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    Cinnamon Bun by Demeter Fragrance Library

    Knock your socks off CINNAMON! This is exactly what it says it is...a dominant, almost taste it Cinnamon fragrance like an oil burning potpourri/room fragrance. There is a slightly buttery undertone that is probably attributable to cinnamon oil...obviously a ver linear and polarizing fragrance. I like it's simplicity...but it is powerful stuff. Lasts well over 8 hours on skin and clothes.

    11th July, 2014

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    One Man Show by Jacques Bogart

    I love Jacques Bogart fragrances and trust the name. This though is "just alright". One Man Show is very green, but not fresh and crisp. This presents more of a vegetal/herbal quality. Secondary notes of roses and woods are muddled beneath the herbaceous top notes. Eventually (an hour or so into wear) a more pronounced woodsy/cedar and nutmeg accord sort of floats up and out adding interest. Lasts 5-7 hours on skin and clothes.

    10th July, 2014

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    Vaniteck by Molinard

    Quite nice...and pleasingly peculiar! Vaniteck evokes thoughts of vanilla/sandalwood candles. Just a bit too intensely scented for most people to wear perhaps, but just as easily interpreted as "bold". Also could be a bit too chemical for personal wear, but sparingly applied, this is a unique treat. Projects nicely and dries down softly while lasting well over 7 hours.

    10th July, 2014

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    Xeryus by Givenchy

    Very dated and watered down generic woods fragrance. Undiscernable citrus notes. Again, just translates to watery notes with no punch or personality. The amber is more than just a basenote...it is really the only dominant scent after 10 minutes. Xeryus is bland and inoffensive. Does not project much. Lasts 4 to 5 hours on skin.

    09th July, 2014

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    Aldehyde 44 by Le Labo

    Very, very medicinal...opens with a citrus oil/chemical solvent quality that segues into a pronounced sweet talcum and aldehyde quality. There is a benzoin note that's pervasive too and causes the talcum powder note to blend in even more to evoke medical environments...or old folks home. Not a pleasant "scent memory".

    07th July, 2014

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    Shalimar by Guerlain

    Shalimar is unequivocally the most cloyingly sweet, baroque perfume on the market today. Some old fragrances become classic standards that are timeless. Others survive by being "a name" in popular culture. The overwhelmingly sickening sweet synthetic vanilla and talcum powder of Shalimar that projects and punches EVERYBODY within 20 feet of the wearer (literally) is actually indecent and offensive. Goes beyond a statement. Beyond boldness. Beyond good taste. I can't think of another fragrance that is so overpowering that I'd have to tell someone I can't stand to be near them. Long after escaping the vicinity of a Shalimar cloud, it's all you can smell. Your battered olfactory senses causing a headache and thoughts of "does this meal smell like Shalimar?" or "have they cleaned this restroom with Shalimar?" and so on. The domineering pervasiveness is actually rude then.

    30th June, 2014

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    X for Men by Clive Christian

    Really disappointing! Very light and VERY synthetic. None of the spice notes are strong, distinct, or natural at all. Murky pool of vanilla with a very faint tea-like note. Maybe a pop and gurgle of pepper...don't blink or you'll miss it! Boring fragrance. Breaks down in 2 or 3 hours.

    24th June, 2014

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    Brit Rhythm for Him by Burberry

    This is almost a thumbs down rating. BRIT RHYTHM is very simple sweet medicinal cherry cough syrup. Upon dry down, an occassional leather, tobacco note pops up that makes you think "oh, now that's sorta interesting. Think I might like that..." but it is a fleeting sensation. This is a very mild and light scent. Very linear and unremarkable. I don't see a correlation to BURBERRY BRIT at all.

    21st June, 2014

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    Sahara Noir by Tom Ford

    Wonderfully smoky patchchouli hilights this fragrance...far more than just a basenote, it projects through the other notes listed in the profile. A bit of sweet orange and the violet accord sits behind the incense/patchouli. The tobacco melds into 5he patchouli. Black pepper? If it's there, it is fleeting at b best. SAHARA NOIR is delightful overall, mature and complex. Lasts over 6 hours on skin.

    18th June, 2014

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    24 Old Bond Street Triple Extract by Atkinsons

    This reminds me of mulled wine at Christmas time....I intertwined apple and wine fragrance with a spice kicker in the background. Not exactly fresh but green with a powdery rose quality that recalls the ladies dusting powder of yesteryear. Sort of pleasant u
    , but a very dated and female slanting profile. Lasts less than 5 hours on skin. Not a terrible fragrance...not a remarkable either.

    17th June, 2014

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    1881 Bella Notte Man by Cerruti

    I'm having a love affair with the 1881 line of men's fragrances. The original (simply called 1881) is all about masculine florals, predominantly iris and rose with lighter notes of tobacco and sweet nutmeg. 1881 BLACK is a unique blend of gourmand notes, predominantly sweet almonds and vanilla with very light orange and lighter still nutmeg. Now 1881 BELLA NOTTE MAN marries these two profiles without being muddy. It enchants and makes a dignified statement. Pepper and coriander opens at the top with a softening citrus and vanilla quality. Drown down brings more intense citrus and a waxy floral scent like an Asian greenhouse with freshly cut grasses to make it fresh and masculine. Basenotes of signature 1881 vanilla project throughout wearing as the darker cedar comes forward to subtly enhance all the other notes and add interest. 1881 BELLA NOTTE MAN easily wins the prize for being the most interesting for the man wearing it. It grabs your attention and holds it. Should you get used to it, a compliment will draw you back and make you take note and realize that it has subtly developed on your skin to something just a little different then it was a while ago. Really fun...but sophisticated too. Lasts 6+ hours on skin and clothes.

    15th June, 2014

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    Michael Kors / Michael by Michael Kors

    Baaad! Fake floral cacophany that reeks of public restroom deodorizers. Cloying, chemical, nasty...just thoroughly nasty! Oddly (but fortunately) it dissipates very quickly within an hour to no discernable fragrance at all.

    15th June, 2014

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    Green Jeans by Versace

    This is discontinued now and, although I don't love it, it's unfortunate that they are not producing it anymore. VERSACE GREEN JEANS presents a very fresh and sprightly cool pine and mint vibe that isn't heavy or serious. Dry down gives an herbaceous but unmistakably "cologne" fragrance that avoids the common salad oil smell. I can't say there's much sandalwood (or any other masculine smelling anchor notes), but that can be alright in certain situations. This is a great starter fragrance for young people. It also works well when layered with other green/aquatic fragrances. I paired it with L'homme Libre and both were more sophisticated and substantial worn together.

    14th June, 2014

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    Vanille by Molinard

    Although this is marketed for women, I love it and see it as unisex. This is a pure, rich vanilla with a cane sugar undercarriage that projects mightily and is intoxicating! Very gourmand. Base has the dryness of a vanilla bean husk with a really sensual sweet smokiness that anchors the fragrance...reads true, projects and elicits so many compliments! Lasts well over 7 hours with a clean fade away that's subtle. Great to layer with other fragrances, especially PATCHOULI by Molinard (which also adds a masculine definition). Delightful fragrance all around!

    13th June, 2014

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    Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

    A mostly "nice enough" fragrance that isn't worth the hype and accolades or the premium price point. Opens with a nice, but very common, pure orange oil note. This softens to a watery, mineral vibe that is somewhat unique...but only a little. Dry down presents very light, almost ephemeral peppery floral heart. I really don't get much cedar or patchouli. I think those notes should be bold and unequivocal. They are not in TERRE d'HERMES. Very minimal projection...undiscernable from 10 feet away. This isn't bad at all, just doesn't make much of a statement...

    13th June, 2014

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    Aura Maris by Lorenzo Villoresi

    True "shared" fragrance far superior to CK ONE! Light and breezy green and citrusy. Woods and patchouli give AURA MARIS a heft and dignity that does not intrude on the lighter notes. This is a "go to" fragrance for everyone in the daytime for casual wear. Lasts approximately 5 hours on skin/clothes before fading away to pure citrus plain and simple. This serves it's purpose in a wardrobe of heavy hitters. Perfect for young and professional as well as older and established men and women.

    11th June, 2014

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    Givenchy Gentleman by Givenchy

    GIVENCHY GENTLEMAN is a classic "thinking man's" fragrance that brings the nostalgia factor of growing up in the 70s/80s while being suitably unique for the midlife professional man today. Straddles the l8ne between trendy and classic. Opens with leather and tannic acids that is softened by a honey sweetness and light smoke (think the moist earthiness of burning leaves in autumn and fresh lawn trimmings). The heart is unmistakable patchouli that reads true and projects very well. Occassional pops of gourmand spices (cinnamon...but I get nutmeg, mace, and a little clove vibe too) all add youth and lightness to "your dad's cologne". GIVENCHY GENTLEMAN manages to be rich and cerebral without taking itself too seriously or with overpowering dominance.
    The slight downside is longevity...lasts maybe 5 hours on skin/clothes before breaking down to a very soft barely discernable unaccented patchouli. This might be perfectly fine for various circumstances. I love it enough to repply as necessary!

    11th June, 2014

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    Force Majeure by Jacques Bogart

    Light and sparkling fragrance that projects a citrus and sea breeze character similar to others but made unique with pure mint and rich, intense gourmand spices. During wear, FORCE MAJEURE is watery and green with the deeper cloves and pepper notes occassionally making a pronounced presence. Cool and crisp. Masculine but not brutish. Lasts over 6 hours on skin.

    11th June, 2014

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    No. 5 by Chanel

    Thumbs way up for a beautiful classic! This is the singular exquisite fragrance for women...floral and sparking with true read fragrance oils and a wonderful base of sandalwood and aldehydes. Feminine and dignified. Lasts for hours (8+). Exquisite!

    11th June, 2014

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    The One by Dolce & Gabbana

    Very sweet peaches and cream scent in THE ONE by D&G. Pleasant, but very one note and linear. The bergomot is minimal and difficult to discern...doesn't read as a true citrus at all. Dry down softens the sweetness with a little floral depth that is fleeting but true iris/lilly. Projects nicely, but longevity is less than 4-5 hours on skin and clothes.

    10th June, 2014

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    Cristobal pour Homme by Balenciaga

    Came across a bottle of this now discontinued scent at a discount store...quite inexpensive which should have been a clue. This is very, very sweet and floral. Not a masculine fragrance at all. Honestly too sweet to appeal to many mature women either. Very potent geranium and lilac accord. Heart consists almost entirely of sweet synthetic vanilla. Finishes with a bare hint of sandalwood and tobacco...sweet vanilla and flowers overpower this end note quickly though.

    10th June, 2014

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    Brut by Fabergé

    Cheap old man scent. Totally doesn't fit the profile notes mentioned here! Ya gotta wear seersucker pants with black socks and sandals to pull this off. Drive your Oldsmobile very slowly down the road while straddling the center line. BRUT is reminicent of the cheap bay rum splash the barber used after your trim n shave. Thoroughly nasty and synthetic. Doesn't project and doesn't last...which is probably a good thing.

    09th June, 2014

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    Gravity by Coty

    GRAVITY is a horrid synthetic fragrance not worth it's discount price. Positively reeks of lime kool-aid...very overpowering and artificial. Further wearing/smelling yields an astringent cleaning fluid smell somewhat like the epoxy and enamel paint mix from model car kits. No discernable leather notes...maybe tanning acids? Really unpleasant all around! Longevity? Mercifully short!

    06th June, 2014

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    Bigelow Barber Cologne Elixir White No. 1585 by C.O. Bigelow Apothecary

    Kind of boring and one note... waxy hotel bar soap vibe. Not discernably citrus at all. Very mild and in9ffensive. Does not project well and is gone in less than 4 hours. Try before you buy!

    05th June, 2014

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    Versace Versense by Versace

    Orange and vegetal greens open up this fragrance before a heart of sweet figs and aromatic incense woods vibe comes forward and remains strong for hours. Not a cloyingly sweet fragrance, but bold and sophisticated. Perfect for a mature professional woman I'd think. Definitely a complex commitment. Lasts over 7 hours.

    01st June, 2014

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    Vikt by Slumberhouse

    This is what old Italian men wear to pay their respects at the funeral home! Creates exactly that unpleasant sense memory. Very dated sweet and moldy herbaceous quality. Fennel and musty dankness waft in a cloud of sweetness around the wearer. One must consider a pair of too short seersucker pants and a porkpie hat to complete their image when wearing VIKT by Slumberhouse...

    28th May, 2014

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    Pi Neo by Givenchy

    Rich and intense! Very warm blend of bergomot (bitter orange, not sweet) and true cedar notes. These stay with you and project for hours. Up close, you get the patchouli notes that are equally warm and give a smoky depth with a tinge of sweet caramel that doesn't overwhelm. PI NEO manages to be fun, flirty, charismatic AND mature. No small feat!

    22nd May, 2014

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    Dior Homme Intense by Christian Dior

    Richly masculine floral with a tannic acid/leather vibe beneath a subtle lavedar and iris heart. Does not evolve much...just projects those notes for 6+ hours, then fades away. Becomes very slightly "too sweet" near the end of wear. This is minor and likely only noticeable to the wearer. Quite a nice fragrance overall.

    21st May, 2014

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    Royal Bain de Caron / Royal Bain de Champagne by Caron

    So I tried this after having it recommended to me several times by my local shop girl. I will allow as other reviewers talk of the many different reformulations that my experience may have been bottle/batch specific. RBdC is...interesting. I'm doubtful of the "shared" designation as it is very sweetly floral, definitely lilac and a pure lilac at that. The cedar note is there and im not sure it harmonizes very well with the lilac. Together they tend to smell like Grandmother's hope chest when opened on a hot, humid day. This MIGHT be pleasant for a certain niche of women, but really doesn't spark a masculine vibe...or a youthful one. RBdC does last remarkably long - over 8 hours on skin.

    19th May, 2014

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    Concentré D'Orange Verte by Hermès

    Very intense orange note at the top that subsides after ten minutes to allow a sweet pine sap/clover/spring water accord to rise up and marry the citrus note. Very nice...while it lasts. However this is a sweet fragrance that is tough for a man to wear and may be too earthy green for women. Polarizing fragrance to be sure! Lasts approximately 5 hours on skin/clothes.

    16th May, 2014

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