This one is cozy, more so than sexy.
Another woody/spicy but in a different context. The wood is definitely represented by a synthetic sandalwood similar to Gucci Rush or Pal Zileri’s Sartoriale, and a more minor dry cedar.
The spiciness is similar to Costume National Homme (also by Dominique Ropion) but with clove substituted for tobacco. This is where it gets a “dusty” feel to it. Like you opened a cedar cigar box thats been empty for years, but the corners of the box still have dried up old tobacco leaf bits piled up. Dry, dusty, authentic. Really, really nice.
There is some amber mixed in with the tobacco to give it oomph and longevity. The amber isnt great, I dont know if I could ever confuse this for ambergris or any sort of salty drydown like a Creed accord. Still very nice, if anything it adds sweetness. This is a minor gripe from a person that really doesnt enjoy amber at all. Notice I didnt mention oud? I get none of it.
Dominique Ropion did a great job with this one, I hope it becomes more widely available, even at discounters because I think many Tobacco/Spice/Amber/Wood fans will enjoy this one immensely.
Big projection and longevity, aimed at cold temperatures.
Costume National Homme
Frapin – Speakeasy
A decent oriental styled tobacco fragrance, but much better options are out there.
Very loud and tenacious, to a fault.