Perfume Reviews

Reviews by Worth1969

Total Reviews: 52

Worth Pour Homme Haute Concentration by Worth

Worth pour Homme haute concentration is one of my favorite colognes of all time. To be clear, though, I wear the haute concentration that comes in the red and blue paisley box - it smells much richer than the original eau de toilette in the green box, which I also like. FYI, they still sell Worth Pour Homme but they changed the packaging and changed the formula. It now smells like a dryer, cheaper version of Paco.
This started when they were selling the haute concentration with no box - if you see it advertised as unboxed or with the new blue box, be advised that you will not be getting the original Worth pour Homme fragrance, you will get something far inferior. The reason is that Parfums Worth is no longer made in France and the current British company that owns the brand has completely changed the formula - very disappointing!

Worth Pour Homme haute concentration is a truly classic 80's power scent! It's refreshing, masculine, classy and distinctive, without being overpowering like some 80's scents. This can be worn on any occasion - casual, dress, romance, formal. This scent is timeless and always makes a favorable impression on the ladies. Worth Pour Homme haute concentration is truly magnificent!
20th January, 2018

JHL by Aramis

Just found a mini bottle of the vintage version with about 2.5 ml still remaining. I'm absolutely amazed at the quality of this juice. So well blended, rich and alluring, with outstanding sillage. In all honesty, it's not really my style - I lean more toward vintage Versace L'Homme, but I just marvel at the quality of JHL. As others have stated, it smells like the men's version of Cinnabar or YSL Opium. I don't find JHL manly at all, but I still hold it in high regard because it's so well crafted, like a fine elixir.
The reformulated version has similar topnotes, but it comes nowhere close to recapturing the magic of this
exquisite scent. I would definitely not recommend this for anyone who wears contemporary aquatic scents - they probably would be repulsed by how earthy this smells. For those who appreciate fine quality, however, vintage JHL will always be much sought after.
12th December, 2017

Donald Trump The Fragrance by Donald Trump

Average, generic smelling scent that went straight to the bargain bin. I remember seeing this at Ross and TJ Maxx for super cheap and it just sat there. What's really appalling is that they completely ripped off the bottle design from Lauder for Men, which was a fantastic scent! Not that I was ever expecting anything original or tasteful from this self obsessed imbecile, but to blatantly copy the design of Lauder for Men for his bland smelling swill is just simply unacceptable. And for the record, tRump the fragrance smells nothing like Lauder for Men (vintage).
21st September, 2017
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Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford

I much prefer Eau des Baux from L'occitane to Tobacco Vanille. EDB was released the year before and to me is just so much more wearable. It's more masculine and it's just not as cloying. TV is extremely well made, but for my tastes it's just too sickly sweet in the same way JPG Le Male is. TF Tuscan Leather is definitely more my style and deserves all the praise...
and then some.
13th September, 2017

Romance for Men by Ralph Lauren

Foetidus nailed it by describing this as uninspired and pedestrian. I would also add boring and highly unoriginal. I was working for Armani in the late 90's and they were both distributed by Cosmair, so I was invited to the Romance launch party. They were spraying the cologne everywhere at the party and all I could think was how boring this stuff was - like a dressed up version of Tommy Hilfiger. It's like they really just wanted to play it super safe and not make a statement - such a shame! I ended up trading my gratis bottle for Santos de Cartier and I even traded the women's Romance bottle for Samsara so my girlfriend would smell sexy and sophisticated - the exact opposite of Romance for women. I'm a huge fan of Ralph Lauren Monogram and have a few bottles left, but his 90's scents like Polo Sport and Romance really made a poor impression on me as they are the epitome of mediocrity - something in life I always try to avoid.
23rd August, 2017

Polo Supreme Leather by Ralph Lauren

Doesn't live up to its name in any way, shape, or form - just an overly sweet, generic fragrance. I was hoping for something along the lines of Tuscan Leather or Cuiron, but I don't even detect leather in this and, in fact, some of the notes are reminiscent of Paco One Million - truly disappointing! Tempted to give this a thumbs down - it doesn't smell bad, just very unoriginal. No thanks...
26th September, 2016

Guess Man by Guess

The is really boring... Right around the time this was released, the market started getting flooded with mediocre, generic/fresh scents that were too afraid to make a statement. This, along with CK Free, Ecko and other pedestrian scents just bore me to death. These are targeted to a younger audience and are manufactured (notice I didn't use the word "created") just to make a quick buck. I realize that we all have our preferences when it comes to certain things: music, food, fragrance - but I am of the opinion that excellence should be recognized and mediocrity should not be celebrated. Just bothers me to see so much of this garbage crowding the shelves, but I'm happy that at least I have found a couple of secret spots that still sell niche and vintage scents of class and distinction.
17th April, 2016

Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon's

For the life of me, I can't understand why anybody would want to smell like this when there are so many other amazing fragrances on the market. I can appreciate that it was created in 1902 and some folks are fascinated with wearing vintage scents, but the aroma is worse than most cleaning products and smells just as alcoholy (if that's even a word), and would definitely fail to illicit a favorable response from 9 out of 10 ladies on any given day, and the 10th would probably look like Marge Simpson's wretched sisters. I don't care which turn of the century president wore this, you'd be better off to scent yourself with Irish Spring and be done with it! Acqua di Parma or Dunhill original (1934) would be much better options, indeed.
29th March, 2016

Mugler Cologne by Thierry Mugler

Yes, this is almost identical to Creed's Original vetiver, but Mugler predates Creed by at least 3 years, so one should say Original Vetiver is a carbon copy of Mugler Cologne, not the other way around. At a fraction of the price, this is the obvious choice for me because it's one of the best fresh scents on the market. Always gets compliments from the ladies and I never find this cloying or tiresome, just a wonderfully refreshing scent with good longevity and a soft sensuous dry drown. Color me impressed -Thumbs Up!
24th October, 2015

One Man Show Gold Edition by Jacques Bogart

First off, this is not something I would ever wear if I were trying to make a favorable impression (romance or career), but that being said, it sure is an entertaining fragrance and I fully enjoy it. Kind of reminds me of a cross between original Lapidus, Molto Smalto, with some of the modern, synthetic swag of One Million by Paco. As others have noted, this is super potent, but I honestly feel that's one of the factors that makes this really fun to wear whenever I'm feeling fearless and don't have to be concerned about offending (or accosting) others. As connoisseurs of fragrance, many of us enjoy and appreciate the entire spectrum, from delicate and sophisticated to the sometimes amusing and out of the ordinary. This would have to be the latter, as it's unapologetically strong and in your face, and quite frankly, a kick in the pants to wear! It's definitely not my style, by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm glad I pulled the trigger and have this in my arsenal - it's really a blast!
15th July, 2015

Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels

Wonderfully rich and distinctive scent - Ultra-classy and highly original; this is truly one of the great masculine scents and something I will always enjoy wearing. I can't tell you how many compliments I've received with Tsar and my girlfriend loves it, too! Please keep in mind that it has been reformulated, so if you really want to experience the majesty of Tsar in all its glory, go for the vintage bottle (pictured above). The current stuff just doesn't cut it & Eau de Tsar is something altogether different. I know times change and tastes change along with them, but Tsar is a true classic and will always remain in my wardrobe. Two Thumbs way Up!
30th September, 2014

Eau des Baux by L'Occitane

In my own humble opinion, this really is one of the absolute best vanilla / tonka fragrances available today. The dry down is really a thing of beauty and I actually enjoy the fresh burst of incense and spices in the opening as well. I find this much more wearable than Tobacco Vanille in every way, never cloying or sickly sweet -just the right
balance of vanilla, woods and spice. On top of its beautiful composition, it's also priced so modestly - something I greatly appreciate from the L'Occitane label, high quality at a reasonable price. My girlfriend recently got me the shower gel and after shave so now I can completely layer myself in EDB - life is good..
22nd September, 2014

L - L.A.M.B by Gwen Stefani

I am certainly not a fan of Gwen Stefani, but I love women who smell good.
Gave this to a friend who wears it quite liberally and Wow! She smells absolutely scrumptious when she wears this! We are just friends, but the lamb is so divine on her I'm almost tempted to take it further -
now that's saying something!

2 thumbs up for Lamb.
13th February, 2011
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Euphoria Men by Calvin Klein

This is the epitome of a modern, inoffensive scent - perfect for someone who just wants to smell fresh and nothing more. For those of us that appreciate a rich and distinctive fragrance (Tom ford Tuscan Leather),
Euphoria will be a huge disappointment. I personally find this boring and unoriginal. Intense Euphoria, however, has a nice flavorful opening and a decent drydown. It's hard for me to take Calvin Klein seriously these days, just mainstream pedestrian scents that are too afraid to make a statement. Ho Hum.
Very close to giving this a thumbs down because it's just so bland.
22nd December, 2010

John Varvatos 10th Anniversary Fragrance by John Varvatos

Very well done!
A sophisticated, classy and modern scent, which brings to mind some of the great fragrances from the past,
while maintaining its own originality. I used to enjoy wearing Santos de Cartier (before they changed the formula), and the new Varvatos just might fill the gap in my collection. Warm, leathery and very smooth.
Yes, quite impressed by this one!
30th November, 2010

The One for Men by Dolce & Gabbana

I find this quite boring.
The original Dolce and Gabbana, as well as "BY" and "Masculin" all had something to offer.
They were distinctive and made a statement. D & G's fragrances of late are too generic for my tastes.
I'll give it a neutral because it's not horrendous, but the thumbs are very close to being pulled down.
30th November, 2010

Gaïac by Martine Micallef

Though Unisex fragrances are not usually my vibe, I find this to be extraordinary.
Soft, sensuous, luxurious and mesmerizing. I find this to be almost spiritual with it's calm, yet alluring effect. Really enjoy this, just wish i could afford it!

Two thumbs way Up!
26th October, 2010

Gucci pour Homme by Gucci

Given that the fragrance is so unique, it's bound to raise a few feathers, and perhaps some negative reactions. I, however, marvel at its richness, its originality and charm.
The gentleman who compared this to a warm fireplace was spot on.
This is magic on the skin and so far the opposite persuasion has reacted most favorably! I avoid most of the modern Gucci offerings, but I am glad I gave this one a try. Two thumbs way up!

21st October, 2010

Antaeus by Chanel

I echo the sentiments of Paulik - i just tried a new tester of Antaeus at Bloomingdale's and had to leave before i got into a heated argument. This definitely is not even close to the original Antaeus! The drydown is a joke! It's barely there! Chanel, you should be ashamed - you ruined a classic fragrance! Luckily, I still have a large vintage bottle that's almost full. I find this most insulting - as if we wouldn't know the difference! More and more I find myself on ebay looking for vintage bottles.

Original Antaeus - two thumbs up

New version - Two big thumbs down!
30th September, 2010

New West for Him by Aramis

Kudos to Aramis for bucking the trend and actually listening to their loyal customers and resurrecting some interesting scents. In a world that is all about the bottom line and nothing else, Aramis has dared to bring back not just New West but JHL, Devin,
Havana, Tuscany and Aramis 900. Whether you love or hate these scents, you must appreciate the company's respect for these unique, vintage fragrances.
I personally enjoy using New West and Devin - the reformulation of Tuscany is definitely inferior, but the others seem fine.
Now if we could just get Halston to bring back 101 and Ralph Lauren to bring back Monogram - I won't hold my breath!
27th September, 2010

Nino Cerruti by Cerruti

Discovered this in 1988 and have been wearing it ever since.
Remember one day in particular working on a movie set - the fragrance stayed with me the entire day! So fresh and magical in the opening, with the rich woods and musk in the base. Truly a magnificent fragrance!
19th September, 2010

VSOP by Paul Sebastian

A classy, distinctive blend of rich woods and exotic spices. Far superior to PS, it's a shame they discontinued it - probably due to poor marketing.
I was fortunate to win a couple bottles recently on ebay, but they came with a hefty price tag.

Another memorable scent from the past that has sadly been forgotten by most.
13th August, 2010

Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche

Spawned a million copy-cats, but the original is still a formidable fragrance.
Rich, invigorating and very masculine. Would I wear this in public in 2010?
Probably not, but only because it has been done to death and my personal taste leans more towards the subtle classics like Versace L'Homme (original formulation).
The thumbs still have to go up for Drakkar Noir, for quality, originality and longevity.
Just spray lightly, please.
12th August, 2010

La Nuit de L'Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

A modern soft, sensual fragrance. Opening is fresh with exotic spices, I also detect vanilla and tonka bean in the base. I personally prefer Must de Cartier pour homme to this, (a little bit fuller) but I certainly enjoy the compliments from women when I wear La Nuit. This is definitely suitable for romantic wear.
26th July, 2010

Unforgivable by Sean John

I echo the sentiments of many on this board. Puffy's juice is a
cheap, watered down, synthetic version of Creed's Millesime Imperial. The reason Unforgiveable sells is that Creed is very exclusive and not sold in most stores. Probably 85-90% of the folks that buy Puffy's crap have no idea he ripped off MI and have probably never smelled it. After smelling MI and Unforgiveable side by side, the Unforgiveable smells like rotten fruit. "Unforgiveable", indeed!
26th July, 2010

Samsara by Guerlain

Absolutely stunning!
The original formaulation is
One of the few women's fragrances that I would consider timeless.

Bought this for a girlfriend in the 90's and the combination of this fragrance and her natural Brazilian flavor was just intoxicating! We were only together for a month, but the scent of Samsara lingered on for years afterward. Tempted to buy for my current girlfriend, but in all honesty, I think the formula has changed and I'm not so sure it would go with her chemistry.

Samsara, one of the sexiest women's fragrances ever!

08th June, 2010 (last edited: 27th August, 2010)

I am King by Sean John

How could this possibly be called "I Am King" ???
Instead of a rich, masculine fragrance of class and distinction, we are accosted with a fruity headache of a scent that smells more like a 16 year old girl than a king!

What do you expect when an ego-driven celebrity with his head up his a$$ gets involved in the fragrance biz? Don't expect anything special.

Versace L'Homme or Tsar (original) could have been called I Am King - but Puffy's king smells like bubble bath and cheap air freshener.

What a Joke!
05th June, 2010

Tuscany / Etruscan by Aramis

Warm, Spicy and Sexy power scent from the 80's. Virility reigns supreme on this one and the Ed Hardys and Sean Johns (little boy scents) will step aside. The sharp citrus and patchouli are countered nicely on this one with the amber and musk of the basenotes. This smells nothing like Drakkar Noir, as one reviewer noted, however it may be cut from the same cloth. For all its strength and brawn, Tuscany is never overpowering and is still very wearable in 2010.
I have noticed, however, in the past 4 or 5 years, that the fragrance smelled a little drier and more sour. Recently, I was given a vintage bottle (made in the U.S.A.) as a gift and it smelled much more the way I remember it - fresh, warm and spicy.

Has anyone else noticed a change on this one?

At any rate, 2 thumbs up for Tuscany, a rich and invigorating fragrance.

03rd January, 2010 (last edited: 08th March, 2010)

Royal Copenhagen Musk by Royal Copenhagen

I remember wearing this as a winter fragrance back in the late 80's (that's when I discovered it). As i recall, the original version was a viril, yet sensous musk with great longevity and warmth. The five star fragrance company has since taken over and pretty much ruined the scent. I purchased it recently without trying it first and, suffice it to say, was deeply disappointed with the results. This now smells like an outdated drug store musk with a funky, murky quality that resembles rotten fruit. From now on, when purchasing an older scent I'm going to insist on trying it on my skin first. Five Star fragrances??
Are you kidding me?!!!

thumbs up for the original version.
Thumbs way down for the remake!
29th September, 2009

cK Free by Calvin Klein

Boring, unoriginal and barely there. This is a nothing fragrance.
I'm curious when the fragrance industry will get over the light, citrus-fruit and aquatic phaze - While there are a few well made, interesting fresh scents, I yearn for something rich and distinctive like the original
Versace L'Homme or the original Bernini (Black Bottle). Between the
rappers and other annoying celebrities and the sell-out mainstream
fragrance companies, the art of perfumery is quickly disappearing.
Very sad, indeed.
26th September, 2009