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Total Reviews: 166

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
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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

Cuir Cannage by Christian Dior

kind of surprised with all the different comparisons in other reviews that no one seems to have mentioned this...to my nose, this is somewhere between Knize Ten and Cuir Ottoman...a slightly toned down industrial leather with a nice touch of flowers....slightly animalistic...killer projection and very good longevity...a must try or buy for leather lovers IMHO...when I need a fix of good old leather without being drowned out by other notes, this is a good one...the only thing missing , for those that might be wanting it , is the gasoline vibe...doesn't really exist in this one...
16th July, 2018

Casamorati 1888 Mefisto by Xerjoff

very similar to SMW but , to my nose , much better...more robust and leaning toward the yang/dark side , which I like...SMW is more airy/metallic/aquatic...perfect blend of citrus/flower/wood...a lot better longevity and projection also...smells solid and well blended and put together...
13th July, 2018
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Cardinal by Heeley

one of the lightest and most refreshing incense fragrances I've smelled...a lot of nice little nuances...but overall a very nice and fragrant churchy smell, but very subdued and gentle...I like it a lot...an incense you can probably get away with wearing to the office....
12th July, 2018

Gold Man by Amouage

.I'm gonna sample 2 versions at the same time here...one one hand I'm putting Gold from a sample bottle in the Men's assortment box from a # of years back, so I'm pretty sure it's what was in the old non-magnetic top bottles...on the other hand I'm putting the Khanjar version from the beautiful old crystal bottle...as the years go by I hope my nose gets more and more educated and I can discern more about a fragrance I'm smelling...I happened to run across an old note from the 1st time I smelled Gold, and I was just writing short impressions for myself....for Gold I had " smells like a cat pissed on a flower bouquet and someone tried hiding the smell by dusting it with baby powder "...anyway, here goes with the current sniff-off...sample bottle first - retro aldhyde blast of civet...over my two olfactory/collecting journeys I've grown very fond of animalic fragrances, and this is the bomb!!! This has to be the most animalic men's scent Amouage has,,,I can't really think of another one that even comes close...there's flowers and musk , but the civet rules...doesn't strike me as being as baby powder powdery as the 1st time I smeled it...now it seems more like the pleasant smelling talc that the barber dusts the back of your neck with...Ok...gonna put some of the Khanjar on the other hand...wow...like 2 totally different fragrances...it's like the treble got turned down and the base pumped up...ther's the aldehydic smell and effect, but not the shriek like in the sample...civet is awesome, but much more laid back, and I swear I smell citrus...I trhink I can say this safely without having to smell any further that Khanjar version is the hands down winner...as they dry down they somewhat merge and start smelling a little more like each other, but you would have no problem identifying which is wich...with the sample it just was an overall flower accor to me...in the Khanjar , I can smell a delicate rose...an absolutely grand/opulent/rich/classy fragrance...
09th July, 2018

Bespoke : Canyon Dreams by Keiko Mecheri

i find this is one of those houses that has a distinctive " house trademark" smell...i'm no expert, but I feel like I can pick out a KM scent blindfolded...I can't quite put my finger on what it is , but it's mellow/pleasant/musky/relaxing...almost give some of the scents a spiritual feel...scentwise, I get a nice mandarin/bergamot combo that actually hangs around for a long time...otherwise, throughout is a spiced wood with just a nuance of flower...I don't really recognize it as rose and I get just the slightest hint of oud...a little on the sweet side...also, a little powdery , but not baby powder...more like this has a dusting of powdered amber...nice to sniff...nice to wear...both thumbs up...
09th July, 2018

Alford & Hoff by Alford & Hoff

mixed emotions on this one....it's kind of 50/50...
GOOD...nice orientalish smell...totally non-offensive...perfect office scent...not overpriced...does smell nice and pleasing...
BAD...semi-generic...nothing to really make it stand out from the pack...

mostly reminds me of something between Tom Ford for Men and D & G One for Men...

semi-sweet - citrussy - woody - suede...maybe just a smidgen of rum...
08th July, 2018

Acier Aluminium by Creed

I get the banana and porn references...it's a gentleman type scent, but seems like it could be sleazy if it wanted too...kind of comforting and sexy too...i get a spicy ripe fruit smell, and it does give me a banana impression mixed in with bergamot and other fruit and spices...settles into a nice musky/ambergris/vanilla vibe that is not quite a skin scent but is somewhat subdued...find it pleasant overall and enjoy wearing it...
06th July, 2018

Black Gold by Ormonde Jayne

wow...beautiful opening...I get sandalwood/oud/citrus bitter herbs all cavorting together in an awesome smelling accord...love the blending on this...smooth and seamless...so far, I would love wearing this...smells very balanced/neutral/genderless to me...one accent that draws my attention is a nice lemony bergamont flavor that keeps it smelling very refreshing...a happy fragrance that is also very formal at the same time...but not stodgy,IMHO very wearable for a variety of situations...the oud was very prominent to my nose for about the first 10m and now I realize it smoothly snuck way into the background...gets very woody as it moves along , with sandalwood leading the pack , and the cedar and oud providing a foundation for it...I do get some flower power but , to my nose, not very pronounced...seems to move in waves...like now I got the effect of the wood being the beach and the citrus is the wave and I get that kind of effect of ebb and flow, where the citrus washes over the wood and then the cycle keeps repeating...fascinating scent that keeps drawing my nose to the back of my hand constantly to smell again and again...very addictive...very enjoyable...this one is going on my wish list for sure...if I was to classify this I guess I would go with Aromatic Oriental Woody....
02nd July, 2018

Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf

always seems kind of funny to review any fragrance that has almost 100 reviews...been there...done that...it's all been said ,and by members with a lot better nose than mine...but, gotta throw in my 2 scants...overall and throughout , this is a leather flavored tobacco accented by cinnamon with a fresh piercing sweetness and an overall pleasant vibe...strikes me as a workhorse type scent...all around for all occasions...just have to adjust the amount of sprays to fit the event...very yang and solid...can see why this seems to have a large fanbase...seems to it the 1 Million type of layout/blueprint/structure...sweet cinnamony flavor over a rougher base...
01st July, 2018

Euphoria Gold Men by Calvin Klein

i started out collecting what was available at places like Ulta , Perfumania , and Sephora...it was only after I joined Basenotes did I fid out there was a world of niche fragrances...I got lost in that world and stopped buying designer fragrances for the most part...Now I'm going back and checking out samples I have picked up when at the mall...Well , right of the bat , this one surprised me...When it blasted open it already smelled better than a lot of niche fragrances...From begiining to end, to my nose, it's a evolving accord of amber/vanilla/cinnamon/honey...I don't really detect much of any other notes, but I love all these notes and am getting a lot of enjoyment out of smelling this...If I hadn't discovered niche and didn't already have a wardrobe that needs to be cleaned out some, I would probably get a bottle of this...smells like the kind of scent that would give you a warm and fuzzy feeling on a winter night and make your significant other want to cuddle with you...not bad, not bad....
01st July, 2018

Notorious by Boadicea the Victorious

starts out smelling very woody to my nose...after about 30 seconds start getting delicious smoky chocolate aroma...not super smoky, but nice and smooth and laid back...with the chocolate you would think this would fall into the gourmand category, but I don't perceive it as such...a nice overall animalic feel to it...still, overall woody cedary vibe , with saffron/smoky incense/vetiver/castoreum...a hard one to pin down...a dark chocolate that seems to have faded into the background...not a campfire type of smokiness, but more like what you get from lapsang souchong tea...for reference, this reminds me a lot of Beaufort London's Coeur de Noir...To my nose, i would call this a Woody Oriental...
28th June, 2018

Lyric Man by Amouage

you can tell as soon as this hits your nose that it is a rose scent...I'm a sucker for topnotes , and I love that shimmer of lime/bergamot at the top....one of my favorite parts of this fragrance....just wish it was a tad stronger and lasted just a little longer...the rose poses a paradox for me , it smells both rich and watery at the same time to my nose...the almost required touch of Amouage incense is there , but I find it to be very restrained...i like orange blossom and I can smell it as the fragrance moves into the mid, but for some strange reason in this combo it gives me a little bit of a plasticy feel/smell...maybe it's the way the herbs affect the overall accord...I'm one of those that does not believe a fragrance should be gender classed , but to put it another way , this fragrance does seem to lean more toward the yin side...a gentle rose scent that I can't see anyone finding offensive...polite and relaxing...if I were to season it , I would say perfect for enjoying a cool summer evening while sitting outside...If I close my eyes and take a nice sniff it brings me images of not red , but pink and maybe some yellow and white roses...I guess I can see why there is both love and hate for this fragrance...There are full bottles of some of my favorite Amouages in my wardrobe, but so far, I've only indulged in a small split of this...The watery , yet robust rose in this reminds me somewhat of the rose smell in Acteur...to me , as it dries down and then bottoms out , it's pretty much roses on top of freshly sanded sandalwood with a trace of fresh non-smoky incense...
26th June, 2018

Santalum Slivers by Kerosene

opens with a peppery citrus...a citrus blend...i don't get so much any individual notes as I do a fruit melange...if anything, the orange struggles to try to draw your attention...cucumber gives it a watery texture and refreshing quality...a very pleasant and enjoyable smell I am getting from this...would pair up nicely with a pair of shorts and a Hawaiian type shirt...as it progresses a nice smooth sandalwood rises and weaves it's way into the citrus...overall, a very nice citrusy/woody experience...I can see enjoying wearing this...
19th June, 2018

Dia Man by Amouage

I've had the opportunity to smell 3 different formulations of Dia...the current magnetic cap, the pre-magnetic cap version, and now , the old Khangar bottle version...to me, this is Amouage's most polite and laid back scent...the scent profile seems to say the same , but it seems to get progressively weaker as it goes along the years...the Khanjar version is definitely somewhat juicier and richer than the current version...a shame that in all 3 versions the projection and longevity are poor, because I do find this to be a very attractive scent and gives me much pleasure smelling it...I can understand comments that I've read comparing this in various ways to XXV...there's the incense, the flowers, the flavor of rich fruits and citruses...and there is a vague resemblance in the overall smell of the 2 fragrances...to me though , XXV is a true oriental , whereas Dia strikes me more as a quasi-oriental with a Western edge...I think if there was a designer scent at a decent price that smelled like this, it would be a smash hit with the general public...a gentleman's scent...
19th June, 2018

Tribute Attar by Amouage

This has so many things I love in a fragrance hitting my nose right from the start...I get the dirty and smoky orange rind that some people mention , but it lurks behind other facets...for me to get some enjoyment from that note i have to take a slow deep inhale and pause to catch on to it...dark/brooding/gothic/smoky are some of the descriptors that come to mind...an overall animalic feel...no civet or castoreum or anything along those lines...more of just an overall sense of wild feral animals roaming a dark wood with an ocassional wild rose blooming here and there...deep/rich/dark tobacco leaves...leather is there too...there's seems to be a lot of people out there that put this fragrance up on a pedestal, call it an oriental masterpiece and claim they found their holy grail...well, I have to say , I understand where they are coming from cause I'm on board with that...one of the most awesome fragrances I've ever smelled...get some great wood tones as it dries down...and, it goes without saying, this has a tremendous sprinkling of incense throughout...another one for my wish list... ( I do have a small decant what I believe was the most current version )...not a harsh smoke in this to my nose...more of a sweet smoke...IMHO , I think that Myths Man and Interlude Man are a sort of offshoot of this blueprint....mysterious deep dark rich smoky orientals...but that's just me...oh, and overall...this was definitely a incense/tobacco/leather scent to my nose...the rose did not really stand out for me...it's there, but not a key player to me..
18th June, 2018

Rose TRO Attar by Amouage

awesome...a rose lovers dream...rose in all it's splendor and glory...unbelievable powerhouse projection...not much to say...could ramble on for several paragraphs about all the nuances and delights of this fragrance, but suffice to say, this is all about rose...the only other flavor is a citrusy amber mist hanging in the distance to give this a little balance so as not to be just an overpowering rose scent...if you love rose, I would recommend making an effort to at least sample this baby at some point of your fragrance journeys...
17th June, 2018

Dreckig bleiben by PMP Perfumes

This puppy goes through some rapid changes on me...when i first popped open the sample vial and put my nose to it , it was like smelling some beaker or test tube in the old chemistry class...pretty much the same with the first few seconds on the skin...then citrus rinds tossed on a fire somewhere between a campfire and an electric fire...like some nice resiny wood smoking away , but there's also that smell of toasted wiring mixed in there...then , a sudden appearance of pure fresh citrus for a short spell....for the rest of the ride things get woody and resiny with some nice dry vanilla thrown in for good measure...throw and lifespan are nothing to brag about...interesting to sample and explore , but that's about it for me...
11th June, 2018

Ablaze by Boadicea the Victorious

One of those scents that is well blended and comes acrooss to me in accords...i find it difficult to pinpoint individual notes...opens with a melange of spicyness and woodiness with a citrusy afterglow...As it goes into the mid i get some floral flavor...one note i do detect here is a ghostly transparent rose....not enough to classify this as a rose scent , just barely enough to make its presense known...smooth , elegant and discreet...gets very cedary in the finish with a touch of suede/patch/sandalwood...a very smooth and friendly fragrance...medium longevity and projection...i personally like the house of Boadicea a lot and this is a very nice Oriental from them that i enjoy smelling and weariing...
06th June, 2018

2022 Generation Homme by Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777

Opens with a nice bitterish fruity flavor...oud qickly kicks in...not a trace of barnyard or bandaid...a dry smooth slightly smoky oud with a little discreet sweetness to it....very Oriental, but at the same time has a western aspect that makes it easy to wear...I , personally would not hesitate to wear this to the office...gets just a little sweeter and resiny as it dries down...throw and lifespan are excellent...
04th June, 2018