Agonist is a line that's been fascinating me for some time. I finally managed to get a hold of the entire sample set; these can be hard to come by, if you order directly from their site you get charged 20 euro for shipping on top of the 23 euro for the samples. However, each one is individually boxed and you get 6 of them, so you'll get a lot of use from them if you enjoy the scents. I have now tried all six, quick impressions:
The Infidels: Very elegant head shop scent, obviously well made
and very unisex. Definitely strong sillage, not a summer scent, but
something that would be worn with heavy clothing while skulking through
city streets at dusk. The patchouli, labdanum and amber base is
lightened by the lavender and blackcurrant, the initial impression is of
dark spiced fruits that give way to a smouldering resinous scent. Very
nice, I bought a bottle.
Onyx Pearl: Upon spraying, reminds me of the men's department at
Nordstrom when they start selling leather jackets. Upscale and very
masculine, the suede and oud are at the forefront for the entire
fragrance, I never get even a hint of floral but eventually get to a
sandalwood and cedar base. This would be a very sexy fragrance on the
right person, however, not for me.
Black Amber: This is a beautiful, smokey labdanum scent, and
reminds me of looking at actual amber. There are shots of light
throughout keeping it from becoming too heavy, a bit like looking at
stained glass in a very dark church. The olibanum and tobacco are quite
pronounced on me for a long period of time and keeps the scent from
becoming your 'typical' amber. I get no sense of powder here, just a
sweet, reverential amber. Lovely.
Liquid Crystal: Lavender opening is gorgeous but quickly becomes
The Infidels Light. Not necessarily a bad thing, but there is a
background spice note that threatens to become men's deodorant, a bit
like Xerjoff Dhofar. Unisex.
Vanille Marble: Oh. My Goodness. I like vanilla. I LOVE
this. I had read reviews already and frankly wasn't all that excited to
try it. I was wrong. WRONG. This is The Goddess Vanilla. It's
creamy yet dark, smoky yet luminous, balanced with the perfect amount of
floral, fig and sandalwood. I did not find it foody, but almost
mysterious and very very sophisticated. Instantly bought a bottle with
absolutely not regrets as to price.
Arctic Jade: A
lovely surprise! Opens on a children's aspirin note but quickly
develops into a tart berried floral with an undertone of cedar and
vanilla. Manages to smell fresh, tangy, clean and elegant at the same
time. Very ladylike and versatile. My next FB purchase.
All in all, one of the most interesting lines I've come across
with something for everyone. All are extremely well made and creative.
Currently available at Aedes.