Fragrance Reviews from September 2005

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    Eau Noire Cologne by Christian Dior

    Eau Noire is brilliant. This is such a rich, earthy, and spicy fragrance. Deep earthy woods with rich culinary (Almost dessert like) notes. This is such a wonderful fragrance. It’s unlike anything I have smelled. I must own a full bottle of this.

    28 September, 2005

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    Fahrenheit by Christian Dior

    Reminds me of a horse. So its alright if you want to smell like a horse.

    28 September, 2005

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    Kipling by Weil

    This is a wonderful and hard to find cologne. It's a great woody, warm scent...Not too loud and not too soft...Just right. It's nothing like quorum (review below). And it's still listed on e bay every now and then. Try it...You'll like it.

    28 September, 2005

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    Bowling Green by Geoffrey Beene

    Don't let the initial citrus blast put you off on this one. BG dries down to a powdery and slightly sweet spice with some pine and fir added for freshness. Hard to go wrong with this one: reasonably priced, well crafted and good quality ingredients, suitable for all occasions. Why did Beene discontinue this one?

    28 September, 2005

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    Crown Fougère by Crown Perfumery

    Very fresh and soapy, the lavender and fern make for a very appealing combination. Great as a dress-up scent. If you have sampled this but cannot find it (because Clive Christian has discontinued the whole line), try Trumper's Wild Fern of Penhaligon's English Fern, as they are nearly indistinguishable.

    28 September, 2005

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    Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior

    A must-have for summer months. As a teenager, I used to "borrow" this from my older brother for special occasions when I didn't want to overpower with one of my '70s powerhouses. It has been a staple ever since. Subtle, discrete and very classy.

    28 September, 2005

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    Etiquette Bleue by D'Orsay

    The fragrance that first made D'Orsay's reputation, Etiquette Bleue is worthy of its status as a classic. Very hesperidic to start, it calms to a beautiful citrus and woodsy blend. My only criticism would be that longevity is moderate at best. But it is a mood lifter with few equals.

    28 September, 2005

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    Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene

    As has been mentioned, the violet note dominates this one. And a lovely violet it is! Be warned, though, that Grey Flannel goes on very mossy, and it takes some time and breathing room for it to settle in harmoniously. It works best for me when applied prior to shaving, giving the scent ample time to dry down before I get dressed. Use a light hand and you will be rewarded with a clean and incredibly long lasting scent. It has been called the scent for diplomats for good reason.

    28 September, 2005

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    Sultan Safran / Safranier by Comptoir Sud Pacifique

    Not an easy one to get the nose around. Spice with a heavy dose of safron, and with a steady note of woods at the bottom. Not one that would seem easily suited to office wear, unless you are quite adventurous. Similar in style, though not scent, to Rochas' Macassar, it may be one that is more respected than loved. Or it could just be that it takes numerous wearings to take its full measure.

    28 September, 2005

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    Sumare by Crown Perfumery

    To my nose, Sumare is unique. Some citrus on top, rapidly melding into a mossy leather. This could be Aramis' grandfather. Powerful and very masculine, and most definitely not for the kids. Next to Marquis, my favorite Crown.

    28 September, 2005

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    Vetiver by Floris

    A superbly blended vetiver. It has the traditional Floris citrus house note (also found in its Original Gentlemen's Cologne and in No.89, with lots of neroli), with some woods and amber as well; the vetiver is in the mix but does not overwhelm. Unlike other vetivers, which are typically bracing, it is similar to Creed's Vetiver from 1948 (NOT its Original Vetiver) in that it is more subtle and smooth.

    28 September, 2005

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    Wellington Cologne by Geo F Trumper

    To me, Wellington smells like a clone of Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet. Pervasive citrus topnotes dry down to a potent pine, with some rather discordant vetiver in the base. Starts out great on my skin but turns harsh and unrelenting. Definitely try before you buy.

    28 September, 2005

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    Virgilio by Diptyque

    Very, very green, with a strong basil note. Can be harsh if overapplied. Better suited to casual wear than the office, as the strong herbs may overpower in a closed environment. But just about perfect for a clear, sunny early spring day.

    28 September, 2005

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    Eau Lente by Diptyque

    A beautiful spicy and vanillic scent that always makes me think of Christmas time. The spice is reminiscent of potpourri, but with a much more mellow clove note. Lasts most of the day, with a very subtle development as the day progresses.

    28 September, 2005

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    Eucris by Geo F Trumper

    An essential classic. A powerhouse in the old style, rich and very deep without suffocating those in proximity. Extremely refined and sophisticated, I reach for this in cooler weather for more formal occasions.

    28 September, 2005

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    Opôné by Diptyque

    A rose fragrance for men who are afraid of roses, this is neither flowery nor overly aromatic. The saffron and other spices temper the rose so that it is noticeable but not overwhelming. I, for one, love the scent of rose, and prefer L'Artisan's Voleur de Roses and Penhaligon's Hammam Bouquet in the evening, but find this one to be a little more wearable in formal environments.

    28 September, 2005

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    Santal by Fragonard

    A powerful sandalwood with lemon on top, a healthy dollop of tobacco in the middle and a touch of amber in the base. The tobacco distinguishes this from most other sandalwoods I have tried, giving it a distinctive note that plays well off the sandalwood and amber. Excellent quality, too.

    28 September, 2005

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    Giorgio for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills

    I can't remember if I have already posted a note on this. Here goes. I used to absolutely love this. It is very true that you only need a little bit, too much and you will get arrested. The drydown is lovely but the first few minutes can be a bit too much. Shame you can't get it anymore.

    28 September, 2005

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    Un Jardin en Méditerranée by Hermès

    I really cannot wear this, a bit too feminine and makes me a bit nauseous.

    28 September, 2005

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    Aspen for Men by Coty

    Coty is virtually unknown in Northern Europe, so when I got around to sample Aspen (many, many years ago) at a friends dads house I didn't have any cheapo-associations linked to the house at all. First of all the dark green bottle is well made and gives it a quality look. Secondly, Aspen is a really decent juice. Piney and mossy, very comforting in a classic way. It reminds me slightly of Tuscany, but much greener and minty. I think that this is a great choice considering the low price.

    28 September, 2005

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    Raw Vanilla by Coty

    The Biagiotti Roma reference is spot on. I´d also add Paloma Picasso´s Minotaur as it shares the sweet, sticky vanilla base. Of the 3 Raw Vanilla is unfortunately the worst. Too linear and boring and ultimately cloying as well with it´s thick, sugary take on vanilla. Might attract the Pi-crowd though.

    28 September, 2005 (Last Edited: 08 April, 2007)

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    Sander for Men by Jil Sander

    To me this doesn't seem quite as original as the others think. Sander for men is a sympathetic fusion of coriander, cedar and Chanel's Allure. It really resembles that fragrance but it's lighter, less cloying and without the tonka-bonanza. It does last well, and gives the wearer a distinctively urban feeling. An enjoyable modern eau de toilette.

    28 September, 2005

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    Sun Men by Jil Sander

    The male version regrettably doesn't have anything in common with it's female counterpart. The original Sun (for women) was an extremely innovative scent, designed to smell like concentrated sun-tan lotion. Probably the best coconut based fragrance ever made. And highly wearable for men - no problem. This one is a very weak, generic summer cologne (definitely cologne strength as well...) full of calone, a synthetic widely used in the aquatic/marines of today. So it's anemic, artificial and common compared to the womens one, need I say which one you should choose?

    28 September, 2005

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    Vétiver by Annick Goutal

    Tendentious scents float by my window ... But you, my beauty, bespeak only of subtle odours blown by the winds along the boulevards. Precious green glade, pervaded by the smell of mysterious pale branches and shy grasses, here where the sophistications of the city meet the countryside. (de Charlus).

    28 September, 2005

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    Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior

    Love Eau Savage! Try Eau Savage EXTREME (Black bottle). Much better fixer, lasts longer than regular Eau Savage.

    28 September, 2005

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    Millésime Impérial by Creed

    Every time I use this fragance I get compliments from both women and men. I am impressed with it, and so was my lover. I do not agree with other reviewers that have stated that it does not last enough...I have worn it from 6:00am to 12:00 midnight and STILL get complimented! This is a kudos for Creed. Very elegant, sensual, and sophisticated fragance. If you like Millisime Imperial, you may want to try Annick Goutai, or Eau de Santal by Floris.

    28 September, 2005

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    Eau de Santal by Floris

    This is a wonderful fragance but hard to find in the US. Neiman Marcus used to carry it, but no longer does. Can be found in some internet sites. Great sandalwood and bergamot notes, rich and long-lasting. Always get complimented when I use it.

    28 September, 2005

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    Emporio Armani City Glam for Her by Giorgio Armani

    spirit-cassis mirabelle plum , corriander ,pear sorbet
    life- rose freesia heliotrope bulgarian rose
    soul - crystal moss patchouli mysterious musk

    28 September, 2005

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    Eternity Summer 2005 by Calvin Klein

    Of all the variations on Eternity for Women, this is by far my favorite. There is soemthing very comforting and gentle about the aroma - bamboo, green grasses, dewy musks - that is preferable to the original (can't get past all the carnation). Could easily be worn by a man...

    28 September, 2005

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    Eternity Summer for Men 2005 by Calvin Klein

    Love it! Very easy to wear and surprisingly green and dewy...close to Echo, and not a hint of the original. The women's is also surprisingly good and could easily be unisex. ES2005 has pretty good lasting power and a nice drydown (white musk?)

    28 September, 2005

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