Fragrance Reviews from October 2005

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    Emporio Armani City Glam for Him by Giorgio Armani

    A light, fresh offering from Armani. City Glam is not what comes to mind, but rather, White Summer? The similarities with White are close, but City Glam seems to have taken cues from classic eau de colognes. Though my reaction is nowhere near as intense as Matt's, I find it nice, unobtrusive, and good for someone looking for something subtle. Most prominent on my skin is the bitter orange with a hint of white musk.

    22nd October, 2005

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    Carlos Santana for Men by Carlos Santana

    I love it. Apple, cinnamon, tonka bean, lavender...This reminds me of Armand Basi pour Homme, but sweeter, tangier and with more vanilla! Well done!

    22nd October, 2005

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    Kenzoair by Kenzo

    This is one of the most horrible smelling colonges I've ever put on. After a half hour or so, I tried to wash it off, I couldn't stand it.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Green Irish Tweed by Creed

    Majestic!!! Dark and mysterious, fresh, like a forest by the Alps on a summer night illuminated by a full moon with a cool breeze carrying the scent of distant flowers..., full of energy, its calm surface hiding a wild undertow revealed subtlely with time in layers of unfolding complexity....

    This masterpiece is not to be compared with chemists concoctions poured out of drums and purveyed by 24 hour pharmacies, as some of the other reviews keep repeating. A great addition to the collection for those who appreciate luxury for the sake of quality alone, and philanthropically underpriced.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Silver Mountain Water by Creed

    Although Creed's masterpieces are among my all-time favorites, this one I did not like very much. I wore a sample and thought it was ok, at least unique. It starts fresh, with tea and berry notes, which are pleasant, but a little too feminine. A strong aquatic or woodsy underlying note would save it at that point, but instead the lighter notes fade and an overpowering decaying flowers/sweet floral scent clings mercililessly for days....defineitely will not attract women and despite being feminine, I would not want my girlfriend to wear it either. De Charlus's comment, below, was bang on in this instance.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Himalaya by Creed

    An incredible exotic adventure in a fragrance, opening memories of past exotic getaways, of monks chanting from an unreachable temple in the morning echoing off the cold mountains, jungle greenery, spice markets, warm sundried beaches, and tropical wild flowers...

    Excellent balance from the start, between a fresh aquatic tone and sweet tropical fruits, evolving into a perfectly subtle hint every once in a while during the day of spices and mountain air.

    As exotic adventures would not be such if done every day, this is meant to be used wisely.

    23rd October, 2005

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    cK one Scene by Calvin Klein

    Well each to their own! This scent has NO similarities to ANY ckone variation WHATSOEVER! All in the nose I suppose!

    23rd October, 2005 (Last Edited: 20th November, 2005)

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    Hamptons by Bond No. 9

    Hamptons has quickly become one of my favorite scents ever. It takes everything I like about Creed's Silver Mountain Water, improves on it, and removes everything I always felt SMW could do without. In other words, a better SMW than SMW. Hamptons has a sharp yet light aquatic note that perfectly compliments the SMW opening. It has good longevity and projects well, yet is not overbearing in any way. A beautiful fragrance for a man.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Fougère by Pecksniff's

    Substantial green opening. The petitgrain adds some citrus to the accord, but only for support because the galbanum takes precedence in an accord that also depends a lot on the lavender. The opening is an excellent accord — it’s enchanting and long lasting with a solid grasp on tradition and elegance. The heart notes continue the green with a bit more aromatics by means of juniper and coriander. By the middle level, the scent has lost its lavender notes and turned to almost pure aromatic green — the floral element — lily-of-the-valley — is barely discernable to my nose. The base is the weakest of the elements of the fragrance. It has minimal strength and below average longevity. Green wood, aka cedarwood, is dominant, and this, with the moss, continues the vegetal motif with a slight wood-ish bent to it. I don’t get much musk, but then, I often miss musk when there is a green or wood accord present. I notice that the sales pitches for this fragrance mention spiciness. I don’t get any spices — lots of greens and herbals, but no spices. Pecksniff’s Fougère is a classy green / aromatic fragrance. It is traditional enough to be used as a paradigm for the fougere category. As a sillage maker, it suffers from longevity problems, but it does manage to hang on as a comforting skin scent for two hours after its silage is gone, which is not really good enough for a product that is listed as an EDT. It is a beautiful fougere fragrance, but its very weak longevity makes it a neutral.

    23rd October, 2005 (Last Edited: 07th April, 2008)

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    DKNY Be Delicious Men by Donna Karan

    Smells of rotten apples to me, but if you're into that sort of thing, knock yourself out.

    I think the problem is the coffe and wood beneath the apple mixes in such an odd way that in combination with the brown bottle, all I can think is rotten fruit. Longevity is an issue, but at least the bottle is kind of nice. Definately skip this one.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Polo by Ralph Lauren

    You would only like this if you enjoy smelling like an ashtray.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Histoire d'Eau by Mauboussin

    Haven't tried this yet; I've read about it recently and I'm intrigued. But I can't seem to find it either online or in US stores. Can someone help? Thank you!

    23rd October, 2005

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    Extract of West Indian Limes by Geo F Trumper

    Sharp and fresh, a wonderful scent of limes. And a few minutes later it tones down nicely. (Which is a good thing, because as terrific as the initial scent is, it's too sharp to wear without its toning down.) But, after that, and as others have said, Extract of West Indian Limes doesn't seem to have a lot of staying power. It's like fireworks: it appears, it's magnificent, and then it's gone.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Wellington Cologne by Geo F Trumper

    Very fruity at first; first impression is that it's vibrant, but too zany. And then it quickly tones down so nicely. It retains its vibrancy--but a more subtle version of it. And from then on it just smolders warmly. A very comfortable scent. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be long lasting. (At least it didn't appear so to me. I only had a sample to experiment with.)

    23rd October, 2005

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    A*Men / Angel Men by Thierry Mugler

    I had once tried A*Men many years ago and I could not stand it. Few weeks ago, I gave it another shot. I did not like it the first time, but you have to be a little patient and persistent, and then it grows on you. As mentioned by other members, you have to try it a couple of times to see if you have the palate (yes, I mean the sense of taste!!) for it. My recommendation: try it atleast three different days, and if you start enjoying A*Men spend few days to get the right quantity to spray on (it will vary for each person's).
    A*Men is a very complex fragrance and it is for people who exude confidence. A difinite hit with the ladies and you will get constant compliments from them.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Bowling Green by Geoffrey Beene

    The initial citrus smell is one of the stongest among this family of colognes. this one is a citrusy cologne with a character of its own. It is pleasant without being too light. And the name captures the smell perfectly. Too bad it tis out of production.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Eau de Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene

    It is not a lighter version of grey flannel. But as a sporty light scent it is pleasant. I do recommend it.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Greenergy by Givenchy

    Greenergy is a sporty relatively light, green scent. Since I like green scent I bought this one based on its name and the color of its liquid. It is pleasant/smooth/warm scent which to me sits right on the borderline of casual and dressy.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene

    Grey Flannel is defenitley an original cologne. I can not think odf another cologne like it. It is warm without being heavy. The name perfecly fits the smell.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Monsieur de Givenchy II by Givenchy

    Not too many people know this cologne. The smell of this one is very similar to greenergy. It has a smooth green smell and i kind of like it.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Monsieur de Givenchy by Givenchy

    One of the best colognes ever made. it is a warm citrus cologne with a character of its own. If you ever smell on someone you will instantly recognize it.
    They do not make this kind of colognes anymore.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Narcisse Blanc by Caron

    Absolutely wonderful! I love Narcisse Noir, and am thrilled to have had the chance to try Blanc. I totally agree with donna255's review that whereas Noir is the va-va-va-voom, Blanc is simpler, lighter, fresher and leaves a wonderful almost soapy sillage.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Parfum Sacré by Caron

    Wonderful! A surprisingly sultry, perfectly blended, smooth floral that is almost un-floral! A bit of a play-doh note hovers throughout the composition, which is overall, never bright or sweet, but manages to create an almost second skin sensation.

    23rd October, 2005

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    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme by Paco Rabanne

    The opening is indeed a harsh, herbal, soapy blast that can be hard to deal with. But soon thereafter, the notes blend down harmoniously with soft honey and amber notes and a light musk, all the while balanced by the persistence of the herbal lavender and geranium notes. One of those scents that can be worn in any season. Soapy without being "clean." Very nice.

    24th October, 2005

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    Higher by Christian Dior

    Although it's not very complex or extreme, this fragrance is heaven for summer. It reminds me of a hot day in spring on a wonderful island. I like how this fragrance has a very nice balance between floral and spicy - it's sweet, yet with a spicy, heavy base. Lasts long, even on hot days.

    24th October, 2005

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    Aimez-Moi by Caron

    Aimez Moi is a true masterpiece of Florientals! A fragrance so stimulatingly powerful, and so lovingly unique yet simple. Nothing out there compares to it! It just swirls your senses and plays with you... caresses and unfolds as the day goes on... I love how this fragrance changes in most unique ways, and leaves you wanting to smell it again and again... Every time a whiff of it arrives to my nostrils a slightly different note is detected, only to disappear and hide for a while making room for others to show off... and then you wait for its return with excited longing as they float round and round... Such a wonderful composition, like a beautiful melody wind creates while playing in the rustling of the autumn leaves, swirling them on the ground and caressing them on the golden boughs of tall trees, charming them down... I love it's aromatic blend of Star Anise, Bergamot, Mint Leaves, and yummy spices (Cumin and Cardamom)... and it gorgeous heart of Violets, Magnolia, Roses and Jasmine... and then it's richly intoxicating end notes of Iris, Tolu Balsam, laced with woody notes of Vanilla, Heliotrope, Amber, Musk and Cloves ahhh such warmth. Definitely one of my ultimate favorite!!!

    24th October, 2005

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    L'Homme Sage by Divine

    L'Homme Sage. It's remarkable! Frag for the silent intellectual who believes that his allure is most effective by not talking at all. It's dark, but what lurks beneath is this tenderness that you swear it looks right into your soul. Don't wear this if you're afraid of being a bit vulnerable.

    24th October, 2005

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    Claiborne for Men by Liz Claiborne

    Another example of designers abandoning their namesake fragrances. This was a very clean basil-like scent, similar to Sud Est by Romeo Gigli (Herb Alpert Fragrances). I loved this fragrance because the drydown became a very sexy cedar scent. I believe it is still available at Sam's Club (I bought a 2-pack for $25). Buy it if you can because I don't think this will last.

    24th October, 2005

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    Gucci pour Homme (original) by Gucci

    I'M PROBABLY THE LAST PERSON ON THE EARTH TO TRY THIS OLD CLASSIC AND I LOVE IT. I ONLY WISH IT WAS EASIER TO FIND AND A LOT LESS EXPENSIVE. IT'S A CLEAN, CLASSY FRAGRANCE THAT HAS GREAT STAYING POWER. ONLY WISH I HAD TRIED IT A DECADE EARLIER! JOSHAUGUSTT

    24th October, 2005

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    Innocent by Thierry Mugler

    Pleasantly bland. It has a kind of kittenish sexiness to it, which might be great on a 16-year-old, and dries down to an innocuous, undifferentiated (to my nose) powdery note reminiscent of (but less distinctive than) Blue Grass. Though the original Angel was not a masterpiece, it was groundbreaking in its time as a "gourmet" fragrance evoking mango and chocolate. This is just "bleh."

    24th October, 2005

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