Fragrance Reviews from 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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    Purple Label by Ralph Lauren

    Purple Label, the odd bird of the Ralph Lauren fragrances, perhaps?

    It is a refined fresh and green masculine fragrance with a distinctive leather/suede note in the base and some tobacco as well. Very masculine, and can work for formal occasions. sjohnjay says that Purple Label smells a bit watered down - yes, but I don't think that's too much of a bother. I find this to be unique, and a great smell with good sillage as well, despite the average longevity on me. It is hard to find and quite expensive, though.

    31st December, 2010

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    Dirty English by Juicy Couture

    A lot of reviewers here are comparing Dirty English to Gucci Pour Homme I. Yes, the two are similar, however Dirty English more-so like Gucci deciding to loosen up his collar or jacket and have a wild time.

    Dirty English is all about spices, woods, leather, booze, and tobacco. In fact, shamu1's review is spot on - this actually does have balls and manliness to it, with some cool musty funk akin to fragrances of the 70's, like Jovan Sex Appeal. A fun fragrance with a lot of character. For me, it lasts a while and projects nicely as well. One of the best designer offerings of recent years, don't be afraid of the marketing or cheezy packaging, this is awesome!

    31st December, 2010

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    Panache by Fine Fragrances & Cosmetics

    I'm the guy who wears those big hairy chested uber masculine scents.
    But sometimes I want something lightly floral and then the bottle of panache left by a long gone G/F fits the bill quite nicely.

    It's... nice. Nothing spectacular. Just ... nice. T
    Theres nothing wrong with nice.

    Until you layer it with Antaeus. Then its incredible.

    31st December, 2010

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    Rochas Lui by Rochas

    This scent was almost impossible to find as early as 2008, at least in europe. Lots of bottles at discount stores have turned to vinegar, urine ect. I tried it last week, and it immediately smelled like a rotten fragrance, with the unmistakeable vinegar note at the start. It would be great if rochas would relaunch Lui, but I doubt it. So for the moment, any review dated past 2008 must be taken with a grain of salt.

    31st December, 2010

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    No. 74 Original by Taylor of Old Bond Street

    A long time fan of the Victorian Limes, I had heard rotten things about the Original. They are wrong. This is an intriguing floral scent that seems to have some lilac in it. It might be subtle, reserved, and is definitely not an 'in your face (and way up your nose)' kind of scent, but it is superb. Perhaps you have to be English born and over fifty to appreciate it, but whatever it is I hope to always have a spare bottle or two. Combined with Trumper Eucris hair dressing it is an intoxicatingly lovely scent. Strongly recommended. Oh, leave the bottle open half an hour the first time you open it to dissipate the volatile nasties that have dissuaded some reviewers. What is left is pure gold.

    31st December, 2010

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    Lucky You for Men by Lucky Brand

    Yeah, the chemical smell is just too overbearing in Lucky You for Men. I remember this being one of the first colognes I ever purchased as a teenager, and it's always had that fresh and green smell marred down by a chemical/calone accord that just overpowers everything else. Not my cup of tea.

    31st December, 2010

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    Bleu de Chanel by Chanel

    Of course this scent is panned on Basenotes. It's a very successful, good smelling, well designed, well mannered fragrance from a house that people tend to deify. The same thing happened to a very good fragrance called Guerlain Homme. It's almost as if people would prefer these houses to never have a hit so that they can keep them all to themselves. Once the bandwagon gets rolling around here, everyone loves to jump on and join in the hate. And yet Bleu continues to move higher and higher in sales rank regardless of all the bad press on Basenotes. Why? because it is a good scent.

    While my first reaction on the blotter was "Oh no, that's way too generic!" As soon as it hit my skin, it bloomed into a complex and addictive scent. I do not consider Bleu to be an aquatic scent per se, even though it has aquatic elements. Rather, it leans more toward the oriental. It opens on a citrus/aquatic accord that gives way almost immediately to a spicy grapefruit: mostly nutmeg, ginger and pink peppercorn. The heart note is a solid jasmine fortified by vetiver, cedar and Iso E Super. The base notes are mainly a sandalwood accord over olibanum, labdanum and patchouli, giving Bleu its oriental structure.

    Bleu is not groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a solid fragrance that gives Chanel a huge hit scent so they can have the resources to keep doing haute couture and haute parfumerie well.

    31st December, 2010 (Last Edited: 01st January, 2011)

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    Lucky Number 6 for Men by Lucky Brand

    Yeah, I don't get the comparisons with Fahrenheit or Grey Flannel either.

    For the price, Lucky Number 6 for Men is a decent fresh/fruity oriental. It lasts a good amount of time and projects nicely. That's about it, kids.

    31st December, 2010 (Last Edited: 09 January, 2011)

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    17/17 Irisss by Xerjoff

    Irisss is a stellar orris butter perfume—the first and only one that I have found to be in league with the great ISM (this comparison alone speaks volumes). Although the two are similar in their strongly dominant orris butter tone, Irisss is more floral (esp. rose) and feminine; ISM is more crisp and bracing, which is largely why I prefer it. Still, if you like orris butter perfumes even a bit, then I strongly recommend that you sample Irisss. As for me, given its astronomical price, I will not be purchasing a full size bottle, though I would if I could.

    31st December, 2010 (Last Edited: 25 December, 2012)

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    Armani Code / Black Code by Giorgio Armani

    It lasts just the time it usually takes to get from home to club, second concern is that it's not naughty for aiming to be a real dark weapon for a night out, too kinda good student chill out aroma, too much gentle for my taste, too serenely mild. It's a decent oriental, good for daytime usage, woody and appealing to the mass. Not bad the couple tonka bean-olive flower that is the oily soul of the scent (the smell of olive flower is absolutely detectable may be rounded by tobacco and mild woods). Its powdery (but slightly rooty) temperament is pleasant and slightly sporty.

    31st December, 2010 (Last Edited: 04 January, 2014)

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    Cuoio by Odori

    Woody, airy, soft, leather smelling, a bit medicinal and very, very sophisticated. My last expensive purchase, i saw it exposed in a show window in Rome, i told to my best friend "please, block me, prevent me to get in, please".... too late, five minutes later my patrimony counted € 135 less and a 100 ml Cuoio Odori in addition. It's a pity for the weak longevity, this is in my opinion a great, great fragrance. Cuoio kinda man is a successful business mature fellow, leatherwares maniac, in brown clothed, very busy, daring, fascinatingly smiling and enveloped by a fresh breeze smelling about wet sweet woods, leather stores, moss, a touch of spirit and cleaning foam. Honey and ylang-ylang provide a touch of exotic soapiness, the note of patchouli infuses masculine earthy boldness, vetiver and siberian birch the woodsy balsamic (slightly resinous) temperament, the ingredient of ginger affords the spiciness and hints of barely prickly pungency, while the note of amber adds mild animalic powder. Whatta wonderful world!!

    31st December, 2010 (Last Edited: 04 January, 2014)

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    Black Aoud by Montale

    I use to wear this fragrance when the game starts becoming hard and the place i have to roam inside is supposedly populated by monsters, witches and ghosts. This is one of the most daring pieces of my collection, one of the scents i reserve for the most challenging evenings out, for the top parties (some of those anyway), for the most exigent and nasty dark ladies (now i'm getting older and it's becoming harder and harder to "be intimately engaged" with them, but watta passion!). Black aoud is simply attractive, it's one of the sexiest fragrances of the realm, dark, very naugthy (a bit insolent) but never gothic or excessively decadent, a very modern classic, contemporary but at once exotic, deep but at the same time a bit airy (settled the dry down), very sophisticated and western but at once spiritual and eastern. I'm in love with this (not fully natural) scent and wearing it i feel tall, powerful and protagonist, ready to kill anybody dares to obstacle me and my thirst of success. Black aoud is devilishly charismatic and it carries out an archetype of wealthy, a bit nasty (though with hints of classicism) and fascinating globe-trotter. It's not easy to find the appropriate word but Black Aoud is a really hypnotic and ultradimentional-violet-airy-dark scent right for psychedelic, fluoresces, velvety, cozy, orgiastic urban venues. As well as everybody know it’s a rose-woody-musky scent with a touch of soothing leather in the mix. The rose is very sumptuous, arrogant and darkly modern. The scent is sinister but not hardly and severely funereal as in N. 88 C&S, both are great but as said B.A is sexy and modern, N.88 is like a corpse (i mean funereal and stuck). B.A anyway is a rose dominant fragrance, the rose as notorious masters entirely the fragrance, it emerges about 10-15 minutes after the first spray and over the shocking initial burst of medicinal aoud. Along this initial phase the scent is brooding, vintage and exudes a sort of Mitsuko spicy/hesperidic aura (in this case decidedly medicinal), the smell of a Parisian attic, claustrophobic and full of objects, lamps, tapestries, and antiques. Half an hour later, aoud and rose coexist side by side surrounded by a dust of aromatic spices (saffron?) and an hint of mandarin provides a dose of fruity freshness to the juice understating the starting explosion of the almost pharmaceutical aoud. Goin on in to the journey the rose retains its starring role, opulent and threatening, but is approached by the woody/musky texture by sandalwood and labdanum. The drydown, very far on time, is pure magic, is breath taking; the show is dominated by the patchouli insertion which draws a timid (but rising up) musk/moss little brother. The latter provides the aroma with a sort of airy feel of forest, while the exotic patchouli becomes bolder and bolder contesting to the musky rose the role of protagonist. The longevity is eternal, the smell persists on clothes for days despite having washed them. Masterpiece.
    Ps: the dry down, after many hours, is creamy, even more musky and smooth with a fresh aromatic vibe.

    31st December, 2010 (Last Edited: 04 January, 2014)

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