SotD: Halston Man Amber

Wow, that’s different from what I have been wearing recently! Halston Man Amber arrived in my mailbox yesterday and I have to say I was pretty excited. I think I had been put on to it by Emitsu of Simply Put Scents in his Top 10 Fall fragrances for 2017. He gave it an honorable mention and somehow that was good enough for me to blind buy… <Duh Duh Dummm(b?)> But I love this guy and have a tendency to pull the trigger on cheapies pretty quickly. Once again this worked out well for me.

This immediately put me in mind of one of the Al-Rehab oils that I have, I’m pretty sure it’s the Sultan Al Oud but I could be misremembering. Sultan Al-Oud might be a smell-a-like/impression of Tom Ford Oud Wood, and Halston Man Amber is right in that same zone though slightly brighter (bergamot?) and the that myrrh which almost reads as a sweet soapiness.

The result here is that Halston Man Amber is much easier to wear. By that, I mostly mean that putting it on isn’t a 3-day commitment like the Al-Rehab and doesn’t hurt the wallet like Tom Ford 🙂 The whole thing comes out as a nice resinous oud/incense that may not be everyone’s cup of tea but really works for me as the weather cools.

Notes: Geranium leaves, Thyme, Bergamot / Amber, Myrrh, Labdanum / Oud wood, Atlas Cedar, Musk

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SotD: F by Ferragamo pour Homme Black

Compared to the original F by Ferragamo pour Homme, the Black edition seems to have more presence without deviating too far from the original.

The addition of coriander adds a nice fullness to the spicy pepper heart and the tonka brings a sweetness and heaviness throughout. This one still has that harsh opening moment from the original and potentially deceptive structure where it seems to disappear on the skin but still has projection. The tonka, in particular, seems to help keep something going on near the skin and does lend more of a “going out after work” vibe vs the originals perhaps more “sitting at my desk” tone.

Notes: Lavender, Apple? / Black Pepper, Coriander / Labdanum, Tonka

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SotD: F by Ferragamo Pour Homme

I’ve been wearing F by Ferragamo pour Homme diligently for a few days now, and still can’t decide if it’s great or merely good. But I think I know why now…

A few reviews on Fragrantica seem to perceive a link to Terre d’Hermes that is a bit contentious and doesn’t come through in the notes. Likewise, several reviewers mention that it projects well and is more noticeable by others than by the wearer. Together that makes me think that there is a hefty dose of Iso E Super or one of its non-IFF analogs.

In the end, F is pleasant, clean and subtle with just enough edge from the pepper notes to have a unique-ish character. Next, I’ll probably move on to the flankers 🙂

Notes: Lavender, Apple / Black Pepper / Labdanum, Leather?, Amber?


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