Perfume Reviews

Reviews by Chemicus

Total Reviews: 16

Gucci pour Homme by Gucci

Slightly medicinal topnotes followed by dry, short-lived heartnotes. The basenotes are better: woods, smoke, incense, and amber. Quite warm but not very original. In fact, the main problem with this one is its lack of creativity. Nothing interesting going on at all.
31st October, 2007

Elements Aqua by Hugo Boss

The top- and midnotes disappear very quickly. The base is a mix of sandalwood, synthetic sweetness, and a hint of patchouli. Doesn't sound too bad but Hugo Boss simply didn't get it right this time.
31st October, 2007

Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior

This fragrance sends a message: "I am very kind. I am very nice. I am very reliable." A discrete mix of light lemon and soft herbs. There is a sour note, too, that reminds me of the sour note in Acqua di Gio; it is quite weak, though. The scent has a melancholy undertone that is hard to describe. It is not difficult to see why GeorgeBernard associate with funerals. Not an everyday scent, but it can be very useful under the right circumstances.
27th July, 2007
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Baldessarini Ambré by Baldessarini

I agree with Ken_Russell and MonkeyManMatt: Baldessarini Ambré is very similar to Boss Bottled. There is some extra amber (of course), and maybe there is a hint of smoke added, too. Nothing new or interesting.
19th July, 2007

Baldessarini Del Mar by Baldessarini

Starts out ok but unexpectedly a strange, stale note appears. Do not know what it is but I simply cannot stand it. Utterly disappointing.
19th July, 2007

Nightflight by Joop!

Very nice all-round scent with great longevity and sillage. There is a quite strong and distinctive amber note going right from the top to the bottom of the pyramide. This has important implications:

Top notes: the citrus notes are given a 'heavy' character. They seem darker and thicker than usual. The topnotes are also very long-lived.

Middle notes: the florals feel very 'dry'. Not much ordinary sweetness -- the floral notes seem muted and have an unusual ambery warmth. There appears to be a strong rose note that works particularly well with the amber.

Basenotes: sandalwood plus amber give a refined and strong drydown. There are some tonka beans, too, that together with the amber provide sweetness and complexity. Finally, there is a quite interesting (and simultaneously puzzling) almond note. I am only guessing, but I believe the almond is in some way connected with the amber, and that it is very important for the whole composition (even though it has a strange smell on its own).

08th July, 2007

L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme by Issey Miyake

I have always associated this fragrance with four colours. From top to bottom, I would describe the scent like this:

1: Light grey. Very short-lived notes. Ozone, water mist, and a strange 'dry-cleaner' smell.

2: Sun-yellow. Mostly citrus but hints of saffron, too. A certain 'sharp' note is noticeable which gives this part a mineralic/salty twist.

3: Greenish-yellow. The best part. A sun-drenched forest combined with warm spices. Contains an element that reminds me of birch-bark.

4: Dark green. More forest but not sun-drenched anymore. Dark, moist, mossy. A special character is given by the combination of light tobacco and a soil-like note. This fourth part has almost infinite longevity.

08th July, 2007

Chrome by Azzaro

Crisp, generic citrus for a couple a minutes. Just wait, and then the interesting part begins: green leaves mixed with a soft, fresh note that reminds of newly washed clothes. There is a faint note of extremely clean musk, too. The middle notes give the impression of a nice and mild freshness that is not overpowering; it also has a distinct 'chilly' quality. This cold accord is slowly warmed up by woods. The longevity is decent.

Note 1: There is a metallic note that is similar to the metallic note in Davidoff Echo. It is not particularly strong.

Note 2: The scent stays fresh even in hot, humid conditions.

Note 3: The middle notes are (under certain conditions) suggestive of newly-fallen snow in a forest.
08th July, 2007

Polo Black by Ralph Lauren

This fragrance has one big problem: poor longevity. The smell itself is great, though. The initial burst of fruity freshness fades away very quickly and leaves room for a dark green smell. It is green in an unusually clean way; I cannot detect any pine, leaves, or similar notes that I usually associate with "green". A mellow patchouli note appears after a while, making the smell slightly deeper and more aromatic. Should be a very versatile fragrance if it lasted longer.
19th May, 2007

Joop! Homme by Joop!

If you survive the topnotes, then the drydown is fairly decent. The middle notes are very sweet and floral but they are not lasting long. The base (which have good longevity) combines a cardboard/sawdust note with vanilla and something that smells burnt; there is some sweetness, too. This may sound like a very weird combination but it actually works. When to wear this fragrance is an open question, though.
15th May, 2007

Photo by Lagerfeld

A nice leathery fragrance. The opening is quite traditional but then the spices kick in and make the composition more interesting. The base is fairly strong and contains leather, woods, and a tad of sweetness. Very good for wintertime use.
12th May, 2007

Lagerfeld Man by Lagerfeld

Strong cedar. Period. Very one-dimensional scent that is difficult to wear.
12th May, 2007

Kenzo pour Homme by Kenzo

The sea mixed with interesting green notes. The nutmeg note is pronounced and so is the oakmoss. The drydown is smooth, cool, and refined. Quite strong scent that can easily induce headache if overapplied.
12th May, 2007
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Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme by Dolce & Gabbana

The top notes are very strong and citrusy; somewhat resembling of detergent. The middle notes contain a solid lavender note but also a tarragon note that is too strong. The basenotes are very good: tobacco and woods combined with a pleasant sweetness. The longevity is great. I would have given thums-up if the fragrance was better balanced.
12th May, 2007

Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche

Some call Drakkar Noir "old-fashioned" but I think "timeless" is a better description. It starts out with a simultaneously forest-like and chemical smell, and slowly fades into an earthy and ambery drydown. Fresh and clean in an unexpected way.
08th May, 2007

Mugler Cologne by Thierry Mugler

The topnotes are great but the mid- and basenotes are not: too musky and containing a strange "sour" note (somewhat similar to the sour/unfresh note in Eau Sauvage).
08th May, 2007