Ten Best Perfumes That Are Atrocious Initially But Smell Awesome in the Dry Down:
Finding a perfect fragrance might require a lot of efforts. Though occasionally we fall in love with one fragrance that feels absolutely divine to our senses, we often find certain weird fragrances that don’t go well with our noses. Nevertheless, how many times have you ended with a perfume bottle that has given a hard slap on your olfactory organ with its bold odor, however gives a soothing, soft and surprising result in the heart and the base notes. Following is the list of ten such perfumes which may seem atrocious at top but turn gorgeous in the dry down.
1. Lush Lust (For men and women):
Lush’s Lust starts off gasoline and screech, and then mellows out into a honeyed blossom of a jasmine. Actually, from my experience, I’ve noticed that a lot of their stuff start off similarly on an unpleasant note, either strangely savory or just acrid, and then it usually mellows out into something fairly pleasant.
2. L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Issey Miyake for men:
The citric, fresh and aquatic notes in this most popular perfume make it a masterpiece for anyone who enjoys airy scents. The fragrance opens up with an odd and rare odor but dries down beautifully with musk, sandalwood and woody scent.
3. Musc Ravageur Frederic Malle (Perfume For Women):
It is a heavy winter fragrance that exposes itself very well throughout the day. This is a black tie, grown man, scent that should be worn either as a signature smell of a well groomed person or the occasional special event that will make your tux stand out from the rest. That opening is scary, but the dry down is a beautifully warming, musky cinnamon.
4. Jar Ferme Tes Yeux (Perfume For men and women):
The bottle looks a bit ugly. Notes are less but powerful. Spices and leather make it very strong and the first blast is like a hard slap to the face, strong animal musk in a barnyard smell, but it mellows and warms up into a beautiful leathery floral.
5. Calyx Prescriptives (For Women):
Excess of everything is bad and this perfume depicts the thought in the most perfect way. Calyx by perspectives is loaded with ingredients such as apricot, passionfruit, mint, mandarin orange, cassia, peach, mango, bergamot, grapefruit, papaya, cyclamen, lily, melon, freesia, orris root, jasmine, neroli, marigold, lily-of-the-valley, rose, musk, oakmoss, cedar, sandalwood and vetiver. The grapefruit note will make your eyes go squinty, but the other side is very nice. You have to really, REALLY, love green scents to love this one.
6. Dhofar Xerjoff Perfume (For Men):
The opening is brutal and B.O. with harsh pine & why-even-try florals. But, on the dry down, it turns into a classic 70s-80s masculine scent – the spicy-soapy-floral comes through and it feels much more as it’s intended. But, goodness, it is an hour of brutality to get there. And, probably not worth it, but I can’t remember hating a fragrance so much, only to be at least intrigued by its dry down. Dhofar has Top notes of lavender, pine, bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, sage, basil, coriander and litsea cubeba; middle notes of african orange flower, bay leaf, galbanum, nard himalayan (jatamansi) and rose; base notes are carnation, patchouli, sandalwood, french labdanum, vanilla, ambergris and resins.
7. Santal Noble Perfume (For Men):
Santal Noble is a warm, woody, balsamic, and powdery scent. It can be applied at any time of the day but works best in a winter night. Top notes are coffee, incense and spices; middle notes are sandalwood, patchouli and vanilla; base notes are vetiver, amber, musk and oakmoss. It smells really weird and almost sour for the first couple of minutes but has a lovely dry down. Very long lasting and decent silage serve as plus points.
8. Cuoio Pal Zileri Perfume (For Men):
Main accords consist of leather, sweet, smoky, and warm spices. As one can guess from the accords the perfume has a strong penetrating odor which may seem too loud in the first minutes of its application. Enormous silage adds to the dizziness but the long lasting feature saves the day with the loveliest dry down. Suits people with a strong and mature personality who has the charisma and confidence to carry just like Tuscan leather.
9. Bull’s Blood Imaginary Authors perfume (For Women and men):
It’s sour and dank in the beginning while the dry down is pure hay and soft barnyard. The perfume is musky, warm spicy, with a strong presence of patchouli, rose and tobacco. Sillage is heavy and the odor will stay with you all day round which is not so admirable in this case. This is a dark fragrance and the opening is screechy, hard to bear and metallic. In the mid the scent comes into focus as it starts to settle down. And the dry down is divine as the rose tiptoes gently to the forefront of the stage as the screech fades and the flute emerges. The dry down is so elegant and welcome after the screech that it really saves the fragrance.
10. Fahrenheit Christian Dior (For Men):
Accords that rule this fragrance are leather, fresh spicy, aromatic and woody. Top notes are lavender, mandarin orange, hawthorn, nutmeg flower, cedar, bergamot, chamomile and lemon; middle notes are nutmeg, honeysuckle, carnation, sandalwood, violet leaf, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and cedar; base notes are leather, tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk and vetiver. Works best in the night time in winters but can be worn in the day as well. A big no for the summers as it may get too heavy. Strong and bold, this fragrance does make a statement. The beginning can induce headache but the real show starts after ten to twenty minutes of the initial spray.
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