Perfume Reviews

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Total Reviews: 51

Back to Black by By Kilian

Fruity honeyed tobacco with a good dose of powder...not bad...I had a decant that I enjoyed wearing , but not enough to invest in any more...in the same ballpark as Tobacco Vanille , Herod , Pure Havane and Naxos...actually probably the closest is So Oud Asmar which I did like enough to grab a full bottle...but as always , sample and let your own nose decide what you like...does get more and more pleasing as it dries down...
15th August, 2017

Ginger Musk by Montale

Don't have anything to add...pretty much agree with the general take on this one...almost cloyingly sweet...pretty linear smell of slightly spicy/musky berries...reminds me of smell of oversprayed older ladies...not something i would ever consider adding to my wardrobe...nuff said...
09th July, 2017

Lavande Legato by Soivohle (Liz Zorn)

This juice lives up to its name... This is all about lavender... This is a lavender dominant fragrance...did i mention this had lavender in it ? And thats about it... Theres other notes struggling to get through but the lavender just crushes them... Gave it a fair chance but just cannot wear this... But it is a killer car and room freshener... Or spray a little in the bathwater for some aromatherapy...
30th May, 2017
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Kouros Eau D'Été by Yves Saint Laurent

A great fragrancce for hot summer days...a minty/herby fragrance that is fresh and refreshing...i can definitely smell the Kouros DNA...just finished a decant of this , but if I was to run across a bottle at a decent price I would snatch it up for my summer rotation...
30th May, 2017

Love Speaks Primeval by Soivohle (Liz Zorn)

A dark earthy rose...the patchouli and slight oakmoss give it earthiness and depth...i get a hard candy shell rose , but it's not really sweet... Its more of a nose feel i get... The rose has depth and many faces... Nice flowery touches from the other players...a very pleasant and soothing fragrance...due to the nature of the oils used has a slight attar feel to it... nice....
28th May, 2017

Meerschaum by Soivohle (Liz Zorn)

Like this a lot...tobacco all the way...rich/wet/heady bundle of tobacco leaves with nice woody and amber accents...fresh and opulent...
11th May, 2017

Marron Caramel by Soivohle (Liz Zorn)

definitely for gourmand lovers...sweet and caramely with just little accents of amber and vanilla...very nice smelling, but a little too sweet and gourmandy for me...on the rare occasions that I get the urge for something gourmandy along these lines I keep a bottle of Animale Animale around to take care of those moments...pretty much in the same ballpark....
03rd February, 2017

Fusion Sacrée Lui by Majda Bekkali

A spicy gourmand...bursts on the scene with a cloud of citrus that immediately dissapears...then i get a kaleidiscopic blend of spicy/boozy caramelized coffee... a thick rich coating of sweetness...has a dreamlike narcotic quality to me...normally not a big fan of grandiose sweetness or gourmands , but this juice just smells so wonderfull that i make an exception in this case...love what I'm smelling...
05th January, 2017

Tropic Lime Vanille by Soivohle (Liz Zorn)

In the same ballpark as Creeds Virgin Island Water... Heavy on a nice realistic aromatic juicy lime...a little touch of flowers and a laid back vanilla...very faint on the coconut...if you want coconut with your lime I would go with the VIW...overall, smells nice but fades away rather quickly...
30th December, 2016

Straight to Heaven by By Kilian

The opening burst brings to mind AMen Pure Malt with a touch of caramel/patchouli that reminds me of AnimaleAnimale...thick rich dark rum...changes rather quickly to a very natural smelling cedar with a touch of spicy patchouli...to my nose, a very beautiful scent overall...only thing holding me back from buying anything more than a small decant is the lack of silage and longevity...
28th November, 2016

Gli Invisibili : Zio Agide by Hilde Soliani Profumi

Very aromatic lavender dominant fragrance...has body and substance...little touches of green/spice...similar to , but stronger and richer than 1725 and not as sophisticated and elegant as Invasion Barbare but is in the same camp and has mucho similarities to both...
17th September, 2016

Virgin Island Water by Creed

Tropical paradise...opens with some lime and coconut...sweet boozy coconut pretty much for the
life of this...nice for sitting around on a summer
evening on the patio and having a mini staycation...
16th September, 2016

Tobacco & Tulle by Soivohle (Liz Zorn)

Dirty/raunchy/musky tobacco...tobacco in a barnyard in the hot sun...like stepping into one of those walk-in humidors...decent throw...dry/bitterish....not a sweet tobacco scent...after a little while starts turning more into a rose fragrance...tobacco drops into the background...resiny...overall, like this a lot...a good olfactory experience...
Resiny Tobbaco Rose
21st July, 2016
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Yohji Yamamoto pour Homme by Yohji Yamamoto

Starts out smelling like it has promise...nice burst of fresh citrus-then-poof, like magic it dissapears without a trace...this is quickly replaced by the ozony spice/wood combo that every mall fragrance seems to spend most of it's time doing...sorry, that's all I get...
14th July, 2016

Just Cavalli Him by Roberto Cavalli

Initial blast hits me very chemical/synthetic and then gets fairly nice ctrusy/spicy herby...the opening blast reminds me of the opening and similar smell/effect of Animale... Get a lttle flavoring of flower and it seems to be this fairly linear accord through the relatively short life span of this fragrance. Was a bargain buy at TJMaxx and served its purpose as a refreshing summer after shower scent and a nice room air freshener...
Citrusy Summer Fougere
13th June, 2016

Cuir d'Oranger by Miller Harris

A big fat juicy thumbs up on this... I get a boatload of some of my favorite notes making appearances in a major way... Orange by way of neroli... leather...moss and patch with the slightest touch of other flowers...seems to be very hard to find , but IMHO , worth the search. Even if you can only get a sample it's worth it to enjoy this awesome smell...
Earthy Orange Leather
11th June, 2016

Tea for Two by L'Artisan Parfumeur

An awesome entry in the category of tea based fragrances...Perfect for hot summer days...slightly smoky and spicy tea with a little honey sweetness...the spiciness gives me the slightest hint of chai...i can see why so many seem to enjoy this fragrance...what i'm smelling is from a several year old decant , so i can't speak for the current version
Aromatic Spicy Smoky Tea
10th June, 2016

Hamdani by Parfums de Marly

this was a blind buy, and for me, turned out to be a good one...very happy with this...kind of a combo of 2 other scents I really like...IMHO...starts out like ELDO Rien with smoke instead of aldehydes....then progresses through the mid and into the drydown to a slightly smoky smell almost like Eau Sauvage Parfum...basically leather/resin/smoke to my nose...starts out kinda fierce but dries down nice and soft...like this a lot...
04th June, 2016

Eau d'Orange Verte by Hermès

this is a nice take on a classic citrus cologne motif...initial blast of citrus is fierce and juicy...smells mostly orangey to me...the refreshing feel and overall scent vibe I get reminds me of being a kid and sneaking my dads 4711 and splashing myself with a good handfull...alas , like a lot of fragrances of this type it has a very short life...when I wear this I reapply frequently to get that initial rush...dries down to a soft cozy mossy/earthy skin scent...great smell, but neutral on it due to weak projection and longevity...
Refreshing Citrus
22nd May, 2016

Karma by Gorilla Perfume [Lush]

Orange...and more orange...a rich oily juicy orange...all the other ingredients give me a slightly dark side...a piney patch base...In structure it reminds me of Breath of God... the way 2 different accords/fragrances coexist...projects well but pretty linear to my nose...i find it to be mainly an orange scent with some minor accents...more of a novelty fragrance than something i would regularly wear...something i would occassionaly spray sitting around relaxing just for kicks and giggles...A flashback to hanging around an old head shop...
Aromatic Earthy Citrus
10th April, 2016

Acqua di Giò pour Homme by Giorgio Armani

What can I say that hasn't been said already in over 300 reviews? Not much... But , have to throw in my two cents worth...i do think its a benchmark masterpiece fragrance destined to be called a classic in years to come...like some others have described, I would go with this being an aquatic take on a classic eau de cologne citrus fragrance...i get a lemony citrus slightly flowery Italian type outdoor beachy smell that ends with a woody flavor...fresh and rereshing... great for all ages. and occasions...only downside to me would be lack of silage and longevity...
Classic Citrus eau de Cologne Aquatic
08th April, 2016

Artisan by John Varvatos

Well, on this one I don't have anything new to add... It's pretty much been stated in a lot of previous reviews...just to echo...starts out promising with a juicy/fresh/aromatic burst of awesome orange smell...quickly turns somewhat generic/synthetic musky wood smelling with a little touch of orange flower/blossom, and then...poof!!!!...disappears, hardly even a skin scent left...I honestly get maybe an hour tops out of this...disappointing as it does start out promising, and then it's downhill from there...
Aromatic Citrus Ghost
01st April, 2016

Cabochard by Grès

this review is for the current formulation...grabbed it at Ross for about 15.00...opens with a burst of aldehyde-cloud like-smell a tobacco/leather combo under the cloud-kind of bitter/herb/grass smelling-overall kind of grey and gloomy-a little spicy/herby feeling...not doing much for me...doesn't appeal to me...as it gets into the middle I sense some mix of flowers freshening things up a bit and making it a wee bit prettier...dries down somewhat resembling leather...gloomy/boring/unappealing...not doing anything for me...would love to get a chance to try the original and update this review with , hopefully , a more positive spin...
not a buy for me ( current version )
Bitter Boring Semi-Leather
21st February, 2016

John Varvatos by John Varvatos

smellwise, this is a pretty good fragrance...I had a small decant that I've enjoyed wearing around the house...reason being I'm in the group that seems to get minimal projection and longevity from JV fragrances in general, this one being no exception ...I get maybe 2 good hours tops - and then it's almost like I never put anything on...so it would not work for me for when I need an all day scent...the fragrance itself smells pretty good...I get a nice ripe/sweet/juicy/rich/syrupy fruit accord sitting on a thin layer of wood which then leads into a nice sweet/ambery/leathery vanilla....and then....poof!!!...gone...
nice while it lasts and I do enjoy the smell for the time it hangs around for me...
FBW...if you can get a good discount...because chances are you will have to reapply
Sweet Fruity Woody Leather
04th February, 2016

Bespoke : Vetiver Velours by Keiko Mecheri

2 things about Keiko Mecheri fragrances to me...one is that , especially in the Bespoke collection, there is a common accord ( kind of musky/wood I believe ) that I detect lurking in almost every KM fragrance I've tried...a sort of "house" accord...the other is that I find pretty much all of the KM fragrances to have a relaxing/joyful feel that , to me, almost borders on being spiritual/meditative...wearing KM fragrances just makes me feel good...as far as this fragrance itself, if you are looking for a vetiver dominant fragrance, this is not it...what I do get of the vetiver in this is of a background player that just adds a little flavor of earthiness/woodiness...borderline Oriental feel...green/spicy/wood sitting on a cloud of sweetened musk...not bad, but not vetiver...for sure a perfect office scent...very pleasant and inoffensive...
possibly FBW if a deal can be found...
Spicy Woody Musk
25th January, 2016

Bigelow Barber Cologne Elixir Black No. 1581 by C.O. Bigelow Apothecary

well, right off the bat this has oud listed as the top note, but I'm sad to say I don't really detect any oud...not even one of those synthetic/chemical oud notes...nothing....maybe the supposed oud is what's giving me a little taste of tobacco... can see the references to John Varvatos and YSL La Nuit de L'Homme...it has a general scent that reminds me of Varvatos and that sweet/spicy cloud sort of like YSL LNDLH...both of those do come on a little stronger and thicker...this is like a toned down more transparent version...the throw is not so hot and it fades on me after a couple of hours max...none of the listed notes jump out at me...everything sort of mixes together...to me pretty much just a pleasant spicy/woody concoction...but for the price you can't go wrong for a quick short term pick me up if you're looking for a fresh pleasant safe scent...
FBW for the price it can be found for
Semi-Aromatic Spicy Wood
21st January, 2016

Unforgivable by Sean John

opens with a slightly sour herb flavored citrus...hard to pick out an individual citrus note...just blends into one citrusy accord...greenish herby flavoring...a little sweetness...agree a little with comparisons other reviewers have made...I can see this being a mutant offspring of a beachfront romance between MI and B#9 Wall Street...has somewhat of an aquatic fresh feel to it...this would be pretty good, and I might have kept it in my wardrobe, but alas, as is often with me and this type of fragrance-it starts with a nice blast, but the projection dies on me after about 15m and within 2 hours or so I can't really smell it at all...does have a half way decent ambery/woody/sweet mid and drydown...so, this is one of the scents I'm purging from my wardrobe and gifting to a friend at work...
FB worthy if you're into this kind of scent and can get a good deal
Aromatic Citrusy Aquatic
18th January, 2016

The Secret by Antonio Banderas

yes, there is a resemblance to 1 Million, but to my nose no 2 fragrances are exactly alike...the bottom line is that I get a sweet/bubblegummy spicy leather with a hint of mint/grapefruit freshness and a whole lot of thick syrupy cinnamon with just a touch of apple liquor...not a bad smell...I really do get a pretty strong presence of leather...just a little too sweet for me to put this in rotation, but for the price you can't go wrong with this if it works for you...
for me, decant/sample worthy
Sweet Spicy Leather
23rd November, 2015

Versace pour Homme by Versace

Well, this certainly has a lot going for it...it's fresh, safe, clean, inoffensive and actually smells pretty good...but, I do have a few issues with it...right as it opens, it smells very chemically/synthetic to me...the best way I can describe it is it smells like some sort of plastic... luckily, this quickly passes and the chemical effect seems to morph into a half way decent neroli smell accented with a little touch of lemon...it is in the mold of todays sport/aquatic scents and, as a lot of others have mentioned I sense kinship to the Chanel Allure line...semi-generic and basic, but better than a lot of other options...maybe not a true aquatic but has that " ozony " quality...silage is good for a while, but like most scents of this type, at least on my skin, last maybe 2-4 hours tops on me...if you can find it for a good price this is a good summer workhorse...
FBW if that's your thing
Aromatic Citrusy Sporty Semi-Aquatic
20th November, 2015

Animale for Men by Animale Parfums

some synthetics don't do too bad by me, but this is not one of them..I get the impression of this chemical cloud surrounding me when I spray this on..The smell is not too too bad, but it smells like a good smelling cleaning product or some flavor of Fabreeze..a burst of citrus at the beginning that goes right into a flowery aromatic green smell..a little fruity-a little sweet..I can see using this as an air freshener but I find that I do not enjoy wearing it...don't really mind the smell..it's not bad..just doesn't seem like something to be worn...overall, sort of generic and I can see it appealing to those that like the fruity/sweet, aquatic sporty kind of thing..if it works for you it's definitely a good bang for the buck..dry down is sort of OK..hint of leather, but I don't see why they list vetiver or oakmoss..maybe when it first came out, but not now...
pass on this ( except to use instead of Fabreeze)
Aromatic Synthetic Sweet Fruit/Flower
02nd November, 2015