Fragrance Reviews from December 2006

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    Platinum Égoïste by Chanel

    This is what I wear the most out of about 15 scents. It is sharp and strong at first, but dries down to a rich warm amber/wood on me. Sillage is extreme, use sparingly. Longevity is about 5-6 hours on me, which I consider good. I disagree with the posts stating it smells feminine. It is one of the few scents I own that I think is suitable for year-round day/evening wear, regardless of dress, and also appropriate for the office (in small doses).

    01st December, 2006

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    Polo by Ralph Lauren

    I love this and have worn it off and on since the 80s, (although I never bathed in it!) It is definitely long lasting, 12+ hours on me, and sillage, I assume, is extreme due to all the jokes and cliches. However, it is a quality (and nostalgic) almost magical frag for me. The green pine opening that never quite goes away, and all the tobacco make a rich cocktail. Nothing else I know of smells like the original Polo. There are women I know that still go nuts over this stuff, although they are mostly over 40. The last several years I have worn this as my signature scent around the Holidays. So now it makes me think of Christmas.

    01st December, 2006

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    Santos by Cartier

    I have the older packaging - dark brown glass bottle instead of black plastic. I have compared the two side by side and the old formulation is superior IMO. It's all wood & spice with a very warm leather?/tobacco? drydown. Sillage and longevity are both very high. The new formula is weaker, with an extra (or perhaps missing) note. the new one is also gone in a few hours. The old one lasts 8+ hours for me. I save this one for fall and winter - mostly evening wear. I don't know WHAT I'll do when I run out - maybe try Antaeus! I do feel rich when I wear this - Donald Trump would smell at home in this, as would James Bond. This is definitely a dressier scent for the older (35+) "Man Of The World", type. You will get comments on this!

    01st December, 2006

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    Armani Code / Black Code by Giorgio Armani

    I just bought this last week. The initial burst has an almost nausea-inducing peppery note similar to Cartier Declaration, but this passes quickly. What is left is a warm woodsy drydown with a hint of sweet candy. The pepper is still there, but much more subdued. I think this is a modern masculine classy frag appropriate for day/night and formal/casual wear (at least in cooler months). Sillage and longevity are both low on me - maybe 4-5 hours tops. But this one is really growing on me.

    01st December, 2006

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    Escape by Calvin Klein

    'Nice,' in the most boring sense of the word. I don't actively dislike it at all, but there's nothing here that does it for me either... I've heard it called a marine fragrance, which I suppose is accurate. If it were a person it would be a big, dumb oaf. 'Big' due to the strength, 'dumb' due to the complete lack of complexity or development, 'oaf' because you can't really relate to it, nor can you find it in your heart to really dislike it... it is what it is... it just isn't for me. I should mention though that this is my dad's girlfriend's signature fragrance, and she seems quite happy with it (judging by the over-generous application;-)

    01st December, 2006

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    Angel by Thierry Mugler

    Based on the notes and reviews, I thought I would love this. No. It smells like a scented 'my little pony' I had when I was little. Blech. Thank god I sampled first!

    01st December, 2006

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    Guess Man by Guess

    I've been going to the fragrance counters and having the women test this one for me, and they really like it, as do i. It smells like berries, yet not too sweet, crisp, and it seems to last. Yes this one surprised me as well.

    01st December, 2006

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    360 Degrees Red for Men by Perry Ellis

    Smells like cola to me, a bit sweet, but not too sticky. It does smell similar to Acqua di Gio...and that one smells like cola on a tester paper...but it smells good. Maybe for the younger crowd.

    01st December, 2006

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    Live Jazz by Yves Saint Laurent

    testtest test test test

    01st December, 2006

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    Mania (original) by Giorgio Armani

    The Mania "Original" with Black CAP. I must to say is the best Fragance that i used. Im still looking in the Galleries to find another one beacause it is not in production anymore. Is light years the best fragance of armani. I remember all the times that i used it, and no one girl pass close to me without tell me something or look me with cat eyes. If you can find it, PLEASE bought it!! Is very long lasting and improve with the pass of the hours. Indicated For Parties or High Meetings. AND THE MANIA ORIGINAL WITH BLACK TOP IS FOR MEN!! (THE GRAY TOP IS FOR WOMEN)

    01st December, 2006

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    L'Eau D'Issey pour Homme by Issey Miyake

    Very good for Affairs i have to say. No one girl will pass to your side without look at you. But i know there are very good replies of his one and too much people in the streets are using this fragance, so is not High Class anymore. For wearday perhaps.

    01st December, 2006

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    Emporio Armani Night He by Giorgio Armani

    I must to say "Night" is good, one of the best of Armani, but the "Mania (original) of Armani" was much better in my experince, the girls are not so excited with me using "Night". But is the best of Armani for men in production today. The Actual Mania in production is not good.

    01st December, 2006

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    Style In Play by Lacoste

    Is Amazing how the girls turning back over and over again with this Frangance.
    The negative is that you have to use too much of this. Is not longer if you use just a touch.
    Anyway is what the name says "Style in play" with younger girls!!

    01st December, 2006

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    Burberry London for Men by Burberry

    London 2006 is like being in a couple of countries at the same time, it has a very distinctive Commonwealth sensation.. Asia-Africa-Mediterranean very well defined and balanced. The first impression is like crawling your nose in a cloud of fresh citric leaves with lots of black pepper and wet grass after giving a rub, what a fantastic sensation! And suddenly it comes the state of the art, the light spicy vanilla tone with pinches of cynnamon. It kicks your ego with a touch of class: light tobacco, leather and strong musk. All of that without loosing a memory of herb freshness. London has the power of being radically different in its three notes but linking one to another way too natural. Like a young boy who plays the role of becoming a young man with class. Make a trial pouring some of this scent while watching "Macht point" by Woody Allen. Definitively.. this is the number one of my top five fragrances! Praise to Mr. Antoine Maisondieu for keeping his nose tight and fit doing a magnificent job with this parfum. So does the packaging, very personal and original.. May Burberry will keep this quintaessential parfum in their arsenal for centuries..

    01st December, 2006 (Last Edited: 19 December, 2006)

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    Kenzo Amour by Kenzo

    I never liked Flower by Kenzo, I find it offensive even and it makes me sneezy. I'm a person who just doesn't do flowery scents that well. But cover me in a scent that has less flowers in it and more gourmande notes and fruit and I bring out the notes perfectly, espcially vanilla.
    I like Kenzo Amour a lot, it's subtle, warm, sensual and sweet.

    If it reminds other people of Dior Poison then Poison is a woman who jumps on her man and tell him what she demands. Amour is more subtle and will linger close to him without being demanding. Very seducing scent.

    02 December, 2006

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    Noa Perle by Cacharel

    Unlike most people I strongly dislike the other Noa scents. I cant really say why but I think it has to do with the white musk or the strong flowery notes in Noa flower.

    Noa perle however is warmer then the other too and while fresh its more a citrus fresh then a flower freshness that I dislike.

    It's not a very original scent as the warmth reminds me of Kenzo Amour and I think it's very like that fragrance only with a touch of citrus which will give it a fresher feel.

    02 December, 2006

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    Body Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent

    I would tend to recommend this to guys who like Joop, Gaultier² and/or The Dreamer. I tend more towards the more macho fragrances like Yatagan, Santos or Bois du Portugal, so Body Kouros just does not appeal to me, though I do find it a fragrance I can respect.

    02 December, 2006

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    L'Anarchiste by Caron

    A find it an interesting fragrance. Opening up it smells a lot like that Muscle & Joint Pain Relief ointment, Bengay. I don't hate it but not really excited by it either. Glad I got a decant first.

    02 December, 2006

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    Paul Smith London for Women by Paul Smith

    You could eat this one. Excellent for many situations. its like your secret to be sexy one.

    02 December, 2006

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    Maitresse by Agent Provocateur

    This is perfect fragance to bedroom. Erotic, pure, sensuel. Like luxus soap.

    Too light for other use.

    02 December, 2006

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    Mimosa Pour Moi by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    This one took me a few weeks to get used to. I got that odd cucumber note others mentioned, but soon enough that passed and I got through to a great relaxed, summery scent that nevertheless has enormous warmth. Not my favorite L'artisan by any means, but definitely worth giving a try.

    02 December, 2006

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    Cologne Sologne by Nicolaï

    I don't know that I'd compare it to 4711, which is one of cheapest, least refined scents in existence. Sologne IS a classic cologne, very soft and refined, and reminds me more of a sweeter Hermes Eau d'orage Verte. Doesn't last long, of course, but it's not bad. I don't know if it is worth the price and the difficulty in finding a PdN stockist, but overall a nice addition for spring/summer.

    02 December, 2006

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    Passage d'Enfer by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    This is probably my tenth or twelfth L'artisan and I'm trying... REALLY trying to get used to this one. On me, I don't get any aloe or white lily. All I get are the spices and the musk and they mix to give me the childhood image of my grandmother cooking spicy sausage for breakfast on Sunday mornings, with that animalic, musky, heady spiciness. On some, maybe it works, but it just hasn't happened yet on me.

    02 December, 2006

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    L'Eau d'Ambre by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    I love amber, so it's hard for me to find an amber-based scent that I don't like. Nevertheless, the character of this one is quite different from most (as evident from the reviews). Unlike my other favorite amber scent (Costume National Scent Intense), this one is more subtle, a little classier and "light" with more vanilla and musk. Fine for daywear, fine for nightwear, also with an incense-like note that gives it an oriental feel.

    02 December, 2006

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    Timbuktu by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    As of 12/06, Timbuktu (along with Patchouli Patch) has made its way as perhaps my new winter favorite. Warm, rich, earthy, with something sultry underneath, this one is a truly incredible fragrance. Definitely not the faint of heart, it is great for those who like subtle fragrances that still have kick. Like most L'artisan, I find it a little hard to describe, as it changes character depending on the situation/temperature, etc. As far as quality, sillage, and longevity, I've been happy with all three.

    02 December, 2006

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    Bazar Homme by Christian Lacroix

    Starts with a nice sweet and fresh smell, some kind of jasmin or melon, similar to Acqua di Giò drydown, but looking at the pyramid , It must the dry amber or even the yuzu. This smell vanishes in seconds and gives birth to a bit sour smell, maybe that's what people call "ozonic". I didn't like this smell very much but after some minutes something not so common happened: The ozonic lost some power and the nice fresh sweet smell of the beggining reappeared. The combination of both smells produced a nice aquatic. Nothing new, of course. A lot of basenoters will think its unoriginal etc. but I had no great expectations , I was really looking for a good casual daily wear fragrance. The longevity is average, as most of the aquatics.
    All in all, It's an alternative for those who want something similar to AdG, Versace Metal Jeans, Halston Unbound...
    If you want a nice smelling fragrance that stays close to your skin and smells nice and don't make you stand out of the crowd, that's an option.
    The box, in fact, a can and the cap are really nice.

    02 December, 2006

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    Hiris by Hermès

    Notes: iris, neroli, carrots, coriander, hay, rose, ambrette seeds, almond wood, cedar, honey, and vanilla

    "Hiris" is not just a clever play on words (Hermes and Iris were gods in greek mythology) - it (almost)approaches god like status for iris fans too.

    Hiris grabs you from the opening blast - a sublime earthy iris note supported by crisp green and citrus notes create a vibrant feel. If you like iris, you may start believing in god, if you dont already...the opening is that good. I dont smell the carrot note anywhere, but some other people claim that its in there, if existing only briefly. Hiris then begins its (not so long) journey to what it really is - a smooth, doughy, sweet iris scent. The iris note never goes away - and thats a good thing. And despite the sweet sounding supporting cast, it never smells of "make-up", like Dior Homme. Thats a very good thing. The drydown is less earthy than the stunning top notes, but the iris is still noticeable, but this time flanked by the saccharine cast of ambrette seeds (they smell like musk), honey, vanilla and almond. It never gets cloyingly sweet like many Serge Luten scents, so you dont need to be worried about the honey and vanilla knocking you out, but I would have preferred a stronger coriander note, and a little less focus on honey and vanilla. But this is a scent for women, so I guess the sweet bias was intentional. Longevity is moderate, and sillage is good.

    Hiris is one of the best iris fragrances around - it exhibits the iris note exceptionally well, and embellishes it with a varied set of notes. I would have liked the neroli and coriander notes to be stronger, and the longevity could be improved too, but those minor shortcomings aren't enough to pull down this great fragrance by the perfume Iris herself, Olivia Giacobetti.

    02 December, 2006

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    Gucci pour Homme by Gucci

    Since the release of Envy, the house of Gucci has been on a downward spiral. And Gucci pour homme does little to change that.

    The first few seconds are pleasant. It smells sharp and bright. Almost immediately, you get wood. Lots of it. Powerful cedary wood enough to make you feel super manly. And thats the main problem with this fragrance. Its too much of one accord, leaving you clamoring for more. Some accords/notes lend themselves to a one man orchestra much better than others. Sandalwood, rose, vetiver and even some citruses qualify for that. Cedary wood is a no-no, atleast for me. It smells unfinished, as if it was supposed to anchor some other notes which didnt wind up in the potion. It like eating pasta without sauce, pizza without cheese, or salad without lettuce (for all you health freaks out there). To add insult to injury, this wood needs a dose of viagra every now and then - its lasting power is less than impressive.

    "Tom Ford wanted this scent to be like the classic men's fragrances of the seventies", so says the Basenotes write-up. I say, why not bring back from the dead the classic Gucci Pour homme (1976)? Unlike this train wreck, that one actually has balls.

    02 December, 2006

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    Le Mâle by Jean Paul Gaultier

    An excellent fragrance, on of the best that I own. My only grief is that it gets old very quickly. I'm on the verge of running out and am not sure whether to buy another bottle or not.

    02 December, 2006

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    Temperare 02 by Temper Chocolates

    I got 02 as a freebie, it was the one of the 3 I was not interested in trying. However, I like it better than 01. I get perhaps a hint of powdery chocolate, but mostly soft and sweet florals, lilac and lily of the valley (it's really not, it's jasmine and lily). I like it well enough and that's saying something since I don't normally like florals.

    02 December, 2006

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