I met with Brent Leonesio, the creator and nose for Smell Bent, and he showed me the scents that were coming up for the winter season. Luckily, about ten minutes after meeting him I went on a trip to Sacramento, where it never got much above 50, and returned to LA to find rain and highs in the low 60’s. So the weather fit. Here’s the list (with my impressions):
Ho x 3
A double dose of jasmine skanked up with cumin, rose, patchouli, sandalwood and spicy musk.
Well, you all know I’m a sucker (If you’ll excuse the expression) for a good musk and this is one. The rose and woods are especially prominent on my, cutting the musk. The cumin is extremely light, in case you’re phobic.
Hansel & Dreidel
wheat absolute with honey, baking spices, sandalwood, hiba and musk.
Dead of Winter
Anise liquor, vanilla, heliotrope, cedar and zombie musk.
I normally don’t care for Anise in perfume, but this is more along the lines of Jägermeister than Jelly bean. I don’t think I need it but I did enjoy.
orange flower, aged amber, sweet resins, and dark patchouli spiced with cardamom and golden ginger
It’s sweet, in an interesting way. I makes me think of snow. Definitely not me. My godchild would love it.
Pere Noel Coward
Sweet immortelle, atlas cedar, jasmine, fir balsam and piñon sap
One that’s making a deserved winter comeback. Starts off smelling like a fresh-cut Christmas tree and that’s one of the best scents in the world. The it starts adding in the immortelle and it gets even better..
These will be going live as this post hits the internets, please check the website for prices and sizes. My samples were given to me by the perfumer. Image ©2011 good smells LLC