Fragrance Reviews from April 2003

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    Higher by Christian Dior

    This is a fresh, clean, confortable fragance.One of my favorites.

    01st April, 2003

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    Bobby Jones by Bobby Jones

    My girlfriend said this smelled good so I decided to buy some. Great stuff! It's fresh, clean and soft. My sniffer says it's a little like Emporio Armani.

    01st April, 2003

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    Jacomo de Jacomo Rouge by Jacomo

    I think this is a WINNER! If you like scents that are warm, deep, fresh, and yeah...even sexy...this is a real find. The only problem is finding it! For a new cologne (02), it's very hard to find. This scent stands out...very unique, one of those rare new finds. Jacomo should have a real winner.

    02 April, 2003

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    Angélique Encens by Creed

    The gentleman whose initials appear as "JW" following reviews of many of Creed's fragrances must remember that Creed's legendary scents are, predominately, millesimes. This means that they are derived from pure extracts of essential oils and are blended to be less potent than perfume. All fragrances, universally, are created as cologne or eau de toilette, which have less essential extracts; eau de parfum or millesime, which have a slightly higher amount of essential extract; and parfum, which is the highest amount of pure, essential extract. Naturally, Angelique Encens, personal favorite of the late, great Marlene Dietrich, is not parfum. So, one cannot expect it to last as long as perfume. I caution anyone who judges this fragrance to be less lasting to remember that its composition is not that of pure parfum. Nonetheless, Angelique Encens delivers uncompromised floral hypnosis that helped me into memorable, romantic escapades more than once as I'm sure it must have for Marlene Dietrich.

    06 April, 2003

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    Baïmé by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

    A palpable burst of basil, thyme and jasmine announce this exceptional pairing with mid-notes of lavender, green leaf and exotic fruits. The base consists of sandalwood and vetiver. Such potent yet polite freshness made up of a rare synthesis of top note ingredients makes the vast wasteland of "fresh" fragrances seem so common. Two short sprays of Baime rode morning into evening with considerable power, evolution and class. I've rarely heard such praise for any fragrance. This, my friends, is exquisite!

    06 April, 2003

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    Néroli Sauvage by Creed

    Completely untried and unknown, I ordered my first 4 ozs. of Neroli Sauvage from the ultimate Creed supplier -- Pam Atchison of Hampton Court Essential Luxuries in Santa Rosa, California -- in the spring of 2002. I pulled the Prince of Wales-crested cap from the flacon, moved the atomizer close to my nose and swooned at the joyous discovery of orange blossom arresting my senses. Combined with Sicilian lemon and Italian pamplemousse and a delicious drydown that's musky, Neroli Sauvage remains my second favorite Creed scent. I'm now using my second 4 ozs. flacon and the attention from complete strangers, friends, family and colleagues is mind-boggling. I've worn some of the world's greatest, most cherished and classic scents. None receive the accolades or start conversations like Neroli Sauvage. Pam Atchison at Hampton Court Essential Luxuries in Santa Rosa, California -- www.hamptonct.com, 707-578-9416 -- surpasses every fragrance purveyor I've known with benchmark customer care and listening skills that are beyond compare. I now understand why Cher and Donatella Versace have made Neroli Sauvage an essential staple in their personal care. I'm wholly seduced and taken with this bottle of fresh, musky joy!

    06 April, 2003

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    Royal Water by Creed

    Creed's long history of supplying royalty, heads of state and celebrities with signature scents is legendary. Royal Water was intended to introduce an utterly unique scent in honor of one of the most celebrated women who ever lived, Diana, The Peoples' Princess, and it succeeds with unyielding freshness and just enough sweetness to justify its unisex allegiance. Blends of sparkling peppermint, verbena, Sicilian mandarine, Calabrian bergamot, basil, cumin, juniper berry and musk of tonka set this apart from any scent I've known. To say that a fragrance is unlike any other is, in fact, a great rarity. My first, precious ounce arrived in the summer of 2000 and I have indulged in several bottles since. Royal Water stands apart and above every other fragrance I've ever worn in my 44 years as does the memory of the "... complicated, unique, radiant, compassionate and beautiful" People's Princess, Diana. Wearing Royal Water feels like you're in the presence of this remarkable, gifted lady who left this world in her prime, much too soon.

    06 April, 2003

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    "Vintage" Tabaróme by Creed

    My second untried and unkown Creed purchase was of Original Tabarome in the spring of 2002. A favorite of Sir Winston Churchill and Humphrey Bogart, it was trumpeted as the scent of choice for the "power elite." Indeed, few fragrances have heralded as much praise over the course of 100+ years since Creed introduced it as Tabarome ... and for fine reasons. Original Tabarome's top notes of musk and tobacco from Havana and Virginia weave into its underlying ginger, amber, santal and patchouli, creating a heavier scent than most of Creed's distinguished, historic cache of more than 200 original fragrances. It lasts; oh, how it lasts! Few scents make such a powerful impression or go the miles as Original Tabarome. And few are as strikingly, affectively masculine that you can almost smell the blend of sweat and leather in the curing tobacco leaves from Cuba and Virginia that empower its enduring, ultra original chemistry. For me, this is another essential in my collection of all-time favorite fragrances.

    06 April, 2003

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    Desire Blue by Dunhill

    A much better version of Desire. A very unique Marine/Oriental scent. This one is very recalling of Sculpture Homme by Nikos Perfumes. It very watery and summer and has the oriental twist that makes it great for nights out. The Desire Red just had too much patchouli notes going on with woods.

    06 April, 2003

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    Relax by Davidoff

    The good news is, Relax is the BEST scent I've found in the last twenty years. The bad news...it's no longer sold in regular stores in the US. It IS available at Davidoff Stores, and in Europe. This is the smoothest, warmest, cleanest scent I've ever experienced. It's rich yet never overpowering and it even makes you FEEL good, just wearing it. This is a winner guys. If you can find a sample somewhere, try it. I discovered it on this site and it's a great discovery. Enjoy.

    10th April, 2003

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    Colours for Men by Alexander Julian

    Colours is a GREAT scent.I completely agree with the previous review. It's very fresh, but uniquely so. It's a completely original fresh scent with a bit of spice and it wears well and stays fresh for hours. Unfortunately it's on the endangered list. Try and sample this one before it completely disappears...it's a whole new experience in "fresh".

    11th April, 2003

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    Davidoff by Davidoff

    This is one you can miss. Simply put, it just smells "musty" and old. I really like some of Davidoff Scents (see "RELAX"). But, for good reason, this cologne just never found a following.

    14 April, 2003

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    Samouraï by Alain Delon

    This is a GREAT scent. It IS different for a scent that is both fresh and warm. It has a very unique (bend) on a marine type scent. This is going to get you a lot of compliaments, and make you "feel" good, while wearing it. Try this one.

    14 April, 2003

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    Shogun by Alain Delon

    I love this cologne. This takes a great scent, Samourai...just one step further. It's in the same family of fresh, clean, marine like...but it adds a bit more flair with the addition of some sweeter accents. But NOT...too sweet. A really good, new cologne worth trying.

    14 April, 2003

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    Helmut Lang Men by Helmut Lang

    One word: Powder. Extremely perfumey and has an ovewhelming powdery quality to it. It's only plus quality is its staying power is great because it took my two showers to scrub the stuff off me which is unfortunate because it's not a very good scent, especially with the hefty price tag.

    14 April, 2003

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    Sander for Men by Jil Sander

    I go back and forth on this scent. One minute I wonder what I was thinking and other times I think it's one of the cooler scents out there. It's also one of the more potent scents I've ever encountered. It lasts forever. It's intensely woody and spicy. I think of it more as a cool spring/summer night scent. It's very well made and you'll definitely stand out wearing it.

    14 April, 2003

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    Silver Mountain Water by Creed

    I love this scent. I really do.... You can pull it off in any weather (though Spring/Summer seems like the best match for it) and it's a beautiful fragrance with the Tea and the Black Currant nicely coming together. This being said the staying power of this scent is embarrassingly poor. This scent is gone in about an hour and a half and needs to constantly be reapplied. It would probably be my signature scent if it had any staying power. The 50 dollar shower gel is worthless for this too.

    14 April, 2003

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    Weekend for Men by Burberry

    I really have come to like this one. It's not exactly groundbreaking, but lasts nicely and dries down well. It's sweet, remains fairly close to the skin and seems to live up to the title. It's casual and relaxing. The honey and the citrus combine nicely on the drive down. Very nice scent.

    14 April, 2003

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    Passage d'Enfer by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    THIS STUFF IS SO SEXY! It begins somewhat sweet and flowery, but quickly becomes much darker and mysterois with a bit of a woody base and the white musk nicely holding the whole thing together. Phenomenal scent. I just wish it would last a bit longer.

    14 April, 2003

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    Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss

    Fantastic stuff... Perhaps one of the best daytime scents ever, very fresh and hard to get bored with. Definitely not one for fancy evening dinners, but absolutely perfect for the office and casual occasions.

    15 April, 2003

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    Cacharel Pour L'Homme by Cacharel

    Very masculine enjoyable daytime scent. Original composition, and always great with the evermore unusual musk notes...

    15 April, 2003

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    Chrome by Azzaro

    Shocked by the positivity regarding this utterly unoriginal and boring smell!!!

    15 April, 2003

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    Cerruti Image by Cerruti

    Strange bottle and even stranger scent. Too many contrasting ingredients which leaves the user puzzled rather than satisfied...

    15 April, 2003

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    Joop! Homme by Joop!

    Undoubtedly one of the most original fragrances around. However this juice is just too much. Can´t really handle the overpowering sweetness. If you like it though, this must be a scent to die for.

    15 April, 2003

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    L'Eau par Kenzo pour Homme by Kenzo

    I've done a 180 on this since my initial impression. It's Perfect. Yuzu done right. This is what Happy, Tommy and countless other recent launches aim for but fail miserably to deliever. Light, fresh and original just like Kenzo's signature ph. Good stuff. The old samourai-katana bottle is so superior to the new rectangular though...
    MMM

    15 April, 2003 (Last Edited: 16 March, 2005)

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    Rush for Men by Gucci

    Don't at all understand all criticism towards this fragrance. Ok if you look for a scent that's gonna reek all day, this shouldn't be your first choice. However if you appreciate a discrete warm, woody ambience, go for Rush!

    15 April, 2003

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    Soho by Gant USA

    Smells exactly like everything else coming out now. Fresh-absolutely. Boring to death-likewise.

    15 April, 2003

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    Ambre Précieux by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

    This one is just perfect! Amber scents can't get any better than this. Intoxicating and irresistible.

    17 April, 2003

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    Messe de Minuit by Etro

    This one is probably the most unique fragrance I know! It's very Gothic and Medieval, it smells like a castle or a church, cold, damp stone rooms, candles, old, musty volumes. True treasure of the archives! I love it but it's definitely not everyone's cup of tea...

    17 April, 2003

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    Voleur de Roses by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Love at first sniff and it gets even better! Voleur de Roses (I just love the name) smells like roses, plums and wet earth, it takes me to a leisurely bare-foot walk in a charmingly unkempt garden with rose bushes and fruit trees, on a warm, rainy summer day. This is stuff that dreams are made of.

    17 April, 2003

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