Fragrance Reviews from December 2010

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    The One Gentleman by Dolce & Gabbana

    Though not totally horrible, there isn't too much to like here. On first spray you do pick up hints of the original The One, and initially I thought it had some potential as a nice, warm, oriental that might be perfect for winter. Unfortunately as it continued into it's mid and base notes I just began to get irritated by it, like a sitting beside a person with nothing to say who never shuts up.

    19 December, 2010

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    H2 by Hummer

    For me this is a fresh-ozonic, rather sweet, vaguely greenish scent.
    'Greenish -- with the emphasis on ish rather than green.
    In fact, thish is incredibly ish.
    Simple, a bit bland, certainly predictable.
    The usual freshly-laundered smell of towels and the recent zap of a lightening bolt.
    It does not appeal to me.

    19 December, 2010

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    Fuel For Life pour Homme by Diesel

    What an odd scent!
    It starts rather aromatic and citrus... OK.
    Develops a note more herbal than anise.
    Oddly dry at that point.
    Metallic.
    No lavender, no fruit, and certainly no heliotrope (I was dubious about that).
    Celery leaves? Perhaps.
    Stinky socks and blue cheese? Possibly.
    Gets more powerful and finally develops the inevitable sweet note with the added tang of obnoxiousness and synthetic-ness.
    I think Dante missed a circle of hell, this definitely could qualify.
    Arggh.

    19 December, 2010

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    Ghost Man by Ghost

    Quite sweet at first, and a bit spicy.
    Gets very sugary, floral, and a bit metallic.
    Precious, twee, cloying.
    Minty note like mouthwash.
    Florals are achingly sweet.
    Don't like it.

    19 December, 2010

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    Bulgari Man by Bulgari

    Nothing special here reminds me of Bulgari Aqua. A poor effort! It's not a bad smelling fragrance but I've smelt it before many times. Smells identical to Z Zegna which I own. Then again Z Zegna smells kind of like Aqua DiGio.

    19 December, 2010

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    Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene

    Green Monster!

    19 December, 2010

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    Vanderbilt by Gloria Vanderbilt

    Top notes: Aldehyde, bergamot, green notes, lavender, orange blossom, pineapple.
    Middle notes: Carnation, Jasmine, orris, rose tuberrose, ylang-ylang
    Base notes: Cinnamon, civet, musk, opoponax, sandal, vanilla & vetiver.

    I mostly smell the luscious orange blossom, cinnamon and vanilla, and just love this Sophia Grojsman creation. I collect her fragrances and love them all, but this one I think I love most of all, despite it being so cheap. It doesn't smell cheap at all, it is very distinctive and beautiful!

    That said, it probably is "old-fashioned", as I love all the big scents from the 1980's. It is worth knowing about, anyway, for reference if nothing else.

    19 December, 2010

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    Aramis Cool Blend by Aramis

    light and fresh.boring, untinteresting and simple.

    a typical producht of our time.nothing you wanna smell a long time ........

    19 December, 2010

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    Oxygène Homme by Lanvin

    Not sure why there are so many bad reviews on this one, because this is rather good. Ignore the blue coloring of the juice, the sporty bottle and the lame-o name - this is clearly a dry aromatic woody fragrance, and is by no means an aquatic or sport fragrance. This is too good to be one of those.

    Oxygene is in a woody citrus style that has been done many times before, so it may strike some as bit dull, and that is its only real flaw. However, I like dry, peppery woody scents, and Oxygene pulls off that style very well. The blend of citrus, peppery and sharp woody notes are blended in such a way as to give this fragrance great transparency, so it never wears you out with its extreme dryness. The stark blend of juniper, artemisia, cypress, cedar and fir notes smells great, but will also have you reaching for the nearest bottle of eye drops. This is one arid fragrance. I love the dark drydown of muted wood notes, which give Oxygene an austere feel. I detect strong vetiver in the drydown even though it's not listed as a note.

    Oxygene is a worthy purchase for fans of dry modern woody citrus scents because it is transparent, well balanced and natural smelling, unlike most fragrances in this genre. Just don't expect anything innovative here.

    MY RATING: 8/10

    19 December, 2010

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    Jean Paul Gaultier Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier

    EDP = vile. I tested the EDT in a duty free shop while traveling, loved the clean, shower-fresh feminine vibe of it. I either grabbed the wrong one, or must have thought that the EDP would be the same fragrance, just more concentrated with better longevity. Boy was I wrong. Others have pointed out that the EDP is a totally different animal; I would argue a stinkier, less desireable animal at that. If I had to sum this scent up in one word it would be sour. Sour, boozy spoiled fruits with acetone, cheap talcum powder, and a healthy dose of synthetic musk.

    Picture this: you're primping yourself up for a night on the town, don some powdery feminine perfume, douse your head with hairspray, laquer your nails, apply some sticky, powder fresh antiperspirant. Scene 2: you're at the club, grinding with some sweaty men overdosed in cheap musky colognes, your sweat combining with your perfume, your pittstick, and those man-scents. You have two many glasses of red wine, followed by too many cosmopolitans. The rest of the night is a black out punctuated with some dry-heaving, too tired and sick to care to brush your teeth afterwards. The next day you wake, head pounding, sticky limbs marinated in sweat and god knows what else, mouth dry & noxious. Take a deep breath - inhale the myriad of scents. This is what Classique EDP smells like to me. Sound appealing?

    I've given this so many tries, hoping that someday I'll end up with a different result but each time it has been a total scrubber. Every once in awhile I drift past a department store counter and sniff the bottle of the EDT - it still smells lovely - shower fresh as I remember it. I am tempted, but daren't give it a shot - I don't think JPG 'fumes are for me.

    19 December, 2010

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    Eau de Quinine by Geo F Trumper

    A wonderful combination of quinine essence, bitter herbs and citrus, with a contrasting powdery drydown. Penhaligon’s Quercus is similar, but Eau de Quinine is superior in every regard.

    EdQ deserves far more attention than it gets!

    19 December, 2010

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    Narciso Rodriguez for Her by Narciso Rodriguez

    I must be anosmic to the musks in this because this smells almost precisely like nothing on me. Correction: it smells some Egyptian musk oil that has already been showered off. I get just the faintest aroma out of this, but what I can smell is quite lovely. Seems like it would be one of the nicest choices you could make at the department store these days. I'll never buy this one for obvious reasons - rather an expensive way to smell like nothing, plus I cringe at the thought of obliviously gassing out innocent passers-by with massive doses of this. Drat. Makes me wonder what other lovely things I'm not smelling & don't know about?

    19 December, 2010

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    Acier Aluminium by Creed

    AA came out in 1973, and I am going to agree that I can see the point of many posters who were time-warped to porn staches and bathroom sex. I think it depends on your skin's chemistry how the civet and leather takes to you. This is a dramatic fragrance very much in keeping with the time it was created. Think Marlon Brando in Last Tango In Paris saying, "Bring me the butter."

    19 December, 2010

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    Euphoria Men by Calvin Klein

    Bland, innofensive & vanishes in minutes. Bought as a gift. Wont be spending my own money on it.

    19 December, 2010

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    Armani Code / Black Code by Giorgio Armani

    Love this one. Never smelt anything quite like it. It oozes class, mystery and intregue. Think this one will be in my collection for a long time to come.

    19 December, 2010

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    Bang by Marc Jacobs

    Fantastic. My current favourite. Different? Yeah. Not for everyone? Sure. But it WILL get you noticed and it WILL get you compliments. Will everybody you meet like it? No. But I kinda think that's half the point. It says "I don't care. I'm me. Like me? Great. Don't? Keep walkin'".

    19 December, 2010

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    Emporio Armani He by Giorgio Armani

    For me, this is the perfect example of "great on test card, not fantastic on skin". Although reading some of the other reviews, maybe that's just me? Smells great at first. Classy, warm, sexy, different, but then it just goes into this synthetic, chemical mushy mess. Too expensive too.

    19 December, 2010

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    Gucci by Gucci pour Homme by Gucci

    In my experience, women LOVE this one. Stays quite close to the skin and is therefore the perfect "snuggling" fragrance. Nobody i've met has a bad word to say about this one. Personally I love the tobacco notes in it. It's only downfall is that it doesn't last all that long projection wise. Maybe a couple of hours. But you'll find that others will still be able to smell it on your skin hours after that and hours after you've stopped noticing it. Hence - the perfect snuggling fragrance!

    19 December, 2010

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    Joop! Jump by Joop!

    The fragrance of every 17 year old chav across the land. Wont be buying this one again. Blind bought it foolishly because one of my close female friends insisted that women fawned over this one. And they probably do - if they're barely above legal age. Too sweet and synthetic.

    19 December, 2010

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    1 Million by Paco Rabanne

    The best thing about this bad boy is its strengh and staying power. If you want to go out on the town and be noticed then this is probably the one for you. In any other situation however, it's just too much. More than one spray and you'll empty the room. Getting a little too common now too. I don't mind it. It has its uses, but in future I think i'll leave it to the 19 year old kids who are trying to knock the girls in the clubs out with the power of their scent.

    19 December, 2010

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    Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme by Salvatore Ferragamo

    I want to say I saw his at a discount store for only 20$ and was surprised at the low price. I later read about it and was initially intrigued enough to buy it.
    Let me start off by saying this is a citrus scent I know the fig is overwhelming but it only stays for a few minutes and is overpowered by the grapefruit. Thee grapefruit stays for the whole scent from top to bottom and it is merely supported by the other notes. The wood eventually take over near the end.

    19 December, 2010

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    Vera Wang for Men by Vera Wang

    Come the apocalypse there will still be a faint whiff of Vera hanging over the burning rubble of some major city...

    A spritely, borderline chaotic opening teases for a moment but is quickly followed by a warm, sweet and monotone sandalwood dry down. It's all very familiar - like a heavily sugar-coated cousin of CK Obsession. An annoying cousin who talks in a loud voice and won't leave. It is now more than 24 hours after one test spray on my wrist, and I can still smell Vera's concoction. It seems completely impervious to soap and water. Sillage is average but the longevity is quite terrifying.

    19 December, 2010 (Last Edited: 22 December, 2010)

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    Love in Black by Creed

    Top: Wildflowers, Violet
    Middle: Iris, Virginia Cedar, Clove
    Base: Blackcurrants, Rose, Musk

    This is a well-done attempt at a modern fragrance by Creed. You have to try it on your skin to get it. On paper, it smells like Sweet Tarts. On your skin, it evolves beautifully through all three phases. The wildflowers and violet do give off a slight petro smell, which is nice for those who prefer edgy niche scents. The iris and violets are perfectly paired, imparting a smart gourmand effect when the heart notes emerge. The cedar keeps the iris from becoming too doughy, but creates a damp earth Chanel 19 kind of vibe with the violet leaf. In the end, the rose is subdued, while the musk is sexy. With the blackcurrent leaves, I'm reminded of Lutens SMSR and Dipthyque's L'Ombre Dans L'Eau. This fragrance is resilient, structured and elegant, worthy of the Creed label.

    19 December, 2010 (Last Edited: 26 December, 2010)

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    Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford

    You will have a sexy smoky leather smell for over 8 hours after applying this! This is one to wear to the S+M club. They will love it.
    Doesnt last very long on me.

    19 December, 2010 (Last Edited: 16 March, 2011)

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    Live Jazz by Yves Saint Laurent

    I bought this one blind. I felt confident due to all the research I have done and the unbelievable price I found on Ebay (3.3oz for 17 dollars to my door). However, I was somewhat skeptical after going to SAKS today and sampling Cartier Roadster, another mint fragrance. I could not believe how much I disliked Cartier Roadster...think uninteresting mint gum. When I arrived home I found Live Jazz in my mailbox.

    First off, Live Jazz is a better fragrance of Cartier Roadster and nice cheap spring fragrance. I find the top notes of bitter lemon peel preferable to the lemonade scents most wear during the spring and summer. However, the fresh lemon is combined in a symphony with mint, cilantro(fresh herbal smell), and light woods. It does not smell like a mojito like some have said, as there is not much sweetness. The fact that there is not much sweetness, which is great because it won't become cloying. In all, Live Jazz is for a person who does not want to smell like he just took a lemonade bath, but rather wants a more complex, fresh, and mature fragrance.

    Edit: After more wearings, I have to say that I hate this fragrance. The Cilantro becomes nauseating and food-like. I have never had one note in a fragrance drive me up the wall as much as the cilantro in this one. It becomes disgusting. I swapped this one a month later.

    19 December, 2010 (Last Edited: 24 April, 2011)

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    Miss Dior Originale (previously Miss Dior) by Christian Dior

    I know it’s the thing to poo-poo reformulations. Reformulation by definition is a negative until proven otherwise. It happens when materials become unavailable, outlawed, or replaced for cost considerations. It has a recent history of leaving us with perfumes that would be better off simply discontinued rather than staying with us as the walking dead. But here’s my guilty pleasure. I like the Miss Dior edt that I bought new in about 2005. It’s mossy, parched dry in a way that only a floral chypre can be, and sharp as a tack. Galbanum and aldehydes for days. Mossy-mossy-mossy. A sweet gardenia tone in an otherwise desiccated blend. A sage note that seems to come from left field. What fun! I imagine that what I have is a version that has had many ‘touch-ups’ (to put it kindly.) But I think that mine is also one of the last iterations with a substantial dose of oakmoss, which makes it virtually an object of fetish among the chypre-conscious.

    On the other hand, I also have an edt from probably the late 70s possibly early 80s that I bought still boxed and wrapped for unbelievably cheap on ebay and I must say it is a markedly better-composed scent. Rounded, a dryness with such dimension, buttery florals, definitely more civet and leather. The 2005 version is like an x-ray of the older version. They might as well be completely different scents. (Given the renaming at Dior, I gues they’d be Grandmother Dior and Mrs. Dior.) I think that what appeals to me about the 2005 is that from the galbanum to the aldehydes, to the oakmoss, the materials just shout at you. Sheer volume is much of its appeal. The vintage has far more interesting things to tell you, but she has a conversational tone. There’s room in my life for both of these.

    I try not to go too far into that “it ain’t like it used to be, kid” sentiment about reformulation. As a rule, I try not to nurture nostalgia. There are really only two that kills me. The change to the current de Nicolai Odalisque and New York from those I bought in 2006-7 to the ones I sniffed a few weeks ago break my heart. Fortunately I have these two Misses Dior to consider. I could tip either way on a given day. There’s hope!

    19 December, 2010 (Last Edited: 04 May, 2012)

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    Tokyo by Kenzo

    I tried this scent when it first came out and I think it smells exactly like a trash dumpster. Awful. Kenzo needs to rename this one and call it " KenzoTrash" This is the scent you get when you add TOO many scents together.. F-

    20th December, 2010

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    Rose Barbare by Guerlain

    Rose Barbare offers a very smooth, well-rounded flower, dripping with honey and woods. I prefer this to Creed's Bulgarian Tea Rose, although they're close. This of course lacks the spiky tea/ambergris of the Creed, which seems like a sensible deficit if ever there was one. This is also a mite less feminine - I enjoy how the woodsy notes fuse with the sweet rose and create a low-key, romantic, and genderless fragrance. It isn't particularly complicated, but this offering from Guerlain is quite nose-worthy.

    20th December, 2010

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    Chrome by Azzaro

    Relentlessly blue in packaging and concept.
    Starts sweetish, aromatic and fresh -- no surprise.
    Smells like many current scents, quite generic.
    Ozonic. Metallic, and in fact the ad boasts of this quality. :-(
    Where is the citrus?
    Where are the potentially interesting green notes of ivy and lichen?
    Where are any wood notes.
    None to be found.
    A somewhat sour dry-down. Very scrubbable. Double-scrubbable.

    20th December, 2010

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    Gucci by Gucci by Gucci

    I bought this scent for my mom and she loves it! Its classy and feminine but not over the top... Perfect for my mom! ITs a great one because it lasts SOOOOO long! The top notes are superb!! I think of this as the ultimate modern day woman fragrance! 10 out of 10

    20th December, 2010

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