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Quarterback 6 months ago 2
6
Bottle
6
Sillage
6
Longevity
6.5
Scent
Fall joy
Ummagumma by Fzotic / Bruno Fazzolari is a testament to the art of olfaction, a symphony of spicy-smoky notes that was introduced to the world in 2017. This perfume is a seamless blend of contrasts, much like the transformation from summer’s warmth to autumn’s cool embrace.

The spicy kick of saffron dances with the sweet allure of chocolate, reminiscent of that first sip of hot cocoa on a chilly evening. The smoky tones of tobacco and labdanum intertwine with the woody backdrop of cedar and sandalwood, invoking the image of a crackling fireplace. Gentle whispers of vanilla and tonka bean absolute bring forth the sweetness of autumnal desserts, while leather and frankincense lend a deep, rich warmth that wraps around you like a soft blanket. And just as fall carries with it the delicate bloom of carnations, Ummagumma does not shy away from floral notes, adding a touch of elegance to its robust character.

While my fragrance preferences may have evolved, Ummagumma’s enduring blend of spicy, smoky, woody, sweet, and leathery notes beckon me back every fall. It’s not just a perfume; it’s an olfactory journey through the nuances of a season in flux.
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Quarterback 7 months ago 1
6
Bottle
8
Sillage
8
Longevity
7.5
Scent
Maybe a 99mph serve? Not 100+
I have never been siren songed into buying a perfume immediately after it releases, much less a blind buy, but this being limited edition AND a tennis scent made me curious enough after seeing the notes to take the plunge. I highly do not recommend anyone do that in the future.

First off, price wise this is way more price per ML than I ever pay and wouldn't again, much less without getting a sense of the smell ahead of time. I was mortified that when it arrived, I'd not want to ever wear it and would have to discount it to get rid of it. Making matter worse, it showed up why I was away on vacation so I had to wait an extra week to check it out.

Having finally gotten to dance with it a bit, I can say that it's a very wearable bottle of juice. They did a generally good job. I would say that you should investigate the La Boticá line's "Barcelona" as the spring notes of this reminded me a lot of that, though "Crush Balls" (a terrible, terrible name. I could think of dozens of better tennis-related names for this that would be cute) is certainly greener. My green scent of choice these days has largely been another new perfume, the tomato-y Green Spell from Eris. Crush Balls is sweeter than them both without being too much so.

The thing DS&Durga did best with Crush Balls is making sure it projects without making it overpowering. This is one you can wear and not worry that it's going to fade after an hour or so, heavy sprayers should keep that in mind.

All in all, I don't regret taking the plunge on this studio juice from DS&Durga. Crush Balls is pretty unique in my collection and might be the best yet execution of a tennis-styled scent. I wouldn't call it a must-have, or even remotely life-changing. But if you're looking for an interesting bottle to add to your collection, especially if you're of the trading variety, this one could be an okay look. If you can smell it beforehand, I'd encourage that though.

I suspect the exclusivity part will wear off soon and there will be decants and half bottles available, at which would be a worthwhile acquisition
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Quarterback 8 months ago 2
9
Bottle
8
Sillage
7
Longevity
8.5
Scent
Fresh & Fruity
Cashmere in Cognac is truly a fresh showstopper. It boasts an invigorating blend of notes, from the warm embrace of Charred pinyon pine and New Caledonian sandalwood to the sweet allure of Vanilla CO2. If you’re one to steer clear of synthetics, this might not be your cup of tea.

However, if you appreciate a fragrance that’s light yet distinctive, this one shines through in almost any season, particularly under the sun’s rays—even in winter’s chill.

Whether you’re dressing for a day at the office or a night on the town, this scent is sure to lift your spirits. One caveat: its sillage is on the subtler side, so be prepared for a more intimate scent experience
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Quarterback 9 months ago 4
8
Bottle
6
Sillage
6
Longevity
7.5
Scent
Unexpected Beacon in the Scent Seascape
White Whale is an enigmatic perfume that transcends the traditional confines of fragrances. This aquatic wonder caught me off guard with its unexpected surge of brightness, offering an invigorating freshness that dances in a rhythmic synergy with its spicy undertones.

Its marine-inspired aroma can be likened to an unexpected summer breeze, carrying whiffs of the distant salty sea which tickle your senses in a tantalizing dance. The cooling notes are refreshing and make it a standout in the warmer months, creating a beautifully balanced cooling effect that's not overpoweringly cold. It shines especially bright in cooler summer weather, a testament to its exquisite composition.

Its unique mix of fresh, floral, and green accords adds to its depth, creating a scent that leaves an indelible impression. The floral and green notes add an earthy quality that grounds the fragrance, providing a counterpoint to the breezy marine notes. This delicate balance results in a sophisticated and refreshing aroma that leaves you craving for more.

However, the beauty of White Whale lies in its complexity. It's a scent you need to acclimate to, a fragrance that requires some time to fully appreciate. The initial brightness and marine notes might catch you off guard, but as the scent settles, you find a tantalizing cocktail that keeps you coming back.

In conclusion, White Whale is a revelation in the world of fragrances. Its beautifully balanced accords create an unforgettable scent story that is at once bright, refreshing, and complex. It's not for the faint-hearted, but for those willing to embrace its surprising elements, it's a perfume that promises to make a splash.
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Quarterback 9 months ago 2
7
Bottle
6
Sillage
6
Longevity
7
Scent
An Earthy Elegance
Overnight by Siela was a revelation for me. A wonderfully all-natural fragrance, it stands as a testament to the beauty and complexity that can be achieved without the use of synthetic ingredients.

The first impression of Overnight is one of pleasing spiciness, with black pepper, cardamom, and coriander lending a tantalizing warmth. This vibrant kick, however, is beautifully tempered by the soothing touch of frankincense, creating an inviting aromatic balance.

In this well-composed symphony of scents, the natural essence of the fragrance truly shines through. It has a robust character, a resonant 'kick,' yet its organic roots make it incredibly versatile and adaptable. Overnight is wearable in situations where alcohol-based fragrances might feel out of place or too overpowering.

The heart of the fragrance is where the Moroccan rose absolute gently unveils itself, adding a subtle floral touch to the spice-laden opening. This transition is seamless, keeping the fragrance engaging and dynamic.

As the scent develops, intriguing base notes begin to emerge. The inclusion of moss and vetiver lends an earthy depth, while the richness of oud and the sweetness of styrax create a unique, compelling dry-down.

In essence, Overnight is a scent of harmonious contrasts, a delightful blend of spice, resin, floral, and earthy notes. It's a fragrance that manages to be robust yet gentle, unique yet versatile - a truly commendable accomplishment by Siela.

If you're in the market for an all-natural, pleasantly spicy scent that can adapt to a variety of settings, Overnight by Siela might just be the perfect fit. It's a fragrance that not only respects nature's bounty but showcases it in a striking and memorable way.
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