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  1. Posh fragrance tests: Creed Original Vetiver, Tom Ford Noir

    Creed Original Vetiver

    Euch, euch, EUCH. Everything I hate about mens' fragrances, all rolled into one tidy green-gradiented package. To me it said fougere, or rather screamed it constantly while trying to prise the lid off my skull with a rusty knife. Washed it off. I tried it in the attempt to find out what vetiver actually smells of, but I'm inclined to think it may not have been a good example fragrance for that. Ah well; chalk this one up to an educational failed experiment... ...
  2. 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 02:21 PM by philistine

  3. BPAL of the day: Lines Written among the Euganean Hills

    This scent was a Yule 2008 limited edition and gets its inspiration, as well as its redolent moniker, from a poem by Shelley:

    Senseless is the breast and cold
    Which relenting love would fold;
    Bloodless are the veins and chill
    Which the pulse of pain did fill;
    Every little living nerve
    That from bitter words did swerve
    Round the tortur'd lips and brow,
    Are like sapless leaflets now
    Frozen upon December's bough.

  4. BPAL of the day: Earth Phoenix

    Earth Phoenix is one of BPAL's sixth anniversary range of phoenix-themed scents; I have another of them, Water Phoenix, which I'll also be reviewing on here soon. You're probably getting the idea by now that I had rather a phase of being a limited edition hunter with BPAL- for several years running I used to blow every penny of my Christmas money on a ridiculously large order with them (this was before US customs cracked down on marking items as gifts as a dodge to reduce recipients' customs charges, ...

    Updated 7th July 2014 at 12:46 AM by philistine

  5. Posh fragrances notes: YSL L'Homme Libre, L'Eau d'Issey Miyaki Pour Homme

    Homme Libre (only sniffed on paper, may retest on skin): A very polite sort of freedom. As one reviewer on the fragrance page suggested it's a holiday fragrance; no passionate emancipation here, just a nice week off from your smart-shirt job "dine in tine". Not by any means unpleasant but reads as very safe to me.

    (But then so do about 90% of mainstream mens' fragrances, really; this is the same problem I have with designer clothes, it's about branding. I'm not Yves Saint ...
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