Fragrance Reviews from December 2010

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    English Fern by Penhaligon's

    I can appreciate out fashioned, but to me this was more "out of style". For some reason I am getting a pine-type note, maybe the geranium? Anyways, what ever it is strikes more more synthetic, almost like a cleaning product than a natural scent.

    I don't was to say awful, but this is an unhesitanting "PASS" for me.

    31st December, 2010

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    Sud Est by Romeo Gigli

    After the unique and unusual Romeo di Gigli per Uomo I was looking forward to this one launching at Bloomingdale's back in 1995. But it was a let down a real weak offering that just played it too safe that it needed to copy the per Uomo bottle because it has no personality.

    31st December, 2010

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    Ice*Men by Thierry Mugler

    I liked it when I first smelled it, but after a few uses it became apparent that Ice Men was not as great as I thought. Like several reviewers, I don't detect any coffee or "iced coffee", which was what I was looking for. It is unique, but not necessarily good. Not as competent as other Mugler creations including B*Men, A*Men, Sun Essence, or Pure Malt.

    31st December, 2010

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    Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon's

    Giving it a neutral strictly for compostion, it would be a thumbs down on wearability. Kind of a funky lemon meets Halls cough drops kind of scent. Could not think of a proper time to wear this beside being home in bed with bronchotis!

    31st December, 2010

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    Elixir by Penhaligon's

    Pretty complex fragrance - I get the menthol and the incense and every now and then a faint rose. Also hints of cedar but unfortunately more what you would line a pets cage with than firewood.

    I will say it's rather unique. Would not see myself every plunking the $ down for it, and probably wouldn't wear it all that often even if given as a gift. That said, I think it's worth a try as I could see it being somebody else's cup of tea fairly easily.

    31st December, 2010

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    Cheap and Chic I Love Love by Moschino

    A clean, happy, fruity, citrusy fragrance that is best for the young or young-at-heart. Ideal for a summer day or anytime you want your spirits lifted.

    31st December, 2010

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    Eternity for Men by Calvin Klein

    Green, fresh, vaguely herbal.
    It gets a bit ozonic and thin -- seems to lack depth or any interesting features.
    Strikes me as an attenuated clone of Casswell-Massey's Greenbriar.
    Quickly gets tedious.

    31st December, 2010

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    Summer Night by Canali

    Here are the official product fragrance notes --
    Top: Tangerine, bergamot, coriander, nutmeg, cardamom, apple, pineapple, melon
    Mid: Orange blossom, jasmine, lily of the valley, violet leaves, "sea breeze"
    Base: Leather and suede skin, musk, amber, vetyver, tonka beans, oakmoss, cedarwood, sandalwood, orris root

    What DOESN'T this have in it? Just your basic citrus - spice - fruit - floral - wood - leathery/musk/moss combo.
    Predictably sweet and fruity, like a hard candy. Gets musky and powdery.
    Don't get much of a marine note, despite the blue colour and "sea breeze" note.
    Smooth, rather banal in my opinion. And much too sweet. Uggh.

    31st December, 2010

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    David Beckham Instinct by Beckham

    I'm amazed! I hadn't expected to like this. I find it to be quite good!
    I'm impressed by how accurate the notes are.
    The citrus notes are complex and pleasing. The licorice/anise and spice notes are true, the vetiver is simple but enjoyable. Each is distinct.
    The scent is not sweet nor heavy.
    The patchouli and amber are happily restrained.
    Well, I endorse this scent! Perhaps not remarkable, but certainly well done.

    31st December, 2010

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    L'Heure Bleue by Guerlain

    If Apres L'Ondee captured the moment just after a heavy shower in summertime, L'Heure Bleue is the same scene after the sun has gone down. It's opening bristles with spices and the scents of warm earth, but this is lightened by a cool breeze, carrying the scent of iris and rose. Somehow it manages to be both dramatic and serene, and is probably the most evocative perfume I have ever come across.

    31st December, 2010

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    H.O.T. Always by Bond No. 9

    Imagine if you will that, after much trepidation and changings of the heart, you find yourself making a somewhat sway-footed entrance into a dark and pulsating psychadellic rave. You thought it through, viewing it from both ends of the moral spectrum, and, having finally pulled yourself together, you suck it up and decide to dare: After all, a walk on the wild side, once in a while, can not do too much harm, and lately, you've been so good. Upon furtively entering, you cannot shake the tingly sensation that courses through your body as you unexpectedly come to face a long, dimly lit set of seemingly unending stairs that plunge sharply down, straight into a riot of flashing lights, deafening music, and a cloud of thick, curiously smelling smoke. Frozen there, you hesitate a moment, turn around, and go back outside. Stranded now in the frozen quiet of a piss laden back alley strewn with rubbish, you look up to see towering high above the roofs and chimneys the ornate and gilded twin spires of a massive cathedral, with bronze cruciforms turned verdant atop their soaring peaks. A panic descends on you: Your taxi has long gone, you're alone, in a strange neighborhood, you're shivering with cold, you want to turn back. Gazing up at the awesome medieval structure yawning above, you hear the echo of an ancient prayer bounce back and forth inside your head: "Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on me." And again: "Holy God Holy Mighty Holy Immortal, have mercy on me." A kind of confusion overtakes you--you thought through and put on the outfit, you came all the way across town in the dark dead of winter, ready to let loose, and now you're slowly turning to ice, standing alone in a damp and chill back alley losing your nerve as the smell of urine and the bitter cold bite ferociously at your nostrils. Searching out the saving grace of an errant taxi proves useless, so, remembering the lucky cigarette rule, you reach into your pocket to fire one up, hoping a magical ride home will suddenly appear as soon as it is lit, as often in the past this little trick has done you well. flicking open your cigarette case, a small white pill falls out of it, onto the ground, and you stand motionless watching as it slowly absorbs the half frozen slush of piss and filth at your feet. Damn! In a sudden burst of courage, you bend down, pick it up, and slip it under your tongue, fighting the revulsion of its acrid taste and the nauseating implications of its unexpectedly dank and germ-ridden provenance.
    As it dissolves, filling your mouth with a metallic taste, your heart begins to pound wildly from deep within your breast, as the shock of knowing there will henceforth be no turning back sets in. You light that cigarette, if only to alter the vile, acrid taste fast filling your mouth. One puff. Two puffs. You look at it, then flick it away in disgust.
    You're going in. The welcome warmth of indoors feels like the embrace of a lover; the steep descent of the stairwell now beckons with heat, light, and fragrant vapors amid swirling beats that pummel and pound through the frozen muscles in your neck, on your face, and through your head like comforting jets of warmth. The air becomes hotter as you descend, each step bringing you closer to the strobing lights and the swirling smoke. Down. Down. Down and you're inside the pulsating music, fear and trepidation forgotten. You step into a grassy confusion of sweating flesh, a forest of sound, feeling limbs like roots encircle your arms, slide around your neck, all joining together to pull you into a phantasmagorical tidal wave of sensation, with all your senses engaged: Your feet feel as though they are walking bare upon a lush carpet of temperate grass, while your hands seem to be exploring, digging through damp depths of soil and earth; your mouth opens to welcome probing tongues, all warm, slick, and furry with minute bristles and delicious pricks. Lift off, and the universe unravels before you. one last look over your shoulder and you have no regrets, no desire to turn back.
    Your floating now, through the writhing rhythm of an orgiastic parade of hot, sweating bodies, consumed by the fires of moist, molten flesh, melting, clinging and clamped onto you, alive and deeply breathing in camphorous air forcefully exhaled from the lungs of others, then passed on by you, around and around, over and over, the same vapors grow heavier and heavier with smoke, until your mouth and nose seem to avidly suck in a kind of powder, then syphon in liquid, until you find yourself immersed in a transparent gel where everything slowly plays in to slow mo, and harsh strobing lights previously flashing in vibrant shades now softly twinkle in all the delicate hues of heaven: You're flying now, mysteriously held up by fingers that feel like feathers through pastel clouds of shimmery, gossamer haze. The startlingly novel sensation of just one half gulp of cold, fresh air amid a sudden wallop of hissing silence finds you inexplicably standing again, on earthbound feet, your eyes clamped shut, your arms wrapped around a massive, towering human frame, itself draped in the soft, protective
    warmth of a cloak. You open your eyes to find you're being held in the steadfast embrace of a man, all bundled up with scarf, and gloves, your bare hands buried deep inside the pockets of his coat. Looking up you find a pair of piercing blue eyes gazing down at you through the dawning light, and that unmistakeable smile that will form on the lips of a lover newly found. Inside the pocket, where your hand has sought refuge from the cold, you feel a smooth object, mysteriously shaped. Pulling it out, it falls to the ground, into the freshly fallen white powder of virgin snow: A crystal star. Bending down to pick it up you examine it closely, reading the words chiseled there on: H.O.T. ALWAYS.

    31st December, 2010

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    Gai Mattiolo Uomo by Gai Mattiolo

    One of those hidden marvels!
    Wonderful refined (summer-)refreshment for scandalous little money.
    Buy before it will be discontinued!

    31st December, 2010

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    Sex Appeal for Men by Jovan

    Somewhat skinny but rather nice smelling odour. Nothing special though and certainly nothing provocative. It is too thin to be noticed so it will not attract women either.
    Bad promise!

    31st December, 2010

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    Only The Brave by Diesel

    I hated this when I tried a sampler a year ago. I hated it just as much when my girlfriend gave to me last Valentine's.

    Admittedly, it has fantastic longevity, but it smells like cheap deodorant. Axe or Lynx.


    I gave the bottle to a friend for his 20th birthday.

    31st December, 2010

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    Aventus by Creed

    What can I say? I like it. It's a compliment getter. I'll leave the notes breakdown to those far more proficient at it than I. There are several batches of Aventus currently on the market, each different smelling than the next. Caveat emptor. Search the threads for more information.

    31st December, 2010

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    1 Million by Paco Rabanne

    This is a fabulous fragrance. It is difficult to acquire in America which (if you have it) makes you very unique. Very few other men will be wearing this in America. Besides unique, it lasts a long time and also projects. I get 8 hours + every time I wear this one. Also people notice it because it projects. The scent itself is very pleasant. It is all natural except for the leather. It is very sweet, spicy (love the cinnamon), and floral (love the rose). I pick up a ton of grapefruit at the top of this fragrance. Most likely you will love or hate the fragrance based on the grapefruit, because it is (at least for me) the main note in the top, and heart of the fragrance. Unfortunately, it is very feminine smelling, so women could be wearing the same thing that you are. The scent is nice, but not groundbreaking, so if a bunch of other people have it, then you ill not be unique. From what I have heard these things are selling like hot cakes in Europe right now, so it is difficult for people over there to wear it. Overall, 1 million is a nice scent that lasts and projects. It is feminine smelling and not very unique in some places. I really am fond of this fragrance, so I really had to give it a thumbs up.

    31st December, 2010

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    Cuba Blue by Cuba Paris

    This fragrance is nauseating at best. It is not unique at all, does not last, and does not project. It is very, very synthetic smelling and does not develop at all on my skin. I guess you could say I got what I paid for, but Cuba Blue makes the rest of the Cuba fragrances look like Creeds. In my opinion, it smells like Cool Water except more synthetic and mixed with a bunch of stale herbs. Yes, the dry down is slightly better than the top, but still....... DO NOT BUY CUBA BLUE!

    31st December, 2010

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    Ambrette 9 by Le Labo

    It's a pleasant, although short-lived, musky fragrance. The musk here have a soft-cotton aroma and seem proper for a baby fragrance. I thought that the pear i was getting at the opening was something from my mind, but now that i see it listed as one of the notes i know that i'm not getting crazy. The pear is the first note that i get it upon application, but you have to see that it's not the smell of a fresh pear at nature, it's the synthetic that they use to emulate the pear smell, which is not so similar to pear and that reminds me a little of those products to iron clothes easier. It's the same note used in byredo blanche; blanche and Ambrette 9 are similar, both have a cotton-synthetic aura, with byredo being worser, more synthetic, with a soapy aroma that i truly hate. Ambrette 9 has the fruity side, the muskier, and a light ambrette aroma that seems delicious. The problem is that it's short-lived and overpriced, but if it weren't would be a undemanding fragrance for those days that you only something light and barely fragrant.

    31st December, 2010

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    Bulgari pour Homme by Bulgari

    Bvlgari Pour Homme is a very fresh, citrus, floral scent. It is from the Bvlgari House, which is a good house, but overrated. Longevity is very spotty for me and it is a close to the skin fragrance (it does not project at all). For some this is great because it is subtle and classy. Personally, I like my fragrances to project some. I have been using this one as a scent to wear to work. It has a lot to offer as far as the note lineup goes. It also is pretty cheap, which is a plus. If you enjoy fragrances that develop on your skin (the fragrance has many stages and phases) you will love this one. It starts out as a very fresh, classy, sweet citrus floral. It goes into a warmer, darker, more spicy floral. It dries down to a very spicy, dark woods. Overall, it is a nice subtle, fresh and classy scent that is cheap. Despite its projection and longevity issues, I continue to use it.

    31st December, 2010

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    Zegna Colonia by Ermenegildo Zegna

    Everyone is pretty spot on about the just "woody" and "lemon" smell. Although that is what you get from the top notes which seems to scream at you saying, "I'M HERE, PAY ATTENTION!" Because it's not a subtle citrus woody smell but a more outlandish overthetop smell that reminds me of furniture cleaner.

    This is not something i would ever buy again and it's not that it's horrible but it's just very below average to me. It's actually not that linear and you can pick out the notes throughout it's lifespan. As it dries out, you start to get a scent that is not so much baby powder but more like baby pampers. Then as it goes to the end notes (the best part) it has a pretty nice woody fruity smell. Too bad the sillage isnt great on that part but overall this is something that i probably wouldnt even give someone as a gift.

    Not sure what direction Zegna were going with this but it's unfortunate being that this is my first Zegna fragrance.

    31st December, 2010

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    Fig Tea by Nicolaï

    Too sweet. Too watery. Too tame & typical. Not enough tea; no fig that I can detect. Might be better as a masculine.

    31st December, 2010

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    Rêverie au Jardin by Tauer

    Can't share much of the enthusiasm expressed in other reviews - although I would have loved to join in... since I am an ardent lover of lavender. This is a decent interpretation of lavender in midst of a field of greenery, but I had very high expectations - and Reverie au Jardin can't meet them. Maybe I'm anosmic to this scent? It's just soft, greenish and pale on my skin - nothing to write home about at all, unobtrusive.

    31st December, 2010

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    George Sand by Les Parfums Historiques

    Gorgeous, warm, spicy. High quality.
    Smells like Scherrer 2 done with even more quality ingredients and feels deeply rooted in the fine history of la grande parfumerie francaise. If you are looking for an alternative to Scherrer 2 (or even to Coco by Chanel) - this one could be an ideal option.

    31st December, 2010

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    Musc Maori 04 by Parfumerie Generale

    Chocolate is the key-word here - mentioned before.
    The scent develops into a very thin, feeble musky whisper after five minutes. Luten's Borneo 1834 is a much better take at a chocolate fragrance ... just to cite a comparison. And why Maori? Where's the connection to New Zealand? I can't detect any. Patisserie 0815 would have been a more suitable name for this scent, which I find monothematic and dull.

    31st December, 2010

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    1873 by Histoires de Parfums

    To me, the "worst" in line of a normally great range.
    This does not smell like Colette and 1873, but like the latest by Dolce&Gabanna (see their "La Luna" scent).
    A floral something with no refinement and no fun at all. Mainstream companies are just better at this kind of scent. If you're into such a fragrance, get a MODERN floral (see Gucci et.al.) - will also save you a lot of cash.

    31st December, 2010

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    L'Eau Guerrière 20 by Parfumerie Generale

    Notes: cinchona bark, sky aldehydes, olibanum resin (frankincense), aloe wood (oudh), musk.
    This is a marvelous, subtle scent – and a wood lover’s delight! It has a dry, coniferous opening due to the frankincense. There’s a touch of aromatic herbs and woody bark, from the cinchona, from which quinine is derived. The oudh is very restrained, the merest hint which brightens the scent. Some early notes I had suggested that there is myrrh here as well. If so, there is a marvelous assortment of incense notes. As others have noted, this is a restrained, quiet scent which sits close to the skin. My new favorite!

    31st December, 2010

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    1881 by Cerruti

    Cerruti 1881 opens with a blast of juniper, pine and citrus and initially veers a little close to what could be yet another trite "fresh" masculine. From then on, the angular chypre nature of this delightful fragrance begins to emerge, growing stronger and slightly more animalic. This animalic edge never leaves extending to the beautiful radiant and powdery drydown which lasts and lasts. If like me, you find Chanel Pour Monsier a little too sweet and timid, this is basically the aforementioned without the sweetness stripped slightly barer but more legible. This has been described as vulgar by many, and to some extent it is, but that is in no way a bad thing as it sets it apart from the anonymous, washed "sport" fragrances that have plagued the last 20 years. It is also suprisingly inexpensive. Wonderful.

    31st December, 2010

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    Sensuous Noir by Estée Lauder

    Dark, beautiful, longlasting, but a little bit too dry on my skin. But instead a wonderful layer-item for a little bit too sweet dark scents! I need it!

    31st December, 2010

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    Lime, Basil & Mandarin by Jo Malone

    On me, after the citris departs, it's strictly coriander. I like its green, warm and woody aura --- it's a fond reminder of Coriandre by Jean Couturier.

    I think the lime, basil and orange herald the top notes and envelope the margins of the middle notes, but the basenotes are pure...coriander. Amazing that it's not list on the pyramid.

    31st December, 2010

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    Adidas Dare by Adidas

    A lame, cheap, chemical fresh scent. It might work for someone in high school who doesn't know any better, but not me.

    31st December, 2010

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