Every successful fragrance has had its share of flanker scents. Hell, some even have seasonal ones! Today though, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite budget flankers, Stetson Sierra.
This is a flanker that relies on the name of the established scent, rather than an offshoot of the scent. This in no way detracts from Sierra nor Stetson. Where the original is a brash, floral chypre, Sierra is a light aromatic fougere. Per Fragrantica:
Top notes are aldehydes, artemisia, caraway, juniper berries, green notes, basil and bergamot; middle notes are carnation, jasmine, caraway, rose, pine tree needles and geranium; base notes are leather, amber, patchouli, musk, oakmoss and cedar.
Personally, I don’t pick up every note listed, but here’s my impression. Upon first spray, you’re met with a bright zing of aldehydes and citrus with a slap of juniper. The pine emerges after the citrus dries down; gently curbed by the herbal notes and jasmine, preventing it (thankfully) from becoming a floor cleaner scent. The woody notes (sadly no oakmoss, THANKS IFRA) and amber are a light denouement at the end.
As far as scents go, if you’re on a budget and are looking for a “fresh” scent, you can’t go wrong with Sierra. And if you’re not on a budget? Hell, pick up a bottle anyway. I’ve been really surprised by a lot of the Stetson flankers. While Coty has butchered a lot of their original scents, one must remember that they’re in the scent business, and can put together some really decent scents at a really great price point. As far as pairing this with your shave gear, I’d highly suggest using this with Van Yulay’s “Into the Woods” soap with a post of Pinaud Clubman.
Hope you enjoyed this. We at Wet Shaver Review hope to have a fragrance review weekly, so you can smell your Sunday best, so to speak. Shave on!