Fragrance Reviews from August 2009

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    Boss Orange by Hugo Boss

    Smells like an orange lolipop, not bad, but not good either. I think it would be a little ridiculous on a grown up woman, but suitable for young ladies, under 25.Basically, a fruity candy kinda smell. A lot of orange body lotions smell like this one.

    07th August, 2009

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    Emporio Armani He by Giorgio Armani

    A very unique scent, this is now my signature fragrance. Although many classify "He" as a warm weather fragrance, I find it acceptable to wear this in any season. In fact, I have gotten the most compliments on this fragrance during the winter time BY FAR. Something about the cold weather changes this fragrance into a sweeter and woodier scent that still retains its fruity notes. In summer wear, the sage notes dominate even the dry down. Its more like sage complimented by the woody notes.

    I don't understand all the complaints about longevity and silage. This fragrance lasts all day on me (around 8-10 hours) and it projects well. It could be my body chemistry, but other fragrances don't really last long on me like this one. I also disagree that this is an "office" fragrance. Although it is on the safer, more inoffensive side of the spectrum, it is unique enough to garner all kinds of compliments on a night out. For its sheer versatility and all the above reasons, I give this a huge thumbs up. I know I didn't do a good job in actually describing the scent, but that's why you wear before you buy people.

    07th August, 2009

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    Brit for Men by Burberry

    Baby Powder....really nothing more to say.... great if you like that, I don't want to smell like this....

    07th August, 2009

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    Burberry London for Men by Burberry

    Sprayed this on my wrist, thought I smelled "Code".... but then sprayed some on my neck, and the next few hours I only got a sour note... Sour, sour, sour....I don't get people saying spicy, or cinnamon, or anything else, just sour.... but not bad, I mean original for sure, I don't know what I got out of that first spray, but since then I just smell the Sour.... Sprayed again later, more sour.... liked it at first, but doubt I'll be purchasing a full bottle...

    07th August, 2009

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    Ardenbeauty by Elizabeth Arden

    I really couldn't bear this perfume. It seemed to me to have a first hit of peppery watermelon that just would not go away. I ended up having to scrub my neck and wrists. This is unusual for me, as I'll usually tolerate a scent that isn't 'me' as long as I think I smell reasonably nice. I couldn't manage this one, though.

    07th August, 2009

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    Sin by Damien Bash

    I tried the sample of the Sin by Damien Bash first and I loved it and that night my husband wouldn't keep his hands off me. He was saying the scent coming from me is working on him better than Viagra. So, needless to say that I bought this gorgeous fragrance.
    This is one of the best scents out there and I must tell you that it is NOT for the middle class, striving and insecure mentality who would label everything in life in order to understand it.
    This fragrance is sexy, enigmatic and simply delicious. Put a little on and give it 30 minutes to mix with your chemistry and you will be amazed. But beware, the sinner in you will come out.
    I love it!
    Love it!!

    07th August, 2009

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    Wall Street by Bond No. 9

    I wont go on my rant quite like I did with Riverside Drive, but I'm sorry, this isnt MI... or better yet, Erolfa. First of all, MI is one of the all-time greatest scents ever made, IMO. Not saying that Wall Street doesnt hold it's own, but the two defining notes in MI are the Melon and Ambergris. Neither are present in Wall Street. What it does have is a very noticeable, in-your-face Cucumber note and some spicy-aquatic action happening. I guess the need to compare scents will always exist, and from what I can tell, it's to give others a better idea of what to expect. Bbut that's only accomplished when done accurately.

    Bottom line: Wall Street is a very good spicy/aquatic creation. But it doesnt compete with or resemble MI, nor does it try to.

    07th August, 2009 (Last Edited: 12th February, 2013)

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    Tea Rose by Perfumer's Workshop

    The previous reviewers said it all so I can only reiterate: Tea Rose is exactly what its name says: “tea rose,” the delicately sweet and redolent rose. It is plain and potent in its direct simplicity, and it is an excellent, straightforward tea rose scent. It is full, rich, dynamic, and even a tad exotic. It’s lovely if you love the power of the rose, and if you don’t care too much for the scent of a rose, it’s not for you. I’m impressed, and its low price is hard to believe.

    07th August, 2009 (Last Edited: 01st March, 2014)

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    Prada Amber pour Homme by Prada

    Barber shop at its BEST. Its what I would expect a mens barber shoppe to smell!!! If you take mens Pinaud Aftershave strip it of the alcohol and replace it with quality scents (citurs, cardamom, leather, and sandalwood). This juice is incredible. The scent dries down and stays with you for hours. If you really draw back you find the amber appeal. This is very smooth and clean. 3 sprays last me all day, and this scent shows up with you, not before you, and lingers behind for a short time after you leave.

    07th August, 2009 (Last Edited: 04th December, 2014)

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    Parure by Guerlain

    Parure means ornament, adornment, finery, often in the sense of jewelry. This is indeed sparkling and brilliant, like a ball gown or a diamond tiara. Green, citrus, and aldehyde notes in the top give the sparkle; delicate florals shimmer in the heart note; and orientals, leather, moss, and amber give depth and just enough gravitas in the base. In the drydown, this takes on a curious, cinnamic note, which has really been present all along, and just waiting its turn for the others to get out of its way in order to shine more brightly. A Jean-Paul Guerlain classic, without a doubt, worn as happily by some men as by women.

    08th August, 2009 (Last Edited: 23rd December, 2009)

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    Magnolia by Santa Maria Novella

    Magnolia is a tricky flower to imitate. In nature, it smells perfectly balanced and beautiful; in fragrance it seems much more problematic, often inaccurate, harsh, and unpleasantly sour ( something I've experienced even in fragrances using real magnolia absolute extracted from the flowers themselves ). Given this, SMN's version is an especially heartening success.

    The top notes are a bright, fresh, green-floral accord of galbanum and magnolia, without the powdery aldehydes of many older green florals or the aquatic notes so common in modern ones. In the drydown the whole fragrance seems to bloom like the opening of a bud, a gentle jasmine, muguet, and musk joining the magnolia accord, adding softness without covering the green tartness inherent in magnolia.

    This is quite a simple fragrance, but very charming and wearable, with adequate sillage and good longevity. I highly recommended it; it's easily the best magnolia I've tried, and was just perfect for the hot summer day I experienced it in.

    08th August, 2009

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    Love in Black by Creed

    It smelled bold and peculiar at first - violets and tar!? Something petrochemical? I was all geared up for it to be something interesting and Comme des Garcons-esque when it had a fatal collision in candy cane lane, and a sickening berry-candy note took over and swamped the violet. Another tragic statistic from Creed, and an example of why gummy bears should be kept at least a hundred meters away from any fragrance.

    08th August, 2009

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    Versace Man Eau Fraîche by Versace

    This citrus with sheet of paper depth of wood and spice does indeed end up powder. Not deep, the edges on this slightly sharp opening can intially give your sinuses a paper cut. It was just a threat. Clean as in slightly sociopathic, feminine clean. Soon gone, except for deligent searches for powder and residue. May actually contain topical antibiotics...in minute quantities...should come with a freezing airconditioned room and bright lights...

    08th August, 2009

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    Gucci by Gucci pour Homme by Gucci

    Gucci looks at Chanel and some others and says, "I can do that." But let's not be too obvious or underobvious. Tries to be mature in a theoretical way and oddly succeeds, which makes this one an Aurahouse scent, a slightly smoky neutral after doing the now prerequiste slightly weird. Smokes menthol, switches to regular.

    I actually come away from this liking something like Diesel Fuel For Life....at least there's some fun in it all...

    08th August, 2009

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    Opium pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

    Nice, different fragrance...restricted to evening wear though as it is too heavy to wear during the day.
    Very very sweet and oriental, I like it but I only wear it once in a blue moon...

    08th August, 2009

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    Black Diamond by Canali

    This is a tough one. I just don't like what I perceive as a wall of notes thrown in my face from the very beginning. It's certainly not artful, if one cares about that facet of perfumery. On the other hand, it is pleasant, no doubt, at least on a basic level. So, I think I like this enough to keep it in my rotation, but I don't think I'll ever consider it "special" in any way. If you find this to be too strong, consider the Summer Night version, which is lighter, a bit powdery, and just a bit aquatic. I don't think the original Canali is as good as BD and SN, but since they all have a similar basic structure (if you can call it that), it is worth sampling all three before buying a bottle of any one.

    08th August, 2009 (Last Edited: 12th November, 2009)

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    She Wood by Dsquared2

    Update on my last post: She Wood continues to surprise me. When the top notes clear in approx, a half-hour, the middle notes emerge in a glorious bouquet that lasts for hours and hours. The middle and basenotes are practically indistinguishable to me but I don't care...the middle and final chords of this symphony are elongated and lush!

    08th August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18th August, 2009)

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    No. 5 Eau Première by Chanel

    While I love and adore the original No.5, I'll be the first to admit it's hard as a guy finding the right time to wear it - not because I care that I'm wearing a feminine fragrance but because No.5 is so iconic and well known that it requires just the right mood and situation. No.5 Eau Premiere really shouldn't be considered a 'reissue' of the original - rather just a flanker using the legendary No.5 name - however it carries a lot of No.5 DNA and is immediately recognizable as Chanel a mile away. No.5 EP actually bears tremendous similarity to No.22 (especially the vintage, pre-Exclusifs formula) and in ways can be likened to the child No.5 and No.22 would bear if they entered into a romantic relationship.

    From the top one gets a healthy dose of Chanel's aldehydes that lift the citrus/peach opening as it moves to the white floral heart. One also gets I sense a light touch of vanilla with lactonic restraint that adds a touch of creaminess to the composition. As the aldehydes fade the jasmine in the heart becomes a little more prominent remains, eventually melding into a soft floral/vanillic base. The initial aldehydic punch is nowhere near as substantial in No.5 EP as it is in No.22, and the sharpness of notes are much calmer than the original No.5. Although the bottle calls No. EP an 'EdP', it's strength and longevity are somewhere between a Chanel EdT and EdP (much as the reviewer Asha describes in her review). Sillage is very good and longevity is 5-6 hours.

    No.5 Eau Premiere makes an excellent masculine and provides a perfect fragrance for those situations where you need something light and classy - don't worry, no one will no it's No.5. If you apply too much and aren't used to wearing feminine Chanels the aldehydes will feel a bit overwhelming. Don't worry, they will relax.

    I was traveling for work and staying at a hotel adjacent to a Chanel boutique the day No.5 EP was formally released last year. I received a sample that first day and returned the next morning to buy a bottle. At the time only 150ml bottles were available and I was a little bummed because I didn't think I'd ever need that much. Nearly a year later my wife and I have put a huge dent in the bottle and will probably buy another in about a year when this one is depleted.

    08th August, 2009

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    Energizer by Boadicea the Victorious

    Energizer starts with a nice refreshing blast of grapefruit and eventually fills out to a more 'complete' citrus bouquet. The heart contains some less sour notes, probably cedrat and bergamot in addition to lemon because there are hints of green in the heart. Energizer stays close to the skin but get good longevity for a citrus fragrance.

    Pleasant? Sure. But then again, so is Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte, Eau de Guerlain, and even Chanel Allure Homme Sport. There's absolutely nothing that makes this fragrance stand out among the hundreds of other citrus fragrances out there, and in fact Energizer is among the more bland of citrus scents. I'd take the Allure Homme Sport over Energizer any day.

    Yet another average entry from Boadicea.

    08th August, 2009

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    Seductive by Boadicea the Victorious

    Finally! After countless citrus/florals I've arrived at Seductive - perhaps the only BTV fragrance that stands out in a positive way. ['Complex' stands out, but for all the wrong reasons.]. The topnotes are wonderful - an herbal and tea- infused leather that is both spicy with a hint of sweetness. It reminds me very strongly of something, which I believe to be the heart/base of Profumum Victrix but with less pepper. Unfortunately I've used up my Victrix decant and can't directly compare the two. From the topnotes Seductive slides to a musky/powdery amber and leather - the amber providing just enough sweetness to balance the leather accord. I've never been good at identifying petitgrain, but there is a powdery herbal note(s) that fill(s) out the fragrance. After roughly two hours Seductive arrives at its base, and here we have a problem: Sadly, BTV uses a standard woody/amber base, the same found in countless masculines these days. It's quite a bit spicier and the quality of ingredients seems better, but it's still a woody/amber. Again, my mind feels like there's a relationship to Victrix but I can't be 100% certain of that. Even if it's not Victrix, I absolutely know I've smelled these basenotes before.

    Longevity, sillage, and construction are all very well done in Seductive. At this point this is one of the only fragrances from the line I would consider even purchasing a decant of (the other being Exotic), but I'm still very much down on the entire BTV concept. Competent fragrances of good materials in a nice bottle, but with a price that implies an exclusivity and an artistry that the fragrances don't command. Seductive is far better then most of the others but doesn't overcome my reservations with the house.

    This is a good fragrance and I rate it positively - and in another bottle by another company for a lower price I'd be interested in owning it, but as with other BTVs it isn't anything overly special.

    08th August, 2009

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    Pure by Boadicea the Victorious

    I'm not sure the note pyramid is entirely honest because what I smell is a bit different. Pure starts out like a simple, pleasant citrus - in fact the sparkly topnotes weren't entirely different from one of the Guerlain eaux that I recently acquired. The lemon/cedrat type topnotes give way to a mixed white floral heart and soon a distinctly lily of the valley note emerges. After 1-2 hours the lily begins to fade and a lightly sweetened, amorphous white floral base hangs around for hours. I never detect distinct rose (though it may account for the light sweetness of the white floral accord), and if Pure contains sandalwood, oakmoss, or any woody/mossy type base I don't smell it.

    If you separate the so-called 'published notes' from the fragrance itself, Pure is a perfectly competent citrus/floral with good structure and very good longevity. Sillage is what you'd expect from such a fragrance, specifically it's average and were it to be stronger it would likely be very out of place. The quality of materials is very good - nothing smells synthetic or cheap. As a citrus/floral Pure is perfectly acceptable.

    If I stopped reviewing here I'd be on the border between thumbs up and neutral. Although fragrances are best judged on their own merits, I can't help but comment on the high-price and purported exclusivity of this new house. As I work through samples of the entire BTV line it strike me that these fragrances typify a lot of what's wrong in niche perfumery. Recently it's as though the niche houses saw a couple other houses charging $2-3/ml and thought "well if they can charge that much so can we." Thus a new house like BTV puts a line of fragrances together, puts them in fancy presentation bottles, and boxes and charges top dollar through limited distribution channels. The problem is that these BTV fragrances - Pure being an excellent example - simply don't have the quality or distinction behind them to command such a high price. There must be enough people who aren't perfume collectors that will drop money on the latest and greatest such that houses like BTV can charge $175/50ml. There must be, because I don't think many people with significant fragrance experience are going to bite at buying simple, competent citrus/florals like Pure when the same money can buy something much, much better. Sure, Pure is 'good' - but since when is just 'good' enough?

    08th August, 2009

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    Infusion de Fleur d'Oranger by Prada

    Being familiar with Prada No.4 (Fleur d'Oranger parfum) I was hopeful that this would translate that wonderful fragrance into an EdP. The parfum presents a rich, vibrant orange blossom - a largely green fragrance with enough subtle citrus to sweeten it a little. I let my imagination wander and I'm picturing that if this 'Infusion' was successful we could soon see other Prada parfums moving from the realm of the obscure into the realm of the obtainable. After all, Prada No.3 would make a fantastic EdP. But I digress....

    Sadly Infusion Fleur d'Oranger presents a soft, pale neroli/orange blossom fragrance that is bland and wholly unimpressive. It's certainly not offensive or bad, just disappointing, especially given that nearly every other Prada release is very enjoyable (even with the cheap iris used in Infusion d'Iris/d'Homme). The fragrance stays close to the skin, but I did notice that each occasion I sampled this I got longer than average longevity, at least 7-8 hours. I guess what's most disappointing is that we know Prada is capable of so much more. They have the parfum line to work from, but they chose not to. If I were judge FdO based on expectations it would be thumbs down, but by itself it's an ok scent - just nothing special.

    08th August, 2009

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    Alluring by Boadicea the Victorious

    Alluring stands out to me as one of the better BTV fragrances, many of which are either lacking in good structure or feel boring and not particularly imaginative. On application I thought it may another sweet citrus/white floral (i.e. 'Adventuress' and 'Powerful'), but the topnotes quickly give way to wonderful rose/patchouli, sweetened by a background bouquet of floral notes. The earthy aspects of the patchouli are well hidden by the rose, and the accord has just enough ylang-ylang and other florals to keep it sweet but they don't take over. As the fragrance progresses to the base the sweetness of the florals fades, leaving just the patchouli/rose. The patchouli lingers, eventually becoming a lightly woody base as the rose drops out.

    Longevity is very good and sillage is fairly strong, especially at first. As with the other BTV fragrance there isn't a whole lot of innovation, or even distinction, in Alluring. Unlike other BTVs the structure is very good and the fragrance is very enjoyable from beginning to end.

    My only real complaint is that the heart accord is strikingly similar to Lady Vengeance by Juliette Has a Gun - but then again it's not like Lady Vengeance was the first rose/patchouli (it's just one of the best). Unfortunately this isn't the only BTV fragrance that seems to be 'borrowing' accords from other fragrances.

    I leave it up to each individual to decide if Alluring is worth the high cost - I won't be buying anytime soon (or ever), but this is still a good scent.

    08th August, 2009

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    Capucci pour Homme by Roberto Capucci

    Purchased a bottle recently in Italy for a bargain priceJust love it on my skin as it seems to last very well.Dont see it as cologney or as citrussy as eau sauvage or armani.Perhaps citrus at the very beginning but with a lovely classic clean smell that I cant put my finger on..
    Didnt realise that this was over 40 yrs old and wish all the recent fragrances had this longevity ang originality.
    Perfect for a summer afternoon when you dont want to smell like a lemon or a synthetic fruit bowl.
    A true class act in my opinion and not something everyone else smells like that is gone in an hour!!

    08th August, 2009

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    Kingdom by Alexander McQueen

    I like this one a lot, it is very modern, it has interesting development, really kind of an impudent feel to it. I do not detect any suggestion of LLP or sweat. I do detect a gingery heat. A completely wearable and enjoyable scent!

    08th August, 2009

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    Jaïpur Homme by Boucheron

    Jaipur Homme is my favorite oriental fragrance. It also happens to be one of my favorite fragrances, period.

    Both formal and exotic, Jaipur is a beautifully blended powdery and spicy scent. It is very strong and long lasting (16+ hours), with huge sillage, but it also oozes refinement and sophistication. Jaipur is the perfect fragrance to wear with a tuxedo.

    Unlike a lot of people, I don't find it to be all that sweet - there's vanilla in the base, but it's the powder note and the clove, cinnamon and patchouli notes that run the show with Jaipur. These aromatic spicy notes serve as a counterpoint to the intense powderiness of Jaipur and add a lot of depth to this scent. Fans of both Arpege Pour Homme and Paul Sebastian PS will love this, though it's more powdery than the Arpege and spicier than Paul Sebastian.

    I have to say something about the EDT and the EDP concentrations of Jaipur Homme. They are both outstanding. Though there are differences between the EDP and EDT, the differences are subtle and few, and they are both essentially the same fragrance. The EDP is a tad stronger than the EDT, and the EDP is a little bit spicier and more complex than the EDT. But make no mistake about this: the EDT will give you the full glory of the Jaipur experience, just as the EDP does. I own big bottles of both versions, and wear both of them, and the differences between the two are few and really are negotiable. Jaipur is an astounding fragrance in either concentration.

    MY RATING IS: 10/10

    08th August, 2009 (Last Edited: 22nd May, 2010)

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    Arlington by D.R. Harris & co.

    I personally view this as a British take on Acqua Di Parma. Fresh lemon, clean light musk, but with a soap and some other citrus instead of florals. Clean, quiet, classy and can be had for very little money when compared to it's Italiano brother. It's an ideal classy daytime spring/summer cologne. The lemon lasts a couple of hours without going sweaty or turning to Pledge, and the musk is refined, clean and well blended with neroli and powdery soap.

    I get around 6 hours out of this, but the citrus at the start has the projection of a laser beam, so perhaps it's not best to re-apply too close to others. The bottle is handsome, with an especially nice label. Mine was a splash, but I believe they have atomised versions now, so I can't comment on the spray itself or if it has been reformulated again (i've tried two distinctly different versions, with the oldest having a far more dominant fern note. Could have been aged juice, but the citrus was still there in force, so I have my doubts) since I had it. My favourite of the Harris lineup, and as an aside, the aftershave splash is one of the best i've ever used.

    Very, very good if you like a classy and old school British citrus cologne, but I wouldn't recommend it for younger men as it is a little dated to some.

    08th August, 2009

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    Jazz by Yves Saint Laurent

    I absolutely loved this at first, but after a while I began to get the salty note mixed with some kind of balsam the whole time... As Trebor noted: it smells like a fish and chips wrapper. I couldn't get this out of my head, and I began to hate the fragrance. I gave my bottle to a friend and it absolutely doesn't smell like salt and vinegar on him. Instead, I got cool woods, resinous balsams and a nice variety of spiced flowers. The nutmeg is also very well done in this.

    It's a nice and restrained floral woody scent, quite French smelling and on the whole, very classy. I can't bear down too heavy with the marks on this, as I really like it on paper and others and I think it's very well put together, I just can't pull it off on myself. Works much better on cooler days/evenings. I like the bottle and the atomiser is very good, if a little cheap looking (black plastic on clear and frosted glass? Must try harder, YSL. It's not 1983 anymore). Longevity is great at around 10 hours, and it has a nice understated projection which stays close, but is easy to notice by companions. Good for a night out for a meal or theatre etc.

    08th August, 2009

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    Royal English Leather by Creed

    My personal favourite masculine leather (I don't count Aramis as I believe it to be more than a leather fragrance). The mandarin in the opening is beautiful on it's own. Possibly one of the few times i've got a fruit in a scent that actually smells like the real thing. It isn't a case of "that smells *like* a mandarin" but more like "that smell *is* a mandarin." At first I wasn't sure how the fruit would sit atop a leather because I thought it may smell a bit sweaty or off, but it lends the scent a deliciously mouthwateringly refreshing and juicy angle. Plus, it actually lasts on my skin, which is normally not great with citrus - I can still smell the mandarin note after 6 or so hours.
    The rest of the frag is an ever so slightly powdery amber leather that isn't overly sweet and is ever so slightly salty. Very confident and luxurious, but comforting at the same time. I probably wouldn't wear this in the heat of summer, but as an evening or formal scent, it works very well. It is not a "dominatrix" leather or a dark and brooding leather, but a proper sweet, strong, warm, pleasing and ultimately highly wearable old fashioned masculine fragrance, without anything cloying. I had a couple of samples of this before I decided I was going to buy a bottle of this, and in the end I managed to snag a nearly full bottle from BN. I was slightly worried I wouldn't know when I would wear it, but it was simply too beautiful to not purchase it in the end.

    Longevity and projection are amazing - 18+ hours on me and it can be smelled (nicely) from afar. It is on the strong side, so caution should be used when spritzing. For this reason, I don't like Creed atomisers a whole lot as I feel their jets are too much for all but their aqueous frags, but the bottle is a real beauty. If you want a high quality formal leather which is neither overly sweet, stuffy nor overbearing, i'm yet to try a better one. I need more thumbs.

    08th August, 2009

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    Spanish Leather by Truefitt & Hill

    Very soapy, spicy and sweet, possibly a bit on the musky side to be an "everyday" cologne for me. Seems to have an awful lot going on for the entire duration of the fragrance, but with the soapy element getting stronger and muskier as it progresses.
    Overall it's not bad, but it just feels a little cluttered. It's as if they ran out of ideas so decided to chuck every spice they had in, but in tiny individual quantities. The end result is both slightly confusing and disappointingly underpowered, treading the fine line between "not enough" and "too much." It creates a nicely refined vibe, but I have no idea when I would want to wear this - too refined for daytime, too casual and ever so slightly "cheap" smelling for formal or eveningwear. It would make a really nice scent for a bath soap (which I believe T&H make), or a scented candle (which they don't), but as a cologne, it's not quite where it aims to be.

    Longevity is around 4-6 hours on me, but it projects very well, as I find most leathers do. Good, but there's a lot more out there which does the job in a nicer way. The 3 stars I gave it is closer to how I feel about it than the neutral rating, but I can't justify giving it a thumbs up.

    08th August, 2009

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