I was very impressed with quality and style of Abel fragrances when I told you about three of them in January. This set a bar of my expectations for their new scent, Pink Iris, relatively high, and I was not disappointed. The composition begins with a tingly sensation of pink pepper that creates a smooth veil of spiciness around the wearer. Very soon basil and raspberry leaf join and introduce a crisp, green vibe that later becomes reminiscent of a chypre accord. After a while iris takes a central place in this perfume. The smell is sweet, almost gourmand – evoking the idea of how candied violet petals smell like. Orris seamlessly transitions into a powdery goodness that veers slightly towards cosmetic smells. There it also blends with the smell of rose – sheer and pink one, that makes Pink Iris feel more girly. Hint of jasmine accentuates the pastel color palette of this fragrance. The base which is vanillic and musky mimics the scent of powder candy I remember from my childhood times. It is another well done perfume from Abel but for an iris perfume it’s just less fitting for me. You should try it, I say.
I rarely speak of mainstream scents on my blog and perhaps I should do it more often (?) to make things more entertaining. Bottega Veneta recently started a promotion of their new couple of fragrances for him and for her named Illusione. I found the male version to be worthy of a mention. On my skin it’s like an burst of lemon that is super bitter and zingy, making my mouth salivate in an instant. Bitter orange adds a lovely tang to the scent while the bitterness of this cocktail is just fabulous, I feel like we need more bitter tones for once in these fresh citrus scents. These juicy notes are slightly muted, elegant. They don’t feel pungent. After a while a fir balsam joins the composition adding a green, balsamic and lightly coniferous feel to Illusione. White cedarwood adds more masculinity through this woody but not overpowering note. Vetiver in the drydown makes things feel more grassy, slightly dried out and aromatic because of that. Tonka is responsible for adding a warmth and some sensuality to the perfume. Illusione for men is relatively simple but it’s not boring and could easily become my go-to summer scent.
Olfactive Studio introduced their first trio of Collection Sepia fragrances in 2018 and Leather Shot was one of them. Upon smelling this perfume you are immediately taken inside of a leather workshop where the smell of raw leather mixes with more pungent smell of volatile chemicals used to treat the material before it can become your new bag or a shoe. Cardamom make it more spicy in a crunchy way, adding a facet as if something was roasting in the fireplace. Cumin makes a slightly dirty impression that quickly drowns and disappears in a black tea note that makes Leather Shot more smoky and simultaneously green in a specific way. A while later the scent becomes moist and there’s a part that smells to my nose like an artistic clay used for sculpting. Driftwood can smell like that at times and driftwood indeed is a part of this composition. Followed by an iris accord the perfume becomes instantly more elegant through the powdery, creamy facets while sandalwood, vetiver and cedar create a solid base that combines properties of all 3 – mellow at times, then more like a shrub or like a more rugged piece of wood. The collection was developed together with Bertrand Duchaufour so no surprise here that quality is very good.