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    Platinum Égoïste by Chanel

    classified as woody floral musk.
    interesting fresh,spicy opening .drydown sourherbal.clean scent.
    developped as a sports fragrance?
    i already hate the name......platinum egoiste.....what a trivial and meaningless name.Inappropriate- henri roberts cristalle for chanel is f.e. the perfect name for this cool,clear outstanding scent.But Platinum Egoiste ??!!
    The first impression of this fragrance is not that bad.fresh and herbal- nothing exciting, simple and ok but the more you smell it this scent becomes harsh,unpleasant and sour-there is a bitter harsh note.Quite dirsturbing and annoying.
    An overrated scent.Sorry but a cleaning agent of a drugstore smells almost the same!

    23rd February, 2011

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    Madame Rochas (original) by Rochas

    unfortunately discontinued.
    floral aldehyd.excellent, well balanced and orchestrated perfume.
    sophisticated,feminine and very french.nice bottle.

    22nd February, 2011

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    Halston Man by Halston

    Carlos Benaim is the perfumer of the reorchestration and reinterpretation of the splendid powerful Z-14.Aromatic-spicy fragrance- not less not more.
    The incomparable, unique and fascinating Roy Halston was a shimmering,glitzy very creative fashiondesigner in the 70ties.Z-14 (get the original scent!!!!)was a man´s scent: aromatic-leather-spicy powerful and loud-comparable to devin by aramis, yatagan by caron , drakkar noir, azarro etc.These were the times when men smelled like men and not like women( all these aquatic-marine light metrosexual undefinable eaux de toilette)Halston, this really great designer launches 1974 this powerhouse scent Z-14: unique with a recall value- you´d never forget this scent!A crude, dark,vibrant scent!What a bombshell.
    So what has happened?!They have tortured and killed this jewel of a man´s scent and have left a thin,skeleton of a fragrance- this is a disappointment at full length! not less not more-it is unbelievable that they can´t leave their fingers away from the really great original scents of the past!?Why do they have to reninterpretate these scents?What happened to vent vert , monsieur balmain, jolie madame etc.etc. What cruelty- ignorants have destroyed these refined, sublime art works of gods of perfume history- okay if there has to be a reinterpretation then please stick as much as possible to the original f.e. aurelien guichard with baghari for piguet(great work) but if you are all thumbs keep away from it and do not monkey business!!!!!!!!!!! If you like powerhouse fragrances get the original Z-14 - this is really great stuff and Halston will give you a smile!!!!!!!!!!And if you like smoky, dark and really man´s scents-try Knize ten- what a composition!!!!!

    20th February, 2011

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    No. 19 by Chanel

    review for the reformulated version :
    floral green scent composed by Henri Robert.Sophisiticated and unique.
    the new version is definitely not what the vintage version used to be!- the vintage version was better balanced and smoother, fine tuned and well orchestrated.
    the reformulated version has something sharp, bitter and harsh-still excellent and wonderful but the vintage version was more refined, more accessible .It reminds me of a wonderful symphony and suddenly it collapses-darkness sets in!a bitter and harsh note takes over and dominates-very interesting but on the ohter hand disturbing and troubling- i try to feel comfortable with this harsh note that emerges and dominates this wonderful floral-green composition-this outstanding marvellous complex symphony of ingredients, so well put together.....but you feel again and again this harh and bitter note.I prefer Cristalle.
    the vintage version of No.19 is better-cannot understand why the reformulate these jewels of perfume history?!

    20th February, 2011

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    Calèche by Hermès

    floral aldehyd chypre composition by Guy Robert who composed the great equipage for hermes as well.perfectly balanced and refined feminine fragrance.timeless and outstanding.(vintage caleche!)these were still times when people were able to compose!scents that were magic and unique !!!

    16th February, 2011

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    Une Souris Verte by Molinard

    a fresh aromatic green and spicy (citrus !) scent.quite unusual and strange.it needs getting used to this somehow special scent- and to the package.it´s more a feminine scent.if you look for a green scent the following are a better choice : diorella by dior, cristalle by chanel!,vintage vent vert by balmain, eau sauvage by dior,vintage monsieur balmain.,vintage alliage by lauder.These scents are far more complex and interesting, better composed and balanced.

    16th February, 2011

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    Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford

    elegant,sophisticated refined and subtle.finally a very well made scent, well orchestrated: great opening, pleasent drydown- it´s like a symphony :no jarring notes at any time - you feel wrapped by an individual, warm vetiver!
    I have been and I am still ! a great fan of guerlain´s vetiver ( and do not forget givenchy´s vetiver (very dry and harsh but excellent) and the original vetiver by carven and vetiver by annick goutal but tom ford´s grey vetiver is the more elegant and reserved in comparison to the reorchestrated ! vetiver by guerlain which is very intense and direct.Tom Ford´s composition has a great sillage and is longlasting!-by the way guerlain´s reorchestrated vetiver is not longlasting anymore.....
    What I appreciate too is that this vetiver is the complexity and discretion- at any time wearable.
    Absolutely great work Mr.Ford!

    30th January, 2011

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    Tom Ford Extreme by Tom Ford

    woody spicy and aromatic scent.
    warm,sexy sensual and modern.I smell woods, patchouly ,leather vanilla, tobacco and incense- well balanced and composed to a modern male scent.Intense and powerful-recommendable for night .Nice package! Great Work Mr.Ford- chapeau!

    28th January, 2011

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    Tom Ford for Men by Tom Ford

    woody aromatic musk.the scent is well composed, nice balance of all ingredients- quite fresh opening, drydown to a warm, sensual oriental perfume- it reminds me of a modern version of Escada pour homme . Comparable to Michael Kors for men or Dolce and Gabbana "The One"- but different and better.
    Tom Ford´s first male scent is a good and solid work.It is not outstanding with the "whow"effect- I mean you expect it after all what he did for Gucci.But it´s a good start for him after the Gucci period......
    Tom Ford extreme and specially Grey Vetiver are better works!!!!
    What I dislike a bit is that it has a warm andfeminine touch - it can definitely be worn by women as well or preferably by women?!
    In comparison to all the trash being produced nowadays this is a good edt you should take in consideration looking for a modern metrosexual scent!

    28th January, 2011

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    Égoïste / L'Égoïste by Chanel

    aromatic,spicy-classified as woody-spicy.
    very intense,powerful ,loud and overwhlming scent.
    i dislike the intense smell of coriander,amber and cinnamon.
    it reminds me of these oriental scents, as obsession by calvin klein, opium by yves saint laurent.

    14th January, 2011

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    Aqua pour Homme by Bulgari

    fresh,aromatic aquatic-marine scent.
    simple,ordinary and clean scent that has a harsh note.synthetic and artificial.

    bulgari is a wellknown great jeweller who has discovered the perfume market as a huge place to make money.following the mainstream , instead of creating a own perfume identity this company launches simple ,vulgar and ordinary scents. bulgari black was ok , bulgari pour homme average- nothing special....but aqua pour homme is such a disappointment- okay, van cleef and arpels launched perfumes too but first for women and van cleef and arpels pour homme are outstanding, complex and great scents.
    bulgari perfumes definitely do not meet my expectation and i would ask them either to stick to jewelry or start to compose a perfume. i am very sorry, but aqua reminds me of a cheap shower gel or a toilet cleaner of a drugstore.what is going on?take a sniff of cristalle, vent vert (original),diorella , Y, -yes , these are clean and fresh perfumes too but you never won´t forget them.....

    12th January, 2011

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    Bulgari Man by Bulgari

    described and classified as oriental woody?! more marine-aquatic quite aromatic.
    thin, boring and synthetic.it reminds me of bleu by chanel.....a huge deception too!
    nice package, great advertising with clive owen but the content is very sad.
    again a very simple and common scent-absolutely replaceable.
    If you like bulgari try Black and Bulgari pour homme- better choices.

    09th January, 2011

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    No. 88 by Czech & Speake

    powerful and longlasting floral scent dominated by geranium and roses.It is very aromatic and warm.My first impression was -whow! what a scent, so individual, so special, so different,so incredible complex but within the time it changes.....there is something disturbing, even nerving and bothering and on the other side there is something attracting, inviting.It reminds me of an orchestra playing mozart but suddenly you listen to wrong notes or musicians playing in the wrong key......mozart mixed with bartok and schoenberg.....
    it seems to start as a wonderful composition but in between it cracks down .
    To my mind it is to powerful and !it disturbs a lot of people complaining about the strange notes.....This company started as bathing business and this scent reminds me of bathing scents.I see it more in a bathroom, being used as room scent etc.Definitely unisex?!- it´s not a scent for a man´s wardrobe.If you like floral compositons go for egoiste by chanel, aramis 900!, encre noir by lalique and bois du portugal by creed, or even Gentleman by Givenchy.Have a look at the classical scents like diorissimo or diorella by edmond roudnitska- these are perfect floral compositions....
    I would give a thumbs down but there is something intersting about this scent.

    02nd January, 2011

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    Aramis Cool Blend by Aramis

    light and fresh.boring, untinteresting and simple.

    a typical producht of our time.nothing you wanna smell a long time ........

    19th December, 2010

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    Cristalle Eau de Toilette by Chanel

    green floral chypre- very clear, fresh and spicy.

    perfect composition- individual, unique, special- outstanding perfectly composed by the great Henri Robert.

    very elegant, very french, very catherine deneuve- simply wonderful!

    everything perfectly put together : the name, the fragrance- an awsome composition for summer.

    18th December, 2010

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    Boss Bottled Night by Hugo Boss

    nice bottle, good looking guy advertising, huge marketing campaign for a bad perfume.

    woody,aromatic fragrance- simple, cheap and very commercial.

    if you look for something outstanding, perfectly composed and unique- have a look at the perfumes of guerlain (habit rouge, vetiver, derby !)this is perfumery on a really high level!

    18th December, 2010

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    Allure Homme Sport by Chanel

    fresh, spicy light water.

    another very disappointing launch of the last years- mix whatever you find according to the needs of a market, throw it on the market with an excellent marketing campaign and make hopefully lots of money.

    unfortunately has it happened with lots of perfumes.....allure homme sport has nothing of an allure-what a silly name for a badly composed eau de toilette.

    this water smells as bad as the rest being thrown every year on the market and everything seems to be the same.....

    where are the great unique, outstanding perfumes ????
    okay they are gone........ernest beaux, daltroff, jean charles, henri almeras, henri robert, germaine cellier , bernard chant etc.- yes they were were the icons able to make perfumes you will never and ever forget ...........

    18th December, 2010

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    Bleu de Chanel by Chanel

    very simple, vulgar and ordinary interpretation of the " water" theme - trying to be as successful as cool water etc.but instead this is a huge deception.
    Jaccques Polge is a great parfumeur and he has done great works specially on the female side like allure , chance and antaeus on the male side but already allure pour homme was a huge disappointment not talking about edition blnache etc-even worse!
    If you think of Chanel with it´s great perfume history including henri roberts "pour monsieur" and " cristalle" , ernest beaux great works like " cuir de russie " , no.5, etc. then Bleu is one of the worst launches ever.Why isn´t it possible to create a really good perfume apart from the mainstream ? If it was produced to meet the market expectations and to increas the income of chanel then I´am convinced that this is not the right way! Specially from Chanel and Mr. Polge I expect a work on definitive higher level.Bleu is disgusting, cheap and boring.
    And be aware that even today perfumers like aurelien guichard do really great works as the reinterpretation of futur and baghari ........

    18th December, 2010

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    Bijan for Men by Bijan

    it´s an oriental fougere.An explosion of ingredients-a firework of components.Typical 80ties-I see it an line with Halston´s z-14,Aramis Devin (1978),Oscar de la Rentá´s Pour Lui and Van Cleef and Arpels for men.Powerful,lrich,loud,longlasting,dominating-the heigth of the 80ties.You may think of Dinasty,Dallas,the money making guys on wallstreet etc.and even Bijan-rich, famous,unique!Have a look at his shop or webside.....
    But if you have a closer look then you will realize, that Bijan for men, using it sparingly and carefully is a great scent-a great composition,fascinating and surprising.This was a different time but you always have to see and understand a fragrance in it´s time-and Bijan is a very interesting fragrance with an spica floral opening-almost like a chypre and ends up as an oriental fougere-warm,sensual.I like it a lot in autumn and winter, dressed up for a dinner or going out -then it´s perfect but---------- very carefully dosed-only 2spritz...it has an overwhelming power and longlivety..........and Bijan will be always something special,unique-as Bijan himself.Not for young,skinny guys-preferably on virile, well built and handsome older men!

    05th April, 2010

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    Vétiver (original) by Carven

    oh my god............i still remember the original vetiver by carven- a really great scent- the reformulation is a cheap,sad and really huge disappointment!Why is this company as all the other ones not able to stick to the original formula and launch the the original composition on the market?Why are they messing up all these great scents??!!Think of vetiver by guerlain-another really timeless and classic vetiver that was reformulated too....okay it is still good but we don´t want bad reformulations -we want the original versions.The reissue of vetiver by Carven is a desaster!Use it to clean the toilet!One of the worst reissues of all times!

    01st April, 2010

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    Y by Yves Saint Laurent

    another great french perfume - a green chypre-clean, proper and fresh.very refined and classical.

    04th December, 2009

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    Knowing by Estée Lauder

    this is a warm,soft! ,sensual and creamy feminine scent-typical for the 80ies.Top notes include mimose,coriander,tuberose,melon,plum and green notes.The middle notes include cedar,rose,orange blossom,patchouli,jasmine,lilly of the valley and cardamon.the base notes include sandalwood,spices,amber,musk,civet,vetiver,oakmoos etc.To me it´s a mainly floral composition although it ´s been declared as a chypre floral.The fresh floral opening is very nice but in the end you smell rose, rose ,rose....a floral bouqet plus sandalwood,musk, and amber.in the end i´s very woodsy apart from the rose bouquet.It´s a well balanced fruity rose composition,elegant and sophisticated- preferable for women, not girls.It´s nice but not exciting or fascinating.If you look for a chypre floral i recommed le dix by balenciaga, chance by chanel, coco mademoiselle by chanel, diva by ungaro, chant d´aromes by guerlain or the really great givenchy III.knowing is nice but does not make you dream of more.....
    use this perfume in small doses .....it can easily become annoying.

    30th June, 2009

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    Baldessarini Strictly Private by Baldessarini

    the scent has a fresh(green) and crispy opening and the drydown has a warm aromatic and woody note.It lasts quite long and it develops a nice smell-not less not more.This scent starts with basil and bergamot, and mixes up with pepper.patchouli and roses are the dominating middle notes-the vetiver i did not smell....The Base is creme brule-lots of amber and vanilla.Not bad but again nothing exciting,unique or special.it´s ok but if it would disappear you wouldn´t miss it-the name is a shame -strictly private-what are we going to expect?what is going to happen?-and the black bottle with the golden badge-cheap- this is nouveau riche!There are absolutely better aromatic oriental scents than this one!

    18th April, 2009

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    Marbert Man by Marbert

    aromatic scent of the 70ties.it is comparable to drakkar noir, gainsboro, brut by faberge´etc.To me it smells dated and it is an old men´s scent.A simple, average perfume-nothing outstanding or special but surely this was not the intention when they launched this scent.Marbert man fulfills the expectations of a man´s scent of the seventies-aromatic,good flavour,very 70ties masculine.definitely not bad.

    18th April, 2009

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    Monsieur Balmain (new) by Pierre Balmain

    leomons over lemons- not more not less- only a huge lemon juice.extremely intense lemon feeling -very fresh.if you like citrus scents there are more refined ones like eau sauvage etc- a better choice!the vintage version of monsieur balmain was definitely better!

    10th April, 2009 (Last Edited: 16th April, 2011)

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    Allure Homme Edition Blanche by Chanel

    not worth to review.

    i would love to know what is going on in the minds of the responsables at chanel!!!???

    if you think of pour monsieur and antaeus, two really great scents-so what has happenend in the meantime to this company-

    producing cheap citrus scents that you easily can buy in any drugstore for less money - do only ask for a shower gel and you

    get an absolutely better smelling one................

    allure edition blanche is a slap in the face- one of the worst launches in the last years!

    10th April, 2009

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    Impact Pour un Homme by Caron

    this is pour un homme concentrated- a huge bunch of vanilla and lavender- not more not less! to me nothing outstanding, special or unique.Again a reformulation that fails.The Original of 1954 was great but this is a poor and bad mixture of the ingredients of pour un homme-by the way a really good scent!

    10th April, 2009

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    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme by Paco Rabanne

    This is a man´s scent- very masculine : a citrus-woody scent,very aromatic, full flavoured,powerful.It reminds meof Azzaro pour home which i love very much too.paco rabannes fragrance is a fresh crispy and spicy scent- timeless and classical! It´s a man´s fragrance-big strong handsome guys, self-confident and virile.And you will whrerever you are recognize it among all the scents because this one is unique! And the bottle- simple and good!

    10th April, 2009

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    Cravache by Robert Piguet

    i haven´t had the possibility to smell the original cravache but the the reformulated and reissued cravache is a huge disappointment, specially when you know that bandit and baghari, two perfumes of piguet have been reformulated fantastically and smell great.Cravache is a cheap, boring citrus scent and i always felt a bad taste of lliquorice....very unsettling note...-nothing interesting and definitely does not make you dream of more.........an older friend told me that the old cravache had a trace of leather and another ingredient was bergamot-so this one is something totally different!by the way if you look for intelligent,good masculine fragrances then i recommend the classical and timeless scents as eau sauvage by dior-azzarro pour homme-vetiver by guerlain-habit rouge-troisieme homme by caron-aramis for men-lauder for men.If you want to dare it: cuir de russie by chanel, bandit by piguet.

    10th April, 2009

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    Diorella by Christian Dior

    diorella reminds me of eau sauvage pour homme- a woody citrus, but in comparison to eau sauvage warmer,more sensual, and definitely sweeter, floral-with a touch of melon.A fantastic, elegant and outstanding perfume by the great edmond roudnitska.this perfume can be worn by a man too but in small doses.I prefer it to eau sauvage because it´s brighter,more complex and "rounder "-eau sauvage too me is the prework, the test and diorella the masterpiece, the mature , more superior and reflected version of eau sauvage- they both are great timeless, unique and outstanding perfumes but diorella is the better eau sauvage- the superb ice cream with lots of clotted cram on top- definitely a treasure in the history of perfume making!by the way- another restoration- but to my opinion a good work!

    10th April, 2009

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