Perfume Reviews

Reviews by Tristan45

Total Reviews: 9

English Fern by Penhaligon's

I bought this again off ebay trying and hoping that it wasn't as strident as rememvered. It's just bloody awful to use the English vernacular that was common in the Covent Garden area of central London from where this scent hails. It really is a toss up between this and the newly imagined Houbigant Fougère Royale as to which are the most sharp and unspeakably astringent, biting versions. Now I remember why I poured the best part of an ounce of this filth down the sink about three years ago. What possessed me to purhcase this again.
15th January, 2018

No. 19 by Chanel

The EdT in particular is a great unisex scent. For all the youtube reviews obsessed about "compliment getters", I've had more compliments from both sexes when wearing no. 19 than pretty much any other scent. If you can wear Dior Homme then you can wear No. 19. Come on guys, don't let the ladies hog this one.
07th January, 2018

4711 Nouveau Cologne by 4711

A good idea ruined by very obvious synthetics, which gives rise to a clinging fruity smell as in a shampoo or shower gel. Approach with caution - whether you can bear it will depend on your tolerance of that cheap fruity accord.
16th July, 2017
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Yatagan by Caron

There's quite a lot of nonsense written about this scent. It is not some unwearable monster with unspeakable scents of animal nether regions. What there is the most warm, enveloping, and frankly unique mixture of pine forests, warm leather, and bitter aromatic herbs that stick fairly close to your skin. To date I've not found a single person who hasn't loved smelling it. It gives me as the wearer a feeling of a second skin, something leather or fur. There are definite overtones of saddle leather, and feel of having just dismounted after a hard gallop on the finest steed. A scent to be treasured, and one I hope never goes out of production in my lifetime.
11th July, 2017

Narciso Rodriguez for Him by Narciso Rodriguez

I can only assume this scent is very susceptible to skin chemistry. Like nearly all who dislike it, it causes waves of revulsion. Despite three scrubs its tenacious synthetic musks and other horrors will not leave my skin. Usually violet leaves are one of my favourite perfume notes but something here leaves a sour, nauseating stench, some have referred to green peppers or rotting cucumbers or concrete. Whatever it is, this is a scent that must be tried, and tried on the skin. If it works for you then fantastic, but if not, I think you will be avoiding for the rest of time.
02nd July, 2017

Ombré Leather 16 by Tom Ford

A fairly subtle, by comparison to Tuscan Leather, leather, interesting violet florals help pick it the leather notes. Not the longest staying power, and the dry down is into a fairly undistinguishable skin scent.
30th June, 2017

Bois du Portugal by Creed

This was my go to Vetiver/woody scent before discovering the delights of Frederic Malle's French Lover (also by Pierre Boudon). It still delights, but Creed's current absurd over-pricing means a replacement bottle is out of the question once it is finished.
30th June, 2017

Acier Aluminium by Creed

Was a signature scent for many years when feeling at my dandyish, and I still have bottles of it stashed away for a rainy day, but somehow Caron's 3'eme Homme just does most of what this does far better and with more polish. The overdose of ambergris though is the thing that still draws me back from time to time - and makes it a unique proposition.
30th June, 2017

Eau Noire Cologne by Christian Dior

A desperate shame for this to be discontinued. A blast of lavender and herbs (clary sage), the burnt sugar of immortelle, and dark woods. Please Dior, reconsider this and bring it back. Pretty please. EDIT 30 June: Have just today acquired a 250ml bottle of this at usual retail price - it will be a very treasured possession.
30th June, 2017