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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.
Got this as a sample in a Birchbox but I had it before then.. love the smell and it is one of my go to scents for this summer.4
I can very much appreciate the minimalist and allergen free properties of this scent, but have determined that the scent is not for me.2
This scent was just okay. It was not one of my favorite scents but it is also not my least favorite scent. It is just okay.3
Different than anything I have every tried before. I'm usually a very subtle, classic fan. I would say this classic but definitely not subtle. It's a strong scent and not remotely floral.4
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