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    Fleur Oriental by Miller Harris

    I wouldnt exactly call this one ubermacho. But I am not inclined to agree 100% with Mrs Honey. If applied lightly this one could very well pass for a masculine scent. Quite allright.
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    28 August, 2006

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    Bijan for Men by Bijan

    Yeah, yeah, its 80s and strong and whatever, whatever...BUT
    Hmmm with the right approach this one is a genius scent> I imagine it as a morning scent which develops through the day.
    Not for work. no. sunday morning. breakfast / coffee smell lingering in the house, kids are out already in the backyard playing. The night before you have just discovered how wonderful it still is to be with your wife/partner and it makes you feel balanced and comfortable. Its gonna be an active day enjoying it in and outside of the house. Probably even some guest/friends will come by in the afternoon. Some good music plays, sunlight hits your eyes gently and you get up being enthusiatic about today. Optimism and appreciation fills you coming out from the bathroom ready to take your place at the breakfast table. You get a kiss from you loved one while suddenly your little girl comes in, accross the room, suddenly stops and huggs you "hmm daddy smell" with a big smile.

    Thats how I imagine Bijan. What a fantastic fragrance it is!

    28 August, 2006

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    Green Jeans by Versace

    Sometimes its like this isnt even a perfume. More like a bottled feeling of forest life.
    Really like being out there on your own in the woods, just walking and exploring for hours.
    Not sure about the summer, as no floral scents are detectable in this one, more autumn/early winter scent as the smoky drydown is reminding me of dying autumn leaves.
    Though this is also a surprisingly changing scent as sometimes the lemon/lime impression keeps going on and on and the smoky part is hidden behind it.
    I have recently seen the "Grizzly Man" by Werner Herzog, a documentary film about Timothy Treadwell who -for a few months each year - lived in alaska in the woods and fields, observing the grizzly bears living there. I think he could have easily worn this one.
    It -at least for me- seems to be a "lonesome" scent. Lonesome, bit weird, while optimistic, natural and very lively.The fresh start gives it a lovely kick and makes you feel very positive about it. Wouldnt use it to attract the opposite sex, wouldnt probably work so well as a tool of such goals I guess, but to be on your own, enjoy it for what it is> a great, fresh, citrus/lime, smoky, forest smell with a fascinating feeling about it.
    Its probably the most interesting fragrance I ever had a chance to discover.

    28 August, 2006

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    Boudoir by Vivienne Westwood

    Great fragrance, it was a present for Christmas 1998. Unfortunately, the person who bought this wonderful perfume for me was a bit stingy and chose the smallest bottle-only 30 ml!!
    It's almost finished and I'm scared of evaporation due to these hottest days.

    28 August, 2006

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    Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

    I concur with Helder. Nice for 30 minutes, and maybe lasted 2 to 3 hours tops. But after that, really, I can not detect it. Warm perhaps, but really, I could not distinguish anything about this cologne. Now, your mileage may vary, but I'll not think twice about thumbs down on this. Not bad, but how can you say something is bad if you really can not smell it?

    28 August, 2006

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    Acier Aluminium by Creed

    I ran out of samples and finally purchased a bottle of this. Quite simply, this is one of the most distinctive male fragances around and it works on every level to the extent it is likely to become a signature fragrance for me. Hard to find, but well worth the effort!

    28 August, 2006

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    Eau de Gloire by Parfum d'Empire

    Tried a sample of this at Les Scenteurs in London and was impressed enough to buy a bottle. This is an elegant and long-lasting fragrance - quite strong - so only a little is needed. Very distinctive and if you like Caron's Pour Un Homme, you will probably like this.

    28 August, 2006

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    Impact Pour un Homme by Caron

    I tried a sample of this at Les Senteurs in London. I use Pour Un Homme as a business fragrance and was so looking forward to experiencing 'Impact'.

    Overall, I found it disappointing and non-distinctive. Yes, the warm amber undertone is there, but the freshness and sharpness of the original is lost.

    Back to the original!

    28 August, 2006

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    Quimbaya Homme by Jean Pascal

    Really enjoyeable spicy fragrance. I detect limes and chilli's and woody drydown. A bit sweater than the other homme fragrance in the range. Really long lasting and very masculine. Nothing really comparable comes to note. Very south american. Sitting under a dry tree in the desert whilst sipping a rum and lime!

    28 August, 2006

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    Miss Balmain by Pierre Balmain

    I understand you now, Miss Balmain. It took some experimentation, but I have found the ultimate perfumey pleasure with you. The secret is to keep you off my skin and sweeten you with Jo Malone's Orange Blossom. Then! Ah! Extraordinary delight overwhelms me. I think the coriander is what makes a bitter impression on the skin, but spray Miss Balmain on an envelope, and the recipient will swoon. Put her on a pillowcase, on the shoulders of your blouse, and she will put Cabochard, her nearest smell-alike, to shame. Again, add Orange Blossom, and I can virtually guarantee an orgasmic experience. I may never know a more beautiful fragrance experience--how's that for a testimonial?

    28 August, 2006

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    Halston Z-14 by Halston

    Definitely a product of the old school of men's perfumery, this unmistakably masculine frag packs a dry, forest-green punch with surprising longevity for an EDC, though it remains close to the skin and sweetens ever so slightly during drydown, avoiding the powdery mess that Quorum sometimes becomes.

    Each sniff captures enough complexity to keep you sniffing even more - a dense, crackling, thatch-like bed of spices, woods, moss and herbs winding and creeping around a leather/musk/amber foundation that's ideal on cold or rainy days.

    Many may not follow it anymore, but for those it continues to lead it remains respected for its intelligence and character. It's so out of fashion in this day and age of fascistic freshness in that it dares to carve out its own territory and define "cool" on its own terms - minus even a trace of irony. No jokes here, it's all very serious and assured.

    Rough around the edges, but intriguingly so. Starting this fall/winter, I have a new fascination.

    28 August, 2006

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    Elite by Floris

    The grapefruit topnote belies the rest of this fragrance. As soon as its grapefruit freshness fades, Elite changes into what I can only describe as a somewhat stale and musty yet somehow tingling, predominantly florals and lavender scent with a woodsy base. It’s not all that different from No. 89, but I think No. 89 is a little better in that it’s not quite so stale or heavy, and falls closer to Etiquette Bleue’s territory (though nowhere near that good!). The mustiness (almost rottenness) adds a certain "masculine" quality to the floral notes, but the tuberose still falls outside my comfort zone. Elite is an interesting name for this fragrance, as it somehow does capture my somewhat jaded image of the “elite,” as in those musty old men who sit on the boards of large corporations. Floris says this is for the mature, confident individual. I cannot argue with that. One would have to be very confident to smell like a basement filled with rotting flowers.

    28 August, 2006

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    JF by Floris

    Upon initial application my first impression was that JF is a Cool Water / GIT clone. I think it’s more Cool Water than GIT, not quite as interesting or fleshy as GIT, not as thick or plump, and more “watery.” It’s very fresh and fruity, inoffensive, with decent amounts of sillage and good longevity, great for the office, etc., but it’s also derivative, and at this point in time, pretty boring too.

    28 August, 2006

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    No. 89 by Floris

    On the boards it seems No.89 is sometimes compared to C&S no.88. I think 89 is much closer to D’Orsay’s Etiquette Bleue than it is to no.88. It’s got the same light, white, herbal-floral topnotes that have an uplifting sort of quality. It’s not quite as uplifting as the D’Orsay scent is though, and the heavier basenotes further drag this one down. Finally, there is a mustiness in here akin to the mustiness of Floris’ Elite, which makes the scent smell old or dated. This mustiness, combined with the floral notes, reminds me of a funeral home…not exactly a positive image! I will say it smells better on my shirt, where it retains more of that Etiquette Bleue sparkle. But why not just get the much better Etiquette Bleue?

    28 August, 2006

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    Eau de Santal by Floris

    I find Santal to be a warm, smooth, slightly sweet, woodsy scent similar to Gucci's Envy. Aside from the milky sweetness I can also detect some pepper and clove, but all-in-all it's a little too generic for my tastes. I'm also not sure it's any better than Envy, which makes me wonder if it would be worth the money. I guess if you are looking for something in the same vein as Envy but want something not as common, this would be one way to go.

    28 August, 2006

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    Rose Poivrée by Different Company

    a kindler, gentler cousin of czech and speake nr 88 ??

    28 August, 2006

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    Canali Men by Canali

    considered irresistable by many, considered generic by many more...Canali is a bit of a funny duck...fare more androgynous than the clothing label it's named after, yet at the same time, there is a definate continental sophistication that peeks through the "pleasant" exterrior...I recieve many compliments on this scent, yet, I must admit, if I wasnt such a fan of Canali clothing, I probably wouldnt have even considered buying this...kind of sweet and fruity upon the initial whiff, but then the masculine muski-ness gives it a strong jab and sends it spinning into something completely different...not bad for an initial offering, I think that Canali could follow in Zegna's footsteps and present some great scents in the future...deffinately worth picking up...

    28 August, 2006

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    XXL by Daniel Hechter

    I can add little to Ken Russell's review. Very generic indeed, but slightly more intelligently crafted than the low end of design house Eau de Clones. It's the noted hint of sweetness and some intimations of spice that linger below the synthetic-aquatic conformity that raise this from the level of abomination to the category of wearable but not really necessary. Probably not a good choice for a house whose name, in fragrance, does not have the clout enabling it to sell boredom as the new hip. That might explain why I got this for a song on ebay.

    28 August, 2006

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    René Lezard Masculin by René Lezard

    With merely two fragrance lines to its name, the design house of Réné Lézard has managed to scale the world of perfume from its depressingly abysmal depths to its triumphantly towering heights. At one end of the spectrum, we have Réné Lézard homme, whose generic name and greyish packaging might be read as a harbinger of the utter conformity of the content. With not even the trace of an identity of its own, this lame excuse of a juice joins the ranks of the thousand score clones of purely synthetic smelling "fresh" "ozonic" garbage, for which any attempt at applying an adjective is really already an undeserved exertion. For the 21st century issue of the "man in the grey flannel suit."
    Mystifying how only a year later Lézard could come up with such a masterfully crafted, deliciously enjoyable and underappreciated sleeper among the category of gourmand scents as Identité, where, once again the name's the thing. For while gourmands were certainly nothing highly innovative anymore by 2003, one cannot deny that this perfume, in a beautifully designed bottle, has a distinct identity,which is fittingly announced by the cognac-coffee tinted container. The PR speaks of cognac indeed, but to this reviewer the obvious assocation is a Starbucks-type coffee, i.e. not the straightforward southern European style, but a flavored, sweet-caramelly creamy "fun" beverage representing an enjoyable form of culinary regression. One is reminded of the heavenly odor of Muscovado sugar with its fine caramel notes reminding of the long gone status of sgar as a luxury product. These warm and delicious notes, which achieve a sophisticated and well-rounded sweetness (not of the suffocating, stifling kind too frequently encountered these days) predestine Identité as a fall and winter scent when its wafts of gourmand pleasure will make its wearer the messenger of comforting "coming in from the cold" pleasures of the communal hearth.

    28 August, 2006

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    Indentite pour Homme by René Lezard

    With merely two fragrance lines to its name, the design house of Réné Lézard has managed to scale the world of perfume from its depressingly abysmal depths to its triumphantly towering heights. At one end of the spectrum, we have Réné Lézard homme, whose generic name and greyish packaging might be read as a harbinger of the utter conformity of the content. With not even the trace of an identity of its own, this lame excuse of a juice joins the ranks of the thousand score clones of purely synthetic smelling "fresh" "ozonic" garbage, for which any attempt at applying an adjective is really already an undeserved exertion. For the 21st century issue of the "man in the grey flannel suit."
    Mystifying how only a year later Lézard could come up with such a masterfully crafted, deliciously enjoyable and underappreciated sleeper among the category of gourmand scents as Identité, where, once again the name's the thing. For while gourmands were certainly nothing highly innovative anymore by 2003, one cannot deny that this perfume, in a beautifully designed bottle, has a distinct identity,which is fittingly announced by the cognac-coffee tinted container. The PR speaks of cognac indeed, but to this reviewer the obvious assocation is a Starbucks-type coffee, i.e. not the straightforward southern European style, but a flavored, sweet-caramelly creamy "fun" beverage representing an enjoyable form of culinary regression. One is reminded of the heavenly odor of Muscovado sugar with its fine caramel notes reminding of the long gone status of sgar as a luxury product. These warm and delicious notes, which achieve a sophisticated and well-rounded sweetness (not of the suffocating, stifling kind too frequently encountered these days) predestine Identité as a fall and winter scent when its wafts of gourmand pleasure will make its wearer the messenger of comforting "coming in from the cold" pleasures of the communal hearth.

    28 August, 2006

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    Bois d'Iris by Different Company

    A true incarnation of aged Iris root and other tender and masculine balance notes to form a FANTASTIC MASTERPIECE !!!
    I get compliments from men and women on this and somehow has both a very clean but also very root/wood like character.
    Sure kiddies, ' it sounds easy to get a really great wood and somewhat clean floral note together - but most of them just don't get there - this is perfection of brooding more root/earthy based undertones but never quite forgets the Iris and more bright accents that really make this beyond imagination to wear. I truly TREASURE this work of liquid love and art !!! 2 thumbs up !!!

    28 August, 2006

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    Racine by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier


    If you are looking for a strong, earthy Vetiver fragrance, Racine might not be for you. Racine is, however, a fantastic citrusy vetiver fragrance which has an almost perfect vetiver heart note - not overly earthy to scare away people who detest vetiver, and earthy enough to satiate the casual vetiver fan. The hesperidian spicy top notes are marvelous, and the base of patchouli amber and musk brings Racine to near perfection. Some people might draw parallels with Guerlains Vetiver (another excellent creation), but there are differences between the two. I am not a big fan of earthy vetiver, and Racine is right up my alley. Longevity is excellent too (as with nearly all MPGs). I like Guerlains Vetiver a lot, and it also retails for far less than Racine. If you want a masterfully designed vetiver-based fragrance, Racine should be at the top of your "to-try" list.

    28 August, 2006

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    Baie de Genièvre by Creed

    This one's like a walk through dry hills above the Mediterranean on a hot summer day, the smell of tart juniper cut through by a sudden sweetness as you brush against the leaves of a spicy bush. After a while, you can smell the sea in the distance. A poetic and complex fragrance. Unfortunately, this one lasts maybe an hour on me.

    28 August, 2006

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    Number Six by Caswell-Massey

    One of my favorite scents for summer. Citrus topnotes, which are mellowed out with musk in the midnotes, and a hint of colonial spices comes out in the drydown. I don't get vetiver out of this one, either. Unfortunately, this one has poor longevity but it's inexpensive so you can refresh when you need to.

    28 August, 2006

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    L'Air du Desert Marocain by Tauer

    I have no idea why this is listed as a women's scent, it works I think better for men. Definitely has some sweet notes in there, but not at all cloying. There's a delightful smokiness in the midnotes and in the drydown, I sometimes think I can smell a dry stoniness, like the night wind blowing in off the desert. Have gotten frequent compliments, from "something smells nice" to "are you wearing Old Spice" (it's as spicy as that low-end classic, but much dryer & more complex). After spending all summer looking for the perfect summer fragrance, I've found it.

    28 August, 2006

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    Arabie by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    The light golden brown of the sun shining through a sliced dry fig placed next to a raisin (which is, itself, situated next to an ashtray). This oriental fruitcake makes one happy to be human. I thank You!

    28 August, 2006

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    Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon's

    a romp through a perfect fairy forest - all the sublimity of nature in a bottle - this is what Oberon sweats, I think

    28 August, 2006

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    Vetiver by Guerlain

    The smell of rummaging around granny's underwear drawer - I did it, so I know. Now, I like a skanky scent as much as the next guy (ummm...probably more) but this one simply doesn't cut it for me: a fox wearing too much stage make-up or the scent wafting up from the casket of the monkey Nora Desmond's burying in Sunset Boulevard. ewww.

    28 August, 2006

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    Eau de Réglisse by Caron

    a zingy, acid green cloud suddenly swept through the kitchen and then swiftly disappeared again, leaving behind only it's memory and the smell of baking cookies

    28 August, 2006

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