What’s New Review Round-up

Samples are taking over my house and are about to bury the dog. Poor Buddy! I’d take a picture to prove it, but Buddy seriously hates to have his picture taken, almost as much as he hates the wind and me opening boxes — this poor pup has some serious kinks – so an old pic will have to do.

Let’s see what’s new that keeps showing up on my doorstep that needs a review, and I’ll tackle a handful that came from Luckyscent, which is where you can get all of these fragrances. 

First, Profumum Volo AZ 686, with notes of gardenia, coconut and vanilla.  This starts off with some notes that aren’t gardenia, coconut and vanilla, but I can’t put my finger on what it is, maybe it’s just the blend, but it’s a little like the open of Tubereuse Criminelle, slightly camphorous. The gardenia, instead of being overly sweet, is slightly sharp, and there’s no bleu cheese, thank goodness!  Now, I usually hate gardenia and coconut and vanilla, this one was a scent I expected to despise, but it sort of fascinates me. The gardenia takes on more of a classical gardenia smell in the drydown, but never gets too sweet or bloomy.  It smells pretty much unlike anything else I can think of — the drydown has me sniffing it furiously during the day, but it takes a couple of hours to get it to the magical point, but I certainly have enjoyed the trip. At the price point it has, $205 per 100 mls, I don’t know that I’d get a full bottle for my personal use, but I can see where gardenia lovers would find it interesting and likely necessary.

Next up is Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale. So far, out of all the Bois 1920s, this is the only one that I’ve felt strongly enough about to write on.  Notes of citrus, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, Madagascan vanilla.  The citrus/pepper/spice blend on the open is pretty enchanting, and they’ve got it exactly right, the citrus pulls back the spice enough so it’s not overpowering, and the spice pulls down the effervessence of the citrus.  I never really smell the vanilla distinctively, but it’s just a vague notion running through the scent, keeping it warm and really lovely.  I’ve only got a sample to dab, and I feel the need to spritz this, I just have a hunch that’s where the real magic happens. It has a grea sillage just in dabbing — almost too strong for a while, but once you get past the two-hour mark, it’s nearly perfect on sillage.  Now, why they named it Sushi Imperiale?  No clue, but it doesn’t matter, this is the one in that line that’s worthy of the whole line’s existence.  It is truly special.

Alba is another new one from Profumum, with notes of sandalwood, hazel wood, almond wood, and amber.  This is all soft, creamy woods, with just a touch of a resinous note in there that keeps it from being too smooth. This would be great for a man or woman, and it also begs to be spritzed and not dabbed. I have a hunch that this is one that snuggles up in your clothes to leave you a wonderful nose hug the next day.

Play is new from Comme des Garcons.    Its notes are bitter orange, black pepper, lime, saffron, thyme, sage, sea notes, oak moss, patchouli and musk.  I keep waiting for the weird, but it seems to be pretty much a straight-up citrus, along the lines of Santa Maria Novella’s Eva, in the opening phase. There are some other notes in there that give it some of the dark weirdness that pokes its head out as it dries down, and it’s perfectly nice, and I’d be happy to wear it, but… well, it’s not moving me in any significant way.  This might have more to do with my expectations of CdG than the actual scent, so I leave it open to trying again.

Last, I got the new Narciso Rodriguez For Him and Musc for Him.  I did have the right bottle before.  The spray is just…. I don’t know, it doesn’t do it for me, not dislike, just meh. However, the Musc…. perfection!!!  More on that next week.

And! let’s do a drawing!  Drop a comment, and the winner will get at least these four samples and a sample of the NR For Him and Musc for Him, and probably more samples just so I can empty out my sample file!

  • noyna says:

    Oh no, is it too late to join the drawing. This is what working will get you….

  • Kyra says:

    Kelly best cherish little adorable now. Adorable might last (mine at 17 pushes the limits of the word) but little won’t. Been curious about Alba since before it arrived in this country. Add me to the sorting hat.

  • Joyce says:

    Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale sounds exactly what I’m looking for. Thanks for bringing this to my attention! Bravo.

  • zara says:

    so i just drop a comment here 😉

  • cjj88 says:

    Ooohh…all sound so good:)Would love to be in the drawing…I have to get my hands on the Alba and Musc for him…


  • Devon says:

    Play sounds like something good to me.


  • Maura says:

    Hi Patty! I love your new background…yowza!! I’ve actually either tried most of those samples or they are enroute with my FB purchase of the Alba 😡 which I immediately found amazing and FBW! I agree on it being a snuggly scent but find the powdery amber whispering “sexy” too! You’re right…it does need to be spritzed and not dabbed! So a “meh” on the NR for Him? I’ve recently become a huge Kurkdjian fan and am anxious to try it. Do you know if her created the oil too…looking forward to your review!

  • Gina says:

    Maybe Buddy just doesn’t feel camera-ready? Maybe he thinks the camera will steal his doggy soul?

  • tmp00 says:

    I’m noting if not a tramp- please count me in for the draw!

    • tmp00 says:

      BTW- can I add that I cannot bear people who don’t believe that pets have distinct personalitites? I don’t have a dog (much more attention required than an actual boyfriend, without the rent) or a cat (allergic, and once again, that attitude and no rent?) but I have to write that having lived with them, they are sentient creatures with moods. Sometimes I think that they are only lacing in oposable thumbs in enslaving us. Of course, those to whom we have become “pet parents” haveenslaved us already..

  • JenniferR says:

    Let’s see if I can post today. I think that yesterday’s comments got eaten by some byte-hungry IP yesterday :(. I am utterly fascinated by all these notes that I shy away from coming together in unexpected ways. Sushi especially, but also (WTF?) gardenia and coconut??? mmmmmmmm, please enter me in the drawing. all too soon, i’m gonna have me a sample collection to complain about. Working on it, anyway!

  • Gail S says:

    Wow, I’m kinda surprised that you like Sushi Imperiale. When I dabbed it on from the sample vial, it reminded me of Ambre Narguile, which I know you don’t totally love 🙂 I loved it enough to get in on a bottle split and the resemblance is pretty much gone when sprayed. I’ve been really unimpressed with all the Profumums sniffed so far, but just like any good perfume freak, I have samples coming of these two and the CdG Play.

    BTW, CdG Peppermint smells fabulous sprayed on dogs! Just like dirty dog who’s been rolling in a patch of mint out in the sun. I don’t wear mine anymore, but I keep it just to adorn the babies!

  • ering says:

    Hi Patty–the two Profumums sound like must-tries for me. Please enter me in the drawing. You’ll draw all of us lurkers out this way eventually. Thanks for your reviews!

    • Patty says:

      I’m finally coming around on some of the Profumums. I’m not sure I’m going to turn into a fan of the line, but there’s some interesting things in there. I just wish their price point weren’t so high.

    • Patty says:

      And, yes, we will eventually get all you lurkers out. :-“

  • CH says:

    🙂 Oops, posted in the wrong area. I was distracted by Lee’s comment. LOL Just one of those days…

  • CH says:


  • CH says:

    OooOOO please enter me in the drawing. I haven’t tried any of the ones you have listed. 🙂 THANKS!!!

  • Robin says:

    CdG Play is one of my bigger disappointments this year. Smells like generic men’s aftershave 🙁

    • Patty says:

      Agree. There’s a place where some of the notes assert themselves and start to make it interesting, in that CdG way, but the weirdness just never materializes. It had potential if they’d go back and rework some of those notes to have more punch. It’s a shame, and it’s a perfectly fine scent, just nothing that I can get excited about.

  • AnnE says:

    Buddy, ol’ pal, you can join our menagerie any time you want! Aren’t you cute???

    What was I saying? oh, right, I’ve been wondering about the Bois 1920 one, and thinking “why would anyone name a perfume after sushi?” But the notes sound great, and I think I could get over the name long enough to at least try it, so I would love to be added to the drawing.

    I admit to spraying doggie perfume on my dogs after their weeekly brushing, but they’re not getting any “Sexy Beast” – can’t get over that name, not after seeing the movie (which I loved, however).

  • MarkDavid says:

    Patty, I’ve been wondering what those Bois scents smell like for weeks now, its nice to read a review finally. These all sound interesting, would love to try them. Add me to the drawing mix, please. Thanks!!!


    • Patty says:

      Will do! I need to get around to either trying or re-trying more in that line. So far Sushi is the only one that I love, but I could be just fatigued by all the new scents we’ve gone through this year!

  • Sharon says:

    I think the Bois 1920 is FBW. It’s going to be my first fall buy! I think the name it terrible though!

    I too would like to know who the beautiful girl is on your frip link?

  • skippy says:

    You guys rock. Your website rocks. Thanks for entering me in your drawing!

  • SMY says:

    These sound lovely! Please enter me in the drawing!

  • Kelly says:

    Oooooh! I love gardenia and I love sushi – although in completely different ways… Sushi is delicious (OK, it’s an acquired taste) but my first thought before reading the notes was “Ewww! I don’t want to smell like fish and seaweed!” This actually sounds really nice, though. Do you suppose they just named it that to create a memorable talking-point? Dare I say “Bravo!”? :d

    Please enter me – even though I have samples I can’t even try yet, as I can’t seem to reach beyond my beloved Osmanthe Yunnan – STILL! I think it’s my HG of HG’s and I can’t imagine any way to craft a perfume more perfect for me. Kinda sad, really – so many others out there crying to be sniffed but when they’re side-by-side the mystery doesn’t outweigh the love.

    • Patty says:

      I wonder if Sushi has some other meaning? There’s no fishy smell at all, just spicy and lovely. Their naming abilities really need to be restrung, though.

      You and your OY! 🙂

  • Lavanya says:

    The sushi one sounds interesting..Please enter me in the draw..I’d love to try these!

  • Abigail says:

    Please enter me in the draw.

  • IrisLA says:

    Hi Patty. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks. Have a nice weekend!

  • Karen M says:

    Hi Patty, please enter me in the draw, Sushi and Alba sound like must tries. Don’t you hate it that samples aren’t sent out in spray vials? I feel like I never get the full experience of a fume without spraying!

    • Kelly says:

      I agree. I think dab and spritz smell completely different. Very frustrating.:-<

      • elve says:

        May be not so, considering that some scents actually smell better when dabbed. Still I’m not sure if it’s 50/50.
        Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale sounds delicious!
        Although it seems impossible for me to win (again), please enter me in the drawing :d

    • Patty says:

      Some samples are good to dab, just to know if they might work. I eliminate a lot of things that way, but I’m getting better at knowing which ones I should spray to know for sure. Some of them are too overpowering sprayed and some bloom when you spritz.

  • March says:

    Phooey! Play sounds so good when you read the notes, and I was hoping for something, well, weirder. Which I think is a reasonable request from CdG. Not that there’s anything wrong with Eva, but still.

    Buddy is just the cutest pup on the planet.

    • Patty says:

      Yeah, you won’t be happy with Play at all. And it’s a perfectly fine scent, but! CdG should know what we expect, and they just can’t head down some pedestrian avenue like that!

  • Kim says:

    Thanks as always for sharing your great reviews – I’m learning so much from them! Please enter me in the draw.

  • Karen G says:

    Hi Patty! Alba sounds really yummy, and it has me wondering what almond wood smells like? Please enter me in the draw. Thankyou!

    • Patty says:

      You know, I’m not sure! The Alba has more sandalwood, but I’m not a big sandalwood solo scent fan, so the other wood notes in there round it out and make it more than just that, it’s just creamier and softer.

  • dinazad says:

    Hmmm… am I mistaken, or do you sound a tiny bit jaded, dearest Patty? You know, sort of ho-hum about all those new scents you’re being perpetually pelted with (perpetually pelted Patty?), even if you purport to like them? (perpetually perfume-pelted Patty purporting…. ohhhh, please, stop me!)
    I’ll just shut up. Do please enter me in the drawing and excuse my end-of-the-week-silliness. It’ll be over after the weekend, I promise!

    • Patty says:

      I think it’s just more summer doldrums. Summers are always so busy around here, and it just doesn’t seem like the right time for a lot of scents. And I have to sort through what is just me not going gaga over anything much during the summer and what is really a scent that’s not worthy. I hate to put it on the perfume when it could be me. Once we get to August, my doldrums subside and I’m back to normal. 🙂

  • patchamour says:

    Awww, that Buddy! Seriously, Patty, what does he do when you spray him with perfume? When I wear it, my cat looks at me as if I’ve turned into Dracula and hides under the bed. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

    • Patty says:

      He ducks his head down and tries to be invisible. It just makes my heart cry, so I can’t spritz him anymore, even when he’s particularly smelly.

  • katy says:

    I would love to try these fragrances… Bad to live that far.
    If it’s possible, I’d like to enter in the drawing.;;)

  • rosarita says:

    Awww, Buddy’s a darling!
    Alba sounds just lovely. Please enter me in the drawing, Miss P.

  • Sudsy says:

    I’d love to be included in the drawing!
    Are Australians permitted? :d
    I love your pup he’s adorable; wish we could have one where we live. 🙁

  • Kathy says:

    Ooh! Alba and Sushi sound very nice. I don’t need any more lemmings, but they keep coming. Please enter me into the drawing. Your dog almost makes me want to get another one…almost.

    • Patty says:

      Spend 10 minutes with the Budster and you’d change your mind. Every time I think about getting another dog, my husband is there to bring me back to my senses. 🙂

  • Marina says:

    Please enter me in the draw 🙂 But please don’t send me Sushi and Alba, if I happen to win :d
    Have a great weekend, Patty!

  • carlene says:

    Please enter me in the drawing, too, if only for the Bois, which you make sound so delicious. My husband thinks the perfect perfume for puppies would be called “Ass.” Can I say ass?

    • pitbull friend says:

      Hmmm. Maybe if I wore “Ass” perfume, Johnny Cash the Creole Pitbull would leave me alone and stop trying to remove the perfume I put on…. eh, probably not worth it… –Ellen

    • Patty says:

      Yes, you sure can! Buddy needs a trip to the groomers for a bath bad, and he’s all ass smell right now.

  • Elle says:

    It’s official. I’m completely in love w/ Buddy.
    I remain hopeful about Play, but I can’t imagine in a million years wearing Sushi. I rarely object to scent names – they can be obscene, adolescent, what have you. But Sushi? No. It’s a personal thing, but it’s the one food (well, not really – anything from the ocean would qualify) I think I’d starve to death rather than eat – even vegetarian sushi.

    • Louise says:

      What food do ya love? Just replace the label with, oh, veal chop…or sticy buns…or ganache cake…it really is worth trying, even with the odd name!

      • Elle says:

        LOL! I know. I’m truly phobic about sushi, but the notes actually do sound intriguing. I could tape over the label and write on the name of some sort of citrus cocktail.

    • Patty says:

      Seriously, cover the name on the Sushi for a trial. Call it Sessi or something? I’m trying to think if you would like it. It’s a little sweet on the open and for an hour or two, but with your dabbing a drop at a time, I don’t think it would be overwhelming.

      Rest assured that Buddy is completely in love with you too, even though he’s never met you. He loves every two-legged critter in the world, he’s such a people dog. I remember when I picked him out, he was in a pen of pups, and he would play with them for a while, wrestling, but keeping his eye on the people all the time and kept wandering over to get a scritch and some attention, he’s always loved humans more than about anything…. except food. He’s a total and complete unrepentant thief. He’ll thieve from your hand, your plate, the counter, your mouth, if he thought you wouldn’t see him coming.

  • RHM says:

    Awwww…kan iz haz teh puppy nowz? iz neeezzz him.
    Sorry…we’ve been doin’ this on another board & it kinda …leaked. I’m with ya on your impression of the Bois 1920 line.
    And yeah…please enter me for the drawing to.

    • Patty says:

      I’m thinking with all the offers to borrow my pup, Buddy would be in heaven just going from house to house and visiting!

  • helg says:

    I am very curious about the NR for Him and Musk for him. Waiting on your impressions.
    For that alone, I’d like to be entered to the drawing please.

    • Patty says:

      Absolutely! I’ll be interested to hear other people’s take on the NR for Him. It could be that there are notes I’m just not in tune with or don’t do well with my nose. The musc is a slice, though.

  • Anne says:

    Am I finally seeing a pic of the dog that launched one of my first HG purchases? Hmmm you say. Well I remember a post some time ago that mentioned loving Coup de Fouet so much that you needed to spray it everywhere including on the dog. Looking at my 10 year old chocolate lab, and reading about those amazing Coup spice notes, it sounded like my kinda happiness! It was and is!

    Please enter me in the draw for these samples.

    BTW, what’s Buddy wearing these days?


    • Dusan says:

      Anne, thanks for reminding me of a post by Marie-Hélène over at TSS about a doggie scent called Sexy Beast, no less. Wonder if it works for people too? 🙂
      Patty, you might consider setting up another kind of decanting business. 😀

    • Patty says:

      Buddy is NOT fond of perfume or any kind of spraying things. My husband and boys are always giving me a hard time about ruining my poor dog’s sense of smell… that he can pick out a Chanel or a Guerlain from a pile of perfume, but can’t find a rabbit. 🙂

  • Lee says:

    I’m prepared to fight Ida for Buddy. Anyone wanna watch?
    Look at dem kewtie paws!:x

    • Dusan says:

      Paws off Buddy!!! He’s mine, I tell you, MINE!

    • Maria says:

      Yes, those paws are so cute! Norbu is very finicky about having his paws messed with, so we have to get clever if we want to sniff or play with them. He’s much more cooperative if he’s already on his back getting his tummy scratched. ;))

    • Patty says:

      Once you all would meet Buddy, you might change your mind. He’s a handful, trust me!!

  • chayaruchama says:

    Hand over the dog.
    NOW, please. No harm will come to you or your family.
    May I be added, despite dognapping threats ?
    [Alba sounds a lot like AL Palisander, which is wonderful]

    Have a great w/e !

    • Patty says:

      Some days I would hand my lovey pooch over! Especially when weather is changing, drops or surges in pressure outdoors can make him a little manic.

      Alba not so much like Palisander, which I think of as being sweeter. It’s a little dryer, not as spicey, leaning more to the wood range of notes.

  • Masha says:

    Sushi imperiale put me off because of the name, where are the wasabi and ginger notes? But the actual notes sound lovely. Alba sounds worth a sniff, too! Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

    • Patty says:

      Just ignore the name of Sushi, it’s so worth trying! I probably ought to try more than I have of the Bois 1920s, but so far I’ve been bored by a couple of others of them, but that could just be that it’s summer, and my fragrance malaise tends to hit the strongest then.

  • Louise says:

    What is it with Labs? I have known several named “Buddy” and they are all so sweet-and a touch nutty. I could love yours.

    I rejected the Volo right off (gardenia is not my friend), but have a sample of Alba en route now-sounds like my thing.

    Ah, but Sushi-I had a sample, got a decant-adore it. Yup, it is sweet, lots of vanilla-but not foody, just wonderful. A year-rounder, for sure. But careful-I sprayed wildly first outing, and my date edged away at first (might have just been me???)-but the drydown was long and lovely (take note Maria-lots of sillage-but lasts 24 hours on me). Not at all like Crime, which I also love, but which has a little playdough in it, and is very winter to me.
    Also, not as sophisticated as the Malle.

    Too bad Play is meh-it sounded fun. I agreed on the NR, but must run and try the Musc.

    • pitbull friend says:

      Hey, Louise: I think so many folks name labbies Buddy because they’re…..how can I say this? Buddyish! Labbies make good friends. They tend to fit with other good ol’ boy kinds of names too — I’ve known several named Bubba. I’m alternating pit bulls & labbies to foster eval. right now, so looks like a lab named Hank will be staying with us soon. Dang, I’m at work so I can’t see the picture, but I bet it’s cute! –Ellen

    • Patty says:

      Labs just don’t know you’re not their friend. Buddy’s a big boy, too, so he sometimes scares people when he comes bounding at them. He’s been to more obedience training, and he does so great on some things, like heeling and down-stays, etc., but when it comes to a person walking in the door, it is… voom! hits the front door and the person and greets them properly. It’s insane. People have to make sure I know they’re coming over so I can have him on his leash and stop him from knocking them off the front steps.

      SI is still a surprise to me that I love it, and I can imaging more than a spritz could be deadly to those around you!

  • Amarie says:

    The notes in Sushi Imperiale remind me of Malle’s Noir Epices. Is it similiar at all? I love Noir but rereading your description above makes me suspect the Sushi might have an overall sweetness to it whereas I find Noir fairly dry. However definately smell worthy, also the Alba (yummy woods) and don’t start me on C. de G. because there is so many in their line on my to try list.:-s Oh dear I’ve started lemming again and I promised myself I wouldn’t.:-j Oh sure. As if I could bypass some of your great reviews and not get sucked in.:x

    • Patty says:

      Noir Epices has some darker spices in there, and the SI is more sweet. I like the SI more than Noir Epices just because there’s some honey or other spice notes in NE that just don’t work, though I admire it from afar!

      • Amarie says:

        It used to be if a ‘fume was too sweet I would enjoy it but it was like one too many teaspoons of sugar in my coffee. This winter I have been retesting and found that too sweet has now turned into warm and beautiful. Amazing and all to the good.
        Oh and please can I be entered too?

  • Dusan says:

    Buddy the Wonder Dog! I’ve got all three photos of him lounging on the leather sofa on my cellphone – can you tell I love your pooch?
    What do I have to do to get ahold of those NR and Musk for him? I’ll beg…
    Pretty please, drop me in your stocking/top hat!

    • Maria says:

      Dusan, you have a leather sofa on your cellphone? It’s amazing how loaded some phones are these days. :-j Aren’t dogs lovable?

      • Dusan says:

        M, you tease, you! 😡
        I absolutely adore pooches and love taking photos of stray doggies. Sadly, Belgrade is full of them poor thingies. But then, so is my phone 😉

    • Patty says:

      Poor Buddy. I’m going to try and line him up for another photo session soon. I’m thinking maybe if I have one of the boys play ball with him, then I can snap him while he’s not aware of it… though he has an impeccable sense of when boxes are being opened and photos are being snapped, regardless of what we do to distract him. Freakiest thing I’ve ever seen…. dog with his head down, trying to hide when I’m across the room just opening boxes. It’s soooooo strange.

      Musc for Him is incredible. I can’t wait for winter to wear it!

  • ann lillevig says:

    :-?Patty..hmmmmm,all of these sound interesting…Please enter me in the drawing(hope you’re including the dog):d

  • Theresa says:

    The Volo AZ sounds interesting..but can you smell the vanilla and coconut? If so, are they very strong? Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

    • Patty says:

      Nope, the vanilla and coconut aren’t that potent at all. That weird mentholated thing sorta keeps them under control. LIke Tubereuse Criminelle, where the heavy camphor keeps the tubereuse from just eating you alive, this does a similar thing.

  • Alica says:

    Hallo Patty, thank you for entering me in the rawing.

  • Steve H says:

    Wow, a somewhat normal smelling CdG? Who would’ve ever thought that this day would come upon us all. Time to stock up on provisions and water and head to ye ol’ bombshelter!

    • Patty says:

      Yeah, I was kind of stunned at that too! I guess for them to do something more ordinary is perplexing and maybe weird. I do like the scent, but my expectations for them are so different, so I just… lost interest?

  • Maria says:

    Patty, who is that adorable little girl over on the Frip link? Is everybody in your family extraordinarily good-looking? That includes the dog, of course. Hey, we need a dog emoticon. There’s a chicken, but no dog.

    I have actually tried one of these new fragrances, Sushi Imperiale. I’m with you that the name makes no sense. I love sushi, but this is as far from sushi as one can get. It’s very sweet; I like sweets too, but I don’t call them “sushi.” Luckyscent sent me a sample of it with one of PG Un Crime Exotique. They’re both exotic gourmands. I haven’t figured out which I prefer, though I’m leaning toward the PG.

    This afternoon I bent down to smell a volunteer wallflower in our garden. It smelled of cave-aged Gouda. If you hadn’t told us about your blue cheese experience, I might not have had the confidence to name the scent “cheese.”

    • Louise says:

      Oooh, Maria-must try sushi in a spray-it’s so much improved! Love it.

    • Patty says:

      That completely adorable girl over there is commenter Kelly’s daughter. Isn’t she just precious?! She lives in my hometown.

      I’m still not sure if Sushi is too sweet, I think it is at the beginning, but the combination of notes really won me over.