Fragrance Reviews from January 2006

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    4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser by 4711

    A guarantee of quality as old/timeless and as decisive like Napoleon, one of its most famous wearers, himself. Other famous clients included Beethoven, Wagner, Goethe and Liberace. This truly timeless scent is still fascinating. Simply, yet elegantly tailored, the few basic ingredients show what an immense potential plain ingredients like citrus fruits, lavender and Neroli can reveal if used properly and in right proportions. This scent was, i think, the first masculine fragrance ever i almost involuntarily connected(like Proust's memories of scents) with tasteful elegance and luxury. It's simple and yet so perfect in its century old formula. Like a literary or artistic masterpiece it exceeds time and space due to the genius of its soothing and stylish freshness. Extremely versatile, suitable for all genders, ages, seasons or dress-codes due to its light, inconspicous stylishness. So discreet that it may be almost worn by those who are completely intolerant to fragrance yet want something so light that they might still smell good without being incommoded by their scent.
    A perfect gift for any age group, any occasion, this historical document adds a touch of eternally fashionable elegance to the most common moments of everyday life.
    Its easy recognizable yet inimitable notes are as crisp and sharp as in 1792- the magic and the high quality
    remain unaltered in the face of time. While other scents failed, this veteran, this old gentleman is here to stay.

    22 January, 2006 (Last Edited: 06 September, 2009)

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    Acqua di Giò pour Homme by Giorgio Armani

    I can understand perfectly all the ones who can't stand this fragrance and i can't see while is still is such a magnet for females. Unlike most of the Armani scents, most of them being innovative and spectacular just like their creator's unique personality, this definitely reeks like cheap supermarket aftershave. It is far too sweet, to feminine for being a male fragrance, too many misplaced fruity-floral tones.
    Strangely enough it has become sort of a trademark scent of snobbish and expensive, yet not necessarily tasteful social gatherings- the perfect scent if you don't want to stand out in a hyper-modern club or disco full of young people who all dress and smell identically.
    Maybe good for teenagers who like to dress very casual and even a little too sporty tastes. A good companion for essentially teenage popular culture- a little too casual, "sweet", "cute", "sexy" yet soooo conformist and at the same time bearing the hollow pretense of high class yet giving the illusion of easy, informal living.

    22 January, 2006 (Last Edited: 23 December, 2009)

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    Azzaro pour Homme by Azzaro

    Classic, yet not dated.This is one of the scents i was first very reluctant about, yet ended up by liking it more than i ever expected to. Overtly powerful and lush the first impression is rather heavy, but refined lavender and "green" notes turn it into a high-class experience. A true conservative
    French classics, thus almost exclusively for formal wear (either the office or the cocktail-party wear) great for men with rather old-school tastes but also a great alternative for the younger ones who want to try out something more of a basic. Not an all-rounder, but a faithful, suitable companion during
    distinguished social calls. Rich, dignified yet always subtle, as being constantly aware of its immense yet discreet, non-violent force.

    22 January, 2006 (Last Edited: 15 October, 2009)

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    Escada Homme by Escada

    The cognac note is just brilliant, making this Oriental scent far more subtle than other quite similar fragrances. Besides cognac, it also seems to have a slight touch of cigars, but cigars before being smoked- all the variety of scents high quality tobacco is exhaling.
    Being classic, it is certainly suitable for an evening with a glass of cognac and an expensive Cuban cigar!

    22 January, 2006

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    Fendi Uomo by Fendi

    I received this scent as a gift from a female friend and i must say my expectations from Fendi were a little higher. Too much leather and musk but a very narrow and uniaginnative variation on these two major themes. On the other hand slight, yet far too underdeveloped hints of spice, herb and bergamot seem to stop thfar too heavy, dark notes to become too nauseating.
    It is very long lasting, but strangely it's not an advatage, as everyone aound you can smell it, bot mostly only the too heavy notes which they all associate with rather too sweaty, too smoky, too old-fashioned male scents(and subsequently think it would only suit a macho).Worn with a dark suit, it would render almost anyone far too conservative and far older than the biological age-the unspectacular, prude combination of neutral colours seems just made for this fragrance.
    Yet the bottle is a masterpiece, if not the content, at least the outer presentation reminding of a stylish designer bottles of an Armani or Ungaro scent.
    The content..well, on can see esily that all the ingredients are high quality and even smell expensive, yet are completelyunusualy combined into something bewildering and far to unsophisticated.
    They should have conterbalanced its heavy parts with lighter, more juicy and herbal notes.

    22 January, 2006

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    Horizon by Guy Laroche

    As good or even better than the more famous Drakkar Noir. So different from Drakkar, it seems to illustrate the saying that a scent is not made to weaken the morals
    of the opposite sex but to strengthen one's own. Though it's not vapid, though it lasts, it is so discreet that it seldom transcends the privacy of its user. A very uncommon herbal scent, extremely light yet with a slightly sweet, almost woody-balsamic note towards the end. But before that a very airy and refreshing succession of both mint-herbal notes,clean and soothing, at the same time masculine due to their watery-earthy energy. An almost indefinable mix of energetic citrus and complex(oily, acid, sharp etc.) aromatic notes.

    22 January, 2006 (Last Edited: 17 December, 2009)

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    John Player Special by John Players Special

    A real surprice at low cost. When i first bought it the price almost deterred me, thinking it's too cheap too be high quality. Yet it is both very refined and persistent, unlike probably anything else in it's rather low-price cathegory.
    It's very aquatic, the first impression being very antiseptic and relaxing somewhat like a good-quality soap or showergel. But after a few minutes it evolves way beyond the sensations of a
    refreshing shower into more musky, slightly sweeter and spicier notes yet without losing its essentially masculine elegance. A very inspiring and simple, yet anything else than commonplace male fragrance.

    22 January, 2006

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    Preferred Stock by Coty

    This scent is both dark as a goth and stylish like a dandy. Solid, conservative elegance with a touch of Drakkar style warm sensuality, yet without smelling cheap or provocative.
    Besides Drakkar it reminds me of Salvador Dali pour homme, that wonderfully mysterious and complex chypre scent.
    A true highlight in a gentlemen's wardrobe, maybe not suitable for casual clearly different from far more expensive scents wich often fail to be that stylish, as this one easily manages to be.

    22 January, 2006

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    Roma Uomo by Laura Biagiotti

    Powdery, almost candy-like at first but gradually developing into an ultimate extravaganza of warm, slightly bitter-weeet tones. A very remote hint of Mediterranean fruits and spices. This scent promises to render its wearer elegant and sophistcated like a Roman aristiocrat or a puzzling masterpiece by Fellini. While these promises are somewhat diffucult to relate to, they are at least partly true- this scent captures the sensation of a hot day in Rome, with all its rich colours and fragrances, with exotic merchandise from all over the world, with the theatrical grandeur of its old buildings. A tribute to Rome, dramatic, lush, the powdery touch almost reenacting
    the sensation of old walls and ruins in a dusty, overheated climate- like these old buildings it bears both a sensation of indefinable frailty and timeless persistence of old imperial luxury . Both fragile and monumental...

    22 January, 2006

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    Salvador Dali pour Homme by Salvador Dali

    It smells like a true artist and genius, everything from the botttle to the content itsself being as unusual, controversial and fascinating as Dali himself.
    It was the first brand brand scent i ever got and i was only fourteen by that time- needless to say a little too dark and sophisticated for that age, nevertheless i enjoyed it because it was an unusual and challenging debute in the world of perfume for me. It definately sparked attention how a fourteen-year-old can smell so strangely dark and mature. It was very good value for money too because the quantities i had to use were very scarce in order to smell quite strong.
    It is more than just "dark", "satanic" or "goth", it has also very subtle chypre, wood and spicy notes, though clearly exotic it tends to be partly compelling like an Oriental fair full of strange, almost mystical fragrances, partly abstract like modern painting.I could effortlessly picture the bottle among Dali's canvases with melting watches and burning giraffes.

    22 January, 2006

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    1881 Amber by Cerruti

    An amber fragrance may certainly not suit everyone's taste but 1881 Amber will almost instantly spark admiration, contoversy and attention around its wearer. It clerly stands out from other fragrances and even from other amber-based ones, but it is also almost classic due to its impeccable high-end sophistication.
    The rose and pepper notes make this scent rather heavy, creating an almost oily sensation, but just
    before becoming too sweet or feminine, the amber notes and very refreshing ones(which i wouldn't describe as fruity, citrus or herbal like most male scent "freshners") rescue this compostion in the last minute, making it only as sharp and icy in orther to uphold its masculinity.
    Sharp, icy an amber scent- yes, though very remotely, but this one has a very long finish similar to a very old exquisite wine which needs long and careful tasting in orther to reveal all its richness of flavours. This fragrance needs time, a generous interaction with warm portions of skins,maybe minutes, maybe hours before the user discoveres its wide variety of different shades of amber. But once used at its full potential this scent will be as full of ambery, musky and other exotic delights like an Oriental garden from a fairytale. Simply addictive during hot summer evenings and adding mystery and sophisticated(never sleezy, never raunchy)
    sensuality and (never vulgar,overdone) extravagance to almost everything from naked skin to the most high-end custom-made suit.
    One big prcaution- never wear excessive quantities, already infinitesimal ones will turn its wearer into a center of attention and..attraction; yet a slight drop to much will shroud anyone in heavy cloud of amber recognizable(and rather overwhelming and overdone) within meters away.

    22 January, 2006

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    David Beckham Instinct by Beckham

    A very pleasant surprise, it actually smells so classy and with such understated elegance that i would associate it with an elderly, impeccably dressed, polite and maybe aristocratic British gentleman rather than David Beckham-it certainly reminds me of generation slightly older than his.
    Very robustly crafted clean astringent lemon notes against a warmer, slightly woody-mossy background. An almost "green" scent reminding a bit of peaceful, harmonious English parks and gardens

    22 January, 2006

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    Muguet by Guerlain

    Composed and released in 1905. (Apres L'Ondee was 1906). There is a reason Muguet is still around 101 years later. Guerlain is absolutely exquisite, eternally fresh and complete. Very feminine but never faint hearted -- a poised, light, dewey and green lily of the valley, subtly spicy and just sweet enough to create pure joy.

    22 January, 2006

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    Nirmala by Molinard

    Stop the presses! I think we may have a case of mistaken identity. I cannot speak of the EDT, but I do not recognize Molinard's classic and eternally lovely Nirmala parfum from the descriptions above. Incense? No such note (read below). Heavy? Pepper? Cotton candy? Heaven forfend!

    Created in 1955, it's a gorgeous, classy, light-hearted, still-current floral & fruit fragrance from the respected 150+ year-old French house of Molinard. It is somewhat similar to Creed's Spring Flowers, also a floral-fruit medly based on jasmine (but with rose instead of fleur-des-isles as its second floral note.) Spring Flowers was orignally a bespoke fragrance created expressly for Audrey Hepburn and was her signature scent for years. (It was finally launched commercially in the mid-90's and is not to be confused with the 60's aldehylic floral unleashed by Givenchy and named for her). Can one imagine Miss Hepburn scenting herself to resemble cotton candy or with anything reminiscent of body odor?

    From its website, with permission, here is Aedes's description for Normala parfum with which I wholeheartedly concur: "Nirmala was first created as a modern fantasy for royal women who understand the secrets and mystery of feminity. Nirmala is an ideal blend of the purest beauty of the fleurs-des-isles and the passion of scented fruits from fragant gardens: A note of mystery taken from an exotic vanilla found only in orchids. A scent appealing to artistic and mystical women. Top notes of mango, passion fruit, grapefruit and mandarine. Middle notes of jasmine and fleur-des-iles. Base notes of tonka bean, sandalwood, vanilla and blue cedarwood."


    The sambac jasmine is of the refreshing and tantalizingly green variety.

    Nirmala parfum is, in fact, what the more synthetic and perhaps a little too obvious (so slightly vulgar) Angel aspires to be. Again, I cannot speak for the EDT, but the parfum is a totally delightful and delicately rounded, well balanced and sophisticted floral redolent of piquant Levantine fruit (both bright & fresh and nostalgically candied).

    I find absolutely no trace of what some complain of in its poor relation, Angel, or apparently, possibly even the EDT versions of Nirmala (but perhaps that's unconscious guilt-by-association because of its passing resemblence to its sometimes annoying little kid-sister Angel?) The Tonka bean and sandalwood give the barest hint of a tender and all together feminine aura of warm skin and this lends an appealing groundedness, character and an almost nurturing quality to the composition. But it never approaches anything rudely animalic or *body*. This was created for royalty, remember?

    Nirmala is polite, it stays pretty close to the skin. While it has presence, I could never call this heavy or even intense. Royalty do not shout.

    One might be tired of fruited florals and that would be fair enough. But Nirmala preceded the fruity floral craze by almost 50 years and should not suffer from the whims of fashion. After all, there is fashion and there is style.

    When I wear Nirmala, I imagine this to be what Scheherazade would have worn as she courageously beguiled her Sultan with her tales of 1001 Arabian nights.

    If Aedes bothers to carry it in their carefully edited product lines, can the parfum really be the horrid smelling concoction as other unfortunate reviews might have it? But maybe personal chemistry really can play that large a role. Anyway, I love it on me. I find it feminine without any uptight formality or sainted sweetness, quite like the spirited and classy-sexy Miss Hepburn.

    22 January, 2006

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    Miranda by Fragonard

    These notes sound like they are for a cream pie, not for the rich and freshly sensual Fragonard Miranda I know -- which was accurately described to me at Takashimaya by an alluring young SA as her favorite "boyfriend catcher." The same has been true for me. It is a sexy and sophisticated scent that men (and I, a woman) adore, especially in fall and winter when florientals seem most appropriate.

    The vanilla is orchid-like, tropical, not foody and blends beautifully with a sweet round amber and a lovely honeyed-licorice tinted myrrh which is highlighted by a spicy-fresh bergamot and supported by a very subtle and again faintly tropical coconut. If you were not told Miranda contained coconut, you might not notice it as a distinct element.

    here's the description from a Sub-page of Perfumeworld.net - Encyclopedia of world perfumes

    Miranda (Women) : Fragonard France. Olfactive family:Oriental ... Olfactive description:Citrus Floral(Jasmin, Rose, Ylang Ylang) Ambery Vanillic

    From the Fragonard website:

    Miranda is an oriental eau de toilette marrying vanilla, sweet myrrh, amber, flowers and coconut, highlighted with a pinch of bergamot.

    http://www.fragonard.com/@en-us/shop/product.asp?pf_id=F1+025

    22 January, 2006

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    Calypso Gardenia by Calypso Christiane Celle

    A chic, cosmopolitan gardenia. Fresh, well composed and evolving, not cloying or heady as one sometimes expects a gardenia fragrance to be. It opens with a provocatively spiced (Brazilian spice says Calypso East Hampton) Gardenia zested by touch of fresh citrus, warms to a heart of narcissus, jasmine and luscious peach blossom sweetened and rounded by vanilla and soft musk and revved up by Coriander, grounded and simultaneously given an aura of mystery by an elegant Vetiver. Quite nice.

    22 January, 2006

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    Tuscany / Etruscan by Aramis

    One of my favorites. Sunny, warm and very pleasant. I find the aftershave to be a little more suitable for general wearing than tha cologne, which has deeper notes. This can be layered (if one is careful) with a tiny whiff of Hermes Jardin de Mediterranean first; then the Tuscany. Yowza!

    22 January, 2006

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    Chevignon by Chevignon

    I was fascinated by this one from the very first tim i tried it on my skin and afterward i remembered the sensation for years.
    Truly a modern classic, a simple and clean delight, making the best out of he classic, apparently unspectacular wood-citrus combination. Fresh, bold yet very elegant, oozing effortless refinement. Almost reminding of conservative country-club, partly casual, partly luxurious old America or Britain, somewhat like Polo or Burberry's, complete with the mood of tennis or golf players, polo matches, oldtimer cars, classy leather jackets and accessories, navy blazers, garden parties.
    Smells also slightly aquatic, an almost Mediterranean touch of sea and sand, while wearing it a few people even told me that i smell of a cool and a little salty sea breeze.

    22 January, 2006 (Last Edited: 16 November, 2010)

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    Gendarme Green by Gendarme


    Gendarme Green is unlike anything Gendarme has ever made. It retains that clean "aura" but is much more complex than the original and V. IT smells very green with notes of cucumber and spice. The drydown in incredible. Very long lasting too 12 hrs plus on my skin. You can find it at Barney's New York and www.gendarme.com.

    23 January, 2006

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    Brit for Men by Burberry

    I don't know if you think the same, but for me this fragance smells like "Giorgio Beverlly Hill" (1984). Brit is a good fragance...but reminds me my father(he used 5 bottles of Giorgio).

    23 January, 2006

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    Himalaya by Creed

    Have worn this 4 times now. This one took me no time to acquire a taste to. Wonderful, agreeable scent to the wearer and most around him. Love this one from the first wear.

    23 January, 2006

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    Cascaya by Gabriela Sabatini

    Smells like a more feminine interpretation of the classic 4711. Very confidently crafted citrus notes, a chypre scent for the ladies, with aquatic freshness. Perfect for the summertime by the Mediterranean seaside.

    23 January, 2006

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    Ispahan by Yves Rocher

    Fascinating female scent, almost suitable for a man. Oriental essence in bottle of sober, subtle simplicity almost reminding of Drakkar- both the bottle and the content. I would certainly like to see a woman wear it.

    23 January, 2006

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    A*Men / Angel Men by Thierry Mugler

    Syrup like sweetness reeking far too synthetic for a presumably expensive designer fragrance. Somewhere in between sandalwood incense sticks combined with cinnamon and ginger spiced candy. Some call it bold and trendy, but it smells immaturely playful and juvenile.

    23 January, 2006 (Last Edited: 15 October, 2009)

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    Agua Brava by Antonio Puig

    I love the herbal tones of this scent created by the mixture of laurel, vetiver and piney notes. However there's a big dissapointement: being affordable, not to say cheap, it cleary doesn't last. I can't understand
    why a scent which combines chypre notes in a pleasant way is so volatile.

    23 January, 2006

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    Bleu Marine by Pierre Cardin

    Toothpaste rather than aquatic freshness besides far too sweet. To make matters worse it will not last even after applying loads of it. Cheap, worse than supermarket-quality scent. With a little luck neither its wearer nor anyone else might feel it.

    23 January, 2006

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    Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss

    The name is simple, powerful, catchy, the scent is a good interpretation of modernity- very trendy and still very uncompromising, very original, never too predictable or common.
    It starts with notes like a tasty cocktail of apple, pineapple and vanilla, but embraces gradually more powdery, woody notes, very spicy and dry, almost camphorous shades of untypically pepped up sandalwood and cedar, with a warm and herbal touch of vetiver.
    At first this sensory rush puzzled me and seemed way to modern, but once the notes took on a more masculine and dry touch it became clear that it doesn't lack style and attitude. One minus is the fact that it tends to act a little too dry and warm on my skin, like the scorching heat of a summer in the desert. Still, it makes up in originality and lush masculinity trough its quite unusual, partly fruity, partly vetyver-spiced-woody, splashes of freshness.

    23 January, 2006

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    Eau Sauvage Extrême by Christian Dior

    Not as special as its classical version,
    yet slightly lighter and more modern. Maybe an interesting change if one is fed up with the original, still i'd rather stick to the old Eau Sauvage for a more puristc, straightforward, conservative even if more dated sensation.

    23 January, 2006

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    Elements Aqua by Hugo Boss

    Pleasantly cool and not overreacting with sweetness like other aquatic scents, but not to offensively, too acid, green herbal freshness either- more like a balanced combination between these two. Modern, very lightfull with only a barely perceptible and therefore refined touch of musky warmth. Simple, clean yet sensual freshness, remindg of sea and sand and perfect for summertime, casual and everyday wear.

    23 January, 2006

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    Façonnable by Façonnable

    Great bottle, great scent. Very refreshing, juicy and relaxing citrus notes, notes of mint and herb, finished by a touch of wood and leather.
    An classic allround fragrance, an uncomplicated idea for smelling fresh and good effortlessly.

    23 January, 2006

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