Quick Sniffs: Nouveau Paris Feral Forest, B Never Too Busy to Be Beautiful Dirty and L’Artisan Parfumeur Ambre Extreme

B NEVER TOO BUSY TO BE BEAUTIFUL DIRTY: Two parts grease monkey, one part pre-dawn locker room and not entirely bad. This is what Nasomatto Duro could have/should have been, instead of the unwearable, noxious mess it actually is.

If you’re in the market for a masculine scent that smells like a cool, shadowy, oil-slicked garage, this could be your pot of gold. I wouldn’t purchase it for myself, but weirdly enough, I don’t mind the stereotypical approach to its consumer demographic in this instance, and I give it a bemused thumbs-up.

NOUVEAU PARIS FERAL FOREST: Mossy, woodsy and with an undercurrent of smooth musks and a dollop of sweet amber. Not as green and twig-snappingly fresh an approach to a forest fragrance as CB I Hate Perfume Wild Hunt, yet I think it’s better for it. There’s something to be said for understatement.

I like (or maybe I should say, “I admire”) the vivid evocation of nature that’s CB’s Wild Hunt, but I don’t ever wear the stuff. This, I could wear. And easily.

L’ARTISAN PARFUMEUR AMBRE EXTREME: Where sweet, mild-mannered Mr. Vanilla meets Mr. Industrial Grade Patchouli.

“It’s right here, Ray. It’s looking at me!”

It’s worth noting that sweet, mild-mannered Mr. Vanilla triumphs in the end.

OFF TOPIC (and veering into photo land):

“The presidency was a joyous experience, but as great as it was, nothing compares with Texas at sunset.” — G.W. Bush

A photo below of Texas (Dallas) at sunset:

Dallas Sunset: January 18, 2009


  • Tara

    Dallas is lovely, and we’re happy to send him back to you. ;-)

  • Nathan Branch

    They’re settling into a neighborhood (Preston Hollow) that’s not too far from where we live, and there’s been such a parade of cars through the streets ever since their new address was announced that the neighborhood is now putting up a gate.
    It’s a perfectly nice neighborhood — quiet houses with large front lawns. The people who live in the area must have been horrified when the hundreds of cars filled with looky-loos started tooling through.
    Quite a number of “Welcome Home George and Laura” signs in the yards, though, so the change in animosity level from Washington, D.C. to Preston Hollow will undoubtedly be a great relief for everyone involved. ;)