Bench Beautiful Boy by Furne One

Bench Beautiful Boy by Furne One

Bench Beautiful Boy by Furne One

Today, I am going to review our latest acquisition, Bench Beautiful Boy by Furne One.

First, a little introduction on the brand, Bench.

Bench is a Philippine fashion brand started in 1987 by Ben Chan. It is hugely popular among teens and adults with its affordable casual clothing, underwear, and fragrances. Think of it as Philippines’ Aeropostale, or H&M.

When it comes to fragrances, Bench started with body sprays like Bench Atlantis, or Bench 8. Later on, it introduced more lasting EdTs, often fronted by popular Filipino celebrities like Richard Gomez, Piolo Pascual, or Manny Pacquiao. You can say that Bench started the celebu-scent trend here in the Philippines.

Lately, Bench started working with Filipino fashion designers for its fragrances. Bench collaborated with Rajo Laurel, Michael Cinco, and for Beautiful Boy, with Furne One.

Furne One showing Amato 2013 collections

Furne One showing Amato 2013 collections*

Furne One is a Dubai based Filipino fashion designer known for his intricate beadwork, and delicate laser cut designs. To my untrained eye, I see a lot of Alexander McQueen influences in his body of work. I would say his works are very dramatic, very theatrical, very technical, and definitely, very haute couture.

Bench Beautiful Boy by Furne One, then, is an offspring of a casual brand and a haute couture fashion house.

Beautiful Boy, according to the Bench site, is a woody citrus scent of grapefruit, musk, pepper and iris.

Beautiful Boy, on me, smells soapy and clean specially in the beginning. I am reminded of the Clean scent, or of detergents, but my partner is reminded of Bvlgari Pour Homme. True enough, there is a part of Beautiful Boy’s development that resembles that of Bvlgari Pour Homme.

Later in the day, Beautiful Boy dries down to a musky, a bit sweet, scent.

There might be traces of grapefruit, iris, and pepper, but I have to smell hard to detect them. It lasts fairly long, but not long enough to cover my 8 hour work shift.

As a fragrance, it really is a scent for the beautiful boy next door, or the class heart-throb. It is pleasant, clean, never offensive, never daring.

I do not know the extent of work done by Furne One with this collaboration but I felt that he just lent his name for this fragrance. To me, Beautiful Boy hardly represents Furne One’s aesthetics or brand. Beautiful Boy, to me, is the opposite of Furne One.

But I have no regrets.

Because of Beautiful Boy, I discovered that Furne One have his own fragrances from his fashion house Amato; Amato Argento and Amato Oro. I am very much interested to try those fragrances. I would love to experience how Furne One translates his ideas to perfumes.

Bench Beautiful Boy is available where there is a Bench store, online, in 70 ml for $17.00. That’s another reason why I should not have regrets.

image from
*http://amatohautecouture.com/

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This Just In! Oud by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

 Fresh from the press, Maison Francis Kurkdjian releases Oud!

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud is described as:

“A fragrance story sketched between the fine-grained sand of the desert dunes, the fragrant harmattan wind and the star-studded night – an opulent Arabian perfume born from a western sensitivity” 

Hmm, I’m imagining opulent and extravagant tents on Arabian desert, fitted with the most luxurious fabrics and gold,  smokes from the shisa,  filled with music and dancing and merriment. I have to try this one…

Oud contains safron, elemi from the Philippines, oud from Laos, Cedarwood and Indonesian patchouli. The bottle is also very elegant and gorgeous.  

It is available at Maison Francis Kurkdjian in Paris and is available online.

*photo and description from http://www.franciskurkdjian.com/home.php

Fragrance News: Etat Libre d’Orange Fils de Dieu des Riz et des Agrumes

I’ve read from CaFleurBon that Etat Libre d’Orange, the house that released the award-winning Tilda Swinton Like This, the very gay Tom of Finland, and the risqué Secretions Magnifique, will be releasing a new fragrance named Fils de Dieu des Riz et des Agrumes, or Sons of the God of Rice and Oranges. Whew!

What intrigued me, however, is not the lengthy name, nor the house, but the statement that it evokes or it is dedicated to my country, the Philippines!

I am very excited for this scent and very intrigued as well.  As as son of rice farmer, I am familiar with the scent of rice, in all stages.  So, I’m very curious how that translates to a fragrance.

Notes are ginger, coriander leaves, lime, shiso, coconut, rice, cardamom, jasmine, cinnamon, may rose, tonka bean, vetiver, musk, amber, leather, and castoreum. It is by Ralf Schwieger for Etat Libre d’Orange.

Photo from www.fragrantica.com