Smell Bent Reviews

Hey Fragrant Obsessives,

Yesterday we talked to Brent Leonesio from Smell Bent, indie perfume house. Today we are going to look at some of the newest creations from the range. These only went live less than a month ago and I am really excited about them. Brent reminds me of the Dad in The Book Of Lost Fragrances by M J Rose, who created scents for the sake of seeing if he can for his children. He is a master of surprise for me, and the tongue in cheek. Just look at that cheeky grin, you know you’re going to be in trouble with this wild boy.

Brent at the salon last week

Today I am proud to present 4 of the latest Smell Bent range for your edification. They are an interesting look at where Brent is currently. On Thursday we will be giving these away, 2 each to 2 lucky winners so be sure to come have a go at that. I am SO annoyed that we are giving these away, now I have to go and buy myself a set! GRRRRR!

Little Miss Panda Got Lei’d: Oh! This opens white floral and green, maybe it’s the guava that smells green to me. The honeysuckle and teak come through later but the white flowers maintain themselves softly too. Very late in, around 2 hours, it sweetens up to fruit, which may be the guava back to say hello, it just rides on top of the others for a while before it all disappears.  Smell Bent gives these accords; pikake (jasmine sambac) and tuberose leis with guava, japanese honeysuckle, and teak

Apres Soleil:  On my skin it opens with yummy honey, coconut and leather, it is gorgeous. About an hour later I get jasmine with sandalwood and coconut. It sounds dreadful but it’s not. There’s a warm, almost salty, delicious feeling to Apres Soleil. Not in your face, more close to the skin than any other Smell Bent fragrance I’ve tried and if perfume is there to make you smell good then this is a winner. The lasting power on Apres Soleil is about 6-7 hours on me with a lovely soft coconut/sandalwood dry down. Smell Bent gives these accords; jasmine absolute dressed up with honey, coconut, soft leather, sandalwood and nitro musk.

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Frankin Smellie S12#599 (Musk Melange): Green and musk to open, interesting. There are 9 musk aromachemicals in this fragrance. Brent tells us in his blog which means that many of us can’t smell them all, due to musk anosmia because we smell them in our laundry, dish and house cleaning, deodorants air purifiers etc etc. Goes on strong for me, almost leaves and then comes back all Muscs Koublai Khan and stays. Then it becomes almost vanilla towards dry down, this is not a big fragrance after its opening sequence on me.

Incensed Short Fuse: Delicious pepper and incense opening with a lovely swipe of cardamom, it’s like an Indian kitchen in here. This is so resonant with my memories of traveling through India. The memories are flooding back. My mates hotels, train Chai, Kerala houseboat, Dalai Lama’s cantonement, roadside stalls, 5 star hotels, Kashmiri wedding, steamy heat, freezing cold. This is like a travelogue. Thanks Brent AH MAY ZING!! The cardamom lasts right through to dry down in a clean, fresh and invigorating alternative to citrus. Smell Bent gives these accords; incense ignited with cardamom, pepper, amber resin and dry woods

Some of the Smell Bent fragrances have been a bit unwearable in close quarters company for me: Wolf Lumberjack, one of the Frakin-Smellies and Steve from the Scented Hound says Commando too. You wouldn’t wear Giorgio  or original Opium out to dinner either these days, but it’s fun to wear them at home for yourself, or to a garden party, or on a solo long drive, or the disco. None of the four I’ve brought before you today are offensive in any way, I think you could wear these anywhere without fear of reprisals.

My favourite? I knew you’d ask. I have 2, Incensed Short Fuse, obviously, and Apres Soleil because it’s winter here, even though I was out sunbaking for an hour at lunchtime, and this reminds me of long lazy summer days by the pool with a tonic water and orange slices.

Thanks for dropping by. You can buy a Travel Spray Set of all four of these for $23 including US shipping HERE (<<Jump) from the Smell Bent website. Do yourself and your nose a favour, go try them. You will not be disappointed.

Portia xx

PS I’ve used corresponding Smell Bent Artworks to illustrate each scent

11 comments on “Smell Bent Reviews

  1. Anna says:

    Ooh, Apres Soleil sounds wonderfull! Yammy, that´s the one I really need to sample. Sounds something I´ve been looking for!

  2. Undina says:

    So, why are you giving those away if you like them? Is it some kind of a policy?

    • Brent sent them to me as Giveaways Undina. It’s so rare and wonderful that a perfumer does that, I wouldn’t want to let him down.
      They are so reasonably priced I can hardly groan at the thought of having to get my own. And it gives me another excuse to flick through the Smell Bent site, which I love,
      Portia xx

  3. saffyishere says:

    hello,Sweet P…..did TSO Jin try them? the incesnce short fuse appeals and the miss panda got lei’d…simply coz of its name.Brent is someone who obviously does buisness with lots of humourous cheek.

  4. killerrabbit says:

    I have Little Miss Panda and I like it but its a bit….disjointed. Maybe its the Guava I don’t love. I do love One (which was sent to me free with my order) which is vanilla and books and Sunshine Mama’s Spiced Tea which is chai, orange and vanilla.

    Is that true about Musk asomnia? Wow I certainly don’t get that from Smell Bent Chastity Begins at Home that I have. I smell lots of armpits there.

    • Yeah, apparently the molecules are so big, and we smell so much of them that many of us learn to block some out. Interesting, huh? That doesn’t mean you won’t smell them, you’ll just smell different ones to me, maybe. So you’ll still get armpit, so will I but they will be variations of armpit.
      Sorry, my head just exploded,
      Portia xx

  5. ooooh, Apres Soleil reminds me of the hot lazy days in Spain on summer hols, coating myelf head to toe in Ambre Solaire, back in the days when I could lol!!! It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful memories can be created by smell alone, and thanks to you lovely Portia for reminding me xxxx

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