Saturday, May 30, 2009

Neil Morris - Midnight Sea

Notes courtesy of - Water lily, vanilla, patchouli, dark musk, ozone

This is a very evocative scent. It doesn't exactly smell like the sea at night, but it is somehow reminiscent of it. Neil got that salty sea scent down.

Midnight Sea is very patchouli heavy and that is one of my criticisms of it. It dominates the scent throughout all of its life. This is interesting in the beginning, but gets old at the end - especially as the fragrance loses the lovely salty quality it had in the beginning. (my other criticism)

The fragrance's sillage and longevity are paramount. Not even A*Men can compare. This is a good thing. Recommended for the sample fiends like myself out there!

For an especially transportive experience, throw Chopin's "Ocean Etude" on your ipod and go for a walk at midnight while wearing this.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Creed - Himalaya

According to Creed's website, Himalaya contains notes of Grapefruit, Bergamot, Mandarin, Lemon, Cedar, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Musk, and Ambergris.

Himalaya is one of those dualities which are both hot and cold - and these come few and far between. It has a cold, almost metallic feel to the top, buffered by a warm, musky base. It is complex, classy, confident - fresh, and yet rich and subtly woody. It calls to mind the fougere genre, but Creed does not list it as having oakmoss or lavender in the mix.

If you've never smelled ambergris before, sniffing Himalaya will suffice. The ambergris is dominant and amazing. Ambergris is reminiscent of the scent of the beach to me, and smelling the many different types of beach-animal feces. Don't worry, it's a good scent.

The combination of its fruity/citrus opening and its aromatic cedar/pepper heart accords is very refreshing and at the same time warm. Himalaya goes under the radar after 5 hours and then becomes more of a skin scent - one which is still noticeable to others and garners compliments. Still, it could do with just a little more longevity.

Himalaya works very well as both a warm and cool weather scent, but you could pick a more interesting scent for the hottest summer days and the coldest winter days.

Women love this out of the bottle, and love it more on your skin. Perfect!

Himalaya gets a 9/10 due to longevity.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ideal wardrobe!

Right now I'm working on making extra money in my spare time. Most of this stuff is gonna get saved, but every once in a while, some of it is gonna get splurged on a new fragrance for my wardrobe ;) I enjoy most of what I have currently, some of my frags I have grown out of or just plain grown tired of. Here's what my current ideal wardrobe would be. A little about me, first- I'm a 21 year old male. I'm thinking two or three for spring/summer, and three or four for fall/winter.

Spring/summer: Chanel Allure Homme Sport (2004), Creed [Himalaya or Erolfa or Original Vetiver], Chanel Platinum Egoiste.

Fall/winter: Gucci Pour Homme (2003), Gucci Envy, Parfum d'Empire Fougere Bengale, Serge Lutens Daim Blond.

Items in red I have yet to acquire. I'm also loving Montale Black Aoud and Tann Rokka Kisu enough to throw them in, but I try to keep it as small as possible. Allure Sport, Himalaya and Envy work perfectly for me in all seasons, and I'm leaning more towards Erolfa than Himalaya at this point. But it's been a while since I've smelled it!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


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