Hey there Perfume Posse. I have an internet mate who has recently created his own line of fragrances. Daniel Barros by name, his idea is to take some favourite cocktails and give them a perfumista swirl. The idea is fun and I asked him to send me some samples to try. Well, they arrived a week or so ago and if you like thoroughly Indie fragrance then these might be right up your alley.
Daniel Barros writes for Fragrantica, lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is a generally affable fellow, not to mention totally cute.
Daniel Barros Perfumes
OK, so lets meet a couple of the fragrances shall we?
Recently I reviewed Cuir Mojito on Australian Perfume Junkies so you can go over and read that if you want.
Tobacognac: A chocolate booze opening with honeyed sweetness that skirts pissy but is saved by a gourmand-esque sweetness. The cognac is ripe, warm and a little feral. Ferocious, raw and untamed Toacognac is almost oudh-ish in its depths. The tobacco has me thinking of mucking out stables, sweet, hays, animal and yes, a little pissy. Ends up amber booze.
Jasmina Colada: Think of all the super fun tropical fragrances with their ylang, coconut, white flowers, cream, fruit and rum. Add some sweet smelling suntan lotion, a whisper of hairspray and some expensive lipstick. Put it all poolside towards the end of a hot summer day and you have the lush, overripe swinging spritz Jasmine Colada. I seriously love this. MMMMM. Ends up smelling like creamy vanilla.
Sex On The Peach: I nearly didn’t spritz Sex On The Peach because the name is so stupidly awful that it reads like a nail polish. It opens strong a boozy, like Schnapps crossed with confectionary. Almost, but not quite, marshmallow sweetness with a cool, airy, spacious feeling. Sex On A Peach smells like an ambient ascent for a very expensive hotels foyer. Ending is a sweet musky something, quietly creepy.
Ginsenso: This is by far my favourite of the four I’m showing you today. All of them are interesting, wearable and fun but Gincenso is fabulous. It starts out all dry, sparkling, greenery both tangy and fresh. There are lovely soft resins that keep it from being too ethereal and I really like its punch. I want a 100ml bottle of this baby. Finishes still spiky green but smoother and more Nag Champa powdery resins.
US$45 for a 30ml bottle
US$65 for a Daniel Barros Discovery Kit with 4 x 9 ml small bottles
Let me finish by saying that all of Daniel Barros Perfumes I’ve tried so far are far more interesting that almost all the dross that’s being peddled in the department stores. Yes, they have an Indie vibe, there are some clunky gear changes and surprising elements. If you ONLY like the smooth, ultra conservative wash of a CHANEL Exclusive or an Hermès Jardin range then these will freak you out. If though you are open to the enjoyment of fragrance across the board. If fun innovation and weirdly wearable scents fit your bill then I say go try the Daniel Barros Perfumes.
Which one reads like it might be you?
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