Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Vince Camuto’s Solare is a warm ray of weekend sun falling on your neck from a kitchen window. It has a cheery mandarin top note that is extended into the heart from the spicy, aromatic pull of pimento leaves and a shot of cardamom.
Musk and cashmere woods in the base add depth and a smooth, almost sweet sheen to the overall composition, and tempers the heart’s spicy heat.
What Solare turns into is a cross between an Orange Julius drink and the sweet sharpness of home-made curry. This may seem like an odd description, but it smells fantastic. The sweet orange citrus and Indian heat of the spice build on and complement each other’s scent profile.
Without the spices, the mandarin orange would drift off into the ozone, but its also mandarin’s citrusy zing that keeps Solare bright and engaging, instead of sharp and dry.
The musk and cashmere woods in the dry down provide the same balance for the spiciness in the middle of the fragrance. The cardamom in Solare has a noticeable bite to it, so the tangy musk shears off its edge, and the cashmere woods polish the cardamom until it shines. You get the spicy interest without the sensory attack on the inside of your nose.
Solare is a plush citrus scent at its core – each note after the mandarin arrives becomes a supporting cast of woods and spices meant to augment its bright charms and keep it present in the perfume for as long as possible. This perfume is all about how spicy textures can support what is essentially a bright orange citrus scent.
But it also sets itself up as a kind of way station scent between mega-bright eau de colognes and bitter aromatic men’s offerings. Solare is a fine every day choice, with a cheery sweetness to it that’s fun to wear. If you’re looking for a men’s cologne with more texture than eau de cologne can offer, but don’t enjoy the bitterness of bergamot or aromatic spices in your lineup, Solare is an ideal compromise with an enjoyable, energizing scent.