No surprise but a disappointment. A*Men fragrances are all hyper-sweet and rich. Why did I think that mint could redeem that basic style? It does not.
The mint is very feeble, not bracing or icy. There are some vague herbal notes.
The scent doggedly settles into a dreadful synth musk that is quite headache-inducing. The tonka bean here has a vanilla tinge, to add to the torture.
Scrubber unless this sounds like your idea of fun.
Too sweet, a bit of a jumble of linear notes.
Very sweet opening of brash bergamot and heavy spice. So sweet, it is almost candied. An odd foody-gourmand note emerges, like a cookie. This develops into an OK synthetic suede note and a vague wood note. Cold tea... Bulgari does it better. Finally the violet leaf emerges, it is OK but not exceptional. The dry-down is a melange of foody suede with a hint of violet.
I had not expected to particularly like this, but I do.
Restraint and class are the key words here.
The bergamot is well done: crisp, citrusy, not plummy nor brash.
I don't often like bergamot but it is very well done here.
There is something crisp, white-paper in style. Reminds me a bit of Encre Noir.
Then the oud appears. Understated, yet warm and intriguing.
A simple scent, JM's usually are in that style. But, a good combination and well executed.
I am pleasantly surprised, and happy with this scent. The reason being is that it is a close replica of the sadly discontinued Floris Vetiver. Rich, resinous, spicy with a pronounced vetiver note. The leather adds a bit more to the mix. But if you have been searching for the Floris Vetiver, give this a try.
Very sweet, freshly-baked sugar cookies on a warm wooden plate. Not a suitable scent for a gent.
Sweet-ish. Fresh cool mint. With the citrus, it suggests a tall tumbler of 7-Up, ice cubes, and a sprig of mint. OK, I have smelled worse. Settles into a minty musk and light wool notes. More of a concept than a scent I would enjoy wearing.
Surprisingly good, given all the fruit notes (which I normal don't like). A light fruit punch, not sweet. The fruit notes are subtle, not cloying, quite pleasant. The florals are discreet -- indeed, the scent overall is subdued and sits close to the skin.
Not at all what I expected. Not really a rose-centric scent.
Quite alcohol-y at first. Then substantial clove/spice. A sharp, strong note, with a very faint hint of licorice/anise in the background.
The rose is slow to appear and is only a minor note for a while. Initially the scent is a dark green, somewhat rich and sweet spice fragrance.
Then, the rose asserts itself more. Rich and heady. Feminine market.
Not at all my style but nothing wrong with it.
Floral, sweet, young-feminine market.
A bit metallic in moments.
Could not pick out individual flowers.
Hint of buttery amber in the dry-down, but thankfully no vanilla cookie in sight.
Fresh and springlike. Pretty and innocent. Young but not juvenile. Orange blossom and lily of the valley are well done. Not sweet though certainly floral. Very attractive. Female market.
This is an odd scent. It starts with a very strong green citrus and bergamot opening. Brash, almost harsh in its delivery. Reminds me of a sour lime hard candy. That moderates somewhat but not entirely, as some springtime florals emerge. The white musk is predictably sweet, soapy and generic. Kind of an odd hodgepodge of elements.
I had not expected to like this. It is pretty good.
Starts with a very accurate and pleasant pear note. That combines well with a green fig note. The cassis may be cassis leaf -- I don't get a berry note. Slight florals and a mere hint of vanilla develop, but they are sidelights to the prominent and persistent fig note, which is green and crisp. Base settles into fig with a hint of grassy vetiver and moss. Admirably dry and not heavy.
This is a nice scent. I don't think it is amazing but it is pleasant. Has a dry, peppery opening. Wood notes develop, and it gets very smoky. Then, the oud asserts itself for an "old sneakers in the sun" flourish. Settles into a very safe, crowd-pleasing wood and light musk scent.
Sweet, floral, powdery. Spring-like, feminine market. The violet adds an interesting note to the sweeter flowers. There is a note sometimes like rubber, other times like freshly-cut grass. At times a vaguely metallic note. Not my style, but it is OK.
Nice, pleasant, soapy, green.
White florals. When I tried the scent I didn't know what they were and speculation included tuberose and violet. Didn't really get narcissus and orange blossom.
The citrus is ok. The cool is, well, cool.
But generally this is a synthetic, metallic, sharp, loud, and shrill scent. Generic, at times has a watery melon note. Avoid.
Paille = "straw" in French.
Agree that this is a generic style of fresh woody scent. The L'Eau series are supposed to be cool/frosty alternates to the usual rich opulent SL style. This one smells very synthetic, detergent-y, a bit metallic and quite unappealing. I like vetiver and incense, and find nothing of the sort here. I would get a headache wearing this.
I will only give this a neutral rating. Even though it is not my style, I could have given a slight thumbs up. But the scent style is so different from what is promised that I have to take that into account. This is not a warm breeze off the ocean. It is a cozy tea-and-cookies scent.
Starts with a green-tinged citrus note. Tea notes alternate with a marine (slightly rubbery, but pleasant) note. Then spices and a warm buttery/vanilla chord emerge and carry the scent for a while. This is foody. I don't like that style but this is OK. The vanilla is not obvious, and the scent smells like a very tasty, freshly-baked cookie. Surprisingly, some hints of the tea note and even the marine note persist. Suddenly, there is a flourish of the awaited orange blossom -- surprisingly late in the game but welcome.
Overall, a little too sweet for me. Gourmand-ish. Pleasant. The elements are good, nothing offensive here. Just not my style.
Winner of the "excellent budget/drugstore fragrance" award -- in a class with Pino Silvestre and Agua de Colonia Concentrada (Alvarez Gomez). Great value and interesting scent.
Citrus. "Fizzy" note. Herbal component of bay leaf/laurel. With spices, it sits near the bay rum category but is not as bold or strong.
Masculine. Not too sweet, a bit perhaps in the initial stages. Hint of rich tobacco leaf. A gentle spice dry-down.
A basic, but also a solid citizen.
Not my style: very sweet, full of vanilla from the get-go.
Some good spices (pepper and cardamom). Perhaps a bit of wood in the dry-down A basic "guy" scent, seems more dated than 2014. It is not wretched. Some guys like sweet and vanilla, but I can't even be neutral on it since I absolutely don't.
Soft, warm peppery spices and a faint rose note. Non-offensive, dry, quite light and translucent. Clean, pleasant, a safe bet for any public space. Peppery cedar dry-down is quite good.
A good scent, in the gentle spice category. Starts with good citrus and an excellent spice blend. The coriander seed and cardamom are true to form but not heavy. In fact, the scent has a pleasant, clean, fresh quality about it. Perhaps the hint of conifer contributes to this aspect. Settles into a light woody-spice dry-down.
Green, grassy, straightforward vetiver. A touch soapy. IMO not quite as good as Malizia, but an acceptable bargain frag.
Dry, green, very resinous and coniferous. A pleasure to wear. Hints of pepper and incense and the camphor-mint quality of conifers which brightens any mood. Woods in the dry-down. Somewhat low-key and close to the skin for a Tom Ford.
Mild thumbs up. Of interest to Pino Silvestre fans, but it has very little in common with that iconic scent. This has a very lemony, citrus opening, supported by zesty ginger spice. Then, white florals appear, and finally a light white musk base. Pleasant summery spritz, short longevity. The tarragon herbal note is the one point of connection to classic Pino Silvestre.
Interesting concept, but it smells nothing like wool. A soft, fairly sweet fragrance. Pleasant, simple. A bit of vanilla and musk in a soft cloud. A slight metallic touch in the dry-down.
A pleasant scent, but I don't get anything remotely mossy in it. I get a bright, cheery orange blossom scent with a hint of musk and woods. Since the profile doesn't match the name, I deduct marks.
A nice scent on its own, and it certainly succeeds in delivering its concept. Cucumber and mint cleverly suggest crisp paper. There is a dusky herbal quality lurking in the background. Some sort of peppery spice may be clinging to the mild amber. The dry-down is woody, with a hint of vanillin suggestive of aging books. Not sweet or heavy. Pretty good, not profound but it is satisfactory.
This is an interesting scent. Nothing wrong with it, but something doesn't quite trap me. In part, the citrus aspect strikes me a bit like a stale lemon lifesaver. In part I am not a big fan of cherry blossom, though it is a distinctive note and not at all fruity. In part, I wish the incense and resin notes were more prominent. It is a distinctive scent, not sweet or heavy. I recommend trying it, as I am sure it will register differently for each wearer.
This is an excellent oud scent. Anything with the word "emeraude" (emerald) suggests green to me and I am always interested in that.
Starts with a peppery bite. The bergamot and angelica are subtle -- sometimes I find those notes too strong in some scents, but not here. The rose and geranium notes in the middle combine well with the oud -- a classic combination. Eucalyptus is a brilliant touch, brightening the scent. The oud here (perhaps with the geranium) has a bright, almost citrus-like note which is very attractive and not challenging. The base is very tasteful and the scent is dry, classy and wears well. A winner!