Il Mondi Odore Perfume Reviews

Il Mondi Odore Perfume Reviews

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mark Birley for Men

Bergamot, Mandarin, Violet, Carrot Seed, Lemon.
Vetiver, Sandalwood, Cedar, Leather, Incense.

Pierre Bourdon and Frederic Malle collaborated on this 1996 creation and the result was a well made woody incense. I realize just how big the world of scent is since this has been around for quite awhile and I am just now trying it. It also can be said that I'm a bit slow to snag under the radar goodies like Mark Birley for Men.

This fragrance reminds me of a modern take on a gentleman's scent. The violet and carrot seed notes in the opening accord are an interesting choice and to be truthful, they smell well paired and crisp. I was expecting the opening to be a little sharp, but it was well tuned. The incense can be detected immediately as well, but this is a passive rendition and implemented more for accent than genre. From the initial spray, Mark Birley is never loud or ostentatious. Lovers of bold creations may have a bone to pick here, but I find it situation appropriate since this leans more formal than anything.

The incense rendition rather appeals to me here. Everything about Mark Birley is understated including this note and is a terrific fit with the onset of wood. I do get the gist of leather, but never the real deal and Birley isn't worse for the wear. The woody incense is uncomplicated yet satisfying in itself. From the salutation of citric violet to the arrival of slightly smoky woods, Mark Birley is very comfortable and also versatile. This scent can't be pigeon holed into an age category and is more or less suited for every-man.

In extended drydown, a light musk comes to fruition alongside the still going wood notes. Sillage is average and longevity is about 4 hours on my skin. The hang time may not be spectacular, but that's why they make atomizers. They come in handy for great smelling fragrances that don't last that long.

Thumbs up from Aromi for Bourdon and Malle's Mark Birley for Men.

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