it more than my wife. I just might have to get my own bottle.

Amouage Miniature Men’s Collection

Amouage was founded 25 years ago, in accordance with the wishes of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, ruler of the Sultanate of Oman. It was his desire to create a global luxury brand with roots in Oman under which the traditional Arabian love of perfume making and gift giving could be preserved and celebrated.

It was also his intention to tell the world about the ingredients particularly found in Oman, the rarest frankincense from Dhofar in the south of the country and the rarest rose of all, the rock rose harvested high up in the mountains of the Jebel Akhdar range towering over the Sultante’s beautiful capital, Muscat.

The Amouage miniature men’s collection contains six .25 oz bottles. Included in the set I have are Lyric, Jubilation, Reflection, Gold, Dia, and Silver. Each has very distinct characteristics but all are rich with great lasting power. The packing and presentation is simply beautiful. Right now, my standout favorites include Dia and Silver…but I’ve only just begun.

Amouage Miniatures set for men – $260 (and worth every penny)

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Odin New York Launches Fragrance Collection

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Opening their first store in New York’s East Village in the fall of 2004, Odin New York has since become known for the carefully curated collection of brands they carry. From Band of Outsiders, Comme Des Garcons, and Common Projects to Phillip Lim 3.1, Our Legacy and Florsheim by Duckie Brown, shoppers can find a range of items including footwear, jewelry, bath and grooming products and accessories. Odin is now expanding its offering with their first fragrance collection.

A trio of scents, being dubbed unisex, can now be found in Odin New York, Pas de Deux, Aedes de Venustas, Hershleifer’s in New York, Studio Beautymix at Fred Segal in Los Angeles, Louis Boston, Forty Five Ten in Dallas and Carrots in San Francisco.

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Top: Juniper Berries, Himalayan Cedar Leaves, Rich Bergamot

Middle: Sultry Palmarosa, Indian Black Pepper, Creamy Heliotrope

Bottom: Tonka Bean, West Indian Sandalwood, Grey Musk

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Top: Owari Mandarin, Bright Green Bergamot, Grapefruit Leaves

Middle: Cubbed Pepper, Amyris Wood, Crisp Neroli

Bottom: Fresh Cut Cedarwood, Golden Amber, Tonkin Musk

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Top: Silver Birch, Earthy Cypress, Forest Mint

Middle: Smoky Vetiver, Liquid Myrrh, Subtle Patchouli

Bottom: Black Musk, Dry Oak Moss, True Amber

The collection, which was collaborated on with fragrance supplier Drom, is available in a 3.4 fl. oz EDT and retails for $110.

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Meet Darryl Robinson

I met Darryl a few weeks ago after a night of drinking with some of my colleagues lead us to The Hudson Hotel. He was bartending that night and mixing some excellent cocktails I might add. One in particular, the Obamanation, caught my attention for obvious reasons.

We were introduced by a mutual friend who knew of our love of fragrances and we began talking right away. We decided to continue our conversation at a later date and did so this past Tuesday in Union Square Park.

What’s your earliest recollection of fragrances?

Definitely as a 3 -5 year old kid, my mother wore what I thought at the time was a very intense fragrance from Estee Lauder, and my father enjoyed Zizane, Aramis, Polo, and a few others which I can’t recall. My father had way more fragrances than my mother and tended to be more experimental. My mother was more of a loyalist to one brand.

What fragrances are currently in your rotation?

YSL, Kiel’s Musk, Davidoff’s “Silver Shadow”, Gucci, and most recently Aedes De Venustes

How often do you go out looking for something new? What specifically do you
look for?

I’m more spontaneous about shopping for fragrances but on average will say I test 10-12 fragrances a month, and sometimes do a repeat test to confirm an opinion I may have had about a scent.. I like a combination of scents to include bold, sexy, calming, and all of these do not have to be present in one scent.

Have you ever purchased the same fragrance more than once? If so, what was
it and what about it made it worthy of a repeat buy?

Throughout my fragrance purchasing history I have always repurchased a core group of fragrances. Fahrenheit, Issey Miyake, Polo sport, Dolce & Gabana and Joop were more trendy induced purchases as I was younger and more impressionable. I wanted to be with the “In Crowd.” Today, my only steady repeat is Kiehl’s Musk. Kiehl’s has been a staple for the past 4 years. I find
it sexy and receptively friendly.

Because you’re known as the “mixologist” explain how you apply your cologne?

I have very dry skin, so I don’t apply any fragrance until after I’ve thoroughly moisturized my entire body with shea or cocoa butter. Then the party’s on!!! I start with 3-4 mists of Kiehl’s as my base. Then I reach for any one of my current scents in rotation and add another 3-4 mists and I’m ready to go.

How would you finish this statement. “My most memorable fragrant moment would be…?

Wow!!! I’d have to say, when a friend and I walked into the fragrance store that you suggested, Aedes De Venustes. At first I was a little overwhelmed, maybe even intimidated by the volume of fragrances that were all new to me. I recognized almost nothing. What a thrill!!! In the hour that I spent browsing, sniffing, sampling, and questioning the staff, I felt almost as fulfilled as I would from an enjoyable sexual experience. It was almost climactic like!!! A day later I’m still salivating!!!

As Darryl mentioned, I suggested he take a trip over to Aedes to experience the store. Not only did he do so, but he purchased their new signature scent, Aedes De Venustas.

Here are Darryl’s thoughts about it: I’m growing even greater love for this fragrance. It possesses an almost incense like undertone that is soothingly deceptive and calming. It’s far from over powering and has a sexiness that is obtainable at short range, ie: I’m glad it doesn’t over power a room and make me a human room deodorizer. Throughout the day I smell my wrists and arms to ensure that my senses maintained it’s consistent and flattering receptiveness to my new scent. Conclusion, it’s a winner and certain to be a repurchase.

The road traveled to L’air du désert marocain

As I mentioned sometime ago, Fragrant Moments comes from an experiential perspective. That said, I hope you can appreciate the road that lead to L’Air du Desert Marocain.

If there’s one thing I like to do on a Saturday afternoon, when I have a free moment, is relax to a nice cigar. I did that this past Saturday and ran into a friend, Konstantie-Kahi. We hadn’t seen each other for the entire summer so we had quite a bit of catching up to do. Being he’s from Georgia, I naturally asked him what the conflict with Russia was all about. After breaking that down, and delving into American politics, we moved into frivolous but entertaining things like wine and music. Then something leads me to ask this worldly gent if he was into fragrances. Wholly shit, not only is he into them, but he immediately began name-dropping. After going back and forth about brands such as L’Artisan, Tom Ford, Mont Blanc, Le Labo, etc, we went on a spontaneous scent hunt; first stop L’Artisan on Thompson street. While there we smelled Fou d’Absinthe, and Passage d’Enfer. Next we stopped by the Mont Blanc store to smell their newest scent. From there, we hustled over to Aedes de Venustas, which I encouraged Konstantine to experience. Having never been there before, he entered the pearly scented gates of fragrance heaven. Frank, who’s cool as a cucumber, greeted us and immediately whizzed us around store after I pried out of Konstantine some of the brands he likes to help get us started. (Gents, when fragrance shopping, if you’re approached by a sales person, try to remember some of the brands you like, it really does make a difference in which direction they lead you).

Frank knows his scents. There wasn’t one he bought to us that I didn’t like. But without question L’Air du Desert Marocain was one of the most original and it left a lasting impression. Konstantine thought so as well…he purchased it. The scent is rich and layered. It nuzzles nicely into the skin and that’s when the magic begins. According to its maker, Andy Tauer, “L’air du désert marocain is a true scent of desire.” It’s mysterious, soft and spicy all at once. It’s not overly woody or overly this or that. It’s simply wicked. If I were traveling alone to an exotic locale, this would be the only scent I’d bring with me. Its that potent.