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  1. Fragrance Review: Parfum d'Empire Corsica Furiosa


    Genre: Green

    Aggressively bitter herbaceous top notes of galbanum and tomato leaf are tempered by a healthy splash of sweet citrus, but the overall effect is astringent and pleasantly medicinal. Corsica Furiosa’s heart maintains the bracing green olfactory impression, even as lentiscus (mastic bush), a huge fresh hay note, and a dab of honey smooth out and slightly sweeten the profile. The fragrance is intensely evocative – it is difficult to wear Corsica Furiosa without
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    Updated 19th July 2014 at 05:08 AM by Way Off Scenter

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  2. Fragrance Review: Parfum d'Empire Musc Tonkin

    Genre: Oriental

    A crisp citrus top note doesn’t get much airtime before it’s enveloped in Musc Tonkin’s unctuous, sweet amber and musk accord. The composition is exceptionally well-blended, such that individual components are not easily identified. Nonetheless, I detect labdanum and benzoin in the amber, some indolic jasmine, and a fruity rose alongside the prevailing musk. The whole thing is heady, dense, and viscous, with a penetrating, at times near-fecal, animalic tang
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  3. Fragrance Review: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Forte

    Genre: Floral

    A juicy bergamot top note introduces what is essentially a floral eau de Cologne variant, with a core of citrus notes, clean jasmine, and dry rose. If this is “forte” I have to wonder at how the plain paper wrapper version plays, since this is still a very mild and understated fragrance. Longevity is pretty impressive for a fragrance of this buoyant, transparent style; the citrus and floral core holds together for a good three or four hours before yielding to
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  4. Posh fragrance tested: Creed - Silver Mountain Water

    I absolutely must retest this when it isn't so absurdly hot. We're mid-heatwave here at the moment, and after a horrendous morning runing errands in the centre of town I've given up and declared chav mode - around the house at least, it's shirt or trousers but not both until the weather breaks.

    The reason I want to retest this fragrance is the first twenty minutes. It's delicious. I'm not a highly-trained nose, I can't pick out notes and tell you what it smells of, but I can tell you ...

    Updated 18th July 2014 at 03:21 PM by philistine

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  5. Fragrance Review: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue pour le Soir

    Genre: Oriental

    Absolue pour le Soir is a classical – even classicizing – amber oriental fragrance, distinguished by the balance of its sweet balsamic and smoky, animalic facets. It is cousin to scents like Ambre Russe, Ambre Précieux, Ambre Sultan, and L'Ombre Fauve, to name but a few genre contemporaries. It is less boozy than Ambre Russe and far more overtly animalic than Ambre Précieux, though to my nose rather less so than Ambre Sultan or L'Ombre Fauve. It is perhaps
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