Six Scents Character Series: Perfume Mini-Reviews

I previously wrote about my favorite from the new Six Scents Character Series: Nappa Noir. Now it’s time for the rest of the line.

Crust: This unfortunately-named scent is a collaboration between designer Boris Bidjan Saberi and perfumer Shyamala Maisondieu. I must be anosmic to something in this, because to me it smells like getting a shot—cotton gauze, rubbing alcohol, and clean motor oil—for about two minutes, and then it doesn’t smell like anything. 

Second Skin: Created by design house VPL and perfumer Marypierre Julien, Second Skin smells like musk, musk, and more musk.

Modesty: This collaboration between designer Guiliano Fujiwara and the talented Rodrigo Flores-Roux initially smells to me like pencil shavings, ink, charcoal dust, and paper. As it develops, it fleshes out into something denser, with cedar, sap, and maybe a bit of patchouli. I think there is also a floral note, but I can’t put my finger on it. When Modesty is “in full bloom” it’s slightly reminiscent of Chanel’s Coromandel. As it dries down, it reverts a little bit to the drier feeling of the opening notes, and smells wonderfully of old books. I might not choose to wear this, as it’s a bit stark for my personal taste. But I found myself applying it several times so I could marvel at its development.

Une Beaute Accidental: Created by Vth Avenue Shoe Repair and perfumer Nadege Le Garlantexec, Une Beaute Accidental smells at first like an abrasive lemon-scented cleaner or cheap citronella, but gradually settles into a benign, barely traceable soft citrus smell. 

Buk: My second favorite of the line, created by KTZ and perfumer Guillaume Flavigny, is a honeyed (in the sense of textural feeling, not smell) mix of herbal and wood notes. Imagine, if you can, that someone made an herbal fruit tea into syrup, and poured it over ashes of cedar, sandalwood, incense, and dry desert plants. It is certainly a crowd pleaser. Two people have stopped me while I was wearing it and gushed about how good I smelled.

Overall, my impression of this series is that the fragrances are aiming to be quite conceptual, and they succeed. Several of them are also very wearable, and Nappa Noir is fantastic.

Edited: Giveaway is now closed.

My samples were provided by Six Scents. Reviews are never compensated, and posts are never sponsored. See my Media & Disclosure policy for details.

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Nappa Noir


Nappa Noir is one of the upcoming releases from Six Scents. It’s a collaboration between Raphael Young, the shoe designer, and perfumer Calice Becker. The fragrance is an urban, chic, feminine leather. With a leather note somewhere between soft suede (Bottega Veneta) and the rougher tannery leather (Cuir de Lancome or Cuir de Russie), it is a perfect balance of plush and edgy. Smelled from a distance, violet and iris notes seem to bloom inside the supple leather accord. Nappa Noir is more than ordinarily special.

Image courtesy Moda and Estilo. Sample of Nappa Noir provided by Six Scents. Reviews are never compensated, and posts are never sponsored. See my Media & Disclosure policy for details.


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