Fragrance Reviews from October 2005

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    A*Men / Angel Men by Thierry Mugler

    Absolutely astonishing. It smells like a candy shop - in a good way :) Though, it should be never judged right after application. It is simply too strong. Spray it once, wait at least an hour, and only then decide whether you like it or not. Yes, it's a little bit feminine so not everybody will like, but it is definitely worth giving it a try. Especially that the price is quite affordable. Thumbs up!

    21st October, 2005

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    Joop! Homme by Joop!

    If you're a kind o of "I don't give a ph*k" person, this one is for you. It is outrageously strong and twists your nose in a way you would never expect (of course if you're one of dozen people in the world who haven't smelled it yet) Besides it's a classic and the pink juice looks nice on the shelf. Go for it :)

    21st October, 2005

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    Gaultier² by Jean Paul Gaultier

    It seems to me, Gaultier has mixed all his fragrances published up to now and added a dash of "Black" by Bulgari. Sweet like chewing gum, too sweet and too meddlesomely. Causes headache. For me it's the flop of the year!

    21st October, 2005

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    Pink Aftershave by D.R. Harris & co.

    A must have for sensitive skin!

    21st October, 2005

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    Caesars Man by Caesars World

    This was one of my earliest purchases.I bought it because the atomizer has a screw-off top.I wanted to experiment by putting several of my favorite fragrances together.This always turned out to be a disater.I laugh at it now.Its not bad,just an imitation of Drakkar.

    21st October, 2005

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    M7 by Yves Saint Laurent

    this scent really needs the right type of man to go with it..it truly is serious yet sexual. kind of an incense-y musk smell. i was quite grateful to YSL for bringing this out as they discontinued a previous fragrance that i consdered 'the one' for me(opium pour homme in the e.d.p..i love it!) it is not necessarily a similar fragrance but there is something about both that appeals to me in an intensely sexy way.
    fragrance for a man that is, at once, playful, seductive, mysterious and always confident!

    21st October, 2005

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    Anice by Etro

    very delcious light anice licorice fragrance...reminds me of some cookies my italian grandmother kept around the house..also somewhat like lolita lempicka for men but much simpler. light, masculine, spring/summer fragrance...and of course sexy and sensual!

    21st October, 2005

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    Miel de Bois by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    like ipaidforthisname i also love the scent of honey(unfortunately mechant loup did NOT cut it for me!)i have so many 'honey' scents...this scent is definitely heavy on the miel..by heavy i don't mean it is a heavy fragrance...actually the opposite..a nice light,musky kind of honey
    the instant it arrived i sprayed it all over..something about the fragrance of honey says 'sexy' to me. i'm not refined enough to pick up the wood notes, but i didn't buy it for them!!
    strangely enough i was gardening and was bent down quite close to some alyssum i have growing and realized that "miel de bois" smells intriguingly like those little flowers!
    the only thing i am unhappy with is this scent doesn't seem to last on me

    21st October, 2005

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    Paco by Paco Rabanne

    this is so not a clone of ckone!
    i first got this in 96 and i adored it the smell lingered forever i have just got another bottle from ebay and my god what flashbacks i am having. i recommend this spray to all!

    21st October, 2005

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    Sportif by Pierre Cardin

    One of the most horrible fragrances ever created. Instant headache! I can't believe the same company that made my signature 80's scent (the original Pierre Cardin) made this bile ...

    21st October, 2005

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    Poivre Piquant by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Don't worry this is not "pepper spray".Poivre Piquant starts very peppery and hot, but then everything turns soft. They contrasted the spiciness of the white pepper with a note that reminds of warm milk (A bit like in Etra and Le Feu d'Issey) and a sugary honey note. I also smell sandalwood (which sometimes can also be "milky"). Not much sillage though.
    Poivre Piquant is a warm pepper compaired to the "cold" pepper of Poivre Samarcande by Hermès.

    22 October, 2005

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    Tomorrow for Him by Avon

    YOu know this is suprisingly good! Reminds me off a more "transparent" Yohji Homme mixed with a little M7 maybe. Bottle VERY obvioulsy "inspired" by the new Dior Homme, right down to the engraving around the sprayer. NOTHING like it mind you, this is a much deeper oriental scent.

    22 October, 2005

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    Bulgari Black by Bulgari

    Well... not my style. It smelled like plastic inside a new car. Try smelling a Twinings' Lapsang Soochong tea plus extra vanilla... is almost the same smoky aroma!!!

    22 October, 2005

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    Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme by Salvatore Ferragamo

    Very distinctive aroma with a top note of fig at the first spray (fig was not common in early 2000, it appeared before Marc Jacobs and Hermes' Un Jardine en Mediterranee) and staying with grapefruit (like Memoire d'Homme), clove and woody notes. I could never use it on summer, it sicked me at poor ventilated spaces (office and subway).

    22 October, 2005

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    S.T. Dupont Homme by S.T. Dupont

    Nice woody fragrance, similar to Cartier Declaration (it must be the coriander) but a bit flowered. At least for me it worked fine on Winter (2 sprays were enought)... it was too dense for using in summer!

    22 October, 2005

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    Zipped by Perfumer's Workshop

    Really good fragrance, fresh with a bit flower/woody, giving a "I'm feeling clean" sensation. Still have a 1ml sample containing the fragrance notes... Top: bergamote, mandarin & oak leaves. Heart: green tea, transparent jasmin & violet leaves. Base: sandalwood, light amber & musks.

    I bought the last bottle in a store at Chile in 1999 for about US$30... last time I saw it was in Lima in 2001. At least in South America I never saw it again.

    22 October, 2005

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    Pal Zileri by Pal Zileri

    Sorry... it smell fresh but generic, and it didn't last enought on me.

    22 October, 2005

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    Black Jeans by Versace

    Because it is quite a bit different from the others, Black Jeans is a special member of the Versace Jeans family—adopted, I think, or perhaps a rich uncle. Most of the rest of the male Jeans line tend to be good but unspectacular casual scents. Black Jeans is much more tuxedo than jeans. I think I know what the other reviewers mean by the “tar” note. I don’t exactly get “tar” out of it, but that word is as good as any I can think of; whatever it is, it is dramatically present in the opening, adding a cryptic and dark nuance to the dignified lavender / citrus / herbal opening. The opening is totally impressive and quite long lasting.

    As the top notes slowly fade out, the floral middle notes start to bloom—it is a quiet and smooth floral / spice accord with one of the best, subdued-floral combinations I’ve experienced in such a recent masculine fragrance. I really appreciate the discreet richness applied to these floral heart notes.

    The dry down is not quite as noteworthy as the other levels of the fragrance, but it is a very good wood / musk creation which exudes a tiny bit of smokiness; and, unlike the top levels, the base is a little short on longevity. All things considered, Vesace’s Black Jeans is a totally intelligent, impressive, and desirable fragrance.

    22 October, 2005 (Last Edited: 18 January, 2007)

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    Helmut Lang Men by Helmut Lang

    This was one of those love at first sniff fragrances for me and I have been using and appreciating it for over three years now. It’s a very special scent because of its simplicity, elegance, sensuality, and beauty. Helmut Lang is not very complex and relies primarily on musk and powder to deliver its sensual message. It opens with a blast of disarray dominated by aromatics, but it quickly settles down to a subtle lavender and rosemary accord that smells like a freshly laundered shirt, except that a freshly laundered shirt is not so powdery. It’s a wonderful opening—fresh, clean, and powdery—rather bright, reticent, and sensual all at the same time. The middle moves to florals—subdued and not at all “flowery”—with jasmine, rose, heliotrope, and lily of the valley forming a reserved, mixed, undifferentiated bouquet. These middle florals provide an open, fresh feeling, possibly helped by a reduction in the amount of powder in the accord. The powder reasserts itself in the base notes, and, with the powder, the sensuality again comes alive. The base is superb: woody, musky, powdery, but it is extremely transparent and it hovers close to the skin. Even with all this soft musk and powder, somehow the scent is constructed so that I don’t find it threateningly feminine. I find that Helmut Lang doesn’t put out a lot of sillage, but it does retain a strong presence close to the skin, and it has wonderful lasting power even if it is only an EDC. This is a very sensual fragrance and it performs in a totally fulfilling way. I think Helmut Lange Men is incredibly special.

    22 October, 2005 (Last Edited: 10th March, 2008)

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    Kenneth Cole New York Men by Kenneth Cole

    A generic MeToo scent, but one of acceptable quality. It is an aromatic marine fougere with an aldehydic, citrus / bergamot opening. I detect a little pepper in there, too. There is also an identifiable sage and lavender running through most of the pyramid. The dry down is a light wood, light amber, and very, very light musk. Actually Kenneth Cole New York is a somewhat complex scent considering that the notes are not lumped together in olfactory bastardizations, but rather are presented with a discernable element of competence and craftsmanship. The quality of these accords is surprisingly good – but unique or creative, it is not. There is a very nice freshness to the scent, and I don’t get a hint of synthetics. The accords are well balanced in terms of proportion and sillage, and the longevity on my skin is quite good. It is not a poor scent by any means, and it certainly betters much of its modern designer competition. It’s an adequate scent but it comes off as just too generic and uninspired.

    22 October, 2005 (Last Edited: 09 March, 2008)

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    Ultraviolet Man by Paco Rabanne

    A fragrance that I’ve reassessed. With each wearing of Ultraviolet Man, I like it a little better. It is completely synthetic, but that no longer bothers me because its synthetics are attainable and pleasant; in fact, they fit well into the theme and apparent marketing plan of the fragrance. Ultraviolet Man is an attempt, it seems, to progress into the future of men’s fragrance. I find it very refreshing that a company is interested in its place in the total scheme of things as well as being concerned about its bottom line. Or might it possibly be a marketing decision? UV Man is a very light scent on my skin and one I don’t have to be concerned about in application. Its lightness is apparently a sort of linear progression into the future predicting more and more discreet (almost indiscernible), synthetic fragrances. It’s a difficult fragrance to describe because the notes are “Gray Amber,” “Liquid Mint,” and “Moss Crystals” …those don’t mean a thing to me...and I’m sure that is the intention. After all, why give traditional labels to notes that are obviously synthetic concoctions? Those given names are a version of truth in advertising as well as a marketing ploy. The fragrance starts out synthetically aromatic and ends sort of synthetically mossy. There is very little change between the beginning and the end because the scent is quite linear and, in spite of its lightness, manages to have a modicum of strength and longevity. It is basically unexciting except for the mild intellectual intrigue of its marketing ploy (a prediction of the technological future?); but the suggestion of its unspoken story and its futuristic persona give it a value that I can somewhat appreciate. I have come to actually enjoy it…some of the time. It is a very unusual and unique fragrance and a might try to those who are philosophically inclined.

    22 October, 2005 (Last Edited: 20th November, 2007)

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    John Varvatos by John Varvatos


    The opening of John Varvatos is somewhat reserved and a touch exotic. The mellowing presence of the dark and dried fruit is quite prominent along with a spiciness somewhat reminiscent of the odors of the souks and medinas of the Middle East. The fruits add both a sweetness and smoothness to the fragrance – smoothing out the spices too much in my opinion. The spices would have been better presented had they more clarity and definition; as it is, the opening / middle ends up somewhat amorphously spicy, nano exotic, and overloaded with sweet. What leather there is, is barely there hiding under the spice and sugar. The use of wood is quite good: it provides a mellow, somewhat dark, underlying foundation to the fragrance, but even so, this would not be called a wood fragrance. As far as the “sweet” goes, well, that’s what this fragrance is all about. First there is the fruit already discussed. Later there is the vanilla and the amber. I get more vanilla than amber and there ends up being much more sweet than I like. A younger person might be more favorably attuned to the amount of sweet in this fragrance. The dry down continues the same themes as the beginnings except that everything becomes more subdued. I don’t get a lot of sillage off of JV, nor does it have very good longevity. It is a warm fragrance, too warm for a hot summer day but well suited for fall and winter. Compared to much of its modern competition, John Varvatos is a pretty good fragrance, especially for a younger person who would like to take a step or three up from many of the current designer offerings… (Edit of 25 October 2005 review.)

    22 October, 2005 (Last Edited: 30th November, 2009)

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    Gaultier² by Jean Paul Gaultier

    In my opinion Gaultier2 is way too feminine to be worn by men. The one-dimensional fruity note gets on my nerves very quickly.
    This stuff definitely doesn't reach the heights of Le Male.

    22 October, 2005

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    Cindy Crawford Feminine by Cindy Crawford

    A very pleasant, woodsy oriental...not sharp on any notes nor too sweet, easy to wear all year-round.

    22 October, 2005

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    Eucris by Geo F Trumper

    A very excellent scent. Initially it comes across as sharp, citrus, but this is a deceptive first impression. It reminds me a little of Bijan, but it's much more complex and multi-faceted and -dimensional. It's Bijan, without the glare and the hysteria.

    22 October, 2005

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    Monsieur Rochas by Rochas

    I beleive monsieur rochas is one of the greatest men's colognes ever created. This cologne has its very own personality and character and it is very unique. It smells very chic, manly, warm and gentle. This would be perfect for someone like gregory peck or cary grant.

    22 October, 2005

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    Eau d'Hadrien by Annick Goutal

    A great Citrus for 10 minutes...Then, on my skin, wet cardboard...not impressed.

    22 October, 2005

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    Jules by Christian Dior

    In the same vein as Bel Ami....However, there is a sour fruity note that does not agree with me.

    22 October, 2005

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    Anvers by Ulrich Lang

    This stuff is GREAT....I do get a second-hand smoke sensation but...It is VERY pleasent ( I despise cigarrette smoke) Anyway, My wife REALLY digs this one.

    22 October, 2005

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    Central Park by Bond No. 9

    Really NOT impressed with this one...A stale green scent...Blah!

    22 October, 2005

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