A Season in Fragrance : Five for Summer


Dark Heart of Old Havana by 4160 Tuesdays

NOTES : ORANGE, PEACH, GRAPEFRUIT, SUGAR, TOBACCO, BERGAMOT, TONKA, JASMINE, COFFEE, VANILLA, MUSK, BLACK PEPPER

My skin chemistry doesn't accentuate the coffee note, which is a disappointment.

The rest is all good, though. Burnt vanilla, overripe fruit, and a grimy, tobacco darkside... it's a challenging, grown-up take on sweetness.

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Falling Into the Sea by Imaginary Authors

NOTES : LEMON, BERGAMOT, GRAPEFRUIT, LYCHEE, TROPICAL FLOWERS, WARM SAND

A surprisingly strong sillage aquatic, with a cocktails on the beach vibe.

Leans on the feminine side of unisex - weirdly, because of the warm sand note, which is pleasingly proniunced on me

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Jangala by PG Cruise Collection

NOTES : EUCALYPTUS, CARDAMOM, COCONUT, ROSEWOOD, THAI HERBS, KAHILI GINGER FLOWERS, VETIVER, SANDALWOOD

An oddly delicate mixture of aquatic gourmand and tropical green - I get ozonic coconut milk with damp leaves in the background, followed by a creamy drydown.

My favourite of the new Crpisiere Collection - probably because I don't think I've smelled anything else quite like it.

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Panorama by Olfactive Studio

NOTES : BAMBOO SHOOTS, FIG LEAVES, BERGAMOT, LEMON, WASABI, CARDAMOM, GALBANUM, CUT GRASS, VIOLET LEAF, FIR BALSAM, LABDANUM, MYRRH, MUSK, PATCHOULI, TONKA, VANILLA

The bamboo shoots and wasabi give this one a hell of a hot punch that distinguishes it from other, similar greens.

The drydown also has a savoury quality that I find very appealing. Eccentric and contemporary - a concrete jungle, perhaps?

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Samphire by Laboratory Perfumes

NOTES : JUNIPER, CITRUS, VETIVER, LAVENDAR, ROSEMARY, OAKMOSS, WHITE AMBER

From one of my favourite fragrance houses, Samphire is a chicly modern meditation on the landscape of the British coast.

Timeless and invigorating - this is a unique but wearable scent that lends itself to any occasion.

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