Fragrance Reviews from March 2004

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    Metropolis by Estée Lauder

    Metropolis is very nice for a slightly old-fashioned leather based fragrance. Minty fresh with strong notes of clary sage and geranium, it has a very dark and very green yet surprisingly warm amber, patchouli, vetiver and leather dry down. Like I said, a little dated but very nice nonetheless. Usually the leather scents from the 80's are so strong they smack you in the face when smelling them, but Metropolis breaks that trend with its subtle, soothing aroma.

    07 March, 2004

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    Vetiver by Guerlain

    What a clean green scent this is! Uplifting even in winter. Starts out sharp and then settles down to a gentle background woody/tobacco. Oh and BOY does it last on me!!

    07 March, 2004

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    The Morning After by The Morning After

    never even heard of it, but the name and bottle get scare me a bit :|

    07 March, 2004

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    Vetiver by Guerlain

    Vetiver by Guerlain is a fragrance that I am very off and on with. Some days I think it is a nice fragrance to have around for a hot summer day, and other days it smells old fashioned and very musty. It is a fairly strange combination of sharp citrus notes, neroli
    flower and strong vetiver with a little pepper, tobacco and cedarwood. It smells very grassy and earthy, I can imagine it being an outdoorsman's signature fragrance. I think of it as being more casual than formal, but it could work for both. If you crave vetiver, there are more than a few other vetiver based fragrances that are much better.

    08 March, 2004

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    Kenzo pour Homme by Kenzo

    I was given a sample of this scent when I bought Eternity Love for a female friend of mine. I find Kenzo pour homme to be one exceptional scent - it is very fresh, clean and inviggorating. Its seaweed and seawater aroma gives one the strength to be energized throughout the day without feeling tired. You can feel the waves and the breeze. It is really a hit.

    09 March, 2004

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    Kenzo pour Homme Fresh by Kenzo

    I find this to be as much wonderful a scent as the original Kenzo pour Homme. They are both wonderfully fresh, clean and energizing.

    09 March, 2004

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    Habit Rouge by Guerlain

    I haven't compared the notes, but Habit Rouge seems like it was patterned around Caron pour un Homme. It smells an awful lot like it only spicier. They are both heavy on rosewood, floral notes and sweet notes. With its spiciness, I find Habit Rouge smells like a highly cloying woman's oriental fragrance. It really doesn't smell very manly. I have no idea what some people love about this one. It is simply too much! It becomes a little better after an hour, but it still has notes in it that clash and make a sticky sweet leather and moss mess.

    09 March, 2004

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    Givenchy pour Homme by Givenchy

    I would say Givenchy pour Homme is very close to Aquaman by Rochas. They share notes of grapefruit, coriander and cedarwood; plus the green leafiness of the davana note in Givenchy pour Homme is very similar to the green leafiness of the geranium leaves in Aquaman. The big difference between the two is that the vetiver, additional spices and stronger cedarwood notes in Givenchy PH make it richer and a little darker. Problem is, the warm woods and dark vetiver clash with the lingering fruity, fresh and green top and middle notes, and give it a strange dirty fragrance after about an hour. Givenchy pour Homme is sweet fruit, coriander herb and lush greens with rich spices, cedarwood and vetiver. The first half hour is amazing -- sweet, green and fruity -- but after it dries down for about an hour it smells very strange, like two fragrances layered over each other that just don't mix well. It has very weak base notes as well, which hurt its longevity.

    09 March, 2004

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    Eau d'Orange Verte by Hermès

    I love this scent, even though it doesn't last. It's defintiely one of my top 5, I go through a 3.4 oz. bottle about every 3 months, but thats ok. If you really love the scent and want it to last, The clerk in Hermes Las Vegas instructed me to buy the bath line and use all the products. I did and he was right, the scent lasts the day when you use the all over shampoo, wake-up gel and the eau de cologne. Expensive trick, but worth the pleasure and the aroma.

    10th March, 2004

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    Echo by Davidoff

    Redundant and indistinct. Smells like every other bad fragrance released in the past 10 years. The bottle however, is one of the best I've seen. Too bad it's wasted on a bad creation.

    10th March, 2004

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    Visit by Azzaro

    Good but a little too familiar...! If you mix Gucci Rush and Bulgari Homme you might get something like this....

    11th March, 2004

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    Rush for Men by Gucci

    I really like the refined woodiness of Rush, but was disappointed at how short lived it was on me. I mentioned this many times on the Basenotes Forum. Until the day I had to retract it.
    This happened after I put some Rush on before spending an entire day at the beach, where I frequently went into the water. Many hours after getting home, I had a shower before going to bed. Much to my amazement, I walked out of the shower smelling of Gucci Rush.
    So it's not short lasting, but instead seems to have a fairly variable output on me. The only other scent I've come across that shares this characteristic is Alfredo Domingues' Vetiver.
    Gucci sure know how to make a woody scent, the only scent I know that is woodier than Rush, is Gucci Pour Homme.
    Renato

    11th March, 2004

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    Watt for Men Blue by Cofinluxe

    Watt in the blue bulb is a very long lasting, lavender, spicy, ambery scent which I sometimes think is okay, and which sometimes strikes my nose as a being a bit harsh.
    It's usually sold relatively cheap, but unlike other cheap ones, it's a full bodied one that lasts.
    Well worth checking out if you come across.
    Renato

    11th March, 2004

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    Eau de Santal by Floris

    To me, Santal seems like a toned down version of Envy, with a few interesting light spicy bits added into it.
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    11th March, 2004

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    Vetiver by Lorenzo Villoresi

    This is one ultra-masculine Vetiver scent. It makes Guerlain's seem girly in comparison.
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    11th March, 2004

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    Macassar by Rochas

    From my point of view it's the most unique fragrance for men I ever had. There was no and there is no simmilar man's fragrance to Macassar.

    12 March, 2004

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    Baldessarini by Baldessarini

    For my taste this is the best men's fragrance on the market. Unique, spicy and elegant. The scent could be more concentrated.

    12 March, 2004

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    Derby by Guerlain

    The deodorant is overly chypre in construction with the moss dominating the scent. It's alright i suppose, but the EDT is far better. 2 ingredients in the midnotes fuel this scent - rose and jasmine. While the leather and Sandal in the base smoothens the aromatics out. This is Habit Rouge without the Rouge. Stripped of the red colour, it is a darker, dirtier scent but refined as well. It is not gothic like 3rd Man, more of a powersuit scent. Having said that, i can wear Derby comfortably with a few spritzes and walk-through, in the evening. It is an inviting scent, in minute amounts, it's a snuggle-me type of fragrance. More and it becomes a don't-mess-with-me type fragrance. I like the versatility of Derby, where one spritz of 3rd Man says Gothic and 6 spritzes still says Gothic only in a louder way, Derby has a quiet charm about it. The regal air of nobility.

    12 March, 2004

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    Fuel for Men / DK Men by Donna Karan

    Welcome to the darkside! DK Fuel is Darth Vader personified in scent. This is one powerful scent and i don't mean the projection or loudness, though it does have that too, but power per se. Power as an idea, a concept, made into scent becomes DK Fuel. The notes don't just evolve, they combust!!! It is aromatic and spicy sweet. Again, this one reminds me of Caron's Third Man, but with more fizz and pizazz. This is what an energised 3rd Man would smell like. Where 3rd man is more creamy and smooth, refined, DK Fuel doesn't even bother. Where 3rd Man is Gothic, DK Fuel is symbiotic. It feeds off the wearer's natural body chemistry and effortlessly adds it to its palatte, imbuing the wearer with an aura of power that is partly from within and mostly from the scent itself. Some scents gets discontinued because it's time ran out, some gets canned because the ingredients are no longer viable. DK Men's growth was stifled because it is a scent out of time. A modern balance on the knife edge, it speaks of the new millenium. It takes the creamy smoothness of the 80s, cleans it somewhat with the filter of the 90s to give an edgy, sharp scent that's poised to strike, like a coiled viper. It's definitely a fast paced scent for a fast paced world.

    12 March, 2004

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    Chemistry by Clinique

    I feel compelled to write after reading your previous contributor's comments. I have used Chemistry since 1995 and I get complimented on it by gorgeous women frequently and they're usually smiling too! Women love Chemistry. Unfortunately Chemistry is no longer available here in the UK (except in Harrods, London).

    13 March, 2004

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    Acqua di Giò pour Homme by Giorgio Armani

    mmm..i feel freah, nice and comfortable wearing it everyday. sometimes i forgot i also have a few other fragrances in the wardobe. Yeah, I should wear something that feels good to me. Mmm..What else can i say..

    13 March, 2004

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    Rush for Men by Gucci

    Masculine scent that dries down very pleasantly.
    If Gucci would change their cheap plastic container, one that never stays glued together, their ratings and sales would surely head North.

    14 March, 2004

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    Animale for Men by Animale Parfums

    Horrible, nasty stuff. I'm glad it's discontinued, althought I've seen the odd bottle still being marketed in some supermarkets.... The worst of the worst.

    14 March, 2004

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    Rive Gauche pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

    Rive Gauche is a nice spicy scent. It has star anise in the top, cloves in the middle and vetiver at the bottom. This one never fails to make me sweat, a warm pungent scent. I wear this formal and in the evening. It is a scent that exudes power but with a sexier synthetic edge. Power is sexy enough for sure, but a little extra down there, who's complaining! Rive Gauche is a fizzier/friskier Gucci PH. I feel when you look for a modern rendition of a classic scent, Rive Gauche is it, the Gucci PH carried to its logical conclusion, to simulate 80s vivacity. Just smell Sung pour homme and you get what Rive Gauche is trying to recreate albeit with a more contemporary feel. However, be careful with the dose. You don't want to scream sex, it is easy to overdo RG while Gucci PH is more forgiving.

    14 March, 2004

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    Bulgari pour Femme by Bulgari

    An unusual fragrance. Pepper is the first note detectable, a powdery, light spicy smell mitigated by the sweetness of green tea. A scent that is sweet without being soapy or candy-like. Dry and reserved, subtle. Slightly bitter and honey-like. Bottle is a squat temple-like polyhedra with a hat-like white cap.

    14 March, 2004

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    Simply by Clinique

    Simply is melony and licoricey, minty fresh like anise candy or Good & Plentys. All sweetness and light, it lacks depth. Depending on your mood, the lack of depth is not always a bad trait. Light, soft, and modern. Openly green without being powdery. Billed as a sweet and spicy oriental. Bottle is utilitarian, basically a cylinder with a white top.

    14 March, 2004

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    Red Door by Elizabeth Arden

    This fragrance is awful, it is Jergens meets Dial for an afternoon tryst. Tinge of the funeral home, but too soapy to detect. So overly detergent that it reminds one of the freshly scrubbed church-lady types that assault you with an overly "clean" smelling cloud of fragrance. Bottle is uncreative and square, looks unsurprisingly like a red door, typical of the 1980's era in which it was produced.

    14 March, 2004

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    Beyond Paradise by Estée Lauder

    A sweet candy jasmine, this fragrance cannot help its own soapiness. Overly astringent as the effervescent Alka-Seltzer/soap smell becomes tinged with a minty aftershave aura. Dries down to a pleasant innocuous floral. Bottle looks like sand bottle art, very 1980's rainbow suspenders homage.

    14 March, 2004

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    Trésor (new) by Lancôme

    Tresor comes on strong. It is woody, smoky, with a hint of bitterness. Lighter elements become apparent as it wears, and fizzy, soda like green notes dissapate to reveal tenacious Oriental undertones. The tiered Art Deco Bottle is classic and gorgeous. However, the ad campaigns lost a great deal when they nixed Isabella Rossellini.

    14 March, 2004

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    Still by Jennifer Lopez

    Light, effervescent floral with a citrusy champagne-like top note. Fresh and sweet, strong note of black tea, and woody. Reminds me of a short-lived fragrance called "Sassy" which was launched nearly 20 years ago by now-defunct Sassy Magazine. Much, much better than the horrifically soapy "Glow".

    14 March, 2004

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