Sunday, January 20, 2013

Charles Street by Mark Birley

Angelica, Nutmeg, Thyme, Coffee, Carrot Seed.
Saffron, Iris, Orange Blossom, Tuberose, Leather.
Amber, Vanilla, Patchouli, Oakmoss.

Charles Street by Mark Birley is an interesting fragrance on multiple fronts. It's a masculine marketed scent that can be worn by either gender. It's also quirky in that it affords a reddish, leathery tobacco accented with a spiced, floral array.

Even though there are moments during my wearings that Charles Street reminds me of other fragrances, those moments give way to the realization that this scent stands on its own. It's different enough that comparisons are not warranted.

The totality of spice and floral renditions are more of a concerted effort in expanding the soul of Charles Street. I speak of leather and the suggestion of pipe tobacco. They seem to be magnified by the mere presence of Carrot Seed, Angelica, Saffron and Tuberose.  All together, they exude a distinct and effortless aroma  as though they were meant to be merged. Seamless is one way to describe the properties Charles Street has when developing on my skin. I can't describe the top and heart accords as "smooth", but "balanced" will have to suffice. I normally associate leather and Tobacco as leaning more masculine, but Charles Street has that "reddish" intangible that seemingly gives it the ability to cross over and perform for those who may prefer a bit of daring.

A subtle and comfortable Van-Amber is executed in the base and drydown stages. It's a complimentary finish and manages to maintain a semblance of the top and heart. Naturally, the presence has dissipated enough to permit the Oriental notes an entrance. Even here, there's a noticeable balance and the tuning of Charles Street throughout is commendable.

Sillage is respectable with longevity approximately 5 hours plus on my skin. Thumbs up from Aromi for this uncomplicated and enjoyable release from Mark Birley. As always, a sample wear is highly recommended.

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