Fragrance Reviews from August 2003

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    English Fern by Penhaligon's

    Next to Blenheim Bouquet, my favorite from this classic British house. An intoxicating woody fougere with that common aristocratic aire possessed by many of the line. Amazing.

    22 August, 2003 (Last Edited: 02 September, 2003)

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    Douro Eau de Portugal / Lords by Penhaligon's

    Lords is a wonderful blend of lemon and wood notes, however not limited to these, they're most prominent to my nose. It wears like a charm, very regal and masculine

    22 August, 2003 (Last Edited: 02 September, 2003)

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    Spark for Men by Liz Claiborne

    SPARK is a warm, rich new Claiborne entry. It's also fresh, but it's a nice, deep fragrance without being too heavy. A great fragance for fall and winter. Very well done and worth trying.

    22 August, 2003

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    Eau de Rochas Homme by Rochas

    Very gentleman hesperide (citrus) fragrance with nice woody drydown. Sounds classic and a bit "old school". Sedate and worthy it would perfectly suit any daytime occasion during spring-summer season.

    22 August, 2003

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    Fath Pour l'Homme by Jacques Fath

    Soft and pleasant vanilla-amber oriental scent with a touch of spice. Very simple one in the family of Oriental fragrances (famous by Opium, Habit Rouge, Jaipur Homme etc.). Nothing unique, and like "Dreamer" it's JUST nice. Good for a evening nightout or some of those colder days.

    22 August, 2003

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    Giorgio for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills

    A Givenchy Gentleman clone. Different in a more soft way in top note though. Good patchouli basenote. I prefer GG.

    22 August, 2003

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    Green Water by Jacques Fath

    Strong lemony citrus-coniferous fragrance which is REALLY razor blade sharp. Very clean. Reminded me of Boucheron pour Homme but didn't show that class. Average lasting power. Lemon fades slowly and so fir needles come out. Hyper-formal daytime spring fragrance.

    22 August, 2003

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    Lapidus pour Homme by Ted Lapidus

    Sharp aromatic chypre with notes of spices, leather and patchouli. Reminds of Givenchy Gentleman. Masculine and deep (maybe even heavy) fragrance for colder temps.

    22 August, 2003

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    Michael for Men by Michael Kors

    Very warm, deep and complex fragrance. Starts off with spice and woods, develops into a pipe tobacco with suede. Beautiful base note of dried fruit and patchouli with nice prune pit undertone. Excellent evening scent for fall and winter special occasions. Has something in common with Very Valentino pour Homme. Highly recommended.

    22 August, 2003

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    Salvador Dali pour Homme by Salvador Dali

    A rather heavy spicy floral chypre with a herbal accord. A classic 80s scent. The base note is also quite strong with tobacco and leathery patchouli notes. Best for colder temps. Daytime formal fragrance, very formal. Excellent bottle! I like it very much and highly recommend trying it. You'll probably like it if you into Kouros, Trussardi Uomo, Polo and classic Paco Rabanne.

    22 August, 2003

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    Ted by Ted Lapidus

    Very deserving classic citrus-woody composition. The morern twist to it is its mildness. Character (not scent) resembles the one of Givenchy pour Homme. Classic citruses followed by warm calm woods like those in Rocabar and Nemo. Good daytime fragrance for spring and summer, will do for the office as well.

    22 August, 2003

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    Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme by Van Cleef & Arpels

    A perfect fragrance of exceptional quality and mature character. Starts off with distinctive juniper note which leads you to spicy-vetiver heart note. Some light flowery notes appear on this chic background. The base note reveals leathery, woody and deep green mossy undertones. Smells VERY expensive. One of the best fragrances for special occasions, formal evenings etc. With suit only. Best for low to mid temps.

    22 August, 2003

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    Venezia Uomo by Laura Biagiotti

    Pleasant sweet woody fragrance. Very ordinary, not my cup of tea. Soft and calm, nothing special. I'd call this "grown-up Dreamer".

    22 August, 2003

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    Zino Davidoff by Davidoff

    Spicy sharp at first it develops into good thick flowery spicy chypre with woody-ambery base note. Not that striking but makes a very good impression. Excellent lasting power. VERY masculine, could be worn all day long in fall and winter. Spray less when going to be in the office. IMO, the only one worthy Davidoff fragrance.

    22 August, 2003

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    Jaguar (new) by Jaguar

    Jaguar? Noooo! It's a fresh and spicy-sweety grey kitty-kitty. A marketing mistake. On a field of cars this frag is sooner like some Ford KA, never a Jaguar. Daytime summer real CHEAP fragrance. Don't even think of pouring it into a windscreen cleaner water tank of your Jaguar. Executives at Jaguar company are so damn lucky to have people of the world understanding cars way better than fragrances.

    22 August, 2003

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    Tonino Lamborghini pour Homme by Tonino Lamborghini

    Dynamic sharp, oriental-chypre scent. Moschino Uomo?'s follower with some sweet spice and nutmeg notes. Very young and maybe even stylish to someone but far from harmony and a good quality. Not worth the money they want for it. Just a summer club or open-air scent.

    22 August, 2003

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    Liquid Crystal Ultraviolet Man by Paco Rabanne

    It almost copies Souffle d'Issey and vice versa, both are a waste of money (unless you adore frags or you are into these brands). For informal daytime summer use. Ultraviolet IMHO is not a scent to launch light version of.

    22 August, 2003

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    Morgan de Toi Homme by Morgan de Toi

    Juvenile spicy citrus scent. Simple but of no character. There's a lot of better quality scents for young to start one's "scented way" with. Sounds very CHEAP. Forget about it.

    22 August, 2003

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    Kouros Cologne Sport by Yves Saint Laurent

    An YSL original Kouros' uncle's mother's dog's brother's great college friend. Way too far from that winner. Just a nice citrus scent with some watery spice and woods. Looks quite unnatural but quite nice though and has some energetic quality to it. Average summer cologne but is way better than many other 2003 "lighter version" launches.

    22 August, 2003

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    Versace Man by Versace

    First accords made me think it's a modern oriental. Unfortunately, on my skin it developed into watery sweet spicy scent. The base note deserves not to mention it at all. I guess all the attempts to produce good modern oriental fragrance made by various industry players are doomed to fail. It's because of that damn synthetic ingredients, I think. Montblanc's Individuel is in that boat too.

    22 August, 2003

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    L'Eau D'Issey pour Homme Souffle D'Issey by Issey Miyake

    Another L'Eau d'Issey PH reworked. Original citrus sharpness is rounded, some flowery notes added. It was a death-blow to original's well-tempered masculinity. It copies Ultraviolet Liquid Crystal and vice versa, both are a waste of money (unless you adore frags or you are into these brands). For informal daytime summer use. I'm still a fan of original L'Eau.

    22 August, 2003

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    Jacomo de Jacomo Rouge by Jacomo

    I like this one. Its similar to Givenchy's own rouge cologne Xeryus Rouge but a bit lighter. It has the same steady sweetness to it. I don't know about the comparison to Le Male since I don't have that one yet but I this seems to be of very good quality. Best of all I purchased a 3.4 ox bottle for only $14.99 at my local TJ MAXX. definately worth a try.

    23 August, 2003

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    TL pour Lui by Ted Lapidus

    I love this new scent by Ted Lapidus. It reminds me, a bit, of Christobal. Except, this fragrance is more subtle yet just as long lasting. If you like a warm, rich, and fresh out of the shower scent, then I think you can't go wrong with this new winner.

    23 August, 2003

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    Habit Rouge by Guerlain

    Habit Rouge is a very smooth, soft, leathery cologne. I was surprised at just how sweet and smooth it turns out, whilst the leather continues to ensure it has a masculine edge. It's an absolute winner during the winter months, both at work or on casual nights out.

    23 August, 2003

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    No. 89 by Floris

    No 89 is a very interesting scent for men. At first hit you are exposed to a very fresh citrus type smell, but its not hard, its softened by the use of flowery notes. This middle note stays with you for a long time, and settles to a very soft and woody end note. It lasts all day, and re-releases as you heat up. It works very very well at the office, and I've not been tempted to try it anywhere else. Its a gentlemans scent, and it just oozes class.

    23 August, 2003

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    Vetiver by Guerlain

    Vetiver by Guerlain is a fantastically fresh Cologne, that has a home on every distinguished shelf. I cannot explain just how fresh and soothing this smells when you squirt it on. It lifts the spirit without fail, and it mixes well to settle into a warm, fresh and soothing scent. Its done me well on occassions when I've worn it for dinners out, and a quick trip to the flicks. Keeps your mind focused and people seem to come in close to get a whiff - weird but true. Give it a try at the counter, you'll be amazed.

    23 August, 2003

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    M7 by Yves Saint Laurent

    M7 is without a doubt a very striking and distinctive scent. Yet, despite this shocking characteristic, it has the ability to mix it with a suit at work, casuals on a night out, and a romantic dinner. There is a lot to be said about the soothing and arousing properties of Agarwood, a very potent ingredient of Eastern aromatherapy and meditation. Combine this baby with some Templeflower Shower gel, and you walk out turning heads and will have the inquisitive ask you just why you smell so smooth and refined.
    The new masculine archetype, for sure.

    23 August, 2003

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    Eau de Santal by Floris

    I was after a sweet sandlewood based EDT, and it was suggested that I try Santal. I've used and liked Givenchy Pi in the past, but Santal is a cut above that. It starts off a little flowery, zesty almost. But it slowly mixes into a sweet, sensuous, soft sandlewood/vanilla base. I've worn it on some really hot days, and its stood the test of time, lasting and evolving with body heat. Its ideal home though, would be on a soft intimate night out. Definitely a fantastic addition for those who prefer a sweet, but distinctive cologne.
    Comes with an excellent range of grooming products - the post shave hydrator is rather good.

    23 August, 2003

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    GFT by Geo F Trumper

    Before I delved into this scent very far I said to myself that this was yet another in the long line of classic citrus fragrances. Well...yes, it is one of those, but at the same time I would definitely state that it should you be searching for just the right classic citrus to add to your collection, Trumper's GFT to most certainly be in the running if not the top few. I like this better than Acqua di Parma because, though they certainly share that fresh burst of citrus at the top, they take wholly different turns from the latter heart notes to the base notes. Something pleasantly green/musky and somewhat floral floating around in there. I would still be concerned as to its longevity, as all citruses tend to fade quickly, but I should think that with those other nice base additions to this fragrance, it should last longer than would be expected. Definitely worth a try!!

    26 August, 2003

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    Astor by Geo F Trumper

    This is, in my opinion, a dual note quickly developing chypre scent. It starts off stingently floral and quickly turns into the chypre of a true gentleman. It reminds me of Roger & Gallet's Open or a far milder Trusari Uomo. That kind of potent chypre, but not so much so that it can overpower, at least not upon my applications. It's O.K., but one might want to shop around a bit for the perfect chypre if that's your thing.

    26 August, 2003

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