Briefly: Puredistance M – perfume review

Real life impacts sniffing this week since it’s the end of working on a city election and trips to Highland Park to spend time with BFF, who’s cleaning out her house to rent it.  She’s moved back to NYC and is graduating from renting the place

Puredistance M perfume

to friends to actual tenants.  My friend of 30 (!) years is once again going to be on a different coast.  I’m not boo-hooing, since she’s looking so fabulous that NYC is clearly agreeing with her, and it’s not like she’s selling the place.  That happens, then I boo-hoo.

I did want to try Jeux de Peau, since I know Aedes has it.  Barney’s does not, and the SA insisted that it isn’t out yet.  This elicited a withering look from me and a note that it was

out in NY.  On my way to the Pasadena Freeway I stopped at ScentBar, hoping.  I was told they have it in the office on La Brea and on the site.  The girl who works Sundays is so lovely, young and really sweet and kind that pointing out that information was akin to telling a hungry puma that, gosh, the meat counter was locked and the manager took the key home to Pomona would have been at best unseemly..

So I tried a Puredistance on the dash.  It was in the opaque cigar shaped thing so I’m sure it was Puredistance M.

I don’t want to like Puredistance M or any Puredistance.  $198 for 17.5 ML is a phrase that should be reserved for something that will either paralyze my facial features or my brain cells when snorted.  (Not that I would do the latter.  It’s not the 80’s)  I spritzed both wrists and touched them to my neck, thinking that it was really nice but given time I could replicate it with Ambre Sultan, Cuir Mauresque and perhaps a shot of Kolnisch Juchten.

Immediately upon arrival at Casa BFF she said “You smell FABULOUS!  What is it?” and at least four times more she commented on my delicious scent as we moved boxes into the garage for storage.  Ducking out to the final candidate coffee before Tuesdays election I also had the lady at the Beverly Hills Market comment and a couple people at the coffee mention how great I smelled.

Smelling myself I have to agree.  Luckyscent mentions notes of Puredistance M are  Bergamot, lemon, rose, jasmin, cinnamon, patchouli, moss, cistus, vetiver, vanilla, leather, musk.  I smell amber enough to think more masculine version of Ambre Sultan, deep, rich and absolutely lovely.  Smelling the two side-by-side I can honestly write that I see where the extra money goes.  There’s Lexus, then there’s an Aston Martin.  “M” is Aston Martin.

Is Puredistance M worth the price?  That’s your call.  Is an Aston Martin?  If I could afford one I’d be expressing my inner ‘Tippi’ Hedren in a grey Vantage Roadster.  My budget is more along the lines of a monthly bus pass, so I’ll beg off on this one.  But like that Vantage Roadster, I’m glad that Puredistance M is out there.

$198 for 17.5 ML at Luckyscent, from which I stole a hefty spritz, and will again.

photo:  Aston-Martin Vantage – some rights reserved


  • Musette says:


    you guys are hysterical! afraid of a little ol’ bottle of perfume…;))

    (says the gal who scoured the earth for the dreaded Drama NUUUUUUUUI! 8-x )

    I’m not going anywhere near this line. [-(

    xo >-)

  • Melissa says:

    Expensive, but not shocking when you consider that 15 ml of Chanel No 5 parfum is $160 on the Chanel website. So, I guess that it depends on whether this is high quality. And the reactions that you got from others certainly make it seem so.

    I also like that it can be spritzed, rather than dabbed, as long as the atomizer isn’t one of those wild uncontrollable ones that drip down the sides or spritz too much. That said, I think I’ll resist the urge to order samples of this line. Or not!

    • Tom says:

      considering the throw and the longevity (and the quality; my friend is very discerning) I don’t think these are overpriced. They might be a bit out of my league; I’m fine with that.

      • Melissa says:

        Nice to know about the longevity etc. In honor of fragrances that are “too rich for my blood, but not for my nose”, I spritzed on a bit of one of the Roja Dove exclusives from a very small decant that I have. Part of a split that I bought into. It’s extremely rich, beautifully done and it garnered a compliment within the first hour that I got to work. So, hooray for fragrances that I can’t afford to buy!

  • lulllull says:

    This sounds really promising. I still havent tried Antonia or 1. Has anyone tried thoose yet?

    • Tom says:

      I haven’t, but since I voted today I drove so a trip to ScentBar may be in the cards on the way home..

    • Julie says:

      I tried Antonia, and didn’t really care for it, which is a good thing at that price! PST gave away a lot of samples to get the copy for Luckyscent. I’ve seen lots of love for both of them on the perfume blogs.

      • lulllull says:

        Well I hope I’m not the one who get’s he love. Theres just so much more on my “to buy list” right now :) thank you for your answers.

  • Todd T says:

    I hate to burst your bubble Nozknoz, but it is one you have to try. Then after you try it, you will do what I just did, order it! I got my sample of it today from Luckyscent, put it on the this evening and now its all paid for! Should have it by Thursday! Somethings in life are just worth it!

    • Maggie says:

      Yeah, I’m with you Todd. M is too masculine for me, but I have bottles of Puredistance 1 & Antonia. All this company’s offerings are absolutely worth it. Also they are extraits, so not quite as expensive as they at first seem.

      • Tom says:

        They also (at least M does) have really big lasting power. I still got very pleasant whiffs of M after a day of hand-washing and a vigorous morning shower.

    • nozknoz says:

      Sigh – looks like samples from this line will be on my next Luckyscent order. :-)

  • nozknoz says:

    Wow – per ml, that’s considerably more than Xerjoff Irisss and nearly twice as much Damarose in the fancy semi-precious stone-labeled bottles!

    For once, the phrase “more masculine than Ambre Sultan” is music to my ears: there is no need for me to even try this, right? ;D

  • Tara says:

    I’m with Tammy…STOP!!!!! It’s not fair…However, I am sure on me it would smell utterly and completely terrible, the worst (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)

  • Ann says:

    Hi, Tom! This is indeed a rich, elegant scent; alas, it’s just too masculine for me to wear comfortably. But I do like the company’s Puredistance 1 and Antonia, and so glad they’re now available at Luckyscent. Thanks!

  • tammy says:

    Hands over ears, I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you, la la la la la……