Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Paul Sebastian Fine Cologne
This 1979 release is a rather interesting concoction. I consider it a flo-gere since it embodies enjoyable floral components and fougere traits. It's rather dismissed by folks in the hobby, possibly due to its cheap price and perhaps some snobbery as well. There are some who like it however and I can consider myself one.
PS does smell like a time and place. It's readily identifiable as a 70's to 80's aroma, but still smells contemporary enough to be viable. It also embodies characteristics of other masculines from that era as it transitions from the opening, heart and base. PS won't win any awards or go down in fragrance history, but it performs simply and admirably for a bargain basement scent.
PS opens with an aromatic and spicy lavender that's merged with a diffusive floral array led by Jasmine. The Sage lends a dissonance that somehow performs successfully in the opening accord. It's an interesting contrast for me and it's this ( I believe ) that has people either dismissing PS or embracing it.
Yes, it's old school, but PS is so readily available for economical prices that it should be tried simply to see what camp you fall into. I cannot help but feel that PS Fine Cologne would perform very well for men over 30, but it's not exactly fair to pigeon-hole any fragrance unless it truly warrants it.
Even though PS starts out fairly expansive, it quickly settles down its presence and behaves rather nicely. The first half of the fragrance gives way to a polite combination of musky amber and moss. The spice aspect is still accounted for, but much more subtle in its finish.
Thumbs up from Aromi for this retro cheapie bearing the name PS by Paul Sebastian. Sillage is strong at first, then settles within 10 minutes. Longevity is approximately 5 hours. A sample wear ( as always ) is highly recommended.