Fragrance Reviews from January 2006

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    Fahrenheit by Christian Dior

    One of the few fragrances which i don't like subjectively, yet i recognize its value. Even if it's not my style, i can still appreciate its extremely high-end ingredients leading to a compelling, even if a little too
    intoxicating woody-balsamic symphony. Pretty good if used by someone else, maybe it isn't suitable for my skin type. A lighter version of it might still be worth a try.
    Still, excellent for the fans of typical 80's scents, rather dark, slightly leathery, not a "nice" but definately a sensual, almost provocative experience.
    Another quality is that it lasts quite long and pleasantly, it might even linger on one's pillow after a night out wearing this.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Gillette Cool Wave by Gillette Series

    A fine and unpretentious everyday scent, rather cool and icy with stylish woody tones. Much better than its actual-very affordable price-discreet, soothing and strangely refined for its low cost and allround casual low-maintenance.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Hugo Dark Blue by Hugo Boss

    First rather sweet and dark for my tastes but actually more bearable than the original Hugo which seems to have overreacted with notes of tonka and vanilla up to the point of candy sweetness. This one however is slightly more aquatic, a touch more fresh and cooling, and even the sweeter notes are more subtle and more elaborate.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Opium pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

    The female version is considered by some women repulsive, while very few daring ones actually use it. But the male version is better than i expected- truly an Oriental classic , intoxicating, addictive like its name. Interesting spicy and woody notes, besides this unique fruity touch reminding of berries also to be found in the female version.
    Inimitable French style, sesuality and romance.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Paco Energy by Paco Rabanne

    I liked this unisex scent its very strong grapefruit notes against a powdery background.
    Now I perceive it as an odd combination between something to volatile, and something too strong.
    A shame that the pungent grapefruit notes fade to fast, while a too intoxicating, almost choking, scorching sweetness remains.

    23rd January, 2006 (Last Edited: 26th November, 2009)

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    Quasar by J del Pozo

    It smells like an improved version of Acqua di Gio. Oddly, even if i don't like Acqua di Gio i just love Quasar. The fresh fruity-aquatic notes are carefully and pleasantly balanced without degenerating into excessive un-manly sweetness. The other ingredients are not so obvious, but balance perfectly this light, vibrant fragrance.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Rocabar by Hermès

    Chypre, slightly Oriental, heavy with spicy and ambery notes. Very masculine beginning with the unusually massive and puristic bottle. Warm, balsamic masculinity overtly opulent and sensual up to the point of becoming romantic and extravagant. Therefore suitable and almost craving for dandy-style, flashy and slightly vintage evening wear. Strong and lightful, sparkling and glowing with lush yet not intoxicating balsamic and spicy notes. Underlines simple, straightforwardly energetic masculinity as well as elaborate stylishness- there's just something for everyone in this aromatic scent.
    A bit like Aramis, Heritage or Azzaro pour Homme due to the chypre notes.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Sir Irisch Moos by Sir

    Uncomplicated, pleasant cedar chypre notes. A great everyday scent,an understated, decent, effortless to be and smell elegantly.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Spazio Krizia Uomo by Krizia

    Like in the case of Horizon Spazio Krizia creates a sensation of wide open, unlimited space
    both through content and name.
    The refreshing citrus-chypre tones are young, natural, dynamic but also elegant and stylishly discreet. Shame, pity they have discontinued that.
    Why do they do it to all brilliant scents?It's so unfair.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Sumatra Rain by Sumatra

    Nice but a little too sweet. Aquatic and tropical doen't necessarily mean sweet.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Tabac Original by Mäurer & Wirtz

    This fragrance is here to stay!So essentially vintage yet not dated-it's an almost iconic collector's item.
    The bottle is elegantly spared of redundant detaills, while the perfume is so different from timely and vain trends. Rich, slightly heavy, very gentleman-like, just like i would imagine the smell of expensive and rare tobacco. It is a trip back in time almost like the conservative
    creations by Muehlens or Yardley, it also resembles some creations of these two famous houses.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Uomo? Moschino by Moschino

    Strange yet not unpleasant challenge of traditional male gender roles. Rather a concept fragrance, an unusual experiment than the classic formal-wear cologne. How do they manage to render rather sweet, smoky, powdery, creamy tones of chocolate, scented exotic tobacco, caramel and toffee, with a touch of incense and brandy so masculine?
    A revolutionary scent that will render your everyday life(if you decide to wear it regularly) into anything else but daily grind, into a sweet-spicy adventure or joyride.

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

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    Very Valentino pour Homme by Valentino

    Understated elegance almost bearing a touch of intellectual restraint and discretion. A scent which is not powerful and overwhelming, rather exhales a mysterious and sophisticated yet confident masculinity- the one that rather being macho, is discovered gradually.
    Unusual, not commonplace, combination of tobacco with cooling notes that remind of fougere and mint. Sober, unpretentious, calm elegance like a timelessly stylish suit. Cool, almost icy, yet impeccable understatement.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Wild Wind for Men by Gabriela Sabatini

    Somewhat resembling Boss Elements Aqua. Nice smell, fascinating freshness yet doesn't last enough as it tends to wear thin after minutes or, in the best case, half an hour.

    23rd January, 2006

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    De Marco by Oriflame

    A little sweeter than Rebel, a little more vanilla yet based roughly on the same Mediterranean notes. Very sensual, very trendy all in an artistic assymetrical, geometric bottle.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Baldessarini by Baldessarini

    The adversisement promises that this one separates the men from the boys. To be a little ironic, I rather think that it separates luxury, elegance, pomp from the daily grind.
    Pleasantly extravagant for a mature scent supposedly for mature men. A Mediterranean chypre fragrance with a more fruity and playful side towards the beginning and a slightly powdery ending. Somewhat like the equally Baroque, lush and elaorate Roma Uomo. A must for pleasure seekers, aesthetes, artists and art collectors, dandies and bonvivants.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Versace Woman by Versace

    I'm very fond of Versace's fragances. They are very charmfull, and really fun to wear. I guess they turn to a younger public, they are play-full, and I enjoy that! I don't feel too old for them! Versace Woman is the most elegant of them all.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Dunhill Edition by Dunhill

    Incredibly unique scent; very spicy and bright. It has a presence unlike any other scent that I have ever worn, and I have always received many compliments on this classic.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Chaos by Donna Karan

    WHy oh Why did they discontinue this. It was lovely. Warm but with a slight medicinal edge, just masculine enough to be androgynous. Delicious Cardamom softness on drydown. i still have a half inch in the bottle and I am loathe to use it. :(

    23rd January, 2006

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    Shocking by Elsa Schiaparelli

    I got this when i was about 16 and was going through a phase for POWER scents, the sort of SEXY scents that could knock people out at 40 paces...and make me feel grown up. I can't wear it now. It would be great updated and slightly lighter but i find the honey a bit cloying...reminds me of Vivienne Westwood. Makes me feel Ditzy. I think a lot of people will love the sex kitten aspect though.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Boudoir by Vivienne Westwood

    It's lovely but frankly TOO MUCH. for a blast of boudoir i go for Annick Goutal's Grand Amour which has a bit more grounding. THis makes me feel like a powder puff. My mother loves it though.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Yohji by Yohji Yamamoto

    I used to wear this constantly. It is definitely a warm vanilla-y amber-y mixture but with an extraordinary green note that punches you in the face...it always smelled a little bit plastic to me, in a good way. The sweetness is tempered, it isn't the sort of thing that will turn you off, or it didn't me, anyway. In fact, based on the smell of YY, my boyfriend hunted down YY for men, and loved it. mmmm.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Armani Mania by Giorgio Armani

    My brother bought me this in lieu of Donna Karan Chaos. It is siiimmmmilllar. But lacks the edge, for me. It seems a bit light and alcohol-y compared to DK and i think the body could be greatly improved. It feels a bit cheap. But thanks to my bro. I guess some people who aren't into punch but want something not floral will like it.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Io Capri by Carthusia

    A wonderful fresh fragrance...all rosemary and juniper and fig, with a milkiness at the center. Light, but not too light, Sweet, but not too sweet. I was enamoured of my bottle and wore it constantly for the time I had it. My boyfriend liked it so much he wore it while i was away and found it utterly suitable for men's use.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Visit by Azzaro

    Granted, it's not super-original or that complex, but it's a good, reliable, and versatile fragrance. The first word that came to mind when I sprayed this on was "warm." Incense and amber, mildly sweet and very comforting. It's definitely a cold-weather scent. Could be used romantically, but can also be an everyday scent.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Shalimar by Guerlain

    There's something about this perfume and me that do not click. I was really looking forward to smelling this, but maybe it's due to my young age that makes me not like something in here.I think it's the Iris. Normally I love the smell of fresh iris's but there is something weird and not really fresh in this scent. Smells kind of oriental and way to spicy for me.

    23rd January, 2006

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    Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior

    A true all time classic. Superbly crafted lemon and grass tones, slightly woody and mossy. Even the box and the bottle exhale an impeccable, somewhat nostalgic, opulence. The typical conservative mature gentleman's cologne.

    23rd January, 2006 (Last Edited: 25th December, 2010)

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    Old Spice by Procter & Gamble

    More intense testing and assessing this scent made me add a few other thoughts. Maybe I'm biased because I analyze the effect strictly on my very own skin, but it struck me that on me Old Spice is one of the most complex scents ever. It's one of the few, if not the only one... Oriental-aquatic.I know it sounds strange but this unlikely combination, being mostly either/or( even commercials on Basenotes rate Oriental or tobacco-smelling, spicy or leathery creations as an alternative to ozone-watery, without even assuming that a scent might have both). In spite of the clean-cut, puristic, no-nonsense ingredients, the scent is way ahead of its time, daring an achievement hard to match even today. After a first spicy note, like the name eloquently says, the finish is, oddly, first Oriental, but with an even more persistent cool, almost neutral, fresh note. Even if the Oriental notes are supposed to last longer, the lighter ones are getting more powerful, tough the Oriental ones don't disappear, just discreetly fade into the background. However, the aquatic notes are not just simple watered-down shower gel or room-freshener antiseptic and pleasant, but unilateral and barely lasting. They evolve into a camphor-LIKE, slightly leathery, woody, slightly cedar-smelling marine scent, being much more than ozone-watery, smelling also of moist sand, salty breeze, resins,seaweed and even moss growing in humid environment. A unique and multilayer classic.

    23rd January, 2006 (Last Edited: 30th December, 2010)

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    New Spirit Man by Oriflame

    Great concept, disappointing result. This scent is supposed to be a somewhat lighter and cheaper version of Acqua di Gio, it should be young, aquatic and bearing an almost unisex fresh cleanliness. It does smell good but it lasts way too short. Nevertheless the box and bottle are very young , modern and minimalistic, the price is very affordable so one might be easily tricked into buying it. On the other hand, even if the sensations are either vapid and short or far too sweet, it has very pleasant notes too: aquatic and citrus-fruity tones which make it suitable for hot weather. Suitable only to refresh, nor to truly smell good and for a long time. Maybe good only for the ones who want to smell that discreetly, that their fragrance is an entirely private thing, never to be sensed by anyone but the wearer.

    23rd January, 2006 (Last Edited: 09th February, 2011)

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