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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Fragrance Review: Montale Nepal Aoud

    Genre: Oriental

    Another in the by now very long (and redundant?) line of Montale rose-and-oudh compositions. Regardless of quality, Montale’s release schedule and stylistic consistency beg the question: “How many of these do we actually need?”

    Nepal Aoud has none of the craggy barbarism that characterizes Black Aoud, nor has it the smoky mystery of Oud Cuir d’Arabie – my favorites to date in the Montale range. Rather, once past its short-lived saffron top
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  4. Fragrance Review: Divine L'Homme Infini

    Genre: Woody Oriental

    The first time I sampled L’Homme Infini I couldn’t even work up enough interest in it to write a review. It arrived amidst a slew of black pepper-spiked fragrances that emerged in the wake of Marc Jacobs’s Bang, and by the time I got to it I was bored with the whole idea. The black pepper tide has since receded, and I decided to revisit L’Homme Infini with a refreshed palette. I have to admit I like it better the second time around. In fact, it might
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  5. Fragrance Review: Aesop Marrakech

    Genre: Oriental

    No top notes to speak of here – Marrakech launches straight into its central accord of spices and resins, and that’s pretty much where it stays for as long as it lasts. Cardamom and clove are both prominent at Marrakech’s heart, and the tart, lemony aspect of the cardamom note is the only relief offered in what is otherwise a uniformly dense, opaque composition. The fragrance is potent, tenacious, and projects conspicuously, so you won’t need much of it
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