Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dunhill (2003 release)

I find Dunhill's fragrances to be amazingly uninspired, boring and pointless.  Dunhill, however, is a good one.  It won't win any awards for originality, but it's quite elegant and smells really good.

What I like most about Dunhill is how it evolves through two very distinct phases.  In the first phase, it smells powdery, spicy, floral and sweet, smelling a lot like Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme.  It smells like sweet talcum powder blended with anise and white flowers.  It's strong, and if overapplied it smells completely obnoxious, so you want to be careful with the doseage.  This first phase lasts for about an hour.

Though I enjoy the first phase, Part Two is where it's at for me.  By this time, the floral and powdery notes have disappeared, and Dunhill takes on an old fashioned, cologne-y tanginess that I love.  If you wear classic colognes and aftershaves such as English Leather, Skin Bracer or British Sterling, you'll recognize that oily, semi-alcoholic "cologne" smell I'm talking about.  It's a smell that a lot of people consider outdated, but I love it.  Dunhill takes on that old guard smell, but with the added touch of light leather, amber and cedar to prevent it from smelling like an old man's aftershave.  Unlike the loud opening, this stage of the fragrance's life goes on quietly for hours, staying close to the skin in classic style.

Granted, the opening smells like a clone of Dolce & Gabbana and the drydown is typical 1960's aftershave, but who would have thought of combining the two styles into one fragrance?  I'm glad Dunhill thought of it, because it works, and it works elegantly.

MY RATING:  8/10

Fragrance House:  Dunhill

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