NellyRodi Scent Factory: Part 2

NellyRodi Scent Factory

For an introduction to this set of 8 oriental fragrances by trend-spotting firm NellyRodi, see yesterday. Today I am trying the second half of the set...

Parfum 5 is Gingembre by Richard Ibanez of Robertet, and has notes of grapefruit, saffron, baie rose, nutmeg, ginger, incense, patchouli, vanilla, and amber. I love the effervescent top notes: tons of ginger and pink peppercorn, and a bright, sparkling grapefruit softened by the saffron. Although they have nothing in common other than the citrus and peppercorn, it is reminiscent of Hermès Rose Ikebana, but softer and spicier. It calms quickly to a lightly spicy fragrance with a hint of resins. The grapefruit lasts well into the dry down, but the sparkle is gradually obscured by sweet notes. This one was a close call, if it were a bit drier I would have loved it.

Parfum 6 is Bois by Amandine Marie, also of Robertet. It features cardamom, caraway, clove, birch, patchouli, leather, cedar, vetiver, sandalwood, amber, and musk. Bois starts with spicy top notes over a rich wood base, and dries down into a smooth and earthy wood scent with hints of soft leather. It is very nicely done; there is a bit of sweetness but it is more under control here than in some of the others in this set. Easily the winner of this batch.

Parfum 7 is Ambre, by Dorothée Piot of Symrise. The notes are amber, vanilla, and musk. This is a simple, mildly sweet blend that smells pretty much like what the notes would suggest. It gets nicely resinous in the dry down, and would probably layer well with some of the others in this set, but I am not an amber lover and would not wear this on its own.

Parfum 8 is Rose, again by Dorothée Piot, and has notes of bergamote, coriander, cardamom, rose, ylang, mimosa, cinnamon, caraway, musk, civette, and vanilla. I very much regret that I fell behind in my testing schedule this week and only managed to try this fragrance once, as it may turn out to be the most interesting and unusual of the set. It starts sweet and spicy; the sweetness calms considerably as it dries down to a soft floral-spice blend. The rose is the predominant floral note, but is nevertheless subdued — it is more likely to appeal to someone who loves soft spices than someone who is looking for a big rose fragrance. I will be giving this another try later.

My final verdict? This is not a must-have set for me, but I am not an oriental fan so I did not have high expectations. However, I enjoyed trying these, and the only one of the 8 that I really would not wear is Incense, and please note that both Victoria and Tania loved that one. I would think that a lover of sweet orientals would appreciate this set much more than I did, and I regret that I did not have the time to explore some of the layering options.

If NellyRodi's intention with this set was to predict the coming trends in perfumery, I would say we are in for another rash of sweet fragrances. I still love the overall concept and hope that they will do another fragrance family next time.

For more opinions on Scent Factory, see Victoria & Tania's reviews on Bois de Jasmin.

For buying information, see the listing for NellyRodi under Perfume Houses.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Aha! Now we are talking. I want to at least try each of these 4, especially Bois and Rose. After reading your descriptions, I may even purchase unsniffed. So what if I am not interested in the first 4, right? Sweet and spicy rose…I cannot resist that decsription.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great reviews – you enabler!

    I do want to want to try Bois and maybe even the rose. The weirdest thing has been happening – I love rose perfumes more each day.

    BTW – yippeeeeee I read both those articles and I am so very happy. :))

    Hope you are well.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Yes, Bois and Rose are easily the winners of this batch. Nevertheless, Rose dried down too sweet on my skin, with too much vanilla. I would have loved a spicier interpretation. Would love to see what other sets they will come out with.

  4. Anonymous says:

    M, If you are not interested in the first 4, you can always send Cardamome to me, LOL!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    N, You can't accuse me of enabling when I said I wouldn't buy it! HA!

    On the BTW: thank you so much, dear N, you are always so encouraging!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I know but your enabling descriptions makes me want to test them very soon! ;)

    Oh R dear – I was so happy this morning reading the articles.


  7. Anonymous says:

    N, I should think these are readily available in Paris?

    Again — thanks — I did get more hits yesterday than I thought I would. Every little bit helps :-)

  8. Anonymous says:

    V, I really liked the caraway & cinnamon, but hate to review something I've only tried once. It is a shame Rose happened to be number 8 so that I got to it last…didn't notice so much sweetness as you did but first impressions can be deceiving.

  9. Anonymous says:

    R., you've got a deal!

    small print:

    that is, if I don't like it myself LOL

  10. Anonymous says:

    Always read the small print, LOL!

    Actually one of the things I like about this set is that it is perfect for a swapper or an ebay seller….you don't have to feel “stuck” with the ones you don't like.

  11. Anonymous says:

    So what happens if you like just one or two, but not the others? You still have to buy the whole set of eight? What a racket! But I look forward to their next set. Let's see, what should be their trend-spotting theme? :):)

    Have a good weekend, love! rsj

    P.S.–Totally off topic, but do you, or anybody else kind enough to read this palaver, know of anyone who has tried that Mandarina Duck fragrance? The notes sound wonderful, and I love those cheerful yellow bottles, but I can't find any reviews of it on makeupalley.

  12. Anonymous says:

    You swap, dear, you swap! They are less than $20 a bottle so should be easily swapped. All the same, I am also waiting for the next trend-spotting theme, which hopefully will be something more to my liking than orientals.

    There are a couple of comments, good & bad, about the Mandarina Duck under that article, but it isn't in the States yet so I doubt many here have tried it.

    You have a great weekend too R!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Oops! Sorry about that!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Darn commenting system — I just delete the doubles, many of which are my own :-)

  15. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, you swap, but you know how that can go, girlfriend! Afterall, these fragrances aren't the caliber of Hermessences, and there are eight of them for goodness sake! LOL!

    Knowing how I operate, I'd be a day-late-and-a-dollar-short putting them up for swap (you know, just a second after the height of the NR frenzy), and there they would linger for months without a taker. :):)

    Think I'll focus on the MD comments below. Here I go to read them!


  16. Anonymous says:

    R, I really enjoyed reading different opinions on the fragrance-set. Just from reading – I think NellyR isn´t available in Europe or if so, I don´t know about it. I emailed them, but I didn´t get an answer… – I would vote for Incense, Bois & well – yes: Rose. I really like orientals so I should like these, too. But as I wrote earlier, I don´t know if I purchased them if I had the possibility – but I would be very tempted to try them! But you can´t compare them to the Hermessence set, can´t you?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I must admit that swapping doesn't always work out the way you planned. I wish I had the time & energy to sell on ebay, but I don't.

  18. Anonymous says:

    No, I would not compare them to the Hermessences, but then, there are many things that I wear quite happily and cannot compare to the Hermessences!

  19. Anonymous says:

    R, I just got perfumed ribbons from Hermès to give me at least an impression on the Hermessence fragrances – since both are fragrance-sets I wondered if the Hermessence line is more sophisticated, that´s why I asked.

    You don´t have to compare every fragrance you wear to Hermès – that wouldn´t make sense ;D

  20. Anonymous says:

    R, oh my god – it happened again. Please, delete these posts – one time´s really enough :D

  21. Anonymous says:

    Done, and again, my apologies for this dratted commenting problem!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I knew what you meant :-)

    I definitely find the Hermessences more sophisticated. That is one set I would not be afraid to recommend buying unsniffed…all 4 of them are so worth trying, and the set of 1/2 oz sizes is very worth the price.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Neither do I!

  24. Anonymous says:

    I'm not particularly wild on orientals either, so I won't be trying this line, but I do have a question about fragrance sets…Has anyone tried the L'Artisan moods set? How long has it been around? And what do the different moods smell like? I'm so very curious I may just have to order unsniffed…

  25. Anonymous says:

    ps – Robin, I realize that since I always comment days too late, you are usually the only one who reads my posts, and I thank you for always responding! -Alia

  26. Anonymous says:

    LOL — not everyone reads every day, so I'm sure I'm not the only one who sees your comments, Alia! On the Mood series, I have only tried “Joyful Mood”, which smells just like strawberry bubble gum. It is not long lived. Sorry I don't know when these came out!

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