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 Free Time

The Free Time flanker of F by Ferragamo pour Homme certainly has the distinction of having unique listed notes compared to the rest of the line. However, this one is even more transparent than the others, whereas that Tonka note in Black sticks to the skin, there is nothing in Free Time except airy wiffs passing by.

This is actually Day 3 consecutively with this one because I keep forgetting that I’m wearing it, but the moments when I do it’s very enjoyable, possibly the best of the series. Also, at least for me probably the most difficult to pick out individual notes (though I suspect that may have something to do with forgetting to smell it). The signature pepper has been dialed down some but with a bit of imagination, I can still perceive the family relationship.

I suspect that I will be putting this aside for when the warmer weather comes back, where it will be an easy reach beside Tommy Bahama Set Sail St Barts.

Notes: Lemon, Ginger / Pink pepper, Cardamom, White cedar / Musk, Vetiver

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