Perfume Reviews

Reviews by sjones

Total Reviews: 5

Aramis Tobacco Reserve by Aramis

I like it.

A more intense version of Havana, for anyone who remembers that.

I get some original Aramis vibe, the clary sage presumably, and the Iris note reminds me of Prada L'homme Intense. Quite modern.

Distinct and expensive smelling.

As for the tobacco I get a more fresh, green, tobacco note (like Havana).
18th October, 2018

Adventurer by Aramis

In a word: iodine, and lots of it.

Genuinely maritime in relation to the olfactory universe it opens up (the quayside, a fishing village, seaweed drying on the shore...). Very distinctive.

Also, uncannily, and for those who know it, something of the surgical operating theatre too.

I quite like it. Fresh and masculine.
20th September, 2018

Barbour for Him by Barbour

Rather like Mont Blanc Emblem, similar notes.

A little disappointing.

I had read reviews talking about notes from the British Landscape: salt marshes, wild flowers, ferns, heathers, gunflint, earthy notes (all of which would have made for a great scent) but what you mostly get is Tonka bean sweetness and a smell that is pleasant but rather one dimensional.

Much prefer Aramis Devin which is admittedly late 1970s old fashioned but genuinely intriguing to get your nose around and which is floral and country-like but with enough astringency to not be cloying.

This needs more wearings but I would put it down as a missed opportunity given the brand and its associations
15th January, 2018 (last edited: 24th January, 2018)
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Prada L'Homme Intense by Prada

I like this. Something different about it.

Powdery, a strong note of iris, and a charcoal/slate type vibe. Almost metallic at first, with leathery notes, also patchouli and tonka bean developing later.

Rich, dark and luxurious: like the smell of walking into a high end store or boutique. Feels very modern, urban.

Lasts a long time on the skin, and perhaps more for the cooler months of the year.
08th November, 2017

Aramis by Aramis

The trick with Aramis is to apply it very sparingly.

It is less synthetic than many modern fragrances and the complex leathery note that appears in the dry down is long lasting and very appealing.

It smells expensive, and even for those who wouldn't know a base note from a bank note (and I include myself in that) can pick up that the fragrance evolves over time on the skin in a very satisfactory way.

In production for over half a century and always a big seller: the world is not mad, Aramis is indeed something special. A cologne classic that is a masterpiece of its type.
07th November, 2017