Fragrance Reviews from August 2004

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    Laguna Homme by Salvador Dali

    Firstly, it is rather hard to find so you'll be sure to be among the few people in your country/state that wears it. It's exclusivity is matched by its aromatic qualities that never fails to draw attention. At the mention of the name, people instantly get the sea-breeze connection so it is a very precisely crafted scent.

    Secondly, this scent leaves behind a trail that is fresh and clean. It is the sort of sillage that gets people to look up from reading their newspaper or magazines on the train just to figure out who just passed by them.

    Thirdly, it is very masculine. I get a kind of tobacco-like note that passes off as the salty sea spray that gets in your mouth and throat while walking along the beach during high tide. This mid-note lasts quite awhile on me before turning into a very sexy vanillic hue so that by evening, it transforms into a soft, mellow vanillic scent ideal for a quiet night out with a loved one.

    Finally, after wearing a scent for some time, it is inevitable that the scent will carry many memorial baggage and luckily for me, this scent carries with it many happy memories of my youthful zest and abandonment. So much so that this scent has come to symbolise just that - youthful zest and wanton abandonment, a celebration of life, for me. That connection between scent and memory is for me, the most important utilitarian facet of this hobby, the essence of scent collection is as a repository of memories both sweet and bitter. It is magical isn't it, how a multitude of memories flood back at the simple spritz of a perfume bottle?

    11th August, 2004

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    Original Vetiver by Creed

    Recently bought at Ave. Pierre 1er Serbie in Paris this wonderfully refined fragrance by what I regard as one of the world's most exclusive perfume makers. Just after applying it to your skin, it starts out as what some would refer to as ‘soapy’, but after about half an hour it turns wonderfully soft. When compared to Guerlain’s Vetiver, this scent is much softer; leaving out the strong musky and suppressing the dry notes, being more on the fresh, lightly on the gingery side. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a refined fragrance for casual wear.

    11th August, 2004

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    L'Eau D'Issey pour Homme by Issey Miyake

    The definite and absolute number one for a man who wants to seduce woman... a smell they adore, remember and desire. It is unbelievably long-lasting... once I played with my girlfriend's pen after putting some on my hands... later on she told me that she could feel my smell for a week...This smell becomes your signature... in my company my friends call me saying I was on their floor... they could smell me... What I like even more about this scent is that after a while of using it you don't smell it at all yourself. So easy on dosing... but it will never cause you a headache. As a man you don't have to love this smell... I didn't at first as well... but when I saw how women love it... well I don't smell it myself anymore... but I love it.

    12th August, 2004

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    United States United States

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    Voleur de Roses by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Picture yourself as a young child walking through a grassy field. Raindrops falling gently as the fresh moist earth squishes under your bare feet. You pull some roses carefully from the thorny bush to give to your mother. Placing the roses gently in the front pocket of your overalls you look to the orchards. Reaching up you pick a ripe plum hanging from a branch heavy under the weight of fruit and rain. Sitting down on the moist earth you bite into the plum dribbling juice down your chin onto the fresh picked roses.
    Welcome to the world of Voleur de Roses!

    12th August, 2004

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    Nostalgia by Santa Maria Novella

    I like this right away. My first impression was some kind of solvent then it settled quickly to a slightly sweeter comfortable unique fragrance. Definitely some of the machine lube here but not excessively, with some kind of spice and woods or leather. This is a very different take on the idea of a masculine scent.
    It is casual without being at all crass, and would be very versitle. Also definitely has a continental flair. Nostalgia gives a very contemporary feel without any trendiness.

    12th August, 2004

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    Uomo? Moschino by Moschino

    This was one scent i had considered purchasing when i was looking for a different kind of citrus. Something totally paradoxical to the multitudes of fresh, clean designer citruses in the market today. While Monsieur Givenchy and Eau Sauvage hit me as being particularly earthy citrus, Moschino is much more spicy and herbal in nature. Certainly very different from the modern citrus non-scents of today, with its Kumquat topnotes and Clary Sage midnotes providing the aromatic herbal pungency to the cinnamon leaves spiciness. The selection of Cedarwood at the base is very appropriate IMO as it merges well with the spicy sweet nature of the scent as something like leather or suede would make it over-the-top cloying. For something similar, you can compare it to Trussardi L'Uomo which has a slightly more interesting topnote of Tomato Leaves and Sandalwood + Tobacco leaves basenote. I picked Trussardi L'Uomo in the end. For the leathery version, look to Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur. This has a strong leather mid and base for a masculine punch with the lemon+Bergamot+Orange topnotes carrying through to the midnotes very well for a bitter citric punch.

    12th August, 2004

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    Aubépine-Acacia by Creed

    In my opinion this is not a perfume... it is just lemon scent, and a bit too expensive!

    12th August, 2004

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    Fleurs de Citronnier by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    Sweet honey and lemon flowers scent. A wonderful, very feminine, perfume.

    12th August, 2004

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    Good Life by Davidoff

    A much finer "Green" fragrance than Creed's Green Irish Tweed. I get more complements on this than I do for any other fragrance. The comment is almost always the same, "boy, do you smell goooood!"
    On a personal note, my favorite "Green" scent is Yerbamate by Lorenzo Villoresi. There is no close second, period.

    13th August, 2004

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    M7 by Yves Saint Laurent

    Definitely a MUST HAVE scent, IMHO. Distinctive and professional.

    13th August, 2004

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    Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren

    This is a very good, well balanced, scent that is an absolute steal for the price.

    13th August, 2004

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    New West for Him by Aramis

    I tried this out as my flat-mate was wearing it all the time.The babes just loved it and I gave it a whirl.Lo and behold my luck also changed for the better. I was a convert to this fragrance and wore it on informal evenings out in Hong Kong. Sadly it is increasingly hard to find and cheaper, more inferior but "in" fragrances with a bigger advertising budget now dominate its' place on the shelves. Do the bean-counters ever visit this website?

    13th August, 2004

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    Brit by Burberry

    Beautiful vanilla scent, very well balanced. My girlfriend´s favourite.

    14th August, 2004

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    Echo by Davidoff

    Nice bottle by Karim Rashid, bland - uninteresting - "modern" scent by Coty

    14th August, 2004

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    CerrutiSí by Cerruti

    New crap along the lines of Aqcua di Gio etc... Don´t waste your money!
    Matt

    14th August, 2004

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    Kenzoair by Kenzo

    A definite winner for the house of Kenzo! This is the only scent I like in the Kenzo line. This cool, olfactive gem is a must if you want to smell great. The anise is well done in the top notes providing just a hint. The ambered-woody base is excellent and invigorating. This is on my to buy list!

    15th August, 2004

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    Eau des Îles by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

    In a "nut shell", of the over 50 bottles of Colognes/Perfume Oils that I presently own (and the over 100 I have sampled)...MPG "EAU DES ILES" is without a doubt my FAVORITE special fragrance! IMHO, MPG "EAU DES ILES is NOT a everyday type fragrance, rather it is best used for SPECIAL situations! MPG "EAU DES ILES" is a HIGH CLASS/UPSCALE fragrance! Simply OUTSTANDING! HIGHLY RECOMMEND by SixCats!

    15th August, 2004

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    Samsara by Guerlain

    I love this, second to Dune on my all time sensuous women's fragrances.

    15th August, 2004

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    M7 Fresh by Yves Saint Laurent

    The lighter version of M7 is a nice reinterpretation of the original scent, much lighter and thus wearable not only during summer time, but also at the office. Very versatile indeed. The lemony touch that it adds to the agarwood and oud is fantastic to say the least. I smell some of the finest ginger, and I highly appreciate it, although I'm normally not into gingery stuff. On the drydown it exposes the same intriguing notes as does the original M7, making it a high-class scent. I sometimes feel as if this scent could be deemed an original fragrance in its own right. If you like M7 you'll love this one, if the original was too heavy for you then try this one and you won't be disappointed! Whatever YSL does they never seem to get it wrong. In my view it's the best designer fragrance house in the market! If you want to stand out from the crowd then this is definitely one worth looking into. Two thumbs up!!!

    16th August, 2004

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    Original Vetiver by Creed

    A classic born. Original Vetiver by Creed starts out with a green citrus blend reminescent of TM Colonge but with an herbal refinement and pure quality ingredients which has become stample of the Creed house that has won the world over. The scent dries into a deeper green that exudes freshness and well being. Some may scrutinize the longevity of this fragrance and I will say if has plenty of staying power although its not the best and not the worst regarding this issue. 2 squirts seems to deliver the magical punch of this olfactive jem. This is a MUST BUY in any serious connessieur of orgasmic juice!

    16th August, 2004

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    B*Men by Thierry Mugler

    B*Men is very potent, very woody, not at all sweet and burns your nostrils. The first scent that comes to mind is SL Un Bois Sepia but B*Men is less refined and more butch!

    16th August, 2004

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    Concentré D'Orange Verte by Hermès

    I never had the opportunity to try the original D'Orange Verte, and most discussions about the new Concentree version seem to debate its longevity. Well, I don't know how it compares, but it's one of the scents I wear that I can most definitely detect on myself many hours later, though others have told me they do not notice it. It goes on with a refreshing blast of orange and then there's an element of mint that seems to linger on the skin, and combines with the other notes to make this unusual musky/minty concoction.

    17th August, 2004

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    Genny (original) by Genny

    This scent is not only obscure but a fantastic find that few, if any, will recognize. Its notes are suspiciously similar to Ungaro's Diva, having the same hint of creaminess, yet the drydown has a certain something to it that results in a very femine, sophisticated fragrance that, to me at least, wins the race to the finish line in competition with its more notarious Big Sister Diva. It never really got off the ground in the U.S., which is more the pity for such a beautiful perfume.

    17th August, 2004

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    Philosykos by Diptyque

    This is a really nice fig scent. It develops from green and juicy to a nice woodsy scent, which has the slightest hint of coconut. Not as sweet and coconutty as L'Artesan's Premier Figuier. Also lasts a good time.

    19th August, 2004 (Last Edited: 15th September, 2004)

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    Eucris by Geo F Trumper

    A English Classic. This scent is definitely a man's scent it oozes power and class. Ideal for the coming Autumn and Winter.
    This is one of my favourite fragrances.
    Top notes of blackcurrant coriander dies down to woody musky note.
    This scent rocks.
    Steve. England.

    19th August, 2004

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    Voleur de Roses by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    It's fall and you are slowly traipsing through your gardens, the day overcast with mist in the air. The last of the plums from the overhanging tree are ready to fall to the ground. The old rose bushes, their woody roots exposed and aromatic, have yielded the final petals of the season. The petals, in turn, have fallen to the freshly overturned, slightly damp soil. You close your eyes and take a deep breath, and are enchanted by the fragrant milieu.

    19th August, 2004

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    Concentré D'Orange Verte by Hermès

    For al the basenote members who complain about the d'Orange Vert staying power: buy this one!.
    The citrus,lemon,orange stays and does not go away. A really comfortable,feel good fragrance.

    20th August, 2004

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    Glacier by Jovan

    This stuff was great, and I was truly sad when they discontinued it. It had an extraordinary bottle that resembled a glacier, with the white plastic cap cascading down onto the sculpted frosted-glass bottle. And a really nice, fairly subtle scent.

    20th August, 2004

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    L'Eau D'Issey pour Homme by Issey Miyake

    I love this so much, there are so many great fresh layers and it reminds me of a trip to the beach!!! It gets a little boring after you wear it often though

    20th August, 2004

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    Polo Sport by Ralph Lauren

    man this fragrance needs some depth to it, the lasting power is really bad and short, which is a good thing cuz this fragrance smells like dirty socks!!

    20th August, 2004

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