Friday, June 25, 2010
Nobile Royalty by Alexander da Costa
Is it possible for this bargain-basement masculine to be as good ( or dare I say better) than its formidable namesake....Gucci Nobile? Let's face it, Gucci Nobile is a legend in this hobby and pulls down some extraordinary prices. I have owned it and thought highly of it. I won't say it's as good as prices dictate, but good is good. Before the value versus availability got out of hand, Gucci Nobile was one helluva purchase.
Now wearing both, one on each hand, the similarities were apparent in the opening and mids. The da Costa is a slighter brighter version of Gucci, but the accords a remarkably related for the first 15 minutes. I have heard the "grass clippings" analogy of Nobile Royalty and while that may hold "some" water, the same has always been true for Gucci Nobile. These are Fresh Fougere's that are as fresh as they are green. These 2 only part ways slightly in the base accord with the da Costa staying brighter and more pronounced with an emphasis on moss/musk and the Gucci with its musk over subtle moss.
The notes these 2 have in common are : Bergamot, Lemon, Lavender, Geranium, Cedar, Sandal, Patchouli, Oakmoss and Musk. They are also aligned in the accords the same way and in basically the same amounts. I am still smelling and comparing the 2 and as heretical as it sounds, I actually favor the da Costa for it's more pronounced accords, but both are so good at what they do, it doesn't matter except for the price differential.
Gucci Nobile is a great scent, but it will have to move over and take a back seat to Nobile Royalty. The price and the aroma are too much to overcome. Please excuse me now while I douse myself in liquid grass clippings.