Reviewing this when we're noticing hubby's bottle has only a little left in it and neither of us is sure whether we're grateful to bid it farewell, or uncomfortable with how hard to find it is these days.
I can't tell the sharp opening is smokey lapsang souchoung, it could be anything really. But it turns into the distinct, convincing new tire smell quickly. New sports car mentions are spot on imo. It is a vanillad tire, but even with my love hate relationship with vanilla, it is pulled off into that sweet smell of a new car interior, timid enough behind the tire scent that it isn't the smell of driving back from Christmas with family with mother's vanilla crescents in the leather back seat of a new scooby.
The dry down is a to die for woodsy note, a really incredible woodsy note that to me, alone is worth hours of wondering whether I love smelling of tires or find it weird. It's mixed with rough leather, old leather this time, hyde. Amazing.
The bottle is interesting and fitting for men or female car enthusiasts. I like black packaging in general.
A unisex fragrance, easily. One to try, although whether it's a keeper, I don't know. It has sentimental value for me as my other half wears it occasionally and I wear it to smell like him (and for that woodsy note *sigh*), but all that tire, tire, tire can get a little...tiring.
Projection modest. Longevity though is surprising. I think it's been gone for hours, then get a perfectly good sudden whiff of it, several times over.
Points for creativity, who knew tires would work in a scent. And god that woodsy note, wow.