Perfume Reviews

Reviews by renperd

Total Reviews: 76

Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme by Gucci

Dettol, Band Aid, but especially Dettol antiseptic. Reading some reviews I was expecting something powerful like the original Rien, but GG Absolute is far weaker, smoother, gentler. I quite like it but I'm not sure smelling of Dettol would attract compliments. Highly unlikely, meiner Meinung nach. I'll probably give this one a pass although it's intriguing enough. Thumbs up for originality and creative courage.
15th June, 2017

Noir de Noir by Tom Ford

Yesterday I did a simultaneous test with NdN on my left arm and Cafe Rose on my right. I'll be buying Cafe Rose soon, but Noir de Noir was just too dirty. CR was more nuanced, with the notes (saffron, rose, coffee) dancing and jiving, keeping things interesting deep into the dry-down. Of the two, NdN had less sillage and longevity on my skin.
21st August, 2016

LouLou by Cacharel

This creation is well nigh unwearable it's so strong, shrieking, almost caustic. It's on the same level as the original Dolce & Gabbana (for women). I own both, but find it just too much work to wear. For reference purposes only.
13th May, 2016
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Encre Noire by Lalique

The low prices this celebrated perfume commands raised my suspicions even before testing the juice. Once bitten, twice shy: I had once too often been disappointed by popular fragrances smelling rough and ready; works-in-progress marketed long before they were ready.

Anyway, my suspicions were justified because Encre Noir smells half-backed, sharp, thin, lacking depth. Compairing it to decent vetiverts like Guerlain's or even Tom Ford's is a bit of an insult to the latter two. I bought 100ml of EN "for reference sake" and never feel masochistic enough to wear it. Won't recommend it, unless you're suffering from anosmia.
15th April, 2016

Gucci Guilty pour Homme by Gucci

Seems at least this could never be reformulated; it's already running on a rock-bottom budget.

However, when I tested it shortly after launch I quite enjoyed its fresh-linen vibe.
18th March, 2016

Casmir by Chopard

It looks cheap, it smells cheap, it IS cheap. I get a vanilla-and-fruit overload, that's all. The other alleged notes seem to be at sub-therapeutic levels because I simply don't get them. Many sweet orientals get on my nerves in the long run, but this one achieves high irritation levels within the first few seconds. Thanks but no thanks.
19th November, 2014

Sécrétions Magnifiques by Etat Libre d'Orange

This really sticks in my throat the first few minutes, but after a short while I begin getting the coconut that totally agrees with me. I choose to smell beyond the nasty notes that are allegedly floating around in this potion. Instead I focus on trying to get the sandalwood, opoponax and iris. Soon I'll be ordering 50ml and wear the hell out of it.
04th December, 2013

The Smell of Weather Turning by Gorilla Perfume

Strong Lapsang Souchong tea, over-brewed and over-smoked to the point where it's well-nigh unwearable. Interesting to sniff the sample vial every now and then, but on my skin it will soon outstay its welcome. Perhaps the fact that years ago I over-indulged in lapsang souchong is limiting my enjoyment and tolerance.
23rd September, 2012

Vraie Blonde by Etat Libre d'Orange

This makes me heave. I think it's the peach spiked with aldehydes. If Sécrétions Magnifique smells remotely like this I'm going to vomit tomorrow because that will be when I'm picking up my sample at the post office.
15th August, 2012

Jako by Lagerfeld

A perfumer's organ's worth of notes that in the end don't amount to much. Jako is thin and über-synthetic in the conventional Lagerfeld style. A queer, medicinal plum note dominates, taking a powdery nose-dive towards the end. I wore this briefly in the 90s but soon got over the initial interest triggered by that very same plum. Jako made me feel even cheaper than I already am. No massive loss should it have been discontinued.
31st March, 2012

Jungle L'Éléphant by Kenzo

This is one of the most potent animals out there. Dare to overspray and it will trample you to a sorry pulp. To me it's linear with nuclear fallout parading as sillage and a halflife measured in weeks. It's spice mecca. It's Coco's streetwalking elder sister who refuses to retire. Enjoy.
23rd March, 2010

The Dreamer by Versace

Top Notes
Junk Gin Juniper, Laboratory Lily .
Middle Notes
Invented Iris .
Base Notes
Test Tube Tobacco, Alleged Amber, Tacky Tarragon

Just as cheap as my alliteration, but pleasant for the price.
02nd December, 2009

Silver Black / Onyx by Azzaro

The cardamom that dominates in Onyx reminds me of Kiss Him. The latter is milder though, with less overall depth. You get what you pay for, I guess. The other note that I pick up clearly in Onyx is the anise. Onyx is going to be one of those perfumes I reach for when I can't make up my mind about what to wear, and when I'm not in the mood for making a statement. It's neither a comfort scent nor very unique. However, I think the quality is good and the formulation solid. It's a firm thumbs up here, provided you apply lightly since it packs quite a punch.
12th November, 2009 (last edited: 21st March, 2010)
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Habanita by Molinard

The EDT is very hard-core. Rock-hard. Unrefined. I can't believe people call it soft and smooth. I get the vanilla, which is sweet enough. But then there's the nasty bite of the vetiver. I don't really smell the tobacco mentioned by others. This perfume, IMO, is only wearable when sprayed no higher than one's stomach. And then only just. Good stuff nevertheless, if you want to push the limits, and don't mind the feverish, systemic irritation that even one spray can cause.
28th October, 2009 (last edited: 08th August, 2012)

Black XS by Paco Rabanne

This is a highly synthetic, screechy, jarring concoction that seldom fails to hit my sinuses with a fistful of ice picks. The lack of depth contributes to the sharpness that it scrapes my nerves with. It almost triggers a gag reflex.I've been wanting to like it for years, making all sorts of overtures from time to time, but we just don't click. I think in this case there's just TOO MUCH CHEMISTRY. More is less sort of thing...
23rd September, 2009 (last edited: 20th September, 2014)

Kiss Him by KISS

Cumin is indeed the culprit here, but I thought it was OK for the money. I wouldn't associate it with sweat and armpits and other stuffy areas. It's got something 80s about it, but not that heavy, with the oakmoss missing. I'd buy it again for US$10, no problem.
01st September, 2009

Guerlain Homme by Guerlain

Bulgari's Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert is already in my fridge (150ml of it!), so there's no need to get a bottle of Guerlain Homme. Sure, there're some differences, but these two resemble each other too closely to warrant a purchase if one already has either. Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert is fresher and drier, and I suspect more distinguished and of higher quality. Hellena did a better job than Waßer. Full stop.
23rd May, 2009

Antidote by Viktor & Rolf

It's OK, but smells too much like too many other perfumes. I already have Prada Amber pour Homme (which I seldom wear), so I won't be buying Antidote.
10th May, 2009

Eau Parfumée au Thé Rouge by Bulgari

Pinkmimosa hit the nail on the head with calling this 'pure tea party'. This is what I thought entering a colleague's office after he had let loose spraying Au Thé Rouge. It was as if there were a huge pot of rooibos simmering on a burner. Very homely, comforting and unique. I do get some fig and other sweet fruit wearing it, but on others that teapot smell really makes an impression. Clearly not everybody's cuppa as the plummeting price on eBay may indicate, but for me thumbs way up.
09th May, 2009

Dune pour Homme by Christian Dior

There's a top note in there that never stops fascinating me. But then there's something so sour it makes my teeth blunt. And this sour, very dry wood type note doesn't give up. How often would one be inclined to wear a scent just for a top note? I'll give it another try in stifling hot weather just to see if there's something else to enjoy, lurking deep inside, hybernating. Thumbs up just for one note and that overall Dune smells less synthetic than some other fresh/marine/ozonic perfumes.
03rd February, 2009

Polo by Ralph Lauren

My goodness, this is such a hugely excellent cologne. Beautifully blended and laden with notes. I've just sprayed it after about 15 years and it almost brought tears to my eyes, jolting me back to the day, back to the memories. Polo Green is one of those that you don't dare smell close to the skin. Give it time to settle and evolve, revealing its kind heart, reminding you of its presence throughout the day. Even the bottle with its smooth lines feels just right. An undisputed American classic!
22nd October, 2008

Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf

Every afternoon in a local gym a ripped, rich, middle-aged estate agent with loads of attitude struts her stuff in a cloud of Flower Bomb, in the firm belief that she's da bomb. This cloud to me reeks of grainy, unclean patchouli on wilted flowers. Not at all objectionable, but perhaps a bit too much in a semi-crowded gym where ventilation can be an issue from time to time. All this doesn't mean to say that I won't be testing it on myself soon, make NO mistake...
21st October, 2008

Kelly Calèche Eau de Toilette by Hermès

Right off the top I got a load of beeswax and honey. Later on it was still there, but drier with some dry leather. It's interesting and good for when you're not in die mood for sweet. I doubt if I'd buy it though. It's not friendly enough for me. It cracks the whip too much, especially after an hour or two.
18th October, 2008

Good Life by Davidoff

Fig to Davidoff for concocting this. No wonder it's going for rancid peanuts these days. Oh for fox's sakes, it was one of the few fumes up to date that I couldn't stand one bit. To this day I don't know why I ever bought it. I love figs, but that relentless fig tree leaf was hugely unpleasant. If you're thinking of buying it, my advice would be to get a life please!
16th October, 2008

Spellbound by Estée Lauder

Spellbound grabbed my attention with a vengeance when I began exploring Lauder fragrances. The first thing I thought was 'prostitute'. Streetwalker's juice. Amazing stuff that pulled me closer and pushed me away with equal intensity. I wonder how this would smell on a man, and what people would think of a guy reeking of Spellbound if they don't recognise the perfume. Intriguing, and the vulgar power of it is beyond ostentatious. So brazen that I can hardly think of a suitable situation whence it could wear one. Because wear you it will, unless you're much larger than life. Perhaps a fancy dress going as our whore?
15th October, 2008

Magnifique by Lancôme

It reminded me strongly of Escada's Magnetism pour Homme. Not magnificent in the least, especially not on an elegant woman.
09th October, 2008

Fahrenheit by Christian Dior

Smells the same as in the 80s. Goes on sweet with the honeysuckle in the forefront of the charge. Lasts long. Powerful sillage. Never cloying. Garners compliments. Unique smell. I don't associate it with fuel unless I put my nose too close to a sprayed patch of skin. Long in the tooth but not at all dated; nothing 'old man' about it. Excellent bottle and spray mechanism. Have seldom been without a 100ml the past ten years.
09th October, 2008

Cool Water Woman by Davidoff

This smells aggressive and sharp. The perception it creates is that the wearer is pushy. Not attractive at all with all that sour fruit and ozone. I'd give it a wide berth.
18th September, 2008

M7 by Yves Saint Laurent

Far too much of an excellent thing for me. Hit the trigger more than once and you're most probably guilty of overkill. I like to take M7 to bed, but wearing it by day proves to be too much for me. Almost too rich and relentless, but without the sillage that some people seem to detect. It will take me an æon to work my way through my 100ml bottle.
12th September, 2008

Magnetism for Men by Escada

They really pulled out all the stops making this one. All the stops on the petrochemicals, i.e. Don't smell it up close or you'll get a blast of synthetic oiliness between the eyes. Otherwise Magnetism has OK sillage and can be considered sexy on the right person. Quite possibly female person IMO. I wear it about once a semester, and wish I detected it on others more. Very informal and even playful.
08th September, 2008