Fragrance Reviews from December 2010

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    Diamondflame's avatar

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    L'Eau by Diptyque

    If you like your fragrance dry and spicy, you should try L'EAU. But do leave your preconceived notions of "l'eau" at the door for this is not your garden variety 'eau'. There's a lot of cloves over cinnamon bark, softened just a touch by a fuzzy non-distinct floral. Smells somewhat potpouri-sh if you ask me. And masculine to boot.

    L'Eau is probably best enjoyed from a distance, not up close. Especially if you are sensitive to cloves. But I wouldn't really worry given its modest projection. I didn't quite like it at first but with subsequent wearings I grew to appreciate its rustic charm. Rather like taking a vacation off the beaten track. Nice one, Diptyque!

    13 December, 2010

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    Jardin Clos by Diptyque

    Similar in feel to MDCI's surreal Un Coeur en Mai, JARDIN CLOS showcases a soft palette of green florals centered around the water hyacinth. But unlike the MDCI, this is more affordable. This is Diptyque doing what it does best: garden-inspired scents. And the last time I checked, gardens are gender-neutral; I have no qualms whatsoever about wearing it in public. Unconventional choice it may be for most men, but not for the bold.

    13 December, 2010

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    1 Million by Paco Rabanne

    Sweet..kind of smells like bubble gum with vanilla..longevity 6- 8 h..might be considered as unisex..thumbs up generally

    13 December, 2010

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    Curve Connect for Men by Liz Claiborne

    Nice! Probably the only Liz Claiborne fragrance that I can tolerate. The tobacco sweetened by tea along with a smooth base of woods reminds me of something Bulgari would make - can be found at TJ Maxx or Marshall's in America for 15 bucks, too, so get it while it's cheap! Great longevity and sillage for a fragrance of this caliber.

    13 December, 2010

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    Givenchy Play Intense by Givenchy

    Smells just like a cheap Abercrombie & Fitch fragrance.

    13 December, 2010

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    The One for Men by Dolce & Gabbana

    Smells like a watered down version of Kenzo Jungle Homme (spices) with some lousy pineapple on top.

    Sillage as well as longevity is pitiful.

    3/10

    13 December, 2010

    Grottola's avatar

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    Green Irish Tweed by Creed

    Don't be ashamed to wear this wonderful fougère.

    Comparisons to Cool Water - if you've never smelled this, or you've only smelled Cool Water, then I guarantee as soon as you smell this on your skin you will notice a difference in quality. This came first, and really was a groundbreaking fresh fougère that Cool Water just kinda....copied.

    Every gentleman with an interest in fragrance should smell Green Irish Tweed at least once. It's one of my favorite scents, and I find it versatile for many occasions - it's unabashedly masculine, and a great signature scent. Of course, it lasts for hours and garners praise.....

    This is a fragrance you can trust, fellas.

    13 December, 2010

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    Bouquet by Madini

    It does have a peculiar nastiness to it but I'm buying a bottle because of what it does to the sweeter oil blends in the Madini line. Add a drop on top of, say, Hanane and viola! you have something new.

    13 December, 2010

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    Wonderwood by Comme des Garçons

    Wonderwood is a woody stick of wood that has been soaked in WOOD!

    You get an initial burst of the bergamot that lasts for about 10-15 minutes at the most. The bergamot then settles down as the woods come in the play. It reminds me of wood shop in junior high -- cutting, sanding and gluing, etc.

    The pepper gives it bite, which it needs to simulate that sharp smell when you cut a fresh piece of cedar or oak under a ban saw. As soon as the pepper cools off, the scent gets to it's overall softness that doesn't change much throughout its 12 hour life span.

    The oud is very quiet in the fragrance (which I like). It gives it a salty, smokey/leathery smell that a real chunk of wood smells like when you sand it for too long. If you sand wood with an electric sander for too long it starts to burn -- The oud does a great job at interpreting the smell of sanding wood for too long without letting it cool down. I love it!

    13 December, 2010

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    Midnight in Paris by Van Cleef & Arpels

    The reference to Bulgari Black are correct! Very similar but less rubbery and industrial feeling. Think of a more sophisticated mellowed out version. Much niceness!

    13 December, 2010

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    Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain

    Jicky, who was already considered slightly irregular from birth, has a renegade young brother called MDM: He insists it be pronounced "em-day-em" regardless of which country he's tearing apart with his inimitable allure. It is often said that the devil is a charming man--and as many would have it, he can really dance. Accordingly, MDM skips merrily into all the best parties, dancing with all the finest ladies, cavorting with the highest ranking gentlemen; chatting ernestly with interesting-looking unknowns. MDM would never wait in a queue, inexplicably looks dashing barefoot in a running suit three days unwashed, and even more spectacular in black tie: His sartorial choices are always unexpected. MDM is the one who will show up impeccably turned out in a Brown Tux, pulling that off famously. In hushed tones, it is said that he is a bit of a scallywag--yet only the chosen few know of his secret passions, while most everyone else considers him entirely untouchable: A study in blithe well bred aloofness. However; the seemingly distant MDM has been known to entertain devotees with his body in very unusual places, since there are so many admirers, and so little time: He's tall, dark and handsome--and only looks like Sister Jicky in proportion. He has his sister's wildly inbred proportions and singular facial features, but his colouring is distinctly different: Where Jicky got mousey medium ash blonde hair and blue-green eyes, MDM got ebony hair and chestnut eyes along with the family skin, inherently colorless. MDM's thick black hair is so luxuriant that he wears a full beard at all times, allows the hairs on his head to become long and full of ringlets, further contrasting with his sisters fine English straight hair, and staunchly disdains body epilation. He's Jicky's dark, hairy little brother who ravages everyone where ever he goes with no remorse whatsoever. He goes by, and his odor reminds you of his sister, inexplicably detained in a brothel where benzoin and amber incenses and pastilles are burned pretty regularly to hide the smell of Opium. All the family traits are there--MDM is every bit as fascinating as his sister, he's just a rake: He smokes various things, drinks whiskey straight up, and, whilst maintaining an unfailing gentlemanly air, he will shamelessly enthrall fans with his body for hours only to saunter out unbathed looking perfect to meet another one he intends to enthrall in public, never once wondering if a bath would be in order. He carries the smoke aura of his various haunts on his exquisite wardrobe, and always has a bit of a sebaceous smell along with it hovering about his neck: Oh! and, of course, there's also the bit about MDM's handkerchief, which he is never without. The Handkerchief of sir, very obviously soaked in English Lavender, will invariably also contain the remnants of a lover he wiped off with it, and the heady whisky soaked, smoky saliva of his mouth. If you want Jicky to have a louche brother with the morals of a demon who just happens to be stunning and impeccably clothed, never predictable but always polite, even in an orgy or a bar brawl, who's seen at all the right parties secretly en route to the most highly coveted and secretive wrong ones,
    then this is your man: Naturally, as would be expected, MDM himself won't be had by just anyone--but one can always try. MDM's wanton ways may work in your favor, but only if you know the right crowd; Even this man's tricks are fallen, penniless aristocratics on a bender. For MDM, the merely average wouldn't ever figure into his considerations: He's perfectly unacquainted with mediocrity and has little time and even less interest when it shows its face. Unwavering in the realm of perfect manners, MDM would never insult you. It would just appear that he hadn't noticed your overtures, especially if they were obvious. Furthermore, MDM doesn't hang around anywhere for too long. Just when you think you might get that chance, you turn to dazzle, and he's gone--leaving behind only his signature waft of scent: the sebum of in-bred aristocratic oil glands scantily moistened with English lavender Water...Very much as happens with Sister Jicky, most can not decide if they find this pleasant, they are simply left behind by it, flummoxed by a kind of fascinated longing......

    13 December, 2010 (Last Edited: 15 December, 2010)

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    L'Eau D'Issey pour Homme Intense by Issey Miyake

    The scent seeks to be "warm and noble." Not really.
    Has an interesting spicy-incense opening which is quite different from the Pour Homme (regular).
    Then from time to time there is an vague and odd perfumey-plasticine note.
    A bit aquatic and fresh, in the tiresome way that so many CB I Hate Perfumes have -- a metallic, shallow note.

    13 December, 2010 (Last Edited: 04 March, 2011)

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    Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford

    This is the classic Eau de Cologne formula, only nuclear-powered. Projects well and lasts all day and never really loses those fresh notes. Amazing.

    13 December, 2010 (Last Edited: 30th March, 2011)

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    Alyssa Ashley Musk by Alyssa Ashley

    I tried a little bottle of the new stuff, and it was nothing. Then I found a bottle of the original Houbigant, probably vintage 1980, and it was very good.

    One squirt filled the room with the intoxicating aroma of sunshine and teenage exuberange. Delightful!

    14 December, 2010

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    Insensé Ultramarine by Givenchy

    Strange, spicy, floral, chemical, and down right confusing top. Spicy in ways other than spices; this just stings the nostrils. Not worth sitting through the top notes, this is a definite "scrubber" to me.

    14 December, 2010

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    Armani Code / Black Code by Giorgio Armani

    The scent is nice, It is non offensive. I get a slightly citrus, but mostly powdery tonka feel. In short, baby powder and vanilla kind of appeal. If you want something factual, than here it is. Do not listen to people that always claim things last 8 to 20 hours with great projection. I have a real gripe with fragrance people these days. They all turned into a bunch of real wimps. This fragrance is not strong at all. It is a very close to the skin kind of scent that doesn't last too long nor does it project a ton. I don't know what kind of fragile little noses some people have on this site, but its a very subtle kind of fragrance.

    14 December, 2010

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    parfums*PARFUMS Series 3 Incense: Ouarzazate by Comme des Garçons

    Ouarzazate is less particular than Avignon, and more playful than Kyoto, the only two others in this series I know. It would actually make a great mainstream men's fragrance, and I mean this as a compliment. It's balanced, subtle but noticeable, beautiful to smell but not extravagant, and a fragrance that straight men wouldn't be embarrassed to wear in a group of straight men. All the attributes of a classic men's scent.

    14 December, 2010

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    Midnight in Paris by Van Cleef & Arpels

    Let me add my neutral rating to keep the score even. The notes kind of tell the story..it's just not a story that makes complete sense. The top of the fragrance doesn't suit the bottom..or they or of uneven quality of heft..or something. This smells very familiar on the opening..like a dozen other things out there in the male genre. There is kind of lemony-leather-salty fragrance. Then underneath it is a spicy benzoin/vanilla I thought perhaps cardamon sweet base. I guess the connection point is through the lemon? So..weird whiffs of edibleness. But the base is utterly shallow. So like a dog chasing its tail the fragrance base competes with the top...and they never consummate any kind of vision.

    14 December, 2010

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    Intimately Beckham Women by Beckham

    This perfume lacks Oringinality
    when i'v broung this i was a bit disapointed it was too light
    the notes where bland.

    14 December, 2010

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    Armand Basi Femme by Armand Basi

    This has a strange opening of lemon
    but this scent can go into a lot of different directions i also think of
    dusty old books cucumbers and mildew on rainsoaked wood. like Issey Miyake l'eau d Issey it has a miminalistic
    zenlike qualities that makes this bottle
    unique a simple not gaudy bling bling
    in your face kind of a perfume.

    peace quiet and solitude the early morning dew soaked grass and forest relaxing outside of your cabin in a
    beautiful forest kind of a perfume
    this is not my favorite because of the lemon but it's unique in it's own way.

    14 December, 2010

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    Laura by Laura Biagiotti

    If Gres Cabochard & Amourge Lyric Woman
    Where for Bad girls and Vamps
    Estee Lauder white Linnen and Laura are for Good Girls the girl next door.
    the black and the white the yin and Yang. these perfumes are Totalily Differs from one the other.
    Laura to plain just fruits and woods
    no excitement for me.

    14 December, 2010

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    In Black by J del Pozo

    I Notice some Incense and Black Licorice in this Perfume i expected
    more of an Oriental woody scent before
    i first tried it. i thought there whould
    be benzion Oppopponox Civet Something
    more woody i was a bit dissapointed.
    but this has a class of it's own.
    very suble but it you noticed.
    it's a very Deletable scent. a Great perfume for Seduction.

    14 December, 2010

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    Agent Provocateur Strip by Agent Provocateur

    it has a creamy woodsy vanilla-like
    opening but i think there a note missing praline wait a minute i'm picking up very potent scent of amber
    very heavy indeed. i think this is to
    sweet in my taste so i don't really
    care for sweet candy like scents.

    14 December, 2010

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    1 Million by Paco Rabanne

    Hmmmmm 1 million.... Well women can wear this easily without giving it a second thought thats for sure. This is the new LeMale for bars/clubbing.. & for that reason I really do not like it like I once did. This frag is rather a nice consumption of notes listed above, sweet, daring, long lasting, leaves a trail, but the problem that I have with 1 million, well it really is not with the cologne, but it is with everyone who wears it.

    The clubs & bars are cluttered with this stuff along side LeMale & A men! For this reason I can not own this fragrance because once everyone starts to wear a fragrance & I smell it constantly I get turned off by it. I want to smell UNIQUE & NOT like every one else.

    14 December, 2010

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    Liz Claiborne by Liz Claiborne

    I whould descibe this as Flowers and Grease it was to sweet and Oily but i love the falcon shape triangles are my favotite
    Shapes but i hate the scent

    14 December, 2010

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    Brit by Burberry

    Ok i heard good reviews on this fragrance so i Decided to buy it
    The Scent i didn't know what to make of it at first and i thought maybe it will grow on me so i used it for a while.
    but i got tried of it and i'm swaping
    it.

    There's too much Vanilla Lime very Pungent i did not care for and with the
    nutty notes did not mix well in this perfume I Love the bottle Design
    it's like a Sherlock Holms Print on a
    modern Bottle And it also reminds me of
    Walking though Oxford in the 1940's.
    Very classy bottle Insipid Scent.

    14 December, 2010

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    CK In 2U POP Her by Calvin Klein

    This didn't work on my chemistry
    it smelled to buttery on me and it did'nt last long.
    first it was sparkly
    at first i tried to like it but i coundent and i smelled like butter
    and i'm not crazy about the color or
    the bottle shape.

    14 December, 2010

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    Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi by Acqua di Parma

    It opens with an note of orange the pungent scent of grapefruit dries down
    to an zesty accord of Lemon the pink pepper note is less predominate then
    in gucci Envy me or Naomi Campball's
    Seductive Elixer and Cat Deluxe with
    Kisses the one of my earlier reveiews
    fails to catch on. Fig is the predominate note in this scent how to
    describe it it's pretty complex to me
    in my senses it's semi-sweet with an earthy accord' but unfortunitly it does'nt last long and the grape fruit and lemon makes it smell like a bit wood polish but an interesting scent.

    The packaging and color reminds me of The Luc Besson Movie Le Grand Bleu.
    everytime i wear this i think of of the
    movie and the Charactor who played
    Jacques Mayol Jean Marc Barr *sighs*

    14 December, 2010

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    Blu Mediterraneo Capri Orange / Arancia Di Capri by Acqua di Parma

    What do you get when you mix Brown sugar
    pure Cain sugar and Oranges you'll get
    Arancia di Capri with it's juiciest citruses of the coast of Mediterranean
    islands into an 2.oz bottle of pure enjoyment. I love the top notes of citruses and intoxicating grapefruit and
    dries to an powdery finish of bergamot.

    And i thought to myself if you love the citruses are composed well in this scent
    why do you just like it? i think i know why it's the Petit grain with it's greenish muskiness that can be overwhelming in this scent but that's my only complant. but i love the drydown
    consist or cardamom with it's spiciness
    and surprising the sweet note of Caramel. sometimes with fragrances
    your'll get surprised if an simple bottle you'll think nothing excited but
    with one spray it's artistry in a bottle. Big things comes in Small Packages.

    14 December, 2010

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    Volcano Homme by Lomani

    If you hail from the planet where volcanos smell a lot like stale ceder shavings found in an ancient crank handled pencil sharpener pulled from a dusty back shelf of a long closed curio shop then, yes, this one is for you. I gave it one star for the bottle which at least hints of creative thought but that's about the start and finish of it. Lasts for three or four hours if you get the fabric of your shirt wet with it.

    14 December, 2010

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