I recently ordered some goodies from the lovely Sue at SCS. As always - the items were shipped to me promptly, good service, etc etc. Only one gripe.... about 1/2 inch of the very V cologne leaked out in transit - and good god did it make the house reek! I thought after having been covered in the stuff, and having everything in the package smell of the "Very V" scent - I would not be able to review/comment on the cologne fairly, as I had such a terrible first impression. Luckily I was able to banish it to the closet for a few days - come back to it, and wear it today.... and I am glad I did as I really enjoy it. Two warnings though - it is very..... very... did I mention very? potent stuff. One SMALL 1/4th spritz is all that is needed, anything more will be overpowering and simply overwhelming. Personally I am not a fan of the spray nozzles on these colognes at all as they have a narrow mist pattern and apply way too much product - but luckily they are somewhat easy to control, thus allow a somewhat managable distribution of product.
The scent - While it is a vetiver, it is not a "typical" smokey vetiver, as this seems to have more of a polished/soapy dry down to it. For the first few minutes - it is awful smokey/woodsy but the drydown is very fresh/clean and I received several compliments on it - which is not too common. I'd give this cologne a solid 8 out of 10 on scent alone, and give the price - it is one hell of a buy.
SCS B&B Bay Rum with a Twist....
I am gonna be honest here.... the only reason I purchased this cologne was the fact that it was a "B&B" item, and I felt a little guilty I hadn't tried it - and fellas seemed to like it. Let me say this... I was quite shocked when I smelled this stuff, it is simply superb! Without question this is one of my favorite colognes - PERIOD! Just a WONDERFUL masculine lime scent that has the longest lasting power of ANY lime I have experienced to date. While it is "Bay Rum with a twist" the main note in this cologne is lime - with a delicate, soft background of bay rum. This is NOT like a dominica bay rum, or a trumper, etc bay rum, this is a VERY soft, unoffensive, "polite" bay rum. While I primarily like the "rip your nose off" potent/sharp bay rums - this one seems to really capture the essence, and masculine tones of the bay rum while leaving the abrupt/harsh/ridgid nature of bay rum scents to make this a terribly smooth easy going scent. This is probably one of the best "daily use" colognes I have had the pleasure of adorning, and I simply cannot help but smell myself all day when wearing this magic potion! Although I am not head over heels in love with the atomizer top - it isn't too hard to control, and if you dispense too much of this fragarance - it will NOT be overwhelming, so the atomizer dispense rate is far less of an issue. Overall - at first I was a little uneasy about this scent (until I smelled it) but once I gave it a whiff, and wore it - I found out there is a heck of a lot more to love about this wonderful product than the B&B name.... it is a grade A - 9.5 out of 10 scent, with great all day staying power, a very unoffensive PC scent, and is simply a steal at under $10 a bottle. If you haven't bought this stuff - do yourself a favor.... buy some. While you may not think it is the greatest thing since sliced bread - with it being so clean, fresh, invigorating, etc - I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who DIDN'T really enjoy this scent... even you fellas who don't care for bay rum.
A BIG hats off to Kyle and Sue for this wonderful cocktail of pleasure!
On a side note - along with my order came 2 samples of Sue's new shaving cream. Personally - I was highly underwhelmed, but i'd love to hear more opinons on 'em!