Il Mondi Odore Perfume Reviews

Il Mondi Odore Perfume Reviews

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Richard James ( Savile Row)

My thanks go out to a basenote friend by the name of Dimitrios who recently sent me an ample sample of Richard James Savile Row. I have never even heard of this release and did a quick dab 'n' wear when the sample package arrived. I made an immediate mental note to review this one quickly because my initial reaction was that this was really good. I have, in the last few days, given Savile Row a few wearings and I believe I have now got the feel for this scent and understand it.

A masculine tuberose frag? Hmmm.....Tuberose is like everlasting flower ( to me) in the sense that it can easily permeate every note within its grasp. It's a tricky one to implement and not have it dominate the entire composition. That aside, after multiple wearings of Richard James, I can only conclude that this is an elegant, serious scent for evenings out and wearing formal attire. There's quite a few classy masculines out there to be tried and had, so I can now add Savile Row to the list. I should also mention that the name is simply  Richard James ( 2003 version ) and the "Savile Row" is used to avoid confusion with it's other release called Richard James.

The tuberose note is mildly apparent from the initial application and becomes more obvious as the wearing ensues. On me it is center stage, but it doesn't strong-arm the composition. All the other players seem to augment the tuberose and are tangible silhouettes to the floral theme from the beginning. The opening is a spicy citrus accord that leans orange. There's a subtle woodiness here as well and this, along with the spice contributions from basil, ginger and rosemary, all stay at the same volume. It's like they are standing directly behind the tuberose and its floral cohorts of muguet and rose.

The Lily and rose are light implementations and gives way to a slowly emerging cardamom. A suede note from the base accord helps this along and these notes never really succumb to the earthy base that's listed. At least on me they don't. The extended drydown is pleasant and consists of very low key notes of patchouli, vetiver, musk, moss, sandal and tobacco. As an entity, these smell nice and are basically a skin scent. They all apparently blend as one on my skin and are assuredly blurred as far as individual notes go. Even at this stage, the tuberose is still right in the mix with them and its volume is commensurate with the others.

Richard James "Savile Row" is an elegant, spicy  floral with woody undertones. Is it fantastic? Show me a truly "fantastic" masculine and I'll show you something you can't even find on ebay......or perhaps you can, if you're willing to take out a second mortgage. I'd classify this fragrance in the "Very Good" category and is one of the better masculine florals that I've come across. This is superior to Tenere as far as I'm concerned...and Tenere is a quality fragrance. Big thumbs up for Richard James and his tuberose factory.

8 comments:

  1. Ooh this sounds nice! I love the idea of a refined, masculine tuberose.

    Today I have the pleasure of trying 11 different tuberose scents, courtesey of Ines from Croatia (All I Am- A Redhead blog). She is the tuberose queen and wanted to properly introduce me to the note (which I am largely unfamiliar with but curious). So far, I have tried Honore des Pres Vamp a NY, which is really lovely. Perhaps I will review one or more of these tuberose scents here.

    On the Osmanthus front, Glass Petal Smoke sent me some dried osmanthus to steep in my tea, along with a vial of osmanthus absolute. My dreams of smelling notes individually in order to better attune my nose to them when smelling blends is finally starting to come true. :)

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  2. That's terrific that these bloggers and aficionados hooked you up with awesome samples !

    Sugandaraja needs to try Savile Row. He's a tuberose guy. I'll have to set it aside for him.

    On another note.....congrats on your new blog. I admire the hard work you're putting into it.

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  3. Thanks! I'm not gonna say that I wasn't curled up in a ball crying at one point, but the important thing is that I started again quickly. What do you think of the new picture I'm using on my blog (my hands)? Is it kind of random-looking or do you think it works? I'm afraid I'm biased because it's an old picture that I love.

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  4. I like the image. It's striking and I haven't seen another blog with something similar. I say go with it !!!.......

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  5. I love tuberose scents! FM Carnal Flower, Kilian Beyond Love, L'Artisan Tubereuse & HdP La Capricieuse are among my favorites. How on earth did I miss sampling Saville Row esp. when it also has 'tobacco' in it?? But thanks for the review. It sure sounds right up my alley!

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  6. Hey Diamondflame ! I liked this quite a bit and for me, it would be a completely appropriate scent for formal situations.

    It's a very smooth wear. You need to try it !

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  7. Nice review Aromi , you certainly have quite a few noses interested in trying it , I must also mention that it has a very clear & distinct green tea note that plays in part in this beauty .. cheers , Dimitrios

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  8. Dimitrios.....thanks again for the samples ! I must be partially anosmic to tea notes in general because I rarely detect them in any fragrance. I'll have to re-sample this to see....

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