Fragrance Reviews from September 2009

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    Moss / Mousse de Chine by Ava Luxe

    This is a rich, honeyed fern scent. In fact, it is a triple fern scent, since the ingredients listed are “fern”, Spanish moss and oakmoss.
    I could not find any citrus or lavender in the opening, but then these notes are so fleeting on my skin that this is my usual issue. An unusual note appears, kind of a cross between chocolate and rubber. This must be an aspect of the moss elements. There also is a lot of sweetness, but this gradually burns off. More agreeable green mossy notes emerge, which deepen and take on forest floor and even coniferous aspects. I appreciate this phase very much. The final dry-down is too ambery to suit me.

    02 September, 2009 (Last Edited: 12 October, 2009)

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    Champs-Elysées Too Much by Guerlain

    I always liked Champs-Elysées; i found it sunny and cheery. Champs-Elysées Too Much came to me by mistake. I have ordered deo of Champs-Elysées but they send Too Much. Well after calling elder sister cheery what can i call that one? It is even brighter and sparkling. The mimosa and almond blossom part is a bit decreased or smoothed and scent comes closer to a cypree but still great. May be it is calling more to a common sense. now if you like mimosa or almond flowers you must have one of them. If you want too much of mimosa you should get elder one just Champs-Elysées. but if you have a smooth flowery mimosa scent get too much then.

    02 September, 2009 (Last Edited: 03 November, 2009)

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    Daliflor by Salvador Dali

    A green floral with lonlivity and strong silliage. reminds me of many others mostly cabotines.

    02 September, 2009

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    Angel Garden Of Stars - Peony Angel by Thierry Mugler

    Well this scent showed me how hormones or neurotransmitter levels can play on your percieving a scent. At the first try i was very sure that angel pivoine is a nasty scent that all notes kill or spoil eachother and the result is a dirty medicinal floral chocolate mess. But after a month at the second chance i was able to smell the lovely pivoine and smooth aromatic base. ıt even become usable for me.

    02 September, 2009 (Last Edited: 29 October, 2009)

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    Stella In Two - Peony by Stella McCartney

    I always liked the peony. This is a nice peony frag that carries it in all sequances. also the base which is very close to skin makes it very natural and wearable.

    02 September, 2009

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    Lutèce by Dana

    Classic. Very pleasant and enjoyable. I especially love the hints of peony and heliotrope over the powdery (not gaudy/dated at all) vanilla/musk base. Recommended.

    02 September, 2009

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    Royal Bain de Caron / Royal Bain de Champagne by Caron

    I bought a bottle in 1984 at the Caron main store on Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Unfortunately, it was not suitable for me (poor staying power) but the friend who ended up with it had lots of compliments when he wore it. In my opinion, this is a fun "retro" unisex fragrance. Yes, it is somewhat outdated and powdery but I certainly don't think it deserves to be called offensive. It may be a little "cotton-candyish" at first but this is part of it's charm I guess. Many years ago, a great classical actress from Montréal known for her chic look and overall classy demeanour wore RBC all the time. I am sure no one ever dared to tell her she smelled "bubble-gummy"!

    02 September, 2009

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    Herrera for Men Refreshing Ginger by Carolina Herrera

    This is a bit "brighter" than Gucci Pour Homme (2003), probably largely due to the cardamom, but it's otherwise similar. What I think is the papyrus in GPH seems to also be present here. It's a dry, "papery" wood note, and it's strong, so if you don't like it, this Herrera offering probably isn't for you. It's simple, nicely blended, natural-smelling, and pleasant (if you like these notes, of course). GPH is more "focused," whereas this has more going on. Longevity and sillage are at least good to very good. If this (and GPH) are too refined for you, Azzaro's Visit may be what you are looking for.

    02 September, 2009

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    Habit Rouge by Guerlain

    With nearly 100 reviews coming before this one there's hardly much I can add with respect to describing the notes, development, etc. Being such a 'standard' Guerlain fragrance I kind of overlooked it for a long time, placing my attention on the more obscure or hard to find scents. Not that I didn't own a decant forever, I just never paid much attention to it because I was so wrapped up in exploring what's new and great.

    For whatever reason Habit Rouge has really caught my attention over the last few months. The more and more fragrances I try the more I realize that Habit Rouge represents masculine perfumery at near-perfection if not total perfection. The HR story has been told before; crisp citrus moving to patchouli/vanilla then eventually a leather base. The movement from top to mid to base is steady and solid, and the moment in the base where all the accords blend together - what I personally call *the Habit Rouge accord* - is my favorite moment of wearing the fragrance. It just exudes class, yet it's not stuffy or so formal that it can't be worn any day, in any situation.

    I own all the concentrations (well, just a large decant of l'extrait, it IS expensive!) and find they all have their time and place. The EdC has the brightest citrus and the most development. For an EdC the longevity is very good, and the citrus lingers for a long time. The EdT is the best balanced and shows off the fragrance in all its stages. Much is made of the 'oud' note in the EdP.. this is kind of a red herring because while agarwood is a listed note there is no distinct oud at any point in the fragrance. The citrus topnotes are compressed in the EdP and the fragrance almost entirely moves right to the 'Habit Rouge accord' base, and the entire fragrance itself has a very distinct woody funk present throughout the fragrance. One would think the sillage would be overwhelming in the EdP but once the initial topnotes fade the sillage moves down to pretty much the same level as the other concentrations. L'extrait version is closest to the EdP and as you'd expect the sillage is discrete but it lingers forever on the skin.

    Habit Rouge can be worn comfortably by either sex without compromising its masculinity (just like their feminine fragrances can be worn by men without compromising femininity on women). Whether you're a Guerlain fan or just appreciate the great classics of perfumer - Habit Rouge in at least one of its iterations belongs on your shelf.

    02 September, 2009

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    Café Noir by Ava Luxe

    I love coffee scents and Cafe Noir is my favorite of the bunch. The opening is a strong blast of rich, unroasted coffee with particularly potent spices. The strength of the coffee does subside as woody and lavender notes soften it in the heart/base, but coffee is present throughout the composition. There is mild sweetness to Cafe Noir (or else coffee this strong would be unbearable), but compared to fragrances like Pure Coffee and CSP Vanille Mokha Cafe Noir is very dry. I like this because the fragrance is less gourmand and more of a wood/lavender. Like most Ava Luxes the EdP strength is very potent and I get 10-12 hours of longevity from it. I prefer the extrait, with its concentrated punch of notes and 16-20 hour longevity.

    02 September, 2009

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    Stoned by Solange Azagury-Partridge

    I own and love Solange's other fragrance 'Cosmic'. The 'thing' that distinguishes Cosmic is that it's a bona-fide high-quality modern chypre, which is as rare these days as a family sedan with a small-block V8. It's sister 'Stoned' doesn't have a similar claim to fame, but what sets it apart from the typical fragrance is the unbelievably sharp construction (something else rarely found in modern fragrances). What's more, Cosmic's materials are superb and the notes are rich and warm.

    Stoned is a classic floriental. The initial rose/jasmine accord has a touch of citrus and quite a bit of powder behind it. The floral accord is exceedingly pretty and just sweet enough - it never enters ditz territory. The first time I sampled Stoned I remember enjoying the initial notes over the course of about a half hour then going about whatever I was doing. When I next sniffed my arm nearly all floralcy was gone, replaced by a dry vanilla. Over the next few sampling I paid better attention and was uniformly impressed with the crisp movement from citrus/floral to a restrained vanilla. From the vanilic heart Stoned gets progressively more sweet, concluding with labdanum/amber base. As with the entire composition, Stoned does not project and stays close to the skin, but you can tell that this isn't a quality issue because the basenotes are as strong and distinct on the skin as the topnotes - this was clearly intended to be a discrete fragrance without loud sillage. In this aspect Stoned is different from many feminine orientals that tend towards the loud and bold (Coco, Shalimar, etc.). Stoned is an oriental that can be worn with subtlety.

    Solange Azagury-Partridge is a high-end jewelry designer. Accordingly the Solange perfume bottles are themselves works of art. Stoned comes in a gorgeous red glass globe with a large buddha figure as a stopper. I've only seen pictures of the Stoned bottle, but I can attest to how striking the Cosmic bottle is in person. Therefore part of what you're paying for with the high retail price is the rare bottle. Even though the 100ml cost of the Solange fragrances is the same per/ml as that of the typical niche (Lutens, Parfumerie Generale), the price will stop a lot of people from considering a purchase. Perhaps if a bottle of lesser quality were available such that the cost came down there would be a lot more buzz about both Solange fragrances.

    02 September, 2009

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    L'Eau de L'Eau by Diptyque

    Shocking, momentarily delightful, it takes the spice-island/water-bed/sachet’o’herbs from the 1968 Diptyque L'Eau and colognizes it by adding a citrus sparkle at the top and going easy on the cinnamon and cloves, well, easier. But it’s probably a mistake like CdG Anbar. After all, you don’t really want a cologne that makes you feel as if bits of pot-pourri have got in your crannies, you want a cologne that wipes those crannies away. The odd combo of soapiness and dust (the orange blossom for the one, the geranium, lavender and pepper for the other) ought to counteract each other but manage not to, hang around you intertwined. It has up-to-dated the old formula with ginger and pink pepper and mandarin and petitgrain (the rose has gone), all very happening notes, but that just makes it more of a Hippie Icon; it’s like seeing a fat man with long grey hair wearing a Vampire Weekend T-shirt.

    02 September, 2009

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    Armani Code / Black Code by Giorgio Armani

    All I get is pencil shavings and B.O. No thank you.

    02 September, 2009

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    Fahrenheit by Christian Dior

    I remember being turned off by FAHRENHEIT the first time I tried it in 1988. Maybe it just wasn't what I expected any fragrance to smell of. I mean who would've thought a combination of flowers, woods and other natural plant extracts could produce a scent so reminiscent of synthetic leather, melting plastic and burning tyres? But a recent reacquaintance with Fahrenheit revealed the extent to which my tastes could have degenerated or, as I prefer to believe, my horizons have expanded over the last 20 years. I can now appreciate this modern and rather radical take on men's fragrance, much like how punk rock shook the music establishment years ago I guess. But as a child of the 80s, its sillage is nowhere near that of its 'powerhouse' peers from the likes of Calvin Klein or YSL. A reformulation perhaps? Still, among proponents of popular woodsy floral fragrances, Fahrenheit must have stood out like a rock star then and to some extent it still does, even today.

    02 September, 2009 (Last Edited: 18 October, 2009)

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    Chergui by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    CHERGUI. First impression: amazing but somewhat mainstream. It certainly smells luxurious like an expensive perfume for a gentleman. The development is complex and the drydown may be a little honey-laden for some though it retains an aura of masculinity with a deft touch of smoky tobacco. Overall this is a heady scent women could easily love on their guy; in fact a young female passenger was leaning ever closer towards me on the train ride home. An unequivocal BUY.

    02 September, 2009 (Last Edited: 14 September, 2009)

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    Relaxing Fragrance by Shiseido

    I would not call it a perfume. This is really for relaxing. Nice bottle, nice colors. It smells like when you cut the leaves. Calming effect guaranteed. And very fresh.

    02 September, 2009

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    5th Avenue by Elizabeth Arden

    When sprayed on, its really capturing and not too strong. It last,most 2-3 hrs in a 10C-15C outdoor temperature climate. But great for every day use. Its an average everyday use fragrance. In fact its close to Yardley's Magnolia

    02 September, 2009

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    Allure Eau de Parfum by Chanel

    This is classy fragrance but unfortunately when the in the warmth, it gives off a sting of sharpness that gives me the dizzy. I dont know what is it but suspect its the combination of bouboun vanila and jasmine mixture that dominates when temperature is increase. Will not wear it in summer for sure. Its fine in the winter for me. Definately for winter!

    02 September, 2009

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    Revert Eco Cologne Spray by rue21

    Really nice fragrance, it starts off very powederish for the beginning but later on it goes into a fresh, citrus woody scent and last normally for 3 to 4 hours. It is good to wear mostly for casual wear, and I like wearing this mostly in the spring, but it is also good for the fall as well.

    02 September, 2009

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    Denim by Denim

    Vichy Homme Eau Tonic is quite the same as Denim Original fragrance, only longer lasting and improved formula. Give it a try!

    02 September, 2009

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    M7 by Yves Saint Laurent

    Many people complain about the top notes. I absolutely love M7 from A to Z.
    As most of top notch fragrances, everything has its place for a reason. Top, middle and base notes are supposed to work together as a team, bringing you the complete picture. By themselves, they are just a nuance. But if you put them together, they will bring you the complete composition. Of course, like a sheet of music, they will only be exceptional if they are put together by a master.
    I find agarwood intoxicating. Vetiver and rosemary are sublime here. Not cloying like another YSL release – Opium PH.
    Is it original? You bet! Is it sexy? Girlfriends and “curious bystanders” seem to think so. Is it powerful? Oh yeah! Is it supposed to be embraced by everybody? I don’t think so!
    In some of the reviews below was stated resemblance with Gucci Envy. I personally cannot detect any. They are both favorites of mine, but I don’t find them similar.
    And there you have it. Very unique, powerful, intoxicating and provocative oriental, one of the best ever made.
    Huge thumbs up!!
    Definitely try before you buy!

    02 September, 2009 (Last Edited: 24 February, 2011)

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    Adrienne Vittadini by Adrienne Vittadini

    This, in my opinion, is one of the best women's perfumes ever made. It VERY oddly resembles Paloma Picasso's male fragrance Minotaure. In fact, both fragrances share many of the same notes (coincidence?) but Vittadini is stronger being an EDP. It can be worn with great success by women young and old. It is amazingly noticeable without being offensive, and it's scent transcends the age gap. The best thing of all is that it's rather uncommon if you like to be unique.
    I bought it for both my mother and girlfriend and they both love it, as well as I. I think you will, too. : )

    03 September, 2009

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    PS by Paul Sebastian

    PS is a classic fragrance that has become maligned over the last several years. I think I can understand why. Like cheap wine, it can be purchased in HUGE bottles, and it's readily available in many discount stores (TJ's/Marshall's). Yes, it is potent and can easily be over applied, but when used with a slight hand it's magic. A fiery, spicy oriental that does bring Opium to mind (men's version to me) , as Scentimus stated. It takes little time to reach it's base, and the vanilla and musk notes are excellently blended. Good stuff.

    03 September, 2009

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    Rush for Men by Gucci

    a disgusting, cloying cedar scent that smells more like potpourri than cologne. I'm surprised the Gucci name was attached. Glad it was axed.

    03 September, 2009

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    Gucci pour Homme by Gucci

    Gucci pour Homme is an instant classic, just bettered by it's older brother Envy. I don't find this to be in the vein of 70's fragrances at all nor is it like anything else in the post 2000 era. The white pepper and ginger give this an amazing, almost candy like aroma that's sublime and unoffensive, and the leathery, ambery base is wonderful. It's also available at many Tj Maxx/Marshall's stores now for a reasonable price. Don't hesitate!

    03 September, 2009

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    Peace by Creative Scentualization

    Apparently the original title of the fragrance, Peace, was not enough for Ms. Horowitz - because now the fragrance has been given the mythic title, Peace Comes From Within.

    This is a thin, very veiled white musk is thin, lifeless and barely there. I dumped the entire 1 ml sample on me - and still felt no peace. Just frustration.

    03 September, 2009

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    Sarrasins by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    glad i have not been on basenotes for ages to notice that this is labeled a female scent or else i most likely would not have purchased it in paris. amazing scent which i love on my skin. goes to show, follow your nose and not your eyes or ears for that matter. so please, dont read reviews before trying a scent as it will influence you in the same way that experience reports influence your journey.

    i would imagine that the smell would go amazingly well with crumbly Mooroccan on one's fingertips.

    03 September, 2009

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    Bigarade Concentrée by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    I find the top notes quite enjoyable. They give off a strong newly-peeled orange smell, quite vivid and realistic. For better or worse, this smell gets dirtier as it progresses, as though you've bitten into a decomposing part of an orange, yet continue to eat. I used to not like it, but my tolerance for funky off-notes has gone way up since I started this hobby, so I usually have a small decant on hand for the summer months.

    Unlike others here, I don't have longevity issues - it lasts a fair while for a citrus. I do, however, have sillage issues, so I tend to reserve it for steamy days, when the sillage really radiates off the skin.

    03 September, 2009

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    Acqua di Parma Colonia by Acqua di Parma

    I must say this fragrance is truly wonderful. I agree with Luca Turin that is has an Edwardian flair (since it was introduced shortly after he left the throne). AdP opens with a sparkling, elegant lemon tempered with lavender and a bouquet of Herbs du Provence like rosemary, thyme, and basil. After about ten minutes the floral heart kicks in. This is not a perfumey or powerful floral like Hammam Bouquet, but a conservative, moderately dry field of rich Bulgarian roses blended exquisitely with exotic ylang and a drop of stuffy jasmine. AdP eventually dries down to a light musk, moss, and cedar base. As far as I am concerned, this IS the traditional cologne embodying all the elements of turn of the century perfumery. I high recommend it.

    03 September, 2009 (Last Edited: 10th November, 2009)

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    Homme de Grès by Grès

    Almost an exact clone of Quiproquo de Gres.

    03 September, 2009 (Last Edited: 11th September, 2009)

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