Fragrance Reviews from January 2008

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    Royall Spice by Royall Lyme of Bermuda

    Slightly better than the new formulation of Old Spice--slightly better.

    10th January, 2008 (Last Edited: 04 August, 2009)

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    Vetiver by Etro

    One of my three favorite vetivers (the others are Route du Vetiver and Sel de Vetiver). Etro is deeply woody and intense. Pure vetiver and well balanced so as to float, not overwhelm about your person. It is long lasting on my skin - always present and never harsh. A real winner in my book.

    10th January, 2008

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    Vétiver by Creed

    I wanted to like this as it is so popular with Basenote-ers. It struck me as very light and of a woody, caramel combination. It disappeared quickly on my skin. Not a distinguished vetiver by any means.

    10th January, 2008

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    Vétiver by Annick Goutal

    This is an earthy, smoky vetiver combined with spice (clove, bay?). The spice disappears quickly and the vetiver itself is gone after two hours. So although it is quite nice, I have to give it a neutral vote, because of its poor longetivity.

    10th January, 2008

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    Vétiver de Puig by Antonio Puig

    This is a sharp, acrid, green vetiver. I get a top note similar to cumin, followed by an unpleasantly heavy oakmoss. A failure as a vetiver in my opinion.

    10th January, 2008

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    Vetyver by L'Occitane

    I liked this initially but not ultimately. I get a light, green vetiver note with spices - very powdery. The dry down however disappoints with the green note becoming raw and disintegrating into a cabbage-like aroma. Luckily it was short lived on my skin. Good try but back to the drawing boards.

    10th January, 2008

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    Wild Lavender / Inglese by Lorenzo Villoresi

    One of the finest and most original Lavenders out there. The overall balanced effect of lavender, lemon and ginger is wonderful and these three co-exist for quite a while together. The lemon and ginger perfectly compliment the lavender - who would have thought it? A terrific and original take on lavender, highly recommended for fans of this flower.

    From the Villoresi site:

    15 notes in all
    Top: Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon, Iris, Coriander, Elemi, Laurel, Galbanum
    Middle: Clove, Clary Sage, Juniper, Pepper
    Base: Tonka, Musk, Rosemary

    10th January, 2008

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    Patchouli by Lorenzo Villoresi

    One of the few Villoresi's that I do not care for at all. The top note of Patchouli is green and raw. After half an hour the cedarwood resin emerges, along with a scent reminiscent of humidor tobacco, then a drydown resembling turpentine. Simplistic and unpleasant to my nose.

    From the Villoresi site:

    7 notes in all
    Top: Patchouli, Lavender
    Middle: Patchouli
    Base: Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Oakmoss, Musk, Benzoin

    10th January, 2008

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    Piper Nigrum by Lorenzo Villoresi

    The initial blast here is of a combination of pepper, clove, mint and nutmeg, which dries down to cedarwood. Overall it's a light spicy scent, but mediocre compared to Villoresi's Spezie. For those who like it light, it may just be the ticket. For those who like a complex spice, Villoresi's Spezie is the way to go.

    From the Villoresi site:

    19 notes in all
    Top: Cirus, Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Conifer
    Middle: Black Pepper, Origanum, Nutmeg, Elemi, Olibanum, Petitgrain, Clove Leaves, Rosemary
    Base: Amber, Styrax, Benzoin, Peru Balsam, Myrrh, Cedarwood

    10th January, 2008

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    Vetiver by Lorenzo Villoresi

    I was so looking forward to this one as I am a Villoresi fan, but it proved too strong for me. It opens with a dark wood/iodine note, which calms down to a sandalwood with a very earthy, acrid vetiver floating above. It is long lasting and at end of day it was almost making me nauseous. A very strong vetiver but not for the faint of heart.
    It has so many notes listed in its make-up, but I could only detect a few.

    From Villoresi site:
    Top Notes: Rosewood, Bergamot, Mint, Lavender, Galbanum, Petitgrain
    Middle Notes: Neroli, Sage, Celery, Cumin, Nutmeg
    Base Notes: Vetiver, Musk, Tonka, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Oakmoss Patcho

    10th January, 2008

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    Spezie by Lorenzo Villoresi

    This is one of the most complex fragrances I have ever encountered. A balance of cardamom, cypress and mint immediately strike me as top notes. Soon this is followed by cinnamon, strong clove and a hint of oregano. Finally the rosemary takes over. There is a quiet and subtle dry down with the overall lasting effect of cypress mixed with clove. One of the finest spice scents I've come across.

    From Villoresi's site:

    18 notes in all
    Top: Coriander, Cardamom, Laurel, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Mint
    Middle: Cinnamon, Clover, Pepper, Juniper, Fir, Origanum, Thyme
    Base: Tomato leaves, Rosemary, Sage, Heliotrope, Oakmoss

    10th January, 2008

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    Original Vetiver by Creed

    This, like Creed's other Vetiver, disappointed me. Where the other had a caramel/woody scent that quickly disappeared, this gave me a soapy scent with no detectable vetiver at all. It too disappeared quickly, which was not upsetting as I found it totally undistinguished.

    10th January, 2008

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    Donald Trump The Fragrance by Donald Trump

    Trump is the man. This fragrance is nice but not something you wear and people will compliment you but it is good. I only wear it on important business things where I want to feel successful. Id give it an 8/10. BTW I got it at TJ Maxx... lol...

    10th January, 2008

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    Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior

    I got a terrible headache after trying this perfume:-( And even I washed my wrist thousand times, I couldn't get my heand near my nose for hole day!

    10th January, 2008

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    Premier Jour by Nina Ricci

    It's ok, nothing special, but it has something that makes me want to sneeze! I can not wear it at all...

    10th January, 2008

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    A*Men / Angel Men by Thierry Mugler

    The top notes are awful, it's more like a stanch than a perfume. But as it settles down, the mid and base notes are pretty nice and warm. It's sweet (like all the gourmands) but not necessarily cloying. If you can hide for 10 or 15 minutes after you've sprayed it, then it's ok to wear this in public.

    10th January, 2008

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    Acqua di Giò pour Homme by Giorgio Armani

    Good for athletic activities and summer days, but nothing special at all.

    10th January, 2008

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    Bois du Portugal by Creed

    Like all the Creed creations, this one is also a masterpiece. It's one of the richest and most complex scents, and the veiling of the sweet notes by the spicy notes is very subtle. Unfortunately, sometimes too subtle... An earthy and woody scent, this one is for gentlemen only!

    10th January, 2008

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    Envy for Men by Gucci

    This one abounds in sensuality, I think it's one of the sexiest fragrances on the market. Resembling YSL's M7, it has a woody-sweet oriental aroma that is ideal for romantic wear.

    10th January, 2008

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    Escada Homme by Escada

    I was very surprised to discover that Escada can make such great perfumes. This one is truly exceptional, a highly elegant woody-floral fragrance that goes perfectly with a suit and a tie. Somewhat similar to Ungaro III and Green Irish Tweed, but not as deep and complex as those. If you're looking for high class, faultless style and elegance, this is a great choice.

    10th January, 2008

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    Green Irish Tweed by Creed

    Along side Ungaro III, the best perfume ever! Incredibly elegant and sophisticated, this woody fragrance is for the man who understands the importance of a perfect look and attitude. The Creed man is a gentleman... his shirt is always clean and his shoes are always polished.

    P.S. I don't smell anything green in this one...

    10th January, 2008

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    Jaïpur Homme by Boucheron

    Probably the best oriental fragrance. Very classy, very elegant, this perfume is truly poetic. The blend of sweet and floral notes is just perfect, resulting in the most balsamic scent I've ever smelled. It's not necessarily the most masculine scent, but that's a good thing because instead of the heaviness and the roughness of the classical fragrances, you get a luminous and luxurious scent. The only problem is that the mid notes tend to be a little soapy, which can become a bit cloying.

    10th January, 2008

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    Millésime Impérial by Creed

    Am absolutely outstanding perfume! I don't see it as an unisex fragrance, but more as a masculine scent. Very clean, bright and warm, this highly elegant and sophisticated fragrance is a true masterpiece!

    10th January, 2008

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    Rochas Man by Rochas

    Without a doubt, the best gourmand fragrance. The composition is perfectly balanced so that this is probably the only 100% sweet scent that doesn't become either cloying overbearing. This should become the landmark for all the designers that want to create very pleasant and wearable sweet or gourmand fragrances.

    10th January, 2008

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    Gucci pour Homme by Gucci

    It's elegant, but not luxurious. It's masculine, but not the most refined. It's actually rough. I can't feel any smoothness in it and that's a big minus, even for a very masculine fragrance. Overall not a bad choice, but if you want the state of the art go for Ungaro III or almost any Creed.

    10th January, 2008

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    M7 by Yves Saint Laurent

    A very sensual and modern fragrance, resembling Gucci's Envy. The sweet and spicy notes are blended just right, so it becomes neither cloying nor "in your face". Suitable for romantic occasions.

    10th January, 2008

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    Dior Homme by Christian Dior

    Dior says this one will become a new classic. It's not classic at all, it's very different (but not necessarily "good" different) from anything else. The initial burst is one of the few smells that can make me sick instantaneously. But the drydown is way better. The mix of flowers and sweetness is well balanced, with the iris being on center stage. The biggest problem though is that it smells very, very artificial, while the beauty of a perfume are it's natural ingredients. I agree with those saying it's mid notes smell like a make-up bag, but the base notes are much more flowery and gentle.

    10th January, 2008

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    Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

    The top notes contain a nice citrus aroma, especially orange. In the mid notes, the smell becomes sweeter but the orange remains noticeable. Although a blend of orange and sweetness is one of my favourite aromas, the mix in this fragrance results in a rather lolly pop smell which I don't find very masculine.

    10th January, 2008

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    Black XS by Paco Rabanne

    Starts off in a sweet red-lolly kind of way. Darkens in the dry down and it takes a more masculine character. Reminds me of the original Joop but not as cloying.

    10th January, 2008

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    H.M. by Hanae Mori

    Kinda strong at first sniff and subsequent hours... But, after that it is a really nice.

    10th January, 2008

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