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Total Reviews: 185

A Taste of Heaven by By Kilian

I like lavender fragrances , but this one fails to thrill me...opens with a blast of fresh minty lavender the has bitter/vinegary/herbal accents from the absinthe...to my nose , the vanilla that kicks in is the kind that reminds me of wet cardboard...too much lavender for my taste and not enough of the rest of the team...
11th December, 2018

Panthea by Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777

Delightful...light and airy citrusy opening...to my nose , this has an incensy quality/feel...like a citrus/flower incense stick...nice and natural white flower smell without that bubble gum effect...settles to a light and musky flower accented tobacco...not every single fragrance by a perfumer is going to be a masterpiece, but this one is a beautiful work of art...very enjoyable and wearable for me...
10th December, 2018

Gardez-Moi by Jovoy

To my nose, opens with a juicy woody berry smell...somewhat nostalgic with a nod to earlier eras...has a gassy green vibe mixed in there...quickly gets flowery but with that candied/bubble gum effect...nice projection...dries down with a musky vanilla...nice , but this ones for my wife , not me...
09th December, 2018
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Galaad by Lubin

A transparent ghostly fragrance...i agree that the projection on this is horrible...pretty much a skin scent right from the start...to me , in a nutshell , this is a honeyed cardamom/tobacco on a wooden base...nothing to get excited about...
08th December, 2018

New York Oud by Bond No. 9

A fruity and very rose flavored synthetic oud...but , a very good one...I really enjoy how this smells on me...a nice touch of honey sweetness...an enjoyable musky patch finish...projection is out of this world...as potent. as the good old powerhouses....longevity is also very decent...me like...just caught a nice scent of vetiver working it's way into the mix...
07th December, 2018

Made in Heaven by A Lab on Fire

well, I'm not a big fan of gourmands , so right away I had a feeling I wouldn't be too thrilled with this, and I was right...sugary/syrupy sweet...hard for me to pick out any individual notes...comes across as a syntho-blob to my nose...mostly can sense flowers...maybe some vanilla...just a tad earthy/herby, but not much...would probably be a thumbs down for me, but I'm giving it a neutral because this might smell good to lovers of all things gourmand...
02nd December, 2018

Russian Tea by Masque

first thing that hits my nose is a minty raspberry...this is quickly followed with an undercurrent of strong black tea and an overall veil of smokiness...within a couple of minutes I get a really pleasant layer of serious leather...no gasoline or anything else - just pure leather...i find leather and tea to be a really nice combo that brings much pleasure to my nose...nice accent of birchwood...get a nice mix of those flavors but not really sensing anything flowery as listed in the notes...just a slight "green" plant, outdoorsy vibe...overall, a very nice wearable fragrance...
01st December, 2018

Accord Oud by Byredo

killer projection...great discreet oud topped with blackberries...nice leathery note in the background...very classy and elegant...fresh and a little tad on the sweet side...i can see the comparisons to Jubilation 25...just missing the incense, but otherwise , would be a great alternative...very pleasing to my nose and worthy of a full bottle to me...dries down to a musky patch with a touch of oud...good stuff...
29th November, 2018

Iris Homme by Parfum Satori

.very elegant and smells of high quality...i can smell the iris note, but it is nicely blanketed with a layer of awesome tangy citrus...has a zingy and fresh feel to it...I'm not a really big fan of iris, but this is an exception...I don't think I'd mind wearing this at all...gets a nice sandalwood finish as it dries down...not bad, not bad at all...
28th November, 2018

Red for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills

i've also heard that this fragrance was supposed to originally have something like 500 different ingredients...I can see this...has an old-school vibe , but still interesting enough to be worn today...hard to pin down any individual notes...I get a cloud of spices and herbs with little touches of musk/patch/leather...has a semi-animalic vibe that , to my nose , gets stronger as it dries down...was a big fan back when this first came out and wore it a lot...bought a newer bottle at TJMaxx and kind of enjoyed wearing it...finished the bottle, but probably won't get another...had my fill of this one...
07th November, 2018

Essence No. 6 : Vetiver by Elie Saab

a very pleasant, fresh, citrusy vetiver...a light vetiver fragrance...immediately strikes me as one of those all around, inoffensive fragrances that's great for just about any time, season, or occasion...has a classic barbershop elegance to it...just a touch of that vetiver type smoky effect...I like vetiver...it's a very nice smelling ingredient, but the only reason i wouldn't get a bottle is because I'm more of a leather/tobacco/incense/patch/animalic kind of guy...but , if I was in the market for a vetiver fragrance, this would be up there on my list of choices...good stuff...
06th November, 2018

Cuir de Russie by Godet

nice fresh leather...just a little animalic...enough of a gasoline vibe to be noticed , but not overdone...nice flowery accents with iris and violet leading the way...just a wee bit of smokiness...leather is up there as one of my favorite fragrance categories and I would be very happy to have a bottle of this in my wardrobe...a very nice play on leather that would be a pleasure for me to wear...as it settles in get a nice cloud like presence of musky woods...overall, a wonderful smelling leather fragrance...
23rd October, 2018

Tom Ford for Men by Tom Ford

Overall, I get a nice citrusy-woody thing going on with a mostly orangey feel...fresh and aromatic...laid back and more classic vibe...not as in your face like some TF creations...too bad , because this lacks the longevity and projection...this smells really nice and I wish it had more oomph...perfect all occasion scent...
21st October, 2018
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1861 Renaissance / 1861 by Xerjoff

Another great Xerjoff take on citrus...quality ingredients ...sharp, crisp and aromatic...not very original though...smells like Joe Malone's Lime Basil and Mandarin...just has a nice fresh minty accent instead of the herby basil accent...very aromatic...a nice and rereshing summer fragrance...like wearing this...
16th October, 2018

Essence No. 7 : Neroli by Elie Saab

I love a good neroli, and this is excellent...deep, rich and luxurious smelling with a nice touch of muskiness...has a bit of a citrusy flavor to it also...this would make for the perfect fragrance for a warm summer night...detecting a slight touch of spice...a pleasure to smell...smells of very high quality ingredients...very nice projection...like being surrounded by neroli...
11th October, 2018

Odeon / Petite Fleur Bleue by Godet

1st impression I get is of a nostalgic barber shop type smell of a luxurious rose scented foamy bar of soap...definitely has an old-world charm and classic feel...rosey and slightly powdery...a little candied effect, but not gourmandish....just put a little bit on the back of my hand, but this projects like gangbusters...something I would love smelling on my wife....good stuff...
10th October, 2018

Vol de Nuit by Guerlain

wow...can see the love for this right from the 1st whiff...citrusy powdery vanilla with undertones of wood and flower...absolutely beautiful...seems kind of redundant to say anything else....I'd just be repeating things already said by others...I guess I can just sum it up with one word...masterpiece...
25th September, 2018

Orient Extreme by Montale

first 30 seconds or so I get a alcoholy/aldehyde blast which at first thought made me think this might have gotten spoiled...thankfully, within a minute , this turned into a resiny/musky smell hit hints of a foggy rose...retro in feel...smells like something that may have been around since the 50's or so...very soft and smooth...pretty mellow compared to other Montales...gets nice and woody too...not much change throughout...semi-linear , but not a bad thing , cause I find this rather pleasant smelling...totally genderless to me , and with a very light spray might even work for casual day at the office...
25th September, 2018

No. 19 by Chanel

First minute or two I get that good old aldehydic blast from the past that , to my nose , reminds me a little of rubbing alcohol...then it shifts gears to a earth fresh green smell that reminds me a lot of Amouage Opus VII...i get smell of herbs crushed and green twigs breaking and exposing their inner greeness...a little powdery...a feminine/yin version of Macassar...faintly sweetish...smells of high class 50's and 60's to me...type of fragrance that friends of my mom smelled like when I was a kid...very exquisitely blended...a smooth ride, no bumps...as it develops it gets even more gorgeous as the delicate fragrance of different flowers flavor the greenery...the flowers are not overpowering but just blend in perfectly... just little nuances and accents...nice and smooth relaxing drydown...slightly musky and woody continuation of the middle...love it...would definitely rock this...
18th September, 2018

Stay With Me by Liaison de Parfum

a beach smelling fragrance...flowers on the sand...a banana smell that reminds me a little of Creed Acier Aluminium...heavy, almost narcotic and overpowering blend of flowers...i get mostly the jasmine and lily...a pretty generic laundry like/vanilla musk finish...nothing to get excited about...
14th August, 2018

L'Anarchiste by Caron

i get a minty/metallic post-industrial orange...freshly baked apple pie sprinkled with cinnamon...not gourmand in the least though...more of a semi-classic office friendly men's cologne type of profile...very heavy on the metallic effect...dries down to a musky woodish finish...not terrible , but pass on this one...
14th August, 2018

Fougère Bengale by Parfum d'Empire

sitting in a haystack, drinking a hot cup of tea...there's a touch of mint/ginger spicing up the tea...little chocolate cookies for dipping...weird thing is, despite all this it does not come across as a gourmand to me...more of an exotic Oriental...smells rich and full...kind of sweet and sticky...has that kind of narcotic/hypnotic effect on me that keeps my nose going back for a multitude of repeated sniffs...seamlessly blended where it is hard to distinguish notes...smells like this transports me to the outdoors..if anything does distinguish itself at this point it's a touch of geranium and immortele now and then and a nice solid vanilla/tonka base...this is balanced out with some moss...nicely done...a pleasure to smell...
13th August, 2018

Habit Rouge Eau de Cologne by Guerlain

it's like the current EDT , but with lots of added little bells and whistles...a little more bittery than the EDT with some bitter/sour citrus...i get mostly orange supported very nicely by some lime...a little more bittery roughness added by carnation/herbs...smells more rugged than the EDT...more formal and business like...a little dusty/powdery...some nice woodiness that strikes me as the sawdust or shavings of the woods...sweetens up with some vanilla , but doesn't give me the dreamsickle effect I get from the EDT...this retains its seriousness...the vanilla is more ambery than super-sweet...like this one a lot...something I would really enjoy wearing...
13th August, 2018

Vert d'Encens by Tom Ford

i get the smell of incense trying to fight it's way through an overgrowth of rotting vegetation...i get the pine/fir/sap but it smells like a dank moldy forest where the trees have gone bad...does start to find it's way and slowly turns into something more palatable...reminds me a little of Amouage Opus VII...turns to a nicer smelling wood type of scent , but still feels overpowering in a strange sort of way...I happen to like heliotrope a lot...it's what makes Jaipur Homme a very much liked fragrance for me...so , when it makes it's appearance here it adds a little more interest and enjoyment for me...not a bad fragrance , but not a very good one either...not even decant worthy to me on this one...
12th August, 2018

Desert Rose by Dame Perfumery

a pretty rose that is roughed up by the carnation/geranium combo...get a faint lemony peach way back in the distance...does give a fruity vibe to the overall composition...if you are a lover of all things rose this might be worth sampling...it's pleasant and pleasing...a light enough rose that you could probably even get away with wearing in warmer weather...that peach actually seems to jump at you now and then...now it's here , now it's gone...nice semi-sweet heliotrope tinged vanilla drydown...not bad, just missed getting a thumbs up from me , but there's a lot of rose fragrances that I like more than this...and this would not be a purchase for me...
12th August, 2018

Chypre by Godet

first whiff is uplifting and delightful...immediately get leather...a non-gasoline and non-animalic/barnyard leather...the smell of an expensive purse or full length leather trenchcoat..a dusty feel..., not baby powder , more like the effect of hot sand or dust in the wind...slight trace of citrus, but low-key...like just the smell of citrus, but not the zing...little accents of flowers and spice...this smells very nice to my nose and for sure something i would enjoy wearing and smelling throughout the day...very classic/classy mossy drydown with a flavoring of sweet incense.....nice patch too...very nice stuff...big thumbs up...
11th August, 2018

Epic Man by Amouage

right from the start this smells purely Oriental...incense with all kinds of spicy little tid bits flavoring it up...I think it might b the pepper that gives me an almost physical sensation of something oily..it's on the borderline of spice overkill, but I love it...of all the spices listed I can mostly smell pepper, cardamon and a mace/nutmeg/cumin almost curry like effect...i'm guessing it's the myrrh that give me a little taste of amberry sweetness...after the top and middle say bye-bye , what my nose is left with is a lot of very nice incense with a woody/leathery flavor...bordering on sweet and honey like... not noticing oud , castoreum , patch etc...but I'm sure they are in the mix somewhere adding to the overall ambience...definitely one of my favorite Amouages....
09th August, 2018

Homage Attar by Amouage

instant ecstasy...just what I needed...something else to go on my wish list...i get a kaleidoscopic cloud of rose /oud/wood and citrus floating up to my nose...i'm kind of speechless...this is a hard fragrance for me to describe...has everything going for it , exquisite blending and top notch ingredients...it can be pigeon holed as a rose/oud fragrance , but it's one that is in a class of it's own...in a weird sort of way it can also be called a woody/citrus scent with a flavoring of rose...i'm gonna cut it short and sweet here because that's about all I can say...it's hard to put into words the beauty of smelling this....
08th August, 2018

Cuir de Russie Parfum by Chanel

first word that immediately pops into my head is , smooth...started out reminding me of my old Chicago greaser days and throwing a spit shine on my stacies ( I believe otherwise known as Stacy-Adams ) or combat boots...Chicago greasers took pride in how they dressed with some guys I knew in high school having nice collections of what was known as Italian knits ( like some of the ones seen in Wiseguys ), so shoes were always shined up...I can smell the leather and polish , but at the same time, it also gives me this dry feeling...the faintest suggestion of a trace of gasoline...like you really have to concentrate to smell it...I'm definitely getting a classic and an old time vibe to this...it's like you can tell this has been around, but it should stay around...timeless...this smells like something I'd be reaching for when having to make a selection for a suit and tie evening...probably the most elegant leather fragrance I've smelled so far...everything well blended and balanced...to my nose , very light on the birch aspect of leather fragrances and not what I would call animalic in any way...truly an enjoyable experience...
06th August, 2018

Nombre Noir by Shiseido

I tried to put all expectations aside and approach this like smelling any other sample...the first 30 seconds or so hit my nose like the vinegary aldehyde opening of Balenciaga pour Homme...I then get a steady buildup of rose with the rooty/bitterish/herby smell from a blending of carnation and orris root...seems to straddle two worlds...a classic smelling fragrance with a timeless quality...not a powerhouse by any means , but smooth and suave and laid back...to my nose, about as perfectly unisex as you can get...does pull you in and makes you want to stay glued to the back of your hand to marvel at the subtle developments....very well blended and has an air of quality ingredients...i have to agree with a couple of other reviews i've read that this is somewhat similar to Acteur...the rose in this does ring that bell for me, but in a good way...has an all-around woody ambience...ever so slightly powdery...overall, a very pleasing and enjoyable rose fragrance, but I don't think it's something I personally would be adding to my wardrobe , even at a reasonable price...
23rd July, 2018