MCMC Hunter

I've never smoked anything in my life. My mum doesn't read this blog, so you know I'm being honest.

Weird, then, that sometimes I secretly like the smell of cigarettes. Well, mostly when it's on my boyfriend, fresh in from a night out and bourbon-drunk.

(Will, you're a dirty social smoker and I wish you'd stop).


Will's been half a world away for the last nine months, and it's always a little bittersweet finding things that remind me of him. One of these things is MCMC's Hunter fragrance oil roll on, which I recently rediscovered in my drawer full of scents (I kind of went perfume-crazy a few years ago). It sells for $45USD, but I was lucky enough to come across it two years ago on Onceit for $29NZD.

As a fragrance oil, it wears quite close to the skin, but not so close that your nose gets acclimated quickly and you're left wondering if it's still on you at all. It's a masculine-leaning fragrance, with an initial hit of almost medicinal balsam fir, tempered by the sweetness of the organic bourbon vanilla and the earthy tobacco absolute. (Not that my nose is good enough to pick all of these notes up individually -- I'm going by its official description.) It's a comforting, warming scent to me, subtle but not bland. It would smell amazing on a man. I would be angling for a pash.

When I was younger, I had a friend named Harrison, who I liked to call Hunter. He lent me the book Ishmael, and played guitar, and taught me about loving the environment.

Years later, memories of our long friendship and his adventures building maple sugar cabins in Vermont inspired the fragrance Hunter. With tobacco absolute, organic Bourbon vanilla and balsam fir, this fragrance is best worn with a flannel shirt.
— MCMC Fragrances

Hunter is part of MCMC Fragrance's Stories Collection, where creator Anne McClain has concocted scents inspired by people and experiences in her life. Going by the descriptions, I need Noble.