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Sammarco Bond-T Perfume Review

Sammarco Bond-T Perfume Review

Bond-T was inspired by a visit to a chocolate factory in Pisa of Dutch born chocolate master Paul de Bondt which explains the puzzling name of the perfume. Smelling this perfume with the dry dusty dark chocolate, sweet patchouli and subtle animalic notes makes me curious of this chocolate factory and its special chocolates.

Bond-T is very well balanced as it is never too candy sweet and the dirty animalic notes  combined with the chocolate make it interesting and distinctive. It does not smell like you just applied an expensive bonbon on your arm although it is clearly a chocolate centred fragrance.

Bond-T was launched by Italian perfumer Giovanni Sammarco in 2013 and is only sold as an extrait de parfum (pure perfume) It is a very suited fragrance for the cold weather (including snow!) we are having in Amsterdam at the moment.

Bond-T is a rather soothing fragrance which makes you take a step back and stand with both feet on the ground probably due to the grounding patchouli.

I wouldn’t mind a full bottle of this elegant perfume as I really enjoy wearing Bond-T from time to time.

Notes: Cacao, Patchouli, Vanilla, Osmanthus and Tobacco (as of official site)  Indie Scents mentions Castoreum as well as a note.

Do you like chocolate centered perfumes? If so, do you have a favorite one?

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Disclosure: Photographs were made by Esperessence

 

April Aromatics Precious Woods Eau de Parfum Review

A walk in the forestPrecious Woods invites us to take a walk in a forest. German perfumer Tanja Bochnig was inspired to make this fragrance when she scented an Indian forest after the rain. I believe she succeeded very well in passing us the scent, image and experience of an actual walk in a wood. It is a scent I tend to use when I would like to wander in a forest but I am not able to, especially during a cold winter. Which is interesting as I have never been to an Indian wood but still get the impression my need of a walk is fulfilled by using this fragrance.

According to the official April Aromatics website Precious Woods is made of 100 percent natural extracts. I have used natural perfumes before which either did not last at all or gave the simplistic impression of just putting two or three essential oils together on a kitchen table. Fortunately I have no longevity problems with Precious Woods nor do I get the impression everyone could have made this fragrance.

What does it do ?

Wearing it makes me feel very down to earth and grounded. I find it a very appropriate fragrance to calm me as well. Looking at the ingredients this is not surprising as one of the main ingredients is sandalwood. Sandalwood fragrance has been used by all Indian spiritual traditions (Brahmin, Buddhist and Hindu) to induce a calm state of mind.

Precious Woods edp is worth a try if you like woody fragrances, are looking for a calming fragrance or more natural fragrances.

Do you use a fragrance to calm you ? Does it work ?

Ingredients according to the April Aromatics website: 100% natural extracts of Sandelwood/India, Sandelwood/Neukaledonia, CederwoodVirginia/USA, Cederwood/Himalaya, Cistus Vetiver Bourbon, Patchouli/Indonesia, Buddha Wood, white Sage, organic alcohol.

Fragrance family: Woody/ Classical Woody (via Fragantica)

Origin of bottle: my own

Photography by L’Esperessence