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Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3 (preview)

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I haven't done one of these in a while and it's kinda late at night. I have to wake up in about 4 hours. Also, I have to give some of these fragrances a fair chance before my verdicts on each one. I like acquiring decants from kind people who'll provide me with some that are a little more difficult to get just because they aren't sold at Sephora (where I get most of my mainstream released samples). So, I'm a bit limited on that sort of thing. I normally like having at least over 1ml to work with before deciding.

I'd like to address something. It's not really a revelation, but more of a realization of my own preferences and what I perceive when I smell something. Almost all citrus-based and aquatic based fragrances smell the same to me. They're the most boring of the bunch because they can be sold to the masses and easily duplicated often. Who on Basenotes doesn't realize that? As for cold weather fragrances, I don't have as much of a sweet tooth as I thought. So fragrances such as 1 Million, Hanae Mori, Rochas Man, A*Men (and the beloved Pure Malt) don't appeal to me anymore.

What I loved a year or two ago isn't what I love now. There's only a few bottles that I own (or had owned) that remains a staple in my rotation. I'm learning this the hard way with The Dreamer and Rochas Man. I began to wonder if my eating habits and lifestyle changes in the past couple years has played a role in my preferences nowadays. I kept thinking it was just how much more sensitive my nose as gotten since getting into fragrances, but the other thing might be affecting it.

Basically when I went to make some dietary changes, one of them was cutting out soda and greatly reducing the amount of sugar I consume on a daily basis. I'll eat a bite of cake or a cookie from time to time, but I won't be gorging myself in decadent desserts lately. One of the major changes to my diet is my preference towards spicy food. If I have to reduce the amount of sodium intake, I have to get it somewhere. A part of me is craving spice with a hint of sweetness. I want my sweetness to have a bit of a bite to it. After thinking back at how much I loved wearing Burberry London during the holidays and wishing the longevity and strength was kicked up one more notch, spice is nice. Anyway, here's onto a preview of my testing list.

Paco Rabanne - One Million: I've worn this 3 times. Not a fan. I can see how it's popular in Europe because of it's strength, sweet appeal, and oddly different. To me, it's too much of a mish mash of fruit and spice with a cup of sugar on top. I'm sure ladies love this, but my nose sure as hell doesn't like it THAT much. To me, it smelled like John Varvatos at a wild Vegas party. Hence, why I almost considered taking my small atomizer of it with me to Las Vegas a while back. Unfortunately I had disturbing flash backs of the trip last year where my alcohol nausea with 4 sprays of John Varvatos made it a miserable night.

Kenzo Power: Floral, borderline feminine. It's cooling and warm at the same time. It's just not my kind of scent even though it came highly recommend. I didn't mind trying it out at all though.

Versace Man Eau Fraiche: I was merely revisiting this one. The first time I wore it was almost 2 years ago. I found it to smell like Lemon Pledge. I did not like it at all. While in Vegas a couple weeks ago, a friend had a bottle of it that he's been wearing often lately. I asked if I could spritz some on my arm just to try it again. My nose picked up some other subtleties that I didn't before. It was nicer than I thought, but still, I didn't care much for it at all. Smells like a standard citrus fresh scent to me. It is fairly well crafted for what it is and it's a nice pick me up.

Thierry Mugler A*Men - Pure Malt: Ah, the darling of YouTube and internet hype. To me, this is the OG A*Men's light hearted brother. The whiskey note replaces the darker tar note. It doesn't smell so much like a burn chocolate chip cookie like the original. The whiskey actually blends well with the burnt caramel note. However, I'm not a big fan of whiskey as a beverage, so it doesn't appeal to me that much. Something about that A*Men (B*Men, Ice*Men, whatever) lineup that doesn't sit well with me. I wouldn't object to wearing it from time to time, I'm just not buying into the hype. That's my first impression so far before giving it a few more wearings.

The rest are still under evaluation....

Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin
Givenchy Play Intense
Guerlain L'Instant
Guerlain Homme
Carlos Santana
Lalique Encre Noire
Dolce & Gabbana The One
Chanel Platinum Egoiste
Prada Infusion d'Homme
Burberry The Beat

There's probably more that I left out though. There's a handful more on my wish list that I'm going to acquire samples of at some point like John Varvatos Vintage, Boss Bottled, Guerlain Vetiver, Dirty English, Dior Fahrenheit (my friend has that one, I should borrow it), Tom Ford Grey Vetiver. There's some I'd like to revisit like Dior Fahrenheit 32, Dior Homme, Givenchy Very Irresistible Fresh Attitude

Updated 31st January 2010 at 02:12 PM by Hollandaze

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