- Encre Noire by Lalique. “Black ink.” It’s a bit of a cheat; 50% of the scent mass comes from OTNE, a synthetic ketone used in artificially scenting tobacco and other manufactured products. At first, pleasant reminiscence of sandalwood, cigars and ink; other subtle scents. Soon after, inflatable beach toy; a rubber ball gently toasted in an oven. Orange blossom in diesel. Vanilla latex. Not warm and comforting; an Edward Gorey fragrance. It then settles down, meandering between ink, sandalwood, rubber and cigar for a few hours. Perhaps passable, just not a clinic scent. Don’t wear.
- The Bug, by Gorilla Perfume, Lush – The opening whiff of this scent is, well, ghastly. It takes some resolve to dab it on your skin, which you should really do. It quickly fades down from Nuclear Labdanum to a pleasant sandalwood and spice scent, with a subtle trace of leather and even a hint of rubber, very faint. It ages out gently from this mature presentation; twelve hours later, it is gone. Surprisingly less strident than Eau de Canard en Caoutchouc Noir above. Regrettably, The Bug is a little too strong for the clinic. It is an entirely fit scent for the gentleman doctor to wear at a conference and an open space. It has more sillage than is fit for the clinic. A can-wear, but barely.