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    Paisley by Etro

    I have bought Paisley for my girlfriend, who's been wearing it pretty much non-stop for the last month (and that's with immortal classics like Loulou by Cacharel and Shalimar in her wardrobe).
    As far as notes are concerned, I think the advertised pyramid is pretty much spot-on - what's not necessarily clear by reading it, though, is the amazing aptness of the name: this *is* olfactory paisley. Every single time my GF sprayed it, I got a different vibe (after a while, I stopped asking her "is it Paisley?" because I just felt dumb): it smells just like the fabric pattern, with several different colors very close to each other, always intersecting and bisecting without ever quite mixing down to a dull gray-brown.
    The end result is utterly fascinating and absolutely enticing - I wouldn't call it a classic just yet, but it's certainly one of the most interesting feminine (or possibly unisex, for the more adventurous) scents in the designer segment.

    16th May, 2012

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    Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford

    I'll have to agree with Surge - even though I'm twice his age. Grey Vetiver is a very nice, fresh, clean vetiver on a citrus background. Most agreeable in the spring, but I guess I'll wear it more than happily in full summer as well. And I'll probably feel younger than I am.

    04th March, 2012

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    Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza by Acqua di Parma

    After having tried all their current masculine lineup - Blu Mediterraneo fragrances included - I have come to the conclusion that Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza is the most accomplished and probably their best work so far.
    At first spray, you are welcomed by a flamboyant, powerful citrusy accord, very much like AdP Colonia - that is, sweeter and more rounded that most "classic" cologne, possibly thanks to a generous use of petit grain (although I believe there to be some "regular" orange too).
    After that, things get interesting: even as the fragrance takes a detour down the "you smell so good" lane, the patchouli starts poking its raspy, opinionated head through, dislodging pretty much all the "heart" notes, until you get an incredibly long-lasting (I can easily smell it on me after 12 hours) and, for me, rather unexpected patchouli-cum-citrus.
    To me, the effect is almost like that of wearing a repeat application of a classic cologne: I smell good, but I still smell more like a man than a fresh-out-of-shower kid.
    Currently, one of my top three fragrances. And I bet that it would be Clark Gable's too.

    11th December, 2011

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    Eau d'Ikar by Sisley

    I can't really comment on projection and longevity, having only smelled this on a tester strip but there's something that I really feel needs saying: the opening is *exactly* like the old Drakkar by Guy Laroche (the discontinued, non-Noir one) - and the name certainly hints as much, don't you think? =)

    24th November, 2011

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