Zoologist Civet Review – Edible Old School Glamour

Zoologist Civet Review

The best perfumes are the ones that strike the right balance between art and utility. They are creative and wearable at the same time. With Civet, Zoologist stroke this balance. It's a fragrance that captures the imagination, fills the soul and doesn't make you wonder when you can actually wear it.

This combination of originality and wearability has turned into a trademark for the man behind Zoologist - Victor Wong. To tell you his fragrances are easy to wear would be a lie. They are interesting and often challenging. Yet, their wild nature is restrained by sober realism.​

Perfume has to push the boundaries of the art but at the same time it has to be wearable. This is why, in his collection we don't see numbers like Secretions Magnifiques or other olfactory stunts destined for the archives of the Osmotheque. We need more of Bat, Beaver and Civet.

Zoologist's web site describes Civet as follows:

"Zoologist Civet pays homage to the age-old ingredient, civet, as well as chypre perfumes of bygone days – perfumes that refused to be intimidated by raw, alluring, animalistic musks. Civet is a moody and complex brew entwined in mystery. It opens with a spicy floral accord, threaded through with dark coffee tones. Slowly it prowls forward, unraveling base notes of leather, moss and vanilla that combines with distinctive civet musk to create a bewildering, sophisticated scent with the promise of a sultry nighttime rendezvous."​


Indeed, Zoologist Civet has the feel of a classic fragrance. It is opulent and bold in the vein of Shalimar, Fetiche, and Vol de Nuit. To me, it smells more like a classic floral-oriental fragrance rather than a chypre.

If you define the latter as a fragrance that combines cool citrus notes with warm resin base, then, Civet is a chypre fragrance. What stops me from putting Civet in this genre, however, is the lack of an oakmoss accord (since the real thing is banned) and animalic undertones.

To my nose, the cool citrus opening gracefully transitions to a warmer gourmand base. The structure and blend of Civet is superb but I don't get any dirt or skunk from it. It is not raw or challenging even though the coffee note adds some grit and crunch. This is why, to me, the fragrance falls into the flora-oriental/gourmand family rather than the chypre one.

Regardless of how you classify it, the important thing is that Civet smells good. If you enjoy floral-orientals, this is a must-try.

Dig Deeper: What Does It Smell Like?

Zoologist Civet

Indonesian Civet. Source: The Guardian

How to Wear Zoologist Civet

Civet is a pleasure to wear. It has an easygoing vibe of a scent that doesn't take itself too seriously. It never turns too heavy or cloying, which makes it perfect for almost any weather and occasion.​

Weather​

The gourmand facet of Civet makes it best suited for a colder weather. Winter would be the season when it would shine. Spring and fall would also be good seasons for it. I am curious to try it in the summer. The citrus-floral opening may work just as well as in the winter but the gourmand drydown may prove more challenging.​


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Occasion​

I see Civet as a casual scent. Its strong projection calls for a moderate application (the perfume concentration is at 25%). If dosed correctly, however, the perfume will be appropriate for most occasions.​

Age​

Just like many niche fragrances, this one also requires a certain maturity from its wearer. If you are in your teens, Civet may not be the right choice for you.​

The Experts Say...​

Aaron Potterman, Contributor and Vintage Perfume Expert for CaFleurBon.

"What we are left with is an absolute stunner of a fragrance. Without a doubt there is a vintage air to the composition, but done so with a keen eye on doing something contemporary and somewhat different than the traditional civet scents of the past. Marrying the different historical uses of the animal into one makes for a very interesting take and shows huge respect to the wonderful animal that begat it all."

Star Rating:​ None Given

Read Aaron's full review here

Ida Meister, A Fragrance Collector and Sniffeuse

"We smell the warmth of dark coffee melded with photorealistic synthetic civet and dusky oakmoss, a rich lusty leather accord underpinning the panoply of sumptuous materials."

"Civet is an enigmatic perfume possessing all the stature of a fine chypre minus any fussiness/fustiness which some have come to associate with them. It triumphantly bridges classic and contemporary with aplomb, finesse, and a full measure of fascination."

Star Rating:​ None Given

Read Ida's full review here.

The Bottom Line

Civet is a very well composed floral-oriental fragrance that is interesting and very wearable. If you are looking for a dirty, animalic rendition of civet, this is not the one. If you love gourmand, coffee-infused florals, however, you'll be very pleased with Victor Wong and Shelley Waddington's creation.​

Would you buy Civet by Zoologist?
I think Civet is definitely worth a purchase. It is not the type of fragrance that will sit in the back of your closet because it is too weird to wear anywhere.​

Would I get compliments wearing Civet?
Whether you'll get compliments from Civet is tricky and it has nothing to do with the fragrance. Civet smells good but it is not a crowd pleaser in the stereotypical way. People who appreciate perfume will like it and may compliment you. The aromaphobics will find it too strong but then there is nothing that crowd.

How many stars would you give Civet?
It's a solid 4-star fragrance that is a pleasure to wear.

Vital Stats​

Performance

Longevity: 14 Hours
Projection: Strong

Notes

Bergamot, Black Pepper, Lemon, Orange, Spices, Tarragon

Carnation, Frangipani, Heliotrope, Hyacinth, Linden, Tuberose, Ylang-Ylang

Balsam, Coffee, Incense, Labdanum, Musk, Oakmoss, Leather, Vanilla, Vetiver


Rating


Zoologist Civet Review

Bottle Size: 60ml

Concentration: Eau de Parfum​ (25% concentration)

Price: $165*​

Where to Buy: Zoologist Perfumes, Etiket

*Price is subject to change.​

Imaginary Authors The Cobra & The Canary – Fragrance Review

the cobra & the canary

You can tell a story in many ways. James Spundt tells it through writing and Josh Meyer tells through scent. The story of The Cobra & The Canary goes like this:

"When a tip from a clairvoyant leads 23-year old Neal Orris to a rural Connecticut barn housing his deceased father’s secret obsession, a pristine 1964 Shelby Cobra Roadster, it is the getaway ticket he was desperately searching for. After liberating his best friend Ike from his dead-end job on the family farm, the two hit the open highway. Aiming for the Palm Springs race tracks, their journey is a blur of seedy motels, cool swimming pools, hot debutantes, cocktails, and cigarette smoke. Each stop finds the friends inventing new pseudonyms and personas for themselves, their innocent game hurtling into the depths of decadence and desolation."​


Sometimes I do the same. When I read an interesting scene in a novel I imagine what the main characters would smell.

Imaginary Authors' Josh Meyer goes a step further and create a fragrance out of it. In the case of The Cobra & The Canary, orris, leather, hay and tobacco come together to create the olfactory experience of the road trip the main character in Spundt's novel (Neal Orris) took in his dad's Shelby Cobra Roadster and his best friend Ike.

When I first smelled The Cobra & The Canary none of this clicked. I hadn't read the back story and to me Josh Meyer's perfume was just a really good rendition of leather and iris.

It wasn't until I started my research for this review that it all came together. Josh Meyer didn't just create a leather fragrance. He wanted to tell retell Spundt's novel through scent.


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Luckily for us, Josh has saved the smells of some of the places Neal Orris and Ike visit.

I personally am glad that I don't pick out the smell of the "seedy motels", "hot debutantes" and "cigarette smoke". As for the asphalt, I don't get much of it either. A touch of something resembling machine oil peeks through in the dry-down of the fragrance.

Story telling through perfume, however, doesn’t require that every note or smell of the scent is clearly present. Perfume’s power lies in its ability to convey feelings and emotions by creating a certain ambiance. It is the wearer who fills in the missing links between what they smell and the scenery the perfumer wants to convey.

This is why, Josh Meyer doesn’t have to include a note of a “seedy motel” or “cigarette smoke” for us to get the sensation of the scene he is depicting. The overall experience The Cobra & The Canary recreates is that of bold adventurism, of putting your middle finger in the air and racing off in the horizon to chase your dream.

Dig Deeper: What Does It Smell Like?

How to Wear The Cobra & The Canary

Imaginary Authors The Cobra & The Canary is an interesting fragrance but not necessarily an easy one to wear. In fact, how versatile you find it will depend on your exposure to leather scents and your comfort level with them.​

The Cobra & The Canary is no Aoud Cuir d’Arabie (Montale) or Hard Leather (LM Parfums) but it has a kick. Therefore, it’s best to wear it with an open, trial-and-error mindset.​

Weather​

The website of Imaginary Authors advises us to wear The Cobra & The Canary on “Hot, hazy weekdays when you can put your life on hold and enjoy a simple luxury like a fast drive in the country.”​

I agree with the bit about putting your life on hold and driving fast in the country side. I’m not so sure about the hot and hazy day. I tend to veer toward leather scents in a colder weather.

Occasion​

This is a free-spirit, bad-ass type of fragrance. It’s what you wear with your bike gang at the local watering hole. Josh Meyer created The Cobra & The Canary to tell the story of a road trip. Maybe the best thing to do is follow the perfumer’s idea about this fragrance and put it on when we hit the road…even if it’s a family trip.​

Age​

I see The Cobra & The Canary as a coming-of-age fragrance. It’s the scent of Ferris Bueller on his day off. It is what Jim Stark would wear. The modern Holden Caulfield too.​

The Cobra & The Canary is a bad-ass fragrance for all ages. I’d love to smell it on that high school rebel with the leather biker jacket, tight jeans and pointy-toe shoes.​

The Experts Say...​

Kafka from Kafkaesque. A Perfume Critic

“It’s a lovely story, but The Cobra & The Canary was hell on earth for me. I mean it. The fragrance is laden with a cheap aroma-chemical that made me feel as though I’d been punched in the nose, had a scalpel scrape off the skin inside, and had a bloody nose. I have never had that reaction to a fragrance before, and it’s been a while since I experienced genuine physical pain in sniffing a fragrance. Each and every time.”

Star Rating:​ None Given

Read Kafka's full review here. ​

Tama Blough for Ca Fleur Bon

“The synopsis for this “book” reads: 'We were driving faster than dammit, headed due west for a place called Anywhere But Here.' The perfume conjures this scenario perfectly; the road, the passion, the hot tuck and roll leather seats. Get in your car and drive.”

Star Rating:​ None Given

Read Tama's full review here

Peter from FragranceView. A YouTube Reviewer

“There is a sense of this overwhelming dryness, which is what I pictured driving through the desert in the heat in a convertible car.”


“I would say if you’re going to struggle with this fragrance, it would be in the first 20 minutes.”


“In terms of performance, I get 7 hours of longevity with the projection actually being quite good. One to two hours of modest projection.”


“Definitely unique and definitely paints the picture of getting in a convertible car and driving in the heat across the desert, just escaping life.”​

Star Rating: None Given​

The Bottom Line

The Cobra & The Canary is probably one of the most unique leather fragrances you’ll come across. It’s versatile and at the same time tricky to wear. It can work for any occasion and at the same time no occasion. It is up to you do decide.​

Would you buy The Cobra & The Canary?
I think it’s a worthy addition to any collection. It’s the kind of fragrance you wear for your own enjoyment.​

Would I get compliments wearing The Cobra & The Canary?
The Cobra & The Canary is like a Kandinsky painting. It makes you analyze it and ponder on it. You don’t, however, necessarily exclaim “oh, what a wonderful painting”. The Cobra & The Canary isn’t Bleu de Chanel and people won’t tell you smell nice. You may intrigue the braver souls but I would suggest wearing this perfume for the sake of your enjoyment.

What rating would you give The Cobra & The Canary?
I think it deserves a 4 out of 5. It is a unique, well-executed fragrance that will keep you coming back for another sniff.

Vital Stats​

Performance

Longevity: 14 Hours
Projection: Moderate

Notes

Lemon, Iris

Leather, Hay, Asphalt


Rating


the cobra & the canary

Bottle Size: 14ml, 50ml

Concentration: Eau de Parfum​

Price: $125*

Where to Buy: Etiket

*Price is subject to change.​

Imaginary Authors Slow Explosions – Review

Imaginary Authors Slow Explosions Review

The first sniff of Imaginary Authors Slow Explosions left me speechless. My nose was stunned and my brain had no idea what to do with the information it was feeding it. I had never smelled anything like it before and was in a mild shock.

The slap-in-the-face smell of Slow Explosions shouldn't come as a surprise. Its creator, Josh Meyer, has earned the reputation of a creative genius. His house Imaginary Authors features fragrances that go into uncharted territories.

Josh's genius, however, shines not so much in coming up with a conceptual scent. What gets him my respect and admiration is his ability to create a never-done-before perfume that is also wearable.​

A Bit of History...

Some reviewers say Slow Explosions is an improved version of another release from Imaginary Authors. In 2015 Josh Meyer released a limited edition fragrance called An Air of Dispair. Slow Explosions shares a strong saffron note with it but it has other accords that make it more enjoyable to wear.​

Slow Explosions is a complex and nuanced fragrance, which requires several wears to fully understand. The first time I wore it I got a strong sour leather accord that I found too harsh for my taste.

The first seconds of Slow Explosion feel like a slap across your face.


The second time I tested Slow Explosions the sour leather was still there but this time it was more nuanced. I could pick out saffron and some rose. What I had first thought to be an airy frankincense now I distinguished as rose and benzoin.​

What I enjoy the most about Slow Explosions is that every time I smell it I discover a different nuance. An accord I hadn't noticed before emerges and drastically changes how I see Josh Meyer's creation.

Slow Explosions is so different that we don't have any preconceived notions about it.


Great perfumery as an art form behaves like this. It shifts and morphs and keeps your senses and imagination curious and excited. If perfumery is the creation of an experience, then Slow Explosions is the kind of experience that leaves you satisfied. Just like after a good meal or an interesting movie, you tell yourself "this was good".​

Dig Deeper: What Does It Smell Like?

How to Wear Imaginary Authors Slow Explosions

Slow Explosions is an unusual scent but it is surprisingly versatile. The only prerequisite is how many sprays you put on.

Weather​

Imaginary Authors Slow Explosions will work great for any season. Wearing it in extremely hot weather may be a bit of a challenge but this is the only limitation.​

Occasion​

This is where things can get a bit tricky. The suitability of Slow Explosions will depend on your risk tolerance. With limited application you can wear it to a white tie event or to the beach. The operative phrase here is "limited application".


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Slow Explosions has a strong projections, which may backfire in certain situations.​

Age​

Would your teenage daughter be able to wear Slow Explosions? She definitely can and for it she'll be the most interesting smelling girl in school.

Slow Explosions is so versatile because it is so different than anything else. Our judgment of whether something is age or gender appropriate is dictated by our preconceived notions. Slow Explosions is so different that we don't have any preconceived notions about it. This is why, it works great for any age.​

The Experts Say...​

Mark Behnke from Colognoisseur. Perfume Critic

"When I tried it on a strip, it was saffron, rose, and leather. On my skin, much of the other supporting notes become detectable making it seem as if my wearing it was looking inside the Big Bang on the strip in slow motion...after wearing Slow Explosions I was neither lost, aimless or depressed; I was happy."

Star Rating:​ None Given

Read Mark's full review here. ​

Gail Gross, Weekly Contributor to Ca Fleur Bon

"When I first tested Slow Explosions the fragrance seemed rather weak and so I generously reapplied. After fifteen minutes I was leaving a scent trail of about five feet in all directions...Perhaps it is a good idea to apply this fragrance discreetly and to relax knowing that the explosions will come!"

"The perceived scent of apples, not unlike my imagined smell of smoke, seemed similar to the psychoacoustic effect described years ago by my mbira teacher Dumisami Maraire as 'the obvious but not present'."​

Star Rating:​ None Given

Read Gail's full review here.

Sebastian from Looking Feeling Smelling Great with Josh Meyer

Josh Meyer: The Slow Explosions is the idea of this saffron accord. So I smelled this saffron CO2 and I wanted to expand it. I took the idea of this saffron accord that smells like apple and leather and rose, all together at once and want to take each one of those elements and build on it.

Josh Meyer: Interestingly, there is no apple aroma-chemical, it's simply the saffron accord.

Josh Meyer: The Air of Despair is the short story of the epic novel Slow Explosions.

Star Rating:​ None Given

The Bottom Line

Slow Explosions is an interesting fragrance that is pure fun to wear. Just when you think an accord is gone, it appears again. The fragrance keeps your senses on edge just like a real slow explosion. You don't know what will happen next.​

Would you buy Slow Explosions?
Just for the sheer joy of going through its billowing motions, I'd get Slow Explosions.​

Would I get compliments wearing Slow Explosions?
It's an interesting scent with a decent projection. Slow Explosions is a unique fragrance but it has a character of likability around it. While some unique scents take time to study and appreciate, Slow Explosions is fragrance, which you almost instantly like. You are drawn to it and want to take your time studying it. You will likely get compliments based on people's first impressions.

What rating would give Slow Explosions?
I'd give it a 4 out of 5.

Vital Stats​

Performance

Longevity: 14 Hours
Projection: Strong

Notes

Saffron, Rose, Leather

Benzoin

Cashmeran


Rating


Imaginary Authors Slow Explosions Review

Bottle Size: 14ml, 50ml

Concentration: Eau de Parfum​

Price: $48 - $125*​

Where to Buy: etiket.ca

*Price is subject to change.​


Disclosure: a sample for this review was provided by etiket. Etiket is a boutique store located in Montreal that carries select brands of skin care and fragrance products. 

Mona di Orio Vetyver Review – The Scent of Winter Wonderland

Mona di Orio Vetyver

Mona di Orio has managed to impress me again. This time it is with a fragrance built around one of the most common and versatile ingredients. Despite the popularity of its namesake raw material, Mona di Orio Vetyver stands out as a unique interpretation of the note.

The secret? Vetiver from Bourbon. And, of course, Mona's touch.

I've come three variety of vetiver fragrances:​

In the latter category falls pretty much any fragrance that features the ingredient but smells nothing like it.

Mona di Orio Vetyver is the dry earthy, smoky kind. It falls somewhere between the oily, nutty vetiver of Guerlain's and the thin, crispy note in Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver. It is close to Chanel's Sycomore but is more transparent ​and not as smoky. 

Okay, So Why Is It Different?​

What makes Mona's Vetyver different is that she sourced the highest quality vetiver oil from Bourbon. In an interview with extrait.it she shared that her favourite note to work with was vetiver. The variety from Bourbon was the one she loved the most.​

Mona di Orio's Vetyver is not so much about getting compliments but about experience and sensuality.​​


All this talk about ingredient sourcing and differences in smell based on the region of origin can easily appear as splitting hairs. After all, whether it comes from Haiti or France, vetiver smells like vetiver.​

You will be 100% correct to think about vetiver in this way if it is used to play a supporting role. When the vetiver note is the superstar of the fragrance, this is when you notice its nuances and differences in character.​

The quality of the ingredients in Mona di Orio's Vetyver is evident. You find depth and richness in her composition. It almost feels three dimensional. An aura of sparkling dry woods envelops you.

Mona di Orio's Vetyver is not so much about getting compliments but about experience and sensuality.​

Dig Deeper: What Does It Smell Like?

Where to Rock Mona di Orio Vetyver

Mona di Orio's Vetyver works great for any weather and any occasion. Since there is a certain maturity and sophistication to it, I wouldn't wear it places where the proper attire requires flip-flops.​

Weather​

The dry earthy vetiver and cool citrus make Mona di Orio's fragrance is suitable for any weather. I find it leaning more towards the fall and spring seasons when the temperatures are moderate in most of North America and Europe.​

Occasion​

One way to find out whether a scent is suitable for an event is to close your eyes and picture yourself wearing it.


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If you see the fragrance complementing your attire and the environment, then it is going to work.

The other way is to explore how the fragrance makes you feel and ask yourself whether you want to feel that way.​

Most vetivers make me feel melancholic. Not Mona's Vetyver. When I wear it I feel chic. This is why I see it as the perfect choice for a Saturday brunch at a posh cafe or a stroll through the streets of Paris on a rainy day.​

Mona di Orio Vetyver

Coffee Cups by Papou
Source: Tracey Meagher

Regardless the occasion, Vetyver will work great. If there is one area where it is versatile, it's the occasions it is suitable for.

Age​

The dry aspect of the Bourbon vetiver requires some maturity from the wearer of this perfume. Its overall fresh nature makes Vetyver appropriate for people of all ages but I just don't see a teenager pulling it off.​

The Experts Say...​

Gaia Fishler from The Non-Blonde

"Vetyver is plush and rich. It's a wild tea party with the most intoxicating beverages, spice cakes and spicier guests attending. Mona di Orio's Vetyver takes the main note and weaves around it a colorful oriental fantasy."

Star Rating: None Given​

Read Gaia's full review here. ​

Basenotes Reviewers

"A beautiful dry vetiver with a hell of a supporting cast. Slightly floral without being too sweet."

"...a vetiver that feels "wet" but is not at all sweet. It is succulent, rich, sparkly without being sharp & citric. It is an inspired take on how to do vetiver on a different path."​

Star Rating:​ None Given

See all reviews on Basenotes.

The Bottom Line

Mona di Orio's Vetyver is a beautiful take on a classic note. Dry, earthy and sparkly at the same time, it creates and aura of elegance and sophistication. A must try by those tired of the typical interpretations of the note.​

Would you buy Vetyver?
I have a complicated relationship with vetiver fragrances. I fall deeply in love with them just to start hating them later. If I were to pick one, it would be Mona's Vetyver.​

Would I get compliments wearing it?
I don't see Vetyver as a compliment-getter. It is not loud and attention-grabbing. To some it may not even be a pretty fragrance. Therefore, I wouldn't count on compliments but I definitely know I will feel great wearing it.

What rating would you give it?
Mona di Orio Vetyver deserves a 4 out of 5. The composition is masterful and the ingredients are superior. I do find Vetyver lacking in longevity. I barely got six hours out of it and this is one reason to give it only four stars.

Vital Stats​

Performance

Longevity: 6 Hours
Projection: Soft

Notes

Ginger, Grapefruit, Vetiver

Nutmeg

Labdanum, Patchouli, Musk


Rating


Mona di Orio Vetyver

Bottle Size: 75ml

Concentration: Eau de Parfum​

Price: $225*​

Where to Buy: Etiket

*Price is subject to change.​

D&G The One EdP Review – Sexiness in a Bottle 2.0

D&G The One EdP Review

D&G The One EdP came out in 2015 but the same fragrance has been around in an Eau de Toilette concentration since 2008.

Having the same fragrance in two concentrations doesn't make much sense. This is especially true for the The One as the two versions smell more or less the same.

In my opinion, Dolce & Gabbana released The One EdP for two reasons: first to address consumer complaints of poor longevity and projection. Second, to make even more money from a successful fragrance.​

Despite its iconic status in the fragrance community, The One EdT sufferers from one major downfall. It doesn't last very long.​

The most obvious and probably the most difficult way to address longevity issues is to make to make the juice more concentrated.

Just amping up the concentration, however, creates another problem. It changes the smell of the fragrance. To learn more about concentration and longevity, read 5 Things That Impact Fragrance Longevity.


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Perfume concentrations are not picked on a whim. Perfumers usually pick a concentration that would work best for the fragrance they have in mind. Just increasing the concentration can make the juice smell differently.

The One EdP doesn't suffer from this issue. The EdP version smells virtually the same as the EdT, if not a bit denser.

The other reason for Dolce & Gabbana to release an EdP version of The One is to make more money from the superstar in its roster.

Since the original release of The One in 2008, Dolce & Gabbana hasn't had another great hit on its hands. The house started a private line and released a whole bunch of Light Blue flankers but none of these were notable in any meaningful way. The One is Dolce & Gabbana's Dior Homme and it was in need of more attention.​

The first time you smell it, The One will seem familiar. There are two reasons for that. First, you might have smelled it on someone. After all, popularity is the curse of a good fragrance.

Second, many other designer fragrances smell like The One. Where the fragrance shines is its smoothness. It's like your favourite song played in original at the right volume.​

Most modern designer fragrances are built on the following principle: spend 90% of your budget on the opening and 10% on the rest. It shows. You have fragrances with breath-stopping top notes, which stumble and fall miserably after the first half hour.​

The One has escaped this curse of modern perfumery and beautifully transitions from one phase to the next, just like a song mixed by your favourite DJ.

What D&G The One Smells Like

How to Rock It

Weather​

The One is a fragrance that could work for any weather. Naturally, as a woody-oriental it would be better suited for the colder months. The One stays light and well-tempered and even a hot summer day won't be a challenge for it.​

Occasion​

The versatility when it comes to where you can wear The One is unsurpassed. It works great as an office scent and as a pick up magnet at a night out. I've worn The One casually at home, just because I enjoy its alluring smoothness. The One could easily be one of those fragrance you are safe to put on for any occasion.​

Age​

There is a certain elegant lightness to The One that makes the fragrance an easy wear for people of any age. I can easily see an 11-year old boy wearing this, just like someone in their 70s.​

The Experts Say...​

Sebastian from Looking Feeling Smelling Great

Sebastian from Looking Feeling Smelling Great says The One EdP is an improvement on the EdT version. On him The One EdT lasts around 4.5 hours, while the EdP concentration lasts around 6.5 hours.

Regarding the scent itself, Sebastian think that The One is a "wonderful, wonderful designer tobacco scent". He finds The One EdP denser than the EdT but it still stays fairly transparent.

Sebastian says The One lacks a certain "oomph" you find in other woody-oriental fragrances. He contrasts it with Dior Homme Parfum, which is a lot denser and with a lot more presence.​

Overall, The One gets thumbs up from Sebastian. He thinks it's a good designer release.​

Star Rating:​ None Given

Steven from Redolessence

Steven from Redolessence finds the amber and tobacco accord more pronounced in the EdP version of The One rather than the EdT.

He also finds the EdP edition to be a little boozier and a little more pronounced apple note. I personally don't detect an apple note but I can easily see an accord that could hint at caramelized apple.

Steven also likes the tobacco note in The One. He says it has a cherry facet to it, which is unlike some of the tobacco accords in other designer fragrances.

Overall, Steven recommends The One EdP over The One EdT because of the better performance. Otherwise, he finds both scents to be identical.

Star Rating*:​

*Steven gives The One a 10 out of 10, which would be the equivalent of 5 out of 5 on a 5-star scale. I've converted her rating on a 5-star scale for ease of comparison.

Dave from the Fragrance Bros

Dave from The Fragrance Bros and Stewie from FragBoy Stewie both find the longevity to be the biggest issue of The One EdP. Stewie reports longevity around 4.5 - 5 hours and Dave squeezed out 8 hours. He explains that the EdP version is an improvement on the original but not nearly where he expected it to be in terms of performance.​

Despite the disappointing longevity, Stewie is impressed with the projection of The One EdP. He says within the first hour, he get five-six feet projection. For him, at the two-hour mark the fragrance quiets down significantly and almost turns into a skin scent.​

Dave says he detects a fresh note in The One EdP, which he didn't pick up as much of in the EdT version. Fortunately, this aspect of the perfume quiets down and the familiar soft and cuddly The One emerges.

In terms of what scent to purchase, Dave recommends that Cereus 14 is very similar to The One EdP. Cereus 14 is a beautiful scent featuring a boozy accord and a touch of violet. It is in the same family as The One EdP, even though I find it to be more mature. Several years ago I wore Cereus 14 for several months straight. Even though I loved the smell, the longevity was not spectacular by any means.​

Dave and Stewie agree that The One is a very likable scent. Dave explains that it is not a generic fragrance but still is very likable.​

Stewie gives The One EdP 8.5 out of 10 and is taking away points for the longevity. Dave, on the other hand, give it a 3 out of 5 and highly recommends Cereus 14 as a good alternative.​

Star Rating:​

The Bottom Line

Overall, The One is a great scent despite its longevity issues. It works great in any situation and is a step above the standard designer offerings.​

Would you buy The One?
Yes, I got a bottle at the duty free this summer and have been wearing it regularly ever since.​


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Would I get compliments wearing The One?
You would most likely get compliments if people actually get to smell it on you.

What rating would you give The One?
I'd give The One 4 out of 5. Despite the excellent composition to me it smells a bit designerish and mainstream. I don't find it particularly unique even though the execution is masterful. And yeah...the longevity is not great.

Vital Stats​

Performance

Longevity: 6 Hours
Projection: Soft

Notes

Grapefruit, Coriander, Basil

Orange Blossom, Cardamom, Ginger

Tobacco, Amber, Cedar


Rating


D&G The One EdP Review

Bottle Size: 50ml, 100ml

Concentration: Eau de Parfum​

Price: $92*​

Where to Buy: any major department store

*Price is subject to change.​