Fragrance Reviews from September 2005

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    Limes by Floris

    Iíve always loved the smell of limes. This is no exception. Itís a robust and refreshing lime fragrance. It lasts about 5-10 minutes on the skin, though.

    22 September, 2005

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    Mark Birley for Men by Mark Birley

    I found Mark Birley to be incredibly boring and mainstream, for what it is. I think Mark Birley is very cologne like. There arenít any notes that stand out, nor does the composition seem, in any way, remarkable. Not worth the money.

    22 September, 2005

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    Mojo by Austin Powers by Gendarme

    I love this stuff. Everyone always asks about it. Itís also painfully fun to say ďI am wearing Mojo!!Ē Mojo is a slightly sweet fragrance with an almost candied lavender accord. Itís also got clean/soapy accords throughout to be true to the Gendarme way. I like it a lot, and think itís great for summer. Itís really too bad itís a splash though.

    22 September, 2005

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    Obsession for Men by Calvin Klein

    Obsession is one of the great Orientals of old. During its peak, the biggest downfall of obsession was the amount of people that wore it. Today, that isnít nearly as much of a problem. Obsession is a great, rich, and classical fragrance that should be at least tested.

    22 September, 2005

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    Opium pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

    Compared to the original Opium, I consider this a failure. This is a very sweet Oriental. Itís well made, but itís just not of the same caliber as the Original, but thatís not a huge issue. The EdT of OpH is a bit linear and flat; it lacks the depth that made opium what it should have been. The EdP, however, is worlds better; itís richer, thicker, and evolves much better on the skin. If this is your thing, I seriously recommend the EdP!

    22 September, 2005

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    Pi by Givenchy

    Wow, this is so cloying, and so awful. This can be summed up entirely by saying: Vanilla car air freshener.

    22 September, 2005

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    Pi Fraiche by Givenchy

    I may be a bit biased because I hate Pi, but this version is actually a little better. The heavy, cloying nature of Pi makes it offensive to me, but this is cleaned up, and itís actually wearable. Still, not a good fragrance, imho, but a bit better than Pi. It still has that car airfreshener quality.

    22 September, 2005

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    Polo by Ralph Lauren

    How did this define an era? I donít really understand it, but alas, maybe there are a few things I am not meant to understand. Iíve never really like leather fragrances like this one, but this is a little bit more tolerable than Z-14 and Quorum, for example. This one is dense, and a bit dated, to say the least.

    22 September, 2005

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    Santal Impťrial by Creed

    This is a somewhat boring, but very creamy Sandalwood fragrance. Its very smooth, and very well made, but not terribly interesting. I can easily see the merits of a fragrance such as this one, but donít really find it interesting enough to purchase a bottle. I much prefer Santal Noble, or even Tam Dao to this fragrance.

    22 September, 2005

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    Silver Mountain Water by Creed

    SMW is a great fragrance. Itís a great blend of currant, tea, and aquatic like notes. The scent itself is very fresh and crisp, and the currant notes help balance it out and give a bit more sweetness to it. This is a wonderful summer fragrance. My biggest concern is that Iíve tried this from so many samples, and each one seems to be different. That kind of variance is a little unsettling.

    22 September, 2005

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    Swiss Army by Swiss Army

    Nice bottle, and innovative packaging, but thatís about it. Itís a carbon copy of many other fragrances on the market. Swiss Army is mostly citrus, but has subtle marine accords. Sounds riveting, doesnít it? This is a case of a company trying to capitalize on its name. This makes a good gift, and thatís about it.

    22 September, 2005

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    Geir by Geir Ness

    Geir is a great soft, fresh, and unique fragrance for men. Itís very complex and well made. Fresh rain like aquatic accords with grassy accords and citrus accents make up Geir. Itís very fresh, yet dynamic, and very pleasant to wear. One of the better fresh fragrances for men.

    22 September, 2005

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    Marc Jacobs for Men by Marc Jacobs

    I actually enjoy this fig based fragrance more than Diptyques and LíArtians offerings. This doesnít have that sour milky note that is found in so many fig based fragrances, but I must say, itís also lacking depth and evolution, but hey, you canít win them all. Itís a decent fragrance that is a bit different.

    22 September, 2005

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    Eau de Cartier Concentrťe by Cartier

    Ahhh! It burns us! I have tried to warm up to this many times, but just canít. Itís such a dry and acrid citrus/grassy fragrance. I just donít see how something that sharp and acidic can be enjoyed. Also, it of course lacks depth like every other Cartier fragrance.

    22 September, 2005

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    Individuel by Montblanc

    Just what the fragrance industry needed: A carbon copy of Joop. This is a grotesque fragrance that is so overly cloying sweet. Gross. Awful. ACK!!!!! F-

    22 September, 2005

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    Un Jardin en Mťditerranťe by HermŤs

    This is a fantastically unique summer fragrance. Itís got a sour quality to it, but itís also got a sweet fruity quality. This is a brilliantly crafted fragrance, that is exotic and balanced. This is the best fig based fragrance on earth. I love it.

    22 September, 2005

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    Kouros Cologne Sport by Yves Saint Laurent

    Let me start by saying I love the bottle. Now, onto the fragrance: I hate to say it, but there isnít much you can do to dress up the smell of urine. You can add cleaner to it, you can water it down, and you even add some citrus notes, but it doesnít change the fact that its built on urine. Please, we all must do our part to stop Kouros.

    22 September, 2005

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    Paradise for Men by Alfred Sung

    Paradise is a pretty boring fragrance. The boring and inoffensive citrus top on the ubiquitous light woody synthetic smelling base. Paradise also doesnít last very long. I just donít really see the merits of this fragrance. Really. Truly. Boring.

    22 September, 2005

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    Spark for Men by Liz Claiborne

    Spark is probably the best fragrance from the Claiborne line, but letís not kid ourselves, thatís not saying too much. Spark tried to be a rich and boozy fragrance, but it falls short , and ends up smelling pretty synthetic in the process. There are too many fragrances to list that have the same theme, but are infinitely better.

    22 September, 2005

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    Allure Homme Sport by Chanel

    I would have called you a liar if you told me itís possible to ruin allure. Well, I would have been wrong. Allure has been destroyed with Allure Homme Sport. Allure Homme Sport has taken away almost everything good from the normal Allure (The rich Oriental drydown), and added this watery aquatic accord. Awful. How could they do this?

    22 September, 2005

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    Rive Gauche pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

    This is a nice and fun retro fragrance. This is a raunchy and earthy fragrance that is packed with anise. It conjures up images of discoís and Studio 54. Corny images, I know. I like Rive Gauche a lot. It wears pretty close to the skin, and isnít that long lasting, but itís just pure sex in a can.

    22 September, 2005

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    Tam Dao by Diptyque

    Iíve never understood the praise that this fragrance gets. This smells exactly like a blend of Sandalwood and Vanilla. Sandalwood and Vanilla combined make an excellent fragrance, but not a complete marketable fragrance. I find this fragrance a little too simple to warrant purchase. This smells exactly like the Sandalwood Vanilla soap I use. I just donít get it.

    22 September, 2005

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    Style In Play by Lacoste

    Style in play is awful, Itís a linear and shallow fruity fragrance. Itís in the same league as KC Reaction. This would appeal to the High School age kid. Awful and cheap are the only words that come to mind.

    22 September, 2005

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    Original Vetiver by Creed

    OV is a blatant rip off of Cologne by TM. The originality is lacking just as much as the Vetiver is. This is absolutely not worth the price, nor does it deserve the Creed badge. A serious let down, along with Creed Original Santal.

    22 September, 2005

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    Magnetism for Men by Escada

    You know, this is the first Escada fragrance for men that I actually like. This is a slightly sweet fragrance with a soft and subtle spicy edge to it. It smells very purple, and the packaging is very fitting. My biggest problem with Magnetism is its lasting power. I canít get over an hour from this fragrance, and during that hour it wears very close to the skin.

    22 September, 2005

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    Sin by Damien Bash

    The biggest sin was creating this fragrance. This is, I kid you not, basically cherry chapstick bottled. Itís so grossly sweet and synthetic. How did this get the name Sin? This doesnít fit in with ANY other Damien Bash fragrances. You could probably find a strikingly similar fragrance at any hot topic or low end teen store.

    22 September, 2005

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    DKNY Be Delicious Men by Donna Karan

    This is awful. I can describe this one perfectly: Take 1 part apple suave shampoo, take 1.5 parts month old coffee grounds, and then add .5 parts generic designer cologne. This is an awful, awful fragrance. I donít see how a human being could wear this. Am I missing something?

    22 September, 2005

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    Very Irrťsistible for Men by Givenchy

    One part B*Men, one part Brit for men. This is a nice fragrance, but not terribly original. I was hoping for a little more. Itís definitely not a bad fragrance; on the contrary, itís much nicer than most releases. I donít think I will buy a bottle, but it was worth testing.

    22 September, 2005

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    Vanille Passion / Vanille by Comptoir Sud Pacifique

    This is the very best vanilla-- and it's worn by both men and women. It's been considered "hot" by the hollywood crowd, led by jack nicholson, who wears it...For a long time. They all discovered it in cannes, one year during the festival. Now, this is a very rich vanilla. So, if you don't like vanilla...Forget it. But if you want the best vanilla scent, this is it. You can use it as is...Or selectively add a couple sprays to one of your favorite scents. It's amazing what it will do. Try it...You might enjoy it.

    22 September, 2005

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    Vťtyver by Molinard

    I do agree with Kyle, in general I am not mad about Vetiver but this one is just charming.
    It has an initial freshness of course but when it dries it is quiet warm.
    It stays longer too certainly due to the Amber, patchouli, santal and musc.
    I find this Vetiver discreet but not shy and very refined.
    All weather all year definitly a signature on the skin.
    For an Eau de Cologne it is not old fashionned at all.
    laurent

    22 September, 2005

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