Fragrance Reviews from October 2009

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    Antico Caruso by Profumum


    This is not a very complex scent. I get a rustic herbal accord in the opening – rough, soapy, probably a little arrogant… I get no citrus. The herbs quickly move into an herbal / almond accord that is pleasant. As the herbal notes disappear, the almond note becomes stronger and sweeter. I find Antico Caruso turns out to be almost a simple solo note fragrance: Almond, simple but quite enjoyable. I suppose that if the quality of the note is good, it doesn’t matter that the composition is uncomplicated. The lack of complexity works for me. The drydown is a plain, somewhat sweet almond note with a background of subtle but rich sandalwood. Both the almond note and the sandalwood note are of high quality, and I’m struck and surprised by the elegance of everything happening in Antico Caruso. It reeks of class and good breeding. …very good sillage and longevity.

    31st October, 2009

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    F pour Homme by Salvatore Ferragamo


    Another fresh, clear, somewhat synthetic fragrance… It is extremely light but, even so, it exhibits warmth and character. I find it enjoyable until the leathery drydown, but even the “leather” is not offensive enough for me to condemn the fragrance. I smell very little of the pepper note, but I do get the warmth of it. F by Ferragamo is okay – its combined freshness and warmth is enjoyable and its synthetics are highly wearable. It doesn’t have much of a sillage but, surprisingly, its longevity is good… Nice movement from the opening through the leather-like basenotes. On a better day I might say a thumb’s up.

    31st October, 2009

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    Ferré for Him by Gianfranco Ferré


    Ferré for Men seems to me to be a cheaper, more synthetic version of Dior Homme. The lipstick is prominent in the opening and it is immediately shadowed by an iris note in the background. There is a pineapple note in the mix, too, which is a small departure from DH. These notes do not come up to the quality of DH either in quality or the lasting ability of the notes. It gets a little floral in the heart notes – a mixed bouquet of smooth floral notes, and I think these florals are done quite nicely. The pyramid lists a lot of different notes for the drydown but I chiefly get a vetiver / oakmoss accord supported somewhat by tonka. Ferré for Men has a light sillage, a synthetic feel, and a nice development. It’s not greatly impressive, but it’s still a nice fragrance.

    31st October, 2009

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    Padparadscha by Satellite


    Notes: pepper, cedar, sandalwood, juniper, amber, musk

    A startling opening of cedar and pepper—very aromatic, very dramatic, and quite dry… The aromatic accords of the opening are unique; they are exotic and warm and yet, very quickly they all come well within the parameters of wearablity. They are coniferous-woody and pepper-spicy and they are presented with flair and passion. The fragrance, though, doesn’t have very much sillage—it stays close to the skin providing an exotic cedary / juniper ambiance but for too short of time. Even though the fragrance appears to be constantly morphing into woody variations, it never seems to reach much of a sandalwood presence, and its amber also holds back, leaving it quite dry even in the dry down. Its main characteristic is that of a beautiful, resinous cedar that reminds me a bit of Sequoia by CdG, but Padparadscha is more challenging and, after the initial burst, less aggressive. Padparadscha is a unique unisex woody / spicy fragrance that is refreshingly exotic, surprisingly wearable, but could use much more longevity. (Rewrite of 24 April 2007 review.)


    31st October, 2009

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    Black Diamond by Canali


    Bergamot, tangerine, coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, apple, pineapple, melon, violet, jasmine, lily of the valley, orange blossom, neroli, teak wood, cedar, vetiver, sandalwood, peach, tonka bean and musk: Almost every note known to man in the opening to provide an opening accord that smells pretty much like almost everything else from the ‘90s...

    Whoops! Cross that out… it’s not from the ‘90s, it’s from 2007!

    Well, anyway, it is synthetic, citrusy, spicy, fruity, flowery, musky and woody – and that about covers all the options, doesn’t it? And I thought these conglomerate formulas went out in the ‘90s…

    But it’s ok… I see no reason to dislike it.

    31st October, 2009

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    Myrrhe Ardente by Annick Goutal


    It took a while to let the beauty of this fragrance enter into my way of thinking… The myrrh in Myrrhe Ardente’s opening is smooth and refined – it’s not a raw, visceral myrrh smelled directly, it’s a atmospheric myrrh – one that suggests the miscellaneous use of myrrh in the environment, not the close-up personal, intentional use of the “bitter perfume.” Although thoroughly a myrrh fragrance, the gaïac wood and beeswax of the heart notes come through well… I don’t get any vetiver. The myrrh of the base gets more resinous and stays resinous because the benzoin and tonka present their sweetness lightly and discreetly. But still even this “resinous” version of myrrh remains tame. This is an absolutely beautiful fragrance and a must buy for me. It is discreet and mysterious and elemental. I love what is not there… its lack of florals and its lack of sweetness and even its lack of the more visceral (I usually love visceral) aspects of this ancient perfume of mankind. This is a “background” scent that gives me a perfect level of performance just as it is.

    31st October, 2009

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    Encens Flamboyant by Annick Goutal

    I love the aggression of the opening – it smells of burning charcoal and the resinousness of the tree gum. To my nose the incense does not come across as an incense made for fragrances, but as more as an environmental incense. I get a definite burning note along with incense, which reminds me of the way incense is burned in the Middle East where the frankincense powder is sprinkled on glowing, smoldering charcoal. I don’t get any spices that are supposed to be in it – the resinous incense dominates too strongly to my nose. The dry down is superb: woody and churchy resinous. Encens Flamboyant is quite linear which makes it a winner from start to finish… I love it.

    31st October, 2009

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    Sung Homme by Alfred Sung

    Wow , If i may say Sung matches its colour , very zingy & zesty , fresh & cool , with a herby greenish heart , it wears really well in hot weather & the base is just a brilliant mix of earthy woods & oak , a winner !! i must try more from mr Alfred Sung .
    Great sillage & longevity .Big thumbs up .

    31st October, 2009

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    Amber Absolute by Tom Ford

    A direct, to-the-point amber powerhouse. The top notes come on quite strong, lightly spicy, but not herbal to my nose, lending a gourmand quality to an amber already with a distinct caramel edge.

    Despite being almost entirely focused on amber through its development, it isn't a one-note fragrance, and has a slow but recognizable development as it loses its edge and becomes gentle and vanillic.

    Your feelings on this will depend almost entirely on how you feel about the amber genre. It's not complex, but it's high quality.

    31st October, 2009

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    Always by Avon

    I like this. Very flowery. Nice for Spring and Summer!

    31st October, 2009

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    Or Masculin by Bourjois

    Almost fully agree with Naed_Nitram.
    Don’t feel the link with JHL. Or Masculin for me is way better.
    The depth here is astonishing. Should I say was.
    Out of ALL discontinued 80’s frags, THIS ONE I miss the most. I actually lost an empty bottle few years ago and was devastated.
    If any of the members here have it, please, I will be more than glad to pay, swap, whatever you desire to obtain this one.
    I truly believe Or Masculin deserves to be up there with Le 3me Homme and Bel Ami. Not kidding...

    31st October, 2009

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    Platinum Égoïste by Chanel

    After Egoiste.. Why!!!?...
    If you want my take on it, just read tvlampboy's review. Feel exactly, exactly the same.
    Garbage.

    31st October, 2009

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    Sergio Tacchini by Sergio Tacchini

    Very sharp. A fine choice if you’re about to, or already played a 5hr tennis match. Otherwise can be a bit much for the senses. Classy? No. Good quality? Yes, it does what it’s supposed to do. Not enough for me, but to some can be a very nice option. Longevity is very, very good.

    31st October, 2009

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    Masculin 2 by Bourjois

    If this one was released nowadays, would probably be a hit.
    Very, very unusual for 70’s frag. Has nothing in common with any other from that era.
    One of the fragrances I will consider extremely lucky to ever find again. If I do, I’ll buy a bucket.
    Will not go into a detail. I’m too upset it’s gone.

    31st October, 2009

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    Nomad / Moroccan Myrrh by Crabtree & Evelyn

    Gingery citrus. It's very nice. Along the lines of the ever popular Acqua di Gio and ck One tytpe of fresh herbal fragrances. Very generic in that respect but it ain't bad.

    31st October, 2009

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    Muscs Koublaï Khän by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    Serge Lutens Musc Kublai Khan

    Notes: civet, castoreum, costus roots, cumin, labdanum, Moroccan rose, ambergris, ambrette seeds, beeswax, vanilla and patchouli (from nstperfume.com)

    Musc Kublai Khan starts as an animalic one-two-three punch, rife with large doses of civet, castoreum and indolic floral notes. The opening is incredibly intoxicating: the civet lends a fecal edge verging on sweet; the leathery castoreum smells of rootbeer and bitter plant tonics; and the indolic notes balance the first two with a vanillic "wet cardboard" quality which adds some dimension and uniformity to the opening accord. I suspect there is also some honey or blackcurrant bud, as there is a slight urinous edge as well. Sadly, this amazing animalic orchestra begins to fade very quickly, allowing the honey/blackcurrant bud note take on a piercing quality. I presume this is the "dirty underwear" accord many people seem to find in MKK. The much maligned cumin comes out a bit later in the middle development as MKK rounds out and starts to smell slightly more leathery and skin-like. I must say, so far MKK ALMOST holds up to the skankiest vintage fragrances I have tried such as Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles extrait or Dana Tabu. Actually, I find MKK to be considerably cleaner smelling than those great classics. This is reinforced by the fact that, to my nose, the base is a soapy white musk blended with a vanilla-prominent amber. Generally speaking, the older formulae I have tried seem to have warmth and character which MKK lacks. Still, MKK is an extremely well-composed, smooth oriental which carries forth an established tradition using modern ingredients--one could do a whole lot worse. Highly recommended.

    31st October, 2009

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    Daim Blond by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    Serge Lutens Daim Blond

    Notes: Iris Pallida, apricot kernel, cardamom from Ceylon, musk, heliotrope, hawthorn (from luckyscent.com)

    Daim Blond is an oriental leather scent--very modern, soft, almost edible and really unlike many leathers which tend to be a dry green-gray chypre type of fragrance. Accompanying the leather accord, DB starts with balanced boozy sweetness from apricot fruit, soft, buttery florals and an almond note. The apricot-leather combination is evocative of other leathery fragrances which use osmanthus flower (Parfums d'Empire Osmanthus Interdite, The Different Company Osmanthus), but the accord in DB is deeper and more mellow while maintaining delicacy and weightlessness. In the mid notes, DB becomes more woody and nutty, with a saltiness that gives an impression of popcorn and salted cashews. As this salty accord develops, it becomes increasingly like the sensual salty skin scent which occurs after fresh sweat dries. The salty, buttery and nutty notes persist into the base, which is composed of sweet musk and Iso E Super. Overall, DB has moderate sillage and longevity, and is somewhat linear in development--as such I suggest sampling for a while before buying, in case DB's linear nature becomes boring. Its softness makes it suitable for men or women. Generally, though, Daim Blond is a very enjoyable fragrance that charms with subtleness and grace.

    31st October, 2009

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    Narcisse Noir by Caron

    Caron Narcisse Noir

    I'm not sure what it is that attracts me so much to the old style perfumers from the early 20th century but everytime I wear one of their creations I am struck by the possibilities and realizations of the artistry of perfumery. Ernest Daltroff's 1911 creation of Narcisse Noir for Caron is another of these moments. Narcisse Noir has a complexity and richness to it that it seems modern compositions lack. This isn't to say that modern compositions are inferior, in my opinion, just different; and M. Daltroff and his contemporaries very likely mirrored the style sensibilities of their era. I just know that wearing Narcisse Noir makes me want to see a revival of that style, again. The top of Narcisse Noir is orange blossom, bergamot, and lemon. The sweetness of the orange blossom is contrasted by the tartness of the lemon. The orange blossom stays in place as the narcissus makes its entrance and this narcissus comes in like a diva sweeping all away in front of it. Like a diva after making a smashing entrance she allows a few companions in rose and jasmine to come close but only so you admire the reflected glory. The base of Narcisse Noir is where the Noir part of this scent resides as a sheer white musk sits over a sandalwood and civet foundation. This turns Narcisse Noir very sensuous and feels like the clock has struck midnight somewhere in the world. Narcisse Noir has excellent longevity and above average sillage, on me. Ernest Daltroff, as the founder of Caron, has made many of the great fragrances all perfumistas adore but the one I return to most is Narcisse Noir.

    31st October, 2009

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    Givenchy Gentleman by Givenchy

    Givenchy Gentleman

    Gentleman seems such an out-dated word in the 21st century. I don't think it carries the same significance it used to. When the word gentleman was used back in 1974 when Paul Leger designed Givenchy Gentleman it connoted a sense of style and carriage. Which is just what the fragrance Givenchy Gentleman does, too. Gentleman starts with an herbal top of tarragon cut very slightly with cinnamon. The tarragon is the star of the show in the first act and the sharp herbal quality is quite nice. The cinnamon really is difficult to pick up and it is really only there in a very minor role. The heart is an earthy patchouli along with a slightly smoky vetiver. M. Leger gets the balance right as the patchouli never becomes too pronounced and the vetiver adds a contrasting bite. The base of this is an animalic scent lover's dream as civet and leather take this into the dark. The raw mix of these two notes are again delicately balanced and they both blend beautifully. The five notes in Gentleman are nothing new but in the hands of M. Leger they prove to be a well-composed piece of fragrance construction. Givenchy Gentleman has slightly below average longevity and above average sillage. I might wonder if we know how to use the word gentleman properly anymore but I definitely know what one smells like, now.

    31st October, 2009

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    Hermèssence Ambre Narguilé by Hermès

    Hermes Hermessence Ambre Narguile

    Since taking over as head perfumer at Hermes Jean-Claude Ellena's Hermessence line has been one of the consistently most interesting aspects of his stewardship. Not all of them succeed on me but thay have all been interesting. One of the more interesting members of the Hermessence line, for me, was Ambre Narguile. Amber is easily one of my three favorite notes so to paraphrase Dorothy from "Jerry Maguire" M. Ellena had me at Ambre. Ambre Narguile for all that it eventually gets to the amber comes off at the beginning like a full throated gourmand. The top starts off very vanillic but as caramel and honey join the fray the beginning of Ambre Narguile feels like a wonderful gingerbread accord on me. This is eventually contrasted with the lightest touch of incense underneath as the fragrance becomes less gourmand and more amber-centric. The gingerbread aspect never goes away it just becomes secondary to the amber which finishes Ambre Narguile in a swirl of warmth. Ambre Narguile is a fun fragrance to wear as it develops through the three distinct phases from gourmand to resinous to warm amber; all have their moment during Ambre Narguile's development. Ambre Narguile has outstanding longevity and average sillage. Ambre Narguile is one of my favorite cold-weather ambers from one of my favorite perfumers. I told you he had me at ambre.

    31st October, 2009

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    Jasmin et Cigarette by Etat Libre d'Orange

    Etat Libre D'Orange Jasmin et Cigarette

    In the annals of perfect combinations I'm pretty sure that jasmine and cigarettes are not high up on that list. Which makes what Antoine Maisondieu has executed with his 2006 release for Etat Libre D'Orange, Jasmin et Cigarette; all the more impressive. There are a few scents out there that do wonders with the cigarette note; Hilde Soiliani Bell' Antonio is a good example. There are many more jasmine fragrances which use the note to good intent. I personally find jasmine to be one of my favorite florals because while it has some sweet aspects to it it also has a less floral aspect that appeals to me. In Jasmin et Cigarette M. Maisondieu accentuates that less floral aspect of jasmine and in combination with the raw tobacco accord creates a quite lovely fragrance. The top has that smell of a cigarette just after the match has lit it; that contrast of sweet tobacco and smoke. This accord is very evocative. The heart is the jasmine and its first appearance is as the slightly sweet floral but the deeper aspects of the note make their presence known and they are what linger along with the tobacco. This interplay is long-lasting and surprisingly interesting, on me. After a long time the base shows as a mix of cedar, amber and musk. This adds a warmth and an almost post-prandial feeling to contrast the beginning phase of Jasmin et Cigarette. Jasmin et Cigarette has above average longevity and average sillage. Jasmin et Cigarette might not be as perfect a combination as peanut butter and jelly but, as a perfume, its pretty close.

    31st October, 2009

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    Fourreau Noir by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    Serge Lutens Fourreau Noir

    One of my favorite Serge Lutens fragrances is Encens et Lavande. The balance between the incense and lavender is exquisite and it is the lavender that seems special in that scent. The 2009 release Fourreau Noir re-visits that lavender accord from Encens et Lavande and Christopher Sheldrake and Serge Lutens add some different playmates to the olfactory schoolyard. Right from the top the lovely lavender comes to the fore, it is cut with a scalpel sharp citrus accord. This is the only aspect of Fourreau Noir I didn't care for. Lavender has its own sharp edges and astringency to it and the addition of more sharpness made me worry that the citrus was going to bully the lavender into submission. Thankfully the sharp citrus lasts for a short time and tonka appears along with a lively musk. In combination with the lavender this gives a rich feel to the heart of Fourreau Noir and this is the part of Fourreau Noir that persists the longest on me. As this scent develops immortelle and its maple syrup accord appears and really adds depth to the heart. The base is all warm sweet amber and this comes the closest to Encens et Lavande as both of these fragrances end up in confortable spaces on my skin. I like Fourreau Noir but that initial citrus note, which has been identified by other reviewers as dihydromyrcenol, was borderline unpleasant on me and if it was to last longer it would be difficult to overcome my dislike for it. Fourreau Noir has excellent longevity and average sillage. I'm not sure that Fourreau Noir is all I would have wanted in a lavender centered scent form Serge Lutens but its a good start.

    31st October, 2009

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    Wazamba by Parfum d'Empire

    Parfum D'Empire Wazamba

    Wazamba! Sounds like an alternative way of saying "Abracadabra!". I could see a magician making an assistant disappear and opening the box and shouting "Wazamba!" while the audience showed their appreciation for the illusion. Instead, according to the press release accompanying Marc-Antoine Corticchiato's 2009 composition for Parfum D'Empire; we are told a wazamba is an African musical instrument. A wazamba is also said to be mainly used during initiation ceremonies, for a scent so incense oriented that somehow seems appropriate. Wazamba comes off as the most church incense like fragrance I've encountered since Comme des Garcons Avignon. The top of Wazamba is a blast of arid frankincense. It is dry and smells like the finest incense from right out of a church censer. It is joined by the sweeter aspects of myyrh and then the resin is made even more intense as labdanum joins in. If you are an incense lover the beginning of Wazamba is beautiful and I think it is better balanced than Avignon at the top.Wazamba very slowly allows a pine note in the guise of fir balsam to makes its way in very gradually and it is joined by a clean cypress note, in the base. I really like the hint of pine that is used here as this is reminiscent of the same light touch used in Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant. According to the note list there is supposed to be an apple note somewhere in here but I've yet to find it. Wazamba is an incense forward fragrance with pine and cypress undertones, on me. Wazamba has excellent longevity and average sillage. As an avowed incense-aholic I like Wazamba as it combines a couple of features of two of my favorite incense fragrances and makes something I like as much as both of those. In fact it feels like Sig. Corticchiato placed a bottle of Avignon and a bottle of Encense Flamboyant in his magic hat, waved his hand over it and shouted "Wazamba!"; then out came something even better than the sum of what went into his magic hat.

    31st October, 2009

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    Le Temps d'Une Fête by Nicolaï

    The high, sweet, spicy, green narcissus top note settles into this exquisite scent's rich, warm and harmonious floral and wood heart -- intact, complete - nothing to take away, nothing to add. I understand, I suppose, why "old fashioned" is a pejorative term these days when describing a perfume. Like a Jane Austin novel, this scent transcends such distinctions. One of any age could wear it for a lifetime. It is classic, timeless, a truly rare and beautiful jewel.

    31st October, 2009

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    1 Million by Paco Rabanne

    So I guess I'm the only one that gets Cool Waters from this fragrance? To me, that's what this one aspires to be. But the light, less brazen, more refined version of it. I wouldn't spend money on either.

    31st October, 2009

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    Gianfranco Ferré for Man by Gianfranco Ferré

    This one barks, but it does not bite: the powerhousish top notes are just a disguise for very powdery and subdued mid and top notes. Many will find it outdated or even old-lady like in its mid notes, but do not fool yourself for its real character is that of a gentleman.

    31st October, 2009

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    Après L'ondée by Guerlain

    I want to love this - I really do. Everyone I know raves about it; the reviews on this blog are almost uniformly enthusiastic. But the vanilla-violet accord has the wan period feel of one of those old round boxes of dusting powder, the kind that used to come with a sort of feather-boa of a powder puff, for ladies of the 1950s and earlier. It's specifically that old box rediscovered, because Apres l'Ondee has the slightly perished quality of an oil-based talc several decades past its sell-by date; it has, in other words, the interesting but hardly rainwashed quality of the inside of old wooden drawers that have contained cosmetics. I kind of enjoy that temps perdu quality as an antiquarian, nostalgic pleasure, and it may be that this is what various reviewers mean by 'melancholy', but I certainly wouldn't want to smell of it. I am a pretty unreconstructed Guerlain junkie, and I tend to love the classics from this period, but not this. Give me Mitsouko every time, or even the far less exciting Vol de Nuit. I have got the Apres l'Ondee parfum on my left arm and the vintage EdT on my right. The dry-downs are very similar, although the vanillic note is considerably stronger in the parfum; and as expected, the parfum is has far more staying power, though neither is especially radiant. After top notes in each which remind me more of opening a semi-volatile tin of oil-based house paint (that's a nice smell, actually, though not so great in a fragrance!), the EdT has a distinctly honeyed heart note which is hardly represent in the parfum. If the honey started earlier and lasted longer, perhaps....

    I will do this test again in a few months and see if I can understand the fuss better. Until then, I'm afraid I'm l'ondee on the sunny parade of praise.

    31st October, 2009 (Last Edited: 11th March, 2010)

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    Escentric 01 by Escentric Molecules

    This is certainly better than Escentric 02, but I would nevertheless not waste my money on buying a bottle. It's fairly simple (pepper, SOUR lime, and cedar) and linear on my skin, with levels of longevity and sillage that I cannot quite qualify. It unfortunately happens to be one of the few fragrances that seems to consistently afflict me with anosmia.

    I had originally tested this with summer usage in mind, but Escentric 01 tends to go slightly awry on my skin when mixed with the slightest amount of sweat. Wearing this in the fall is more enjoyable, if slightly anachronistic.

    In summary, this is not a bad fragrance, but it does lack the sophistication and complexity needed to justify its roughly $135/3.5 oz price tag. Were I in the mood for a better fragrance that seeks to pique similar emotions, I'd probably reach for Gigli Man (on the inexpensive side) or PG Hyperessence Matale (on the pricey side), not that any of those are compositionally or aromatically similar.

    31st October, 2009

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    Portugal by Geo F Trumper

    On principle, I rarely judge a fragrance by its price. But Portugal is such a total ripoff, it's offensive, and deserves a major league thumbs down. Does the world really need yet another boring Jean-Marie Farina clone, only less long-lasting and a lot more expensive? If this were only $15 or so, I'd leave it alone because this isn't a bad smelling or poorly made scent. But charging $65 for a completely unoriginal, yawn-inspiring eau de cologne that has been done hundreds of times before and has the longevity of a TV commercial is simply insulting. Booooooo!!!

    31st October, 2009

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    Sandalwood Cologne by Geo F Trumper

    This is an excellent sandalwood fragrance. I think it's best described as a crude Egoiste, and that's not a bad thing, though it isn't exactly the most unique fragrance I've ever worn. It lacks the polish of Chanel, but it's obvious that it's made of quality materials. It's a sweet, slightly spicy sandalwood with a vanillic base. I actually like this better than Egoiste because of its relative simplicity and its excellent, colorful drydown, which itself is reminiscent of Egoiste's drydown. It also has a subtle soapiness and a slight Habit Rouge-like orange peel note during the first hour, which makes Trumper's Sandalwood smell cleaner than Egoiste. Finally, I am happy to say that this fragrance has excellent longevity; on my skin, I can still smell this about 12 hours after application. Sandalwood is a winner.

    31st October, 2009

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