I’m still testing various mods and trying to get as many scents as I can back on the list before opening. I think Fireside Intense can go back up on the list with the new moss and Jour Ensoleille can be finalized after I hear back from some more testers. I will not be done with the new incense or with gardenia before I open, but gardenia is very close. I haven’t worn or worked on gardenia in a couple weeks so when I get back to it in a few days it will be a good fresh test. The incense doesn’t seem done to me now that I’ve tested it more; I think it needs more work.
I gave a quick try to the new By Kilian Back to Black Aphrodisiac yesterday. I was surprised by how gourmand it is; it reminded me much more of Serge Lutens Rahat Loukoum or Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum than any tabac scent I’ve sniffed. It has a very strong honey note with some almond, cherry, and powder the way those Loukhoums scents do. It also has some soft tabac, but for me it is more about the honey. It’s not quite as powdery as the KM but the honey is quite strong and there’s plenty of almond and powder too. It’s yummy but I think it may appeal more to fans of gourmands than to fans of dry, woodsy tobacco scents (though some people have broad enough likes to encompass both categories).
I also took a quick whiff of Mark Buxton’s new Hot Leather and it seemed very promising. I’ll give it a full wear when I have time. Not enough skin, lol!