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French Line by Révillon

Brutal Bergamot, Herbal start of many Masculines of the Era. This blooms with a slightly dry Floral Bouquet, that of Jasmine, Rose and light rigidity of Narcisse. A quiet sharpness of Patchouli weaves with Quality Musks. Coconut barely noticeable adds a buttery succulence in the background. Another beautifully put together perfume from the 80's. Although it shares a Chanel finesse and similar structure of Antaeus, I find it has none of the skank of the one and only. I am surprised that it is not talked about so much. If you see it, pick it up.I will!!
03rd December, 2016

West Side by Bond No. 9

Very pleasant sweet floral Rose, Peony, Patchouli dance. Soft and to my mind leans Feminine. Similar to L'Inspiratrice by Divine. Very nice, however the Divine is much grander with a hint of sexiness.
This is the first Bond I've tried and I am impressed.
02nd December, 2016

21 Club by 21 Club

From a Vintage sample? graciously supplied by Bavard.
Whoa! Brutal start like a typical 80's monster. Lavender citrus with an 80's dose of Leathery Labdanum dryness, Galbanum and an excellent plonk of Oakmoss. Good quality Oakmoss allows for a long drydown. I smell the outline of this 12 hours later. Some pick up a woodiness, I pick up a dry tobacco.
I could'nt help thinking, "This relates to something I've worn lately".
Dusita Le Sillage Blanc. 21 Club is more linear and as expected Mossy longlived. The Dusita has a cloud of Neroli, Orange Blossom and Ambrette that makes it prettier.
If you can find it, 21 Club is a winner, particularily with it's Oakmoss lusciousness.
02nd December, 2016
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Mirra (Myrrh) by AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo

Myrrhe galore! With amber!

Myrrhe from begonning to end. It is a lovely herbal note, at times with hints of a woodsy undertone, and combined with an amber impression that is impressive indeed.

What pervails throughout is the myrrhe-amber duo. At times a whiffs of woods are added, with a soft and restrained smoky-powdery undertone that sometimes also expressed mildly resinous characteristics.

I get strong sillage, excellent projection and a splendid longevity of fourteen hours on my skin.

At times this autumnal scent is a bit linear, nut otherwise it is very impressive. This is mainly due to the beautiful quality of the first-class natural ingredients, which are well-blended. A great example of a myrrhe-amber creation. 3.75/5.
02nd December, 2016

Sultanate of Oman by Roja Dove

This is probably the most spectacular frankincense scent I've ever smelled. The first blast is extremely strong and orgasmic, the combination of rose and incense is incredibly beautiful, this combination lasts for a few hours and as the scent dries down it becomes drier and woodier possibly from the beautiful amyris, which gives the overall fragrance a soft creaminess to it. Although the dry-down becomes much softer it unmistakably remains dry and resinous that stays true to nature of frankincense. Sultanate of Oman is yet another creation by Roja Dove that showcases just how masterful the pefumer really is. He hits this one way out of the park! Bravo!
01st December, 2016 (last edited: 02nd December, 2016)

Britannia by Roja Dove

This review is for Roja Dove Britannia which was released in 2016 (not 2012). Britannia is a different fragrance from Roja Dove Great Britain which is a limited edition and which might have the notes listed on the Basenotes page for Britannia. The notes for Britannia are: top notes - citron, bergamot, mandarin orange and tangerine; middle notes - rose de mai, jasmine, champaca, heliotrope, cassia, violet and peach; base notes - cinnamon, cloves, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, cacao, musk, orris root and ambergris.

Britannia is a very clean scented, citrus and floral powdered chypre that is constructed with layerings of the very best materials to achieve a mandala of layered warm and floral simple clean pleasantness. This is the sweet powdered sheen of aristocracy and privilege. Brittania reminds me of the image of a well dressed, very proper perfectly dressed and perfumed privileged class. It smells like old world fragrances might have smelled at one time.

The note for the powdered base is centered around cacao. Cocoa powder is enhanced with musks, orris root, peach, violet, heliotrope, champaca, cinnamon, and sandalwood - all notes of powdery nature but each bringing a different aspect too of citrus, resin or floral aspects into the density of the fragrance.

Brittania appeals to our sense memory bringing back the the allure of vintage perfumes of past generations such as: Tiffany for Men, Chanel Pour Monsieur and Givenchy Gentleman. These all have that lightly scented powder base but strength as well. However the materials of Britannia are much more luxurious and intricately layered reaching for a simplicity that is difficult to achieve. This is a beautiful fragrance, that I am sure many people will enjoy and treasure. But it feels overworked and too complicated to achieve the simplicity and integrity that I was hoping to find.
01st December, 2016 (last edited: 02nd December, 2016)

Les Nombres d'Or : Cuir by Mona di Orio

A potent leather - a new or fresh leather smell as mentioned below, also a smoky, peppery, beef jerky smell, as mentioned, which all sounds fine, but it's just a bit harsh, even a bit boozy, and intermittently synthetic: imagine an especially strong-smelling leather sofa in the home of a heavy drinker and smoker, or maybe a bar.
01st December, 2016

Trussardi Uomo The Red by Trussardi

Nothing "red" (namely baroque, luxurious, exotic or decadent) under my profane nose. If "red" is Habit Rouge, Basala or Xeryus Rouge we are unfortunately quite distant from these levels guys. A great disappointment as well as all the brand new Trussardi's recent issues (Uomo new and Black Extreme). Well, Vintage Trussardi Uomo was one of the best 10 fragrances ever created imo, here we are groping in a misty swamp of disconcerting "fashionable" mediocrity. I don't get any sign of style or creativity my friends, a pity for a brand which I generally appreciate. An uninspired combination of nowadays mainstream "scratchy/metallic/mentholated" olfactive stereotypes. To be direct, an ideal minty-ambery-spicy hyper synthetic combination of scents a la Roccobarocco Estraordinary for men, Paco Rabanne One Million, Montblanc Legend, Ysl Silver kouros, Ted Lapdus Black Soul, overall amalgamated by a disgusting neutral cedary woodiness and by hints of pale (somewhat impalpable) ambroxan-mastered creamy simil booziness (cognac? Magari!!!). Violet, clary sage's mintiness, tonka/tolu balm and gassy woodiness are dominant under my nose. Great italian classy packaging. Pass by. Please Trussardi, be serious, give me back my immense vintage Uomo.
01st December, 2016

Equipage Géranium by Hermès

Love it! It starts with a nice blend of aromatic herbs and fresh spiciness and dries down to an aromatic floral-spicy-moss like base. It is so well blended that it can be difficult to separate the notes. Not that I mind, since well blended is a positive feature in my book.

The dry down seems to contain a dose of oakmoss and perhaps a dash of civet. It is unapologetic masculine - make no mistake about it as this is no unisex fragrance. I find it rather sexy - for the grown up man.

I cannot compare it with the regular Equipage since I don't know that fragrance well enough, though this fragrance is excellent and one of Hermes' best, in my opinion. It projects quite well and has a rather good duration, perhaps 6-7 hours on my skin.


01st December, 2016
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Monogram Collection : Myrrh Casati by Mona di Orio

The opening mixes the eponymous myrrhe with a mandarin and a floral lotus impression - and it does that very well. A rich myrrh, it is nicely balanced by its citrus sidekick, very nicely indeed.

Later on he amber arises - not very dark an amber it is - and light brushings of a sweetish raisinous undertone also present. Bitter almond is also features here, with a pleasantly smoky undertone. The base adds gentle spices, just a dash of white pepper added to this olfactory menu. Hints of white musks come and go throughout the latter stages.

I get strong sillage, excellent projection and a brilliant longevity - fourteen hours on my skin.

One of the convincing myrrhe creations, more concentrated than, for instance, Annick Goutal's Myrrhe Ardente, this is a spring creation made of high-quality ingredients and very well blended whilst being a performance powerhouse on me. Maybe a bit lacking in complexity towards the end, it is otherwise a convincing testimony to the quality of this house, whose founder died so tragically. 3.75/5
01st December, 2016

Rudis by Nobile 1942

Genre: leather, smoky-incensey leather. Nobile 1942 Rudis opens powerfully (and vaguely medicinal) with a stout/strong campfire-like accord of smoke (smoky frankincense), rubber-mastic, woody resins and leather, overall in a way like ideally combining in one single assertive potion scents a la Santa Maria Novella Nostalgia, Les Nombres d'Or Cuir by Mona di Orio, Pekji Cuir6, Profumum Roma Arso, Sonoma Scent Studio Fireside Intense (the latter being more oriented on the woody-animalic side), Le Labo Oud 27 and Tauer Lonestar Menories. The leather's touch seems by soon smooth, spicy, suedish and dry with notable hints of "ash/tray-like" rubber. I surely detect dry spices (mostly clove and pepper), patchouli and probably (along the way) hints of rose but honestly is out of me "isolating" all the rest (dried fruits, vetiver, further florals?). Anyway I don't catch any luxurious (and almost culinary) burnt sugary-figgy-boozy-green aromatic vibe a la Histoires de Parfums 1740 (a far superior juice). Smokiness goes gradually fading (but never disappearing) and all the rest is a pale (really vain) and "neutral" dry smoky (ash-tray like) leather supported by burnt resins (woody resins, birch tar, hints of moss, smoky woods and frankincense). Dry down elicits a sort of vaguely viney suedish smokiness. Probably hints of balsams or myrrh provide a final whiff of powdery soapiness. Faint complexity, longevity and sillage on my skin. End of the story.
30th November, 2016

Enigma pour Homme by Roja Dove

Enigma is a warm spicy floral amber over tobacco and woods perfume, composed with a familiar feel and ambience of Roja Dove masculine fragrances. Enigma consists of two distinct layers for a "wall of aroma" first wave of blending of neroli, rose, geranium, heliotrope, ginger and vanilla/ambergris that establishes a pleasant warm harmony. The base layer or second wall of aroma rolls in with a much lower register of darker density from black pepper, cardamom, patchouli, tobacco, and sandalwood. The light layer roils above the lower darker one as if two constellations slowly collide merging through an accommodating bridge made of a warm cognac note. This is a very distinguished arrangement of notes and is one of the finer Dove fragrances. You will find no oud or leather here, a rare omission from Roja's palette but the tobacco and patchouli base makes up for whatever might be missing. This one is not my favorite from Roja Dove, but I can easily see why it is a favorite for many.
30th November, 2016

Vetiver Extreme by Guerlain

Although I have not experienced the original this is an exceptional fragrance. As far as comparisons this is a smoother vetiver than say Encre Noire for sure. I do like this a tad bit more than Encre and would say this is a smoother scent and is overall well rounded from start to finish. For the price and quality it is a blind buy for any fan of vetiver. Enjoy!
30th November, 2016
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Amber Aoud by Roja Dove

Roja's Amber Aoud is smoothe amber. Extremely easy to wear due to the uplifting rose accord and hauntingly mesmerizing from the light persistent oud. As in all Roja Dove scents there are many assistant notes but these are mostly disappearing compliments to each other. There is Ylang, jasmine, cinnamon, sandalwood, a light ethereal oud of anonymous origin. The fragrance is smoothe and amazingly non cloying for an amber scent. I think it's the rose that punctuates the separateness of quality of this exceptional amber fragrance. This is excellence in rose • amber • oud.
30th November, 2016
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La Myrrhe by Serge Lutens

The opening is a sheer delight: a mandarine-citrus combined with the herbal myrrhe aroma and a floral undertone of lotus and whiffs of magnolia - beautifully balanced and resulting in an original mixture, which combines citrus with herbal and floral lines.

In the drydown amber comes to the fore. A pleasant and soft ambery impression together with a light powdery note develops, which, together with an aldehydic undertone, remains present like an overarching veil cast over the main olfactory stage for most of this composition's development. A light sandalwood, at times displaying a honeyed raisinous sweetness, is counterbalanced by a more traditional jasmine.

The later stages keep the amber, and white musk with gentle spices are added and gradually fade towards the latter phases, with the powdery theme continuing until the end.

I get moderate silage, excellent projection and ten hours of longevity.

Beautifully blended and creatively composed, with only the base being a bit linear, this scent is well suitable for spring and autumn, and makes an especially good evening scent that works also for the day. 3.75/5
30th November, 2016

Michael Jordan by Michael Jordan

I give this a neutral due to the lack of longevity and projection. It is synthetic but isn't that bad. Nice for an after the gym spritz. For the price it is ok.
30th November, 2016

Mambo for Men by Liz Claiborne

Very synthetic. Extremely spicy and harsh. IMO this is not worth the money even at its current price. Avoid.
30th November, 2016

Claiborne for Men by Liz Claiborne

Nothing to add for or against this fragrance. When I had it I thought it was nice and very wearable. I don't think I would care for it much now. It's still available for a great price. For me it's a neutral. It's just a dated.
30th November, 2016

Bleu Marine by Pierre Cardin

I would say for 1986, when I was 16 and but a novice in the fragrance game this was a nice scent. Now this is dated. The oregano is the main accord that dates this scent IMO. Now I would just avoid.
30th November, 2016

Rausch by J.F. Schwarzlose

Rich, sweet, woody (cedar), musky and expensive smelling fragrance. It conveys urban sophistication very well. May be related to the Gucci perfume of corresponding name?
29th November, 2016 (last edited: 30th November, 2016)

Eau des Baux by L'Occitane

A nice woody vanilla scent that doesn't last as long as I had hoped (Not as beastly as I have heard) but is a great fall/winter scent. Very masculine and does have a nice flow from the open of peppery cypress to the vanilla toned incense. A winner and very affordable. Enjoy!
29th November, 2016

Vetiver Dance by Tauer

Very pleasant fragrance. Reminds me of the smell in a newly decorated room with fresh paint and wallpaper. In that respect - the balsamic aspect - it's similar to Lorenzo Villoresi's vetiver. There is also a resemblance to Tauer's Carillon pour une Ange in the greenish quality allied to moss or undecavertol.
29th November, 2016
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Blue Amber by Montale

The eponymous amber strikes me from the beginning, but this is quite an unusual amber note: neither heavy nor resinous, it a lightness and brightness that is quite unusual, and that is owed to a restrained bergamot and some hesperidic undertones.

In the drydown an light, unobtrusive powdery imoression is added; this is not a rich traditional barbershop powderiness, but it is more of the lighter and mire elegant version. Here I also get some coriander with a few woodsy notes mixed in, adding depth and richness to the amber.

The base adds an - again restrainedly - sweet - vanilla aroma together with a soft patchouli that is intertwined with whiffs of white musk.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and a splendid twelve hours from this creation.

Nothing extraordinary here, but a nice springtime re-interpretation of the traditionally darker and harsher ambery approach. At the border between neutral and positive, this is pushed across the line due the pleasant and somewhat unconventional approach towards the creation of an amber note, and by its impressive longevity. Less intensive and less intrusive than other products of the same house. 3/5.
29th November, 2016

Sultanate of Oman by Roja Dove

Upon spraying on skin Sultanate of Oman smells warm, animalic, and very soft, dark and strong bold leather. The opening scent is very nice but inconsequential because the scent dies away very fast. I spray on more. It fades so quickly so I think it must be very weak however; the softness of the scent that remains stays around for a very long time so I accept that this is a very soft multi layered blended leather fragrance that has great depth but a very soft emanating presence. There is a slight violet leather aspect and a soft saffron/incense leather which you feel as much as smell followed by birch tar darkness in the background. Softness of sandalwood, amyris, papyrus, guaiac and oud mixed with frankincense, elemi,cardamom, carrot seed oil, cedar for a soft woods and incensed warmth. The opening of orange, rose and grapefruit picks up the softness from saffron, the darkness of birch for a dark but very gentle, slow moving, sanded soft leather that almost disappears into the darkness - but not quite. Soft and impressive.
29th November, 2016

Royal Oud by Creed

An amazing spice and wood scent from Creed. I would say this is not an oud scent at all. Good mix of spice in the start and smooth woody (Cedar) notes with a slight musk and sandalwood at the end. I would say this starts more masculine in the start with a slight unisex dry down. Overall a winner and worth the price for full bottle purchase. Enjoy!
28th November, 2016

Straight to Heaven by By Kilian

The opening burst brings to mind AMen Pure Malt with a touch of caramel/patchouli that reminds me of AnimaleAnimale...thick rich dark rum...changes rather quickly to a very natural smelling cedar with a touch of spicy patchouli...to my nose, a very beautiful scent overall...only thing holding me back from buying anything more than a small decant is the lack of silage and longevity...
28th November, 2016

Fahrenheit Absolute by Christian Dior

This is a decent Fahrenheit flanker. It smells like a syrupy sweet, modern perfume, on the dark and heavy side. It has grown on me over a few wearings, but it's not one for the full bottle collection.
28th November, 2016

Westbrook by Byredo

I envy you, well if you have the ability to detect all the notes or at least most of the ones listed here.

For the first hour after application all I can make of this is a generic ho-hum-smelling violet fragrance. Okay, maybe not just violet but I'm not sure if I'm also smelling osmanthus and/or gin?

A little more after an hour then an amazing woodiness kicks in, the Vetiver and suede join the violet note and turn this scent into something that is so much more than I was expecting after such an ordinary start.

The vetiver, suede and violet notes are harmonious and authentic. Where is the tobacco?

This one, from Byredo, projects and lasts.
26th November, 2016

Endymion by Penhaligon's

Great fragrance; you can get the same aroma for less in Armani Black Code. I couldn't help but think about Armani Black Code--perhaps, the newer reformulation and recent name change, Armani Code!
26th November, 2016

Juniper Sling by Penhaligon's

As my wife and I explored The Art of Shaving store, we couldn't help but give a few of the Penhaligon fragrances a smell; so glad I did!!

So out of the few, Juniper Sling and Opus 1870 were those that really peeked our(my) interest-Juniper Sling is a nice fragrance; fresh, a bit citrusy but with a woody foundation. In the opening there is the Black Pepper and Vetiver that I get followed by the Ambrox that gives this a good fresh blend. Later the Orris Wood comes through along with the Juniper Berry that gives this, what I describe as, an aromatic allure that is really nice.

After spraying some on my wrist I couldn't figure out the familiarity....I sniffed and smelled but still nothing, I couldn't put my finger on it. As the dry down became more prominent, I figured it out---this reminds me of 2 fragrances 1)D&G Light Blue and 2)Versace Man Eau Fraiche.

Don't get me wrong these fragrances have their unique qualities, however, there are some very distinct characteristics that I pickup. Overall, a nice fragrance. I give this a neutral rating because you can acquire Versace Man Eau Fraiche or D&G Light Blue for less and get a similar vibe.
26th November, 2016
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