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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. 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. ...
  3. CK Euphoria Men

    Damn, and I so wanted to like this one.

    Just for a minute it went through a phase of smelling exactly like a gorgeous BPAL I sampled years ago, one of the Zorya fragrances I think, probably a spicy-floral; at that point I was completely convinced I needed a full bottle. An hour on it's drying down into yet another tedious For Men base blend; I'm on the point of washing off, but CK's restraint and the fact it's on the sweeter and more unisex end of masculine is saving it for me. It's ...

    Updated 15th September 2015 at 05:36 PM by philistine

  4. Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Eau Fraiche

    Now I have a love-hate relationship with spices - they can be way too powerful, bitter and acrid. I often find they're one of the things that repels me from classic "masculine" orientals. But Spicebomb Eau Fraiche is to spices what Fahrenheit 32 is to original Fahrenheit - it's spices for people who don't like spice.

    There's definitely still vanilla here, it smells almost gourmand to me, with the occasional whiff of oceanic freshness to cut it, and stays close in to my ...

    Updated 13th September 2015 at 06:12 PM by philistine

  5. Tom Ford Plum Japonais

    Goes on somewhere between incensey and woody, with a hint of cinnamon and benzoin. As ever with my skin I don't get a lot of wet/fruity plum but an extra squirt gives me a pleasing, well-rounded aura of Something Nice. It's classy and restrained: like breathing in the scent of an antique Chinese incense cabinet, as opposed to being assaulted by the aroma of a hippy shop. Very enjoyable.
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