Fragrance Reviews from December 2002

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    Messe de Minuit by Etro

    This blend of incense and myrrhe immediately had me envisioning an empty dark ominous brooding cathedral, candles flickering, melting wax. Possibly even a touch of evil lurking about. From what I hear it sells quite well. Not surprising in the least, as it is absolutely unique, but too unsettling for me. I may revisit sometime.

    01st December, 2002

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    Cuba by Santa Maria Novella

    Another truley captivating creation from SMN. It's my observation from those I've tried, that this line has a similar dark, brooding, gothic aura about them. Coming out of a monastery I suppose that shouldn't be a real shocker. Well, Acqua di Cuba has this medieval mood with an underlying tobacco accord. As you can guess it is amazing. I want.

    01st December, 2002

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    Pot Pourri by Santa Maria Novella

    A very medicinal rush at first but this is easily overlooked in retrospect. I've mentioned the dark medieval gothic feeling around the SMN fragrances. It is present with Potpourri in spades. This one mellows to the savory, addictive, spicy scent of "well" potpourri, but sitting in a dim candlelit cathedral. Very very nice.

    01st December, 2002

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    Acqua di Lavanda Ambrata / Amber Lavender by Santa Maria Novella

    I'm very new to this line, and very impressed with it. Lavander Amber is the lightest of the three I've tried, truly amazing. It still, however, retains its "gothic" feel. I must have this...

    01st December, 2002

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    Baladin by Nicolaï

    Thyme and Tarragon combine to create a kind of leather-vetyver accord. It's a tad too spicy and heady for my taste at the present time, however, it is masterfully crafted. I may want to revisit it at some point in time.

    01st December, 2002

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    Carré d'As by Nicolaï

    Next to New York, this is my favorite PdN scent. It's an aromatic, discreet fern scent with noticeable Chinese ginger and frankincense notes. These lend it just the correct amount of light spice. A keeper.

    01st December, 2002

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    Philosykos by Diptyque

    Truly the scent of sun drenched figs on a humid summer dawn. Not at all strong and heady, but rather rides close and wafts softly up as the day progresses. Masterful in its simplicity.

    01st December, 2002

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    30cc / 50cc / 100cc by Chevignon

    Interesting bottle concept, but the scent itself is pretty much generic "modern fresh". The start and the middle notes are OK, but the base smells too synthetic. Try it on yourself, you might like is though.

    01st December, 2002

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    Chevignon 57 for Him by Chevignon

    Dynamic citrus-woody cologne with notes of citron, cardamon and mint on top, violet and cedar in the middle and patchouly and musk in the base. Fresh, spotry and masculine.

    01st December, 2002

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    Azzaro pour Homme by Azzaro

    Spicy-fresh combination of musk, lavender, geranium, vetiver and sandalwood. Distinctive and gentlemanly scent that leaves the impression of something strict, conservative and pragmatic. One of the men's classics from the moment of release (1978). People say that in Italy Azzaro Pour Homme is still the MOST popular men's cologne. No wonder it's in Top 10 Best Male Fragrances Ever (GQ UK, May 2002). For those who like this fragrance, but wish it has a modern twist, check out the new Angel Schlesser Pour Homme, basically it's the same scent, with some watery notes thrown in.

    01st December, 2002

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    Best of Chevignon by Chevignon

    Simple and light cologne for younger crowd, an acceptible alternative to more expensive Acque Di Go and Lanvin. Goes naturally with jeans and sweater. Could as well be a unisex scent as the fruit notes are quite prominent here.

    01st December, 2002

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    Boucheron pour Homme by Boucheron

    The first perfume from a famous French jewelry house, introduced in 1989. A classic citrus-woody composition, soft, rich, sophisticated and long-lasting. Better suited for over-30 people / formal or business attire. Equally great in all seasons. Good choice of a scent when you all dressed up. Sensual, refined and classy.

    01st December, 2002

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    Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert by Bulgari

    Exciting and dynamic fragrance for people with active lifestyle with bursting greens, citrus and some delicate florals thrown in the mix. Deceptively simple and clean unisex scent with notes of green tea, coriander, cardamon, bergamot and jasmine. Wonderful.

    01st December, 2002

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    Cacharel Pour L'Homme by Cacharel

    Deep, sensual, spicy perfume with notes of ylang-ylang in the middle notes, which is not very typical for men's colognes. But the exotica of ylang flowers is pretty much subdued here with a classic combination of lavender, nutmeg, cedar and sandalwood. I personally detect a note of absynthe in it. Better suited for the colder seasons, great for the office if the amount is right.

    01st December, 2002

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    Café-Café Adventure for Men by Cofinluxe

    First it opens with fresh notes of lemon, bergamot, tangerine and rosewood. Then goes the second wave of sweet tonka beans, jasmine, geranium, lily of the valley and nutmeg, followed by the base of cedar, sandalwood and musk. Not expensive, and quite sophisticated for its price. A bit similar to Rabbane's XS.

    01st December, 2002

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    Chevignon by Chevignon

    Many agree that this scent is the best off all Chevignon lot. Spicy and fresh, slightly sweet cologne for casual wear. Nice.

    01st December, 2002

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    Heaven by Chopard

    Discontinued cologne from Chopard made in typical early-90s fashion. Think of a cross between Eternity CK and Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme and you get the idea what it smells like. The quality is great, no doubt about it, but there's much more colognes out there that smell more distinct and have a sharper personality. I liked it a lot back in time when it first entered the market, but I doubt I'll get a new bottle if I ever come across of it.

    01st December, 2002

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    Nemo by Cacharel

    So comfortable that sometimes you don't notice you're wearing this at all. First it smells of fresh greens, then transforms into something lightly sweet and woody. Leaves a great trail. A bit similar to Spazio Krizia Uomo to me.

    01st December, 2002

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    1881 Amber by Cerruti

    It bugs me why people always try to mess with success and are in constant need to rework their 100% classis. Don't get me wrong, 1881 Amber is quite good, but why wouldn't they release something under a different name if this one smells more similar to Dior's Higher than to original 1881. That said, I must admit I like it a lot. Some of the notes are violet, green pepper, ozone accord, jasmine, lavender, vetiver, cedar, amber, musk.

    01st December, 2002

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    Scent Intense by Costume National

    Costume National fragrance is appointed in two versions: the purity of jasmine tea combined with the freshness of hibiscus for Scent, and the mysterious sensuality of amber and woods for Scent Intense. The former is strictly women's perfume whereas the latter is a unisex scent, and quite a hit among men too. I smelled it couple of times and was quite impressed - now it's high on my current wish list. Great stuff.

    01st December, 2002

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    Casual Friday by Escada

    A tad too sweet at first for it has a healthy amount of vanilla, but in a scoop it is cool, calm, comforting and sophisticated scent, wonderfully simple and pure. Lasts, lasts, and lasts. Leaves a great trail that smells of bitter-sweet woods. 7 out of 10.

    02 December, 2002

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    Country Weekend by Escada

    The fragrance for us, when we are together. A truly unisex scent with notes of apples, rosewood, jasmine, cedar, cinnamon, laurel leaves and nutmeg. The result is the fragrance that smells of grass and apples with piney undertones. Interesting. Could be a much bigger hit among men if the bottle was more neutral-looking.

    02 December, 2002

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    Escada Homme by Escada

    Woody-oriental scent with notes of bergamot, musk, peach, jasmine and sandalwood - with very rich cognac note appearing on the drydown. Caution - could be a little bit too powdery and in-your-face if overapplied. Best for colder seasons.

    02 December, 2002

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    Escada Sport Spirit by Escada

    Romantic unisex fragrance with notes of lime, melon, grapefruit and tangerine at the beginning, rosemary, geranium and lavender in the heart, and cedar and juniter berries at the base. All the ingredients are masculine enough to wear, espesially if you are a sporty type in your 20s.

    02 December, 2002

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    Lauder for Men by Estée Lauder

    Fresh and natural-smelling citrus fragrance with warm woody drydown that has classic masculine notes. Refined and mature aromatic fougere.

    02 December, 2002

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    Zegna by Ermenegildo Zegna

    Smells like this - you just had a shot of expemsive cognac, and now are chewing on a slice of lemon in a room where someone just finished smoking an expensive cigar. Or - enter the boss, employees please stand up. The fragrance that conveys an aura of certain authority. Great alternative for the people who can't stand the recent crop of sweet and tender fragrances.

    02 December, 2002

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    Sentiment for Men by Escada

    The scent made to compliment a women's version. The men's fragrance is somewhat akin to Lauren's Romance, but a bit better made, with fresh grapefruit, prominent pepper note, and the semi-sweet drydown. Alas - it doesn't stay for long time.

    02 December, 2002

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    Cuiron Pour Homme by Helmut Lang

    First off, I have only found one bottle of the stuff, it is hard to find here, and the one bottle i did find was $122.00, this is way too much to pay, I am hoping that as it becomes more available here, the price wil go down. From what I have read, it seems to be a great product.

    02 December, 2002

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    Arsenal by Gilles Cantuel

    Light oriental spices with woodsy topnote. Fresh, clean and masculine. The bottle is made in shape of hand grenade fit in plastic box. No, I don't like it - smells too synthetic to me...

    03 December, 2002

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    Gianfranco Ferré for Man by Gianfranco Ferré

    Rich and quite sharp woody-spicy-leathery scent, Italian in every aspect. Think of Halston's Catalyst, but two times richer. Contains notes of lemon, tangerine, lavender and tobacco. European classic.

    03 December, 2002

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