Fragrance Reviews from March 2006

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    Carven Homme (original) by Carven

    Wonderful, beautiful opening: A well-balanced integration of lavender, juniper berry, and an incredible rosewood. I can identify the rosewood through the middle notes by which time the scent has lost the lavender / juniper punch and has taken on a spicy / patchouli with a background of the opening rosewood. I don’t detect any kind of floral in it. The base notes continue the dry, warm, masculine character of the fragrance. I can only identify the woods that have continued through the scent and a musky background, with possibly a cedar. The notes in the base are balanced and just as addictive as the previous pyramid notes. Such a smooth, warm, dry fragrance—understated considering the potency of the individual notes involved. This one just might be the best value for the money in masculine perfumery.

    15th March, 2006

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    Déclaration by Cartier

    Most of the time I find the top notes somewhat nice, but to my nose it has a questionable synthetic background which is the same synthetic ambiance – Lemon Pledge meets Aqua Net Hairspray – that I get from many of Jean-Claude Ellena’s citrus fragrances. In addition, I often get an unpleasant BO note from the cardamom from the middle. The opening is strong with a bitter orange that is not as good as the bitter orange note in Ellena’s later Bigarade Concentrée – apparently practice makes perfect. The top just does not impress me, but I find it the most interesting level of the fragrance. The note lineup for the middle sounds interesting, but the actual middle accord isn’t. Even though the cardamom holds its presence through the middle notes, I don’t get very much juniper or pepper there. It is just too minimalist for me, and the base is not much better. The base comes through with a rather warm but very ordinary woods and moss. This is the one Cartier fragrance I don’t like. Elllena’s handling of citrus seems to have a synthetic tinge that I just can’t get over, and the use of cardamom is not successful. But mainly, the fragrance isn’t interesting enough to even be annoying – I’m not a fan.

    15th March, 2006 (Last Edited: 14th March, 2008)

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    Imperial Jade Emperor by Agatha Brown

    Most noticeable at first sniff is the lavender note — it’s not the usual take on lavender — it’s muted and smooth and creamy. The honey and currents also make their presence known, providing a very sweet opening with a bite from the current. The fragrance then widens to include florals and woods. The middle registers as a bit exotic — perhaps because woods as prominent as this are typically put into the base of a fragrance. The middle is my favorite part of the scent — it’s rich and eloquent. The dry down returns to the sweet theme of the opening; fortunately, the sweetness is of tonka and amber and musk rather than vanilla sweet. This scent is charming and creative; it is also very nicely structured and pleasant. It certainly doesn’t hurt that it has good longevity and a nice sillage — the Jade Emperor is definitely worth a testing.

    15th March, 2006 (Last Edited: 04th April, 2008)

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    Quartz by Molyneux

    Great citrus style scent overlooked by the masses. The fragrance is somewhere in between Bowling Green and Dolce & Gabanna Masculine... distinctly unique and one of my office wear favorites.

    15th March, 2006

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    Casual Fine Fragrance by Paul Sebastian

    Pleasant smell but needs to be stronger and last longer for my senses. I have only worn this fragrance a few times and I am still undecided. I don't think it suits my skin type as to me, it smells like a female perfume - in fact it reminds me of Chanel No.5 for some reason. It is very fresh and fruity, but it's probably not for everyone. I will give it another chance before relegating it to the back of my cologne cabinet!

    15th March, 2006

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    Michael Jordan by Michael Jordan

    I really don't like it. It has a sharp, annoying and sporty adolescent's smell that lasts for awhile. This really smells like your local drug store fragrance. Jovan fragrances smell far better. Can you say "Old Spice"? Try that and you'd be better off than with this on. Some people just shouldn't venture out of the boundaries of their profession and try to make a FRAGRANCE! The next time a dump truck goes down the street dip your hand in and you'll get this fragrance for free.

    15th March, 2006

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    Ulysse by Vicky Tiel

    A very different men scent... sweet amber/vanilla mix with a hint of musk! This is one of those scents that attracts positive attention from women, but yet isn't a "babe magnet" if you know what I mean. It's gentle and refreshing especially on the dry down. I wouldn't say it's a youthful, club type fragrance though. This could be worn by either a younger guy or middle aged man with the right application. Not an offensive scent at all. I recommend this wonderful fragrance basically for any occasion use. The cool frosted base relief bottle is a very exquisite piece and one of the best looking in my collection.

    15th March, 2006

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    Watt for Men Blue by Cofinluxe

    Nice and innovative bottle - very good fragrance. No cheap fun fragrance! Watt blue smells nice, fresh, refined and it's a classy scent. Don't let the "crazy" bottle fool you. An aromatic and clean scent that is easy to wear.

    15th March, 2006

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    Rykiel Homme Grey by Sonia Rykiel

    Rykiel Homme Grey isn't t really a bad scent. Very warm, sensual, fresh and masculine fragrance that has a subtle cleanliness about it. Not soapy but more like spice and leaves and lasts a lot also. It's very chic and very French. This is really the best companion for Rykiel Rose. Worth a try.

    15th March, 2006

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    Diavolo by Antonio Banderas

    The Spanish T.V. marketing for this perfume presents Antonio Banderas leaving a train and two old men asks: Y ese quien es (who's that man)? and a beautiful model with sparkling demonic eyes answer: Ese es el diablo (He's the devil).

    You must do the same, avoid this fragrance like the devil avoid the cross.

    15th March, 2006

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    Francesco Smalto pour Homme by Francesco Smalto

    Well, if you need a reference, it smells like a crossover between Rush by Gucci and Dupont by S.T. Dupont. It's woody, sweet, leathery, smoky, refreshing and sort of soapy but it smells very good.... about as good as it gets -- so much better than many much less appealing, but more recognizable D & G's, Burberrys, Armanis and Laurens, although virtually unknown in the United States. Very masculine and assertive typical of scents brewed in the mid '80s. Don't be a brand snob and try it!

    15th March, 2006

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    Narziß by Dorissima

    This stuff is totally stunning! It's a sweet green fragrance. I love the vetiver and tonka combo, the vetiver is very noticeable, and the hint of floral sweetness lingers on the background. It's very original, and it is one of the most lasting fragrances i've come across, i could smell myself after a day with just one spray, wow! It really is a masterpiece!

    15th March, 2006

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    Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

    A unique blend from the master Jean Claude Ellena. A fragrance that contains no animal notes and musks. One can detect the vegetal nature of this masterpiece right away. Just like the description, it smells like different elements of the earth, first the green damp forest, then comes the woods and the stones, and finally the fire, the spice and the flowers reveal themselves. It's a stunning creation, would work wonders in the summer. It is also subtle yet long lasting, designed to be closer to the skin, giving a perfect skin accord to each individual. Very original and creative, have to give Jean Claude Ellena a big round of applause for this piece!

    15th March, 2006

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    Tiffany for Men by Tiffany

    What a fantastic, gorgeous drydown! The drydown reminds me very much of TABU by Dana parfums.

    This is a very rich fragrance, best for late afternoons into evening.

    15th March, 2006

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    212 Men by Carolina Herrera

    Another 180 on my behalf. For many years I dismissed this as a run of the mill aquatic crap-scent. How I was mistaken. 212 is a perfect musky blend with some floral elements and that cool Herrera metallic house-note. The green pepper gives it some edge and the incense delivers a smooth and balanced drydown. It sticks around forever to, especially considering it's light and carefree aura. 10/10 - Good Stuff!

    15th March, 2006

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    D&G Masculine by Dolce & Gabbana

    Have to disagree with my two highly respected colleagues Ipaid and Scenteur. It is indeed a simple citrus, but hardly bland. Quite contrary, it is very recognizeable on it's wearers due to a strong mint and herbal midsection which also makes it much more manly than many others in this genre. A summer staple, especially considering it's low price.

    15th March, 2006

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    Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme by Dolce & Gabbana

    Hard to describe this as something else than a modern classic. Complex, strong and uncompromisingly masculine. Very mediterranean feel to it, just like Versace's Dreamer, and the two have more in common. Intense tobacco and cinnamon take center stage here, complimented by the citrus opening and woods/tonka drydown. Just like most countries, very popular here in Sweden.

    Original, and somewhat surprisingly part of a very strong fragrace catalog from these two designers that one could think would be selling out big time in the fragrance section (like they have clothes-wise) . No such signs yet - sweet.

    15th March, 2006

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    Lanvin L'Homme by Lanvin

    This one is a little overhyped according to me. Sure it is fesh, carefree and superior to tons of more recent launches in the same category, but I think it does lack personality and depth. Of course it may just be that it doesn't perform as it should on my skin. Worth trying anyhow.

    15th March, 2006

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    John Varvatos by John Varvatos

    Reminds me strongly of Armani Black Code. one that is just okay. Unfortunately JV doesn't improve on that concept the least. Instead I perceive it as quite synthetic and slightly cloying. Apart from a GREAT flacon, this was a letdown.

    15th March, 2006

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    Chic for Men by Carolina Herrera

    I do agree there are some similarities with Creed's Millesime Imperial, it should also be pointed out that Herrera, just like Creed has a metallic house-note in many of their juices. I also definitely smell the cola-thing that some have metioned. Unfortunately there is also a significant amount of red pepper in the mix, that spoils the overall impression for me, making it somewhat similar to boring stuff like Gant Soho or
    Tommy Hilfiger Freedom.

    15th March, 2006

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    Arpège pour Homme by Lanvin

    Insanely similar to Burberry Touch. And that one is great so Arpege is as well. A little less pepper and violet here + more tonka and overall sweetness. If you don't have the Burberry buy this one, if it is in your posession already - then pass. The longevity is equal also, very good in other words.

    15th March, 2006

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    Obsession Night for Men by Calvin Klein

    Really nothing in common with the mighty original, this light figsy/coconutty juice is pretty boring. It would actually be good enough to buy if it wasn't for the terrible longevity that is now the trademark of this sadly sinking ship of a house. Release a concentree version and I'll reconsider. The classic Dinand flacon was updated nicely though.

    15th March, 2006

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    True Star Men by Tommy Hilfiger

    Actually a decent rendition of saffron lurking inside this one, with pretty boy Iglesias gracing the cheapo packaging. Overall synthetic and messy and hardly worth a purchase (although it's really inexpensive) but the saffron in the opening is really nice, better than for instance the one found in Armani Mania.

    15th March, 2006

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    Z by Ermenegildo Zegna

    As much as I like the classic, well made italian clothes from this house, as much do I despise their cheap moneymaking attempts of scents. Essenza and Z has really signaled what to expect fragrancewise here. Boring, no development, light, synthetic fruitiness without depth. Please do not make this one stay on the shelves longer than needed.

    15th March, 2006

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    Corduroy by Zirh

    This is really not a bad scent, but unfortunately very similar to previous things on the market. It shares a lot with for instance Jean-Luc Amsler's Pive. Soft, woodsy, slightly peppery and suedish. Well balanced but with pretty low staying power.The bottle is nicely made, thick brownish glass. I'd describe it as a Diet-Cuiron tailor made for office enviroment.

    15th March, 2006

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    Gaultier² by Jean Paul Gaultier

    Tricky one. Not on par with Classique or Le Male for sure, but interesting nevertheless, especially in the fatigued fragrance - climate of today. If there was a bubblegum with amber flavour, then this is what it would smell like. Very sweet, and ultimately too cloying for myself, with hints of cardamom. Probably somewhat more suited for the ladies, G2 is still definitely sampleworthy.

    15th March, 2006

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    Polo Black by Ralph Lauren

    Just like Joel_Cairo I´m revising my initial dismissal of Polo Black. By no means is this a very original or daring frgrance. But it´s biggest problem is indeed the marketing concept. The ads and name creates an expectation of something smoulderingly spicy and oriental. Which it clearly isn´t. It is, however, a competent day-time/office fragrance with with just slightly more character than other recent launches. Mango, cardamom and subtle spices create an overall pleasant experience. I get way better longevity from it than other seem to, 5-6 hours minimum. The jet black bottle looks great but should have been coloured light green or brown instead, better representing it´s content.

    15th March, 2006 (Last Edited: 09th May, 2007)

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    No. 88 by Czech & Speake

    A fragrance called from me as a "grenade"! An explosion of a combination of complex ingredients. Fanstastic!!!

    15th March, 2006

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    Pure Vetiver by Azzaro

    One more terrible mainstream water! without the smallest touch of Vetiver!
    Total consumer verarschung!!

    15th March, 2006

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    Eton College Collection by Taylor of Old Bond Street

    An absolutly elegant fragrance. The best is the low price. In Jermynstreet shop for 100ml Cologne just 14,25 GBP!!

    15th March, 2006

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