Fragrance Reviews from August 2008

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    jenson's avatar

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    Black Aoud by Montale

    Black Oudh: one of the most intense, at the same time, refined opening ever! a refined note of Oudh with a sharp accord of rose..a rose so beautiful it'll have you enchanted. infact, this is why Black Oudh is one of the best offering from Montale. let an hour pass by and notice how th acords gets smoother..creamier and of deep red. it the delightful blend on rose, oudh and saffron..an equation so balance, it feels like a perfectly tuned guitar..harmonius....it's after couple of hours that BA reveals its true character and makes the entire journey quite interesting. it is here where the heavy dose of patchouli casts its magical spell of earthiness along with the oudh and sumptous rose..the combination of patchouli, oudh and rose with leather notes cast a spell, so comforting, warm, earthy and woody...that it acheives an unbelivable depth and tone to the whole journey. lovely stuff.
    I would be surprised if anyone took to liking for this one immediately. i know i didnt, but this one showed it character in full wear. this ones called the king for a reason. it's sillage will have you fall to your knees...too good a frag to be missed. just be prepared for the intial hour or so...it's a kind which will grow on you..make you come back for more.

    07th August, 2008 (Last Edited: 18th August, 2009)

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    Vanille Extasy by Montale

    Vanilla Extasy: this is clearly influenced and is an exact replica of H.M. by Mori - Period. I hate gourmands of this nature...so, this one is definitely not for me. for anyone who likes H.M. this one should be right up your alley. Seems PM is a big fan of this release by H.M.

    07th August, 2008

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    Angel Garden Of Stars - Violet Angel by Thierry Mugler

    I heard several people compare this to SL Bois de Violette (big love of mine), and I like Angel... Blech! Too good to be true! The violet is too sweet and synthetic smelling, mingling immediately with what smells like cumin. Don't get me wrong, I am all for "the funk" in a scent when it is dirty in a sexy way, but this just isn't pleasent on me. The drydown is not the same Angel base I was expecting. It is like a cheap version of Kingdom (and I LIKE Kingdom!) but with violets. Totally not what I was expecting.

    07th August, 2008 (Last Edited: 06th July, 2009)

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    Angel Garden Of Stars - Violet Angel by Thierry Mugler

    I heard several people compare this to SL Bois de Violette (big love of mine), and I like Angel... Blech! Too good to be true! The violet is too sweet and synthetic smelling, mingling immediately with what smells like cumin. Don't get me wrong, I am all for "the funk" in a scent when it is dirty in a sexy way, but this just isn't pleasent on me. The drydown is not the same Angel base I was expecting. It is like a cheap version of Kingdom (and I LIKE Kingdom!) but with violets. Totally not what I was expecting.

    07th August, 2008 (Last Edited: 06th July, 2009)

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    South Africa South Africa

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    Beach by Bobbi Brown

    Wow, you have suntan lotion that smells just like pure bergamot, I'm so jealous! We never got Coppertone in SA, so I can't compare the smell, and can only assure everyone who doesn't know our sunny country: our beaches do not smell like this! Quite a pleasant smell, clean and pleasantly sharp, smells of bergamot and only that to me. I'd wear it, but not if I have to buy it! Very cheery and bright, and could have been much less successful. Good stuff I guess.

    07th August, 2008

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    South Africa South Africa

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    Almost Bare by Bobbi Brown

    Horrid, horrid air freshener rubbish. This smells, I swear, exactly like a sharp (SHARP!!) and super-soapy floral carcinogenic mess of an air freshener. One of the worst perfumes I've ever smelled, and the epitome, to my biased nose and mind, of the American 'clean above all else'-vibe. Spare me! If this were the very last perfume on earth, I would rather go roll in earth or grass or ANYTHING rather than wear this.

    07th August, 2008

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    Chile Chile

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    Happy for Men by Clinique

    Excellent concept, nice name, excellent package, good colors.
    Well, now the fragance....Happy is not a bad cologne, but a little bit generic and boring.
    Clean, but without style.
    Longevity is not the best and sillage is very bad.
    Maybe a good option for people who feels depressed. Nothing more.

    07th August, 2008

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    South Africa South Africa

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    Comme des Garçons 2 by Comme des Garçons

    This fragrance aspires to a high level of art. The mercurial bottle with alchemical references to Gemini juxtaposes the thin hand-drawn number 2 with thick machine lettering hints at what is in fact the beginning of a complicated and intellectual analysis of duality through the medium of smell. Marc Buxton's genius is to create something accessible and beautiful that draws simultaneous opposite associations deep out of the subconcious. For example, male / female (of course!), hot / cold, avant-garde / traditional, wet / dry, clean / dirty, synthetic/ natural. The list of notes create a sort of Kabbalistic programme worthy of Marcel Duchamp. This is actually my ultimate fragrance. I cannot get tired of inhaling it.

    07th August, 2008

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    Echo by Davidoff

    Perhaps a faceless sporty fragrance was "needed" in the Davidoff line to make it look like every other designer fragrance house out there. Reminds me of a very, very weak Bulgari au The Blanc (which I didn't like) in the drydown. Aldehydes are not my friend.

    07th August, 2008

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    M7 by Yves Saint Laurent

    I must say I am very impressed with this perfume. I bought it as a gamble, as another attempt to enjoy an YSL perfume. I bought Jazz and Opium EDP in the past, but I thought the first was mediocre and the second was too spicy. I actually felt sick when wearing Opium EDP, and had to sell it at the marketplace. Opium EDP is nauseating, a feverish excess in olfactory sensations.

    But M7 is a gorgeous, delicious, sensual, smooth, subtle perfume. I love its resinous agarwood notes. It keeps all the best parts of Opium without adding the nasty spices. This perfume is very sexy and I plan to use it when I go out at night.

    07th August, 2008

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    Soleil by Fragonard

    Fragonard’s Soleil is a generic sweet-smelling “perfumey floral” with no obvious single note and seems targeted directly to the mass market, especially to the kind of person that wants a safe, inoffensive perfume. The boringness of the perfume is a real shame because Soleil’s bottle has a stylish hammered gold cap in the shape of a star which sits atop an artfully textured glass bottle and looks like something you might find in a chic little shop in the South of France.

    According to Fragonard’s website, here are Soleil’s notes: jasmine, orange blossom, lily, rose, iris, wisteria, amber, sandalwood and musk.

    07th August, 2008

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    Zeste Mandarine Pamplemousse by Creed

    Creed’s Zeste Mandarine Pamplemousse seemed like a floral for about the first 3 minutes on my skin but then quickly evolved to become a near scent twin to Annick Goutal’s Nuits d’Hadrien. They both have the same rich cumin note which overlays a bed of bergamot and bitter orange. If had had to closely comapre the two, I would say that Nuits d’Hadrien is slightly more dry, aromatic and longer-lasting but I think one would have a hard time figuring out which was which in a “blind” smell-off. I happen to be a long-time bottle owner of Nuits d’Hadrien so of course I love the spicy, uniqueness of Zeste Mandarine Pamplemousse. It would be a wonderful scent to wear in the fall, as the leaves are turning deep shades of orange and red.

    If you like enjoy this, also be sure to try Editions Frederic Malle’s Bigarade Concentree for a slightly different interpretation of spicy orange.

    Here are the notes of Zeste Mandarine Pamplemousse, courtesy of The Perfumed Court: bergamot, lemon bark, mandarin and grapefruit.

    07th August, 2008

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    Croquembouche by Demeter Fragrance Library

    Technically speaking, a “croquembouche” is a fancy French dessert which is a conical pile of hollow pastry balls stacked on top of each other, and held together with nougat. There are also ribbons of clear spun caramel drizzled up and down the pastry “tree” which gives it a festive, elegant look.

    To me, Demeter’s Croquembouche fragrance smells like a cross between freshly made angel food cake and suntan lotion (hint of musk), which may sound icky but it is actually quite pleasant in an innocent, child-like way. I am not much of a gourmand fragrance person (no Lostmarc’h Lann Ael for me!) so the lightness of Croquembouche makes it wearable and enjoyable. Furthermore, as an aside, if you tossed a handful of fresh lemon zest into Croquembouche, you would have La Perla’s Eclix. Yum!

    Here are the notes, as gleaned from various internet sources: vanilla, musk, caramel, honey and coconut.

    07th August, 2008

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    L'Air de Rien by Miller Harris

    Scrub it off? Blimey!
    I really think this is rather lovely and the notes work beautifully together -- its a captivating sweet oriental and perfectly ok for men. It lasts all day and the drydown is to die for. This needs checking out.

    07th August, 2008

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    Chrome by Azzaro

    I like this cologne. Its really a mediocre scent. Nothing special ... but unique enough to where I am considering adding it to my collection of colognes. It has a very fresh smell ... I'd say it has metallic notes mixed with citrus and linen or cotton notes. It is crisp.

    I love how this smells right out of the bottle. I think the alchohol may make it smell crisper. On the dry down, I almost get a tinny, metallic sort of smell ... almost like rusted metal or tin which I do not like. This could just be the chemistry on me. I notice the same sort of smell when I have been lifting weights and my hands smell like the sweat and iron bar.

    However, overall ... this is a good scent. I do agree that it would be more of a high school or middle school scent but have noticed that a lot of the men's magazines like Details and Esquire have included it as a sample in the advertising pages. I'd expect to see this advertised in Maxim or Stuff because that is the type of guy who would probably wear this on a regular basis.

    07th August, 2008

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    Curve for Men by Liz Claiborne

    Normally, I tend to like the luxurious things in life. I wear the top designers for suits, seven fold ties and make sure that I am always keeping up with the most current styles from Milan and Napoli. I only say this because I am about to admit that $20 a bottle Curve cologne is my 'go to scent'. Believe me ... I don't want it to be. It doesn't smell like an expensive cologne. It smells like you'd expect a college kid to be wearing it. A college kid surrounded by beautiful girls.

    You won't find a better bargain for your money. This has among the best dry down scents I've ever experienced. I would not like it as much if it smelled like it did right out of the bottle. The best way I could describe the change in scent from spray on to dry down is ... on first spray it smells like an alarm clock radio. After about an hour of wearing this, it smells like a Bose Wave Radio. It gets a very rich mossy smell when it dries down.

    You can pick out moss and citrus notes. There is a juniper note as well. This has incredible staying power. Every single girl I've talked to either has an ex who wore this ... or is my ex who forces her boyfriend to buy it because I wore it. Women simply like the way this smells on a man. It is a confident man's cologne. There is nothing luxurious about it. There is everything effective about it.

    Believe me ... as someone who has Creed and all the other expensive colognes in their cologne collection ... I am not wearing this because I have to. I wear it because its like the fast ball high and inside that I know I can always go to in order to get me out of a jam. This is the derringer in your boot when you are in a rough part of town. And other than another cheap cologne, Abercrombie Fierce, I've never got more compliments about a cologne as I do this. (Which is slightly depressing considering I could buy about 15 bottles of this with the money I spend on one bottle of Creed.)

    A little goes a long way and this smells different on everyone who tries it. This should be called "Chemistry' instead of 'Curve' because each person wears it differently. I like this though because you could be out in a group of people and three people can be wearing Curve and after the dry down, you'd never know they were wearing the same cologne. Its played out ... maybe ... and a lot of people have it. But thats because it works. For some reason, every rating I leave comes out as neutral but this would get thumbs up. (Stay away from the other versions of Curve. This one is the only one worth buying.)

    07th August, 2008

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    Brit for Men by Burberry

    I never seem to get compliments on this scent but absolutely love the way it smells on me so I keep it in my rotation. It smells to me like I'd imagine James Bond would smell. It has a very distinct British Gentleman's Club smell. But it also has a modern smell so its not like something too formal or stodgy. I'd imagine the person who wore this would carry an umbrella by Swaine & Adney and get his suits Tailored on Saville Row and drive a NEW Aston Martin. I think this has a nice modern edge to it compared to some of the classic gentlemen scents like Aqua di Parma and Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet. Those scents are like classical music. Brit is like jazz.

    I do detect the musk, ginger (been trying to put my finger on it since I bought this) and tonka bean. I can see the Oriental notes as well. This is a pretty complex scent in my opinion which stays the same from the time I put it on to the dry down. The staying power is very good as well and it will last me through a night of bar hopping. It does have a tendency to stay on clothing, which isn't always a good thing with suits because this cologne does not blend well with others as it is fairly overpowering.

    For some reason, any rating I leave on here comes out as neutral. But I love this scent and would recommend it. When I put this on, I just feel more confident.

    07th August, 2008

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    Purple Label by Ralph Lauren

    For the price you'd think it would last longer. I find that this is one of the scents that dissapears the quickest. It flies very low below the radar ... in fact, often I wear it and ask people how they like it and they mention that they didn't think I was wearing any cologne at all. This is one of those scents that could be sold by any designer. Based on the Purple Label's reputation, I expected a lot more of this cologne.

    I think the fame of the Purple Label is what sells this cologne along with its hard to find nature. Believe it or not Designer Fragrance Company at the outlet mall is the best place to find this ... they sell all the Ralph Lauren scents because they are the company that make them. A large bottle was $50 at the outlet, which is about half off the regular price. I didn't buy it at that discounted rate because of how generic this cologne is and how short the scent is. For the price, there are many different 'British Style Gentleman's Classics' out there. I'd buy Aqua di Parma or Tom Ford Tobacco before I bought this, because subtle colognes that are bearly noticeable seem like a waste of money.

    I would have liked to see a better cologne released by such an exclusive label. This smelled kind of like a watered down version of Cool Water with some more floral and fruity notes. Clearly, those who buy this are buying it for the name unless they have magic skin which really brings the scent out.

    07th August, 2008 (Last Edited: 30th June, 2009)

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    Lucky Number 6 for Men by Lucky Brand

    I bought this cologne because I read an article where B List celebrity women (I think one was Howard Stern's girlfriend, Beth Ostrosky and there may have been a Playboy Playmate or Porno Star reviewing) rated men's colognes based on sexiness and this one was at the top of the list. I did notice however, that they were a featured advertiser in that month's magazine, so maybe it was all BS.

    I am not really all that pleased with this fragrance. It smells very different from when you first spray it on than it does when it dries down. It is a very exotic Oriental smelling cologne. Very heavy on the Vanilla scent. I can't smell the notes of Cherry Blossom. But Oriental Wood and Musk are present. This is a very sweet smelling cologne and I'd almost think it was a perfume if I smelled it for the first time without knowing which sex it was designed for.

    Still, I hear a lot of people get good compliments on it. I have not, personally but on dry down I think it smells too sweet on me. The bottle looks nice. Overall, I'd keep it around because it is a unique, exotic scent and I think it would be best when worn close range on a date. If a girl was snuggling up to you, I am sure she would fell warmed by this scent. It might not be strong enough to get noticed when worn outside of a close range date.

    This is definately not a scent for everyone. Try it first and walk around with it before buying it. This shouldn't be an impulse buy. You can find this for $15 at TJ Maxx because it was not a big seller in the department stores.

    07th August, 2008

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    Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa by Acqua di Parma

    I just received this and am wearing it today. I agree with Dimitri. You feel like you are the most sophisticated man out there when wearing this. It started off with definite citrus for me. Lemony in a way. It then settled down into a woodsy, leathery, yet subtle scent that screams class. I love it. Everyone should try this.

    07th August, 2008

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    Very Irrésistible by Givenchy

    Tabbouleh? Is it just me or did this actually smell like my cucumber/cilantro garden? Is that what I smelled today at the perfume counter? I only tried this on paper, next visit will be on skin. I have mixed feelings about this so far.

    07th August, 2008

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    Champs-Elysées by Guerlain

    I used to love this one. I still like it but I'm not in love with it. Its very distinct, not easily mistaken for something else, and for me I always picture a champagne bottle when I smell/use it.

    07th August, 2008

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    Joop! Homme by Joop!

    i think if there is no Jasmine and Honeysuckle it would be better ... its very strong and lasts for days!!!!! for me ... its not an option ....

    07th August, 2008

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    Pi Neo by Givenchy

    Interesting fragrance which is nothing like the original Pi, in fact, there is no vanilla in Neo whatsoever. This scent is very clean smelling and somewhat aquatic yet citrusy. Listen, this scent disappointed me because it smells very much like what is out there; it is nothing as groundbreaking as the original Pi. The original Pi is different and packs a punch, but this falls way short of that and smells just like another cologne. Its definately a nice cologne but it is not revolutionary or much different from everything else out there.

    07th August, 2008

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    Boudoir by Vivienne Westwood

    Within minutes, this turns into an overwhelming scent reminiscent of Tuberose, which I cannot tolerate though I wish I could. This tenacious scent eventually evolves into something that reminds me of what new lingerie should smell like--pink, mesh, woven with ribbons. It lives up to its name. It smells like a Boudoir strewn with lingerie and feminine frippery. Not for those who prefer Oriental or Woody scents.

    07th August, 2008

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    Youth Dew by Estée Lauder

    I don't get the bad reviews - used sparingly (as you are supposed to apply fragrance - good frag should not be watery and wear off after 10 minutes) this is spicy and subtle. Maybe the haters gave a full spray to each wrist, each ear and the chest. You can't do that with old, powerful scents!

    07th August, 2008

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    Chinatown by Bond No. 9

    Sniff this one before you buy it - mileage varies. I really dislike this - to my nose and on my skin it is just sweet, sweet and boring. This is one of my few scrubbers, I just can't stand the cloying aroma. I know it has a huge fan base, I don't smell why.

    07th August, 2008

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    Jovan White Musk by Jovan

    A quick spray of White Musk after my shower and I feel dressed, I like the way the lower scents hold on through the evening as the younger floral notes fade. The florals appear quickly and vibrantly but settle in as the deeper scent dominates. Very comfortable on my skin, confident but not pushy. I'll buy more.

    07th August, 2008

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    Sweet Honesty by Avon

    I found a vintage bottle of this when I moved into my house (and it didn't look like it had ever been used), so I thought I'd try it out. I wasn't too impressed. Although the fragrance is not overpowering or annoying, it smells a lot like baby powder, or maybe dryer sheets. Not really my style.

    07th August, 2008

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    Que Sais-Je? (original) by Jean Patou

    Of all 12 Limited Edition 'Ma Collection' de Jean Patou fragrances I used to wear, this one got the most positive responses, and it was my personal favorite as well.

    07th August, 2008

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