Phoenix Shaving | La Tierra Mojada
APShaveCo. Elegant Emerald | SynBad 24mm
The New Improved Injector Razor | Personna 74
La Tierra Mojada opens with a bold herbaceous floral akin to freshly rained on yellow honeysuckle and neroli. As the lather builds, the fresh rain aspect surfaces and sustains, but the neroli intensifies. I must be fairly sensitive to this because LTM isn't marketed as a neroli-centric fragrance. Approaching the end of the shave, the lather's fragrance becomes a little darker with hints of damp earth, but it never gets muddy.
The splash is quite enjoyable, conveying a more vibrant floral opening, again reminding me of wet yellow honeysuckle blossoms and neroli. The petrichor middle is much more distinct than that of the soap. In fact, it reminds me of the times when my wife was a curator of a fish hatchery. On a few occasions, I would accompany her as she did routine checks. There was a large room that contained ozone generators. I don't claim to understand the process, but a lot of electricity was required by the humming generators, and there were invariably leaks. As a result, you didn't hang around this room very long, but it was quite an intense, metallic fragrance that was somehow calming at the same time. The middle of the splash captures this rainy, metallic/industrial vibe before moving on to my favorite part---the dry down. It is indeed the most gratifying part of this splash/cologne. The wet herbaceous aspect gathers a bit of dankness and is perhaps suggestive of hashish. The patchouli is a little more prominent than I'd anticipated, but it works very well. This unique fragrance is still detectable six hours later.