Hedonist by Cult of Scent

Heya Perfume Junkies,

I have a small sample of Hedonist. There is no note list online and the brand is so fledgeling that I can’t even find a website for it. There is a Cult of Scent Facebook Page but it doesn’t have a price list, just some beautiful pictures, a couple of meetups and some fragrant knowledge exchange. I don’t even have a picture of the bottle for you all. To be perfectly honest I did not even purchase these scents, my mate Casssandra gave me some tiny test samples that I have put into spritzers.

Hedonist by Cult of Scent

Cult Of Scent

So I do know that Jocelyn is the perfumer though I’m yet to meet her, she is a Sydney based perfumer and very pretty. I spent some time in the delicious citrus/white flower/green extravaganza that is Cult of Scent’s Magnolia ’13 a while ago and loved it sick.

So Hedonist, it opens slightly citrus and balmy but what immediately knocks on my olfactory door is leather. Slightly tar-ish, smoky, woodsy leather. New leather before it’s been made into its final product, the act of walking into a leather shop and being greeted by hundreds of skins in their multi-hued entirety. Hedonist is not big but it does have a fairly ferocious opening on my skin. More Lonestar Memories than Cuir d’Ange if you know what I mean, but not really like Lonestar Memories at all. Michael Borg just told me that the hefty darkness is probably oud assisted, now that he mentions it I tend to agree.

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Hedonist is a bitter brew yet behind it I smell softness, a creamy something, a white flower. Michael says it’s the tiare flower, he could be correct, I am just going to say creamy white flowers and maybe some lactonic fruit like fig. No matter what it is the smell is beautiful, exquisite, both hefty and during the heart also pleasantly sheer. Wearable to most occasions where people are happy to have you scented, and not overpowering enough to preclude it from dining or the movies. Very wearable.

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The Middle East? A little tease of an introduction to it, yes. A soft core, wearable beauty. Hedonist? Not nearly as overblown or outrageous as I was expecting though towards dry down it does become quite animal and lived in but so soft that it could really be you, just warmer and sexier. GGGGRRROWLL

What fragrance would you call your Hedonist fragrance? For me I think Songes by Annick Goutal, Guerlain’s Shalimar and Parfum de Maroc by Aftelier. These hold something big, overblown and indulgent. What’s yours?
Portia x

17 comments on “Hedonist by Cult of Scent

  1. Azar says:

    Hi Portia,
    Your descriptions and the mention of tiara flower have piqued my interest in this Hedonist! What fragrance would I call my Hedonist? My first thought is to go back to the oldies. Lucien Lelong Sirocco springs to mind as does the old Tabu and the very vintage Jungle Gardenia. There are many contemporary fragrances that qualify. Annick Goutal Grand Amour is one and Songes another. For outrageous fun I wear an early version of Ellen Covey’s Mardi Gras. More pleasure filled perfumes are Madonna’s Truth or Dare, Viktoria Minya’s Hedonist and Andy Tauer’s Shangra La (so overblown peachy).
    Azar xx

    • Azar says:

      WHOOPS! Hiram Green’s Shangra La!

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Hey Azar,
        I thought you may have mixed them. I am yet to spend any serious time with Viktoria Minya’s Hedonist, I love the bottle.
        Portia x

    • Sun Mi says:

      Azar – do you know how Mardi Gras has changed since your version? I recently won a 5ml of Mardi Gras and it’s definitely an interesting, skanky, fun perfume. 🙂 I’m curious how our versions compare!
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      • Azar says:

        Hi Sun Mi,
        The earlier version of Mardi Gras that I refer to (never released) is skankier and louder the the new Mardi Gras. As far as I know the old version uses synthetic orange blossom and vanilla instead of the naturals in the new perfume. The synthetics give it a sincerely sweet, trashy vibe, a unique and desperate kind of grace and class. Did you ever see the 1997 film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? To my mind (and nose) this first Mardi Gras could be Chablis Deveau’s (The Lady Chablis’) signature fragrance.
        Azar xx

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        OMG Azar,
        One of my ALL TIME favourite movies. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was when I fell madly in love with Jude Law.
        Portia xx

      • Azar says:

        Portia and Sun Mi,
        I love everything about this movie, even final scene of the cemetery monument tuned to the notes of “Skylark” (such a Clint Eastwood thing to do). All the actors were so well cast, the direction and cinematography perfection.
        Azar xx

      • Azar says:

        Well, I guess the movie was not quite perfection. B mentioned that there were a number of errors in continuity. I didn’t notice or care.
        Azar xx

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        I was too swept away in the story to worry about continuity. My BFF Kath probably noticed though. I’ve watched the movie more than 10 times and I haven’t noticed. Did you read the book Azar? Heaven.
        Portia x

      • Sun Mi says:

        Well, it sounds like I need to see Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, huh? And maybe read it too? (somewhat related, I think I fell hardest for Jude Law after seeing Closer). That’s an interesting difference between the synthetic and natural orange blossom and vanilla! Thank you for your characterization of the differences Azar!

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Closer was TOO full on for me Sun Mi. I walked around in a daze for the next day, shell shocked.
        Portia xx

      • Azar says:

        Portia,
        Even though I’ve seen the movie countless times I have yet to read the book! Can it possibly be better than the movie?
        Azar xx

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Hey azar,
        I don’t know about better. Apples and oranges. They fit some pretty interesting stuff into the book, and you can let your own imagination add to the ride.
        Portia xx

  2. Sun Mi says:

    Portia, this sounds really interesting. The creamy floral and lactonic fruit sound right up my alley – though the leather may be a bit rough for me to handle. I guess I’ll probably never know. 🙂

    I’m not sure what my hedonist fragrance is yet – perhaps I haven’t quite found one. Of yours I’ve only tried Songes (edp) but it was a blast of suntan lotion for me and I ended up regretfully not liking it as much as I expected to.

    Thanks for the fun review, as usual!
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Sun Mi,
      I have only been wearing the smallest sample of Hedonist. If I one day go FB I’ll send you some. It is lovely. The opening may be a bit intense for you but I think the heart and dry down will be heaven.
      Songes: that is a sad story. I love it so much. What a bummer.
      Portia xx

      • Sun Mi says:

        Hi Portia,

        That’s very sweet of you. I agree that the heart and the dry down would be heavenly for me. And I agree about Songes – it was one of the first samples I ever bought from STC and sadly it was just a bit overwhelming, perhaps the edt would be better for me.

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        How long ago was that Sun Mi, maybe you should try it again?
        Portia xx

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