Fragrance Reviews from December 2008

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    Basile Uomo (original) by Basile

    Here's one I am rather upset knowing it's been discontinued. Unbelievably citric, woody and mossy. A perfect score for this chypre. Not over the top but still plenty strong. Quite wonderful.

    13 December, 2008

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    Bijan With a Twist for Men by Bijan

    Soft citrus (bergamot and some lemon) and quickly fades into a light green woody drydown. Doesn't last long and is very subtle. Has that distinctive Bijan house note that I've smelled in all the newer releases especially in Nude and Black. Decent, but lacks the impression I look for like in the other Bijan fragrances.

    13 December, 2008

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    Braggi by Long Lost Perfume

    Oakmoss and woodsy scent much like Paco Rabanne pour Homme but not as lour and a hint of leather. Juice likes to stain white clothing.

    13 December, 2008

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    Iquitos by Alain Delon

    Rose. A nicely done rose. One that I could wear because it doesn't feel like I feel asleep in a florist. Simply dark and good.

    13 December, 2008

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    Missoni Uomo by Missoni

    Interesting but very spicy and powdery. Not for me. Has a definite cumin note.

    13 December, 2008

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    PS by Paul Sebastian

    PS is a overly powdery vanilla that ends up smelling like talcum powder.

    13 December, 2008

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    Tempore Uomo by Laura Biagiotti

    I smell a lot of fruited woods, extremely light powdery notes and a ambered patchouli base. Very complex and everyone seems to get different impressions. Mine was, "huh, that's interesting."

    13 December, 2008

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    Fresh Uomo by Trussardi

    I smell the cinnamon and clove which gives it a creamy texture. Citrusy on top. Rather warm for a "fresh" fragrance. Fairly ordinary but still OK smelling.

    13 December, 2008

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    Wall Street by Victor

    A green fougere much like Brut with a bit of spices added. Not bad. Seems to not last too long.

    13 December, 2008

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    1881 Amber by Cerruti

    Nice and open semi-sweet cedarwoods. Much like Declaration with amber added. Has a few similarities with the original in that it's slightly green and soapy must be due to the violet leaf note. Good fragrance.

    13 December, 2008

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    Francesco Smalto pour Homme by Francesco Smalto

    Decent woody fougere. It's a little more "fresh" and green than a typical fougere and it's also quite potent. Pleasant scent.

    13 December, 2008

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    Bijan Style Men by Bijan

    Nice lavender, clove and musk fragrance. Cedar on the bottom keeps it all together making for a very nice casual daily scent. Slightly soapy giving it a "clean" feeling.

    13 December, 2008

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    Boss in Motion Edition Black by Hugo Boss

    Not a sporty fruity musk like BiM, has a very nice cedarwood note in it. Very subtle, however. Nothing impressionable.

    13 December, 2008

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    1881 Black by Cerruti

    Nothing like the original 1881 which is a soapy green and fresh scent. This, like the others mentioned here, is a very medicinal smell. Sweet and woody. Yes, just like Joop! HOmme and Burberry. A little disappointing, not a good name for it but the stained glassy black bottle is nifty.

    13 December, 2008

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    Black by Pierre Cardin

    Great EdC strength semi-sweet and woody. Cheap! A good gift for someone that doesn't wear fragrances.

    13 December, 2008

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    Versace pour Homme by Versace

    For fans of Acqua di Gio that want something slightly different. I happen to like aquatics (Bulgari Aqua Marine, Cool Water deep, Acqua di Gio, et al). Bright and clear, and decidedly "fresh" Versace pour Homme is good. Best casual wear. Good longevity, too especially for a fresh scent.

    13 December, 2008

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    9 IX Rocawear by Rocawear

    I file Rocawear under celebrity fragrances due to the tie in with star rapper Jay-Z. I sorta like it but it's got that "hey it smell like something else" feel. Abrasive citrus on top, spices in the middle and hearty drydown of woods and musk. Not innovative, just another perfume from a clothing company trying to fit in.

    13 December, 2008

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    Orange Spice by Creed

    The general dynamics of this fragrance have already been reviewed. I will echo that comments that, at least to me, this smells like something they would scent a urinal cake with. That's fine if people you know would be impressed with that line of work, but I for one don't feel confident walking around all day smelling like something people pee on.

    13 December, 2008

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    Coromandel by Chanel

    My favorite exclusif. My favorite patchouli scent.

    Coromandel is a refined and multifaceted blend that revolves around patchouli and (white) chocolate. It is very rounded and smooth as opposed to Sheldrake's "other" patchouli and chocolate, Borneo 1834, which is blunt, monolithic, and very "in your face." Don't get me wrong though, both are great, but go different directions.

    13 December, 2008

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    Sycomore (new) by Chanel

    Dry smoky vetiver and dark woods. Good stuff -- the new Sycomore for the exclusifs, not the old one.

    A great alternative to Vetiver Extraordinaire, and IMO, the most masculine of the exclusifs.

    13 December, 2008

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    Brit Red by Burberry

    I like spicy cookies with prominent ginger, but this does not remind me of those kinds of cookies at all. It starts off similar to London for women by Paul Smith (dried fruit/black currant) but the drydown is more similar to Fire & Ice for women by Revlon (coconut and slight cherry). It's a bit sweeter and more powdery than London, almost syrupy. Good if not excellent longevity and sillage. It gets a bit linear after an hour or so. It's well done though I won't get a full bottle because I have bottles of both London and Fire & Ice. I think London might be the more complex and dynamic of the three.

    13 December, 2008

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    Be by Becker.eshaya

    Rather boring, lightweight fruity floral. Nothing horrendous, or interesting, about it.

    13 December, 2008

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    C16 by Indult

    This is like the musk of angelic creatures. When they list 'crystalline musk' as a note, I never really know what they are talking about, but it should be C16. It is transparent and ethereal, lighter than air, but with a steel belted-tenacity on the skin. It is musk without the skank, but exuding warmth and sensuality. It is a very light scent, and to my nose quite linear. Initially I thought I might be anosmic to it, but it comes alive with the warmth of skin. Perfect alone, it is also great layered with gourmands and orientals and spices. Heavenly.

    13 December, 2008

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    Din-Dan by Lostmarc'h

    Lovely stuff, a warm comfort lemon scent, if you can believe there is such a thing. You could wear this anytime of the year, not just for the warmer months. Din dan smells like lemon sugar cookies, with bits of lemon zest in them, after the initial blast of lemon. Don't let this description scare you away! More lemon than cookie, and just a touch of sweetness. Very nice, not complicated, don't try to overanalyze it, just enjoy it! (If you want a more serious lemon, try Limone di Sicilia by i Profumi di Firenze. That one is more lemon and zest.)

    13 December, 2008

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    L'Antimatière by LesNez

    I can smell it only when I'm not wearing it. On paper it smells very clean and a little herbal. According to Silvio Levi, who imports Les Nez perfumesi in Italy, it has only three notes: oakmoss, musk and ambergris, all of them normally used as basenotes, because they are made of very heavy molecules, that can not be smelled immediatly, but only after a while. This, I think, explains why some people can't smell it: it has no headnote. In my opinion, with its strange way to fade and then reappear and be smelled again, l'Antimatiere is more the ghost of a scent, than a real fragrance. A weird experiment in fringe perfumery, that I appreciate but would'nt buy.

    13 December, 2008

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    Ispahan by Yves Rocher

    This review is for the EDT: A beautiful and spicy oriental that's a cross between Salvador Dali and Opium. Not quit as complex as Opium, but gorgeous, creamy and smooth in it's own way. The drydown is spicy/woody and lays close to the skin. I can see wht some reviews I've read for it call it a "comfort scent". This is relatively inexpensive and worth trying, if you can find it.

    13 December, 2008

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    Liù by Guerlain

    Like so many of the early abstract Guerlain perfumes, this is interesting but not appealing. Aldehydic and somewhat powdery, I enjoy this most as an ambient scent. Added to sweet almond oil and allowed to simmer in an oil burner, it creates a great atmosphere for watching Fritz Lang movies and drinking absinthe martinis. But on the skin (my skin, anyway), even the lightest application is both chest-crushingly heavy and unpleasantly artificial. In addition, while it starts off as a fairly complex fragrance for the time, it doesn't seem to develop much on drydown. I'm glad I tried it for the history, but it's not something I'd wear out - too unapproachable and self-insistent.

    13 December, 2008

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    Hammam Bouquet by Penhaligon's

    Hammam is a Turkish bath - stuffy, sweet-smelling and a bit overwhelming. If that's the way you want to smell, this is for you. Since older fragrances tend to be pretty simple and linear, it's hard to find one that's really, really offensive but this one is just...yuck. Probably just me...

    13 December, 2008

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    Bigelow Barber Cologne Elixir Green No. 1582 by C.O. Bigelow Apothecary

    This starts out with a nice refreshing blast of smooth green notes in the style of Green Irish Tweed and Riverside Dr. that slowly give way to a sweet amber base with a touch of sandalwood. Projects nicely off the skin and lasts a good 4-5hrs. Smells nice, lasts a decent amount of time and is great value for money.

    13 December, 2008

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    Bigelow Barber Cologne Elixir Black No. 1581 by C.O. Bigelow Apothecary

    Starts out with a nice oud topnote that is quickly joined (15min) by a sweet tonka, vanilllic amber base that dominates the fragrance as it dries down. This is a warm scent that is rather nicely suited to the cooler months. Black Elixir projects nicely off the skin and lasts about 3-4 hrs. Nice scent, a little unbalanced with vanilla playing too large a role in the composition.

    13 December, 2008

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