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Like a weatherworn traveler coming in from the cold, this fragrance exists in a state of change. Inspired by Russian winters, love affairs, and the fiery novels of Alexander Pushkin, its aroma evolves from a crisp, citrus opening to a warm, woodsy finish. The result is a unique scent that’s made to inspire memories, whether you’re sitting by the fire, or off for a wintry walk.
This isn't the best scent for me personally. I don't mind it. And I'll probably use the full sample as it's pretty small, and sometimes scents grow me on after I've worn them a while.2
Smelled nice, but the price is too much for my pocket!3
I was expecting a nice masculine smell, but this ended up being extremely feminine and floral. Pass.1
I'm not sure if this really is considered "perfume" (it was a sample in this month's Birchbox Man), however I thought the scent was decent. I found it to not be overpowering and my wife liked the smell of it. I probably won't go out of my way to buy the full sample since I didn't think it was anything special. Not bad, but not great either.3
While I did't love this, it wasn't bad. Just not a great match for me personally.4
I was excited to see a new fragrance in my box yesterday, and the Arquiste Aleksandr is easily my favorite fragrance I've sampled through Birchbox. It's astoundingly subtle, mature, and complex, without smelling at all chemical-like.
It's probably worth its high price point -- sadly, that is far more than I am willing to pay for a fragrance (the $165 price point for a 1.85oz full size is about twice what I usually pay for a 3.4oz of my normal fragrances).
Also, when I wore it out to a party last night I noticed it didn't last the evening -- seems to fade pretty completely over a couple hours.
Tried this fragrance a couple days now, it's quite nice. The writeup would have you think you would sprout a full beard with a single application, but the scent in my opinion is a bit sweet. My fiancee said she liked it, though also remarked it smelled a bit feminine. Lovely sample, glad to have it to mix things up, but won't be purchasing (especially considering the $165 price tag).4
A bit pungent, the smell just isn't for me. Too much leather, not enough sweet1
This product just isn't for me. It's exceedingly feminine and I wasn't expecting it in my box.3