Fragrance Reviews from December 2006

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    Silver Shadow by Davidoff

    A sweet smelling sophisticated fragrance. Seems directed at the older generation with a classy smell. Quite a long lasting and mysterious fragrance.

    02 December, 2006

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    Surrender for Him by Avon

    One of my favourites. Nice sweet smell that would be great for a good mood occasion. A unique smell, doesn't overpower you but is quite long lasting, and also cheap as it's from Avon!

    02 December, 2006

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    Very Irrésistible for Men by Givenchy

    This resembles 'After Eight' mints, if you've tried them you'll know what I mean. Overall a great fragrance that is no longer in production. Hard to get hold of and with a hefty price-tag due to it's rarity.

    02 December, 2006 (Last Edited: 02 May, 2014)

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    Armani Code / Black Code by Giorgio Armani

    Since this is an Armani, I was expecting it to be like most of the other Armani scents I’ve tried–well made, pleasant but rather boring accords, and incredibly weak and short lived. I was very surprised when I first sniffed this one—I even checked the bottle to make sure it was an Armani. I could smell it, and it smelled great. Its opening aroma is very attractive and its middle notes are also. In performance, the scent stays close to the skin and lacks projection—this can be either good or bad in a scent depending on a wearer’s point of view. The primary problem of the scent is its lack of longevity; it is gone within an hour. This is another scent (like Polo Black) that I’m tempted to praise just because it is halfway decent, but, in the end, I have to rate it on its own merits rather than my desire to say something nice. As pleasant as it is, its atrocious longevity earns it an ‘ehh...'

    03 December, 2006

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    Tosca by Tosca

    Refined, and, to make it even better, inexpensive( yet high quality) citrus- leathery female fragrance, quite similar to 4711 but with a more feminine touch. Refined chypre drydown and not sweet at all, feminine without avoiding a certain crisp, elegant, almost masculine-but in the superior sense of the word, the sophisticated, sober and refined image of manhood- as impeccably crafted as Puccini's timeless opera, a true artwork.

    03 December, 2006

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    Acqua di Parma Colonia by Acqua di Parma

    I knew eau de cologne was a subtle, stylish and puristically timeless fragrance, but I never knew the real potential until i discvovered Acqua di Parma. This is one of the most high-end interpretations of this classic formula and, if not the most exclusive, than at least one of the most exclusive ones still available today. This scent is one of the most discreet and luxurious around, reminding of the perfect aristocrat- the innate winner and natural-born leader not due to agressiveness, finacial or physical super-powers, but due to sheer class, flawless manners, taste and unquestionable elegance. Similarly, this scent definately makes a bold and iconical statement, yet without any effort: it's the most natural thing to be noticed and loved instantly for its non plus ultra standards and its discretion. And tough I knew their potential, I never could have dreamt that ingrediens like lemon, vervain,Neroli and Bulgarian rose can be that exquisite.
    All in all, this scent, up to its
    nostalgic, conservative and luxurious packaging reminding of Italy while it was still a monarchy- up the crest depicted on the bottle- make it an undisputed symbol of aristocratic, dandystic, old-scholl art of living.

    03 December, 2006

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    Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon's

    A conservative, aristocratic scent designed not for tuxedo-wearing newly rich middle class but for the inner circle of the most traditional and historically relevant nobility- that particular kind of nobility from the days when the pound was still a pound, suits had to be custom-tailored on Bond street and the high society circled around Ascot and fashionable country clubs. It might also have been named Hampton Court or Buckingham Bouquet or else, as it captures the essence and the mood of typical British royal or aristocratic residences.
    And of course, there is the strong association with Churchill- I could almost not picture him wearing anything else. in it i see not Churchill the popular guy, the mass-market figure but rather the dandy, the art-collector, the connoisseur, the artist, dominating Chartwell and London's most opulent drawing rooms with his wit and charm. The first olfactory impression is that of citrus, but a citrus note seldom to be found in other scent( maybe only in very expensive and conservative ones) so different from usual cheap citrus smells like two very different species from different planets. But there is much more to this fragrance than just citrus. The dry-down is not only piny, like the official website states, it is also herbal and moderately acid( "dry" like a fine wine who's acidity is present, but never too offensive or too pungent). The herbal notes remind of almost edible, Mediterranean spices, with not only acid but also earthy, slightly musty- yet not powdery- almost carnal touches, but not that kind of carnal touches created trough animal ingredients like musk, amber or civet, rather a more mossy and tarragon or oregano-smelling. , fragile and subtle carnal note brought on by both long-lasting, vibrantly green and fresh, fragrant yet delicate herbs- this aromatic dry-down adds not only lasting power but also hedonistic touch to this scent, reminding of Churchill's bulky self-indulgence. Nevertheless it's classy and even authoritarian( as it gets the wearer noticed and valued instantly due to it's refinement) reminding partly of the finest cigars in Churchill's humidor, his favorite wines and also the landscapes and scents of Chartwell or any park or garden surrounding a British mansion or life at a British mansion itself: exclusive and luxurious, yet never offensive, plain, blunt or gaudy, disciplined and perfectly crafted, exhaling distinction and an idyllic British calm, coolness and tranquility.

    03 December, 2006 (Last Edited: 13 November, 2009)

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    Bois du Portugal by Creed

    One of the most refined male scents around, reminding faithfully to its name of a Mediterranean landscape, the notes changing, just in a real life landscape, between light and shadow, between solar warmth and both hot and cool winds, somewhere near the seaside... Rich woody mossy background, bearing the same incense smell like Irish Moos, but much more elaborate, deep, almost dark, powdery spiced backbone of this creation. Also, a very Oriental impression at first, almost thinking that this scent might (d-) evolve into something too sweet, but then comes a peaceful, distinguished and uncommon citrus dry down, with hints of leather ( quite similar to Armani PH) with record-worthy staying power, but also discretion. Almost 24 hours of a timeless, puristic citrus cocktail as the longest memory connected to this scent. This one is therefore one of the utmost perfect, distinguished scents i ever knew.

    03 December, 2006 (Last Edited: 08 July, 2009)

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    Capucci pour Homme by Roberto Capucci

    If you like not only Eau Sauvage, but also Armani pour homme, it's most for you likely to enjoy this one. Clean, inoffensive and refined chypre, with a long-lasting yet discreet woody and leathery drydown. Sometimes powerful enough to be worn even in winter, during the evening or formally, yet also light, aromatic and herbal enough to be a perfect companion during the summer and with more casual wear. The proper definition of a classic, having in it the power of being elegant without ever overstepping the limits of good taste.

    03 December, 2006 (Last Edited: 08 January, 2007)

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    Mugler Cologne by Thierry Mugler

    It was difficult for me to be impressed by this fragrance for two reasons: first I don't like Mugler scents too much, especially, the male products, completely disliking Amen and being neutral about Bmen. Secondly a thought that most unisex scents are cheap, much too experimental, too light, with little lasting power and little individuality. But both problems were admirably annulled by this one- it's truly a refined creation, crisp with fruity touches and vibrant with light, solar citrus notes. An eau de cologne style creation that even comes close to the classics of this category.

    03 December, 2006 (Last Edited: 15 October, 2009)

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    Comme des Garçons Parfum by Comme des Garçons

    A bit too outlandish spicy fragrance, too much wood and too many winter spices. But i guess this it what its creators intended- a yothfull, yet off-beat scent with uncommon and even problematic notes. It is just not my kind of fragrance.

    03 December, 2006

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    Eau d'Orange Verte by Hermès

    Strange and inconstant scent, halfways trough two very different concepts- half of this scent semms to smell like the most exuisite, puristic, innoffensive, stylish high-end citrus, but the drydown is rather a synthetic, extremely sweet and powdery unisex, reminding of many of rather vile, chemical, unstylish mass-market products for the young, campy, inexperienced and simple-minded.

    03 December, 2006

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    G-man by Gainsboro

    Not only dark, but, up to a certain point and before an overlong, almost interminable drydown, unberable. The Oriental notes are too strong and offensive at first and, while they don't become weaker, they develope their full potential and versatility only after a substantial investement of time and patience on the weares's side. But i guess it embodies an age where powerful and intoxicating scents were a norm- the wild, decadent seventies when the air must have been heavy with strong, animalic, lusty and exotic essences.

    03 December, 2006

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    Givenchy Gentleman by Givenchy

    First, I was quite uninterested by the combination of minimal citrus opening, paired with a strong leathery drydown. I mean, I love leathery scents and I have great respect for Givenchy, but I expected more from a leathery creation. But...I discovered an undisclosed smoothness, a certain almost unexplained refinement in it. The fascination for this scent was love at many, almost countless sights, which didn't start right away for me, but rather it took time, re-testing and reapplying on repeated occasions. And suddenly, I was smitten by the animalic background, which has both a dirty, bad-boy side as well as dose of intoxicating, wasteful, indulgent luxuriousness about it. Strangely, both ( and apprently conflicting ) opinions i frequently read about this scent in other reviews seem to be confirmed to me- without any dissonance, I can smell in it both the clean-cut, even slightly overdressed Wall-Street millionaire as well as the rebellious hippie with a greater passion for incense and exotic essences rather than hygiene, by the plain means of soap and water ( I know both statements sound a bit like prejudice, but I guess this scent takes the liberty to play around a bit with our most common misconceptions, without however being too experimental, but rather remaining a conservative above these controversies ). I guess i was at first put off by the base notes of this scent, which at firts bothered me not as much trough their harsheness, by their in-your-face display of almost juggernautish manhood, but a first impression of- yes, it was a superficial opinion, which I revisited, I radically changed in the meantime- a quite generic impression, generic meaning in this scent erathy, neutral, slightly choking and powdery, opposite to the subtelties of a multilayered fragrance, but not exclusive or focused enough to be a " soliflore " either- just a few " dirty " herbs ( characterization which I found more accurate here then in YSL PH Concentree, often accused for this reason ) and an either too yuppie or too psychedelic, to earth-bound finale. How wrong I was - and in this process, I also undesrstood Boateng's ( whom i deeply respect ) fascination
    for this fragrance. Yes, while the overtly leathery and animalic base might be loud, offputting, long-lasting in a disturbing way, even stuffy and unidimensional, it's the very same source that fully justifies the genius and stylish simplicity of this scent. Take your time, don't overapply, take more time and then... all or most unclean, unsavoury associations this strong-willed base, not for the weak-hearted generated, are turned ( at least on my skin ) in while a while not groundbreaking or bedazzling, still very sober, distinguished, slighly reserved and formal but nontheless warm, self-confident and genuinely elegant old-school chypre male beauty. This very chypre impression is what i like most about it, as it becomes so richly fulfilling, so poetic without being falshy or artificial, if I not only wear it, but I also take enough passion. I would almost call it slightly, quite remotely, reminescent of two other French classics- Eau Sauvage and Chanel PM- plus the extra edge. And this very edge is actually that very opposite of the genericness that i first sensed- in fact, it has a certain very slow ( even as developement on the skin ), but very smooth and steady way of reviving associations rather with the old-world, with a certain ancien regime nostalgia, way before both yuppies and hippies were an issue, it takes one ( or at least in my associations ) back to a time of opulent aristocratic residences and musty, slightly decaying fortress walls, dramatic, almost theatrical landscapes, collectible old books, a fondness for masculine pursuit, for cigars and brandy, and a certain taste for formal wear ( arguably including leather, in the form of various costly accessories ). And all these associations can hardly be forgotten by me- this is why I actually, altough terribly late learned to discover and love this underrated gem, whose strenghts and deligths are not so easily acessible as it seems, nor as linear and unsurprising, as this scent's simplicity is just an apparent pretext for many hidden and passionate lurking behind an appearantly uninspiring, equal and unilateral first impression.

    03 December, 2006 (Last Edited: 25 May, 2008)

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    Hammam Bouquet by Penhaligon's

    I never smelled a more alcoholic scent. truly, thefirst impression is awfully spiritous, smelling of whisky and brandy, not even a mellow whisky but a rather strong, cheap and literaly nostril-burning and heartburn and nausea causing sprit. It's highly unlikely that merely the alcoholic content of this scent is like this, as this note lingers long during the drydown- and this is not warm anymore, it is schorching and choking heat, overheated tar... Only after a generous amount of hours this scent became slightly more bearable, revealing( whisky again?) a touch of overripe and almost fermenting malt or corn, besides a leathery animalictouchof civet or amber. The name is also redundant or at least partly or totally misplaced as alchohol is a tabu in the Muslim world and highly unlikely to be found in a hammam or harem, a steam bath or sauna-even the turkish way- must smell much more aromatic and herbal, besides it lacks a certain spicy quality to be truly Oriental.

    03 December, 2006

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    Jovan Musk for Men by Jovan

    Smells cheap and not sexy at all. There much more to musk than this- musky scents can be much more complex. This one is only animalic, overdone sweet, with a touch of babypowder and sweat, cheap sweets and all sorts of synthetic touches. Maybe this is the way cheap supermarket deodorants must have smelled back then.

    03 December, 2006

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    Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain

    This classic put nowadays tendencies in male fragrance to shame because it represents not only a different age but also different( and much better) class.Exquistely leathery, with a luxurious touch of civet, but also very fresh opening notes and refined drydown. In this scent , like in only few others, one can still smell precious essences in their most puristic, raw, lavishly expensive version, long before synthetic notes took over. An unusual and exclusive experience, preferably suitable for( extremely) formal wear.

    03 December, 2006

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    Royal English Leather by Creed

    The only reason why i don't rate it negative instead of neutral is the respect or serious perfume lovers that enjoy it, for its illustrious wearers. But i expected a more complex and less unilaterally heavy scent, I thought that kings had much higher standards. Well, this one is just leathery and smoky all the way, with no dry-down, no evolution, no surprises. It smells quite similar to Knize Ten, but while Knize is only at the beginning far too leathery and dark, but gradually and discreetly evolves into finer, more elusive balsamic, spicy, floral and chypre touches, this one is far too oily and soapy, and, to be more accurate, like oil or soap with an excessive( and actually only, single) note of maybe not cheap but too strong smelling tobacco or incense- no matter how high quality it might be, it is far too raw, too direct to be truly pleasant or balanced. Dark, heavy, stodgy and that's about it.

    03 December, 2006 (Last Edited: 06 October, 2009)

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    Royal Water by Creed

    Another Creed scent that doesn't impress me. Far too ozonic, but, even worse, too modern and metrosexual for Creed. Truly, as if a high-end house like Creed is trying to penetrate synthetic, affordable mainstream, too attract younger and more regular wearers. The notes remind me of mint, watermelon and a touch of green tea. Cold and neutral without being fresh or soothing, watered-down and a rather vile fruity sweetness.

    03 December, 2006

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    Sandalwood (original) by Crabtree & Evelyn

    I like Sandalwood because it's classic and conservative. Worth wearing as an evening or wintertime scent, it has an unexpectedly rich, long and powerful drydown. First, i couldn't smell anything else but sandalwood, tough pure and costly, too unilateral, reminding of incence and syrup. But afterwards, a the leathery, peppery and almost carnal notes rendered the scent more subtle and versatile, reminding of good old high-end bath-houses and barbershops( more precisely, that smell of high quality essences and balms lingering there).
    Precious Oriental touches way above latest trends in the contemporary fragrance scene, almost an old-class cologne.

    03 December, 2006

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    Sienna by Crabtree & Evelyn

    Herbal and spicy opening, addictive, moderately bitter-sweet, almost beeswax- smelling, yet warm, intoxicatingly drydown. Still, overall one of the most classy scents around, especially among those who come at a more affordable cost. Old world luxury promised fulfilled- this is most likely the way truly Sienna or any other powerfull Renaissance city from Italy must have smelled during its economic and cultural heyday, or at least its most respected aristocratic citizens- not concealing luxury with discretion, but overtly and majestically displaying it yet failing to look tasteless or offensive with that. Almost similar to Bois de Portughal and Halston Z-14, tough less multilayered than BDP and with a sweeter and less leathery drydown and far less citrus and its refined acidity too, less spices as in Z-14, much more restrained in its display of fragrance notes. Nevertheless, an outstanding high-profile creation.

    03 December, 2006 (Last Edited: 08 January, 2007)

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    Spanish Leather by Geo F Trumper

    First, this scent smelld ghastly and repulsive on my skin, somewhat musty, fleshy, unberably heavy, simply " dirty" and far too unilateral. But the drydown changed my perspectives and turned it gradually into one of the most exquisite olfactory experiences i ever knew- the impression of leather not as a cheap fetish but as an exclusive accessory, of old Cordoba leather, tobacco and old, expensive collector's edition books bound in leather and dull gold remained. The drydown was...leathery, with moderate spicy touches, and, on a more abstract level, hints&memories of aristocratic luxury.

    03 December, 2006

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    Tuscany / Etruscan by Aramis

    Much more Oriental than Tuscan an/or Mediterranean. Mind-blowing, addictive musky and amber notes.

    03 December, 2006 (Last Edited: 12 December, 2009)

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    Eton College Collection by Taylor of Old Bond Street

    Starts like a typical citrus eau de cologne, but the finnish is a slight bit different- much more British, depicting the British style interpretation of spicy scents, besides this, it's also woodier and almosdt slightly( very discreetly) woody-armotatic, almost smoky, bitter-sweetness. Exquistite, but rather uncommon, tough conservative, very British-made scent.

    03 December, 2006

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    Eau de Campagne by Sisley

    A very unimmaginative of a herbsl scent- tough it's neither green nor herbal, just grassy, moist and almost odourlesss grass and a herd of grazing cows. Offensive, much too pungent, much too direct, brutal burst of green.

    03 December, 2006

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    Hugh Parsons (Yellow) by Hugh Parsons

    This one can be effortlessly compared to the most subtle and inoffensive citrus fragrances around. A solid, unduobtable sensation of conservative class, refined chypre and herbal notes, but, quite similar to Acqua di Parma and Eau Sauvage, the omnipresent high-end citrus note. The bottle is also classicaly elegant being perfectly matched with the sophisticated and costly ( tough less costly if compared to its lasting power) content. A worthy, but less known example of high-end classic style.

    03 December, 2006

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    Muschio Bianco / White Moss by Acca Kappa

    Unsurprising unisex scent, too little different from many today's unisex creations. The musky note is high quality tough andextremely discreet, stylish and natural, but the rest about this scent, the mere combination with other notes renders it rather excessilvely vanilla-smelling, extremely sweeyt and much more freminding of edible notes, for instance vanilla icecream, capuccino or milk, instead of smelling like perfume.

    03 December, 2006

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    Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta by Acqua di Parma

    Stronger than the original Acqua di Parma, with a plus of woody drydown. Both very conservative and very dynamic, energizing yet not casual. Better lasting power than usual Acqua di Parma, which also lasts extremely long, it can actually outlast many apperantly stronger scents and still smell discreetely.

    03 December, 2006 (Last Edited: 08 January, 2007)

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    Blu Mediterraneo Tuscan Cypress / Cipresso di Toscana by Acqua di Parma

    Interesting experimental scent but slightly unilateral. I would have expected a more complex drydown, tough the concept and its potential are good. But probabnly Tusacny's traditional flavours and essences are the perfect scent in itsself, much too complex to be captured in one sigle- even exclusive and daring- scent.

    03 December, 2006

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    Opus 1870 by Penhaligon's

    Starts of very British, with notes of herb and citrus.Nothing surprising by now, but the dry-down was much more complex and even a little unexpected- it suddenly turned into a rather French-made note of moderate sweetness, leather and spice. Rich, almost groundbreaking daring yet discreet, understated sweetness, partly woody, partly spicy, partly even fruity. An interesting answer to today's male fragrances where sweetness is far to overdone, not added sparingly, like an extra touch of class and individuality like in this one.

    03 December, 2006 (Last Edited: 23 December, 2009)

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