Perfume Reviews

Reviews by moonrat

Total Reviews: 45

Encre Noire by Lalique

Very nice initial blast of vetiver and ferns, with maybe a lot of iso e. The scent power is high for the first half-hour or so. Then it rapidly drops in power, turning into a skin scent that continues on for a number of hours. My overall impression is that it is a well made scent with lots of iso e. Once the vetiver and iso e fades, you need to get close to your skin to smell the light vetiver and incense scent. Still I find it a very enjoyable EDT - more than I had expected to like.

Worth buying for men who are older than 27. This is not a kids scent.
09th September, 2017

Lapidus pour Homme Sport by Ted Lapidus

A surprisingly light fragrance considering the strength of Lapidus normal scents. For me, it starts with bergamont and some sea scent. Then after a short time fades away. I get some cedarwood and light incense - maybe a little basil. Then it just fades away. Sort of a disappointment of a scent, cheap on-line. Other scents such as Perry Ellis Red, for example are also low cost but much better.
09th September, 2017

Ferrari Leather Essence by Ferrari

Take Ferrari Uomo and add some metallic oud to the base. I think the leather gets lost in the cinnamon and metallic oud base. For a leather fragrance it seems the leather is overwhelmed by the other notes.

It is okay, but the components make it a mess. Maybe rate this a 5 out of 10. I liked Ferrari Uomo much better.
09th April, 2017
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Ferrari Uomo by Ferrari

As others have noted, it is a little like a toned down version of Fahrenheit. Pretty good longevity and projection. However, has the ability to overwhelm and make you sick of it.
Never less, a reasonable cologne for the price. I would rate it a 6.5 out of 10.
09th April, 2017

Perry Ellis Cobalt by Perry Ellis

Nice Bottle - other than a bit wide. Nice to put on a shelf to look at. However the fragrance seems at best only okay, some citrus at first followed by a weak slightly fruity dry down. Maybe if you spray a good amount on, you can use it at work, but then again maybe not. Sort of an overall disappointment for me.

Bought it cheap for $19 and after using it felt I spent too much. I would not recommend purchasing this, unless you want to just look at the bottle.
09th April, 2017

Alcazar by Ted Lapidus

Like many Ted Lapidus fragrances, this one is strong and at least on me, reasonably long lasting. It seems to have its power from the past in the 1980s.

It seems to have a predominant note from the combination of the Rosemary, Lavender and cedar.

I think this would be good for cool evenings and winter time activities. Maybe it is a little too strong for hot summer days. A little too thick in its base notes.

Probably something a mature person would like more than a young person. Not much sweetness here, more of a strong spicy mix.

I would rate a 8.5 out of 10.
06th April, 2017 (last edited: 09th April, 2017)

Lapidus pour Homme Gold Extreme by Ted Lapidus

For me it seems to start out with the grapefruit and orange with bits of cinnamon. Dry down gets me vanilla leather and vetiver.

To me it seems like a generic cousin of the original Lapidus pour Homme. It appears to try to be like the original, but is just a sad revision.

Sold on Feb 2017 by perfume world for $23.
24th February, 2017

90210 Metal Jeans Man by Beverly Hills 90210

It is one of the few Dior Fahrenheit clones around. And for such a low price. I just sprayed 90210 Metal Jeans on one wrist and 1998 Fahrenheit on the other. At first they smell identical. Then the Metal Jeans starts to fade into a more earthy sent, while the Fahrenheit still has its gasoline smell going. After an hour, the Fahrenheit is still going with the gasoline, while the Metal Jeans has turned into an somewhat earthy woods type of scent with much less strength. At least that is what it seems to my nose.

Over all it is a very nice Fahrenheit clone. Since it is so inexpensive you can use it as an extender for Fahrenheit. Spray one squirt of Fahrenheit to your chest and 4 sprays of 90210 Metal Jeans.
10th July, 2016

Cold Silver by Benetton

Benetton Cold Silver
I think it is not as good as the orginial Cold. It seems to be missing the nice top notes of Cold. the basenotes seem weaker than Cold. I was expecting it to be like Cold with maybe the addition of grapefruit or a metallic note. I don't think the Yuzu come out much - which for me seems to reduce the brightness of what it could be.
21st October, 2014 (last edited: 22nd October, 2014)

Samba Ice Man by Perfumer's Workshop

Great refreshing light scent.
Seems made more for hot summer days. A little like the smell of someone who just came in to a warm room from the winter outdoors.
Last a reasonable time. Very inexpensive on-line
21st October, 2014

Force Majeure by Jacques Bogart

Very nice subtle fragrance. I detect very little mint, the bergamont and cinnamon plus a light clove essence gives this fragrance a light easy going, but somewhat sophisticated feel. Warm without being sharp, bitter or too sweet. It can work in a formal and classy as well as romantic evening use. Great for office, or with a suit and tie. Very masculine, yet mild and fresh. Somewhat difficult to find in the US, but worth it if you can find it.
17th May, 2009

In Leather Man by Etienne Aigner

Hmm.. When I try In Leather Man by Aigner, I find it a somewhat smokey and slightly harsh leather. While I find Curon has a slightly sweet conditioned leather scent. Like the others, I find the In Leather Man is just leather, without much more. Not the treated leather like in Fahrenheit with it's gasoline smell, nor the leather handbag and belt smell of Demeter leather. It seems to me to stay close to the skin with it's deep aroma. While strong at first, it seems to fade after an hour or so, maybe two hours tops. An interesting scent, well made, but not sure if I would wear it to work or in the evening. It seems to be missing the rest of the fragrance to round out the smell.
29th July, 2007

Rouge Royal for Men by Marina de Bourbon

Rouge Royal Is a sweet - red - scent. Close to Jacomo Rouge, but not the same. Not too sweet, but still with a noticeable sweetness. Woody with some spice and maybe amber and possible lavender. It's a nice sweet fragrance that is different than Pi or other overly sweet EDTs. Seems would work well for evenings and nights, but with a light application, it could be OK for work.
02nd July, 2007
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PS Silver by Paul Sebastian

Saw this at Marshals a while back, $9.99 for a 4oz bottle of the Eau de cologne. Wasn't sure it was any good, no open boxes to try. So I waited and saw the notes pyramid here. Didn't look too bad maybe even nice if it smelled like I thought the notes would indicate. Went back and got it. Gave it a try when I got home. Nice scent ! Light, and the grapefruit citrus with lavender was nice. It seemed to remind me of some other scent when it was drying down. I couldn't figure what that was but then it dawned on me. While drying down, for a short time it seemed to smell a little like original "Right Guard" underarm deodorant. That then went away as it continued to evolve into a lighter and deeper smell. A pretty good scent, not too strong, good for all around use. Don't let the deodorant reference mislead you, this very good scent for the price.
26th November, 2005

Open by Roger & Gallet

The opening notes seem to remind me of Francesco Smalto pour Homme, not exactly, but very similar with that almost germicidal or disinfectant smell at the start. It then dries down to a much deeper and heavy scent. A very masculine 70’s and 80’s style scent. Seems more of a cold/cool weather style of fragrance.
14th August, 2005

Old Spice White Water by Procter & Gamble

When I saw this at the drugstore, I figured it was just Old Spice with an ozone scent added in. After trying it, I found it not bad at all. It does have a little of the old spice base, but with a nice clean woody fragrance, light on the spice. A very clean fragrance, it would work well for office or casual use. Not something very sophisticated, but a good masculine everyday scent
21st July, 2005

Stetson Black by Stetson

I saw this at WalMart the other day and tried the tester. It seemed to have a deep leather and woods smell. I bought it ($9.59 for 0.75 oz) took it home and tried it on my skin. Not like the Stetson of old, which for me seems too sweet, this was not sweet at all. Stetson Black is a dark wood and leather scent. I would classify this as a casual fragrance. Supposed to have - "Warm Spices and Fresh Woods with notes of Leather and Suede". I was surprised, it has a pretty good smell for a drugstore fragrance.
11th July, 2005

Javari by Body Shop

Javari is an inexpensive (around $22 for 3.4oz) but nice sent. It starts out with a light spice smell of clove and nutmeg. It then drys down to a warm scent of cinnamon, pepper and sage. The smell of pepper is light and the mix of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove give it a wonderful oriental body. It is slightly more of a formal scent than a causal one, but not too warm to be worn to work. I like it and use it in cooler afternoons and evenings. It seems to fade pretty fast, but that my be just my noise. Overall I like it quite a lot.
05th July, 2005

Earl Grey Tea by Demeter Fragrance Library

Earl Gray Tea with itís rich black tea mixed with Bergamot is great tasting and wonderful smelling brew. So when I saw that Demeter had a Earl Gray Tea fragrance I thought ìThis is just what I would likeî. Others seem to suggest that the line had very realistic scents. So I ordered it blind on-line. It was somewhat cheap at $19 for 4oz. Once I got it, I gave it a try. What the heck ! I checked to see if I had ordered the wrong item. Nope, the order was correct. To me it is a very synthetic smelling mix of fake Bergamot and lots of alcohol. What a disappointment ! The saving grace I guess, is that it only lasts 10-15 minutes then disappears completely.
18th March, 2005

Paradigm by Avon

Not a bad fragrance, however when I first applied it, I was reminded of some cheap drugstore type scent. Once the initial blast of alcohol goes away, it emerges as a spicy warm scent with some sharp bits still present. Seems to me more of a casual weekend scent, itís a little too much for office work unless you go very lightly on the application. Maybe good in the afternoon or evening on colder days.
12th March, 2005

Bobby Jones by Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones starts out with a fresh green feel, almost a little like tomato leaves, but not as strong. Then the dry down gets a little warmer with woods and a light musky smell. Nice everyday scent. Seems to me to work better in warm days where a heavy fragrance would be too much. Holds its scent for a couple of hours, but never really gets strong.
06th March, 2005

B.United Man by Benetton

B-UNITED is one of those fresh blue aquatic ìme-tooî fragrances that every company seems to be making lately. Usually I find Benetton scents to be unique and well made, such as Colors, Benetton Sport Man or Cold. This one smells somewhat like Lomani Network or Samba True Blue, a light and mild blue fresh type smell. Samba True Blue Man, Natural Man and Ice Man, Adidas IceDive, Rochas Aquaman, and Lavin Oxygen all fall in the same sort of fresh aquatic style. However these are nicer more distinctive and are less expensive then the B-United fragrance. B-united is not a bad fragrance, but there are better scents of this type available.
03rd March, 2005

Oleg Cassini pour Homme by Oleg Cassini

Cassini is a spicy scent that starts off with some lavender and basil then drys down to a musk and patchouli base. Inexpensive and not a bad scent for casual everyday use . OK for office or general use. Nothing special here, but not bad for the price.
27th February, 2005

Café-Café Adventure for Men by Cofinluxe

A nice citrus top end, followed by a warm lightly woody dry down. Makes a good scent for the office and casual day time wear. Inexpensive, but a nice fragrance, nothing surprising or shocking. Not a sweet or strong scent, it lasts for a couple of hours. I like it for general use at work or on weekends.
27th February, 2005

Colors Uomo by Benetton

To me this starts off with a prominent citrus and patchouli smell. Seems to stay that way for a while then the vanilla gets more noticeable. Not a sweet scent, the vanilla seems to temper the strong patchouli. Defiantly an 80’s style fragrance, most usable in cooler times or winter. Somewhat dark and heavy with similarities to Z-14 and Quorum, although not a heavy as either of those two. A nice scent for casual dress on a cold winter day. OK in the office if applied lightly.
29th December, 2004

Darkness by John Williams

I saw this at an outdoor swap meet and purchased it for $20 (100 ml). A little high, but comparable to the current online price if you add shipping and handling. I went straight for it since it has been highly praised by some people here on the boards. At first whiff at the swap meet, it smelled pretty good. The bottle was one of the nicer ones I have seen in quite a while, with a unique swiveling plexiglass “cap”. So I bought it. Once I got it home I gave it another try. I was expecting something deep and dark in the vein of Quorum or such. It turns out it is more a somewhat deep, but heavily sweet fragrance. It didn’t seem to have much of a change when it dried down other than becoming sweeter. I became more and more aware of it’s increasing heavy sweetness. Not sure if I want to wear this much, it is so sweet that is almost sickeningly sweet.
29th November, 2004

Wild Country by Avon

Wild Country has a nice vanilla that is not too sweet mixed with a spicy coriander. It seems to me it’s a little like Canoe with slightly more spice. A nice casual scent, it goes well in most daytime events. Seems to remind me of a barber shop fragrance. Possibly more of a cool weather scent, it is still good for all but the most hot and humid days.
29th November, 2004

FUBU Plush for Men by FUBU

This is a little bit of a strange one. Got it cheap at a discount store. Really nice bottle - two cylinders side by side, liquid shows in one but sprays out of the other. To me it’s one of those very light scents that I can’t seem to smell. At first application it seems to have a light licorice or anise smell (maybe the amaretto ?) along with a fresh accord. Then it seems to disappear altogether. I don’t know if it is just me that can’t smell it or if it is so light that no one can smell it. It smells nice for the 10 minutes I can sense it.
21st November, 2004

Caesars Man by Caesars World

Saw this in a discount store and though why not give it a try ? Quite a surprise actually. It is not bad at all. Starts out sharp citrus with noticeable lime. Then warms up with oakmoss, amber and a trace of sandalwood. An 80’s style fragrance, it gives me a feeling of sophistication and formality. Great with formal dress or for business meetings. Not sweet , it seems little formal for jeans and T-shirt use. Inexpensive yet a nice scent.
20th November, 2004

Samba Natural Man by Perfumer's Workshop

This is a great scent ! Light and easy on the nose, yet lasts for 3-4 hours or longer. Great for everyday casual and office use. It’s clean fresh & spicy smell works well in hot summer weather. Very inexpensive. In some ways similar to and reminds me of Bellagio.
19th November, 2004