Perfume Reviews

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Larmes du Désert by Atelier Des Ors

What a mesmerizing woody-resinous composition my Lords!!! I agree with the always excellent Buzzlepuff since I notice a great game of proportions and balancements, despite "handling" resins in perfumery is never particularly easy. Resins and spices are in here sapiently calibrated while the dominant woods smell dry, smoky, peppery, seasoned, secular. This misty and moody Atelier Des Or's woody/incensey fragrance (especially if taken in its top and central stages than in its starker dry down, more than Sahara Noir or L' Air di Desert Marocain) conjures me up the medieval Etro Messe de Minuit first formulation with its sacramental secular rituality, with its atmosphere of damp-moldy secret basements, burning torches, tight alleys of the medieval town and religious ceremonies. While Messe the Minuit appears more properly resinous, spicy and "burning" with its holy liturgical cremation of resins (frankincense and opoponax), Larmes du Desert is (initially more balsamic, than finally) more woody, arid, smoky and subtle (basically more austere and balanced with its silent perfect secular burnt abstraction). One of the woodiest scents I've tested on skin in which the straighforward woodiness smells finally almost (ostensibly) salty. This French House is one of the most experienced and qualified Maison in the woods/resins-appointments out there. Another eccellent fragrance from Atelier Des Ors.
16th January, 2018

Narciso Sublime / Sublime Narcissus by L'Erbolario

Narciso Sublime is a creamy melange of fruity and floral notes, hard to be described. Kind of balmy-floral, peachy, radiant and mellow. Freesia provides bright "joyful" freshness while orange and peaches, joined with amber and milky honey, grant a quite white-mellow fruity/creamy twist. Dynamic and vibrant sunny ambery-floral creation for a brilliant temperament.
14th January, 2018

Nazareno Gabrielli pour Homme by Nazareno Gabrielli

Nazareno Gabrielli (a super-cheap perfume that sometimes in Italy you could even retrieve and purchase in to a market discount) is a quite pleasant woody/aromatic fragrance founded over a game of contrasts between woody tobacco on one side and floral/aromatic/citric notes on the other side. Mimosa deserves a prominent position in the parade of elements and contributes to variegate the yet articulated aroma with its sunny, delicate, vaguely spicy and "pollen-nuanced" scent. Mint and lavender are responsible of the general aromatic undertone and are counteracted by a dominant resinous orangy vaguely toasted tobacco. Really a mediterranean accord, a juice strong on the tobacco-presence and definitely close to the D&G Pour Homme's earlier (made in Italy by Euroitalia) formula (just finally more woody and tobacco-oriented). Dry down is fresh, restrained, quite virile and classy. You don't need necessarily to invest a lot of money to wear a more than decent fragrance.
13th January, 2018
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Fiore dell’Onda by L'Erbolario

An ethereal and nostalgic balmy seaweeds-founded floral creation. Fiore dell'Onda is a soapy floral/ozonic L'Erbolario's creation which is pratically identical (but far less expensive) to the "fashionable" Profumum Roma Acqua di Sale. Aqueous "fairy tale like" floral notes (lilac, may be lotus and violet) are tenderly soothed by a dainty wave of balmy ozonic notes and soft musky vanilla. Unisex, beloved by women. A compliment getter musky-ozonic romantic accord (void of structure and evolution) which nonetheless is not my cup of tea.
11th January, 2018

Mûre Sauvage / Blackberry by Yves Rocher

Blackberries, musk and hints of lavender. A pale synth version of the classic Mure et Musc by L'Artisan Parfumeur.
10th January, 2018

Mûre et Musc by L'Artisan Parfumeur

A nowadays classic piece of musky fragrance conjuring me a lot a friend which used to wear this accord many years ago. A romantic yet elusive balanced combination of lemon, soft greens, blackberries and musc. Unlike the "Extreme" version I detect an herbal/hesperidic aromatic twist making the aroma fresh and versatile. A solid particular musky fougere longly emulated by diverse following unsuccessful "olfactory attempts".
10th January, 2018

Vanille Bourbon / Bourbon Vanilla by Yves Rocher

A warm bewitching buttery bourbon vanilla which also smells about seasoned woods, burnt myrrh, spicy patchouli, karité butter and honeyed caramel. Enveloping and quite exotic. No florals. To me Yves Rocher Vanille Bourbon smells quite close to Vanille Noire du Mexique by La Maison de la Vanille (less the rosey presence).
10th January, 2018

Black Oud by LM Parfums

Spectral and saturnine this furiously dark and melancholic "metropolitan" concoction is another potion for nocturnal "suburbian" wanderers, bloodthirsty werewolves, beastly metal rockers with gothic pervertions and hooded wizards with Black Magic's skills. Definitely one of the Batman's pretty favorite fragrances and a drier (more calibrated) sort of Nasomatto Black Afgano-"remake" (actually something in the middle way between Black Afgano and Les Liquides Imaginaires Fortis). Well, whoever has tried on skin Black Afgano could easily declair that LM Parfums Black Oud is definitely an almost identical, just slightly "polished-cleaner" (which does not mean more simplistic) twin. Really hard to note any difference "at distance" unless you are in the clan of perverted perfumistas as me being here to delight my (and may be yours) "profane olfactory Inquisition". In this case I can tell you that I note a slightly lighter (less dense, less syrupy/rubbery and coffee-deprived) texture, a more intricate spiciness and a vaguely mossier (more aromatically spicy-musky) undertone. Black Afgano smells (to me) smokier, more incensey-rubbery and earthier while Black Oud smells mossier, spicier and muskier. Civet, cumin and nutmeg (in their messy juxtapositions) enhance a woody, intensely visceral, melancholic, salty-mild "litany" which finally waves delicate in the darkness. I don't know about hashish (is or isn't in here present?) but I get as well a rubbery presence (cistus, galbanum), a spicy frankincense, a dark mossy amber while I don't catch an equally rich Nasomatto's smokey "resinousity". Woods are drier and more "liquid" though the animalic presence provides in here as well a quite warmer viscerality and the final dryness (never sliding towards any Montale Dark Aoud's woody starkness) is mitigated by a well calibrated creamy final soapiness (vanilla). Frankly the spongy/soft vetiver's presence (notable in Black Afgano) is in here veiled by musks and further elements. There is another subtle difference, the woodiness (sandalwood in particular) is in here less "gassy" and finally more soapy/creamy, surely more wearable and confortable. Overall assumed, I perceive a more balanced and wearable kind of scent, with a secret musky intimate soul and a soapy/balmy spirit. Try It before purchasing (especially if you are not familiar with rave parties and exorcisms), a blind buy could slam you down in a dark alley of appalling unmentionable things.
08th January, 2018 (last edited: 09th January, 2018)

Sensual Orchid by LM Parfums

A soapy/almondy accord of heliotropic jasmine (the real star), balmy-cosmetic orchid, musky ylang-ylang and soapy musky peony, the kind of fragrance which could smell appealing to all the Tom Ford Black Orchid's supporters but Sensual Orchid is far far better. Where soapiness becomes celestial.
08th January, 2018

Camel by Zoologist Perfumes

Another winner straight outta Zoologist's secret alchemic rooms. Camel, on the side of the previous Civet, is another neo-classic fruity/animalic chypre (animalic in effects cause appointed with declaredly synthetic ingredients) founding its roots (I'd say its background) over a glorious olfactive tradition of golden gems and rich super-classy "melanges" from venerable "maison" as Fendi, Chanel, Lanvin, Estee Lauder, Patou or La Perla. Camel is a luxuriant spicy-oriental gem with a Golden arabesque inner hypnotism like in a tale of "Thousand and One night" (conjuring the idea of red-brown dunes, shimmering constellations, desert Touareg, touring camels, Imperial Sultan-Palaces full of minarets, harem, courts, golden gates, bronze armors and glittering diamonds). Camel is a musky/resinous and fruity/floral melange. Try for a second to ideally combine the impeccable chypre classicism of scents a la Roccobarocco, Estee Lauder Youth Dew, Lanvin Arpege or Fendi by Fendi with a modern orientalism of creations appointed by Lutens, Neela Vermeire or Arabian Oud. The creator (in this case nearby Zoologist) Christian Carbonnel is a talented performer of "richly golden oudish/resinous neo-classic contemporary fragrances" (for instance for Masque, Sospiro and several "arabian" new houses as Suhad Perfumes) well qualified in the combination of classicism and modern orientalist oudish aesthetic. Camel is neo-classic but "modernely" delicious. The resinous (musky-fruity-floral-waxy-vanillic-spicy) presence conjures me a lot a similar vibe lurking in several creations from Cerchi Nell'Acqua (Usmar Venezia), Paul Emilien (L'Esprit Divin), House of Matriarch (Bohemian Black) or Neela Vermeire (Ashoka, Trayee) but also several Serge Lutens (Arabie, La Myrrhe, Feminite du Bois, Bois et Fruits etc) , Annick Goutal (Mon Parfum Chéri Par Camille) or Cale' (Mistero or Preludio d'Oriente) jump vaguely on mind. There is anyway as well a subtle (and well measured) musky-fruity-floral lingering spark under my nose, a sophisticated well orchestrated twist connecting my synapses with a great tradition represented by Guerlain (vaguely Samsara which is far drier), Fendi, Roccobarocco or Van Cleef& Arpels. Camel is super rich, resinous, spicy-plummy (spicy apricot, plum, peaches?) and musky-rosey (with a dominant musky-incensey accord of rose, dried fruits, spicy resins, ostensibly animalic accents and honeyed-amber). It possesses a luxurious mystic rosey soul enriched by burnt liquorous sugar, honeyed spices, dry fruits, waxy woods and olibanum. I detect definitely a remarkable presence of smooth vetiver and creamy sandalwood along dry down, overall supported by fruity musk, myrrh, incense and agarwood. The overall effect is quite exotic and royal, a poetic wave from the desert teleporting the wearer back to a disappeared dimension of Caliphs, lavish decorations, hidden treasures and "arabesque sunsets". Dry down is finally far more restrained, piquant, dirty, rooty/ambery and hermetic (I'd say unisex in vibe, with a "closer" sillage). Without fear of contradiction I can affirm that Zoologist Camel can proudly stand side by side with the most "Imperial" and luxuriant creations of the entire worldwide perfumery's history (classic, neo-classic and "arabic"), placing "again" Zoologist among the most convincing houses of the modern olfactory scene. Period.
07th January, 2018 (last edited: 08th January, 2018)

Mito Parfum Extrait by Vero Profumo

A sort of Claude Monet La Grenouillere's olfactory rendition, a languid mossy-floral extrait for "white linen laces" dressed Grand Dames with a neenetheenth century spirit and a cultured soul. One of the most refined musky magnolia's renditions of the whole olfactory universe. Magnolia waves in the air royal, aristocratic, rich of musky/resinous/leafy/hesperidic accents and baroquely colonialist. A touch of peachiness, perfectly laced with tuberose, provides color and intensity. Nature and art meet eachother in this impressionistic waxy-floral-musky masterpiece. A drop of this Vero Profumo's extrait is enough to dream a Provencal day, the drowsy whispers of bugs, a boat ride along the river in a sunny lazy day of a disappeared manneristic age. Poetry in perfumery.
06th January, 2018

AB ± Cashmere by Uèr Mì

Almost a copy of Costume National Scent (Scent more than Scent Intense which is richer), the same glamour "burnt-sugary floral-amber dominant" twist (with osmanthus in replacement of the Scent's Mother Pearl of Hibiscus) plus a tad of soothing vanilla. As in CN Scent/Scent Intense the synthetic ambergris is in here "burnt-sugary", mellow, dark, vaguely "furry" and finally suedish (the suede-vibe is here notable despite a not listed leathery presence). A captivating night-out elusive musky fragrance with a dark misty patchouli, woods (a notable creamy-suedish sandalwood) and an enigmatic dusty suede. A "clubbing kind of creation", chic and "fashionable". Medium rating cause it is pratically the CN Scent's twin. For a dark leather jacket and an urban metrosexual outfit.
05th January, 2018 (last edited: 25th February, 2018)

Riflesso by Trussardi

Finally a more than decent release from the House of Trussardi after long time, a discreet, well balanced, smooth, slightly smokey, suedish, classy-refined fragrance, a sort of lighter Ysl L'Homme Parfum Intense (considered in its dry down) as ideally combined with the classic Burberry for Men. I detect a sort of smokey/cedary (tobacco-oriented and slightly powdery a la Remy Latour Cigar and Burberry) and vaguely floral-earthy spark combined with a soft tonkinian/suedish final dainty vibe. Soft spices are perfectly modulated and combined with hints of delicate smoke (seasoned woods), tonka, musky cedarwood and balsams. Vetiver, lavender, bergamot, apple and musk provide a soft sense of dry discreet freshness while the kind of white (slightly balmy) suede/woods accord conjures me partially scents a la Solo Soprani and L'Erbolario Corteccia. Dry down is veguely floral, mossy-rooty and restrained, unveiling in interesting harmony a contemporary urban trail with a sort of vaguely vintage/exotic touch a la Etro. Riflesso represents definitely a significant jump ahead for Trussardi after several recent depressing releases (and mediocre remakes). Not bad guys.
04th January, 2018
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Quatre Absolu de Nuit pour Homme by Boucheron

This fragrance is based on the previous Boucheron Quatre Pour Homme's concept and structure on which the venerable french house brings a richer (more amberish/dusty), slightly sweeter and darker semi-oriental "therapy". The "original" Quatre Pour Homme is a boring mainstream descendant from a plethora of freshly metallic "neo gentlemanly" experiments, going (with just faint variations) from Lanvin L'Homme to Diesel Only The Brave, passing through Givenchy Gentleman Only, CH 212 Men and Aramis Adventurer. Absolu de Nuit provides a darker/dustier accord of spicy vanilla, sweeter (spicier, cinnamonic) patchouli and dusty ambroxan on the "original" basis. The final outcome is a generic forgettable (sweet/metallic) amberish/tonkinian/salty-sweet experience which (assumed all the specific peculiarities of the following juices) is not so distant from a whichever Jpg Le Beau Male, Davidoff Hot Water, Vince Camuto Pour Homme, Quasar Fire O' Boticario or Prada Luna Rossa. Nothing new under the sun guys.
02nd January, 2018

Black I by AJ Arabia

A volatile "average" soapy-rosey sandalwood. A more than mediocre creation (definitely pleasant but) with not a shred of structure and evolution. This umpteenth "arabian" creation smells delicate and subtle (as the aroma of a bar of soap) on my skin. Super soapy and seriously honeyed but it is not enough. Yes, I detect a sort of Montale's balmy vibe (related to the former house's creamiest, soapiest and spiciest experiments - Mukhallat, Dark Purple, Louban, just to quote several) while I pick up an ostensibly "eastern-arabish" (almost cloudy-volatile) twist a la Guerlain Santal Royal, Heeley Agaewood or Maria Lux Deeply (even if in here the soapiness smells more tangible). Black I is creamy and super cardamomish with a huge dose of soothing cinnamon and saffron lingering on a woody/musky-oriented base. Frankincense is a key reserved "background" element which (combined to musk and sandalwood) determines the general balminess and delicacy. Floral notes (rose, jasmine?), connected to resins and musk, afford a sort of (a la Elie Saab Le Parfum) musky-floral spark (though in this case rooted on a more typically arabic woody-resinous foundation). Any hint of cypress waves under my amateur nose. This juice is unisex but more properly projected towards the glamour femine universe. Dry down is warm, synth in perception and nowadays somewhat generic (Elie Saab Le Parfum, Estee Lauder Modern Muse, JpG Scandal etc, with all the assumed differences). Faint projection and good duration on my decrepit skin.
01st January, 2018 (last edited: 02nd January, 2018)

La Petite Robe Noire Black Perfecto Eau de Parfum by Guerlain

It's not a secret that (at least in part) I don't crave for the most recent course of the Guerlain-style's evolution (Champs Elisees, L'Homme Ideal, several Habit Rouge flankers, Santal Royal, Ambre Eternel, La Petite Robe Noire etc), nonetheless Black Perfecto does not altogether confirm my stable feelings on this new LVMH's parable. Black Perfecto is classically (powdery) chypre, warmly musky and earthy bohemien all in one and unfolds an its own decent articulation. It's like combining a classic powdery-chypre piece of olfactory decadente a la Grossmith Phul Nana or E.Coudray Ambre et Vanille with the darker House of Matriarch Bohemian Black, Chanel Coco Noir and hints of vintage Shalimar. This juice is (on my tender skin) basically a linear black chyprey-poudree rosey/almondy twist, an aromatic powdery cloud darkened down by a synth rush of blackberries, powdery patchouli, smoke and licoricey dark tea. Almondy tonka is prominent (hints of benzoin may have been introduced as well imo). I detect definitely this almondy vibe, a huge dose of sombre powder and a tad of something candied and ephemerally volatile (a la Agarwood Heeley or Maria Lux Deeply). A tad of frankincense? A suedish spark is minimal and fleeting. Patchouli and hints of suede provide a more classic background which is fixing its roots over the historical ancestors' legacy (scents a la Guerlain Jicky, l'Heure Bleue, Petit Guerlain original and Chanel Cuir de Russie). This dark-musky/powdery melange veils down the classic chypre basic ghostly radiancy while projecting a black aura that is at same time sultry, talky-sombre and vintage-bohemian. Hints of well modulated spices close the circle. My medium rating depends on that dry down smells slightly overly musky-warm (vaguely cloying and sultry) on my "juvenile southern silky skin of unsuccessful moonshiny hunter of the seaside". Definitely an improvement on several previous La Petit Robe Noire-experiences and an elusive new creation for a youger contemporary dame with an inner sense of mystery and clandestine palatin charme.
01st January, 2018 (last edited: 02nd January, 2018)

1001 by Nobile 1942

A rush of yellow spices, balms, soft herbs and pepper encompassing the dominant note of ginger. The latter is saffrony, creamy-lemony-greenish and rosey. Rarely I've tested a spicier juice in my whole life of loser perfumista. Spiciness is creamy, peppery, aromatic, rosey and soapy-lemony. With my great surprise vetiver is not in here listed since I detect immediately a burst of fresh gingery/lemony vetiver on skin (may be ginger, combined with dry-metallic tea, provides the fleeting vetiver's illusion). Ginger is in any case the King, a super spicy ginger enveloped by a cloud of Curcuma (the second protagonist), rose-essence and saffron. Rose is never soapy-victorian or leafy-greenish since smells vaguely candied and soapy-creamy. Frankly the excess of spices, combined with lemony ginger, produces a sort of medicinal undertone which is not extremely pleasant for long, at least till when the final 1001's evolution is fully accomplished. An interesting creation by Nobile 1942. Dry down is lighter, darker, more restrained and surely more delicate and subtle, with hints of rosey-musky sophistication and a more prominent herbal influence. In this final stage the aroma is more balanced, classy and masculine (with a far mitigated citric pungency).

01st January, 2018

Blu Mediterraneo Basil / Foglie di Basilico by Acqua di Parma

A quite well appointed take on the note of basil, in here introduced in all its herbal-aromatic-zesty brilliance. Yes a tonic take on basil, bergamot and bitter (minty-aromatic) herbs. I get spices, no flowers. Bergamot (green, fizzy, golden and minty) provides a typical mediterranean vibe, basil is quite herbal and licoricey (exotic in its radiant "projectful" greenness) while spices are well balanced, soothing (taming/mildening the herbal/hesperidic acidity) and somewhat restrained. An optimistic fragrance full of colonial (quite exotic) "brightness". Foglie di Basilico is a good versatile juice (best for a daring fashinating man) for the warmer southern seasons. I suppose Acqua di Parma is by now far better performing on these kinds of neo-classic "blu" experiments rather than on the rest of its more than pretentious line.

31st December, 2017 (last edited: 01st January, 2018)

Agrumi by Farmacia SS. Annunziata

Farmacia SS Annunziata Agrumi is a typical neo-cologney hesperidic concoction with a pleasant balsamic background. Classic and restrained it is an ordinary gentlemanly creation with a dull rush and an impeccable kind of neo-victorian "dimension". This juice could definitely turn out as an appealing one to all those conservative fellows with their eyes turned to the traditional cologney-hesperidic old tradition. Eucalyptus is kind of discreetly balsamic and perfectly complementing the general softly musky-greenish ambience. The aromatic coolness is counteracted by a final kind of soapy-organic powdery/chyprey warmth (this final accord kind of surprisingly leading the aroma from the initially citrusy-cologney stage to a finally musky-animalic chypre territory). The opening is super fizzy and zesty, incredibly lemony and mediterranean; it seems to walk across a lemon grove, to inhale the tart-green aroma of green lemon's shells and leaves while rolling all in the middle of your hands. The scent is quite realistic and vaguely sultry (though quite aromatic and for long more than vaguely minty). Nothing original, or modern-urban despite I pick up a musky-woody-floral sophisticated (and more "fashionable") spark in the air in any case. Dry down is not more zesty, warmer indeed, kind of soapy (veguely amberish-powdery in line with a sort of house-trademark) and more restrained, a close to skin classy aroma for the men loving comforting and citric fragrances (a la 4711 or "Aqua Allegorias") loyal to tradition and measure. Frankly this juice smells on my skin somewhat uninspired and finally linear. Nothing I'd care to recommend.
30th December, 2017

Patchouly Bohème by LM Parfums

Agree with RarePerfume, since Patchouly Boheme is a "huge" take on resinous, herbal, musky and mineral patchouli by LM Parfums. Balsams, leather and (in particular) tobacco ensure the bohemien/dandy/vaguely vintage-touch to this super tenacious musky-suedish patchouli. Opening is angular, mineral, herbal and leafy. I get a quite refined and still herbal/mineral (leathery-herbal-rooty) final wake. An excellent darkly commanding fragrance for the Lords of the scene.
28th December, 2017 (last edited: 02nd January, 2018)

Legend Spirit by Montblanc

Spirit takes the "regular" Legend's structure draging it out in a lighter more than vaguely ozonic (synthetically musky-melony) peppery way. In the JPG Le Beau Male's league under my amateur nose. Lot of cardamom and mild woody-peppery muskiness. A mediocre light uninspired woody-ozonic with hints of amberish-musky synth woody mildness.
26th December, 2017

Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme by Gucci

A leather/patchouli's silvan affair. A damp-resinous take on the former uncompromising accord. One of the rare interesting contemporary Gucci's releases in perfumery and definitely a good work from the talented performer Alberto Morillas. Yes, bold, minimalistic and unapologetic, either urban and rustic/outdoorsy juice (great review by Alfarom as usual). Guilty Absolute Pour Homme is a damp/earthy (vaguely gasolinic and barely hesperidic/medicinal) accord of leather, patchouli, wet resins and dry-smoky woods. A sort of lingering woodsy coniferous dampness is along the way counteracted by dry (cedary, somewhat harsh and definitely rooty/earthy) dark woodiness. I detect all around a sort of crude woodsy dampness (yes a la Terre d'Hermes or Rouge Bunny Rouge Tundra) which is slightly tamed by a dominant soothing dry leather's touch. It's like ideally combining all in a single (more linear) solution scents a la Terre d'Hermes (the damp woodsy/liquid earthiness), SoCal Cologne Hollister (the humid, "countryside" leather vibe), Goodsir Bois d'Ascese (smoky woods and burnt resins), Profumum Arso (the leathery-resinous woodsy smoky accord), Santa Maria Novella Nostalgia (the gasolinic leather-chord) and Complex by Boadicea the Victorious (the kind of abstract rubbery-leafy-damp vibe). Cypress provides a general sense of wide/appaling rough mountain (rocky, airy and spacious) a la House of Matriarch Blackbird (which is a basically a different beast connecting coniferous and salty/mineral elements). Frankly I don't get any Fahrenheit's conjuration in the air while I pick up the wet mastic/labdanum-vibe a la Testa Maura Carticasi. A flashback about the Tom Fort's left back Gucci-era? Yes, more than vaguely. On its complex I find Guilty Absolute Pour Homme a solid niche-like (kind of indie/agricole but with a more metropolitan cleaner twist) new designer release due to uplift a lately tarnished house of Gucci's reputation.
21st December, 2017 (last edited: 22nd December, 2017)

Palazzo by Fendi

Palazzo is (was) a refined semi-oriental accord of hesperides,spicy neroli and patchouli, an elegant fragrance surely far from the great Fendi by Fendi's luxurious fur-oriented massive grandeur. Bright, sophisticated and spicy.
18th December, 2017

Legend Intense by Montblanc

Slightly fruitier/sweeter (as dry down) than the original Legend due to a more stressed pineapple/apple opening. Cardamom, herbs, pineapple and citrus provide the Legend's soul. The central stage is musky-floral while dry down is mastered by synthetic tonka and woods. Vaguely richer and less restrained than the original. A fruity aromatic new generation fougere. Excellent bottle.
16th December, 2017

Legend Night by Montblanc

Slightly disappointed, since I was in my imagination expecting something more original and frankly (conceptually) closer to a better appointed new Azzaro Intense Parfum or something like that. The previous reviewers quite hit the spot since I get amberish/slightly gourmandish overtones on the regular "fizzier" Legend-base (still dominant in its main accord of citrus, greens, fruits, patchouli and tonka). The spicy side is not exclusively represented by cardamom since I detect cloves or nutmeg as well. I quite agree on that Legend Night conjures more than vaguely scents a la Nina Ricci Mamoire d'Homme with lot of elements in common with well known further scents a la Baldessarini Ambre', Amouage Reflection Men, Gaultier Le Beau Male, Ysl Body Kouros, La Nuit de L'Homme, Polo Black and funther. The juice combines the fizzy fruity (somewhat sporty) elements of the "regular Legend" (vaguely floral and tart) with a sweeter side represented by sweet ambroxan, spices and vanilla. Cardamom still provides a scratchy peppery fluidier undertone for long. Dry down is a boring, nowadays mainstream, drier cedary (vaguely pencil shavings) ending. Lovely bottle.
13th December, 2017 (last edited: 14th December, 2017)

Just Rock! pour Lui by Zadig & Voltaire

Turbulent, dusty/incensey and peppery-intoxicating woody-oriental with a woody-ambery-incensey warm sweetish ending, a sort of V&R Spicebomb's far parent with a trendy-chic inebriating development a la One Million, Roccobarocco Extraordinary Man, Ted Lapidus Black Soul or stuffs like those. Sultry. Nuclear performances. Overly sweetish at the end on my skin.
13th December, 2017

Scandal by Jean Paul Gaultier

Honeyed minty-angular patchouli, synthetically glamour-chic, musky,like a sort of ideal Alien/Ange ou Demon/Very Irresistibile/Elie Saab Le Parfum's "fruit of passion" (the sophisticated "kind of frosty/anisic" floral element being in this case the languid gardenia). Urban and trendy.
07th December, 2017 (last edited: 11th December, 2017)

L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme Noir Ambré by Issey Miyake

A mystic combination of roasted leather and soapy-spicy "fumee'" waxy-honeyed amber a la Miller Harris La Fumee Maroc. A flamboyant honeyed spicy oriental focused on smoky leather (utterly dried down by harsh papyrus and burnt resins/elements from the woods) and old spices. Along the way I get a sort of rubbery touch of creamed myrrh/frankincese. The soon collapsing structure does not live up the relentless flow of time.
04th December, 2017 (last edited: 11th December, 2017)

Pure XS by Paco Rabanne

A more than mediocre super chemical gingery/cardamomish/woody aroma with zero structure and articulation.
04th December, 2017

Extreme Night by Michael Kors

Synth woodiness, rubber and angular frozen peppery spices. A super balsamic rubbery reverie from the extremely metallurgical winter Tokyo-suburbia's techno night.
04th December, 2017