Fragrance Reviews from August 2009

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    Barbara Bui by Barbara Bui

    There was a bit of a buzz with this scent and how people really liked the incense in this fragrance. Looking at the notes, I thought it would be a gender neutral type of fragrance. Finding a bottle for cheap online, I bought it blind.

    I found it slightly out of my league of tastes. Many say that the incense is the center of attention in this fragrance, but not so with my skin chemistry. The opening is pleasant, with a burst of incense and...uh-oh, a very pronounced note of powdery heliotrope. I thought it would've been subdued. At this point it really reminded me of Kenzo Flower Parfum.

    The incense note relaxed significantly, or rather disappeared, and was replaced by musk and very sweet ambery notes.

    The drydown is very vanillic on me, very gourmand. It reminded me of sticky and melted vanilla ice cream all over my fingers.

    Many call this a skin scent, but to me it is a very noticeable sweet, musky, and gourmand fragrance. It projects a lot on me.

    I would call this a pretty and sensual scent. I think it smells a bit fun loving and womanly. I blame my skin chemistry for this. Sweet, floral, and musky notes fly off my skin to create a cloud around me. My skin amplifies this kind of stuff.

    The fragrance is simple enough to be layered with other scents, to create an oriental feel to dry, woody, or green fragrances, so it's not a total loss for me.

    For those who like vanilla type fragrances with a pronounced incense note, try Roberto Cavalli's Oro. I LOVE IT, and the incense lasts right to the drydown!

    14 August, 2009

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    Cristalle Eau Verte by Chanel

    I do deeply love Cristalle Eau Verte! The Chanel-quality is very present, even if this one is different from the othert Chanels! It is longlasting on my skin, and has a quiet mysterious tone all the time. There isn´t any bodylotion (yet) to the frag, so I use to wear it with the lotion of Clarins Eau Ensolleilante, as these two goes quite well together.

    It differs very much from original Cristalle, it is much more mature and a bit more quiet. It should have had a name of it´s own!

    I hope this one stays in the shops, as N.r 5 Eau Perimere is supposed to do. I will end up every drop in my bottle, and most probebly I want to rebuy it when it is empty. This is my best fraganse for work!

    Two big thumbs up from me!

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 23 September, 2009)

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    Versace Man Eau Fraîche by Versace

    I just came back from the fragrance district in NY and sampled a few scents. From what I recall these are the ones i considered buying

    Black XS - Too strawberry and sweet
    Burberry Brit - reminded me of baby wipes and medicine cabinets
    This one - Just right

    I think this is a very underrated fragrance. Yes, it will not last you the whole day but it lasts a good 6-8 hours on my skin and I can still smell it after I stepped out of the shower. Sillage is also very good on me. It is very hard to describe what it smells like, almost like Issey Miyake except the lemons are substituted with a variety of fruits. The dry down is very similar and it does have that "cold" feel to it.

    14 August, 2009

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    Aubépine-Acacia by Creed

    This has a lovely green-citrus opening. Then the galbanum brings a dusky, slightly smoky note that is very appealing. Soon, a host of florals appear. These are not sweet nor heavy; they are aromatic. Hawthorne flowers reputedly have a spicy, almond-like scent; and I do get a chord like almonds and cloves. An elusive woody-pine note tantalizes me. This scent has an airy-soapy green quality. It is haunting and quite intriguing. A Basenote friend calls this her “chameleon of scents” and I understand what she means. The dry, dusky notes here make this an excellent unisex scent. Like Cyprès-Musc (also in the Private Collection) this is a subtle and complex scent.

    14 August, 2009

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    Portugal by Geo F Trumper

    This is a good neroli scent, here freshened by more lemon than is usual. Thus, it is less gorgeous, less softly cloudy, than some nerolis. The bitter orange adds a woody – soapy note, even slightly metallic. This is a simple, dignified masculine scent. It doesn’t wow me but I appreciate it.

    14 August, 2009

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    JF by Floris

    This is my idea of the perfect "office fragrance"--an English office at that. With its lemon top notes and descreet woody/amber drydown, this is not going to offend anyone. Perfect for the summer months, this is one of the few fragrances that I think warrants layering--I use the aftershave as well as eau de toilette. Good linen and Panama hat fragrance. While I am a traditionalist and wish that Floris would return old classics like Tantivy and New Mown Hay, I think that this is a great effort for an old house to launch a new classiic. Yes, fleeting similarities between this and Green Irish Tweed, but the ambergris in the Creed offering really sets that one apart.

    14 August, 2009

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    Jicky by Guerlain

    Jicky (EdT)

    Jicky is an interesting fragrance that harkens back to the two original schools of perfumery in the late 19th Century—one English and one French. Obviously, Guerlain created Jicky in the genre of the French school and it is a leading example of that thinking today. The EdT is my favored concentration as I find it far more suitable for a man than the EdP and Extrait versions. Jicky opens with a harsh blast of lavender and civet, which is quite indolic for several minutes until the floral and herbal composition of the heart becomes apparent. That heart gives way to a powdery base of vanilla and civet.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 10th November, 2009)

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    Boss Number One by Hugo Boss

    smells pretty synthetic & dated. revolves around strong incense like floral notes of jasmine..sweetened by honey and supported by sandalwood and patchouli. it;s too chaotic and doesnt settle on my skin to acceptable level of refinement or harmony. not my type of scent, considering i love classics.
    if you like Miss dior, VC&A First kinda scents, then this is right up your alley.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior

    wouldnt impress many of todays generation. would smell like freshly squeezed lime with some herbs...the feel would be sparkling and invigorating. nothing in it that would "impress" one rightaway. it's for someone who enjoys the finer things in life.like to keep things subtle without much noise and yet make an impression. This one a classicin my book and i love it. but, many may not. the lasting is quite poor too..unless you drown yourself in 15-20 sprays...if you like this type of scent and wish for better longevity, then Homme de Gres by Gres is the best alternative.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Homme de Grès by Grès

    WOW! Simply love this one. it's dry, powdery, herbal, lemon based scent with hints of dried lime peel too. i cant help but compare it to Dior's Eau Sauvage. more like an amplified version of the classic. the use of herbs is exactly the same (for reference). accords get softer towards mids and base and still retains the lemony freshness. The base has hints of leather and vetiver. a timeless classic. if you see one, grab it..!

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Iquitos by Alain Delon

    WOWSERS!!! There are scent which employs aldehydes and then there are scents which just max it out! Iquitos belongs to the latter category. such a lovely scent! it;s become my new favorite for casual events or evenings out.
    This one smells exactly like one has opened up a box of Rose based agarbattis (incense sticks). not burning sticks, but the box which stores incense's. from the rose perspective, i would put it in No.88 or 1913 category, although, it smells nothing like it. this ones too loud and much more exciting. not that No.88 and 1913 are not exciting, they are more refined whereas Iquitos is uncompromising and direct. and how i wish the openign accords would last forever..doesnt matter... by drydown, the rose is still present..but has a mineral like quality to it with touch of patchouli and leather. lovely scent! im glad i purchased a 100ml!

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Krizia Uomo by Krizia

    well, nothin significant. a classic, dry, mossy, green scent. the feel is subtle and not loud. smells like dried stems crushed with hints of lavender and moss. the drydown is much softer with hints of moss and vetiver.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Moods Uomo by Krizia

    one of my all time favorite. opens with a very refined at the same time gritty accord of powdery herbs and spices with a underlying breath of dusty patchouli and dried tobacco leaves...by mids the dried tobacco leaves gets more prominent with hints rose and a nice dose of vanilla. this makes the scent even more enjoyable with it's remarkable contrast of sorts. on one side it's powdery, herbal, gritty with dried tobacco leaves and on the other sweet notes of rose and vanilla give it a very charming appeal making it pretty easy to approach. by base notes a clear accord of sandalwood adds to the depth and beauty of this scent. top notch scent imho and quite easily one of my all time favorites. in a nutshell, this is a tobacco based scent with heart of patchouli, rose over a rich and luxurious base of Vanilla and Sandalwood.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Vetiver by Guerlain

    a pretty dynamic, harsh/gritty vetiver n tobacco combo presented in a very true form... for reference, Lubins Le Vetiver smells a lot like this one. however, this is not my type of scent...maybe itll grow on me in time...but for now, ill pass.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Musc Ravageur by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    MR is a pretty dynamic, spicy, vanillic scent over a soft touch of agarwood and musk. it comes across as a creamy vanilla and cinnamon based scent with nice touch of woody notes than musk..not sure what was the idea/concept behind it..but it sure smells sexy.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Cuiron Pour Homme by Helmut Lang

    it's not Hype. this scent is revered for a reason. the reason being, it was released as a definitive leather based scent and that’s what it is!. it not leather hidden under heaps of accords, No. it's a direct accord.
    The opening accord is pretty surprising, Lemon! beautiful note of citrus. i guess the perfumer wanted to play around, tease a bit into having customers say - ohh wtf! where’s the leather and BAM! it hits you with the finest accord of finished, black leather with hints of suede like powderiness. and there, that’s what it offers. a no nonsense, straight ahead, leather based scent. longevity is pretty decent and the experience of wearing this one is simply, elegant.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Yerbamate by Lorenzo Villoresi

    wow :) one of my favorites from this line. easily one of the best herbal, hay, tomato, tea and mate based scent. if these notes doesn’t interest you, then steer away kind sir! This ones powdery green with touch of hay and green tea leaves and mate..the rawness of tomato leaves can be used as reference in this scent. this one stays pwdery right out of the spritzer till the end. overall. a lovely scent which is grossly underrated and easily one of the finest out there. two thumbs up.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Incensi by Lorenzo Villoresi

    like Uomo, Incensi has a sparkling, mineral like quality to it. i cannot detect cinnamon as a prominent note in it.. what i interpret is - sparkling accord of greens and elemi(as used in Oscar by OdlR)..nice mix of spices and resins with a ginger ale like quality to it. however, the ginger too is not prominent, but adds to the sparkling quality of it. by mids it settles to a lovely/powdery accord of Incense..it's blended pretty well and the accords have a certain depth. it stays fresh in a dark, mysterious way.. all in all, it's some how related to Uomo in it's overall feel and is a unique take on incense.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Stetson Black by Stetson

    Incredibly dark, brooding & spicy scent with a leathery drydown. not bad at all. Especially considering the price. i found it's after shave to be much more refined and wearable. if you like dark scents like de la Renta Pour Lui, then this ones right up your alley.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Lonestar Memories by Tauer

    Lonestar memories is all about being on road for me. it'd smell like someone who wears leather jacket and boots, smokes lotta cigars and has been riding his chopper thru desert for months altogether.
    It smells of roads in a sweltering afternoon, it smells of dust and hot tyres, it smells of leather and yes...this baby smokes lotta cigars.. if this fits your fancy, thn there nothing out there that's done better.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Aomassaï 10 by Parfumerie Generale

    Opening accord is sour and watery..Like maybe damp rotten wood...it takes some time to settle to the lovely smell of hazelnuts..here im reminded of the seminal release by L'Artisan Parfumer, Mechant Loup. from here on, it pretty much smells like roasted shells with touch of spices.. after an hour or so, this scent evokes touch of sweetness and smokiness..so what was devoid of any sweetness suddenly reveals sweeter accords...i find this this pretty interesting in PG scents. seems he enjoys doing development of scent in phases. the base is pretty soft and woody with hint of sweetness from resins. stays close to skin though. i'd prefer Mechant loup over it...sorry...

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Private Collection - Querelle by Parfumerie Generale

    Querelle is an pretty intense scent with lovely contrast of sweet and bitter accords. to the extent, the mood is pretty dark and it's by no means our tradional vetiver based scent. the openign accords are laden with (sooty) Incense and sharp spices. maybe black caraway. the accord is pungent in a very sharp way at the same time it's beautiful. it takes this scent least an hour to setle down and that whne the game of contrasts begin. it begins with a soft and sweet note of cinnamon..so what was until now a dark scent suddenly shows a bit of sweetness under it's fold..depending on how it wears on one's skin the prominenece of cinnamon and dakr accords of vetiver could vary.
    It is indeed a strange scent. strange in the most beautifully challenging way. get it while it's still available...a premium release by Parfumerie Generale.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Vetiver Dance by Tauer

    it's not sparkling or refreshing, nor is it earthy. Tauer with Vetiver Dance offered us a totally different take on (vetiver) what otherwise is join the dots contest in Vetiver prominent scents. Creed OV smells like Vetiver hombre & Mugler Cologne..Encre Noir smells like Vetiver exntraordinaire...or a Guerlain Vetiver and Lubin Le Vetyver...and tons of other vetiver based scent which in some way or the other smell similar. Not this. Vetiver Dance has a green, creamy & woody feel and this is not common in vetiver based scents.. for reference, this smells like Serge Lutens Chergui, in it's sillage.

    14 August, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 August, 2009)

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    Acqua di Parma Colonia by Acqua di Parma

    Acqua di Parma Colonia is a classic, and deservedly so - its citrus/floral combination is among the best I've smelled. Although it is almost a century old, I don't find it to be dated; while some scents even from the 80s garner "old man" remarks from my fellow 20-something-year-olds, I feel sophisticated, rather than archaic, while wearing this. I would probably own a full bottle if it didn't disappear so quickly; nevertheless, fans of classic citruses should probably give this one a look.

    14 August, 2009

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    Pi by Givenchy

    Pi is a very sweet fragrance, but I don't find it overly so; I've tried far sweeter (A*men comes to mind). It also has acquired somewhat of a reputation for being a vanilla overload, but I also don't believe this to be the case. Vanilla is prominently featured, but I think the pyramid describes Pi fairly accurately; it starts out with a blast of citrus over the vanilla, and as the fragrance dries down, wood takes the place of the citrus notes and complements the vanilla. Pi is excellent in cold weather; admittedly, it does seem a bit on the synthetic side, and far better vanilla scents (Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, etc.) exist. However, for the price range it's in, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a much better vanilla-based fragrance.

    14 August, 2009

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    Sélection Verte by Creed

    Oh, why does this have to be part of Creed's "private collection?" I would buy a smaller bottle of this in an instant. Selection Verte opens with a blast of citrus and mint that smells incredibly natural and refreshing. As it dries down, the citrus subsides, and the mint and sweet pea become the focus of scent until it fades away all too quickly. Green, citrus-y, cool, and natural, Selection Verte is a superb warm-weather fragrance and one of Creed's better offerings in general.

    14 August, 2009

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    Musc Ravageur by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    Musc Ravageur smells nice, but I don't find it particularly musky or ravaging. Vanilla and cinnamon seem to be the main components here, although the musk is present in the base. Really, I find Musc Ravageur to be remarkably similar to Shalimar, and I would recommend the eau de parfum of the latter over a bottle of the former if one were to choose a between the two. Musc Ravageur is a good scent, but I don't think it quite lives up to the hype bestowed upon it.

    14 August, 2009

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    Black Cashmere by Donna Karan

    It is an experience.

    Save it for winter, and apply it to a white cashmere scarf, and then inhale the intoxicating spicy blend when it is cold and raining. Men can also wear it... quite easily. Will not buy it again, but I am glad that I could manage to own a bottle.

    14 August, 2009

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    Céline Collection Pastel by Céline

    Dry and sour pink flowers tempered with rain water and a bit of lemon. Light, pink, and fluid.

    Nothing extraordinary, but comfortable and quite summer-y. Neither too this, nor that.

    14 August, 2009

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    Jasmin Noir by Bulgari

    Bought it to own the stunning bottle, and it so happens I love the scent just as much as its sculpture of a container.

    Oh shoot me... I am a guy, and I love Jasmin Noir. I love closing my eyes, and falling asleep at night in this, and waking up next day with its divine stench lingering on my black satin sheets. It makes my day brighter. Or I simply wear it with a heavily starched white shirt, and walk the streets of NY with the soft wind in my hair.

    Jasmin Noir is immaculate.

    14 August, 2009

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