Fragrance Reviews from August 2007

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    the_good_life's avatar

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    Castile by Penhaligon's

    Boring? Just because there's Schoenberg or John Zorn, does that make Mozart or Benny Goodman boring? Perfume should not just be measured by our consumer society's hysterical demands for relentless innovation and ever greater excess (required apparently to pierce through its proportionally increasing jaded numbness), but by an appreciation of craft and beauty proud of linking up to traditions worthy of preservation. This is one of the handful of fragrances presented in 1998 that embodies quality and impeccable craftsmanship and the result is absolutely beautiful. Scentemental, foetidus and others have given excellent accounts that require no addition, merely a footnote: it's not all that close to Cologne Sologne, which is de Nicolai's take on the classic Eau de Cologne recipe (bergamot-citrus-neroli-rosemary-restrained wood). Here, it is indeed the perfect harmony of neroli and rose that stands at the center of attention, making this a neroli variant of Acqua di Parma (where the rose intertwines with agrumes). This is not a scent for hard partying or steamy sex, it is a proposition for gentlemen who can also appreciate the quieter subtleties of life. If you prefer a frail pinot noir to oak- drenched CabSauv, this might be a scent for you.

    01st August, 2007

    the_good_life's avatar

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    Racquets Formula by Penhaligon's

    Citrus-herbacity plus clove (and vetiver?), together with the floral heart, make for a very soapy smell, whch befits the athletic associations of the name Racquets. A quality soap, what the boys shower with after a lawn tennis match at an exclusive club. But soap nonetheless, which is not among my favorites fragrance styles. In these early stages Racquets reminds me of Beene's Bowling Green, a coniferous chypre with a stronger citrus opening, but a similar herbaceous soapy freshness. However, the more pronounced clove in Racquets already announces what is to come. That is what makes this one interesting and somewhat unusual: sporty freshness being blended with spicy oriental components of cedar, moss, amber and frankincense. I would not have payed retail for this, but it is a good one, especially for the inbetween weather of April or October.

    01st August, 2007

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    United States United States

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    Euphoria Men by Calvin Klein

    There is one single note within this scent that I really like... suede. Yep, that smooth suede is the redemer for me! Softens and blurs some of the potentially sharper notes. Other than that, I'm with ZZTOPP's opinion completely. My overall impression of Euphoria is "Eh, no big deal." The only reason for my neutral rating is that yummy suede.

    01st August, 2007

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    Canada Canada

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    Wellington Cologne by Geo F Trumper

    A subtle fragrance that blends musk with complex top notes including Rosemary and Neroli.” (Trumper website)
    Well, as usual Trumper plays its fragrance note cards close to the chest. What can I detect in what I smell in Wellington? There is a very brisk citrus opening, quite lemony. Then there is a minty green freshness, from rosemary but perhaps also eucalyptus. I question whether there is any pine here, the rosemary could be giving that impression. Then a nice woody spice tone appears. Pepper may be giving some ‘bite.’ Perhaps caraway gives that woody tone. Neroli oil itself is spicy and flowery so we must take that into account. A grassy tone emerges, probably some vetiver is involved. Overall, I’d say this is a minty-lemony scent with remarkable longevity. As well, throughout there is a distinctive and interesting “dusty” aspect that is difficult to identify. At times it reminds me of the smell of old books, at other times I get the idea of a dusty old jar of lemon drops. These are not unpleasant images for me, they are rather charming and so is Wellington. It is an interesting, brisk scent which warms up a bit in the dry-down but retains its cool character.

    01st August, 2007

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    Passion Dance for Him by Avon

    I have passion dance for her and loved it so much, i bought the men's version for my husband. BIG disappointment. It is not unpleasant at all, but does not have the WOW factor that the female frag has. Not very good longevity either but for the price, who can complain too much.

    01st August, 2007

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    England England

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    Shh... by Jade Goody

    I am appalled that a sleazy foul mouthed racist chav such as this horrible specimin is now one of the best known British 'celebreties' from UK. I do not agree with celebrity scents at the best of times, but this particular product is in extremely bad taste considering the recent racism and bullying associated with this young woman. Avoid at all cost.

    01st August, 2007

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    United States United States

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    Pi by Givenchy

    Dear Givenchy Pi,

    I love you. I have wonderful memories every time I put you on and your warm and enveloping scent is a comfort with every turn. Other people love you too, as can be witnessed by the compliments you receive when we are together.
    Whenever I want something familiar that harkens back to some wonderful times, I turn to you. For that, I thank you.

    Yours truly,
    Robbie

    01st August, 2007

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    United States United States

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    Aramis by Aramis

    Aramis is not an era for me but a location. It is one of the fragrances that evokes the sage and dust scents of the mountains of central Northern California. If it had a texture it would be the smooth red bark of the madrone trees that grow beautifully where little else can.

    02nd August, 2007

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    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    Poison by Christian Dior

    I was in my late teens when this was launched, and though I loved it, I was in a monogamous relationshup with Mitsouko and it would take another 20 years before I bought a bottle for myself.

    It starts with a rich burst of jammy purple fruits, with an undercurrent of something just a little seedy. There are flowers here; big, tropical, cartoon flowers, and a touch of something heady and intoxicating.
    As it dries down, it morphs into a sexy-dirty musky amber, sitting very close to the skin.
    Others hate this scent but I love it, and the longevity is fabulous, even in the EDT.

    02nd August, 2007

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    Quorum by Antonio Puig

    Ever since I smelled a young guy at a smoky Irish Pub wearing the most head tilting, interesting, mossy, earthy, smoky, spicy, coniferous fragrance, I've been trying to find it. It could have been Quorum. At first Quorum smells like ones' fingers after mashing pine needles and bark between them. It's really spicy (with cumin) and woody but in a way VERY natural and of the earth and starts off with a clean soap note. I found it at a discount store for $9 so I bought it if for no other reason than to simply study and understand it. Loud and refined, I think this more gentlemanly scent on a younger man could be a fascinating and effective contrast.

    02nd August, 2007 (Last Edited: 26th April, 2008)

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    Promesse by Cacharel

    Cacharel tried too hard to please the American market with Promesse. The brand is big in Europe's Mediterranean countries but they still needed to have a real hit in North America, one of the biggest market. What did they come up with? Well, a somewhat lovely pink fruity floral targetting teens ( the funning is that the marketing in europe is done so to please an older customer than say Amor Amor, go figure). I smell blackberry, peony-like florls and musky blond woods. Nicely done, but we smelled this already too many times before. Promesse got drowned in a market already overly "pink-a-tised".
    Flop!

    03rd August, 2007

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    Quorum Silver by Antonio Puig

    Quorum Silver was an amazing blind buy for me. Having tried the other Quorums in the past--the herbaceous woodsy and leathery original, the vibrant Aqua and now Silver. The opening is so inviting, the woods begin transparent and fresh with a slight bitterness, almost resinous, which develops and unfolds to a leathery vetiver. The pine is not harsh like RL Polo Green, but smooth, almost luminous like a citrus peel. But then again it's probably because the pine is marrying with a grapefruit note. The scent deepens a tad more, becomes sophisticated yet restrained and not at all brash like the original. You catch the vetiver marrying with cedar and what smells like pepper.

    It's absolutely beautiful, I tell 'ya! It's definitely liquid art! Amazing how each note plays off each other giving the silver its glint. I couldn't believe how cheap it was at the discount retailer. I think it's one of my best finds ever.

    03rd August, 2007

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    Insolence Eau de Toilette by Guerlain

    I don't mind violets...it's true that Guerlain intended not to create a shrinking one at that with Insolence. I'm no fan of its opening. It gave me the impression of something medicinal, then of berries and violets splashed with chlorine. As the opening mellows, you catch Guerlain's classic notes of iris, vanilla, rose and orange blossom, like that of L'Heure Bleue weaving in and out of a now candied violet, hard and sweet with wisps of those chlorinated berries now in the background. That spiral drydown does seem to make the scent unfold strangely, not exactly linear, but its facets blooming in and out at different points of the scent's development. If one can endure the chlorinated and hardcandied parts of the scent in the first hour, you can surely enjoy this sugared scent with a Guerlain lining. You definitely gotta love violets. If you don't love it that much, go lightly in the spraying or stick with the well-mannered Classic Guerlains that are sans the candy glaze. I give a neutral rating because of its artistry, but honestly I do not find it an alluring scent at all--just pure mass-market Insolence!

    03rd August, 2007

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    French Lover / Bois d'Orage by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    @ musclegod 007, have you ever tried French Lover on your skin. I have to say...i bought French Lover yesterday and i´m wearing it today...it lasts very long...maximum 3 sprays on the neck, thats it...it is an masculine, soft and herb fragrance...very gentle. Not for everybody.

    @ Vibert, very very good discription.

    Let´s see the reviews a year later...not everybody can get this.

    In the USA is the releas at fall...

    Two thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    03rd August, 2007

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    Millésime Impérial by Creed

    This seems to behave quite differently depending on the weather. In hot humid weather it gives the wearer a beautiful warm, golden melony glow which garners awestruck compliments. Absolutely lovely.

    In any other kind of weather it seems frail and somewheat dirty and has no longevity whatsoever. Strange.

    But when it's on, it's right on. Gorgeous.

    03rd August, 2007

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    United States United States

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    Bfly by Rampage

    Such a pretty scent! Light as a butterfly kiss...jasmine, tuberose, freesia and a hint of iris over vanilla and sandalwood. Fleeting - but nice for summer.

    03rd August, 2007

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    Ferrari Cologne Water (Yellow) by Ferrari

    The Ferrari label has a fairly disparate range of smells in it's collection. Red is fairly simple minty floral (unisex in my opinion), Black is a dead ringer for Dunhill Red (again, my personal take), Yellow is as the name perhaps aludes, a tonic water sort of smell. A hint of sweetness ofset against bitter "medicinal" notes.
    Hard to work out where this fits into the whole fragrance world but I'm sure it has it's place!

    03rd August, 2007

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    Habit Rouge by Guerlain

    My simple nose tells me this is very similar to YSL Pour Homme. It's smells of the same vintage and it exudes the same character. The YSl is very simple in composition of course and the Guerlain adds in some florals and vanilla to pad out the fragrance (described as sweet by reviewers).
    I really don't see how you could put this on off unless you were over 50. I'm not trying to be ageist (does that word exist?), but I think a younger person wearing this would look like a someone trying to dress older than they are.

    03rd August, 2007

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    Jacomo de Jacomo by Jacomo

    This could be Versace Black Jeans' darker misunderstood cousin. Always a little distant, annoyingly self assured, given to occasional excess and at once off-putting and beguiling

    03rd August, 2007

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    XS pour Homme by Paco Rabanne

    There is a coolness to this one that lasts all the way through it's dry down. I can only put this down to the musk. This is no doubt be very attractive to many but I can't quite get around it to the other softer / warmer notes (this may just be my skin though)

    03rd August, 2007

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    Black XS by Paco Rabanne

    There are a lot of synthetic things going on here. Whether they work for you is going to depend on whether you like (or dislike) that signature (or is that novelty) note, Praline.

    03rd August, 2007

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    Ice*Men by Thierry Mugler

    I don't really care IF this is a rebranded editon of something else. It works.Unlike madridbatabridd, I hate aquatics as a rule but like madrid, I think this is a great fragrance. As fro comparisons to Ben Gay, well this comes back to synthetic notes finding their way into low-cost products (blame the fragrance houses for that!). As always though, the comparison is shallow as there will be some note of similarity but on doing a head to head comparison, the illusion shatters. Funnily I have jsut read the revies on another 'fresh' fragrance which was compared to Ben Gay so maybe the manufacturer has hit on a great scent ;)

    03rd August, 2007

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    Can Can Paris Hilton by Paris Hilton

    could could but now can't can't

    03rd August, 2007

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    Frangipane by Chantecaille

    And I quote:
    "Inspired by an extraordinary tree shading a marble pool, in an ancient palace in India, FRANGIPANE exudes the sweet smell of frangipane flowers mingled with vanilla and Moroccan orange."
    This scent is very nearly the real thing!
    As I've walked to work on an early summer's morning here in Western Australia, I pass many lovely vintage gardens with frangipane trees tucked in a corner. The lovely little waxen flowers are a richly scented delight, as is this fragrance.
    Thumbs up for this sweet treasure!

    03rd August, 2007

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    Zegna Intenso by Ermenegildo Zegna

    Burberry Brit with a U-haaa opening, only.

    03rd August, 2007

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    Marlborough by Geo F Trumper

    Revised review.
    "A crisp aromatic fragrance revealing lavender, geranium and cedarwood.” (Trumper website)
    I quite appreciate Marlborough. In some ways it is the most distinctive of the Trumper Collection line, since it lacks the spice notes of Curzon, Astor and and Silvester. Instead, we see a lovely floral note of geranium rose, which gives the scent a very British flair.
    The scent opens with a good aromatic lavender note. The rose which follows gives a soapy, clean, fresh aspect. Light woods follow. Some have detected incense here, and I think that is right -- probably myrrh which blends well with the rose.
    Quite delightful!

    03rd August, 2007 (Last Edited: 06th October, 2014)

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    Nu Eau de Toilette by Yves Saint Laurent

    I like Nu EDT: it isn't nose-piercing at all. It is softer and smoother than the EDP.

    04th August, 2007

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    Tabac Blond by Caron

    **This review is of the EDT**

    Notes:

    Top: Leather, Linden, Carnation
    Heart: Iris, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
    Base: Cedar, Patchouli, Vanilla, Amber, Musk

    Said to be launched to celebrate the liberation of women in the 1920s a movement which allowed them to vote and mate without male consent, wear skimpy bikinies and take care of that ever growing bikini line, and ofcourse smoke in public. The name might be a misnomer, but there's not an iota of smoke in Tabac Blond's performance - this is a crystal clear display of excellent perfumery skills.

    Tabac Blond opens with a fresh blast of a sweet citrus note conjoined witha bright floral spicyness of carnation tinged with the barest hint of leather. Its an inviting opening and only hints at whats to come next. And that hint only grows more and more obvious over the next few minutes. The castoreum-based leather heart of Tabac Blond grows in prominence and starts dominating...and what a leather note it is! It shares some similarities with the turpentine-like leather note in Knize Ten, but unlike that motor-oil mechanic juice note, is never harsh or overly chemically (probably due to the iris and ylang ylang, which smooth out any rough leathery tones). Its smooth and as well-balanced as a leather note can be, and although I don't smell much tobacco or smoke, there is a general underlying smoky feel enveloping the heart notes. The leather is impressive in its longevity - this sublime note lasts for a good 4 hours, before the fragrance transitions to a smooth resinous vanilla-amber base, which surprisingly smells cool (is it because of the enduring musk and cedar notes?) compared to the leather action in the heart notes.

    Tabac Blond is Carons' flagship perfume, and even in its EDT form, is a fragrance which very few, if any, leather fragrances can claim to compare to. The movement between the three notes phases is dynamic, the leather note is substantial yet never overbearing, and the vanillic-amber-cedar-musk base finishes off the leather powerhouse display with a rich melange of temperate and sensual notes which provide a frore contrast to the leathery warmth. Tabac Blond was a fragrance way ahead of time; its time though has come. The time is now. This is a fragrance for bold women, women who find the fruity florals littering the malls insubstantial, inchoate and insulting to their driven motivated interior. Women who have had enough of the vanilla-amber-laden sweet bombs. Women now lead Fortune 1000 companies, are career driven, and play an equal hand in marriage. I can easily see such independent women do Tabac Blond justice. Its also a clearly unisex juice, although Mr. Moms might be better off with the generic aquatic. Tabac Blond is smokin'.

    04th August, 2007

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    Sonia Rykiel by Sonia Rykiel

    Having been gifted with this as a sample, I was delighted to find myself transported to a Victorian garden replete with butterflies, sunlight, white trellises and stepping stones. There is a very romantic feel to this, imo.
    My blind guess of notes was mango in the top, rose in the heart and musk in the base.
    The cedar is a nice grounding touch to the sweet topnotes and floral heart.
    Wear it in the garden, or on a walk around a lake on a balmy day.

    04th August, 2007

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    Black Cashmere by Donna Karan

    File this one with YSL's Nu - two "take no prisoners" insence scents that miss genius by a mile. Oh, the humanity!

    04th August, 2007

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