Reviews by reveillee

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    Cuir Garamante by MDCI

    Take all the good parts of Montale Aoud Musk and add in a beautiful rose/saffron combo and that is what I experience with Cuir Garamante. Not a very unique or challenging perfume but a nice comforting one that is blended well (a MDCI trademark). While I appreciate my darker and more challening perfumes, some days, I just want comfort.
    This could be worn any season, day or night.
    Not only are their perfumes great (Invasion Barbare, Chypre Palatin), their customer service is top notch. Thank you Claude!

    30th May, 2014


    Chypre Palatin by MDCI

    Perfectly Unisex.
    Starts a little strong but smoothes out and has a luxurious feel to it.
    Please wear this at least 3 times before making up your mind. Initially it was a 7.5/10 and after 2-3 wearings it was a 8.5/10, and now it is a 9/10.
    Lasts over 24 hours on clothing and NEVER gets cloying.

    08 April, 2014 (Last Edited: 15 April, 2014)


    Invasion Barbare / SB by MDCI

    This could be my new signature scent. Normally I like dark and challenging scents but this one is just so smooth and comforting. It lasts on clothing forever. I can't imagine allowing myself to ever run out of this. I hope it is just as good in warm weather. While expensive, I think it is a safe blind buy. Though others may not be as infatuated with this fragrance as I, I can't imagine someone disliking it. Hope my wife likes it. If not, she at least better get used to smelling it! :)

    16 March, 2014


    Les Déserts d'Orient - Songe d'un Bois d'Été by Guerlain

    A richer and more wearable Dior Leather Oud. Also has less skank factor.
    Don't get me wrong, I like Leather Oud too, it just doesn't have the complexity of this magnificent underrated fragrance.
    Excellent Longevity. 2 sprays max.

    07 March, 2014


    Coco Blanc by House of Matriarch

    Best gourmand I've tried. For those that don't like most gourmands, this one isn't as sweet or as boring. The mix of spices, chocolate, and sandalwood smells divine. I'd own MUCH more than 15ml if I could afford it. Tried 3 of HOM and have enjoyed all of them (Blackbird, Bohemian Black, Coco Blanc).

    24 February, 2014


    Montecristo by Masque

    Rough and challenging for the first 30 minutes but mellows out and becomes an amazing masterpiece afterwards. Challenging but wearable. Must try.

    23 February, 2014


    Fusion Sacrée Lui by Majda Bekkali

    A little too sweet with a bubble gum feel to it for the first 20 minutes or so HOWEVER, the rest of the time, this fragrance shines for gourmand lovers and those on the fence regarding gourmands. Boozy caramel amber with coffee and citrus.
    9 out of 10 for cooler weather. Have yet to wear in warmer weather.

    31st January, 2014


    Blackbird by House of Matriarch

    Absolute MASTERPIECE.
    For those that like the slightly more challenging and mysterious scents.
    A tad similar to Black Afgano but less sweet and better IMO.

    15 January, 2014


    Fate Man by Amouage

    This scent appears polarizing to most reviewers, but I like it. The cumin is not too strong and is balanced well with the immortelle. I don't eat much Indian food so I can't comment how closely it resembles curry chicken as some have mentioned on other sites.
    This is made by one of my favorite perfumers Karine Vinchon who also created the great Memoir Man.
    While I like this fragrance, I'd still have to say it gets beat out by Memoir Man and Opus VII from Amouage.

    07 November, 2013


    Black by Comme des Garçons

    One of the best CdG releases.
    Not for the timid.
    Lots of smoke, tar, spice.
    For some reason my wife and other women I know can't stand it. Go figure!

    30th October, 2013


    Reflection Man by Amouage

    Powdery Floral with Pepper

    Not your typical Amouage.

    Read all the bad comments about this fragrance before trying. Once I tried it, I agreed with most who gave it a poor review. Seemed overly synthetic, possibly too strong, and couldn't help but think this was made for a teenager. An Amouage frag friend kept telling me to keep trying it and that it was his favorite. I took his advice and after wearing it a few more times I did a complete 180 on the scent. It performs much better on my shirt than on my skin. Stays a little more fresh which helps with warmer weather.

    Not one of my favorite Amouages but worthy of a nice size decant.

    Try this one at least 5 times before discarding.

    I now call it my "gulity pleasure" fragrance. We all have at least one. :)

    Pros: Longevity, good all seasons
    Cons: Love/Hate type frag, may come off as overly synthetic

    27 June, 2013


    Bois de Aoud / Original Aoud by Montale

    Unique blend of Aoud and Wood

    I have never smelled any fragrance similar to this in my 14 year perfume obssession history.

    Strong oud and strong wood note.

    Not for the faint of heart. Can't see this being something that attracts the opposite sex. More for personal use, which is fine with me.

    Because of how unique this scent is, it is one of the few Montales that I keep going back to more often in my rotation of scents. May be best for colder months.

    While some say it is good for a base in blending with other scents, I prefer the way it is.

    Pros: lots of synthetic aoud and strong wood, addicting
    Cons: May not be wife friendly

    30th May, 2013


    Interlude Man by Amouage

    A strong and dark perfume for men who like fragrances that stand out. Definitely can pick out the Oregano note.
    The first couple wearings of this didn't impress me much as it smelled of an incense/leather bomb. After trying it again, I began to appreciate it more and pick more notes. Not a crowd pleaser so be careful on the trigger.

    Pros: longevity, rich, quality
    Cons: top notes may be too strong in spice/incense for some

    17 May, 2013 (Last Edited: 03 February, 2014)


    Memoir Man by Amouage

    Green, Mint, Woods, Incense

    Somewhat fresh, somewhat dark.  Blended well to convey both of these aspects.

    I appreciate the green aura to this scent.  It's what sets it apart from the other incense laden Amouages that I love.

    Would give it a higher star rating if it had typical Amouage longevity/projection.  Worth owning at least a decant.

    UPDATE: After wearing it a couple more times on my skin, it performed much better. Maybe it was olfactory fatigue previously. Increased my star rating. THIS IS A MASTERPIECE!!

    Pros: Blend of quality ingredients
    Cons: absolutely nothing!

    17 May, 2013


    Honour Man by Amouage

    Pepper, woods, musk

    Surprisingly this has great longevity and sillage.  Rich but in a different way than most Amouages.  In my opinion, this reminded me of a less dirty Terre d'Hermes.  Strong pepper and woods that is mostly linear to my nose.  Worthy of a decant but probably not bottle worthy at the price

    Pros: longevity, projection
    Cons: price, not as unique as other Amouages

    17 May, 2013


    Ciel Man by Amouage

    good peach style scent with a little animalic notes

    Closest I've found to a QUALITY Millesime Imperial.  A little darker (not much) and more musky but in a good way.  A little more longevity than MI as well.  Great for all seasons.  To my nose this is blended well and is a masterpiece.

    EDIT:  While I still like this scent, I've grown to appreciate the other Amouages more.  For some reason, this scent can become a tad cloying at times.  Maybe I should stick with it in colder weather only.  I loved it then.

    Pros: good for every season, decent longevity/projection
    Cons: as with all Amouages - price

    17 May, 2013


    Dia Man by Amouage

    Amazing Citrus but short on projection at times

    One of my favorite citrus notes.  The best thing is that they don't disappear within 30 minutes like some.  However, after a few hours, projection can be minimal unfortunately as it becomes a skin scent.  You have to bury your nose where you sprayed to smell it again.

    Different from the other Amouage scents.  Worth a try.  If your skin can get good projection with this, its full bottle worthy.

    Pros: citrus
    Cons: longevity/projection is hit or miss

    17 May, 2013


    Aoud Leather by Montale

    For some reason, most leather scents become cloying to me if leather is the main note. This one is no different. I'm sure leather fans would like it. If you like the leather in this, I'd recommend trying cuir d' arabie. It has a funky oud note and the same leather note.
    I like other fumes with leather but just in smaller concentrations and blended in more.
    My wife liked this if that helps, and she is not a fan of Montales.

    10th May, 2013


    Opus V by Amouage

    Though I am giving this a thumbs up, the mid and basenotes smell almost exactly like Montale Aoud Musk. I like Aoud Musk which is why I'm giving this a thumbs up. However, I prefer to pay Montale prices vs Amouage prices. Opening is better than Aoud Musk but only lasts about 10 minutes.

    09 May, 2013


    Boisé Vanillé by Montale

    Starts off really strong. Has a classical feel to me at first. Not what you would expect from a typical vanilla scent. Took a couple wearings to get used to the top notes.
    Fortunately the mid and bottom notes feature the vanilla more and it becomes a soft luxurious scent. Don't give up on this one too early. Thumbs up for creativity as well.

    03 May, 2013


    Red Vetyver by Montale

    I agree mostly with Postumo's assessment of Red Vetyver.
    "For me it's like a perfect blend of vetver + the best of Terre + the cool peppery effect of Poivre Samarcand. Longer lasting that both Hermes with a gentle and transparent sillage.
    For me it's a winner, you can't go wrong with it. Easy to wear and suitable for most situations and any weather."

    To my nose, it is close to a masterpiece. Love it.
    A little more citrus and sweeter than Terre d'Hermes which used to be my favorite.

    25 April, 2013


    Sweet Oriental Dream by Montale

    Very similar to TDC Oriental Lounge but a little less dark. Long lasting and named appropriately. Better suited for temps below 65 degrees.

    23 April, 2013


    Virgin Island Water by Creed

    Just a fun, uplifting scent. Have not tried in winter, only spring.
    Longevity decent for a Creed. At least worthy of a good size decant.

    18 April, 2013


    Aromatic Lime by Montale

    I agree with Darvant about this having a classical barber shop feel to it.
    Lime peel + barber shop + a little clean soap = Aromatic Lime
    Unlike any other Montale. I get good longevity on it.
    Unlike Darvant, I think this is masculine from beginning to end, and my wife agrees.
    Good for all seasons.
    For those that think most Montales smell too similar, give this one a try.

    12 April, 2013 (Last Edited: 19 April, 2013)


    White Aoud by Montale

    At first I thought White Aoud was a little too feminine but appreciated it. Wanted my wife to wear it. Tried it a couple more times and now I definitely think it is appropriate for both sexes. Great opening and drydown. Beautiful blend of all the scents mentioned already. Not one note overpowers the other. As with most Montales, great longevity. Another great aspect is that the sillage is the perfect balance of being strong enough but not too strong to become cloying. Must try for any Montale fan.

    09 April, 2013


    Royal Aoud by Montale

    Like others have said, citrus with oud. Really like this one. One I believe can be worn all seasons.

    24 March, 2013


    Greyland by Montale

    Great creamy sandalwood scent that I truly love. However, as mentioned by alfarom, it has poor longevity. What a shame. Would have easily been bottle worthy.

    15 March, 2013


    Noir de Noir by Tom Ford

    To my nose it is similar to a little darker Aoud Damascus by Montale which I love. At first I thought this scent was good but not great. As the drydown continued to make its presence I became more enthraled with the scent. To me this is not a "dark" scent and is nothing like Black Aoud.
    9/10 and a must try

    15 March, 2013


    Soleil de Capri by Montale

    Off putting note. Had to wash off. Worst Montale I've tried.

    03 March, 2013


    Fougères Marines by Montale

    A basic aquatic. Nothing new but not bad.

    03 March, 2013

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