I wore The Ten Party last night (the male partner of The Party in Manhattan) and it's fabulous! It's a woody-citrus (yawn, I know), but the citrus gets out of the way quickly and then the cologne morphs into a completely civilized cedar-patchouli thing, masculine but not all truculent about it. It's similar to Frédéric Malle Bois d'Orage, but with clove in place of the cigar.
The Ten Party is now top of my list. I could end up smelling like a man after all.
It sounds like you're getting manlier every minute. I need to have a clove discussion with you.
Clove and I go way back. And it hasn't always been smooth sailing. First, there were the mean girls who smoked clove cigarettes outside the teen dance clubs and listened to crappy Siouxsie and the Banshees records (which were admittedly better than the crappy Peter Murphy records.)
|"Let's f up Dan Rolleri with our Aqua Net fumes."|
And then there was Aramis, my first proper gentlemen's cologne, not including the five-dollar bottles of Brut I got at Walgreen's. Aramis was clove-y and leathery and sweet and strong. And it scared the hell out of me. Just like those mean Siouxsie and the Banshees girls. (I only bought it because it came with a free umbrella and I needed an umbrella.)
Putting it on for the first time was like drinking my first shot of whiskey: the smell of both was ferociously adult and made me nervous that I would never become a man. Let alone a gentleman. My arms were a third the size of my father's, I was listening to Heaven 17, and now there was this colossal gap between my cologne and me. I remember feeling self-conscious whenever I wore it, like I was wearing a suit to high school.
Alas, my arms have never quite filled out, I enjoy English pop music, I can't drink whiskey, and the gap is still there. And I'd probably still feel self-conscious wearing Aramis. But I'm finding I like clove. When it's subtle. The Ten Party is perfectly understated and so it delivers the '80s clove nostalgia without putting me too close to the mean girls. Or that horrible umbrella. It was tri-colored: brown, beige and rust. Gentlemen colors. Dan