Fragrance Reviews from September 2009

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    Burberry London for Men by Burberry

    Great Scent. Very Modern. Something wrote on this forum that Jaipur pour Homme by Boucheron was similar and superior to London is competely wrong. Jaipur Homme doesn't smell anything like London. Jaipur smells like the old barber shaving cream. Leave the jaipur homme for old gentlemen in their 70s and enjoy the warming scent of Burberry London.

    19 September, 2009

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    Lacoste Elegance by Lacoste

    Great Winter Fragance. Very Modern and sweet, yet very warming. Amazing Scent!!

    19 September, 2009

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    Davidoff Adventure by Davidoff

    Great Scent. Mature with a hint of "playful" aroma. Great for everyday wear. Suprisingly I find the longevity quite good contary to the others reviews.

    19 September, 2009

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    Halston Z-14 by Halston

    Halston Z-14 marks the birth of the 80's power scent. When you examine the lineage of muscle frags like Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui, Quorum, Giorgio for Men, Sung Homme, etc., all roads trace back to this groundbreaking fragrance. Halston Z-14 and Azzaro Pour Homme, together, are the parents of the power scent.

    Though it's been reformulated and is a little bit drier and lighter than it once was, Z-14 is still great, and is a force to be reckoned with. Today's men's designer and niche fragrances don't smell so masculine compared to this macho classic. Z-14 still has the dark, leathery aromatic chypre scent that it always had, only with the richness and projection toned down just a tad. This isn't the Seventies or Eighties, after all - it's no longer cool to wear strong, powerslamming colognes.

    Due to its very low price, easy accessibility and manageable sillage, Z-14 is great for anyone looking to explore the world of old school powerhouse fragrances for the first time. And of course, among powerheads, this is a classic.

    MY RATING: 8/10

    19 September, 2009 (Last Edited: 27 June, 2011)

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    Infusion d'Homme by Prada

    A true PRADA, it is DH:s favouriote for the moment. He (and I) bought it after the very first sniff, and none of us have regereted it. The frag is unique! I don't like Infusion d'Iris on DH:s skin, as some other male rewiever sugests. Infusion d'Homme is much better!
    Try also the after shawe balm, it is so wonderful worn on it´s own, for every-day wear.
    Two thumbs up for Prada Infusion d'Homme from me!

    19 September, 2009 (Last Edited: 22 September, 2011)

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    Black Rose by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

    On my skin at first application I smell a true medium bodied red rose. I realise now that I'm smelling a lotta rose geranium coming out of this blend. Maybe even geranium bourbon...

    It's so wierd. At first I thought the rose geranium was lemongrass because it's a little sharp, citrusy and tangy. It seems to take over the blend and kind of turn it sour. At the end it turns soapy and slightly incensey.

    19 September, 2009 (Last Edited: 12 February, 2012)

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    Maharadjah by Nicolaï

    In general, I am not a fan of lavender used in pefumery (aromatherapy's another thing altogether) but Maharadjah has proven to be an exception. The lavender opening IS bold and may be offputting to some. However, if you are looking for a very interesting fragrance, stick around for the dry down, it's absolutly worth the wait.

    The cinnamon/clove/sandal/patch drydown is delightful, warm, enveloping. Coffee isn't a note mentioned but every now & then I seem to catch a whiff of it, or something which reminds me of a wonderful warm cup of the dark brew.

    Maharadjah has an aura; it's the only scent I prefer to smell from a few inches from my skin. If I snuffle, as I'm wont to do, with my nose pressed into my flesh, the overall effect isn't as pleasant. (Too much lavender staight to the sinuses.) Instead, step away from the wrist (or wherever) and enjoy the sillage of Maharadjah.

    If you like the notes, I don't think you will be dissapointed, surprised perhaps, but not dissapointed.

    20th September, 2009

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    Fuel For Life pour Homme by Diesel

    Notes:
    Top: Anise, Grapefruit
    Middle: Lavender, Raspberry
    Base: Heliotrope, Wood notes

    Fuel for life homme (FLH), an aromatic-fougere by Firmenich wizards Annick Menardo and Jacques Cavallier, may boast a somewhat attractive whisky-flask bottle with a rough military skin but contains a surprisingly juicy and cheery juice which would make metrosexuals everywhere giddy with delight. This disconnect hints at something ...that FLH is only the latest vehicle to transport the latest Firmenich aromachemical to the masses, the aromachemical in this case being Frambinone(R) which has a fruity-raspberry-musky aroma profile (hence the 'raspberry' in the pyramid).

    FLH opens with a pleasant and clear grapefruit and anise combo, the tangy sweetness of anise eradicating any possible acidic tones of the grapefruit. From there FLH reveals more depth in the form of a lavender note which immediately ushers your nose to Frambinone, errr, the musky raspberry note. Frambinone is not your garden variety uber sweet raspberry..rather it has an interesting balsamic base (so to speak) which results in a fruity-spiced woods effect. Nice, but not nice enough to be the showcase note with a 3rd rate supporting cast. And then the show ends with 'generic woods' as in many other fragrances flooding the market (is it Saffraliene(R)?), with little to no heliotrope sweetness to prevent FLH from descending into the mundane tier. But its too late: the attractive bottle has lured you in and the dichotomy of the army-cool and raspberry-happy juice stumped you long enough for you to fork over your hard earned cash to the cashier. And off go the Firmenich scientists to invent another aromachemical. The cycle repeats again...

    Rating: 6.00/10.00

    20th September, 2009

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    Polo Modern Reserve by Ralph Lauren

    I agree with the last two reviews, especially by Vibert. Clearly better than the original-smoother and more refined. Singular in scent, strong projection, and a classic.

    20th September, 2009

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    L'Origan by Coty

    Smells somewhat like L'Heure Bleue by Guerlain, but L'origan Vintage form smells much better. Right now this is my passion. I have a couple of vintage bottles, one being EDP. Geez, this couldnt be any better. I just wish the bottle was bigger. This is awesome. I believe L'origan means The Golden. (not sure) And according to the Perfume Genealogy list, L'heure Bleue was developed after, maybe to try to copy it somewhat. Coty had some winning perfumes. The vintage ones are the best.

    20th September, 2009 (Last Edited: 27 January, 2010)

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    Eau Svelte by Christian Dior


    After the fruity, floral opening Svelte turns soft, pleasant and close to the skin for quite some time. I think men who like floral but wouldn’t dare to go for, could give this one a try. Just wait for Svelte to subside. No this is not a masculine body mist (are there any out there?), it is just pleasant and a bit up-lifting.

    20th September, 2009

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    Coriolan by Guerlain

    Coriolan is another powerhouse fragrance. It starts sweet and sharp, develops into woody and sharp and thereafter maintains an incense feeling… but still it doesn’t loose its edginess. Although quite sweet Coriolan is interesting and its dry-down is evocative and sensual. It is certainly a rich, old-fashioned and eccentric fragrance that I could wear nowadays in order not to be forgotten easily… just as Coriolan’s everlasting flower! By the way, I just tested Coriolan and then went on to cook a rich Mediterranean recipe; let me tell you that it blended excellently with the red sauce with parsley, onions, black pepper, rosemary and plenty of olive oil! Does this mean that it is a gourmet fragrance? It is a pity that Coriolan is out of production, although there are designers and perfume houses that play with the genre, but cautiously. In the day and age of Eau de … it is risky to smell like Coriolan. So thumps up for those of you who still dare.

    20th September, 2009

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    Oscar de la Renta pour Lui by Oscar de la Renta

    Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui belongs to a bygone family of fragrances. According to my nose it starts strong with a floral incense burst, while cinnamon is already evident at the beginning. Soon enough the whole thing turns spicy, and as the floral intensity subsides, woody notes become prevalent maybe as a result of the unfolding sandalwood and musk. From here on clove and cinnamon blend excellently with frankincense and musk, evolving into a sweet incense and sensual dry down that stays on for quite long. At this stage there starts to appear a powdery accord that stays on for hours and it is the part that I find most soothing and pleasant. At moments though it does feel like opening old wooden drawersn (stuffiness?). I don’t know how wearable is Pour Lui nowadays but it certainly is a well composed fragrance worth while if one wants to be reminded of how elegance smelled two and half decades ago. For my personal taste this is too sweet of a fragrance. I could consider it though for the shocking effect it may have, and for special occasions. I do think that it is better for evening wear and maybe a bit more suitable for winter. Concluidng I would say that this is a rich, deep and well rounded fragrance and therefore thumps up.

    20th September, 2009

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    Jungle L'Éléphant by Kenzo

    Jungle L'Elephant Eau de Parfum - Jesus! what a mighty fragrance! smells tenacious with a warm glow of florals, has a unique halo of vanilla essence and yeh, it has that famous "sperm" accord found in Secretions Magnifiques and Moschino Freinds. Easily unisex, and one of Kenzo's prominent releases.. pls do sample this Giant Elephant!.. L'Elephant was great! it's definitely something i'll consider purchasing..

    20th September, 2009

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    212 Men by Carolina Herrera

    What a discovery this has been for me...i know i know, this sounds like i was born just yesterday! i mean this has been around for so long and somehow, i just ended up dimissing it on card test/opening accords.. well, today, i had my arms free for 4 scents (sampling session in a mall)...very randomly i chose to spray 212 on my upper Palm... 1 minute into the scent and i felt, hmmf..wasted one spot..i should have tested something else, coz it felt very generic..fresh, musky, gingery green accord..i had sampled a lot of other scents in between and had almost forgot what i had on my left upper palm towards the end...i just kept on going back to it..what was generic an hour ago had morphhed into a pretty "Sandalwoody"+incense+white clouds kinda accord. an accord that i could compare with Tam Dao or a Gucci Rush with bits of Kenzo Air in there...absolutely lovely! just goes on to show how skin test is the only way to judge a fragrance...i was late to sample this scent, a scent which probably everyone on Basenotes has tried/sampled decades back//

    20th September, 2009

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    Façonnable by Façonnable

    Faconnable (classic) - jeez..talk about Aromatic! Talk about Herbal Mint!! Pretty agressive, fresh, zesty, "herbal" and minty. one wouldnt take this to liking immediately. definitely an aquired taste. for those who admire scents like Piper Nigrum should definitely sample this one too ! Thumbs up for this one..

    20th September, 2009

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    Jungle pour Homme by Kenzo

    woody tea accords blended well with spices in a tranparent way...i see Guaic wood listed, but it doesnt feel that way..longevity is average too. overall, not a bad scent, i mean, it;s a Kenzo, they rareyl go wrong. however, if you have a wardrobe of 80+ scents, you'd want a better reason to buy this one. definitely sample. a 1oz bottle shud be good to go...

    20th September, 2009

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    Façonnable Homme by Façonnable

    Faconabble Homme was just about meh..it would a be safe buy for someone who is new to perfumes though..fresh, powdery, musky floral with hints of spices and vanilla. not bad, especially for the price...but not too interesting too..

    20th September, 2009

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    Façonnable Stripe by Façonnable

    just another fresh scent, which is tranparent and with just hints of green & spices. overall, smells like another coty creation for Adidas watered down...

    20th September, 2009

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    Royal English Leather by Creed

    Finally, a leather I can appreciate! This is a clean, almost suede-like leather, not a dirty old jacket smell like most other leather scents I've tried. I don't love the opening, but it dries down great on me.

    20th September, 2009

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    Modern for Men by Banana Republic

    Slightly minty and peppery woods and a brisk vetiver-esque accord in the drydown makes it feel clean and fresh.

    20th September, 2009

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    Sander for Men by Jil Sander


    Sander opens with a relatively sharp, fresh opening that is immediately green and somewhat aquatic. I would not categorize this fragrance as aquatic, but it does smell watery – unlike most aquatics which simply attempt to imitate watery, fruity freshness. The ivy and mint combination in the top notes create the green, fresh opening. The ivy dominates as the scent transitions into the heart of spicy coriander, cardamom, and pepper. My untrained noise perceives the pepper note with only a vague discernment of the cardamom. Finally, I get cashmere, myrrh, and some woods in the base. The base is definitely familiar; the references to Gucci PH II and Hugo Boss Dark Blue are spot on (especially for GPH II).

    The overall experience is pleasant enough: an urban, trendy, fresh yet sexy eau de toilette. Unfortunately, I don’t feel like this cologne offers enough punch to spark my interest. It smells good, but it doesn’t deliver enough smell for the nose to enjoy. No wander this one came and went without anyone noticing. For me, it’s a neutral due to its anemic nature.

    20th September, 2009

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    Attrape Coeur / Guet-Apens / Royal Extract by Guerlain

    Guerlain Attrape Coeur

    Notes: rose, violet, iris, vanilla, woods, amber (from perfumeshrine.com)

    Attrape Coeur starts as a dark and rich, slightly dirty floral with clove, liquored rose, powdery iris, vanilla and sweet amber as the main notes. Development is extremely slow and graceful on skin, and the indoles are the first things to soften as AC moves to a lush, creamy, boozy, spicy rose bouquet in the heart notes. In the late middle stage, there is some artificial bitterness that seems inappropriate to the composition--I have noticed this mostly in mainstream floral-orientals (Rochas Tocade is an example). In AC, it does not detract very much from my enjoyment, though I think this would have been an almost perfect fragrance if not for the bitter note. The drydown is absolutely gorgeous, and is a vaguely spicy, floral, vanilla feminine "guerlinade" of typically high calibre.

    I agree with comments I have seen that compare AC with Chanel 31 Rue Cambon. However, AC is much dirtier, less iris-pronounced, and the sour fruit note present in 31RC is better tempered in AC. I find both fragrances beautiful, but Attrape Coeur behaves much better on my skin. AC falls squarely onto the line between floral and oriental, a genre that I love for its complexity. In that sense, AC does not disappoint, and yet, despite having a seemingly unfathomable depth bordering on melancholy, Attrape Coeur is as quiet, lighthearted and unassuming as the Mona Lisa's smile in DaVinci's famous painting.

    20th September, 2009

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    True Religion for Women by True Religion

    True Religion

    Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Violet Leaves, Granny Smith Apple, Red Currant, Freesia, Pear Tree Blossom, Amaryllis, Purple Plum, Hinoki Wood, Ambrette Musk, Blond Cedar Wood (from Sephora.com)

    True Religion starts very bright and cheerful, with a splash of blended citruses, juicy, fruity apple and peach or nectarine, and a watery aquatic note. The citrus (bergamot, orange) fades rather quickly, leaving a banal peach-water with aspirations for an inexpensive scented shower gel or hair care product. Something about TR seems familiar--perhaps it is the peachy note which seems to show up in quite a few "fresh floral" fragrances for women (the new Zen limited release in the white cube comes to mind). After the initial fizzy citrus blast, the development is monotonous and flat. The base is a clean soapy musk accord and a huge dollop of IsoESuper. Add this to the list of mediocre "fresh" smelling scents that could have been a shampoo.

    20th September, 2009

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    Natori by Josie Natori

    Natori Natori

    Notes: aldehydes, rose, plum, ylang-ylang, purple peony, night-blooming jasmine, patchouli, amber and satin musk accord (from Now Smell This)

    Milky aldehydes, brandied cherries, rose and amber are the notes that I notice most in Natori. It is a beautifully composed, rich feminine floral with one foot in the classical genre and another in the modern day. Several different fragrances came to mind as I experienced the development. Natori's creamy, aldehydic rose is evocative of YSL Rive Gauche. The boozy aspect and rose-amber drydown reminds me of Chanel Coco's liquored floral heart and spicy sweet finish. The deep drydown is is incredibly enjoyable with something that seems a bit like tart rose-hip preserves and very subtle vanilla powder notes, not unlike By Kilian's Liaisons Dangereuses. The overall effect is reminiscent of Chanel 31 Rue Cambon but without the soured fruit.

    There is nothing really innovative about Natori, and it most definitely hits all the right buttons for a modernized take on a traditional fragrance form. I was wondering if I should stop comparing it to other fragrances and simply enjoy it on its own merits. On the other hand, there are days when any of the comparison fragrances I mentioned are not quite right--Rive Gauche may be too dated, Coco too loud, Liaisons Dangereuses too expensive and 31 Rue Cambon a bit off-putting, depending on skin chemistry. In this sense, Natori finds a comfortable intersection of "just right" that makes it an incredibly wearable, delicate but substantial, lovely and feminine fragrance.

    20th September, 2009

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    Fuel For Life pour Homme by Diesel

    Longevity on this one is great, and sillage is just right (with one spray!). I agree with Luca Turin's rating, but not his idea that this is a fougere. I think that is stretching the definition too far. This is not the usual creamy/sweet lavender that you expect in a fougere. Instead, it is a dry, herbal lavender that seems to merge with the raspberry, reminding me of raspberry leaves perhaps, more than the tart, sweet fruit. If this is mostly a "showcase" for the Frambinone(R) molecule, I am sold. It seems to be featured clearly in Lacoste's Elegance as well, though not as much as here. I think some of the negative ratings come from those who didn't wait for the base to reveal itself. I'm surprised at how natural and dynamic the simple base is, but again, that must be due to how good this new molecule is. I just hope it doesn't get used it a huge number of men's fragrances over the next several years !

    20th September, 2009

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    Gold by Donna Karan

    I get a blast of amber and clove in the beginning, which is a little startling, but then it all dries down to creamy, pollen-y stargazers. LOTS of them. You're gonna love it if you love lilies and it'll give you a headache if you don't.

    The eau de toilette has nice depth and pretty good tenacity; I chose that over the eau de parfum, which is deeper all around but not any more ~revelatory~ or anything.

    20th September, 2009

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    Chergui by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    For the first hour there is just so much going on in Chergui, it’s so well blended that breaking it down is hard going. Slightly spicy, brown sugar, with tobacco, burnt grass, maple syrup and most importantly ambergris.

    Gradually Chergui becomes more sticky sweet as the top notes leave revealing the ambergris more and more. Some of the spiciness remains throughout but ultimately it’s the ambergris that governs until the end, which incidentally is sometime during my sleep.

    There’s no disputing that Chergui smells good, in my opinion the first hour is best. I’m just not really sure if I want to smell of Chergui, sweet fragrances just aren’t my thing and ambergris is sickening for me. If you like Bulgari Black or Burberry Brit for Women this is for you. And me, well if you put a dessert in front of me called Chergui and I’d gobble it up before you could say “Jack Rabbit” and before it goes off.

    20th September, 2009 (Last Edited: 05 October, 2009)

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    Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain

    Undoubtedly the best vanilla fragrance I’ve encountered, unabashed, straight-up sweet and sticky vanilla. Spiritueuse Double Vanille is never over-bearing though.

    Lasts for hours and hours and can still be detected the next day. My only gripe is that after 6 hours it takes on a very milky smell on my skin. Males that wear Bulgari Black, Monk and Chergui should give this a try.

    20th September, 2009

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    Tommy Jeans by Tommy Hilfiger

    Wispy, wispy, wispy! A pleasant little lemon dalliance that doesn't care for long-term relationship. It is clear and cool, but ever so fleeting and coy. Wear it when you want to satisfy your need for personal olfactory reassurance, but don't wear it on a date, or on any occasion when you wish to insinuate yourself to the good graces of others.

    20th September, 2009

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