Fragrance Reviews from August 2008

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    mizz_fitri's avatar

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    Minteva by Body Shop

    A really great scent. Definitely a summer scent. And i dnt think its a women only scent. The freshness is unisex. Try applying after showering. U'll feel fresh all day!

    30th August, 2008

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    Adidas Moves by Adidas

    Mixed feelings about this fragrance. On the one hand it does have a fresh, pleasant scent to it, but unfortunately it wears off really quickly, so if you're going to wear it, you better bring the bottle so you can reapply when necessary. While it's really inexpensive, you lose alot of the value by having to use more of it.

    30th August, 2008

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    Latitude Longitude by Nautica

    This has been my favorite fragrance for the majority of my adult life. It has a really nice fresh scent, smells great in all phases, and last pretty much all day with just a couple of sprays. I know everyone says this of their favorite fragrances, but I have gotten more compliments from women about this than any other fragrance, by far. I'm really, really disappointed that it's been discontinued and haven't been able to find a suitable replacement for it, so I've been stocking up as much as I can get my hands on

    30th August, 2008

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    United States United States

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    Blue Sugar by Aquolina

    Opens up smelling exactly like caramelized sugar and nothing else. About 15 to 30 minutes in, a delicious black licorice note appears out of nowhere.

    And that's about all there is to this gourmand. Black licorice is the prominent note, with the caramelized sugar in the background.

    You have to really like the smell of black licorice to be able to handle this fragrance. It's quite strong once it transitions into the heart and base.

    I think it's a little too simple and over the top for my tastes, but it's not a bad fragrance.

    30th August, 2008 (Last Edited: 28 January, 2011)

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    United States United States

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    Cool Water Deep by Davidoff

    A very watery and blue aquatic fragrance that comes off as overly synthetic to my nose and quite unimpressive. I detect some type of cactus note in this that I find unappealing.

    I should note that this flanker smells nothing like the original Cool Water.

    30th August, 2008 (Last Edited: 28 January, 2011)

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    United States United States

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    Unforgivable by Sean John

    It's already been said dozens of times, but this is a mediocre attempt at copying Creed Millesime Imperial.

    It doesn't smell bad by any means. As a matter of fact, it's a nice smelling fragrance. Which makes sense because I love Creed MI. But when compared with MI side by side, it smells quite synthetic. If you already own or plan on owning MI, then I find absolutely no reason to purchase or wear Unforgivable.

    Sillage is poor and longevity is abysmal. When applied very liberally, I don't even get 1 hour on my skin.

    I have heard from multiple sources that the Multi-Platinum version was a much better fragrance, but it has been discontinued for years.

    30th August, 2008 (Last Edited: 28 January, 2011)

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    United States United States

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    Happy for Men by Clinique

    Very nice opening, which smells like tangerines and limes (in a candied sort of way).

    However I don't like the dry-down. The fragrance becomes overly woody (cedar) on my skin and this weird musky accord appears. It just doesn't mesh well with the sweet fruity top notes, and thus this just doesn't work for me as a summer fragrance.

    Not bad, but there are better options out there.

    30th August, 2008 (Last Edited: 28 January, 2011)

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    United States United States

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    Boss Pure by Hugo Boss

    Opens with an overly fresh and overly sour grapefruit accord which, coupled with the floral notes, creates the impression of sour grapefruit juice poured over a pile of damp freshly cut grass. I found it to be simultaneously over-the-top and boring.

    30th August, 2008 (Last Edited: 24 February, 2011)

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    Cuba Cuba

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    Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentrée by Chanel

    Sorry to be a naysayer on this one, but the best I can say is that I found it somewhat less boring than Dunhill Edition. There are finer citrus frags. There are finer " gentlemen " frags. Jacques Polge may deserve The Nobel Prize for chemistry but this one's unspectacular. I won't compare it to the original Chanel PM which so many of you assure me is the last word in elegance, since I haven't had the pleasure. Reading the notes it appears that the concentree version has a vanilla base, for whatever that's worth

    31st August, 2008 (Last Edited: 02 August, 2009)

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    Shadows by The Goth Rosary


    Musk and incense: Quite light and very simple, unvaried, and direct. Yawn. I’m thinking and thinking, but I’m not coming up with more to say about this. It’s musky with a bit of powder, and its incense is rather diminutive. It’s impossible to dislike this scent, but then, it seems like only a base or a background but it doesn’t have quite enough character to say that that drydown or background is catching or interesting. The name suggests that it is supposed to be mysterious, but "boring" does not conjure up mystery to me. Oh well, at least it's difficult to hate this one. (Edit of 31 August 2008 review.)

    31st August, 2008 (Last Edited: 25 October, 2009)

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    Dervish by The Goth Rosary

    This is more like it… this one has some character. It has shadowy elements of earthiness, darkness, and dryness. The spices (rather exotic ones) control almost everything to my nose and this results in a good thing: it catches interest and provides a direction, a theme: meditative esoterica. In the background threads a musky, vanilla-y sandalwood that is solid and respectable and more than competent. The balance is superb and the ambiance is the olfactory version of immersion in a trance …

    31st August, 2008

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    Fleur du Male by Jean Paul Gaultier

    I was expecting not to like this one, but that didn’t happen. Fleur du Mâle is not nearly as floral or a sweet as I was expecting, and it has an interesting and unique take on the approach to a male floral fragrance. The uniqueness strikes me immediately upon application: The Petitgrain opening has, as zztopp says, a definite wood aspect to it… I find it a little startling, even – at any rate it forces me to drop my assumptions and to take notice of what is really happening. Besides the character of the Petitgrain, the opening is also influenced by the middle fern accord and the coumarin of the base. These three – Petitgrain, fern, and coumarin, along with the orange blossom floral – are responsible for the entire ambiance of the fragrance. It’s a simple fragrance and does lack complexity, but that is not a problem because its uniqueness, directness, and balance result in an interesting and enjoyable (even a bit compelling) masculine fragrance.

    The bottle is too much. But I believe that its excessiveness is part of the business plan: I look at the bottle and I expect the fragrance to be crass, flamboyant, and over-the-edge vulgar, but it isn’t… the fragrance presents an admittedly edgy, though acceptable message: it is interesting, enjoyable, well put together, and not anywhere near the libertine that the bottle suggests. The florals don’t go overboard, the synthetics are manageable, the sweetness is disguised and likable. Certainly not a fragrance for me, but likely a good possibility for a young person with a spirit of adventure. Fleur du Mâle works...

    31st August, 2008

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    CK In 2U Him by Calvin Klein

    Synthetic citrus opening obliquely similar to several of the other fragrances in its category: It’s a strange accord, the combination of citrus notes is a little icky, but the synthetic feel to the citrus is rather nice. I actually like the synthetics background better that the fruit notes. Where it goes from there is predictable. It picks up some unusual miscellaneous notes that bear no relationship to each other but the names of the notes might possibly impress the group that the fragrance is aimed at: there’s pimento and shiso and cocoa… wow. As usual with this class of fragrance, the base is negligible in strength and it doesn’t last very long. CK In 2U Him isn’t too bad: it's attractive in its own way. It’s quite typical of the later endeavors of Calvin Klein: Pleasant, mediocre quality, not so mediocre price tag...

    31st August, 2008

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    Coral by Neil Morris Fragrances

    The first accord is very fruity – the pyramid says pomegranate but my nose interprets peach or maybe fig…perhaps the bergamot has its effect on the fruit notes. Whatever. The persistent fruit note is in control of the fragrance. Gradually a florals appear: A light floral – sweet pea. Besides the sweet pea, I don’t get rose or any other floral in the mixture. The fruit notes remain for the entire run of the fragrance into the long, skin-scent drydown where I can detect only a touch of sandalwood among the fruitiness. Coral is too fruity for me – it seems just a simple, straight forward fruit juice without much variety.

    31st August, 2008

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    Vanille Extasy by Montale

    I’m not a vanilla fan, but I loved Montale's Bois Vanille. This is another vanilla creation by Montale that I like very much. Where Bois Vanille was vanilla and wood, Vanilla Extasy is more complex: It is vanilla, jasmine, and wood with the sweetening touch of apricot. I find that it develops well on my skin. The opening is a strong rich, not super sweet vanilla note, and after several minutes, it picks up a jasmine and apricot vibe, which holds for a very long time. It closes with a vanilla, floral, apricot, and sandalwood accord that has excellent longevity. Of course the vanilla makes it seem less varied, but I find more than sufficient movement in the fragrance. Another thumbs up for another Montale vanilla fragrance.

    31st August, 2008

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    Amoureuse by Delrae

    Amoureuse is one of four DelRae offerings, all by Michel Roudnitska, the son of Edmond Roudnitska, another nose of some repute. Amoureuse is a kind of chypre, with citrus top and oakmoss base, but it is a little woodier and greener than most floral chypres. Its sojourn on my skin begins with a floral bouquet, slightly sharpened and enlivened by tangerine, and discreetly spiced by cardamom. At the end comes a beautiful accord of cedar, moss, sandalwood, and honey. In the middle of this is a bouquet of white flowers: tuberose, jasmine, and white ginger flower. Apart form the tropical nature of this accord (which reminds me of things I smelled on vacations in the islands of the Pacific), is the unusual blending of white ginger into the mix. This is the beautiful scent of the lily Hedychium coronarium, whose original range is in the Nepalese and Indian Himalayas. How to describe this scent? It's rich, penetrating, with a slightly acerbic edge, and definitely heady. It's not a very common note in perfumery, but it gets some use in "female" scents; however, I think in this accord it can be very sexy on the right man. (Me!)

    31st August, 2008

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    Romania Romania

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    J'Adore by Christian Dior

    Smells exquisite and mature, a truly powerhouse female scent, i just love to sense it on women. It reminds me not only of true Parision chic, but a touch of understated, sober female- (not girl-) power. Especially the drydown is a true olfactory treat.

    31st August, 2008

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    Romania Romania

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    Chipie by Chipie

    Quite generic floral, but in a good sense. I actually liked it, while smelled on teenage girls- and note that i was even younger than them, back then and had no significant experience regarding fragrances. This is why i can hardly imagine a woman over 25 years of age wearing this. While it's not the best choice for a formal social call or a night out, while cald in couture garments, it's still a safe, flowery, clean, crisp choice, that actually smells good and inoffensive, especially if combined with casual wear.

    31st August, 2008

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    Romania Romania

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    Amarige by Givenchy

    One of the few, if not the only powdery-leathery florals for women. Why leathery? Because altough the floral opening is one of the main parts of the perfume and obvoius from the first encounter with this one, i noticed something appearantly surprising about the drydown- on all women, on whom i smelled this, it had a leathery undertone. Almost like a female version of the classic Givenchy male fragrances, not the post-2000 masculine creations, the restrained yet potent elegance of e.g. Monsiuer de Givenchy or Givenchy Gentleman's finnish seems to be present, at least at subliminal intensity, in Amarige too. Call me mad, but i also discovered some similar points even with the iconic representation of calssic leathery fragrances Knize Ten, especially during the very same drydown of Amarige. While all these leathery notes do not alter the femininity of this scent, they add the extra edge, persistence, vintage note, distinction and even a slight execentricity, which actually recommend this fragrance for formal and mature wear.

    31st August, 2008

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    Romania Romania

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    Crystal Noir by Versace

    When a female friend wore this, i asked her if she wears Opium, insteand she replied that it's Crystal Noir. But still i found some similarities with YSL's potent and iconic original (not the selection of more girly version of the classic, not the male version of it either, just the first female Opium ever to be launched)- spicy, plummy, some Oriental undertones (less pronounced, if compared to Opium), exotic notes of precious wood and incences, even this famous berry note, which is one of the trademarks of Opium, plus a certain resinous touch. Aside from this similarities, Crystal Noir is more loud, flashy, yet without any vulgarity, it also has some siren-like, alluring, thrilling sensuality in it, that gets lads(including me) , especially the ones with certain amounts of fragrance trivia in their brains not just attracted, but blind and overwhelmed with admiration and worship for the lady wearing this. However, it's, at least according to my opinions, more than just a simple man-magnet, in fact it also spells right-in-your-face powerhouse, overt, unaltered
    ambition and energy, whcih doen't need either to girly, nor to crispy, nor too dated and discreet female scents to confirm itsself, instead wears this on the sleeve, with a loud, extroverted and higly compelling openness.

    31st August, 2008

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    Insolence Eau de Toilette by Guerlain

    Undoubted distinction, very classic and mature style. I just love it on a woman and it's no surprise at all that Luca Turin praised this scent up to the high heavens. Apart from the fact that his opinion means a lot to me, even without his confirmation, i loved to smell this scent on a woman from the day i first smelled it on one. And believe me, for u guys outthere, who enjoy it if ur gf/spouse/significant other/ female friends smell conservatively stylish, not just girly and provocative, this is a real treat.

    31st August, 2008

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    Mille et Une Roses / 2000 Et Une Rose by Lancôme

    Ooh! Quite rosy! I like it very much! It actually smells a lot like Le Labo Rose 31 to me, only minus the cumin, and with some kind of added baby oil smell that Rose 31 doesn't have. Definitely roses. I do prefer the greener drydown of Rose 31, however. Mille et Une Roses dries down to a more musky baby oil smell, which some people might feel is more feminine. Sillage is minimal on me. Longevity of the sharp roses is poor, and it leaves way too quickly. But while it lasts, it's gorgeous! And like Rose 31, Mille et Une Roses is whoppingly expensive. Oh well.

    31st August, 2008

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    Bulgari pour Homme by Bulgari

    One favorite of mine-classy, subtle but bold, sensuous, and tied together with the citrus, peper, tea, musk harmonies developed by Bulgari. although the opening is bold, the dry-down is far more complex and sumptuous. The scent has longevity, but closer to the skin than any cologne or fragrance I regularly wear. While tea and pepper holds most fragrances from Bulgari, it's base is quite manly versus androgeny. The scent verges on genius. I have garnered as many compliments on this frag as any other. Two hands up. In regular rotation with Dolce Gabanna, Eau Savage, Knize Ten, Bois du Portugal, and Terre de Hermes. A classic.

    31st August, 2008 (Last Edited: 08 October, 2008)

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    Hermèssence Poivre Samarcande by Hermès

    Okay, I'm a big Ellena and Hermèssence fan, and this is by no means a bad scent, but it's barely noticeable and thus hardly worth the asking price. There is such a thing as being TOO discreet. This is a lovely composition--why not give it just a little more oomph?

    31st August, 2008

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    Acteur by Azzaro

    Rose. That's what I get. Plu some sort of incense. The combination transports me to India, where a ceremony is on going but not with a lot of people...a purification ceremony.
    Anyway, if you like the smell of roses, you should love this. It is a clean masculine scent, though it can come across as airfreshener.

    31st August, 2008

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    Monogram by Ralph Lauren

    Smells like baby powder. Like one of Jonhson and Jonhson's baby powder. It is not as light and fresh however, it is somehow dark and gloomy? A little bit of incense in there somewhere...
    I don't see what is so specail about this that it commands so much money online. It reminds me of one of the offerings from Amouage, but much much better. Not bad.

    31st August, 2008

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    Voyage by Nautica

    I see a strong similarity to Azzaro Chrome here. Decent construction, summery character, but doesn’t break any new ground.

    31st August, 2008

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    J'Adore by Christian Dior

    not bad but a little offensive, how to say, just a little invasive, sorry

    31st August, 2008

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    Fendi Uomo by Fendi

    UNIQUE!! LIKE NOT OTHER, i reminds of ROMA iN those ANCIENT times of real men, machos..I LOVE THIS MASTERPIECE, BUT I'M SO SORRY IT´S DISCONTINUED

    31st August, 2008

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    Jazz by Yves Saint Laurent

    i remember so well the first time i felt this scent, it was a sensation of wellness and joy!
    i love this fragrance
    horacio

    31st August, 2008

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