Fragrance Reviews from October 2005

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    Contradiction for Men by Calvin Klein

    the first spray made me think id grabbed the womens contra, but a half hour later it became quite nice and yes, somewhat vanillay. good for springtime and khakis.

    05 October, 2005

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    Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche

    Ah Drakkar. makes me remember my prom... but nostalgia only goes so far. it got plenty of compliments at the time, but it is very one dimensional. "sex-in-a-bottle" yes, "babe-magnet" fine, "classic" ok... but it doesnt go anywhere. recommended if you are 16 and seeking to loose your virginity.

    05 October, 2005

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    Brit for Men by Burberry

    as said, its quite youthful, but certainly not philistine. very autumnal, as it is both crisp and warm. my girlfriend's favorite.

    05 October, 2005

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    Dunhill by Dunhill

    i agree that it is a bit synthetic, but worn VERY lightly it can be quite elegant, and is certainly an improvement on the other dunhills. I would give it a neutral, but the bottle is really phenomal.

    05 October, 2005

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    Soprani Uomo by Luciano Soprani

    THIS IS A WONDERFUL EASY DUTY FALL FRAGRANCE. IT'S GREEN, FRESH, AND FINALLY WARM. IT'S DEFINITELY WORH A TRY. IT'S NOT LOUD...BUT IT IS CLASSY AND FINE. JOSH AUGUSTT

    05 October, 2005

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    Baby Phat Goddess by Kimora Lee Simmons

    Just a small spritz of this induced a migraine so bad that I ended up in bed for hours.

    05 October, 2005

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    Esencia Loewe by Loewe

    Seems to have taken the Paco Rabanne pour Homme ideal and fine-tuned it. Less piney and more musky. Very versatile, manly stuff. Lasts forever. Chicks dig it. 'Nuff said.

    05 October, 2005

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    Into the Blue by Givenchy

    Pleasant enough, but on the feminine side of unisex. Must be the white orchid that I'm getting the most hits of. Little to no sillage - stays extremely close to the skin. I've gone through most of a 5ml decant in half a day just to be able to smell it at all. Since it was launched specifically for the travel retail market, maybe it's made for use in a cramped airline cabin for several hours. Can't imagine anyone really complaining about it in those circumstances.

    05 October, 2005

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    Cologne Blanche by Christian Dior

    A light, somewhat powdery day scent. Cologne Blanche begins with soft, sweet bergamot and orange flowers followed quickly by an almond / vanilla drydown. While not earthshattering, this is a very good daywear change-of-pace scent.

    05 October, 2005

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    Emporio Armani City Glam for Him by Giorgio Armani

    I'm all with MonkeyManMatt here. City Glam for boys sure is a stinker. One of the few samples I have at home (of around 80 or 90) I will never ever put on my skin again.

    05 October, 2005

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    Love In White by Creed

    I picked up Creed's Love in White, the travel-size, at Bergdorf's, for my fiancee. She loves it, her second Creed scent ever, describing it as creamy". She's an idealist, a supporter of world peace, and she's happy that part of the price goes to UNESCO. She plans to bring the scent with her on a trip to Portugal next week."

    05 October, 2005

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    Poison by Christian Dior

    I'm not a specialist in female fragrances, but this is so bold and daring that I must say I admire it. It has a fantastic lasting power, and the top note of blackberry lasts forever and you then understand it's not even a top note - it lingers on with dry-down in a remarkably accomplished way. It takes a lot of skill to achieve this degree of elegance with fruity notes which are more often associated with 'cheap' and 'mass market'. A masterpiece.

    05 October, 2005

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    Roma by Laura Biagiotti

    Not for everyone, and the sweetness and fruitiness, despite the finely crafted balance with oriental spice, will not please those yearning for 'freshness'. No fragrance is further from marine scents than this one. Disctinct and confident, whether you like it or not.

    05 October, 2005

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    212 Men by Carolina Herrera

    Come to think of it, the name is probably the best and the most innovative thing about this fragrance. Packaging is nice, and the fresh grassy notes are agreeable. But overall, it is a true symbol of the Year That Imagination Died. I am not aware of any launch year more completely deprived of imagination than 1999.

    05 October, 2005

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    Acqua di Giò pour Homme by Giorgio Armani

    I think IPaidForThisName captured the essence very well: yes, just as video killed a radio star, AdG lowered expectations of the buyers seemingly forever. There is nothing wrong with Aqua di Gio, nothing at all - except now there are dozens of similar ones on the market. There is nothing daring in it, for there are toilet air fresheners on the market that cost a couple of dollars or pounds and are more memorable. What a celebration of bland and generic!

    05 October, 2005

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    Diesel Zero Plus by Diesel

    I tried it and I liked the sweet sharp note of cinnamon. I thought it was unusual. I would have stayed clear of this purely because of 'groovy' packaging and I am pleased I tried it nevertheless (lesson: do not pre-judge something on the basis of packaging or advertising. Except for iPod, which has its entire campaign structured in such a way so as to ensure I would rather be dead than seen wearing this soapbox). As for dry-down, it is much more common and I am still not convinced this has a place in my collection. A few more tries at airport Duty Frees, perhaps? Will update when I eventually decide what I'm doing with this one.

    05 October, 2005

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    Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche

    Today, it may seem simplistic and those who don't like 80s would not like Drakkar Noir either, but no-one should underestimate its influence in the structure of modern men's fragrance of late 20th century. And if imitation is the surest form of flattery, oh boy has THIS been flattered!

    05 October, 2005

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    Gillette Pacific Light by Gillette Series

    Gillette may be thought of as a very common brand - almost like McDonald's - but they pull no punches when working out their scents. Not sure why it is called Pacific Light (sure sounds good), but the structure here is very assured and it has enough zing to be memorable.

    05 October, 2005

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    Gillette Wild Rain by Gillette Series

    I said this before and I'll say it again: 1994 was the year of giants and everyone - EVERYONE - seemed to have scored. Listen to this: D&G Pour Homme, Havana, Roma Uomo, Insense Ultramarine, L'Eau D'Issey pour Homme, even Adidas Sport, for crying out loud! It is as if floodgates of creativity, boldness, imagination have been opened. It's a shame that the inspiration eventually ran dry. Wild Rain is fresh in a salty-sweety way. Think of a sweet ripe apple that you pick up on a cold autumn day, lying in cold rainy grass, with drops of water all over it.

    05 October, 2005

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    Lagerfeld Classic by Lagerfeld

    It is very warm, very old-smelling; not in a bad way, but in the way of an old house or an old theatre smells; a smell of faded beauty and gentler times. This is talcum powder galore. This is the smell of a world without mobile phones and definitely no internet. Not everyone will like it and not many people will dare wearing it (I don't think I would dare, for that matter), but it is a distinct, powerful classic fragrance, bold and expertly structured.

    05 October, 2005

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    Laguna Homme by Salvador Dali

    The drydown is more interesting and sublime than the top notes which are, well if not common, then definitely not unique or ground-breaking. Yes, this is all about summer. This is a good stuff, but it lacked proper marketing and self-belief.

    05 October, 2005

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    Présence by Montblanc

    I disagree that it is simplistic. Yes, it is sweet and I agree that mint note is very tipical for the year of it's launch, but I would argue that it is quite distinct too. The bottle is nothing to write home about (I, for one, always want to keep it upside down); and the association with MontBlanc... I don't know. I could name a few fragrances that I much, much closer spiritually to all that MontBlanc stands for: Louis Azzaro, Gucci pour Homme, Quorum, Obsession. Come on, if BMW would launch a fragrance, you wouldn't expect it to smell like Aqua di Gio or Tommy?

    05 October, 2005

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    Black by Kenneth Cole

    In a way, it continues the fine job started by Aqua di Gio: killing of any imagination and creativity in perfumes. The most interesting thing? Possibly that mint in top note. It's gone before you know it. Insense smoke? Sounds interesting, but it's not there. Rather cheesy bottle with cheesy "artistique" script. As fake as any pretentious 'fusion' restaurant in London with 'contemporary' cuisine, designer interior and no soul.

    05 October, 2005

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    Feuilles de Tabac by Miller Harris

    Ah, Sir, you are transporting me back to those days near the Rue St. Germain with your scent today! What on earth is it?
    Though he has worn nothing but Acqua di Selva for the past several decades, my valet stuns me often with his uncanny propensity to properly ascribe provenance on the various scents in my collection, even new ones like this Feuilles de Tabac.

    This is simply quite a scent. Unabashedly masculine, yet perfectly appropriate for the fairer sex. There is no tobacco, per se, at lest not like D&G PH, Cuba, or even Guerlain Vetiver. Rather there is use of cascarilla oil, which is steam distilled from the bark of Croton Eluteria, which grows in the West Indies. The oil's color is a pale yellow to greenish yellow or dark amber. It has a strong, spicy, aromatic, warm woody, peppery, nutmeg, myrtle type odor (the preceding information from the Good Scents Co.). This scent is masculine in the same vein as Le Dandy from D'Orsay, though the two are nothing alike. In other words, this isn't masculine like Paco Rabanne, Sung, Aramis, or any of the otehr "typical" masculine scents; and I consider that a good thing. According to Lucky Scent, this scent has Cuban cascarilla oil, pimento berries, pine needles, sage, tobacco, tonka bean, and Malay patchouli. Seek out and experience for yourself. Enjoy.

    Wicozani

    05 October, 2005

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    Green Jeans by Versace

    i so hope this isnt discontinued as its my favorite edt of all time
    its staying power is amazing and evryone comments on it

    05 October, 2005

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    Happy for Men by Clinique

    could be mind over matter here but it does actually lift my mood! its not too expensive either so worth a try

    05 October, 2005

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    L'Eau Bleue D'Issey pour Homme by Issey Miyake

    to be honest i did fork out a lot of money for thsi fragrance after smelling it on someone but i guess its one of those scents that you have to be the right person to wear it. it was just average to me

    05 October, 2005

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    Beyond Paradise for Men by Estée Lauder

    hmph well i love this scent its so fresh, so happy, so summery, so evocative and so moreish definatley a classic of yrs to come

    05 October, 2005

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    Muscs Koublaï Khän by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    This scent screams of conquest in battle and then some serious For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge in celebration.

    05 October, 2005 (Last Edited: 14 December, 2010)

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    The Dreamer by Versace

    I always dabble with the Versace line: So many scents coming from so many perspectives for so many audiences. The Dreamer is decidely in the oriental fragrance category, like Le Male, 360 white, Cuba Gold, Britto, and the like. This one, however, is brighter and - er - dreamier than them all, though! Lasts forever, and stays the same on the skin all day. It almost has an icy, cool quality in its sweet character. Kool scent, Gianni! :-)

    06 October, 2005

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