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Artisan Black by John Varvatos

Complex spicy floral...opens with an intense lemon oil and cardamom note reminiscent of furniture polish that quickly mellows to a cedar-patchouli-incense heart that is softened by a moist vegetal green character (think freshly cut grass and pruned rose bushes). The cardamom really pops throughout wearing and binds the citrus/gourmand notes with the smoky aromatic woods and florals.
ARTISAN BLACK is a predominantly masculine floral fragrance that's elevated by citrus and cardamom. Rich and intriguing...lasts 6-7 hours on skin and clothes.
14th May, 2015
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L'Homme Eau d'Été by Yves Saint Laurent

Very light and sprightly (not an adjective I'd use often)! Pops with pure citrus and mild spice...like a refreshing iced tea. Perfect for summer when heat and humidity make other fragrances too heavy and cloying. Not much progression of notes and longevity is only about 5-6 hours on skin, but a great men's fragrance that makes its presence known without being offensive.
11th May, 2015
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Steel Sugar by Aquolina

STEEL SUGAR is a sweetie! This manages to be very sugary and gourmand but still fairly masculine. I like Aquolina's BLUE SUGAR better, but this provides a nice alternative to the heavier tobacco/leather/musk scents that are so traditional in men's fragrance. Opens with a candy sugar and vanilla quality that dries down to a smoky sweetness with some apple and pear notes. The heart is a mildly burnt sugar and vanilla harmonizing with a lavender floral that has a soapy clean smell. The tobacco is there only very slightly, but does present a masculine note that makes STEEL SUGAR a fascinating alternative statement for the "mild" guy's personality. Unfortunately this lasts no more than 4 hours and doesn't project very much. Again though, perfect for a quiet fragrance statement.
06th May, 2015
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Nuit d'Issey by Issey Miyake

Gives a very pure read on a somewhat familiar scent profile. Opens with a deep, bitter citrus note that is both masculine and fresh.Dry down brings a leather and woods quality with a very slight essential oils undertone that could be heavy if not for the continuing citrus notes. This fragrance is a nice cross-generational, day or night type scent that doesn't project much and lasts 6+ hours on skin/clothes.
02nd May, 2015
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Pasha Fraîcheur Menthe by Cartier

Opens with a sinus blasting mint that is arctic in its coolness and far too abrasive for a personal scent. After several minutes, a slight orange oil bitterness comes forward followed quickly by an herbal note that is more green salad than clean cologne. This is basically an obnoxious loudfragrance that breaks down to oily herbs and mint then disipates to almost nothing (except mint) within an hour. Bad mix of notes, badly formulated.
28th January, 2015
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1881 Acqua Forte by Cerruti

Fruity...an odd mix of fresh fruit and dried fruit. Opens with a vaguely citrus and banana vibe that is very intense and a little synthetic...like juicy fruit gum. This mellows on dry down to a softer quality with an herbal tea heart that is both green and very mildly spicy. The notes don't marry well and it cycles far too quickly to a bland, watery "fruit tea" scent that disipates entirely in about 4 or 5 hours and doesn't project much. 1881 ACQUA FORTE is not offensive, which isn't much of a compliment. Might be good for teens or as a blandly pleasant daytime fragrance.
19th January, 2015
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Fusion Sacrée Lui by Majda Bekkali

Wonderfully complex, rich, intense with astounding depth! I am absolutely floored by FUSION SACREE LUI. Opens with a fascinating bergamot and neroli oil scent that is fresh, heavy and very organic. This opening is supported by a wonderfully complicated cycle of gourmand spices and subtle florals. There is a dry wine and vaguely sage-like herbal note that mutes some of the sweetness. The heart of this fragrance is a deep, pure clove and sandalwood that projects and warms up whole rooms. Complex secondary notes come out about an hour into wear...I get anise, mace, nutmeg, an interesting cedar and pine sap quality...there is a very rich but subtle toffee note in there as well. This fragrance builds and builds, holds your interest for hours. Lasts well over 9 hours on skin and clothes. Definitely a signature scent for the complicated, sophisticated man with something to say...
13th January, 2015
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Dunhill London by Dunhill

Bland...inoffensive, but unremarkable. Very light opening of apples and vanilla that reminds me more of stewed fruits prepared for canning as the notes are so light and watery. There is a very mild soapy quality at the heart of this. Disappears after 3 hours at most. Certainly doesn't project at all. Wears close to the skin and ephemerally at that.
12th January, 2015
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Hindu Grass by Nasomatto

Opens with an incredibly moist earthiness that suggests early spring time when last year's foliage is breaking down as the snow melts and new delicate green things are just sprouting. Indoors are the smells of gourmand spices, cinnamon, mace, coriander and sage. Very much an evocation of Easter in the United States. The middle notes are vanilla, tobacco and moist patchouli. HINDU GRASS is complex and interesting...for about an hour. After that, it breaks down to a sweetly putrid rotting vegetation odor then fades away by hour three. The spices remain somewhat, but take on a different character that is overwhelmed by that putrifying green smell. Starts out promising, but disappoints upon development on the skin.
06th January, 2015
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Gentlemen Only by Givenchy

If not entirely original, GENTLEMEN ONLY by GIVENCHY is a purer concoction of notes in harmony than others of a similar profile. Opens with a wonderful clear sweet orange note that has the intensity and slightly bitter quality of pure orange oil. This segues into a cedar oil accord that tones down the sweetness and brings a sophistication to the fragrance. The oily intensity subsides as a dry, smoky patchouli and frankinsense overtakes everything else and creates a dusty heart with that initial orange oil running through it. The heart of the fragrance makes me think of orange furniture oil being used in an old, dusty cedar closet. I like this effect, but it is a commitment to wear. No subtlety, those notes punch out through your personal scent cloud to everyone within 30 feet of you! I don't really get much pepper or spices and I wouldn't say this is a green or fresh fragrance either. Orange oil, cedar and dusty incense are the notes and GENTLEMEN ONLY lasts approximately 5+ hours on skin before breaking down a little abruptly and messily. I like it so I reapply when that happens!
10th December, 2014
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Équipage by Hermès

After reading the great reviews, I had to try this and was left feeling...perplexed. EQUIPAGE is very floral, almost feminine and overwhelming. There is a pine note, though mild. I also get a tannic resins/leather note that is fleeting and so light it doesn't seem to hold it's own...a leather note I would associate with women. I don't really get spice notes at all. Rather bland fragrance overall that lasts approximately 5 hours on skin and breaks down to even more purely floral design long before that.
06th December, 2014
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L'Autre Oud by Lancôme

Opens with a fairly nice and bold rose and labdanum accord which dries down to a dusty, powder fragrance with a very pronounced pine cleaner heart. This aspect is synthetic and dominant. With effort, I can discern patchouli in there and a vague mash up of green herbs...but it's tough. After an hour or so, the rose and a slightly bitter lemon note comes through and is interesting. Lasts well over 6 hours on skin. Projects mightily. Overall a bit too much and not well defined. Not horrible, but not worth the price point either.
05th December, 2014
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Straight to Heaven by By Kilian

Rich and fascinating fragrance...evolves a lot from a pungent rose and dried twigs opening that suddenly cycles into a gourmand spiciness then an hour later those dried twigs actually deepen and clarify as the cedar note mentioned here. Periodically over several hours, the rose pops and could be feminine, but a spiciness lingers that isn't sweet at all, thus this is a true unisex fragrance and really delightful! Lasts well over 7 hours on skin and clothes.
29th November, 2014
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Mojave Ghost by Byredo

Eww-wee! This is a whole lot of synthetic banana-coconut-orange "nothing fruit for about 7 or 8 minutes. Then an equally synthetic vanilla cream accord develops. Something reminicent of non-alcoholuc champage, white grapes pops up. Another reviewer described Juicy Fruit gum. That's definitely an accurate description.
Whole thing breaks down in 2 or 3 hours and only the barest if scents is discernable at skin level.
17th November, 2014
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Citrus & Wood by Yardley

Very light and sprightly...almost ephemeral in it's lightness. A vague hodgepodge of bittersweet orange and lemon oils with a faint hint of sawdust. This is perfectly nice when a "no scent" fragrance is needed. Very unisex. Very little projection. Disappears within 4-5 hours.
08th November, 2014
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Artisan Acqua by John Varvatos

Moldy citrus fruits followed by a dank, musty smell that combines to evoke thoughts of industrial cleansers used in public showers to mask the perpetual wet moldy odors. In the same vein, there is an organic sour yeasty quality here that evokes the bodies that use those showers. Beneath that, and popping up throughout wear, is a distinct creamy melon note like sunscreen and an oddly juxtaposed tobacco/patchouli accord...still reminiscent of men in public showers...specifically old men who smoke cheap cigars and sweat profusely at the YMCA. That's ARTISAN ACQUA.
27th October, 2014
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Vintage by John Varvatos

VINTAGE is...predictable. Very much what all mens fragrances were in the 80s and 90s. Pine, iris and sharply astringent green/aquatic mish-mash. This isn't bad, just unremarkable and overly well-tread scent. Probably not worth the price as this profile can be found in any discount store...
24th October, 2014
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Sung Homme by Alfred Sung

Yes...as others state, this reads as "soapy". It is a freshly bathed fragrance that is fairly light and wears very close to the skin. Doesn't project much, but that can be desirable in some circumstances. I find the lavender to be dominant, although it is listed as a middle note. There is a dusty sandalwood vibe in here too that maintains the masculinity and saves SUNG HOMME from being a totally boring scent. The lightness and short longevity is nice as a transitional fragrance after the gym or for early-in-the-day socializing. I wouldn't wear it when I wanted to smell "special", but I like this every now and then. It has it's place.
20th October, 2014
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Néroli Sauvage by Creed

Creed's overblown ego reveals itself again with Neroli Sauvage. This is nice enough, a bold cedar and citrus fragrance that reads pure and lasts 7+ hours on skin. Not that unique however and you can find the same profile and qualities for far less. The exorbitant price for Creed fragrances is entirely for the name and how many people carry around the bottle to show where there cologne came from?
06th October, 2014
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"Vintage" Tabaróme by Creed

When I was very young (30+ years ago), we would visit my great grandmother's house and there was an overall fragrance of linseed oil and musty odor. She also used some kind of cream to polish her silverware. That's the combination in Vintage Tabarome. A dank, dusty, oily smell. I'd give it a thumbs down rating if it wasn't for this very personal affectionate sense memory. Not sure that this is something that would be pleasant as a personal fragrance, but I can't help having a little respect for it.
05th October, 2014
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Cerruti Image by Cerruti

Fresh...green grapes and the noted pear are here on top amd in the heart. I'm not sure that I'd describe thos as "fruity" however because there is a dry sandalwood and powdery quality that is more pervasive. Dry down brings an anemic mint note that is fleeting and a lackluster woodiness. This is an interesting fragrance overall and I don't regret purchasing it. Suitable for wearing when you only want a hint of neutral pleasant scent. Lasts 5 hours or so on skin.
25th September, 2014
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Pulp by Byredo

Fascinating...and just a little revolting. Pulp opens with a crisp apple note that becomes creamy with a liqueur-like orange and vanilla quality that could be the fig as it starts fresh and earthy then dries down to the deeper dried fruit and resinous depth of generic "unisex" cologne. There is another dip after twenty minutes or so to a slightly withered floral and overripe fruit that is so muddy it can't be identified as any one scent. This wears close to the skin and is by turns sweet and earthy. Lasts approximately 5 hours on skin and clothes.
23rd September, 2014
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Ciel Man by Amouage

Sweet and smokey with a bold "punch-in-the-face" orange blossom and frankincense heart that pervades the air around the wearer for hours! Delightful, but very dominant fragrance. Sweet, spicy fruits underlying and occasionally come to the fore. Apple, peach, cinnamon, and nutmeg...something else...perhaps mace. Very much a gourmand scent, but that wonderful incense and smoke makes this dignified and masculine.
12th September, 2014
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Invictus by Paco Rabanne

Horrible, foul, malign! Synthetic citrus that is bitter smelling...like industrial cleanser. There's a strange aquatic odor as well...somewhat like a non-chlorine bleach. Certainly not the refreshing notes of a "marine" fragrance. INVICTUS is potent and garish. No subtlety and really no complexity or softness on dry down.
27th August, 2014
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L'Essence de Cerruti by Cerruti

Moderately nice fragrance...not a "WOW" and not bad either nor particularly unique. Opens with a sweet orange note that's rather stunted by coarse, dry pepper. This dissipates and leaves a very standard amber musk masculine mix luke so many generic, mid-price mens EDTs. Occasional pop ups of that sweet orange are a little different and pleasant, but this does not project very much at all. Wears very close to skin. A perfectly inoffensive fragrance which can be desirable in certain circumstances.
22nd August, 2014
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Navegar by L'Artisan Parfumeur

Christmas in a bottle! Very "winter" notes of spice and toasted nuts as well as an underlying mulled cider quality. Apple and cinnamon/nutmeg...anise and almonds. A lighter-than-usual note of patchouli and incense reminiscent of frankincense, but not at all heavy or smoky. I realize some of these notes are not listed in the profile, but, to my nose, they are there or at least the combined notes that evoke Christmas make it seem like all of those scents are there. NAVEGAR is very nice and unique. Sillage is not great and longevity is no more than 6 hours on clothes and skin. Probably a little limiting...but worth having on any sophisticated man's wardrobe.
16th August, 2014
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Made to Measure by Gucci

Incredible, fresh, SOPHISTICATED! Opens with the most potent pure orange note I've ever encountered. This harmonizes with a crackling fire of smoky woods and amber notes that then soften to project nutmeg and the softer quality of patchouli. As Made To Measure develops on the skin it changes, evolving from brightness to a sober masculine heart. Projects mightily...folks 20 feet away will look around wondering first if that's a cologne they are smelling and then who is wearing it? The pure orange/bergamot pops up throughout wear to give a fresh and unique spin to reassuringly familiar notes. This "reads" true at every level and lasts 6-7 hours on skin. Easily the best "broad appeal" fragrance by Gucci and a likely top 5 fragrance to have been introduced in last few years.
14th August, 2014 (last edited: 16th August, 2014)
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Epic Man by Amouage

Fruity...vague spices in the dry down. Not very masculine, perhaps suitable for young "metrosexual" men. Unremarkable. Modest longevity of 5-6 hours.
14th August, 2014
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Boss Orange Man by Hugo Boss

Sophisticated vanilla and incense with a nice hint of masculine spices and pleasingly acrid smoke. This is a "sweet n fruity" for men done right! Delightful while it lasts, but longevity is only 5 hours or so. Wears very close to skin. I like it quite a lot overall...
13th August, 2014 (last edited: 03rd October, 2014)
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Cedre Blanc by Creed

CEDRE BLANC... If you had a pub or kitchen furnished with wood and stone which was polished with linseed oil and stone polishing cream, then the resulting odor would match this cologne. Quite pleasant scent for such a room, but NOT on a person!
04th August, 2014