Fragrance Reviews from July 2007

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    vawallpa's avatar

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    Hypnôse Homme by Lancôme

    Very sweet and quite sickly at first, although the drydown gets better. On the same line as Ghost Man but more subtle. Not overly impressed.

    23 July, 2007

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    White Jeans by Versace

    Opens a little heavy & sweet w/ mostly tuberose, softens & has nice incense background, but still more tuberose than I like. Gives a pungent sweetness to the flavor.. It dries further to plain vanilla w/tinge of tuberose & incense, still not for me.

    23 July, 2007

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    Jean Marie Farina by Roger & Gallet

    There is old-school and then there is really old-school! Jean-Marie Farina is one of the earliest of the modern colognes. It is worth checking out for its history alone. It is a delightful classic EDC. It has excellent lemon-bergamot notes, bolstered by the green freshness of rosemary. Phase one of the scent is sparkling green citrus. Phase two is a slightly spicy dry floral. The carnation gives a hint of clove and a fresh ‘bite’. The orange blossom and rose are gentle flowers, not too sweet. The rose drydown is very good. This is an excellent unisex fragrance, certainly one that any man could wear and enjoy without qualms

    23 July, 2007

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    Pino Silvestre by Silvestre

    Pino Silvestre is a true classic of its type: an herbal-pine concoction. Admittedly it is not for everyone because of its bold herbal qualities (especially thyme), as some comments below indicate. The North American market may not always appreciate something different that is in a distinctive European style. But really, pine and herbs do exist outside the realm of cleaners and salad dressing! I find PS to be delightful, distinctive, crisp/cool, very green and dry. I can’t improve on monsieur foetidus’ description, he is exactly right. An advantage of this type of inexpensive Italian fragrance (another is Malizia) is that there is a full range of associated bath and shaving products.

    23 July, 2007

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    Cologne Blanche by Christian Dior

    A sweet, light floral/powdery scent. More could have been done with the rosemary to give a brisk edge. Too sweet for my liking, and not distinctive enough to be noteworthy.

    23 July, 2007

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    Eau Noire Cologne by Christian Dior

    Well, of the three scents in this line, here is the only one with any pretense to a wood tone. The wood is ok, but as with so many scents it is overpowered and thus ruined by vanilla. Hansel and Gretel were walking through the woods and left sweet little cookie crumbs to find their way out. Is this what you want to smell like?

    23 July, 2007

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    Bois d'Argent Cologne by Christian Dior

    I like wood scents but the wood is mostly in the name (Bois). The honey is a dominant aspect. It makes for a pretty sweet (and I suppose pretty, sweet) fragrance. It is far too sweet and powdery for me to like at all.

    23 July, 2007

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    Nigeria Nigeria

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    w.w.2000±1s by B'prime

    It reads on the label that the mould for the bottle was smashed in full public view. Am not sure what that means, but if it means you ain't gonna get a whiff of this, don't worry cos if you know AZZARRO CHROME then you are home and dry with this one already, they are similar. Overall its not a bad fragrance, middle of the road inoffensive etc.

    23 July, 2007

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    Azzaro pour Homme by Azzaro

    This is one of those never-failing ones that I can go back to when I am having trouble selecting a fragrance from my wardrobe; it is a fragrance very much of the 70s AND 80s, but there is something, maybe the anise/lavander/petit-grain/geranium accord in the top, that makes it simultaneously modernist and classic.

    I don't know - but this smells masculine and timeless in a way that few others, perhaps 18/19/20 in the masculine genre, do.

    It has the elements that may lead one to place this in communion with Paco Rabanne - however, whereas Paco Rabanne has that human sweat-leather-honey-muskyness that makes it smell dirty, both in good and bad ways, Azzaro, whilst it certainly does have it's animalic elements, shares more of the herbal and woody notes found in Paco.

    In addition, the slight, albeit very much present floral-amber accord that features in Obsession for men may also be found in Azzaro. Indeed, the spicier, arid elements of Aramis can also be found in this fragrance...Not to mention the woody-slightly burnt-bronzed-incense featured by L'Occitane's Eau Baux...with its prominent ambroxin-cyprus-vetiver-incense accord...however not to the extent of the previously mentioned fragrances.

    All in all, quite an acceptable fragrance - certainly not the greatest in the world - but it is herbal, green, woody, animalic and ambery, without being questionably dirty in the sense of Paco Rabanne, so floral, spicy and ambery as Obsession, or so uber-masculine as Aramis, whilst maintaining an acceptable balance of each, not over-doing it.

    Go ahead, and spritz a little Azzaro.

    7/10.

    23 July, 2007

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    Pure Turquoise by Ralph Lauren

    How often do the dirty and the clean mix together and stay clean? Apparently, this is possible not only in muddy and stinky sulfur springs, but also in a modern-day perfume by the name of Pure Turquoise. The concept of cleanliness takes an interesting turn as grapefruit is married with patchouli. All of the above being immensely artificial smelling in a charming way, like a flaunt of an “I just shampooed my hair” swept backwards releasing that completely non-original fruity fragrance of 2-in-1 shampoo+conditioner with grapefruit and avocado or whatever.
    Yet it is not until one gets beyond that hair-flaunting that a dirty, dusty, ephemeral scent of skin that just dried from a long soak in sulfur springs (or perhaps an improvised outdoor spa treatment of a fool-body warp in salty black mud), that the grapefruit and patchouli accord can be seen in a completely different light.
    Pure Turquoise comes in two concentrations: eau de parfum for the poor, in a difficult to grasp cut-glass spray bottle; and pure parfum, for the spa aristocrat who loves to stack rocks over their jus. The latter crystal flacon is topped with a humongous sized turquoise stone, which unlike the beautiful one in all the posters and magazine ads, is not smooth and roundish, but cunt in angular shapes (just like the bottle is), and comes in a far paler and less impressive colour.

    24 July, 2007

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    Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior

    Updated review:

    I gave this one another chance, and my opinion of it has improved slightly. The topnotes truly are beautiful. I get more lime and than lemon, and this combined with the basil and rosemary smells outstandingly natural, refined and pure.

    But after about an hour of pleasure, there is just something about the way the moss and citrus and the basil mix that just doesn't sit right for me! The basil starts smelling wilted and old. I'm really beginning think it's my skin, because I don't get any jasmine to speak of, and rather than vetiver, I just get a damp, stale mossy note. It turns harsh and bitter and sour, with some sweaty animal notes thrown in. I'll give it a neutral for the topnotes and because I really suspect that it might be excellent on the right person.

    24 July, 2007 (Last Edited: 08 October, 2009)

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    Madness by Chopard

    I REALLY like this. I think it is what NU by YSL was supposed to be? I love the blast of Pepper and rose at the start. Then the pepper tones down to a lovely dry spicy rose. It is not as strong as I thought it would be - with it being so intense at the start. I actually love this in summer and the cooler weather.
    It is definitely original and not age restricted in any way. Perfect for a blamy night drinking Margaritas or wrapped in (fake) fur and dripping diamonds and off to the theatre - Madness is great for either occasion.
    I also got a 75ml at a unbelievable price. Makes it all the more sweeter!

    24 July, 2007

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    Prada (new) by Prada

    Now, I must show my true alliance is saying that I prefer Coromandel by Chanel more than Prada. BUT I am much more likely to go through a 50ml Prada than a 200ml Coramandel! I think the Prada is much more wearable and I really love the patchouli note. It is nice and creamy and smells just sweet enough without bashing you over the head with it. Coromandel is a little harder to wear - but I have room for both. Not sure if Prada lasts as well on my skin - and I am trying not to douse myself in frags anymore.
    Thumbs up for me!

    24 July, 2007

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    Fleur d'Oranger 27 by Le Labo

    Way more floral than I'm used to, but a very real scent memory for me - this *is* fresh honeysuckle, picked straight from the vine. Smells like spending a hot summer day in a thicket. Beautifully done, not something I'd buy for myself, but fun to wear from a sample

    24 July, 2007

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    Vanisia by Creed

    Another sublime Creed that is mistakenly marketed as a woman's fragrance. Vanisia is clearly unisex. Some similiarity to one of the early CdG's - a cinammon note? Of course, it being a Creed, it's much more natural and luxurious. Opening with jasmine and a very spicey rose, then on to vanilla and sandalwood. It envelopes you in a warm aura, but works well in the summer heat.

    24 July, 2007

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    Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme by Salvatore Ferragamo

    The initial blast of spiciness overcomes you and seems too much going on at once. This soon dies down to a spice rack smell. This unpleasantness continues for about 20 minutes but then transforms into a nice subtle spicy aroma. Does not sit too well on it's own, but layered with other scents can prove interesting.

    24 July, 2007

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    Unforgivable by Sean John

    Everyubody says Millesime Imperial from Creed, my nose says Silver Mountain Water.
    I don't know. But it is a cheaper version of a popular Creed scent, but cheaper only in the wallett. I actually think this is better than the Creed its supposed to immitate.
    So sad that people are ripping on the dude for no reason. HATERS, I say. Is S. Combs the first designer to rip off another designer? What about all those 'reputable' houses that ripped off JPG Le Male?

    24 July, 2007

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    Unforgivable Multi Platinum by Sean John

    FUSION is right on the money.
    This smells like a slightly spicier version of Silver Mountain Water by CREED.
    No wonder the regular Unforgivable won an award.

    24 July, 2007

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    Alien by Thierry Mugler

    Beautiful, dark, mysterious and cold as I imagine a spacescape to be; it feels like being wrapped up in cold, evening twilight.

    24 July, 2007

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    Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent

    I can understand what people mean when they call this scent pornographic and also when they say things like it smells like an overcrowded men's room. it does have a sleazy "hanging out in the men's room for illicit purposes" quality. Several people have noted the combination of male body fluid smells and whatever scent some companies use to scent urinals. Both of those are definitely there to my nose, but there is also quite a dose of incense, which complicates matters. Yves must have gotten quite a kick out of this fragrance getting so popular. It's pretty subversive really. Kudos to him for that. I have a bottle, but I wear it selectively. Also, it's potent, so apply sparingly and the longevity is forever. You'll still smell it you on the subway after a long night. This one's a sleazy guilty pleasure for sure.

    24 July, 2007

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    Ô pour Homme by Lancôme

    My first cologne that I actually liked that is discontinued. I knew there was a woman's makeup company who came out with a good cologne from a sample I got and finally, here it is...but alas...it did not survive. One of the best male florals I smelled.

    24 July, 2007

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    Lomani by Lomani

    Lomani surprised me! Sure, it’s available at discount counters everywhere. But it does everything well, and in some ways it excels. It has a good lemony-lavender opening, followed by spicy wood notes of coriander. Lavender, and later juniper, provide a refreshing briskness that is very pleasing. This is a big, friendly 80’s scent, but it is dry, restrained (if applied in modest doses) and well-made. The dry-down is very good. Grassy vetiver, dusky patchouli and oakmoss blend together very well and give a really attractive foundation. I’m not a fan of heavy, sweet patchouli, but it is done very well here, in a low-key and effective way. Don’t be a snob, try this and see what you think! I think it out-performs many expensive designer scents.

    24 July, 2007

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    XXL by Daniel Hechter

    Am afraid i've got little to add except that if you've got a teenage kid or nephew you might consider buying this for him as a present. The scent is OK, but if this theme interests you personally, then consider the more potent BOSS ELEMENTS for yourself.

    24 July, 2007

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    Monsieur de Givenchy by Givenchy

    What a wonderful fragrance for the bachelor (wearing his red tie mind you) wandering back to his apartment in Paris, the City of Lights, for his late-night rendezvous with the special one he met in the restaurant. Sexyyyy!

    25 July, 2007

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    Xeryus by Givenchy

    I first smelled this in a gay bar in Albuquerque, New Mexico back in 1986, right when this fragrance came out. I was standing next to a dashing attractive gentleman at the bar when I got a whiff of his fragrance. I had to ask what he was wearing, when he said Xeryus. We are still friends to this day.

    25 July, 2007

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    Romance for Men by Ralph Lauren

    The general character of Romance for Men is so similar to the original women's version, yet the listed notes don't reflect any commonalities!? As with the women's Romance, this blend turns acidic. Wish I could pinpoint the culprit but it eludes me. I don't find this one very wearable, yet it seems popular. An enigma.

    25 July, 2007

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    Paul Smith Extreme Men by Paul Smith

    This is a strange one...the topnotes come off like English Leather. As the drydown progresses, mild incense notes waft in & out, reminiscent of L'Artisan's Passage D'Enfer but not as high quality. The strangeness is that after those two associations have cleared through, this scent is kind of nice. Wait just a minute...another two associations have come up - Fierce by Abercrombie and Dunhill (brown). Yep. That's all folks!

    25 July, 2007 (Last Edited: 17 April, 2008)

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    Hummer by Hummer

    Bummer ~ for sure! After reading the listed notes and sampling the actual scent this is nothing more than a disappointment. The pyramid sounds so inviting, yet it simply falls flat. I don't enjoy this one at all.

    25 July, 2007

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    Love's Baby Soft by Love's

    Whenever I see colognes marketed for 13-20 year old girls, I think about Love's Baby Soft. When I was 16 years old, this scent came out and I searched vigorously till I was able to find a bottle. Like others have remarked, about Love's other scents, a few years later I moved on to "Eau de Love" which was a really great scent as well. Now that Baby Soft is back, it's a little different, but still very nice. Great for the summer or when you want to feel young again. All I know is, the minute I sprayed it on, I was back in high school and memories of high school are always welcome in my mind.

    25 July, 2007

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    Cologne Blanche by Christian Dior

    I have tried Cologne Blanche more than ten times from a decant and I confirm that this is going to be my next acquisition. This is my favourite one from the trio. Cologne Blanche is not a spectacular dazzling scent to seduce the audience. I would think this has a subdue comforting quality (perhaps from the almond) which made me feel very comfortable and happy. It has a creamy musky note which made me drool and sleepy. I would definately wear this to bed and sprinkle on my pillow.

    25 July, 2007

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