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    Brut by Fabergé

    Brut rules. How many men's fragrances can you think of that have as much character and personality as Brut? It's been around forever, and chances are you probably love Brut or hate it. You cannot be indifferent to it. There's a lot to be said for that alone.

    There's a reason why Brut has been promoted by guys like Joe Namath, Muhammad Ali, Henry Cooper, Wilt Chamberlain and Jimmy Connors: it defines what a macho fragrance is. I know that before I became interested in fragrances, whenever I thought of what a manly cologne should smell like, I thought of Brut. I still do.

    You have to love Brut simply because it comes close to the smell of a true classical fougere without costing a fortune. How many fougeres today can you think of that smell as crisp and green as Brut? Although the Brut you find in the green plastic bottle in supermarkets smells pretty good, take the time and get yourself a bottle of "Brut Classic", which comes in the old-school green glass bottle with the metal chain around it. This is the smell of the original Brut from the 1960's, before it was reformulated significantly. It has the richness and sweetness of the vintage Brut, even though it's not quite as strong as it was back in the day.

    To those of you who make fun of Brut: why do you think it's been continuous production since 1964? Because it sucks? Because no one wears it anymore? Like Old Spice, Brut is still with us because it's classic and still smells great. End of story.

    MY RATING: 8.5/10

    18 February, 2010 (Last Edited: 22 January, 2012)

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    Soie Rouge by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

    An interesting mix of reviews. This is my favourite carnation and the only one I own and wear. To me it seems to be a headspace carnation, so the other elements popping in and out of focus are notes that amplify different aspects of the carnation - fruity, sweet, spicy. I agree that it smells red, and also spare and elegant, whereas Bellodgia to me smells too sweet and pink, and a big fussy pink meringue of a dress at that. This dress is not only silk, but fitted.

    19 February, 2010

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    TNT by Mäurer & Wirtz

    Pretty good stuff, it gives a pepery powered energy. I'm using it before fitness and it improves a lot my training...;-)

    19 February, 2010

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    Marine Groove by Escada

    If you're going to make yet another a fruity-floral, it may as well smell this good.

    19 February, 2010

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    Agent Provocateur by Agent Provocateur

    I was introduced to AP only today (February 2010).

    I do so appreciate the high retro glamour of it.

    And I was floored by the "naughty" note it possesses...

    I think of other "skank" fragrances I am familiar with: Rochas FEMME, HABANITA, MUSCS KOUBLAI-KHAN, BOUDOIR, KINGDOM, even KOUROS...

    but nothing compares to the explicitly unwashed vaginal note present in AGENT PROVOCATEUR. Sorry if I call a spade a spade.

    A great "date" perfume... nothing could be more seductive. But I cannot imagine a woman wearing this to the office, the opera, to church or to a PTA meeting. (-: I can't see it worn BEFORE 10:00pm at night even.

    I actually find the bulbous pink flacon to be...well.... kind of ugly and brutish-looking.

    I give AP high ratings, though, for its retro glamour... its uncompromising strength and for its sheer audacity.

    19 February, 2010

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    Muscs Koublaï Khän by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    I love this one.... a friend retrieved me a bottle from the SHISEIDO salon under the operahouse in Paris... And it is worth the $200.

    To me this is a masculine smell... sweaty young male torso... like the smell of a white cotton t-shirt worn all day on a summer day by the hunkiest, handsomest 22-year-old, tattooed, goateed, dirty auto mechanic you know.

    It is undeniably animal, yet has a close-to-the-skin sillage, and can be blended beautifully with other musk-based scents, like SHALIMAR, f'rinstance.

    If you prefer the musk family of fragrances, as I do, you may well have found your Holy Grail.

    Lovers of MKK will be happy to know that it is now available Stateside at LUCKYSCENT in Los Angeles.

    19 February, 2010

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    SJP NYC by Sarah Jessica Parker

    I love this scent if for no other reason that it is reminiscent of the fruity florals that were all the craze in the late 80's early 90's. It is sweet but not cheap smelling like some other celebrity fragrances. I would describe this as a fun scent.

    19 February, 2010

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    Ô de Lancôme by Lancôme

    On my skin, Ô goes through four distinct phases. Firstly, a very intense galbanum and bergamot accord, juicy and sharply astringent, and deep, deep green. Secondly, it swerves into more of a citrus, lemon and lime becoming prominent on my skin, with the green flowing through as well - lime cordial in the woods, if you will. Thirdly, there is a smoothly mossy quality with a background of muted florals; something in the vicinity of a soft jasmine note. Lastly, the woodier elements come into play and lead to a quiet but enoyably mossy drydown. The whole progression takes an hour or two at most on my skin, but the drydown lingers on much longer, albeit as a quiet skin scent. While It'll never be an all-time favorite of mine, I can easily imagine wearing this in the summer months.

    Ô is a likable, classical fragrance hiding in plain sight. I'm surprised it's not more popular.

    19 February, 2010

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    Duende by J del Pozo

    This is a smell anyone could wear to work, and it is clean, fresh, crisp at the beginning. Somewhat aquatic but not with the sickeningly sweet and fake smell some of the other famous aquatics have which often times results in a headache for me. The beauty of this fragrance is it is so gentle, like a whisper through the day. It takes only one spray on your stomach for example, and you will thing, "huh..nice smell" and of course expect that by mid-day nothing will be left. But you will be wrong! All of a sudden you will notice a deeper and richer smell that whispers through to you and around you. A sexier smell..but still refined and clean. This is the beauty of Duende. A sneaky little bottle with a good price and something so few average people walkiing around have ever heard of. It's a gift to have found this.

    19 February, 2010

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    Incanto pour Homme by Salvatore Ferragamo

    This is a very light green musky fragrance. Its not offensive on the nose but it makes u feel heavy and damp.

    I gotten a 30ml bottle when i was travelling first class with Singapore Airlines.

    If you like Mont Blanc Presence Cool....you will like this because they smell exactly the same!

    19 February, 2010

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    Plus Que Jamais by Guerlain

    I've owned Plus Que Jamais for some time now and I've always wanted to write a review that would do the fragrance justice. I thought that over time and repeated wearings and samplings I'd eventually be able to pull apart and distinguish the notes and accords. This has not happened and I accept that it will likely never happen. Simply put, PQJ is stunning, and it is classic Guerlain for the modern day. If someone were to put a sample of PQJ on one hand and a vintage classic on the other, a sophisticated perfumista/o would not be able to distinguish which fragrance was released in 2005. What's so brilliant and enjoyable about PQJ is that it evokes classic, historical Guerlains while remaining unique.

    The topnotes are a blend of florals and citrus (bergamot/neroli), the blend of which leans more heavily towards citrus initially but becomes more floral as the composition progresses. This accord, together with what feels like the slightest hint of amber, evokes the amber/rose Guerlain classic, Rue de La Paix PQJ's opening accord is wonderfully rich and full, the pungency of the citrus softened by the powdery iris in the background that evokes Apres l'Ondee (and many others). From the opening PQJ move to a lightly sweetened floral heart featuring a hint of rose (again, reminiscent of Rue de La Paix, Chamade, LHB, etc.) The blend of florals moves to a classic Guerlinade base of vanilla/tonka/iris yet never fully loses the subtle floral/citrus accord that runs throughout the life of the fragrance.

    As is appropriate for a fragrance of this class and stature, the sillage is 'sufficient'. Were it any greater the fragrance would be out of balance. The longevity, shorter then I'd like it to be but not terrible, is perhaps the lone drawback of Plus Que Jamais, but the extent of this deficiency is paltry compared to the fragrance's towering genius. I strenuously disagree with those reviewers who find PQJ to be more appropriate for women then men. Rather, I find PQJ to be squarely unisex and very wearable. Two giant thumbs up.....

    19 February, 2010

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    Cereus Pour Homme No. 14 by Cereus

    This opens with a citrus-woody-(lavender maybe) aromatic blend. The cognac reveals itself almost immediately and instantly reminds me of Escada Pour Homme. There is a subtle milky-smooth texture that seems to be an attribute of the amber-musk accord. I also detect what seems like basil leaf in the later stages. The composition remains a rather sweet one throughout the wear and dries down into a smooth woody-green base.

    19 February, 2010 (Last Edited: 30th March, 2010)

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    Laundromat by Demeter Fragrance Library

    If I want to smell like fabric softener, I'll take a bath in Snuggles. This is ridiculous - why buy this when soap is more longlasting and cheaper?

    19 February, 2010

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    Italian Cypress by Tom Ford

    This is another superb fragrance by Tom Ford. It reminds me of Halston Z-14 almost exactly but with a more urbane, congenial nature. Italian Cypress' opening is of a smoky, herbaceous pine that welcomes attention and yet exudes class and nobility. This Eau de Parfum is in a different class, it smells of a country club's library of overstuffed leather chairs, wood panelling, roaring fire, and bookshelves stuffed with dusty, first-editions.

    As the heart begins to appear, the herbaceousness softens into the background as it morphs into ashy, charred embers and wisps of smoky church incense; to elaborate on the incense facet, it has the hint of Japanese incense as well. It is so well combined, that the herbs and incense are so intertwined yet definable. Furthermore, I seem to detect Agarwood, which seems to be a favorite of Mr. Tom Ford and lends to the woodsy aspect of the scent.

    At the dry down, Italian Cypress does not develop. It stays linear.

    This is a linear Eau de Parfum albeit, complex. This scent is, to my opinion, age specific; this is a fragrance that is touted for the mature, not old; a man of class, character and urbanity. If generously applied, then it would smell as if a boy got into his father's cologne. This scent carries an air of colognes past, to name some: Z-14 by Halston, M7 by Yves Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche Pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent and the original L'Homme by Roger & Gallet. Longevity is excellent and the sillage is moderate but if worn sparingly; if overapplied, then this scent can be ostentatious.

    I feel this is a special occasion fragrance; a romantic date, an evening out, a candlelight dinner or black-tie affairs. However, at the asking price of $180, I would wear it quite often and not hoard it away, enjoy the complexity.

    Tom Ford Prive Blend Italian Cypress is a must buy and is highly recommended!

    19 February, 2010

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    Basala / Basara by Shiseido

    It's a pity the opening of Basala is so cheap. After some dreadful minutes it becomes precious, woody and soft. Will everybody have the patience to wait? I don't think so.

    19 February, 2010

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    No. 19 by Chanel

    I really wanted to love Chanel No 19, but I realise that i simply can't. There is this top note - perhaps the neroli? - that gives me flashes of motion sickness. This note is also present in Chanel No 5, but there it quickly wears off and is replaced by something warm, gourgeous and sensual. This is unfortunatley not the case with No 19: when the nauciating scent gradually weakens, it leaves only a sour window polish smell - not entirely unpleasant, but definitely not that nice either. I know this is almost heretical and perhaps it's just my skin chemistry that doesn't click with No 19.

    19 February, 2010

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    Chergui by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    An extraordinary sensual treat. If you like warm, spicy, sexy, dark sugar sweet -- don't think, just buy. I am completely knocked out by this brilliant composition. Rich and complex - those two words don't even begin to describe. . .

    19 February, 2010

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    American Crew Classic Fragrance by American Crew

    Tried the sample on the counter before getting a hair cut after my wait and the hair cut, smelled my wrist again and immediately bought a bottle when paying for the cut. It smells very classic and masculine. It is strong and projects well, doesn't last incrediably long but gets the job done for sure. It smells unlike anything in my collection and fills a void for fresh new school barbershop scents. Rive Gauche smells like a razor, scissor, hot towel barbershop and this smells like a clippers and gel one. Not bad just different.

    19 February, 2010

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    Black Jeans by Versace

    Black Jeans is indeed excessively DARK. The first time I sprayed on Rive Gauche, i was turned off by its darkness and bitterness. Then after it dried down it smelled incrediable, it transformed into the scent everyone says it is. Black Jeans opens like Rive Gauche (almost identicle) but it never transforms. While it isn't horrible, and is exactly what one would like if looking for a DARK DARK scent, i'd get Rive Gauche instead to be sure.

    19 February, 2010

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    Chrome by Azzaro

    Smells like you've been in the pool. Great scent for when you're active, playing sports, swimming, gym etc. Easily has the most projection and longevity of any cologne i've ever owned (and I own Polo Green and Quorum). If you spray this anywhere it will pretty much always smell like Chrome. Gets alot of compliments but also alot of TOO STRONG comments so spray sparingly.

    19 February, 2010

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    Curve for Men by Liz Claiborne

    Pretty good value and i imagine a great first scent for a middle/high schooler. It doesn't last at all and doesn't project very well neither. Smells a little bit like Cool Water but with Cool Water as cheap as it is and lasting as long as it does, there's no reason to buy this one.

    19 February, 2010

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    Diesel Plus Plus by Diesel

    Very disapointed in this one. Price too low to pass up but found out to be with good reason. It smells VERY VERY sweet, not sure why it says MASCULINE on the front of the bottle as it could easily be a perfume. It smells pretty good overall but simply has ZERO longevity or projection. You'd be better off with an AXE body spray sadly. Sucks cuz i really wanted to like this.

    19 February, 2010

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    Ferrari (Red) by Ferrari

    Was such a fan of Ferrari Black and to a lesser extent Ferrari Passion that i had to jump on this as a blind buy when i found it for $7 for 4.2 ounce. It isn't horrible, the best way i could describe it is that it smells like what i imagine a "replica" version of CK-ONE would smell like (one of those, "if you like CK-ONE, you'll love our KC-UNO". It has the same vibe as CK-ONE but just less so. Its very uninspiring and im glad i only paid $7 for it.

    19 February, 2010

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    Scuderia Ferrari Black by Ferrari

    One of the best colognes ever produced in my humble opinion. My secret weapon if you will. It's very affordable, gets tons of compliments, makes you smell like a million bucks. It's like sitting in a brand new Ferrari and taking a big whiff of the leather and suede. If I had to choose only one cologne to have forever this would be it. Sadly it doesn't last too long or project very heavily which is only bad because i feel everyone should experience this :-) One you have someone close to you thou they won't be able to get enough.

    19 February, 2010

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    Polo by Ralph Lauren

    I used to hate this scent. Reminded me of an old man, sitting in his rocking chair and smoking out of a pipe. As I got more into frangrances however I learned to appreciate this scent and it's class and sophistication, it is truly unrivaled in it's complexity, not to mention it last forever and projects like a monster. It has the polarizing effect of reminding everybody of their father/grandfather which depending on their experience can be a good or bad thing. It is by far the most masculine/wall street/80's scent you'll ever find. Spray sparingly and appreciate it for what it is but it is a must have in any collection.

    19 February, 2010

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    Quorum by Antonio Puig

    Very intriguing scent. I'd spray this on my wrist from time to time when shopping at Marshall's/TJ Maxx and was always very happy with the way it smelled but always held off on purchasing it because i already have Polo Green and at first smell they seemed very similar. Then i sprayed quorum on one wrist, went home and sprayed polo green on the other and realized how wrong i was. While both are VERY strong and the epitome of 80's powerhouse fragrences but Quorum is simpler and less "offensive". Has the same effect but with less complication for lack of a better description.

    19 February, 2010

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    John Varvatos by John Varvatos

    I'm in love with this cologne, not only can a big bottle be had for cheap but it smells incrediable. One of those scents where you keep smelling your own wrists because you can't get enough of it. Smells dark, masculine and sophisticated. A must have in any collection.

    19 February, 2010

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    Rive Gauche pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

    This cologne is everything the reviews say it is. It's barbershop, masculine, inviting and fresh. I purchased this blind after reading the reviews and was kind of upset when i first sprayed it on. It smelled nothing like what i was expecting. Then it dried and in about a half an hour i realized what all the hype was about. Yes it kind of smells like barbasol but just barely, it just gives a whole barbershop vibe that i havent experienced in a cologne before. It's transformation once dry is spectacular.

    19 February, 2010

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    DKNY Be Delicious Men by Donna Karan

    Not a huge fan of this one, very synthestic, and yes apple-y (well the bottle is shaped like an apple) just doesn't know what it wants to be and ends up being a rip-off. There are much better scents out there than this. You'll wanna wash this one off almost immediately.

    19 February, 2010

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    Ferrari Passion by Ferrari

    Very Strong, Very Intense, Very passionate if you will. If the Ferarri Black smells like the inside of a new Ferrari, then this stuff smells like a Ferarri race car after a hot lap. It projects heavily and lasts all day. It gets some compliments but also some comments of being too strong. When first put on it does smell almost burning and requires some dry down, closest thing i can compare it to is Lacost Essentials.

    19 February, 2010

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