Oriental Chypre my foot! This is sex in a bottle. And there I was thinking Worth Courtesan smelled like used bedclothes after a weekend of passion.
Theo Fennell Scent is the only Theo Fennell fragrance that he has produced. It’s good yes, but it will be divisive. I could go on about what pretty notes are listed, such as Lily, Rose, Patchouli, Benzoin, Caraway…but really what you need to know is this: Theo Fennell Scent smells like a sweaty inner thigh. There are cruder ways of putting it, but I do try and maintain a soupcon of decorum when writing my blogs for my dear readers.
There’s no escaping it. Cumin and Civet and a dirty sort of Musk are all present and correct, but not listed on Fragrantica. This is the underbelly of glamour, when a woman sprays herself with perfume to hide the fact she hasn’t showered or changed her clothes from two nights ago when her lost weekend first began.
It reminds me of other animalic carnal scents such as recently reviewed Caron Parfum Sacre, and my earlier review of Worth Courtesan, not to mention the delightfully unhygienic smell of Ivoire de Balmain (original, not the pretty modernised one).
Theo Fennell Scent was allegedly inspired by a Paris nightclub he visited when young: the smell of fur coats and stockings and women applying make up. There are good points: the Benzoin and Patchouli are particularly noticeable and the flowers smell like stale talc on a messy dressing table. But it’s all good and fun if you don’t take it too seriously. Luca Turin hails it as a masterpiece.
This is perfume with a saucy twinkle in its eye. Wear it and Score.