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Romano Ricci, the self-described offbeat dandy of the perfume world, only used one element—Cetalox—to create this minimalist perfume. Even if you've never heard of it, you've undoubtedly picked up its scent. Used as a back note in thousands of fragrances, Cetalox (a synthetic substitute for grey amber) takes center stage in Not a Perfume. The result is elegant, pure, spicy, and completely allergen-free.
When I first received this in my BirchBox I was confused by the words 'Not a Perfume' appearing on the packaging because it sure looked like a perfume sample but after reading the description on the card I gave it a try. I immediately recognized the scent as an undertone of many of the other perfumes I have tried. Because of this I kept waiting to smell something more but nothing came. However, in a couple days time I become very fond of the smell on its own - it smelled sophisticated. Long after my sample was gone I could still recall the name for being so clever and catchy. Would certainly consider buying this in the future.5
I could see this feeling overpowering, even though it is supposed to be subtle. It didn't sit great with me, for being called the "not a perfume."3
If you like sort of a unisex smell this is pretty close. I love it. It's not too overpowering. It's not masculine but not too strong.
I'm not usually one to leave a harsh review of anything, but I absolutely HATED this scent! when I read the description, I was so excited by the idea of a single note perfume, nut when I put it on i found the scent to be completely repulsive. sour and a little bit cloying, this perfume reminded me a little of lysol wipes....1
Smells good. It's not too heavy. Doesn't smell like an older lady either.5
I like it for after a workout when I'm gross/sweaty and don't want to smell like perfume but want to smell good5
smells so good, clean, sexy, and beautiful . cant get enough! definitely going to buy a full bottle soon!5
I love this perfume! It's so light and wonderful. My husband also likes it, which is a plus, because he typically doesn't like any of the scents from my lotions, etc. Win!5
I'm sensitive to smells and this one was a little too strong for me as the day wore on.3
I tried this item once and did not like it. In reading the reviews, I was excited. I guess it just didn't go well for me.1