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I have a flacon of 40ml Omnia Coral. It was a purchase based on an experiment. It was summertime in Vancouver and I tried it because I wanted to smell for myself the superiority of EdP. It was on offer at Winners and although it is suppsoedly a feminine perfume it was (mis?) placed at the men's unit. After trying it I spend 3-4 hours going around in the city and now and then I sniffed my wrist. I got a beautiful chocolate (vanilla), musky accord that was divine. After maybe 4+ hours the perfume was very much alive on my skin and so i returned and got the 40 ml thinking that I would use it as an evening perfume. I do and I enjoy it very much. Yesterday I tried Flower by Kenzo and while I wan't fond of the opening as much I kind of recognized the mid and dry dwon. I thought there was a resemblance to Omnia Coral. Now I see why; they were both created by Morillas. I find Coral perfectly wearable by men but certainly not for office use. Its silage is ok but it's longevity is great. I am glad I purchase it but I wouldn't re-purchase. However, it was because of Omnia Coral that now I am more interested in EdP and less in EdT concentration.
09 November, 2013
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a great fragrance
I have been contemplating on purchasing EdFdN for some time. It took me quite some testing to decide that the oily residue on my skin after each application was indeed an indication of the good quality ingredients used in this certainly not niche perfume. The composition impressed me when I first tried EdFdN despite the fact that it was in the heart of freezing Nordic winter. I couldn't stop sniffing my wrist. I tried EdFdN in spring and summer too. And every time it transported me to my childhood when I was spending summer holidays in our mediterranean village home. More specifically it reminded me of the modest soap my granny used to buy for the bathroom. EdFdN brought back the feeling of being amongst friends, happy and carefree, in European South surrounded by lemon and olive tress. Fragrances can do many different things to us depending on our past experiences. EdFdN works for me and if you can still find it (I have heard many times that it is discontinued) just try it. I purchased EdFdN while in Canada for 65CAD.
Pros: Neroli with a twist - good longevity and silage
12 October, 2013
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CV is a leather perfume alright and maybe even a quite original one in its take on leather, but after generously emptying a tester on my skin I had very ambivalent feelings. It was very powdery, sour and dry with very little sweetness ... a dry leather without warmth. What really spoiled it for me was a dirty accord. It was like I was smelling unwashed hair. CV was enveloping with a good silage for the first couple of hours then slowly it disappeared. After 4-5 hours strangely enough there was no trace of it on my skin which now that I think about it, it was probably for the best. Disappointing!
Pros: dry take on leather
04 September, 2013
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BOIS 1920 offers fragrances that are excellent and potent but a bit old fashioned. I have tried RR, VdV and SI and from the three I find Sushi Imperial the most wearable one. As the other BOIS 1920 Sushi Imperial too has outstanding silage and longevity. But it also has a somewhat modern feeling to it, that makes it more agreeable. SI is however not an outstanding composition ... to me too it is somehow familiar. I think that it reminds me of Le Péché by Eisenberg which I remembered I liked. I don't understand the name Sushi Imperial but then neither do I understand Vento nel Vento! By the way, Sushi Imperial seems not to be in production, or at least BOIS 1920 doesn't list it anymore in their website.
Pros: outstanding silage and longevity
03 September, 2013
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beauty in a bottle
On my skin Cozé starts with a very mellow, sweet and dry medicinal accord, it turns incense like an hour later and settles into a vanilla comforting soft-bed of beauty. If this was more gourmand I wouldn't have liked it but it is not and therefore I enjoy it tremendously. Silage is very good and longevity excellent.
Pros: sweet and dry
21st August, 2013
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Fresh but not silly, herbal but not like a mediterranean herborarium, powdery but not stuffy and green but not grassy. I grew up with modest geraniums everywhere in our garden. This I would not consider a geranium centered composition just because my nose tells me differently. A piquant clove, if any, does the trick for me and I think that l'eau chic is superb all the way. And for an eau it has very good silage and longevity: 4 hours and still quite potent. The dry down of LeC reminds me of my favorite Eau de Sisley no3 but I don't mind at all, because I prefer the refine subtlety of LeC. Well done!
Pros: fresh and green but spicy too
18 August, 2013
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L'eau Mixte is a beautiful eau de cologne. The lemon is just happiness and layering it with mint and rose (these stand out for me) makes a compelling composition. This is a very safe fragrance and very inoffensive. There is a brightness but also a depth to it that I appreciate very much. My only problem with L'eau Mixte is its moderate silage which is explained by the fact that it is after all an eau de cologne. The longevity though is good for a cologne and well into 4-5 hours. I read somewhere that this is because of musks at the base. Indeed, towards the dry down I was reminded of Body Shop's White Musk perfume oil I used to wear 25 years ago. I would love L'eau Mixte in higher concentration.
Pros: very beautiful take on citrus
18 August, 2013
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divine but short-lived
Aura Maris starts with a blast of divine bitter sour citrus very interestingly layered. This is the phase I loved but it only lasted 30 minutes. Soon after AM stays so close to my skin that I can barely detect it. After 4 hours AM disappeared into a sweet and powdery shadow with a hint of citrus (funnily enough citrus notes popped up after rubbing my skin with saliva!). I tried AM in a cool Scandinavian August evening and found its silage and longevity to be rather poor. I wish AM was more lasting because the little it lasts it is truly gorgeous.
Pros: gorgeous opening
16 August, 2013
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cris clair by an untrained nose
I actually bought a sample from lovely Naz at Vancouver's The Perfume Shoppe. Naz suggested to try it because I might liked it. Anyway, today I tried Gris Clair on my skin. As an untrained nose, I can say that GC is well made, resinous sweet, but not overly so, lasts for 4+hours when at that point its projection starts to compromise and then it turns into a very distinguishable close to the skin scent, but still not a skin scent. It is overly rather warm, spicy, woody, resinous (sorry for repeating myself), and in fact to my nose it is not the lavender that is prominent nor the amber. Gris Clair has for me a star-anise accord that I can't take out of my head. Star-anise is not listed as a note and I assume that since no other reviewer mentioned it, it simply isn't there. But for me all notes blend into this soft and somewhat sweet kind of aniseed. I have a strong association between aniseed and a particular alcoholic drink (ouzo) which I don't like. And unfortunately for me this association (this is why I think of GC as interestingly familiar) totally spoils it. GC is quite beautiful in an old fashion way but at the same time it is very wearable and unisex - men though might like it more - but in any case it is not for the office... if you like it keep it for weekends and special occasions. Some (like Aedes) categorize Gris Clair as a fougere... I am not sure, but if GC is a fougere, it is not a lighthearted one.
Pros: well made, interestingly familiar, enveloping, potent but not offensive
10th August, 2013
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Olfactory but disappointing
I purchased Fraiche Badiane after the raving reviews by some highly regarded basenoters. I tried it full of expectations and once again I was reminded how subjective and emotional liking a perfume is. Fraiche Badiane is well made with high quality ingredients. It starts with a blast of zesty citrus but it mellows down within half an hour into a conventional linear citrus fragrance of no depth, low projection and - when in its dry down - quite some admirable longevity. FB became a skin scent within 1 hour, but the base notes are still traceable on my skin 6+ hours after application! Overall, FB is an olfactory citrus fragrance with an old world feeling. The flacon and the cap with the oversized red sparkling rock is pompous and not well balanced (a small bottle with a big glitchy cap). Although I appreciate some of the quality FB demonstrates I cannot say that I like to smell it on me. In addition, the concentration of FB is of an eau de toillette and while the quality is good it doesn't justify the hefty price tag especially given that its projection is so poor.
Pros: old charm and quality
18 July, 2013
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I tested Iskander after some time reading about it and contemplating a blind buy. I am glad I tried it because I can honestly say that it seems to me to be the holy grail of citrus perfumes. It is a glorious bitter dry citrus that lasts and lasts. The herbal accord keeps it light and translucent. It is however a quite uninteresting composition in the sense that it is basically citrus. I miss complexity and what I call depth to ground the citrus note. I am glad I tried Iskander for another reason too; I realized that my tastes have changed and I should no longer search for predominantly citrus and green perfumes, as I have been doing for a few years now. Even some distinguished ones, like Iskander, make me think of them as somewhat generic, although I know they are far from it. I can still enjoy them but not on my skin. Maybe my citrus period is finally over!
Pros: the ultimate citrus
16 June, 2013
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mimosa or not its is uninteresting
If you, unlike me, are a lover of "real" fragrances of flowers, woods, fruits, etc. then you should give Mimosa Pour Moi a try. On my skin it starts overly sweet and floral and continues sweet and powdery. After a couple of hours when it mellows down there is a more delicate mimosa fragrance... like the real thing. Alas MpM leaves me very indifferent. It is however wearable and long lasting ... just not good for me.
05 June, 2013
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potent but not special
West Broadway is at first very astringent but soon mellows down to a rich sweet floral. After an hour on my skin incense kicks in. From then on it develops a sweet powdery accord and remains fairly sweet and linear BUT lasts for good 10 hours. After 3 hours WB doesn't project that much but if you like this kind of perfumes this will delight you because it lingers on for so long. Unfortunately for me it didn't work as the most interesting part was the incense phase but then the overall floral sweet theme was too much. WB by Bond no.9 is definitely a well made eau de parfum with the quality and longevity an eau de parfum ought to have but few do.
Pros: extraordinary longevity
02 June, 2013
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I am writing this review based on my experience from JF in the light blue package. It may be a reformulation, but this fragrance is just a BIG and costly disappointment! It starts with a floral citrus accord that is very fine but so weak that I thought that something was wrong with me so I went back and sprayed some more (5 times). To no good! 5 minutes after application JF stays so close to the skin that I can't believe that I have used a fragrance at all. Such poor performance I would never have expected from such a praised fragrance maker. Maybe next time I would need to shower in it (although for the asking price this should would be highly wasteful). Sorry FLORIS but based on JF and LIMES that I have tried I can honestly say that I am not interested in you any more ... no matter how old and accomplished perfume house you may be.
Pros: very promising!
01st June, 2013
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A quite typical in the jardin collection. All the jardins are I think variations of the same theme. In any case, for me the opening is not pleasant because of the aniseed that reminds me too much of Greek ouzo. The dry down on the other hand is lovely. What is great about LJSLT is its longevity ... I can still clearly smell it on my skin 7 hours after application! It doesn't have a powerful projection but it is quite present without being overpowering. All and all a quite nice fragrance ... but you must be fond of aniseed.
17 May, 2013
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Limes by FLORIS sounded too good to be true. And that exactly what it was. On my skin the initial fantastic burst of citrus lasted 5-10 minutes. After that delightful opening Limes is a total let down because it becomes a fainting skin scent that lasts about an hour and then oblivion. I can understand that some people like to keep old traditions alive. If they are rich enough sure go ahead. If you value your hard earned money and like citrus fragrances try Limes a few times to see if it is worth the price asked. And for a while maybe forget the fancy box and bottle and concentrate on the juice. On me Limes started great but soon turned into the fragrance of a somewhat good quality dish washing liquid... and the obscurity of it all as a fragrance makes it purposeless.
09 May, 2013
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I have been enquiring into CdVS for some time now. The reviews have been ambivalent all over Internet (not only Basenotes). I hesitated to blind buy when the price was right. Yesterday, I got the opportunity to try it on my skin. Since most reviewers agree that the name of this perfume is misleading I won't bother to describe my impressions based on the listed notes. I will only speak of accords. And from the initial impression and for a couple of hours what I get is a strong "boozy" accord that at the opening is sharp with a rich tangy smell of ripe fruit, and as the time goes by it mellows down to first sweet "rum" and later to a dryer "rum". I know "rum" is not listed in the notes but that is what I get. I can't explain it and I will not even try. This seems to me to be an interesting fragrance with warmth (a lot of it) and an old-fashion feeling. At times it is comforting like the smell of the interior of the old handbag of your grand mother or an aunt. I can imagine people wearing and enjoying this but not me. CdVS lasted on my skin 4 to 4,5 hours but the last at least 2 hours it became a close to the skin scent. The final dry down was actually the most pleasant phase of CdVS. Realizing that 75 perfumes are listed being created by L'Artisan Perfumeur I can imagine that they must have tried to offer quite a few fragrances that appeal to very particular tastes (it's called marketing I guess). Anyway, this has got to be a neutral for me.
05 May, 2013
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... maybe you have heard that the "Traversee du Bosphore" by L´Artisan smells like Turkish delight? Well it doesn't, while Calypso it does. And it is quite delicious too! The Rose here is very pleasant and together with the opening citrus and the powdery Iris they make for this accord of lokum, I think, that it is quite special. I may be totally wrong but on my skin Calypso is like an ode to rose. Calypso is not overly sweet and overall this is not a gourmand fragrance. Its projection is quite ok although for an Eau de Parfum I would expect a bit better performance. BUT Calypso lasts and lasts... on my skin well above 3 and a half hours after application. I don't know how to explain it but while I keep on smelling my wrist and find Calypso interesting and nice I still can't imagine this to be MY fragrance. Calypso is just a bit more floral/powdery than I could bear. For you guys who are a bit more adventurous ... at least give this a go. Calypso may be labeled as feminine but it is in fact quite unisex and so enduring. This review was written after trying Calypso from a 100 ml bottle of Eau de Parfum that is most likely the re-formulation.
02 May, 2013
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My review is based on my experience from my 100ml EdT of Eau d' Hadrien in the bottle that is supposedly for men, the one in the golden box. I purchased this blindly at Winners Toronto for 80CAD two days ago. My suggestion: if you love citrus notes don't buy this, and in any way don’t blind-buy. Although I like the effervescence of citrus notes I am not fond of overly fresh, light or sallow compositions. Eau d' Hadrien is a total disappointment on many levels. It starts with a citrus blast. In half an hour I can detect tarty bergamot. From then on Eau d'Hadrien becomes a lightly sour and linear bergamot. Cypress is barely traced on my skin. Finally a light accord of bergamot and neroli, stays close to my skin 5 hours after application. Eau d'Hadrien is a very average composition. Even if the longevity of Eau d' Hadrien is good (its silage is not) I am not interested because what follows the first 5-10 minutes is really not appealing and especially the dry down is a great bore.
27 April, 2013
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For those of you who appreciate the lilly of the valley this is a must. Muguet Blanc is not transparent or fresh. This is a deep, rich, mellow, creamy, a bit woody (and spicy) at times, perfume. It's longevity is not astonishing for an edp but quite good nevertheless. This is a very elegant well composed creation. If there was a bit os sparkle (freshness) I would just love this but it anyway delivers what it promises: muguet blanc! and quite delightfully too!
25 April, 2013
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Let's forget the name... this is a light gourmand eau de perfum that starts strong and rather quickly mellows down to a sweet vanilic accord. If gourmand is your thing there are much better offerings to select from ... Serge Lutens would be my best bet. TdB is pleasant but the wow factor that I would like to encounter is missing. Traces of TdB were still, but barely, evident on my skin 10 hours after application ... so the ingredients here are certainly not a joke. If you are not into sweet "exotic" offerings you might, like me, not enjoy this because despite its lightness TdB is still not transparent or translucent or trans-whatever enough. I personally find TdB quite a disappointment.
15 April, 2013
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This was a blind buy from Winners Toronto that I regret. It is an eau alright but not in a good way. At first I get a burst of citrus that is sharp and dry then it mellows and lightens up so much so that I wonder what is the point of wearing this. I douche myself with something like 6 spays just to actually get surrounded by the initial citrus brightness but after an hour it turns tangy and slightly sweet on my skin and after a couple of hours it stays so close to my skin that I barely feel it. In addition, although I always appreciate hesperides I must admit that Eau de l' Artisan has a generic feeling to it. I find no depth and originality in it and I wouldn't recommend it. I bought the 50ml bottle for 56CAD and I am sorry that I did.
31st March, 2013
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How potent marketing psychology is! Royal Oud is one more very expensive fragrance, and I believe Creed has succeeded this way to attract this incredible attention by perfume lovers who wouldn't forgive themselves not trying any Creed offering. Apparently many buy in the exorbitant prices asked. I have tried very few Creed fragrances. But today I was so tempted to buy Royal Oud on discount at Winners in Toronto. The story goes like this: someone had opened the packaging and tried the perfume... then left it standing. So Winners staff decided to give it a bigger discount! From 340CAD retail price, Winners originally charged around 190CAD and then after the mishandling marked down the bottle for 100CAD. It was the price that tempted me. But then I did the bad thing to actually take advantage of the situation and spray once on my wrist (really only once). I sniffed and sniffed my wrist and I still do so. There is something distinctly familiar, a creamy accord that made me think that there is vanilla or that maybe this is the oud. I have tried something similar, I am sure, ... maybe Kurkdjian's Oud. Sorry for the long story but I am trying to explain why I basically didn't succumbed to the 100CAD temptation. Royal Oud, I firmly believe, doesn't worth the price tag. It is a pleasant enough fragrance with staying power but so little projection! It is as others have noted really a fragrance that stays close to the skin, a bit stuffy for me and the creaminess isn't an accord that I like for myself. I am sure that someone will snatch the bottle by tomorrow and start decanting it selling samples and making a good profit. I suggest to you perfume lovers out there to try this and contemplate if this mellow, light and indistinct Oud even if called Royal is worth your hard earned money.
31st March, 2013
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Duchaufour did it again. I like AdV quite a lot. The initial freshness warms up and it is in a way surprising as well as familiar. At times AdV reminds me of the CdG school. AdV is a potent but quite linear fragrance. So although I like it, it didn't win me over. I think that alfarom is right... AdV is not such a memorable fragrance but I must add that it is well executed and very pleasing. The price ... is another story.
14 March, 2013
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A well made but uninteresting fragrance. If you are nostalgic, want to smell safely masculine in an agreeable sort of way, then try this one. It hasn't failed many generations of men, but I just cannot endorse it.
25 February, 2013
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A typical Guerlain! Overly "perfumy", old fashioned or old school depending on how you feel about it. I felt the need to wash it off and I did alas after 3 hours I still smell it on me. Therefore, Cologne du 68 must posses some good quality ingredients, and it's a powerful edt with potency and longevity. If only one likes it. To me it quickly settles into a gourmand accord so its complexity, if any, is a small variation of the same tune. Sorry, but Guerlain has started to disappoint me with their unwillingness to experiment and surprise us a bit. Many of their creations are appealing as gifts for others but I never found any one to fell in love with. Even their Vetiver has no spell what so ever on me anymore.
21st February, 2013
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This must be my favorite citrus perfume! I tested it once and I couldn't stop sniffing my wrist for at least a few hours. I am now awating a sample and will come back with a more comprehensive report. I am happy I came accross Sigilli.
01st January, 2013
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I got this from tax free in Italy because I tried it and I liked it, plus it is certified organic and only for 25€. I knew that I wasn't buying a masterpiece or a great bargain and I really like the juice. I use it as body mist and very liberally and it still doesn't last more than a couple of hours at best. Then it becomes a skin scent that to smell it I have to stick my nose to my skin. Would I buy it again? No. Is it a nice orange scent? Yes. Would I recommend it? Yes for an instant and short lived pick-me-up.
11th December, 2012
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I remembered what a distinguished place AEDES shop in New York had reserved for L´Humaniste. Once again presentation and marketing has a lot to do with the fact that this perfume while quite pleasant it is rather "pedestrian" as dollar&scents put it. I wouldn't consider this a masterpiece. It's longevity is poor on me and it's projection after a couple of hours is minimal. Compared to other offerings from Frapin, L´Humaniste is to me a trick to include in their collection a perfume to cater for perfume lovers who would go for light and modern interpretations of spiced up hesperides, rather than Frapin's other more olfactory offerings. In this Frapin succeed alas L'Humaniste doesn't fulfill my high expectations based on the rest of their collection. L'Humaniste is a watered down version of something that could have been much greater if Frapin hadn't want to play it safe. How about trying next a boozy-hesperides-spices concoction?
09 November, 2012
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No this does not start as a grapefruit juice no matter what Frapin says on their website. What I smell on my skin is a very potent powdery gourmand with a vanillic accord that lasts for hours and hours after application. I write vanillic while what I really mean is ambery; however it is vanilla that is a registered note and the one I think is the main player in the long lived dry down. Do I like Terre de Sarment? Not particularly. I can imagine why for many this can be a winner, but not for me. I can also see why more women will find this appealing than men. Overall, this creation is a safe bet by Frapin and similar to many other well made perfumes out their. HdP has a couple that are similar not to mention the Lutens! Terre de Sarment is definitely not extraordinary and indeed very much related to 1270 by Frapin as scentsitivity has pointed out.
11th October, 2012