Fragrance Reviews from December 2008

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    He Wood by Dsquared2

    He Wood is a pleasantly amusing name. It is a pleasant enough fragrance well suited to crowded carriages or offices or groups of people needing moth proofing. The wonderful packaging is assuring; one can be stylish and safe - that is, own a really interesting looking bottle of toilet water without creating the unsettling illusion of bravado, élan or masculine confidence. Sometimes, beige is enough along with clean underwear, a well pressed cuff and a home packed lunch box. Essentially, a pleasantly banal scent that proves that cedar can be the king of beige.

    28 December, 2008

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    United States United States

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    Montana Parfum d'Homme (original) by Montana

    Absolute love. Makes me want to eat my arm. I tried the "red box" version, which was discontinued. Citrus burst of an opening -- bergamot? After about 6 hours, I smell predominantly pine sap, as if I'd mushed pine resin on my skin. There's some patchouli in it, but I don't mind. Also some mild aromatic smell. 12 hours later -- still sandalwood, amber, and oakmoss. Good longevity (> 12 hours on my skin), and pretty good sillage. Notes from Fragrantica.com: "Top notes are aldehydes, cinnamon, lavender, mandarin orange, tarragon, pepper, bergamot and lemon; middle notes are carnation, jasmine, sage, nasturcia, rose, pine tree needles and geranium; base notes are labdanum, leather, sandalwood, patchouli, oakmoss, vanilla, incense, cedar and ambergris." I guess I can smell *some* leather, but not really much. There are other leathery-ier scents than Montana Parfum d'Homme. Nose for this one is supposedly Edouard Flechier, who also made Dior Poison and Poison Tendre, as well as Frederic Malle's Un Rose and Lys Mediterranee.

    28 December, 2008

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    Eternity by Calvin Klein

    A very dated white floral that always fails to wow me. Try as I have to like Eternity for Women, I've always ended up finding something in it cloying and synthetic. It should (IMHO) be light and airy and crisp, but it always seems to end up smelling very heavy and fake.

    A failed experiment from CK.

    28 December, 2008

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    Flair by Revlon

    Brilliant woody floral with rich, fruit-laden top notes. (Embarrassingly inexpensive stuff, too -- I saw this at a local Big Lots store for under $10.00 a bottle.) Massive longevity and incredible sillage with this little known Revlon gem.

    28 December, 2008

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    Knize Ten by Knize

    This is a classical, distinguished and elegant gentleman´s scent for an older person.The start of the this scent is amazing-an opening of citrus-orange, quite fresh and crispy and the drydown is leather-tobacco, what you feel already at the beginning but within the time it becomes the dominating overall aroma.Very warm and sensual!Very well composed and very well put togehter but it lasts for hours and is very intense.And it has a powdery touch full of vanilla what i personally dislike.This is a unique, man´s scent but this perfume is of another time- well it has been launched 1925!But in comparison to chanel´s cuir de russie or no.5 two great scents of that time, this one smells a bit dated and a bit daddylike.It´s not timeless because you feel wearing it another century, another time -the world of the k&k austrian monarchy.....As it has been already mentionned -be careful using it because it is very intense-only a few spritzer!I personally dislike the dominating vanilla-powdery note and if you really want to feel a great perfume full of luxury and greatness then try bandit by piguet or cuir de russie or JHL by Lauder or even givenchy´s III- they make you dream of so much more and you feel wrapped in a touch of perfume- as a windbreeze always around you...........Knize ten is definitely a very good and outstanding scent but not the olymp of perfumemaking-try also guerlain´s perfumes!

    28 December, 2008

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    Joop! Homme by Joop!

    It smells great, it is fairly inexpensive, and has incredible longevity. If only other Joop! colognes boasted these traits.

    28 December, 2008

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    CK In 2U Him by Calvin Klein

    The first time I sprayed it, I thought it smelled like bathroom cleanser. The second time, I swore it smelled like Off! bug spray. Upon giving it to a friend, they said the same thing(Off)...so re marketing insect repellent can be done!

    28 December, 2008

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    Lalique pour Homme by Lalique

    I classify this as a semi-sweet floral with a slightly virile manly twist...mysterious and shady, yet trustable?
    This reminds me of the following fragrances: Versace Baby Blue Jeans, Paloma Picasso Minotaur and Zino Davidoff. lalique ph is not as 'juvenile' as Baby Blue jeans...nothing 'baby' about it at all, but it does share the bright lemony opening, I guess it is the grapefruit. Then there is the contrasting darker notes, where-in the similarities to Minotaur and Zino emerge. The difference here is that Lalique ph does not posses the horse related fecal note, rather it is just the right amount of dark to priduce a manly yet semi-sweet accord. I wonder if the end result is waht a lion's den smells like...
    I would like to try the Equus version to see if there is any similarity to Zino and Minotaur. Whatever the case, if you like any of the mentioned, you should love this as well, even the Baby Blue Jeans.
    For those who haven't tried any of the frags mentioned, these scents (like most) rely on contrasts...there is dark shady mysterious that is put in check by a semi-sweet floral with a lemony zing. I like it...like it a lot!

    28 December, 2008

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    West Indian Limes by Truefitt & Hill

    This is the way I think a lime scent should smell. Indisputably masculine, fresh and indisputably lime opening, which softens and is supported by petitgrain. And while I get decent longevity from it, if you don’t should you be surprised? Remember, it is a cologne, not an EDP. Thumbs up from me!

    28 December, 2008

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    Mazzolari Lui by Mazzolari

    Lui has a fair bit of patchouli, sandalwood and above all a strong base of amber. If I had to compare it to another niche frag I'd say it's a warmer, less herbal version of Parfum d'Habit. But it almost seems like Givenchy Gentleman, minus the civet and dressed up. If GG is a bong smoking hippie, this is his refined brother who wears bespoke suits and goes to black tie events.

    It took me a couple wearings to "get it," but I'm glad I stuck with it. Thumbs up, A+, looks like I'll be buying this one. If you like masculine frags, this one is a must-try.

    28 December, 2008

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    Mazzolari Mazzolari by Mazzolari

    Not Yatagan light, Yatagan arid, just as stark and dry, stronger than vintage yatagan (black cap, white labell) and reformulated yatagan (silver cap, white label).

    Compared to Polo Green it's dryer.. more pessimistic if i may call it that... SHARP.. just as long lasting

    Now, why would you buy it? Because you would buy Palais Jamais (this is not as wearable as the reviews tell, a true hidden gem), Yatagan, Knize Ten, Lui from the same house or Jacomo, Bel Ami Vintage, GG vintage, etc. In the very end, it's another take on the same subject. If you think mathematics is boring, don't think to trade number theory for algebraic set theory. It might work. Usually, in 90 % of the people, the subject won't work. If you like the scents i listed above, you probably like this one too. Green, dry, stark, even not comprehesible in notes for me. If you don't like the subject, don't choose the scent.

    28 December, 2008

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    Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss

    This is the only one with the word BOSS on it that I would wear. A pleasant and intriguing sweet golden apple (but not blossomy) top note dominates the fragrance at first. Perhaps it’s almost too close to ripe pineapple? The lower woody notes and spice come to the rescue briefly, but the real giveaway is that my teenage son has pinched this for his own use. Therefore, although I give it a general thumbs up, this is probably one for the more youthful.

    28 December, 2008

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    Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior

    Timeless classic. Slightly effeminate touch of white floral in there, but if you’re comfortable in a pink shirt or tie without feeling that your masculinity may be in question then this is a fabulous fragrance. A female college friend used to wear this regularly, back in the 70s, and although she was a very feminine character Eau Sauvage never seemed out of place on her. If you're looking for a classic fragrance, from a bygone era, that doesn't just end up smelling of leather shoes and pipe tobacco, you could try this.

    28 December, 2008

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    Set Sail St. Barts for Men by Tommy Bahama

    Very fresh and lovely! My husband is the type to really get after it when he puts on fragrance so I have to be careful what I buy him. It's just perfect for the man with a heavy hand! ;) It's very limey(in a good way!)! HA! Love it!

    28 December, 2008

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    Rose 31 by Le Labo

    I find rose fragrances much too heavy and harsh (the only exception being the magnificent No.88). However, I think this one is slightly better than other "rose colossi", like Black Aoud and Voleur de Roses, but still not very wearable.

    28 December, 2008

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    Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa by Acqua di Parma

    In my opinion, this is the least attractive fragrance from the "Colonia" trilogy. While both Colonia and Colonia Assoluta are two outstanding clean, refreshing summer fragrances, Colonia Intensa digresses from the path followed by them. This is sharper, heavier, stuffier, more rugged, less citric, less floral, woodier and more herbal (not really surprising, since this is the only masculine fragrance from Acqua di Parma). It's not terrible, but it does seem unpolished compared with the other two. Another big minus is that it doesn't seem to have a clearly shaped personality, I can't really put a label on it and I can't categorize it in any way. Therefore this turns out to be a generic, common, uninteresting fragrance.

    28 December, 2008

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    Bogart pour Homme by Jacques Bogart

    It might be too powerful if appllied without caution, it has enough projection and lasting power to put many other frags into shame, the dry down is really sensual. Still, test before buying.

    28 December, 2008 (Last Edited: 18 January, 2009)

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    In Control Curious by Britney Spears

    DELICIOUS. A very convincing Creme Brulee scent. I literally salivated.
    Very warm, edible vanilla drydown. Unfortunately not particularly good longevity.

    28 December, 2008

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    Omnia Amethyste by Bulgari

    Supposed to smell of the Iris flower (which itself smells like Violets). Explains the purple, I suppose.
    Stunningly beautiful, soft and warm floral fragrance, a shame that 'Amethyste' doesn't have a bit more projection.
    Bulgari's 'famous' Tea notes are omnipresent, but blended very well into the fragrance, which is hard to 'break apart'.
    Smells soapy on me, but smells gorgeous and delicate on my coworker.

    28 December, 2008

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    Armani Code / Black Code by Giorgio Armani

    Armani Code.I received a bottle from my daughter for xmas,I think she heard me speaking about it.I have heard so much good things about it and I wasn't dissapointed.Dark,warm,mysterious,sexy,these words have already been used to describe this scent and I totally agree.I love it.

    28 December, 2008

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    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme by Paco Rabanne

    smells very much like a shaving cream !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    28 December, 2008

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    Obsession Night for Men by Calvin Klein

    unique smelling fragrance... i also think its a perfume that is suitable for certain occasions... you cant wear it any time or any where......thumbs up

    28 December, 2008 (Last Edited: 25 June, 2009)

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    1 Million by Paco Rabanne

    smells like a cheap fiminine perfume ....i thought its only the openning ...unfortunately it lasted the whole lifetime of the perfume

    28 December, 2008

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    L'Aimant by Coty

    Whatever happened to the REAL Coty perfumers? L'aimant (alot like Chanel No 5, but with more punch) was a great perfume. Maybe it wasn't for everyone, but there was a real quality to it. Now it just screams, "I'm cheap and strong". Same for Emeraude, which was similar to and almost as beautiful as Shalimar. I never had the pleasure of Chypre, but I can only imagine the quality of a perfume that defined an entire new classification of scent! Four stars for the old: no stars for the new.

    28 December, 2008

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    Tabu by Dana

    Out of all of the "oldies but goodies" that ended up in discount stores, Tabu has probably suffered the least. It is still sweet and warm with a patchouli drydown. Even though it doesn't smell the same, it doesn't smell cheap like so many (all!) of the Coty perfumes. If it's cold outside and you're low on cash, give this a try. You might be surprised!

    28 December, 2008

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    Set Sail South Seas for Men by Tommy Bahama

    This is a boozy one that I enjoyed wearing. I first tried this one during the summer and found it to be a decent selection for the warmer days. This one was all over the place in the discount shops for really cheap for the 3.3 oz bottle so it's a real bargain for what you get. I wore this one a few times and liked it but not something I would wear regularly. It's definitely still fun to wear once in a while.

    28 December, 2008

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    Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

    Here's a tip for this amazing, masculine, clean, enigmatic juice: if you have oily skin, don't wear it or wear very little. Same goes for hot weather. Its real brilliance is in the drydown, where the benzoin, cedar and patchouli meld into natural beauty - warm rocks, cool breezes, plants, etc...
    So this is best worn in colder weather on people who have less oily skin. Otherwise, that rotten, cloying thing happens and people around you will not want to come too close
    This is one of the most amazingly transparent, linear, non-gross feminine "Male" EDTs (like Bond or Creed) out there right now.

    28 December, 2008

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    Polo Double Black by Ralph Lauren

    Ridiculously cool opening - smells creamy/fruity/spicy. Then, dries down into a decent cardamon/woodsy base. Like others have said, I wish the whole thing would be as good as the opening notes - the rest of it is so-so. Pleasant, but starts to smell cheap after a little while. Still, it's worth takin for a spin.

    28 December, 2008

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    Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa by Acqua di Parma

    Amazingly classy warm weather fragrance. Very masculine with the sparkling ginger/lemon at first, then dried down into a lovely leather/musk/smoky woods/patchouli base. Reminds me of a mix between the impeccable Royal English Leather and the better parts of Tabarome Millesime (Ginger/tobacco/bergamont). Should be worn in spring/summer though due to the poor staying power - but the warm air and humidity should boost it back up to par. This is one of those gems that will make you melt as much as the girlies will.

    28 December, 2008

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    Erolfa by Creed

    To my nose Erofa smells like a less synthetic version of Bulgaria Aqua. The initial blast is very oceanic - plenty of brine and seaweed - an invograting start indeed. After 30 minutes or so The Creed millesime ingrediants come through and they take the edge of the ozonic notes and begin to morph the aroma into something much more like GIT or Himalaya. A very pleasant aquatic but I think it is debatable if it is worth the high price tag.

    28 December, 2008

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