Fragrance Reviews from March 2006

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    Samsara by Guerlain

    Samsara is exotic! A brilliant combination of spicy sweet floral and woods, it reminds me of burning incense. After wearing Samsara, the sandalwood overpowers my senses and I wish it were more subdued. My husband likes this one more than I do. A man could easily pull this one off. I believe it is a scent worth trying.

    06 March, 2006 (Last Edited: 17 June, 2009)

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    Number 3 by Jessica McClintock

    Years back, I used to like this one alot. Since becoming familiar with superior floral frags, I cannot stomach this smell anymore. If I want a crisp, bright floral with tenacity I will definitely choose Lauder's original Pleasures over this!

    06 March, 2006 (Last Edited: 17 April, 2008)

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    Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

    Bravo to calchic for her excellent review of YSL's Opium! In addition, there is a noteable spicy carnation topping this glorious blend. In a strange and wonderful way it reminds me of Bellodgia by Caron (which I love). Although they are very different scents, their carnation commonality really shines through for me. This is surely one of the finest fragrance creations you'll ever experience.

    06 March, 2006

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    Cuba Cuba

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    Beyond Paradise for Men by Estée Lauder

    beyond masculinity
    beyond sugar
    beyond cheap
    Is this intentded as a caricature of the lighter tropical juices in the CSP line?

    07 March, 2006

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    Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent

    The filthiest fragrance I've ever smelt. Yuck. Very repulsive. Reminds me of a dirty restroom in the back of a country filling station. Or, better yet, think of the movie 'Trainspotting,' where the Worst Toilet In Scotland is shown.

    07 March, 2006

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    Pleasures by Estée Lauder

    Big floral fan here, so this one appeals to my sensibilities. I find it very pleasant, and I love the lilac note in this. The fragrance isn't a huge "wow" for me, but it's a nicely balanced floral with a good bouquet that I can appreciate when I'm in the mood for lilacs. It's a good all-purpose floral fragrance, suitable for all sorts of people in all sorts of situations.

    07 March, 2006

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    Frank No. 1 by Frank Los Angeles

    Initially very interesting. Fruity and herbal top notes were compelling. Drydown was disappointing--too much cassis? What is that sharp, fruity note that radiates like poison darts from any woman who wears Allure?

    07 March, 2006

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    Youth Dew Amber Nude by Estée Lauder

    I really like it. Yes, it's brighter and lighter, but overall I think they really stayed close to the original. They have the same animalistic and powdery base. The heart is less spicy, now that they replaced the carnation with rose. With the changes made, there is something that reminds me of the discountinued Venezia by Laura Biagotti.

    Male J.H.L fans, you might like Amber Nude very much too.

    07 March, 2006

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    Kiehl's Original Musk by Kiehl's

    This is another truly lovely fragrance whose discovery I owe to basenoters before me! My only musk has been Jovan's White musk, which I like very much, but this one is so different, rosy, and delightful! I love the initial blast of rose and enjoy the orange blossom clean sensation that follows. Its earthy and smooth, I don't get the dirty vibe others mention, rather a clean if slightly warm animal sensation. I appreciate the total lack of powder, and the floral overnotes keep it just civilized enough for me to wear easily.

    07 March, 2006

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    DKNY Men (original) by Donna Karan

    DKNY for Men is a nice, fruity, refreshing, very strong and long lasting scent. It's not overwhelming and lasts so long that you could still smell this after like 2 days of putting it on! Perfect for daily use but I think it's not suitable for person who doesn't like strong scent. Very modern, cosmopolitan and chic for the urban and metropolitan man. Along with 212 Men by Carolina Herrera, this fragrance truly represents the spirit of the city. Very sexxxy scent and I think it is good for men to attract gals... A truly babe-magnet!!!

    07 March, 2006

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    Relax by Davidoff

    Simply stunning. An olfatory experience unlike no other. We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto!

    07 March, 2006

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    Emporio Armani City Glam for Him by Giorgio Armani

    It's a nice fragrance! Well made, I'd say It's Acqua di Giò's older brother. It shares some similarity with Romance Silver, being "younger" in my opinion. Starts very fresh and after some minutes turns to a sweet yet fresh scent. Maybe a little marine too... My girlfriend loved it instantly! Perfect to be worn casually and brings to my mind the image of a beach party, with the sea wind blowing in my hair...
    Be prepared to buy a big bottle, because the longevity is the weak point of this fragrance, and you must reapply frequently!

    07 March, 2006

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    Dior Homme by Christian Dior

    Despite all the rave reviews, I still think there's nothing outstanding in this fragrance. If that initial cheap powdery make up smell is the ultimate stuff in the fragrance's world, I must be missing something here...Well It starts with this hideous smell (that some consider fantastic) and after maybe 1 hour dries down to a pleasant sweet powdery smell, nothing earth shaking though. I couldn't pass through these initial notes... The same ocurred when I tried Zino by Davidoff (I couldn't pass through those floral/harsh top notes)And this the link: think of Zino's drydown with a powdery layer.
    Can be easily worn by a woman, by the way...

    07 March, 2006

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    Passage d'Enfer by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    This scent is a bit of a strange creature...It's been mentioned in the same breath as Avignon or Messe di Minuit...it's a curch scent, an incense scent...true, but there is much more below the surface, the incense is gentle, calming, this is a wake, white lillies surround a dark wood casket lined in velvet...the scent is sweet, smoky, and cool, tempting you closer and closer, untill finally you must succumb, to the passage d'enfer...

    07 March, 2006

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    Marc Jacobs by Marc Jacobs

    This is a very straight forward light floral. It is very "nectar-like", sweet without a firm base. I believe it has some musk, which is not readily apparent...wished it had something more to offer on the drydown. If you are attracted to sweet florals - plain and simple - this might be nice for you.

    07 March, 2006 (Last Edited: 17 June, 2009)

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    Angel by Thierry Mugler

    This fragrance is so very unique! I am one of the unfortunates who cannot wear it well. When I get a whiff of Angel on someone else, it's intoxicating...however, after about 30 minutes of his on my own skin, I smell like I've stuck a chocolate bar under each arm ~ not pretty! It just seems 'too much' for me to wear for any length of time. If this original Angel is not to your liking, I suggest trying the floral Angel's. I'm in love with the patchouli base! The drydown is sexy - in an angelic way! Oh yeah, my husband really likes it too.

    05/2008 update :

    Finally, I have found enjoyment in wearing this treasure...it's called EXTRAIT! Just a dab, lasts all day long! Absolutely stunning! The great thing about Angel is there are so many options available ~ you just need to spend some time finding the way to wear it that works best for you! Now I can love wearing this one along with the rest of you!

    07 March, 2006 (Last Edited: 17 May, 2008)

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    Angel Garden Of Stars - Violet Angel by Thierry Mugler

    Still too sweet...almost as sweet as the original Angel, only in a bizarre floral way.

    07 March, 2006 (Last Edited: 17 June, 2009)

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    Angel Garden Of Stars - The Lily Angel by Thierry Mugler

    Still a little too sweet. Angel Peony is still the nicest of the garden IMO

    07 March, 2006 (Last Edited: 17 June, 2009)

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    Angel Garden Of Stars - Peony Angel by Thierry Mugler

    This Peony Angel is wearable!!! The original Angel, along with the Violet and Lily versions are simply too sweet for my chemistry or liking. Taking out the overpowering chocolate, caramel berry notes and adding the gentle flower bouquet makes this scent GREAT for me!

    07 March, 2006 (Last Edited: 17 June, 2009)

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    A*Men / Angel Men by Thierry Mugler

    The first time I tried this, a very long time ago, I oversprayed and I thought it was sickening. Howver I gave it a second chance and it became one of my top 2 favorite smells. The initial smell is still a bit strong but it is really original, nothing like it. The drydown is simply a pleasure for the sense of smell. The caraml-chocolate-vanilla-lavender smell u get after 2-3 hours is simply amazing. Love it

    08 March, 2006

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    Gaultier² by Jean Paul Gaultier

    I saw it in Paris at his boutique in GeorgeV. I smelled ita but I did not get into it. The packaging is clever though.

    08 March, 2006

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    Nouvelle Edition Figue Amere by Miller Harris

    Very nice green figue, like a "fig at the sea", standing really apart from other fig scents that I know. The drydown smells like myhhr(well, it smells like in a church), don't know why. It must be cedar-amber combination.Worth trying.

    08 March, 2006

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    Armani Code for Women by Giorgio Armani

    Ok, it's quite good, the bottle is lovely. But if you have a certain expectations when you see that lilac color, there is no surprise - you get what you expect. Which is sort of disappointing for there are so many violet bottles/scents around. It's mainstream, that's the problem.
    To me it's a lighter version of Alien, so I guess if you like heavy jasmine, with honey and vanilla on the bottom, it's worth a try ("Alien goes classic"). The orange note at the beginning is too fastgoing to really influence the whole impression.

    08 March, 2006

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    Havana pour Elle by Aramis

    Reminds me of Electric Youth. That says enough.

    08 March, 2006

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    Woods of Windsor for Men / Gentleman by Woods of Windsor

    Woods of Winsor is a distinctive, classy fragrance that is nicely off the beaten track. Marketed by the company as derivative of a centuries-old recipe originally used for perfuming Spanish leather, Woods of Windsor is indeed evocative of fine leather goods, though still very much its own thing.

    To my nose, top notes of lemongrass and verbena are quite forward -- citrus, but more muted than bright. I am not discerning enough to pick out individual middle notes; for me, they coalesce into a stable, earthy, somewhat powdery body that calls to mind white pepper and musk -- all in all a nice platform for the citrus top notes. As the Basenotes description states, the base notes are generally woody, but remain quite recessive under the other components.

    On first application, it may seem a pit "perfumey," but it has a classy drydown as the earthy middle notes rise. It also is quite robust, with excellent longevity. (In this regard, the atomizer is a bit overmatched to the fragrance, so apply with care.)

    I would call Woods of Windsor a three-season fragrance, best suited to fall and winter, passable in spring, but too thick for summer.

    08 March, 2006

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    parfums*PARFUMS Series 6 Synthetic: Skai by Comme des Garçons

    Skai is the only truly palatable scent from the Synthetic series. That being said, it's not for everyone. It's for those who would parade around town in red pleather pants, perhaps with a coordinating teal pleather jacket. Not real leather, mind you, which can be sophisticated and subdued as the need arises, but bright, almost retina-burning imitation leather. Skai is definitely a "statement" scent, and of course, therein lies the appeal.

    08 March, 2006

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    Chrome by Azzaro

    Nothing special at all a lot of hype though and I forgive those that don't know no better. What I can say is that it has sillage.

    08 March, 2006

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    Samba for Men by Perfumer's Workshop

    This stuff it's a very inexpensive fragrance that has a very nice, warm, refreshing and mysterious smell that I can't complain. It lasts for a long time and makes you feel good. It does not smell cheap, even though it does not cost much and trust me, it is much better than the much more expensive ones (like Creed). Truly one of the best kept secrets in fragrances. Let's hope it stays that way.

    08 March, 2006

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    Cuba Gold by Cuba Paris

    I tried Cuba Gold and I think it smells exactly like Jean Paul Gaultier's Le Male. It's very sweet but have more staying power than Le Male. If you like Le Male but the price it's out of your budget, then Cuba Gold would surely be a great buy, especially because of the low price.

    08 March, 2006

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    Voleur de Roses by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    It took some time until I learned to love this fragrance. The top notes are dominated by a strong, almost cloying Patchouli note. But after a few minutes it develops to something wonderful. Deep, earthy, fruit accords and woods are masterly composed to an awesome, relaxing scent. I don't get much rose here. It's more woody / fruity than floral.

    08 March, 2006

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