Othoca by Acqua di Sardegna opens with a tangy bergamot note that sparkles on the skin. It’s chilly and bubbly but this impressions quickly fades away when red thyme and marjoram join the composition. These two warm up the scent in an instant, making it more herbaceous and dry-ish, like herbs drying in the sun. This herbal vibe becomes floral and purple over time because of lavender accord. It’s there but is not overly pronounced. There’s also a metallic juniper hiding in the back. However seaweed note steals the spotlight, introducing a marine and salty smell of algae. Costus, which I personally don’t like, adds some stench of wilderness to the blend. The base of Othoca hides a dry, oceanic-tinted amber combined with grassy vetiver which smells almost like hay note to me. The perfume is finished with earthy patchouli and textured cedarwood which feels a bit rough when you smell it. I think costus is the key element that doesn’t allow me to enjoy this perfume, it could be quite okay without it.
Oranger Alhambra from Armani Prive is a rather enjoyable summer perfume. It starts with a sharp, acidic note that imitates neroli but then the scent rounds quickly and reveals a tart note of bitter orange. In this case it’s mostly about aromatic rind rather than the juiciness inside the fruit. Bergamot and lemon add a bittersweet flavor to this concoction. Petitgrain introduces a hint of verdancy, like leaves rusting in the wind. In the heart of Oranger Alhambra there is an airy and summery jasmine accord – very luminous and sheer one. It’s been paired with marjoram & rosemary, both of these notes add more freshness and transport you to a meadow in the mid of July. This perfume has a lovely base of moss that makes it slightly more earthy, woody and veering towards chypre direction.
1978 Les Bains Douches is one of the six perfumes in Les Bains Guerbois range. At the very first whiff you can smell a lot of whiskey with its boozy, malt flavor. After a couple of minutes this alcoholic scent gains a spicy edge thanks to roaster & crunchy cardamom blended with davana. Those are followed by bitter orange and yuzu. Both citrus notes are delicious and mouth-watering. Later in the fragrance development there’s a herbaceous clary sage that’s responsible for adding more masculine character to the scent. Hints of oriental rose reach my nose at some point and they melt under milky spiciness of heliotrope. Swirls of tobacco smoke entwine with the smell of vanilla and myrrh for a pleasant concoction. Ambery notes brighten up the perfume. Atlas and Virginia cedar create a solid base that makes 1978 Les Bains Douches last for hours. Patchouli adds depth to this intriguing, night club inspired fragrance. It’s oriental and powdery mostly, rather unisex.