1828 for me opens like a relatively generic but perfectly nice cologne. A tart bergamot and grapefruit with a hint of nutmeg to add spice. There’s some cool mentholated eucalyptus up top, refreshing and herbal. It is undoubtably blended to perfection though with good quality materials, I hate to throw about the term “generic”, what I mean is it brings nothing new… but it is nicely done. The nutmeg warms the citrus which persists for a little longer than expected – just as the cool effect of the eucalyptus disappears all too soon.
A dry cedar wood comes into the quiet remains of the opening along with a dose of clean pine. A peppery incense adds only a delicate smoke, the dry woods and pine quietening into something smooth, tame and plain.
Any power of the opening, and any juicy fresh quality is lost, and instead of their being something exciting underneath, I quickly realise that’s the best I’m going to get.
The citrus opening is gone entirely within a couple of minutes; the smooth, common, pepper/wood/incense base sits on the skin for a few hours, never cracking a smile or calling you for a sniff. If I breathe deeply on it, a whiff of the good stuff up top manages to claw its way to the surface for a moment or two which smells better the second time around.
A lovely patchouli in the base isn’t loud enough to get noticed unless my nose is squished up to my hand – I wish this part was louder. The incense loses it’s smoke and becomes more resinous, giving the base of 1828 a green, amber-ish feel. It’s easy enough to break down and spread out the contents of this fragrance to try and convince myeslf it’s better than it is, but in its entirity I wouldn’t give it a second thought if I sniffed it out a department store bottle.
Clean, balanced and non-distracting, an ideal work scent for those who desire no motivation from their daily fragrance.
1828 60ml EDP Histoires De Parfums – 87 Euros histoiresdeparfums.com