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    Cédre by 06130 Zéro Six Cent-Trente

    One of the first niché scents for me and after almost two years it is better than ever. Violet glow floats softly over exquisite wood. Very warm and opulent so save it for a cool day. Or evening.

    29 September, 2005

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    Aspen for Men by Coty

    This is a good smell for an inexpensive cologne. I have gotten compliments on this cologne, which is good for its price. Unfortunatly, i noticed that after a while this cologne starts to gain a rubbing alchohol type of effect when you smell it, and burns the nose. I would recommend getting a more expensive cologne (Bvlgari Aqva being my personal favorite) or stick with the old spice deodorant or the axe. the women are worth a quality cologne.

    29 September, 2005

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    Aqua pour Homme by Bulgari

    A very good cologne. It's high quality, and the smell is great and long lasting. This is my personal favorite and i have gotten many compliments on it. The bottle design is very appealing as well.

    29 September, 2005

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    Parfum Sacré by Caron

    Parfum Sacre does smell a bit dated, which is odd considering its release date. It’s a spicy and powdery rose based fragrance. Parfum Sacre is a very heady fragrance and commanding fragrance. I felt this was a little potently feminine for me to wear.

    29 September, 2005

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    Mitsouko by Guerlain

    Mitsouko is a wonderfully rich and classical Guerlain. The peach note balances it out perfectly, and makes this a bit more wearable than many other classic Guerlain fragrances. I’d recommend every man and woman try this. It’s surprisingly unisex.

    29 September, 2005

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    Prada (new) by Prada

    I agree, Prada isn’t the most innovative fragrance, but it is certainly better than all the Polo Blue, AdG, and Issey Miyake clones out there. I was surprised that in this market Prada, of all designers, would release a heady, slightly earthy amber fragrance. This is a beautiful and well made fragrance.

    29 September, 2005

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    Angel by Thierry Mugler

    Angel is wonderful. Angel holds a place in the legends of perfume, right next to Chanel No. 5. Angel is a brilliant and innovative fragrance for women, that was such a huge departure; there are no floral notes in Angel. This is a sweet, rich gourmand fragrance for women. It’s delicate while being seductive and unique. Brilliant fragrance.

    29 September, 2005

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    Nu Eau de Parfum by Yves Saint Laurent

    NU by YSL is very interesting. It’s an unusual incense dominant fragrance is very well made. It smells very blue, if that makes any sense. I find it a bit easier to wear than say, Black Cashmere. This is an interesting try before you buy fragrance.

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    Gin & Tonic by Demeter Fragrance Library

    I don’t know whether I should review the fragrance or the drink. Personally, I loathe Tonic water; I would rather drink 87 octane off the ground of a gas station. The high alcohol content in this fragrance makes the lemony tonic water accord come off even harsher than it should. Not my cup of tea.

    29 September, 2005

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    Green Irish Tweed by Creed

    I like GIT. GIT is a very well mannered complex and refined version of Cool Water. Joking aside, GIT does bear a slight resemblance to Cool Water. GIT is a great versatile fragrance that can be worn in any season. I think it leans toward casual use, but it can swing either way.

    29 September, 2005

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    Habit Rouge by Guerlain

    Habit Rouge is a fascinating fragrance. It never sat well with me; it had this raunchy and rough feel that very much put me off. I swapped my bottle away, and gave up on Habit Rogue. That is, until I tried the EdP. Habit Rouge EdP is a totally different animal; it’s rich, smoother, denser, and sweeter. It smells more akin to a better version of Habit Rouge with a dash of M7 thrown in. A must own.

    29 September, 2005

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    Cerruti Image by Cerruti

    Imagine is a pretty boring run of the mill citrus fragrance. It’s pretty sweet, so the edge is taking off the citrus, and it’s pleasant, but still boring. I had a 50ML bottle that actually came in a plastic bottle (Wtf? Plastic?). I swapped it immediately.

    29 September, 2005

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    Joop! Homme by Joop!

    Awful fragrance. I remember when I first joined basenotes, I noticed all the talk about Joop!. I finally had to ask “What is Joop!?” Joop! Is a grossly cloying and sweet. When I smell Joop, I get that feeling in my stomach like I just ate hundreds of pounds of Cotton Candy. It just makes me physically ill.

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    Knize Ten by Knize

    Knize Ten is a great leather fragrance. It’s a little more one dimensional than many of the leather greats (Tabac Blond, Cuir Mauresque, etc), but still great. It’s a dry and rich leather fragrance that would surely please any leather lover.

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    L'Eau D'Issey pour Homme by Issey Miyake

    This is a bit of a departure from most Aquatic fragrances. I wouldn’t call this really a ‘me too’ aquatic fragrance, but instead, I’d venture to say this is a bit more original. This has a sour, soapy top that most other aquatics do not have, and then it dries down to a base that is a little bit woodier than most aquatics. Issey Miyake is a victim of its own success. It’s very easily recognizable, and a vast number of people own it. I’ve had a few bottles, but ended up swapping all of them.

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    Laundromat by Demeter Fragrance Library

    This is an interesting fragrance. It smells a lot like fabric softener, or laundry detergent. I must say that CdG’s Dry Clean fragrance does the laundry theme MUCH better. This is a bit cheaper though. This is a fun pick me up, but there are better.

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    Lemon Sorbet by Etro

    It’s no secret that I hate lemon. This was better than many lemon based fragrances I have come across (Read: DG Masculine), but it was still a little too harsh for my liking. Also, its lasting power is abysmal. Way south of an hour of life on the skin. Not worth it.

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    Minotaure by Paloma Picasso

    Minotaure is a great floral/gourmand hybrid. It’s incredibly unique, and strikingly versatile. This is a great fragrance for romantic occasions. It’s not as long lasting as I’d like, but the beautiful blend of soft floral notes and rich oriental notes more than makes up for it. This is a beautiful fragrance.

    29 September, 2005

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    Séxual pour Homme by Michel Germain

    Sexual is an awful, sleazy fragrance. It lacks depth, and taste. The market campaign really compounds this; they market it as an aphrodisiac that is made to mimic sexual elixirs used ages ago. What a joke!!!!

    29 September, 2005

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    Tomato by Demeter Fragrance Library

    I was a little disappointed smelling Tomato. I was expecting a rich lush tomato fragrance, but instead, I got a green tomato leaf based fragrance. It’s not quite as novel as it could be, simply because there are well crafted niche fragrances based on the tomato leaf that tower above this one in terms of quality.

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    Touch for Men by Burberry

    This smells very synthetic to my nose. It starts out with a plasticy sweet top, and then dries down to a slightly sweet, somewhat generic base. Not a terribly interesting fragrance. I can’t see a reason to own a bottle.

    29 September, 2005

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    Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme by Van Cleef & Arpels

    VCA Pour Homme is an amazingly refined and upscale fragrance. It’s rich and heady. VCA Pour Homme is an earthy, leathery fragrance with hints of floral notes. This is a near perfect formal fragrance, or great for anytime you need that extra boost in confidence.

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    Vetiver by Etro

    This is a great vetiver interpretation. It’s much more dry and earthy than most. It’s a bit linear, but with the vetiver taking the center stage like it does, that’s not terribly surprising. This is definitely one of the better vetivers out there. It’s long lasting, dry, and very earthy.

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    Noir Epices by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    This is a great fragrance in the FM line. This is one of the most chic Orientals I have come across. It starts with notes of almost crystallized orange. As it dries down, I get exotic spicy notes with a metallic accord. This is a wonderfully made fragrance dominated by floral notes and rich exotic spices. Wonderful.

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    Desire Blue by Dunhill

    This is yet another ‘me too’ aquatic. Did we really need this? With all the aquatic fragrances that have come out in the last couple of years, there is NOTHING unique or different about this fragrance. It’s awful. How can designers keep pumping these out?

    29 September, 2005

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    Ambra by Etro

    I never thought I would call an Amber fragrance boring, or generic, but there isn’t really anything that stands out about Ambra, especially over other amber fragrances. There are much more interesting amber fragrances out there (Ambre Sultan, Ambre Extreme), and Ambra doesn’t even last that long on the skin. Not worth it, imho.

    29 September, 2005

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    Kenzoair by Kenzo

    KenzoAir is great! This is such a unique fragrance. I smell mostly Vetiver and Anise, which makes for a very unusual fragrance. It’s light, but non in a traditional sense. I kind of think of KenzoAir as a chic version of Rive Gauche PH.

    29 September, 2005

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    Echo by Davidoff

    This fragrance is exactly what it is supposed to be: Urban and light. This is an inoffensive fragrance that has absolutely no depth. It is synthetic to the extreme and smells like fruit and metal. It’s pleasant enough, and stands out a tiny bit from all the ‘me too’ aquatics, but it’s far from special. The bottle is amazing, though.

    29 September, 2005

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    Subtil pour Homme by Salvatore Ferragamo

    This stuff is subtle, alright. This is a ‘me too’ synthetic smelling aquatic fragrance. It’s very boring, and very insipid. There is nothing about this fragrance that warrants owning a full bottle.

    29 September, 2005

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    Orange Cream Pop / Orange Cremecicle by Demeter Fragrance Library

    This is very true to its name. This is a very soft, smooth, and sweet orange cremecicle fragrance. It lasts a little south of an hour, but I don’t think it was meant to worn like a traditional fragrance. It’s interesting and fun to sniff.

    29 September, 2005

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