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    adowds's avatar

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    Zafferano by Odori

    Opens with a very feminine burst of bitter flowers, none of which I can identify. Within minutes it completely changes and becomes very similar to what Black Aoud smells after an hour, though fresher and less rich. And there it remains.

    As Sir Slarty says it smells “Like a watered down Black Aoud”, and yet it’s the same price. If I had never encountered it’s Montale doppleganger Odori would get a thumbs up, but that isn’t the case.

    12th September, 2009 (Last Edited: 05th October, 2009)

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    United States United States

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    Prada Amber pour Homme by Prada

    Soapy: Yes, uber
    Sweet: Yes
    Synthetic smelling: Yes
    Sillage: Moderate
    Longevity: Very good
    Amber: None that I can tell
    Masculine? You decide

    Not for me

    12th September, 2009

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    Australia Australia

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    GapBody Coconut Tuberose by Gap

    Wonderful tuberose!!

    On me the coconut disappears quite quickly , leaving behind a lovely soft and feminine tuberose.
    Well worth a try as you get a 100ml bottle for a very reasonable price !

    10/10

    12th September, 2009

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    Latvia Latvia

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    D&G L'Imperatrice 3 by Dolce & Gabbana

    I just tried it on paper and it smelled like kiwi and watermelon, a bit sharp. On skin it's softer in a more polished way, but still strong. Very pretty, but it's feminine, I can't imagine straight man wearing this. It lasts very long time- dries down to musky fruity scent. It is different from many fruity perfumes out there and matches my skin well, so I'm going to get myself a bottle.

    12th September, 2009

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    United States United States

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    Subtil pour Homme by Salvatore Ferragamo

    Lovely opening scent, but as some others have alluded to, the longevity and projection is really quite poor. After only a few moments, even the most liberal applications can only be detected by thrusting my wrist directly under my nose. Surely the client and perfumer actually test these products? If so, you'd think someone would have insisted some heavier molecules be added to the mix to increase the lifespan up to the "lame" threshold. Good for office wear, as it would be nearly impossible to overdo it on this scent -- stash the bottle in your briefcase so you can reapply every two hours. Neutral rating is a gift to Ferragamo...without the pleasant opening salvo this would be a total loser.

    12th September, 2009

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    L'Eau D'Issey pour Homme by Issey Miyake

    A massive 1994 hit from Jacques Cavallier, I dare say L'Eau D'Issey pH was the inspiration behind Giorgio Armani's wildly successful 1996 release, Acqua di Gio. Fortunately for me it fell short of achieving the latter's insane popularity and thus remains sufficiently obscure, at least in my part of the world. Guys, women adore this scent even if you find it a little too safe. Let no amount of hype detract from the fact that this scent truly belongs in the pantheon of great fresh/aquatic fragrances.

    12th September, 2009

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    Aqua pour Homme by Bulgari

    Some people like their aquatics clean and simple. Others look for complexity. Bulgari's Aqua belongs to the latter group and can't seem to decide if it wants to be oceanic or it wants to be exotic. Perhaps neither. I've been following Jacques Cavallier's scents for a while and I find Aqua seems to lack the smooth signature of his earlier creations such as pour Homme. Nevertheless, I do find this 'dirty marine' take on the genre rather interesting. But if I'm after 'fresh aquatic' I'd look elsewhere.

    12th September, 2009

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    Gravity by Coty

    this is the worst male fragrance i have ever smelled

    bought it blind at a walmart when i was a college sophomore and thought it would have a nice smell to it.... price was definately expensive and a 1.7 ounce bottle was OVER 20 dollars and ive had stuff 10 times as good smelling for half the price

    gravity opens with a powerful lavendar and pepper smell that is very potent and offputting, and then becomes fruity and super spicy while it almost smells femnine at the same time. the cloves, leather and spices completely clash and the top, middle and base do NOT work together to make a nice scent, while the sillage is unbearable

    12th September, 2009 (Last Edited: 05th October, 2009)

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    Brit for Men by Burberry

    a timeless classic i cannot fully describe its a very mysterious spicy scent and after all it won an award

    definately a very sensual warm night time scent I am waiting for cold weather to sport this one and im sure it will work miracles

    12th September, 2009 (Last Edited: 29th October, 2009)

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    Stetson Untamed by Stetson

    i used to wear this and its gotto be the best aftershave/cologne for it's price range! the woodsy notes are excellently done and it maintains it's masculinity and freshness which make it very sexy and wearable

    the woodsy notes are very well done, which makes this similar to hugo by hb, and this is probably the best stetson scent and the only one that is not overly dry and "old fashioned" smelling

    12th September, 2009

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    Black XS by Paco Rabanne

    this is a MANS MAN scent and it takes a very masculine personality to pull it off and has extreme sillage and is very potent

    sharp citrus starts and dries into a woodsy bubblegum scent and this is extremely unique and great smelling with an edge

    they say girls would not put this on themselves, its not one of the scents women LOVE its a loud scent that gets u noticed and its extremely edgy

    12th September, 2009 (Last Edited: 24th September, 2009)

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    La Nuit de L'Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

    a rich sophisticated spicy sweet blend for special occasions and well done

    12th September, 2009 (Last Edited: 24th September, 2009)

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    Exceptional Because You Are for Men by Exceptional

    I have ordered la nuit, bellagio from fragrancenet and each time they send me this stuff. I don't get it, don't they want to send vials of better colognes than the ones i am getting to keep me shopping....... this stuff has the SAME notes as my vurt black, but vurt black smells better than this! i don't get really any distinctive notes, it smells like some type of citrus body spray that sweetens up and there is nothing exceptional about it!

    they say: An exceptional fragrance that opens with sparkling bergamot, stimulating cardamom and violet, the middle is a balance of juniper berry, cool ozone and plum, the background is a sophisticated and sensual blend of incense, vetiver, sandalwood and musk

    BUT..... the citrus is generic. plum, juniper berry, insence are virutally nonexistent, theres very few aromatic notes in this, the ozone makes it smell synthetic and nondescript. The overall scent smells lacking, and its a very cheap quality cologne that i hope nobody is suckered into actually buying

    12th September, 2009

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    Diesel Zero Plus by Diesel

    So long as you dont over apply, this stuff is amazing! Lasts 12 hours+. Can still be got dirt cheap but smells classy. God knows why its been discontinued.

    12th September, 2009

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    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    Lacoste Challenge by Lacoste

    Smells like toilet cleaner/insect repellant. One of the worst ive ever smelt.

    12th September, 2009

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    United States United States

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    Polo Black by Ralph Lauren

    sooooo average...can't handle it...soooo average...!

    12th September, 2009

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    Thailand Thailand

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    Gaïac by Martine Micallef

    Micallef's astoundingly solid offering is true to its name. Gaiac is a warm and enveloping woody-spicy blend of guaiacwood and cloves that are accented by a smoky vanillaic sweetness that lasts till the drydown. The slightly boozy opening morphs into a medicinal undertone in the heart that combined with the smokiness of gaiac and a touch of vetiver, creates an effect similar to the burning of the vanillaic variety of incense sticks. With excellent longevity and decent sillage, Gaiac is simply a joy to wear, especially in cooler weather.

    After testing it against Le Labo's uber-exclusive Gaiac 10 and Giacobetti's "gone-in-60-seconds" clove and gaiac-prominent Chaman's Party, Micallef's Gaiac is clearly still the winner. Highly recommended for sampling, though it may not be a good thing for your wallet.

    12th September, 2009 (Last Edited: 09th December, 2011)

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    Eau Pure by Caron

    This is probably the lightest fragrance I have ever owned and also one of my all-time favourites, despite my usually preferring masculine-smelling 'sillage champions'. I believe the pale blue colour of the juice emphasises the sense of refreshing lightness associated with this fragrance, and IMO its appeal is further enhanced by the clear glassy bottle which is neither overtly masculine or feminine and tends to remind me of 1950s polka-dotted memorabilia. It has a clean musky/creamy/powdery smell that is somewhat unique (the nearest comparison I can think of is a light musky talcum powder) which although not offensive in anyway is certainly not insipid, and I believe would appeal to and could be worn by both men & women of quite literally any age. This fragrance wears close to the skin and is probably best used in the summertime, either as a daytime or office fragrance, or might be worn after a day at the beach or just after showering. Longevity is remarkably good for such a light fragrance, lasting 4-5 hours on my skin with a few sprays. All in all a delightful fragrance that is well worth tracking down.

    12th September, 2009 (Last Edited: 08th May, 2012)

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    Invasion Barbare / SB by MDCI

    It takes a good half hour but eventually this evolves into something that brings a mix of Grey Flannel and Fahrenheit into my mind. More fresh and less ‘damp rag’ than Grey Flannel, less noxious than Fahrenheit. I’d have to say that IB bears most resemblance to Fahrenheit. I understand that for anyone to imagine a soft Fahrenheit is a tough task but there you have it. Think of it like the petrochemical smell is removed with light vanilla added. In the end it’s that same vanilla which can still be detected the following day.

    Invasion Barbare is nice and very wearable though too expensive. At €160/50ml it’s not worth the price tag, knock €100 off and I’d gladly wear this (nearly) as often as my Dunhill Editon or Bois du Portugal. A great everyday scent.

    12th September, 2009 (Last Edited: 15th May, 2012)

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    L'Uomo Trussardi by Trussardi

    This is a tremendous fragrance. Why on earth has it been discontinued? It should have been protected by UNESCO. I remember having a bottle of this stuff in EDT form in 1996 and had not seen it since - luckily I found a bottle of it in Dubai a few weeks ago so that I and those closest to me can enjoy its enchanting smell again:) I agree that the EDT has all the strength of an Eau de Parfum. It has this dominant zesty sour-like note (perhaps the mandarin combining with the tomato leaf) that is warm, none too sweet and extremely masculine. The smell of this note is also totally distinctive - no other juice I have come across since smells like it - and thus because of its increasing rarity would make an excellent and largely unique signature fragrance. The note is prominent from the beginning and remains through the drydown where ultimately it merges into the nice woody, musky base. The fragrance seems to belong to the same category of fragrances as Aramis Original (1980s guise of course) and has similarly outstanding sillage and longevity to it (I found that 4 modest sprays were enough for it to be smelt at least 8 hours later without difficulty or need to smell close my skin close up). The fragrance in my opinion would suit anyone from the ages of 25 upwards, and is versatile enough to use as a casual or evening-out fragrance summer or wintertime. It could also be used as an office fragrance as long as its powerful sillage is respected. The bottle is lovely & unpretentious and with a real presence on the dresser, and together with the suave fragrance screams pure Italian style. Bring it back! please...

    12th September, 2009 (Last Edited: 22nd May, 2012)

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    A Scent by Issey Miyake

    I liked this on initial application - clean, minimalist and heavy on the verbena.
    The galbanum note is the star in this reasonably-priced, well-behaved,somewhat
    innocuous and yet strangely appealing, soapy scent. Wear it when you want to
    blend in rather than draw attention.

    13th September, 2009 (Last Edited: 17th September, 2009)

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    Pi Neo by Givenchy

    Notes:
    Top: Bergamot, Orange, Mandarin, Toscanol
    Middle: Cedar, Patchouli, Safraleine
    Base: Cosmone, Vanilla

    Taking a page out of the Frederic Malle promotional schtick, Pi Neo is Givenchy coming clean about modern synthetics in its fragrances (inconcert with a modicum of natural oils)...and hoping to turn it into a positive (not that properly utilising quality synthetics is inherently bad or anything). Promoted as a 'fragrance that evokes high-tech adventure and the virtual world' (with Neo from The Matrix as its muse), regretfully Pi Neo is nothing but a fairly mediocre woody-oriental made more interesting because of the details disclosed in the promo materials of proprietary synthetics used in its formula.

    The opening is a citrus burst with Toscanol (R) (read: an aerated 'fresh' anise note), a woodsy heart with a parched, slightly leathery-cedary note (Safraleine) and a base composed of muted vanilla and Cosmone (one of the 1000 new synthetic musks on the market). No Givenchy, this 'boast' of a marriage of 'high powered synthetics and naturals' won't work because the more astute amongst us know that thats nowadays pretty much the formula for any half decent fragrance..its not what you have or use, its how you use it. On the upside, Pi Neo will atleast make basement geeks smell better.

    Rating: 5.75/10.00

    13th September, 2009

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    Carlos Santana for Women by Carlos Santana

    This is a real sweetie-pie of a scent. Foody and floral, it has a young-girl vibe. The chocolate appeared for me immediately. The florals are creamy, but I can’t detect individual flower types – they are simply a mélange. The chocolate diminishes somewhat, and thankfully is not vanilla-heavy. The musk is light, and I can detect no sandalwood at all. The iris becomes prominent later in the scent, with its typical powdery and bright-metallic notes. Perhaps this is what gives a somewhat shimmering, watery atmosphere at this point. The scent becomes quite sweet in the drydown.

    13th September, 2009

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    Cristobal pour Homme by Balenciaga

    I love this heavy vanilla / masculine frag. I call it my 'church' cologne.

    13th September, 2009

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    Uomo? Moschino by Moschino

    Very soapy, but extremely unique and masculine. This one will dominate on a first date, a meeting, in a crowded elevator etc. This fragrance makes for a indellible first and lasting impression.

    13th September, 2009

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    Pure Gold by Montale

    Pure Gold is gorgeous. If you're familiar with Chanel's Coromandel and enjoy it, you'll love this. It has a number of new elements, including some berry notes and other juicy aspects. After the first 20 or so minutes, it transforms and becomes a wonderful experience of patchouli and vanilla. I'll be buying this shiny one this week!

    13th September, 2009

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    Afire by Neil Morris Fragrances

    Does not agree with me at all! The burning sensation gets to me and the very very fizzy citrus note is too much. Then it turns into a fizzy milky berry and praline like accord. The feeling of sour apples cannot leave my skin for this. From NM's website, this is the scent of passion... I'd be turned off my someone wearing this.

    13th September, 2009

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    Coral by Neil Morris Fragrances

    You know when you first walk into a small store and you get the smell of something? That something is the indication that a store has candles for sale amongst their other goods. It just hits you and you know from that scented soy or wax smell that there are candles somewhere in the store. That's what Coral smells like, a candle store. The plethora of all the candles' scents merging into one aromatic cloud and it's confusing. Simplified, a fruity sandalwood and musk.

    13th September, 2009

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    Zephyr by Neil Morris Fragrances

    Feminine in my opinion. Fruity and airy and very fleeting. I feel that this is a snore because it's very typical of other stuff that's out there already and I'm looking for unique niche stuff when I comes to... unique niche lines.

    13th September, 2009

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    Rainflower by Neil Morris Fragrances

    Too much flowers! Well, too much of a good thing can sometimes be detrimental. I feel that the clear crispness of the body of the fragrance is thickened too much by all the floral components as well at the musk at the base. It indeed does smell like a garden after a light rain but only when the flowers are in bloom. I don't know who'd want to smell like wet flowers. Good for a room freshener.

    13th September, 2009

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