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  1. Artisan Parfumeur - Tea for Two

    Reviewers rave about this being like drinking chai by a fire with ginger cake. On me it's nothing but jasmine and faint soap and it disappears after half an hour. Fail.

    In self-education terms, if there actually is jasmine in it then I know it will probably be turned up to 11 because my skin seems to do that to jasmine. It may also be the spice notes interacting badly with each other, it's one thing I tend to dislike about spices. Can't explain the near-instant fadeout at all though. ...
  2. The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne Day 6

    Quote Originally Posted by Mythrol View Post
    Day #6: Fragrance - Diptyque Vetyverio.
    My Ratings: Scent - Good. Overall - Good.

    This is a good fragrance, however to my nose it is not a Vetiver Fragrance. I get floral notes, oriental notes, and maybe something slightly green. I can't smell anything Vetiver in it. Does that mean it's bad? No. I find the fragrance good but it does tend to skewer unisex and maybe slightly feminine.

    Since I simply don't see this as being a Vetiver cologne I didn't rate it
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  3. The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne Day 5

    Quote Originally Posted by Mythrol View Post
    Day #5: Fragrance - Geurlain Vetiver Extreme
    My Ratings: Scent - 6/10. Overall 6/10.

    I have no idea why this is called Vetiver Extreme. To my nose there is nothing extreme about it. When you first spray it you get a blast of alcohol smell for the first 30 seconds or so. While I'm not a big fan of that, I know as alcohol evaporates it helps lift the scent off the skin and I did find this was one of the better performing scents as far as projection I've tested so far (it is by
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  4. The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne Day 4

    Quote Originally Posted by Mythrol View Post
    Day #4: Fragrance - Cartier Vetiver Bleu
    My Ratings: Scent - 5/10. Overall - 2/10.

    This was a crazy fragrance to review. I put it on in the morning after getting ready and my first reaction was it reminded me of mouthwash or toothpaste. Also after wearing it for a bit where I sprayed it and especially the top of my hand started to tingle and cool. After about 30 minutes I had the involuntary reaction of trying to wipe it off of the back of hand. It actually startled me so much
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  5. Mancera - The Aoud

    Freshly on, WOW, what a rose. Syrupy and just a hint tannic. Gives me a mental image of a huge, blowsy, thousand-petalled damask rose in full bloom, saturating the air with fragrance on a hot still summer day. I can tell there's a whole structure of other, more bitter notes underneath it, but they're holding up the rose, not cutting through it. This is a glorious fragrance experience.

    For once I'm actually pleased when a hint of wood comes out to temper the sheer bombast of the opening. ...
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