Fragrance Reviews from October 2009

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    Dunhill for Men by Dunhill

    Dunhill for Men deserves being in the "Classic Fragrance League". I was first introduced to it by my friend when I was a junior in high school. I liked it from the first time I tried it (that was 44yrs ago and I was only 16yrs old). This is on the top of my favorites list. It opens up with a clean citrusy mix and eventually turns into a warm, leathery, musky scent which is 100% male. Lasts all day long, too. It's never "out of place" nor too light or too heavy either. It's subtle, long lasting (but not cloying) and has excellent sillage. The only downside is that since Dunhill frags have been taken over by P & G, this is very hard to find in all dept stores. Fortunately, many of the apothacaries in NYC (where I live) do carry it and so does the Dunhill store!!

    17 October, 2009

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    Moments by Priscilla Presley

    Once in a while, there is a celeb fragrance that hits it right-Catherine Deneuve, Cher, SJP's Lovely. Moments is on that short list. Officially, I have seen it listed as a Floral Animalic Chypre, and it remains true to that category. The aldehydic sweet floral, herbal, powdery top notes supercede the heart and base only for a few moments, but the combination is intoxicating. The peach/bergamot pairing is reminiscent of Mitsouko by Guerlain (interestingly, they have some heart and base notes in common as well, but the overall compositions are very different). The floral heart is deep and complex, with strong notes of tuberose, rose, jasmine, and lily of the valley, and are anchored by the orris root. The entire composition rests on the outrageous base-it has every animalic fixative out there. The strong base makes this a long wearing scent even in the Edt, although I wear the pure parfum as well (I have lots of this to swap!). Interestingly, there is no spice in this scent. Thank goodness, since it's busy enough in there!

    My "panel" says it smells like "old ladies", and I can't disagree. This perfume has the grandeur of an old, classic scent. Frankly, Moments is a perfume created by and for women-it is not feminine enough to please men, or women who are interested in impressing them.

    The only thing holding this scent back from notoriety is the fact that it was launched as a mid-level perfume, and later sold in drugstores. Look past the marketing to the genius of its composition.

    17 October, 2009

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    Bulgari Black by Bulgari

    Because of the review in "The Guide", I avoided this one until curiosity got the better of me. This is a very soft oriental in spite of the rubber (tea?) notes that remain throughout the progression. After the initial rubber smell (this is NOT unpleasant), the fragrance turns to a light, sweet, slightly cinnamon jasmine which quickly morphs into a musky vanilla. I need to try this in summer, because I find the notes are almost too soft, and the sillage & longevity are minimal. This is seductive in a very nice, pretty way. I can see this as unisex fragrance in spite of that pretty softness. However, I don't see this as one of the "greats".

    17 October, 2009

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    Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren

    A fairly pleasant and fresh fragrance, but that cucumber really just lingers throughout. No depth whatsoever.

    17 October, 2009

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    Aqua pour Homme by Bulgari

    The couple of times I tried this, it seems pleasant enough at first, but by the time it dries down it just reminds me of a sweaty hobo covered in urine, and it's the urine-like smell which really stays. Not for me.

    17 October, 2009

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    Prestige Al Arabia by Arabian Oud

    Not bad, not great but is jsut right as a base oud . . . adding rose or lime works well and lasts

    17 October, 2009

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    Aoud Queen Roses by Montale

    Agree with all the positive notes and then more - this is a very nice subtle oud with rose character

    17 October, 2009

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    Very Irrésistible for Men by Givenchy

    Another terrible chocolate and coffee concoction. Forget it.

    17 October, 2009

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    Eucris by Geo F Trumper

    I've changed my mind about Eucris. A couple of months ago I wrote a review criticizing this scent, calling it moldy-smelling, dreary and depressing. Seeing the jet-black bottle and descriptions of it being dark and spicy, I had certain expectations about it before actually sampling it. My expectations weren't met, so I was disappointed.

    I just pulled out my old sample of Eucris again today, and I decided to lighten up and just enjoy the damn thing for what it is. It's amazing what an open mind can do, because now I quite like this scent. I'd even go so far as to say that I could see myself getting a full bottle of this.

    Holy cow, they could have named this thing "OAKMOSS". You'd better like oakmoss if you expect to like this because oakmoss is all over this thing from start to finish. It gives this dark scent a green hue as well as a slightly damp smell to it. Eucris is quite multifaceted, however, because you get slight whiffs of a tobacco-like note in the opening, which gives way to a subtle black pepper note in the heart. In addition to the mossiness, I find Eucris to be very woody, and I'm surprised to see sandalwood as the only wood note in the pyramid, since sandalwood smells more spicy than woody to me; there's a dry woody note in there that I cannot identify, but it doesn't smell like sandalwood to me. The spiciness I get from Eucris seems to come more from the sandalwood than the pepper notes.

    When I first reviewed Eucris, I was looking at it as if it should smell like some macho powerhouse scent, which it clearly is not. That's not a fair way of approaching a scent like this, or for that matter, any scent by Geo. F. Trumper. Trumper is famous for their very traditional, classic English-styled fragrances, and Eucris clearly comes from that school. And in that discipline of perfumery, Eucris is one of the best I've tried.

    17 October, 2009 (Last Edited: 16 January, 2010)

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    Midnight Rain by La Prairie

    Starts out quite nice, if not a little sweet, with red fruits. Then turns into an even cheaper, more artificial version of Calvin Klein's Euphoria.

    17 October, 2009

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    Dior Homme by Christian Dior

    Smooth powdery iris with ambery sweetness, boasting respectable sillage and longevity. I find DIOR HOMME rather similar in structure to Lanvin's Arpège pour homme (both launched in 2005) but not nearly as intimate. Where the latter is peppery and vibrant, Dior Homme's aura is quieter, the iris a little more prominent. I didn't get the lipstick scent of a woman's purse nor the impression of leather either. Maybe I wasn't supposed to. But as a fan of powdery florals I feel this could have earned a place in my wardrobe if it wasn't for Arpège pH.

    17 October, 2009

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    Cuir de Russie by Chanel

    I just tried this and now nothing will ever, no not ever, be the same.

    At first sniff in the shop, I didn't really get "into" it - but by the time I got home........an olfactory epiphany. This is the pinnacle of luxury, the Katharine-Hepburn-in-a-dusty-riding-outfit-with-a-cigarette-dangling-from-tapered-fingers type of luxury. And smart.

    I eagerly await the day when I will be chic enough to deserve a bottle of this stuff. Perhaps in a decade or so; may the gods of perfumery preserve it until then.......
    (My wallet breathes a sigh of relief as I write this, however my wallet doesn't know about the sample of Diorella in my purse right now...).

    "Thumbs up" doesn't even come close to expressing how incredible, how exquisitely beautiful this perfume is.

    17 October, 2009

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    Ô de Lancôme by Lancôme

    The citrus and green are quite upfront at first, but they only stick around to support and lift the florals to a freshness. You won't smell like a rose, you'll just smell clean, scented and refreshing. It's similar to Eau de Rochas and to L'Eau de Bonheur in that it manages to be truly unisex in its freshness and depth. When it's hot and sticky, you can't go better than to wear this!

    17 October, 2009

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    Amour de Cacao by Comptoir Sud Pacifique

    This is not a complex blend of notes which makes it scuptiously delicious. A mix of orange zest, cocoa bean, star fruit and vanilla pod.
    It reminds me of hot drinking chocolate warm and chocolatey on a cold winters day...

    17 October, 2009

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    Calyx by Prescriptives

    This was a favourite scent of mine back in the 80's. It's fresh, fruity and free spirited. The appealing scent of peach,apricot, bergamot,melon,raspberry ,botantic florals the softness of musk with a hint of fresh mint similar to a chilled glass of Savignon Blanc brings me back to fun days in the sun surrounded by good friends laughter and music. The perfect fragrance for an Australian summer.

    17 October, 2009

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    Secret Wish Magical Romance by Anna Sui

    very young fragrance,i think it can cure pain.
    these days,i have wore the frgrangce of CD,Chanel.but when i wore this yesterday,i found that i am just a little young girl. not sexy but pure,easy and active girl.
    the note and bottle make me happy,it's really fancy.
    if you don't care about the huge number of the users of the fragrace and the short lasting time on your skin,it's really not a bad pink fragrance.

    17 October, 2009

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    Spellbound by Estée Lauder

    I first encountered Spellbound the first year that it was released. My brother had given me an Estee Lauder perfume gift set for Christmas. I believe that there were 7 perfumes in it. I tried all of them and found them not to my liking. Most of them were far too strong, or had the wrong notes.

    I grew up wearing White Shoulders and Shalimar. The scents that my Mom and Grandmother's used. I never envisioned changing my scent.

    Using Spellbound changed my life. Really. :) I felt better when I was wearing it. I became a bit more outgoing and left my house much more often.

    I do a lot of work in family history libraries, and learned early about how easy it is to put too much scent on. Having your chosen scent announce you to the room never appealed to me, or my sinus's.

    Spellbound is best if it is layered. 1 (and I do mean -1-) drop of perfume goes on my bra at the front. I use the body lotion after I shower, but not all over. If I am going out at night, I will use the shower gel and the powder, but very limited with each. They complement each other beautifully.

    I have never been more upset, and angry, at a company in my life as when I found out that Estee Lauder discontinued everything but the perfume. I felt like I had been betrayed.

    17 October, 2009

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    parfums*PARFUMS Series 6 Synthetic: Skai by Comme des Garçons

    This smells great - it's a spicy, sweetish sandalwood-like fragrance with a keen edge that I'd almost call acrid, except that it's pleasant. To me, it also has a distinct note of insecticide, but without most insecticides' cloying sweetness. The burned paper and cardamom notes come through loud and clear for me, but there's nothing in here that I'd really identify as leather or plastic.

    I'm just starting to sample this CdG series so I can't compare with the others, but this fragrance is both unusual and wearable.

    17 October, 2009

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    Pretty by Elizabeth Arden

    I am totally crazed over this perfume, i love the scent i have been wearing it the last few months and i adore the scent its not strong its light and makes me feel pretty , my husband loves when i wear Pretty! I am very picky about what perfume i buy as i cant stand when i smell women wearing strong prefume what i notice about pretty is that it wears well as the day goes on it smells fresh and nice
    did you ever smell these women who wear lets give an example white diamonds which smells like puke and i cant stand when i am in an elevator with anyone who wears white diamonds they smell dirty........Pretty is the perfume for me i recommend this perfume for women who like to have a fresh smell through out day or night and not smell like a dirty douche ( sprry can't explain it any better)

    17 October, 2009

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    Armand Basi Homme by Armand Basi

    oh my god!!!! no, once again... oh my god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i didin t really expected so much from this scent, but lord,, this is simply superb!!!!!!! this is just one of the best scents iny the whole wide world!!/WWW :D/ hm....it s fantastic, sexy, addictive...ok calm down.. let s start ffrom beginning..amand basi homme is sweet, but light, but in the same way very nice, very intersting and... oh, i must say it one more time,, sexy!!! my mother asked me, when i gave her this scent to a try---oh, this is great, what s the price of this??? she never, i say never asked me this question, which mean basi is absolutely fantastic according her....i have a bigger collection of scents,, ok some really bad , some great scents, but this one is georgeous...i mean Cresp is absolutely lunatic, b cause normal guy would never created a stuff like this... very simple, but at the same time very very interesting and complex...im lucky, that on my skin this holds very long time.. ok alll the armani, boss, versace and dior,,,if you d have a scent like this in your collection, you d be a best selling brand in the world... am i overstating??? maybe, but i am in euphoria, so big euphoria, that maybe my senses are not so clear... but i am sure, when i come around, i will be praise this one to heaven..... for me this is holy grail of all men scents...

    17 October, 2009 (Last Edited: 02 March, 2010)

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    Opium pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

    I love Orientals. Not this one.
    It’s nauseating, choking, cloying and very disturbing on my skin. I’ve only sampled the EDT version, but considering the effect it had on me, I will not be posting a review of the EDP version.
    Usually I give fragrances a second chance. This one-no way.
    The scent is so irritating, after few hours I couldn’t wait to get it off my skin. I never thought I can possibly be disgusted by vanilla.
    From the reviews below I can tell longevity must be pretty good. For me it’s just another horrifying fact.
    My idea about wearing a fragrance is not to stink like a Las Vegas pimp. Sometimes too much can be WAY too much.

    17 October, 2009 (Last Edited: 22 December, 2010)

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    Musc Ravageur by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    Blame it on the numerous positive comments ranging from supportive to enthusiastic, I heard and read about Musc Ravageur, but I was so disappointed from the very beginning. I was expecting something more musky and exquisite and I just got a nice sweet scent instead. Perfumers sometimes, in their effort to create scents that stand out and actually make the difference, come up with interesting but strange and misleading blends, and I think this is the case for MR. Strange opening (sorry, no bergamot for me, just a sweet and oily lavender note) that leads to a loud cinnamon spice heart that gets better with time. Not great though. I can see the use of cinnamon as a way to innovate, give power and some longevity to the blend, only I am not sure it will please the majority of Musc lovers (they will have to search a lot in order to find a note that resembles to musc, at least at its usual form). The base is quite pleasant but fails to project its woody character. More feminine and definitely not sexy for me.

    18 October, 2009

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    Gomma by Etro

    Subtle burnt rubber notes mix up beautifully with leather and florals to create a pleasant all day scent. Mid notes very close to Knize Ten (especially the leather ones), but less dry, and more flower oriented (violet). At some point you have the feeling it will evolve into something different and more interesting but it doesn’t. The base is powdery and retains the nice light rubber note to the end. Average longevity. Overall nice but not exciting.

    18 October, 2009

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    Sienne L'Hiver by Eau d'Italie

    Unconventional and complex, constantly transforming scent that succeeds more to evoke than to charm in a game of senses and memories. Once you come across the odd but brief (10 min.maximum) opening which is a blend of earthy and edible notes (reminds me of a minestrone soup mix) you get a nice heart of iris and musk. However the best is yet to come. The base is paved with moist soil and wood notes brought directly from the rainy Italian countryside. Not for everyone but still very nice.

    18 October, 2009

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    Fleur de Narcisse by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    How many Fleur de Narcissus are there? i mean do we all smell the same thing? I smell a rich bold narcissus scent, which has many other tuberoses like hyacints, jonquil in and very shy creamy gardenia with some honeysuckle, just a bit immortale flowers... it is multifacetted, rich, bold, poised just enchanting. reminds me of tubereuse coutre but this s more colorful, polyphonic... that is absolutely too floral for spice lovers and too heavy for fresh lovers and hard to carry for young sporty ones. This is not everyones scent but fabulous. Nowadays i am artracted to all these tuberous flowers and narcissuse are my favorite. I have been carrying a SJP Dawn in my bag for the less than half of the Fleur de Narcissus brings in through.

    18 October, 2009

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    Tubéreuse Couture 17 by Parfumerie Generale

    It is a well balanced tuberose scent; suprising because balancing tuberose in a bouquet would be as hard as hiding an elephant between bushes i thougt. Some flower notes like tuberose, gardenia, jasmin have tendency to depart and dominate the frag but in coutre tuberose gardenia first rubbery then creamy dissolves into a sweetness. Not very heady or overpowering. But definetly feminine. i cannot say it is unisex.

    18 October, 2009

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    Narcotic Venus by Nasomatto

    I have never smelled a real tuberose. The most close cousin of a tuberose i know the natural scent of is hyacinth and daffodil and both smell very distinct. but i love all the tuberose scents. Fracas, tuberose nor, tuberose criminalle, tuberose coutre....Narcotic venus is a rich heady tuberose scent (like all other tuberose dominant scents) but different from them; has a poor longelivity. My nose does not pass over the tuberose to other flowers or spices (neither the scent survives long enough for that, it disapears in an hour. My tumb is up because i love tuberose and this scent has a creamy milder opening than the others. would be perfect with a longer persistence.

    18 October, 2009

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    H.M. by Hanae Mori

    it is quite a feminine & floral perfume..however longevity is perfect..
    can be a nice gift for your wife too..
    try before you buy..

    18 October, 2009

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    L'Eau Trois by Diptyque

    When after about half an hour the celery accord that Vibert mentions emerged on my skin I was reminded of Yatagan. So much so in fact that a couple of days later I sprayed L'Eau Trois on one arm and Yatagan on the other. Like the temperature scales Celsius and Fahrenheit they have a cross-over point and it is here that the celery note appears. They then proceed in parallel for about 20 minutes before diverging again. Quite bizarre!

    The myrrh and myrtle give L'Eau Trois a medicinal note that is partially hidden by the herbs. There is also a faint animalic note, which once again reminds me of Yatagan.

    18 October, 2009

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    Iris Poudre by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    If anybody could be make a floral (an aldehydic one at that) that I'd consider wearing, it would be Pierre Bourdon. Great balance between the powdery elements and the iris. Normally floral scents go funky on my skin, as if to wilt and decy, but this one stays clean and true hours later. This house is quickly becoming one of my favourites.

    18 October, 2009

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