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This is the first time I've ever reviewed a scent from this brand. O Boticario is the name of the brand. It's been around for a long time, and I'll be reviewing their Malbec scent in this article. I'm delighted to share my thoughts on the perfume with you, so keep reading.
Before I begin my fragrance review of Malbec by O Boticario and tell you everything there is to know about this scent, including how it smells, comparisons, and performance, I want to point out that if you are a fan of fragrances.
This perfume has a unique scent. I know a lot of my Portuguese and Spanish-speaking friends have not only scented this one, but some of them have even reviewed it, and the brand itself is named O Boticario, which means Pharmacy in old Portuguese.
It's Worth Trying If You're Looking for a Mature and Boozy Scent
So, we have a fragrance called Malbec, and the first thing that came to mind when I heard the name was "boozy fragrance," right? When you think of red wine, you probably think of the alcoholic, tangy, spicy scent that many different types of wine have.
And, of course, I looked at the ingredient list and discovered that there isn't necessarily a boozy ingredient, at least not one that I could find, but there are a lot of other excellent ingredients that I enjoy, such as cedarwood, black pepper, lime, patchouli, sandalwood, and oakmoss. Let's take a short glance at the presentation because it appears to be heading in a darker direction.
So the spice is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this aroma, and the spice is fairly powerful. In my opinion, it comes out loud and clear, and I believe black pepper is labeled as a hot ingredient, which I completely understand. It's not like a sneezing-inducing black pepper-like you'd get in a Hermes scent like poison or con.
It's actually fairly mild in this fragrance, and I believe the reason for that is that it's coupled with certain woodsy elements, such as patchouli, as well as this creamy sandalwood ingredient in the base. So it has cedarwood, which has a spicy scent to me. So I believe it's a combination of cedar and pepper that's adding to the spicy kick if you will. However, it also has an ambery, mossy scent. I believe the mossy aspects outweigh the amber, because as soon as I smelled it, I said to myself, "Okay, this smells classy, this smells resolute."
This smells like something that would have been quite popular in the 1970s or 1980s, but there's enough of a contemporary element to it to draw your attention away for a time. So, while the oakmoss is noticeable, it's still kind of serving as an accent piece, you won't get the impression that this is purely an 80s powerhouse type of fragrance. It does not, however, suppress or hush any of the other elements in this aroma, such as the cedarwood, which is still there and audible.
There's a bit of freshness to it at first, but it rapidly fades, and then you get something that's a little warmer, cozier, and, of course, once those ambery facets in the base start to emerge, which I think are wonderfully balanced by the creamy sweetness of the sandalwood. If you're looking for an ambery smell, I believe you'll appreciate this one.
That accord isn't immediately evident; it's a little peppery at first, but it ultimately settles down to something that's really lovely and warm on the skin.
Now My Recommendation For This Fragrance
If you like the darker, mossy, or green long-lasting fragrances that were popular in the 1970s and 1980s, but want something with a more modern or contemporary twist, as well as something that smells a little ambery, a little boozy, and maybe a little sweet, but the sweetness is more of an afterthought in this fragrance. Malbec is a wine that I strongly suggest you try.
I'm also interested in sampling Malbec Blue, which is another wine from the house. My perception of this scent is that it's more of a summer-oriented smell, so I'm keeping it and may write a review about it later, perhaps when it's more seasonally suitable, but just comparing the two, this fragrance is warm and lasts a long time on my skin. This is the kind of scent that I could imagine myself wearing around this time of year. It does have a mature quality to it, without smelling dated, of course. Polo, for example, is one of several scents that I believe smells outmoded. Don't get me wrong: I adore Polo, and I even own the newest flanker from last year.
However, I believe there are a few scents that will unmistakably transport you to the 1970s and 1980s. That isn't the case with Malbec, though you will get a strong mossy vibe in the dry down, so if you like green, sophisticated, gentlemanly perfumes, Malbec is a must-try. And, again, bear in mind that it starts off spicy and a touch lemony, but it's only for a short time, and then it settles down to that amber.
Let's Go Ahead and Finish Things off with My Overall Assessment
So, first and foremost, in terms of distinctiveness and overall aroma. This is a unique fragrance in the sense that it combines elements that I've definitely smelled in other fragrances, though that sort of boozy quality to it I haven't exactly smelled in other fragrances and the reason I say that is because I think a lot of the other perfumes in my collection, particularly the niche offerings, lack that kind of boozy quality.
I'm used to drinking rum and whiskey. Brandy has certain alcoholic accords that I attempt in a variety of scents, including Killian Paris, Rojo, and Laffan. However, I have a Tsuga perfume named "Wine and Chocolate" that I adore for a wine perfume. That's probably the closest I've come, though I've tried other fragrances that remind me of wine, they don't have a wine accord per se, but they do have a unique scent given everything I just mentioned, and I think the overall smell will work really well in a professional setting on someone who's a little more mature and set in their ways.
It was excellent for the first hour of application, as opposed to like a high school kid or something like that, in terms of the longevity of 10+ hours on my skin projection. Perhaps it did radiate beyond an arm's length for the first 45 minutes. At the five-hour mark, it started to get closer to the skin. It had a cutaneous scent at the eight-hour mark, and by the ten-hour mark, it had almost completely vanished, or you could apply a different fragrance. If you're planning on staying up that late.
I think the versatility on this one is wonderful for the cooler season, therefore I wouldn't wear it in the summer. As I mentioned, I could see this one working on someone a little older, perhaps not a high school or early college student, but the fragrance is subjective, and these are just suggestions. Again, if you like how it smells, let that be the sole factor in deciding whether or not you'll wear it or buy it. And I believe this one has a more professional feel to it, whilst the blue version may have a more casual feel to it. In terms of the presentation, I do like the look and feel of the bottle, and this sort of faux leather, or I guess kind of like a leathery feel on the cap here, clicks into place very nicely.
Finally, If you like oakmoss, if you like the resolute quality of a lot of these older 70s and 80s sorts of perfumes, but you want something with a contemporary edge, if you like amber, if you like spice if you like cedarwood, certainly check this fragrance out and I hope you like it. Because it's been around for so long, chances are you've already tried it, but I'm glad I finally got around to evaluating it because this brand has been highly recommended to me in the past.
So, ladies and gentlemen, there you have it. I hope you found this post to be informative. It was my review of O Boticario's Malbec. Let me know what you think if you own or have tried this fragrance or anything else from this brand. Also, please let me know if you have any favorites that you'd like me to buy and review in the future.