Fragrance Reviews from September 2005

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    Pure Poison by Christian Dior

    This has quickly become one of my favorite perfumes. I've tried so many fragrances, from drugstore to boutique/niche lines, and this one is quite unique, even addicting! Pure Poison is a "clean" smelling floral without being sharp or soapy and yet it also manages to be warm. It's not at all cloying or overpowering (and being headache-prone in general, there are scents that push me over that edge). The ambergris is an absolutely beautiful note that becomes more dominant at dry down. If you haven't smelled ambergris, it's similar to amber, but less resinous. And that is the note that I'm addicted to in this fragrance. Pure poison is feminine, alluring, as well as comforting. I love to put this on at bedtime, just for me (although my husband likes it, too!). It lasts so long that I can still smell it quite well in the morning. I can't imagine ever being without a bottle! (And a beautiful bottle it is, pictures don't do it justice. It's made of translucent, pearlescent glass and looks so very delicate. It fits the fragrance perfectly.)

    08th September, 2005

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    Blu Notte by Bulgari

    Blv Notte is considered to be fresh and watery by most people, but I see it as...indescribable. It's interesting that the Bvlgari noses used vodka and ginger (galanga) notes. They are clean yet have kick to them at the same time. There's dark chocolate, too, which automatically makes me think "cloying" but it somehow adds just the right touch of warmth. I find Blv Notte unique and subtly sexy; the noses in charge knew exactly what they were doing when they developed this elixir. I wouldn't wear it on a summer day but I would most definitely rock it on a summer night.

    08th September, 2005

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    Soleil by Fragonard

    My favorite fragrance *EVER*. Light and feminine, floral and citrus-y, but definately not the overwhelming "flowery" of many floral scents. First purchased this while at the Fragonard factory in Grasse, France, and have been hooked ever since. Hard to find here in the US, but worth the effort to locate. I've found it on line (eau de toilette) from Melange4women.com @ $52 for the spray. A 7ml mini will run about $15. Well worth the price, the scent lasts all day.

    08th September, 2005

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    Le Roy Soleil Homme by Salvador Dali

    Doctor, if I may, what is [i]THAT[/i]?, my valet asked me this morning, eyes wide open. I replied, "This, my good man, is a classic in the making, and we shall ensure a steady provision of this scent for a long time to come; for it is none other than sparkling sun rays from our quirky friend, Senor Dali, infused with aromatic citrus and fragrant woods. It is a long-lasting Guerlain Imperial crossed with Cartier's Declaration."

    Wicozani

    08th September, 2005

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    Lalique pour Homme Equus by Lalique

    This one is so smooth, eliciting compliments. It is quite similar to Salvatore Ferragamo, but less intense and a bit more sophisiticated. Love this and the other bottles in the Lalique line!

    09th September, 2005

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    Lalique pour Homme by Lalique

    A very warm, classy, smooth fragrance with a sophisticated woody touch. Very long-lasting, many compliments with this one. I look at this scent as being the "Lalique" base found deep inside the Lalique Blue/Faune fragrance. Apparently, the EDP version of this scent was the favorite of Bill Clinton.

    09th September, 2005

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    Lalique pour Homme Blue / Faune by Lalique

    Quite similar indeed to Allure/Allure Homme Sport. However, this fragrance is smoother and less in-your-face. Plus, underneath is that unforgettable woody accord found throughout the original Lalique. Long-lasting!

    09th September, 2005

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    Vetiver by Floris

    I have long regretted the passing of Givenchy Vetiver - it was wonderful stuff, but alas, it was discontinued. So I've been searching, and a great voyage of discovery it's been too. I have found many fine new Vetiver friends (Guerlian, Creed, Carven) but none has matched my first love. Until now.
    Floris Vetiver, although not identical to Givenchy, does the job. I would even suggest that it goes about it better. You see, it doesn't faff around with citrus and green top notes which fade over time - it gets straight to the point and delivers the base, earthy Vetiver from the start. This is balanced by crisp wood notes and a hint of spice. Long lasting fragrance perfection. So good that I've just ordered another bottle. So if you like good, deep Vetiver, go for this one.
    (I'll still continue to look, though. Now I wonder what that Annick Goutal is like?...)

    09th September, 2005

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    L'Anarchiste by Caron

    L'Anarchiste is a very unique fragrance. The orange notes are prevalent along with spice, either nutmeg or alspice. The fragrance notes make no mention of mint, but it is definitely present. Some ad texts state that L'Anarchiste starts out "warm & cool" and you may wonder how this can be, however it's true. L'Anarchiste is truly an enigmatic and very unusual scent. You must experience it!

    09th September, 2005

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    Diesel Zero Plus Feminine by Diesel

    A surprising number of notes are included in this fragrance - surprising since, in the end, everything else is dominated by the very pronounced presence of coconut and red fruits (cherry, cassis, strawberry, apple - but particularly cherry.) The spice notes of nutmeg and black pepper, the floral notes of rose, jasmine and orchid and the wood/balsamic notes of sandalwood, amber and cedar do not exactly make themselves known as individuals, which could be a good or bad thing depending on how you like your scents to unfold. Overall, and not unexpectedly in light of Diesel's overall lifestyle brand orientation, Zero Plus Feminine has an air of very post-industrial synthetic to it, the notes seeming to derive more from a chemist's lab than from natural sources. As such, fans of Demeter - similar in construction and concept - may find this fragrance appealing. It's good, not great, quite casual and young but worth one try, at least, to see what it's about.

    09th September, 2005

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    Kingdom Limited Edition by Alexander McQueen

    Lighter fresher version of the original. Basically its Kingdom EDP with the base cut off! More feminine but still wearable by a amn I would say.

    09th September, 2005

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    L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme by Guerlain

    I love it. Much better, infact than the female L'Instant.

    09th September, 2005

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    Sud Est by Romeo Gigli

    Sud Est is a refined fragrance. A fine blend of mediterranean herbs which is definitely well constructed, it is blessed with great staying power & a respectable sillage. The drydown reminds me of L'Artisan's Timbuktu without the tanginess. It intoxicates me a lot, I truly love Sud Est.

    09th September, 2005

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    Chic for Men by Carolina Herrera

    What i find chic about this scent is the bottle that houses it. A really chic black bottle designed by Fabien Baron in the image of an ink bottle. The ink or juice however, does not really exude "chic" to me. The topnotes ara a fresh fruit cocktail of iced lemon, Italian bergamot and invigorating watermelon. Forget the citruses, it is the watermelon note that stands out and provides the freshness. This tenacious note follows the scent's evolution to the midnotes which reveals notes of suede, cinnamon and black pepper. The sweetness of the melon note combines well with the aromatic sweetness of the suede and spicy cinnamon. The suede note is not as luscious as in Michael Kors but it is the certainly a much needed presense that pulls Chic away from the brink of the innocuous modern citruses that are flooding the market these days. The basenotes of cedarwood, sandalwood and musk continues the theme of pungent sweetness and the central role of the suede note is apparent, to rein in the runaway sweetness of Chic.

    Everything about Chic seems to complement Michael Kors very well, from the similar design of the bottle to the central suede note in each scent. These two would be the perfect match in a scent combo for the regular guy who sticks to 2 or 3 fragrances in his arsenal. Chic for casual use or office scent and Michael Kors for a more formal outing in the evening.

    Chic is a delicious scent that is fresh and clean. Since the new millenium is a time that gives perfumers a lot of practice in constructing scents around the theme of "fresh and clean", it is good to see that Chic at least tries to be something interesting and creative albeit within a rapidly crowded scent category. The design of Chic is sure to please those who are looking for an understated scent that projects within their personal space. For those who prefer something with more projection, try Paco Rabanne XS and XS Extreme. Both cuts straight to the chase by eliminating the tutti-fruitiness of Chic and load the scent with plenty of leather and musk. For a more cultured fruity melon note, Creed's Silver Mountain Water can't be beat. However, i suspect, for everyday wear, Chic is enough.

    Evolution: **
    Longevity: *
    Sillage: **

    09th September, 2005

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    Theorema by Fendi

    I just sampled this fragrance after remembering some positive reviews of it elsewhere, and after spending five minutes sniffing my arm, I had to buy it. Theorema is a light oriental fragrance--light meaning visualized almost as a golden color, not light as in jo malone or edt strength (in edp I can smell traces 24 hours later). Others have named the notes as tangelo, which is like orange (not sharp, more creamy), pepper/nutmeg/cinnamon/spices, vanillic amber/musk, woodsiness, and some florals in there somewhere... despite the 'typical' heavy oriental lineup the scent is not heavy or dark, just warm and inviting. It is blended well together and I had difficulty picking out anything except muted pepper, sweetness, muted ambery musky woods later in the drydown, and now many hours later a clean skin sort of smell. This is not a skin scent--it *is* perfumey and should be sprayed moderately, but I found it quite a lovely and inviting fall/winter oriental. It is being phased out of the US market but can easily be found online at discount sites (shop around).

    09th September, 2005

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    Calypso Marine by Calypso Christiane Celle

    inge. The middle notes reveal the raspberry and nutmeg combo, but this is merely one facet of the fragrance's middle passage to the ambery musky drydown. This raspberry and nutmeg reminds me of del Pozo's On EL, another great summer scent, but far too fleeting for my tastes. The bamboo leaves add a kick of green and the lotus in the base travels up to the middle bouquet offering a hint of floral. The drydown is divine with a melange of sandalwood, musk, amber and patchouli, but all incredibly subtle and light. Though it sounds like a sweet heavy oriental, it is absolutely nothing of the sort.

    This scent's closest comparison is Body Shop's Oceanus, but where Oceanus is sweet and somewhat cloying, Marine is lighter, simpler, and lightyears more intersting in its development.

    The lasting power is ideal, subtly staying on my skin from shower to shower. This is one that is a must try for marine scent lovers and anyone looking for something completely original for summer.

    09th September, 2005 (Last Edited: 10th September, 2005)

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    Balenciaga pour Homme by Balenciaga

    Classic 90's aromatic oriental. Patchouli and honey married with caramel and vanilla - could have been sweet but tempered by light florals and citrus, and warm dry woods, the result is surprising and intoxicating. Unlike anything else out there. This arrived 10 yrs too early and could easily be taken to be a Lutens creation. A winner.

    09th September, 2005

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    Deep Forest by Bogner

    Orange blossom, woods, incense, musk. One of my all-time favorites - fresh, warm, easy to wear and a classic. Truly needs to be relaunched. Along the lines of L'Instant, but more complex and slightly more green.

    09th September, 2005

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    Karma by Gorilla Perfume [Lush]

    No, no, no, no. Wet dog and dust with a week-old bong. Couldn't get it off fast enough.

    09th September, 2005

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    Millésime Impérial by Creed

    Hello, Gorgeous! Addictive, elegant, fresh, distinct, pleasant, refreshing, garners compliments, decent lasting power and sillage. Still the best of Creed in my opinion. Love the blend of fruit and green notes with the classic millesime basenotes.

    09th September, 2005 (Last Edited: 14th January, 2006)

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    Pharos by Alain Delon

    This is what Escape for men could have been should it have gone the way of haute parfumerie. A surprisingly rich and successful creation with a fresh and crisp opening, not too unlike an apple tart that immediately goes green and leafy and fresh before revealing white woods and amber. Why this was disocntinued is beyond me, but to my nose, this is the best of Delon and the most interesting.

    09th September, 2005

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    Muschio Bianco / White Moss by Acca Kappa

    Clean, pure, white, fresh. Conjures images of huge white linen covered beds in rooms overlooking crashing waves. Satys close to the skin and not much projection - a very personal scent that soothes and refreshes. Similar to CSP's Cristalle de Musc or Lutens Clair de musc, though not as sweet.

    09th September, 2005

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    Eau de Lalique by Lalique

    Another surprise form Lalique - a unisex fresh aquatic, unlike any other. Watery and cool in the opening with enough depth in the base to produce some great sillage and lasting power. Hard to compare this to others but similar in style to Eau de Givenchy, again, but warmer with woods and white musk. Definitely a staple for warmer weather and works well in cooler weather as well.

    09th September, 2005

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    Mauboussin Homme by Mauboussin

    What a nice surprise. Nothing too extraordinary, but wonderfully aromatic and easy to wear. Simply smells great. Lavender and sandalwood with accents of dry vanilla housed in a gorgeous bottle. Fans of Caron pour un Homme, or Carven Homme - try this.

    09th September, 2005

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    Armani Code / Black Code by Giorgio Armani

    Wonderful - a skin musk accord blended with a creamy floral and powdery woods. Intoxicating and surprising. A classic is born.

    09th September, 2005

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    Jardin Clos by Diptyque

    L'Eau d'Issey pour Femme, anyone? Feminine, floral, lush, lovely, an English garden. Too pretty for me, would buy it for a girlfriend and ask her to spray her linens with this.

    09th September, 2005

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    Madison Soirée by Bond No. 9

    Strangely intoxicating, I can't stop snififng myself. An odd cinnamon note, not lsited in the pyramid grabs my attention every time...could it be lily? I love it!

    09th September, 2005

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    H.O.T. Always by Bond No. 9

    uh-uh...not on my skin...too much of a reminder of my mama's youth dew roll-on deodorant. This is all about patchouli, sadly, not my type of patchouli. Wish I loved it more.

    09th September, 2005

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    Chelsea Flowers by Bond No. 9

    Beautiful. I'd very much like a bottle of this for myself. Not overtly feminine, and not screaming "pretty", this is a dewy floral, slightly green. Reminds me of when I pop my head into a florist's cooler to pick out flowers. Thumbs way up.

    09th September, 2005

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    Ginger by Gorilla Perfume

    Yes, ginger. Save your money and get an essential oil.

    09th September, 2005

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