US Designer John Varvatos continues to expand his fragrance empire with Dark Rebel – an aptly-titled masculine which celebrates the rebellious man, and those who march to the beat of their own drum!
Presented in a leather cord-clad flacon, one can feel the gruff, virile masculinity oozing from every pore... it opens with accords of spiced Jamaican rum, Cuban sugar cane and cardamom. A steamy tobacco and leather accord diffuses from the heart of this scent, and brings with it a sexy 'grease-monkey' kind of vibe. Styrax, spices, castoreum and Mexican black vanilla make for a rich, animalic and dark foundation upon which all these accords are riding. Dark Rebelgrowls with strapping, male vigor – one for the ladies (or guys) to enjoy on their man!
With above-average projection and persistence, Dark Rebel provides good bang for your buck... it feels autumnal and draws you in close... it will likely become a signature scent for many.
Costume National – the cutting-edge avant garde Italian Design house - has just undergone a shakeup with Founder/Creative Director Ennio Capasa leaving earlier in 2016, but to date, their exceptional perfume collection remains unsullied. Costume National fragrances to me, are a little like a sheep in wolf's clothing. Their minimalistic flacons and stark, monochromatic advertising campaigns suggest that the scents themselves should follow suit: clean, linear, unembellished. But if the truth be known, Scent Gloss is one of many perfumes in the CN portfolio that challenges this very notion.
Launched in 2004, Scent Gloss is a floral fragrance for women which feels strikingly unusual. With their olfactory pyramid heavily guarded (with the exception of musk, orchid and rose), this perfume feels like a bouquet of flowers still wrapped in cellophane! There is a wonderful natural floral feel, which butts up against a sharp, synthetic, almost plasticky accord. Perhaps as the name suggests, it also has a strange 'lip-gloss' vibe; it somehow straddles the line between cosmetics and polyethylene! This is not to say the fragrance is bad or sickening... rather – it is like a hyper realistic painting – one in which extra-fine details come into focus... even if they don't truly exist in nature.
Clean and uplifting, for women who like to wear something memorable and individual... Scent Gloss is your jam!
Who'd have imagined that tobacco would work so well in perfumes? In the past 100 years we have seen a steady decline in the numbers of those who smoke, however in the early 1900's tobacco and tobacco products were the must-have accoutrements of the day! French perfumers Molinard created Habanita in 1925 to perfume rolled cigarettes with (it was only after the smell was adored by men and women alike, that it was eventually marketed as a perfume). Ever since, the bittersweet ambery odour that raw tobacco leaves create has been celebrated in perfumery the world over. In 2007, designer Tom Ford featured it front and center in his unisex Private Blend collection as the much-loved Tobacco Vanille.
Tobacco Vanille is a spiced oriental perfume which sits in both the masculine and feminine register. The union of these two major components (tobacco - being devoutly masculine - and vanilla - being resolutely feminine) was a worldwide hit! This perfume's flight consists of tobacco leaf and warm spices, and its nucleus, a cashmere soft mantle of tobacco flower, tonka bean, vanilla and cacao... these imbue a base of woods and dried fruits to make for a scent that is deliciously rich, warm, enveloping and comforting. Ford's genius ensured the composition did not get too saccharine, which added to its mass appeal.
Tobacco Vanille, now almost 10 years after it's launch, remains one of the top selling scents in Ford's collection. It is sophisticated, persistent and alluring. Whilst perhaps the most ideal fragrance for winter, Tobacco Vanille can be appreciated by all people at pretty much any time of the year.
A scent to cuddle up to.