Fragrance Reviews from October 2005

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    Santal Noble by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

    Amazing. The richest, deepest wood there is. There is something really funky in the opening - it's almost poopy. But it quickly blends into the coffee and coconut and deep, warm sandal. It lasts for ages - the powdery drydown is delectable.

    30th October, 2005

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    Tuscany / Etruscan by Aramis

    A simpler, lighter Azzaro PH. Not to say that this one is light or simple. I find the opening to be a bit harsh, but it warms and deepens as it develops. It generates as many compliments as anything I own.

    30th October, 2005

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    Musc Ravageur by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    By far my favorite musk scent - spicy and oriental and ambery. There are some harsh balsamic topnotes that can really bother me if I overapply. Sometimes this feels like the perfect scent - extremely sensual. This is also one of those cold-weather scents that I find myself wearing in the summertime.

    30th October, 2005

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    Dzing! by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Brilliant, original and bizarre, yet completely wearable in any setting. Luca Turin's cardboard comment always comes to mind and I do indeed get that note now whenever I smell this. The animal quality keeps this one right on the edge.

    30th October, 2005

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    New Haarlem by Bond No. 9

    Absolutely lovely. I don't like a lot of gourmand scents as they usually conjure up flavor combinations that seem frankly gross, or conversely overwhelm with sweetness. New Haarlem gets it just right, with fresh bergamot topnotes balances with rich, warm coffee - actually more of a vanilla capaccino. There is a suggestion of orange flavored chocolate and burnt sugar. It sounds like it would be too sweet, but the effect is quite balanced and wearable.

    30th October, 2005

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    Statement by Etienne Aigner

    This is a very fresh, green scent. It has fair staying power and it's a good, solid fragrance. But it's probably not going to be one of your all time favorites. Joshaugustt

    30th October, 2005

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    Arpège pour Homme by Lanvin

    Warm and Wonderful!!! I think this is the BEST new fragrance so far this year!!! If you like warm, deep woods and spices, and a powdery drydown that lasts and is never overpowering...then this is the ticket. It's a perfect new fragrance. Joshaugustt

    30th October, 2005

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    Le Dandy by D'Orsay

    I just wanted to point out that the reintroduced scent under this name is nothing whatsoever like the old scent by d'Orsay, which was one of my mother's all time favorite perfumes.

    30th October, 2005

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    Euphoria by Calvin Klein

    I don't really see what all the fuss is about. It's pleasant, sweet, slightly fruity. Nice bottle and nice drydown...Overall, it's "eh".

    30th October, 2005

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    Infini by Caron

    What a surprise! This is MAGNIFICENT...Definitely wearable by a man!

    Caron writes: While only poets and scientists have been able to approach the fascination of infinity, CARON managed in 1970 to capture its fragrance.
    This olfactory creation needed a lot of research to reach the perfect harmony between the “green” start, the aldehyde floral heart, and the wooded base.

    NOTES: EAD NOTE: Jasmine, lily of the valley & yellow narcissus. HEART NOTE: Iris, rose, yellow night-blooming hyacinths. BASE NOTE: Tonka beans, vetiver, musk, sandalwood, amber.

    30th October, 2005

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    Nocturnes by Caron

    Another surprise from Caron. Though slightly floral, I find this completely wearable and very light and fresh. A nice marriage of vetiver and orange blossom on my skin.

    NOTES: Vetiver, sandalwood, musk, jasmine, tuberose, ylang-ylang, orange blossom, rose.

    30th October, 2005

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    Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan

    Magnificent - sueded amber notes lightened by light musks and orris. If you love Black Cashmere and would like something lighter for warmer weather, try this...it's a wonderful comforting and unique fragrance.

    30th October, 2005

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    Escada Collection by Escada

    WOW! How did I not know about this? This is a bizarrely addictive sweet gourmand oriental that is surprisingly subtle, and not the least floral. Really, this is Vanilla Coke with a nutty tonka, and woodsy sandalwood theme...You gotta try it!

    30th October, 2005

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    24, Faubourg by Hermès

    A beautiful rendition of orange blossom with a warm oriental base. Stunning, and definitely one of my all-time favorite florals.

    30th October, 2005

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    Hiris by Hermès

    Hiris is quite possibly the finest of the Hermes scents - and Iris that is doughy, powdery, warm, surprising. GUYS - don't miss this! Definitely not what you might think!

    30th October, 2005

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    Nacre by Jean Patou

    Strangely alluring, on my skin, this scent is ginger and grapefruit with a soapy ambery base. The floral notes are practically nowhere to be found and the scent is overall comforting and unique.

    30th October, 2005

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    24, Faubourg Eau Délicate by Hermès

    Very similar to the original, but not as ambery in the base, perhaps replaced with a light white musk note? Like a fresh eau de cologne, this could have been marketed as it's own unisex scent...

    30th October, 2005

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    Hermèssence Rose Ikebana by Hermès

    A lovely rose scent paired with a tangy grapefruit note. That's about it. Gone in an hour but for the slightest hint of a light musk.

    30th October, 2005

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    Obsession Night by Calvin Klein

    Absolutely love this! Definitely bottleworthy! Warm and ambery in the base, but with a substantially different top softened by florals. Smelled great on me - I liked this better than the men's counterpart!

    30th October, 2005

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    Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker

    I LOVE this! Yes, ok, so the bottle is very girly, as is the name, but the fragrance is a patchouli and white musk mix that is absolutely addictive. If either of these notes interest you, then u gotta try it. One of the best releases of 2005!

    30th October, 2005

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    Brit Gold by Burberry

    Sweet and powdery but with a wonderful drydown that emphasizes the sandalwood notes. A complete departure from Brit or Brit for Men, this is a powdery oriental with tremendous lasting power.

    NOTES: Sandalwood, vanilla, iris, musk, amber, neroli, bergamot, magnolia and black currant.

    30th October, 2005

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    Emporio Armani City Glam for Her by Giorgio Armani

    Cedric has it nailed - plastic-y fruity floral with a strange chypre base. I love White for Her, but this was disappointing.

    30th October, 2005

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    Do Son by Diptyque

    This is all tuberose, albeit a light airy tuberose...strictly for floral lovers. It reminds me slightly of L'Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons, but not quite as fresh, and focused on the tuberose.

    30th October, 2005

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    Dinner by Bobo

    This *is* a fun scent - so gingerbready, spicy, vivacious. I agree it has a sense of humor. It also has a subtle sexy note, sort of a submerged floral/base note that keeps it from being too 'foody', a problem with most gourmand fragrances for me. They're usually about distinctive food notes offset by equally distinctive woods/earth. This one sort of blends it all together - the spice, fruit, and earth meld together into a spicy, juicy concoction that is spirited, with a bit of joie de vivre. The cumin note some speak of didn't come out as an identifiable note to me, but stayed part of the general spice environment, which is why I probably liked it more. If the cumin had been distinct, I would have liked it less. Note: It is a strong, long-lasting fragrance, so isn't appropriate for many situations. I wore it on a tour of the Boeing Air Museum and bus ride, and it dominated the entire tour. I could hear people sniffing the entire time. It wasn't a bad smell - just overpoweringly Christmas kitchen. So... maybe not for tours in the summertime :-)

    30th October, 2005 (Last Edited: 23 July, 2011)

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    Nocturnes by Caron

    Although the name suggests it to be a night-invoking perfume, I find it extremely summer-like and full of light.
    It starts off with a citrus splash of bergamot and tangerine, backed up with a feminine floral notes of jasmine, and a more masculine eau-de-cologne like notes of orange blossoms and a hint of musk, that adds sensuality to that blast of freshness.
    As the top notes start to fade, they reveal a luscious fruity note of peach supported by vanilla, which gradually pushes away the dominant orange-blossom and tangerine accord.
    The dry down gradually enters with an interesting and surprising accord dominated by a fresh, woody and masculine vetiver notes, accompanied by green notes, orange blossom (softer and more subtle now), and a very modest hint of vanilla and rose.
    This perfume is full of surprises, I love the way the stages fade into each other. The overall impression is of freshness and vivacity, mingled with a tad of melancholy, which brings to mind Chopin's expressive piano nocturni.

    It’s surprising to see that such an old-fashioned aldehydic floral was launched in the 80’s (1981 to be exact). The perfumer behind Nocturnes is Gerard Lefort.

    Top notes: Aldehydes, Bergamot, Mandarin, Green notes
    Heart notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Tuberose, Stephanotis, Lily of the Valley, Orris, Rose, Cyclamen
    Base notes: Vetiver, Musk, Sandalwood, Amber, Vanilla, Benzoin

    30th October, 2005 (Last Edited: 22 January, 2014)

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    Red by Giorgio Beverly Hills

    Smoldering Red slithers into the senses with a complex layering of scent sensations. Red is a very bold fragrance; certainly not for the feint of heart or the very allergic. It is the clearly defined amber notes that hold court almost more than other note in this mixture. Red perfume is my addiction. You will find, as well, woody green chypre notes and a sublime blend of florals that is so intense it is hard to single out one note because they are all so intertwined. Yikes, I caught an air of saffron crocus in this too, also some wee hint of musk: the list could go on but if you want to know more about this perfume suggest you give it a sniff but be prepared to sniff for a fews days.

    31st October, 2005

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    Arden Men - Sandalwood by Elizabeth Arden

    A very strong long lasting cologne. For any who wish to try it, it is still available from perfumeemporium.

    31st October, 2005

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    Eau de Santal by Floris

    October turns to November, warm turns to cold and I find myself reaching for my now quarter full bottle of Santal (didn't want to say three quarters empty and risk offending all you optimists out there). I keep coming back to this fragrance, seems to work reasonably well in Summer but its warmth definately suits the cold weather better. Up close to the skin you can really smell the Black peppercorns. As one reviewer suggested, there are is a hint of Gucci's Envy in this fragrance. I never liked Envy, it always smelled too synthetic for my tastes. Santal seems to redress this problem and take the basic Envy fragrance a good few steps further. I like wearing this stuff, perhaps its a sense of being English and thinking that I should be wearing something by Floris or possibly that this is just a lovely, warm, intimate and inviting fragrance. For those of you in the USA who have difficulty finding any Flories products I suggest visiting the website, www.florisoflondon.com, clicking on the New York option and get shopping! If I had to make one criticism of this truly classy smell, it is that the standard EDT dies away all too quickly on my skin. I think I'll opt for the Intense version next time.

    31st October, 2005

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    Opium pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

    Oh - I remember this one, must get a bottle soon.
    it was vanilla with all hints of sweet Japanese Temple incense and flowers , but spicy enough for
    the intended male market. Stable through the whole
    6/8/10 hour life but moody , sultry , opulent -
    perhaps a hint of aloes wood. Great night scent.

    31st October, 2005

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