Perfume Reviews

Reviews by That Guy

Total Reviews: 5

A*Men Pure Wood by Thierry Mugler

Having tried A*Men and many of its flankers, I have to say this is the version I like the most. The annoying tar note is nearly absent; the initial projection is not as unnecessarily loud, and the same sweet base is here but kept in balance due to the coffee note.

The oak/wood notes in this fragrance are a little green and slightly wet. I believe the cypress here blends the note of oak & patchouli very well, so none of the notes feel overly obvious or unbalanced. Then, rising up from the background, the coffee/vanilla adds a sexy, sensual feeling to the composition.

If you want some imagery, this is what I think it would smell like to step outside on a cool, dewy morning in the middle of an Oregon forest with a warm latte in hand. Take a deep breath of that. Refreshing and delicious.

I know there is a lot of love for the original A*Men, but to me, A*Men feels like the older brother still rocking out ACDC in his mother's garage while Pure Wood is the younger brother successfully living it up with his family on the west coast. If not what A*Men should have been all along, it's definitely my favorite flanker in the family.

Star Rating: 5/5
Bottom Line: Very pleasant scent with solid performance that only feels jaded by the memories of its older brother
08th November, 2015

Millésime Impérial by Creed

Most people seem to like this fragrance, but there's some that will knock this for a few different reasons. They're certainly not wrong, but I think it's important to keep things in perspective.

First, the most common complaint about MI is the performance. I have to agree that performance is rather poor, but you have to remember that most fresh scents with bright openings tend to fizzle out pretty quickly. However, what I like about this fragrance is that the "freshness" lasts throughout the length of projection where most other generic fresh scents will turn woody and dull. That feat is commendable. Also, I think performance issues are a bit exaggerated because I wore 3 sprays of this to work the other day, and a coworker said I was wearing too much cologne. So there's that.

Now, coinciding with the previous complaint, another common knock is the price. Lots of people will argue that $200+ for a fresh scent that only lasts a few hours is not worth it, but this is completely subjective because not everyone has the same budget for fragrances. You have to decide for yourself if this is worth a purchase. Keep in mind that you can find this heavily discounted. I got my 2.5oz for just $117 from a reputable online retailer.

Lastly, I'll talk about the scent. While this is definitely not a daring scent, I don't find it to be generic like some will say. I guess I would categorize this as an aquatic, but it's far superior to any aquatic I've smelled. It's brighter than Acqua di Gio with more interesting fruity top notes, and the marine base never comes across as dirty or synthetic like Bulgari Acqua or Marine. There's also this cool, metallic feel that makes it feel more luxurious and mature than purely casual.

Based on scent alone, this is a perfect fragrance for me. It's fresh, likable, and versatile without coming off as cheap or generic, and it garners lots of compliments (even from the girl who thought I was wearing too much). The performance and price are not ideal, but, in the world of niche fragrance, I believe there are very few that are worth their hefty price tag. I happen to think this was money well spent.

Star Rating: 5/5
Bottom Line: One of the most beautiful, well-crafted scents I've ever smelled that only suffers from performance
02nd November, 2015

Mugler Cologne by Thierry Mugler

Not to sound pompous, but this is the only review you need to read for Mugler Cologne.

Take a shower. Spray this on (3-4 sprays), and you'll prolong that clean, fresh feeling for hours.

The scent smells almost exactly like Irish Spring soap. It's green and soapy, but the citrus top notes prevent this from feeling dry.

Also, for a fresh fragrance, this performs really well. It's definitely better than average for the genre this fragrance is in.

This is one of the most inoffensive fragrances ever made, and there is absolutely no situation you can't wear this for. However, seasonally, it does do best in spring and summer.

If you're not a huge fan of heavy scents or generic sporty male fragrances and just want to smell "nice" or clean, this is the fragrance you're looking for.

Lastly, most would not consider this a "sexy" scent, but I don't necessarily agree. Some women dread smelling heavy fragrances on men, or they're turned off if you're wearing a generic or familiar scent (maybe their ex's). In these cases, woman will adore you for just smelling like a clean guy with transparent intentions.

Star Rating: 5/5
Bottom Line: Best clean/fresh/soapy scent ever produced that is extremely versatile and performs well
21st October, 2015
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Dior Homme by Christian Dior

Much has been said and wrote about this fragrance, so I'll try not to get into too much detail.

This fragrance is all about iris, leather, and a hint of cocoa. There are other notes that play a part in the composition, but these are the easiest to detect.

As many have mentioned, the blend of those major notes conjures the image of a high quality makeup bag perhaps holding a good amount of lipstick. This gives off a metrosexual vibe, but it also makes this fragrance feel quite luxurious and sophisticated.

While this isn't the most masculine fragrance, it doesn't come off as a woman's fragrance. As some reviewers have mentioned, the lipstick note in here comes off very playful like it's there because of some intimate interaction with a woman.

The scent itself is very versatile. It's light enough for warm weather, and it's heavy enough for cool weather (just not the extremes of each). Dressed up occasions are the best use for this, but you can get away with wearing it in almost any situation.

Lastly, the performance is excellent for an EDT. It projects conservatively well for 3-4 hours, and then the cocoa dry down lingers around a little closer to the skin for a good while after.

Dior Homme is a modern classic. If you're a contemporary man looking for a scent that is daring, luxurious, and sexy at the same time, I can't think of many fragrances that do it better than this.

Star Rating: 5/5
Bottom Line: Groundbreaking designer composition made for contemporary men with a daring, sexy edge
21st October, 2015

Guerlain Homme by Guerlain

Guerlain Homme opens up with a lime/mint blast that is very invigorating. It's almost a bit much at first, but this opening makes it a fragrance that will give you some serious relief in the extreme heat of summer when initially applied. Right after you get that cooling blast, you can start to pick up on the rum note. It's not very pronounced, but it does a good job of sweetening the fragrance a bit while adding a sense of density and darkness to the mix. As it dries down, the vetiver and cedar join the show, but they only play supporting roles. That lime/mint combo is truly the star of the show, and it lingers throughout the entire duration of the fragrance.

It's a lovely scent, but the performance is terrible. It projects for up to 2 hours, and then it completely disappears after that.

To me, I think this is a relatively versatile fragrance if you don't factor in the poor performance. The mojito vibe is great for casual wear, but when the darker notes mix in with that clean feel, this scent seems perfectly suited for a professional setting. It can be worn day or night, and it's a good option for all seasons except winter.

From strictly a scent standpoint, I think it would be hard to find a designer fragrance better than this for the summer at this price point, but with its weak longevity, I couldn't justify keeping it in my collection. However, if you're not totally against the fresh-y trend and don't need beastly performance, definitely give this one a try.

Star Rating: 3/5
Bottom Line: Unique, quality fragrance in the crowded designer citrus market that unfortunately suffers from poor performance
26th June, 2014 (last edited: 21st August, 2014)