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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sourpuss, again...Xerjoff Dhofar, Modoc and Tobacco Oroville

By Tom

Maybe it's the birthday blahs. This weekend I turn 103 (I know, I don't look a day over 70!) and I'm crabby. So it's with some ennui that I am seeing another company come out with 12 or so scents, stratospherically priced. Not they are bad mind you...

Dhofar is a pleasant, gentlemanly citrus that starts with a hint of cumin. Hint is the operative word, this isn't Eau d'Hermes. It then gets lavender somewhat along the lines of Mouchoir de Monsieur. That is, if MdeM had all the life sucked out of it.

Modoc is sweet lemons and vanilla amber. Vanilla in both senses: it smells vanilla and it is vanilla, if you get my drift. Light vetiver and lighter musk join in later. It smells...nice.

Tobacco Oroville has a bunch of stuff in it. Tobacco, Galbanum, sage, blah, blah. On me it smells somewhat like Opus Oils Dirty Sexy Wilde just not dirty or sexy.

Eau d'Hermes is $120 for 3.3 oz at Hermes

Mouchoir de Monsieur is $71.80 for 3.4 oz at Amazon

Dirty Sexy Wilde is $50 for 1 oz at Opus Oils website

These are $345 for 50ML at LuckyScent

Nest week I promise to be in a better mood...

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36 Comments:

Blogger Nina said...

Love the bad mood!

12:38 AM EDT  
Blogger carmencanada /Grain de Musc said...

Happy birthday -- I know the feeling, I loathe mine -- and why shouldn't you be grumpy at a bunch of extravagantly priced perfumes that don't bring much to the conversation? I only gave the Xerjoff a cursory sniff at Harrod's, so repelled was I by the bottles, so I may not be giving them a fair shake. But I wasn't moved enough to go further, that's for sure.

1:33 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Holy moly, $345?! I have a Xerjoff sample; not one of these, but it's pretty wispy stuff. Can't imagine paying that much for a bottle of anything that light and just "nice."

1:46 AM EDT  
Blogger Tama said...

Awww, Happy Birthday, anyway! 103 isn't SO old.

Several of us completely misread "Xerjoff" to be something a bit more, um, unseemly, and it looks like that's kind of what they are doing. Even people who have liked the scents pretty much refuse to pay for them. Not much point in it, except to, um, stroke a few egos.

2:24 AM EDT  
Blogger queen_cupcake said...

Happy birthday! Yep, I know--so what. But as my 95 year old mom says, consider the alternative. It's refreshing to read a fragrance review that isn't positive.

5:51 AM EDT  
Anonymous eleven european mystics said...

Happy Birthday dear Tom, and thank you for a post that we all deserve once in a while, to put our stupid ride after the greatest next in due check. There's tromp l'oeil, but there's tromp l'esprit, tromp l'ame, isn't there? Writers, painters, politicians, noses...One needs to be able to perform subtle forms of self deceit in order to even think of them in the terms they'd like to be thought of. How lucky we are,though,when 'back to basics' means Hermes,mm?
I was taught once how to say happy birthday in chinese, but in Spanish it is Feliz Cumpleaños. :-)

6:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous eleven european mystics said...

Happy Birthday dear Tom, and thank you for a post that we all deserve once in a while, to put our stupid ride after the greatest next in due check. There's tromp l'oeil, but there's tromp l'esprit, tromp l'ame, isn't there? Writers, painters, politicians, noses...One needs to be able to perform subtle forms of self deceit in order to even think of them in the terms they'd like to be thought of. How lucky we are,though,when 'back to basics' means Hermes,mm?
I was taught once how to say happy birthday in chinese, but in Spanish it is Feliz Cumpleaños. :-)

6:02 AM EDT  
Anonymous EEM said...

oh...am i going senile because of my anti big C treatments? too young for that...sent the message twice, and wrote TROMP instead of TROMPE...TROMPE...sorry.

6:12 AM EDT  
Blogger Aimée L'Ondée said...

Happy Birthday, Tom! Glad to see you give these ridiculously, offensively overpriced perfumes an honest review. Thanks!

8:26 AM EDT  
Anonymous Aparatchick said...

I always get grumpy come birthday time. Something about not getting a pony for my birthday when I was seven I expect.

I'll never have to worry about the pricing on these perfumes because I can't get past the brand's name. As Tama say, so unseemly. ;-)

1:23 PM EDT  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

Oh,have a very happy birthday, Tom ! I'm so old I can't even get depressed about my birthdays anymore... Never mind, Darling, it will be worse...
Xerjoff is ridiculous - I'm rather off to buy Tilda Swinton "Like this" (plus perhaps a Tom Ford Lipstick...)

2:29 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Nina-

Thanks!

4:39 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

carmen-

I sort of like the bottles. Sort of. But I think they're a lot of the price. There seems to be a lot of citrus throughout the line. Not that I dislike citrus, but there was a sameness to it all

4:41 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Donna-

that was my reaction..

4:42 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Tama-

I was one of the several!

4:42 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

QC-

thanks! we can't all be hearts and flowers all the time

4:43 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

EEM-

we are lucky when back to basics is Hermes..

4:44 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

EEM-

BTW, best wishes on your treatments!

4:46 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Aimee-

Thanks!

4:47 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Aimee-

Thanks!

4:47 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Aparatchick-

"not getting a pony"

HA! I'm stealing that one..

4:48 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

jane-

there's a long list that $345 can buy, isn't there....

4:49 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

honey, one of the prizes for getting older is getting to speak your mind.

thank you for speaking yours. you have saved me the trouble of smelling yet ANOTHER round of mediocrity.

and, i have a feeling you would've had the same take on these even if you were younger (and your tastes were equally experienced and sophisticated).

cheers!
minette

6:26 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy, happy birthday! As a fellow Angeleno, perhaps you're grumpy because in addition to insipid perfumes at exorbitant you're also having to endure large doses of Laker-fever?

My apologies if you're a fan! But between the Lakers and those damn World Cup vulvalas or whatever the heck they're called, it's no wonder we're a bit on edge.

Joyeux anniversaire!


Tammy

7:56 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Minette-

That is one of the perks, isn't it!

8:23 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Tammy-

I couldn't care less about the Lakers. Or the Celtics for that matter.

They made the Jackson family pick up the tab for the security detail around Michael's funeral; why aren't they doing the same for the Lakers?

See, still crabby... :-)

8:26 PM EDT  
Anonymous EEM said...

Thank you, so much

1:02 PM EDT  
Blogger Ducks said...

Happy birthday, Tom. Modoc sounds almost really nice (particularly since my partner has Modoc heritage! Heh.) But the price ... ow.

So is anything wonderful planned for your happy 103'rd?

1:34 PM EDT  
Anonymous Tara C said...

Bon anniversaire! I've sniffed all the Jerkoffs, and didn't find a one that I would spend $45 on, let alone $345. And the bottles are ugly. So there! On to the next release.

2:02 PM EDT  
OpenID quinncreative said...

I love your bad mood, Tom. I love your good mood. I love you just the way you are! Your friend, Mr. Rogers.

Oh, sorry, I got carried away. A small reminder--I'm older than you and I lie about my age. When that failed, I lied about my son's age. Now I claim to have had him when I was 3. So far, that's working.

1:37 PM EDT  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Happy birthday, Tom! I had no idea the Xerjoff perfumes were so expensive - thank you for killing my interest in trying them with an honest review. It was a breath of fresh air (so bring on that bad mood any time!). I don't need any more overpriced lemmings! I've got my Eau d'Hermès, anyway. :-)

2:01 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Ducks-

I did exactly what I wanted: walked through the classic car show on Rodeo Drive and got some cake from Sweet Lady Jane. Yum!

7:24 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Tara C-

You betcha!

7:25 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

quinncreative-

I lie about it all the time. Nobody's business but mine! :-)

7:27 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Elizabeth-

If you have Eau d'Hermes then you're good to go!

7:28 PM EDT  
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5:43 PM EDT  

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