Fragrance Reviews from December 2010

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    Mustang by Mustang

    Well, I've smelled worse. The cheesy adverts look like something out of an Avon catalogue.
    The scent: simple, sweet. Very simple, rather sweet.
    Redeeming features? Not screechy-synthetic. Tolerable.
    Downfall? Anything that claims to have fir balsam either delivers or else slinks away in defeat.
    Defeat is the word here, not even a whiff of anything coniferous.
    But really guys, there are far more interesting things out there. This is pretty basic and rather bland stuff.

    15 December, 2010

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    New York by Nicolaï

    Whenever I open my bathroom cupboard, amongst the melange of smells that are released, the amber notes of New York are what jump out at me, above all the other scents in there, and they are the notes I find myself drawn to every time.

    Sometimes I can resist, and will find something else to wear. Mostly, I cannot.

    My nickname at university was Nicolai. My favourite city is New York. This was made for me. I will spend my lifetime drowning in its beauty.

    15 December, 2010

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    Dune by Christian Dior

    This Perfume Conjures up for me the
    sand dunes of the Sahara very dry and
    fresh with aldehydes drying in the sun
    like cracked earth dry and ozonic
    nothing like in perfumery.

    15 December, 2010

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    Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

    The notes to my senses the bottom of the basenotes seem to be more dominate for me then the top and middle section the opening starts with spicy coriander with it's dryness shifts to an scent semi-sweet aroma of cloves and of black pepper dries to a scent of bitter bergamot and citruses.
    delicate jasmine makes a nice entrance
    in the middle balance IMHO the
    jasmine are in the middle not the top
    then the sweet dry intoxicating scent
    of cinnamon and the spicy nuances of
    carnation adds to the delectable sensibility.

    The succulent notes of plum and peach
    makes it's presence know and adds a primal sexuality to the already complex scent if there's a Lily of the valley
    note in here i think there's no evidence of it or it's hiding because it hasn't got a chance against the heavy notes
    it's the shyest of the opium family,
    The drydown is the best part of the fragrance Coconut starts the drydown
    with it's tropical sweetness then it becomes dark and woody with tolu balsam
    dry sandalwood with it's fiery aspects
    makes it assertive and the deepest most
    finest Resinous woods of Frankincense
    and myrrh Opoponox and benzoin.

    an earthy drydown of Patchouli
    Warm Amber civet for the animalistic qualities and patches of musk for a bit
    of masculine undertones and a wisp of mysterious incense.

    Opium conjures an image of an 1930's
    Shanghai speakeasy with half circular doors Burgundy in color and inside are gold beaded curtains hanging nonchalant
    from the celling the lighting is of dark red like your in a boudoir everyone is
    half lidded from the smoke of opium
    hallucination and laughing American Sailors leaning towards the table while
    an attractive girl dances to an sad ballad of Billie Holliday while the
    gangters mistresses and them do some illegal bribes.

    Opium is not a Ingénue scent or a scent
    for good girls this is an scent if you want to walk on the wild side.

    15 December, 2010

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    Covet Sarah Jessica Parker by Sarah Jessica Parker

    to most people it's a touch and go
    kind of fragrance endorsed by a celebrity strange ingredients blah blah
    blah' but to me it's more then that.
    it's uniqness really made me fell in love with this the begining we start off
    with a mixture of lavender and lemon
    and a wisp of chocolate and i can pick up spearment. the drydown to me vetiver
    and kashmir i don't notice amber but the musk i can smell.

    i love the emerald green color of this
    bottle

    15 December, 2010

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    Pink Sugar by Aquolina

    Pink Sugar is a Girlish sweet Barbie of a scent with the opening of a plastic synthtic Opening but dries down a bit
    with the note of red berries and a scent
    of srawberries reminiscent of those Kitchy 80's Strawberry Shortcake dolls
    the bergamot is hard to dectect from
    the dominace of the unhealhy Foods that
    people should eat sparingly Candy!
    then it dries to an cloyish note of pink cotton Candy and black Licorice
    and the drydown of caramel makes it
    a Plastic pink candy Barbie doll carnival wonderland amusment park that is that can be overwhelming and sometimes makes your teeth rot if you use it too much.

    15 December, 2010

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    Poême by Lancôme

    If color had a scent Lancome Poeme
    whould represent Dark Blue although the
    liquid from this perfume is Gold and the
    box is bright sunny Yellow.

    The top notes/Opening note starts off
    with hardiness of Leather a few seconds
    later dries to an softer femenine note
    of Blue Himalayan Poppies Succulant
    Plum i can detect a note of sweet Blueberries and peach.

    The Middle Notes. Turns a bit more floral fist of the leafy green notes what i also forgoten was the note
    of orange blossom on the top notes after the harty leather comes the sweet
    scents of freesia & Heliotrope the shy and Ellusive Rose and ylang ylang drifts
    quitly though the scent.

    The Basenotes dries to an dry woodsy
    texture of Sandalwood with an musky
    accord of the fire of the Tonka Bean
    note Vanilla and the finishing touches
    of Warm Amber.

    this is an warm inviting scent i recomeneded for the winter months
    it will be too heavy for summer and humid condidtions perfect for sitting
    around the fireplace snuggling with a
    good book kind of an perfume
    a conforting scent.

    15 December, 2010

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    Jade by Olivier Durbano

    Green tea oakmoss cassia holly mint jasmine and i can pick up menthol intoxicates the cerebral senses into a
    vision of a pagoda a top the highest
    plain of heaven inside are the purest
    and the most flawless Jades beautiful
    golden Buddhist statues side by side
    a long carpet of baltik tapistry rolls
    in a long distance and suddenly startled by fearful Wrathful Faces with bulging eyes of a Bodhisattva continue
    walking your smelling incense so you
    turn your head and discover a ball of
    incense next to you and it generates into a Dragon in the dragon claws a cloudy ball he summoms you to listion
    as the dragon reveals esoteric knowledge in the cloudy ball that no mortal can decipher only a chosen few
    can share his secrets.

    This comes to show you that this is a one of a kind scent there will be imatators but nothing can live up
    to it's name

    Jade by Olivier Durbano.

    15 December, 2010

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    Harajuku Lovers - G by Gwen Stefani

    Harajuku Lovers is a Blend of Teenybopper admiration for the cool things in life. Lady GAGA is there idol
    fake Taned girls on Venice Beach California; Rodeo Drive; Beverly Hills;
    Having there first crush sleepover
    And Watching thoese Cheesy Tacky
    Reality shows.

    I'm not a fan of coconut but it dries
    down and it's more pleasent. this maybe not my favorite but i love the Dolly
    Design of the bottle when you done using the bottle keep the top and use them as finger puppets.

    15 December, 2010

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    Norell by Norell

    if you want to make yourself known
    this is the right perfume this fragrance demands your attention.
    the begining the cypre greens with undertones of bergamot lavender & hiacynth the lemon just floats into the
    backround. a couple of minutes later
    going though a sweet narcissus gardenia
    stage but the spicy residue of cypre still lingers but in a earthier scent
    with rose cinnamon and cardamon.

    the drydown is an intoxicating myrrh.
    a bit dated now but i think it was ahead
    of it's time released in 1968 but the perfume design and the box with it's
    big bold black lettering NORELL
    makes you think of a 80's bussiness
    advertisments or a barbara kruger famous
    piece of work your body is a battlegroun

    this is one of those sex in a bottle
    perfumes because it is sexy
    a perfume for a young women with an
    old soul.

    15 December, 2010

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    Youth Dew Amber Nude by Estée Lauder

    Youth dew Amber nude if you parallel this from the older sister Youth Dew, it gives
    you an impression of a younger less oily
    and more velvety feel amber nude is correct. Amber nude starts off with dry unsweetened cinnamon with ginger nuances
    there is a short period of sweetness due to the lovely magnolias the sweetness is
    distempered by the domineering scent
    of ginger. The three elements that makes this scent powdery is rose carnation and
    ylang ylang the tea note mmmmmmmmm?
    it's in there but like a lot of other notes it fades quickly but it adds a nice addition.

    The drydown really in my opinion gets the prize of course of it's namesake
    Amber Nude there is a predominate alot
    of it but it's the Sandalwood that stands out the sandalwood gives out an velvety feel to the skin then the original Like deep sandalwood incense
    burning I love the Color of the flacon
    like an sheer bronze sheet caressing you
    in a spartan bedroom with Burnt orange
    lights around you on a circular Bed.
    Gives the thought when 1 wear this.

    15 December, 2010

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    Fire & Ice by Revlon

    On my nose i can pick up Amber the base is
    Magnolia Flower
    and a wisp of incense
    there are few notes missing on the list
    i can also pick up Peach. in 30 minutes
    or so it all dries down to Vanilla.
    I whould Classify this as a Oriental
    Vanilla then as a Floral the amber and
    vanilla seems to dominate the other
    floral notes in this perfume.

    these are one of the early Fragrances i
    had when i was a Child with Windsong
    Sweet Honesty and Ex-cla-ma-tion!
    this does bring back memories for me.

    15 December, 2010

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    Mackie (new) by Bob Mackie

    The opening starts off fruity with tangy
    Pineapple and ripe raspberries then dries
    in a few minutes to an to an Honeylike sweetness of Tuberose to dry off the tuberose is spicy orange blossom turns
    deep with the note of Narcissus with it's
    Intoxicating properties sharp semi masculine greenish note of jasmine slowly
    steeping though the sweetish narcissus
    dries with the velvet texture of Ylang Ylang and the powdery finish of rose

    The base is a bit spicy with Vetiver
    musk and amber if synthetic is a bit impressive and ends with dry sandalwood.

    15 December, 2010

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    Rive Gauche by Yves Saint Laurent

    This has an Manish presence to it it's almost unisex the scent of dry woody
    Aldehydes makes it adrogymous. i can detect fringes of rose there is a sort of bitterness in this that makes it unique then other women Fragrances dries down into lemon. the scent reminds
    me of sequoia burning or the scent of
    burning Paper the violet brings an powdery feel.

    15 December, 2010

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    Prada (new) by Prada

    This has a milk and honey kind of a scent i find this very impressive since
    i'm not a fan of honey and milk notes
    but i really like this. Like rain soaked
    Patchouli in a early morning dew with gentil wispers of Oakmoss and willow
    then you smell the sweet scent of honey
    buzzing around your nose when you first
    apply it to your skin you smell a fleeting fruit note then it turns musky
    milky and honey. but the drydown doe'snt
    last eather consists of fiery sandalwood
    and benzoin sweet amber and patches of musk.

    Ok i only tried two Prada brands this
    and Infusion d'Iris prada has a talent
    for using natural ingredients in their
    perfumes never synthtic just stright
    Florals Woods Reisens e.t.c it has a refinedness that is a rarity in today's
    perfumery a maturity that can't not
    be compared to the others.

    15 December, 2010

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    Pi by Givenchy

    I have to agree, this is verry verry verry sweet. Only in the opening though. When the almond sets in it becomes so much more. It's pretty much the same after that so a verry linear fragrance, I do like it though.

    15 December, 2010

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    Chrome Sport by Azzaro

    Fantastic. Although it's "generic" and "yet another sporty, fresh fragrance", it's got that something that sets it off as a good fragrance. It's similar to Nautica's fragrances but Azzaro Sport just seems to pull it off better. Smells like a winner for a summer fragrance but on this cold, bitter December day it's particularly good. On clothing it lasts forever. Secretly, I hope this sells well and dethrones AdG as (even if I really like AdG).

    15 December, 2010

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    Vetiver by Guerlain

    I am a South Indian woman who has worn this for 20+ years. My mother first discovered it and bought me some. She was particularly pleased to find it as Vetiver is a classic scent used in South India, where the plant grows, and the name is in fact Tamil.....it was used for years to weave tatties or curtains which when wet cooled and scented the house. I had no idea it was a masculine perfume so I went on happily wearing it and still do! In fact vetiver is also used to scent drinking water and I possess vetiver syrup, which is used on ice cream or in soft drinks in India and makes a great cocktail too! The categories of scent v food flavoring are much more porous in India than in the West, and indeed, I doubt anyone would say it was specifically a masculine scent either. THat said, to me this is a very authentic vetiver in that it has the true vetiver scent. I like the tobacco note and it has the elegance of a true Guerlain. I wish it was longer lasting, but I suppose as a cologne type fragrance the intention was to create something lighter. It has always been a favorite of mine.

    15 December, 2010

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    Gucci by Gucci by Gucci


    What makes me wear this overly sweet patchouli fragrance is a menthol type note in it. (It might even be the violet foetidus mentions). I couldn't care less for the notes mentioned. (Pear? Chamomile? Right...) G by G smells like honey, menthol, tobacco, amber and lots of sweet "fruitchouli" to me. On clean cotton fabric it's menthol, honey-tobacco and fruitchouli that become dominant to my nose and periodically I enjoy it quite a lot.

    15 December, 2010

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    Fever pour Homme by Céline

    I have several fragrances that fall under either the dry, spiced woods or incense category but Fever is my favorite of them, edging out Gucci Pour Homme, Dirty English, Ikon, Envy, and Lalique Equus (but only because it performs better). It stays fairly close, but from all those who have wandered into that small radius I have had nothing but compliments.
    Fever is very dry, spicy and lightly resinous, and instead of slowly dwindling into matchsticks and kindling it smolders evenly and maintains its warm but subtly biting character throughout. The effect is very welcoming and it's a great scent for movie dates or similarly close arrangements.
    Fantastically well done incense, and abnormally cheap - I actually paid more for overseas shipping than I did for the bottle.

    15 December, 2010

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    Giorgio for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills

    This may mark the first time I can really advocate a reformulation. I say this because I have never tried the original GBH but if this scent was any stronger and I wore it in public I would probably be stoned in the town square. I put a couple of sprays of this stuff on hours ago and it's still emanating waves of sweetness.
    The opening orange and cinnamon theme is nicely done here, but it doesn't last long. Not for bad composition or lack of trying, but because the patchouli and oakmoss break through the front ranks like a linebacker playing red rover on a playground and there they remain in a beautiful, sweet, woody marriage that lasts into next week. This is certainly one of the best patch/moss combinations I've come across so far. There's also a lingering sweet coating there, like a honeyed rose, slightly reminiscent of Royal Copenhagen (which I love) so points awarded there as well.
    This has to be among the best bargain scents available today, but that's no excuse to be liberal with it; exceed three sprays and you'll probably be pc'd.

    15 December, 2010

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    Norell by Norell

    Green and gold. Norell is one of the only fragrances I loved at first sniff. It's also the first bottle of women's perfume I bought just to have around. A shining example of the chypre category and a solid reminder of how attractive these chaotically dense creations are, especially compared to a modern woman's designer offerings of sweet, floral, or sweet floral. Norell seems to carry a little bit of everything and carries it all so well it makes others look bad.

    15 December, 2010

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    John Varvatos 10th Anniversary Fragrance by John Varvatos

    A very long lasting fragrance that smells like Blu Notte! Perfect for cool weather! I think I'll stick to Blu Notte by Bulgari. Blu Notte can be picked up at Ross for 20-30 dollars instead of paying 70 to 80 dollars for the Varvatos. I'm not bashing JV where the original is one of my favorite fragrances. Projection, sillage & longevity are great for the JV though.

    15 December, 2010

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    Aramis by Aramis

    I was in high school when this fragrance was introduced and it hasnever ceased to amaze me that people like this scent. It is the most cloying and overpowering scent I have ever encountered. There is no nuance whatsoever, just an initial tidal wave of a peppery; baby powder smell before my nose shuts down and my eyes start to water while I make a dash for the door. I do have sensitivities to some fragrances, especially those with a lot of musk but nothing like this. I have only encountered one or two other fragrances that gave me a similar reaction and those were wore by women. Perhaps my "allergy" prevents me from appreciating the true scent (whatever it is).

    15 December, 2010

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    Replique by Long Lost Perfume

    My mother was given a large bottle of Replique, by Raphael himself, in 1951, when she was in Paris and buying some clothes at the House of Raphael...
    I have loved the fragrance and wore it into adulthood ...but, by the very early sixties, it had disappeard and I've found nothing like it since. Revlon came out with a perfume of the same name in the 1970's..but it bore no resemblence whatsoever to the original. I would pay anything to have it again... There are so many fragrances available now ...too many... and all too much alike. I don't see why the formula cannot be duplicated. I'd be willing to bet it would sell at over $500 an ounce!

    15 December, 2010

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    Oscar for Men by Oscar de la Renta

    I'm a big pepper fan, but I find the opening of Oscar to be a bit harsh and has huge projection. I only really start to enjoy it around the 2 hour mark. Overall though, this fragrance is completely off my skin by 6 hours max, and anywhere from 2 hours on, it's pretty dull. The pepper is there from beginning to end though, accompanied by a lot of greens. Very fresh, and mature.

    15 December, 2010

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    Ferrari Passion by Ferrari

    Decent, generic opening with a little bit of a tropical vibe, into a boring uninspired middle and base, that smells like a horrible chemical mess.

    15 December, 2010

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    Prada Amber pour Homme by Prada

    Sung by Alfred Sung smells identical to this but even better. Same soapy feel but I get more out of Sung. Price wise Sung is very inexpensive it's bargain priced. Save yourself 40-50 dollars & get sung instead. This Prada fragrance is very feminine also.

    15 December, 2010 (Last Edited: 31st December, 2010)

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    Sycomore (new) by Chanel

    A nice smokey vetiver, balanced with some wood notes, cypress, and a touch of pink pepper. I honestly get more cypress in this than vetiver. I think the cypress was used in the scent to imitate vetiver. Sycomore gives off a gray color. I see a rich artsy type who dresses in all black wearing this as an everyday scent, maybe one who sketches with charcoal sticks. I like how it opens, but after a few hours, the complexity of the scents wears off, and then it just smells like smoke. The kind of smoke you get maybe from burning pine leaves.

    15 December, 2010 (Last Edited: 11th February, 2011)

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    Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford

    Smells like xmas pudding,fresh aromatic pipe tobacco and dried fruit.Reminds me of a tobacconists in my local town It rocks. It wont be everyones cup of tea( my wife hates it !!)but who cares.its a very comforting scent .try before you buy would be my only warning

    15 December, 2010 (Last Edited: 15 November, 2011)

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