I just retested out my bottle of Nicole Miller for Men, just to make sure it still works for me.
First of all, my bottle was purchased over 10 years ago, so I was a bit nervous about how it'd be. The initial spray-on was an onslaught of alcohol that stunned me. However, after like 10 seconds, the scent starts to come together into the structure that I've always loved: Orange citrus, leathery and reinforced with musk that lasts (on me, at least) most of the day. In other words, longer than 30 minutes.
Secondly, it is a pleasant, relaxing, and stable composition to boot. Nicole Miller for Men reminds me greatly of Givenchy's Xeryus Rouge and Marbert's Diesel Plus, both which are well-crafted tangy scents with a healthy heart of musk. NMfM is a better take on the orange-musk men's cologne than, say, Anarchiste by Caron (which seems like a metal-orange peel fragrance). The tanginess and sweetness is there in NMfM, distinguishing it from Eau / Concentre d'Orange Verte by Hermes (which focus on the underripened orange peel vibe).
Nicole Miller for Men is an acquired taste, though it's fairly easy to locate despite being discontinued.
15th December, 2016 (last edited: 29th January, 2017)
This is awful. Just one of the worst scents I have owned. Gave it away just to get it out of my house. Way synthetic with no redeeming qualities. Avoid.
Dreadful. Cheap-smelling, excessively sweet, brash, cloying.
I don't care for this. There is something cloying and disagreeable about it. On me the main components are sandalwood and leather. It reminds me of those cheaper colognes of the 1960's and 1970's like English leather.
This is not terrible, and I'm not throwing it out ... but I will never buy this again. It's cheap - you can buy 2.5 oz of this for $10 online. It's not too synthetic smelling but it tries to be "oriental" and smells like incense. If you like it, that's okay because it's just a matter of taste.
Genre: Woody Oriental
If you’ve ever tasted Applejack or Calvados, you’ll know Nicole Miller’s topnotes: booze and spiced apples. The apples and alcohol are unfortunately a tad chemical in character, so the impression they leave is more “scented candle” than “personal fragrance.” Of course apple on a spicy-woody fougère base is hardly original, having been essayed by roughly 49% of all masculine fragrances since Green Irish Tweed and Cool Water. (Another 49% are aquatics, leaving the remaining 2% for everything else.)
Some say this is a leather scent, and Michael Edwards classifies it as a woody-oriental, but I think Nicole Miller treads the by now conventional fruity fougère path quite closely, though distinguishing itself to a small degree by way of an odd, gamy, animalic note deep in its foundation. This bit of mammalian funk is a reminder of bolder animalic fougères like Lauder for Men, Kouros, and Jules, but Nicole Miller doesn’t quite have the guts to go all the way, and winds up seeming almost apologetic. Neither the godsend some claim, nor Satan’s spawn, but a pleasant fruity thing for men that’s outclassed by scents like New York, L’Anarchiste, or the now ironically no-more-expensive(!) Amouage Ciel.
Since I find Nicole Miller for Men quite similar to Timberline by Dana, the review is quite similar as well.
There's just something about Nicole Miller for Men that bothers me and I can't quite figure out what it is...the immediately olfactory-assaulting fruity/boozy/floral opening becomes vastly overshadowed by an immutable vibe of insect repellant that desperately tries to be tamed by an amber South American honey and/or classic vanilla along with a touch of sandalwood, musk and moss mid-notes and unfortunately ends as one off-putting, sweet-ish woody kind of hot mess.
Nicole Miller for Men lasts a fairly long on me with moderate projection, especially during summer months. As mentioned in the review opening, Nicole Miller for Men reminds me a lot of Timberline by Dana and I'm not a huge fan of that either.
10th March, 2014 (last edited: 15th March, 2014)