Saturday, December 18, 2010
I find Sycomore very masculine......and also very good. As I wear this scent, I understand why some of the female persuasion are put off. Sycomore is vetiver dominant and vetiver has always been a masculine note in my opinion. That's not to say it can't be implemented effectively in feminine fragrances. As a standalone or dominant note, it comes off very butch.
At any rate, Polge created Sycomore in 2008 and I find it an excellent rendition of vetiver. I can't wear many vetivers, even if I like them in small doses or sample wears. A good example is Villoresi's version. Lorenzo's style is rough, crude, unapologetic and in-your-face, whereas Chanel's fingerprint is smoothness. Sycomore is about as smooth a vetiver dominant as I've tried so far. It opens with a smoke and vetiver combo with a slight saltiness lurking in the shadows. Pepper seems to provide a nice contrast to the salt note and then there's the interesting woodiness courtesy of Sandal, Cypress and Juniper. Mind you that salt is no where in the listed accords, but I smell it regardless....and phantom note or not, it's very nice.
Vetiver fans need to sample Sycomore. Do I find it bottle worthy? Yes......I do. More than likely, I won't purchase one since it's not my favorite note, but Sycomore is one of the best vetivers I have smelled in awhile. Big thumbs up for Chanel's Sycomore from Aromi.