Fragrance Reviews from May 2010

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    Mar Azul's avatar

    Bulgaria Bulgaria

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    Baldessarini Ambré by Baldessarini

    If there was an Amber chewing gum, it would smell like this. I actually like it a lot. Sensual but not heavy because of some playful notes. If you don't have a taste for oriental smells, you could easily label it an "older guy" fragrance but it's not true. I don;;t find it formal either.

    06 May, 2010

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    United States United States

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    A*Men Pure Malt by Thierry Mugler

    I was skeptical about Pure Malt judging for the vast amount of positive reviews for it. I've always liked A*Men due to it's originality and boldness but found it rather hard to wear. I've always disliked the tar note and since I've tried this one, I found a new favorite. I currently have A*men and Pure Malt on and the differences are more than I thought.
    A*Men is bittersweet, quite harsh yet strong. It has a strong peppermint, patchouli, chocolate and coffe along with the harsh tar note with a slight vanilla background.
    Pure Malt is not bitter, has no tar note, and has a peaty slightly fruity boozy, caramel/chocolate background. Slightly woody and very pleasing. Definitely happy I got it and definitely one of the best gourmands I've tried. I'm not sure if I like this or New Haarlem better.

    06 May, 2010

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    Duel by Annick Goutal

    Pleasant. Citrus -> rubber. Lasts about half an hour.

    06 May, 2010

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    Rosamor by Oscar de la Renta

    My opinion of Rosamor is that it is a soft sweet floral not very exceptional on my skin (sample sprayed at T.J.Maxx)I agree with castorpollux .This isn't a stinkbomb but meh just okay.

    06 May, 2010

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    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    GFT by Geo F Trumper

    This review is for the old formulation from a few years back. A quite brilliant modern take on their classic (and itself still brilliant, albeit short-lived on the skin) West Indian Limes, GFT is a lemon/orange citrus frag with some delicate herbs thrown in to compliment. The tarragon, often lending an unusual and almost gourmand accord to many juices it appears in, here is only just detectable in the middle and acts more as a supporting frame for the lemon to latch onto, which means that over four hours later the lemon is still there. Impressive for a citrus. Slowly, but surely, the whole thing melts into a light woody base, similar to Azzaro Pure Cedrat, slightly freshened by the "light musk" in the pyramid. Very well blended and balanced, GFT is probably the best frag Trumper have released since the 90s, specifically since Ajaccio Violets. The best thing about GFT, though, is the usual cloyingly sweet-powdery house accord, the down-fall of many a Trumper frag, is, by and large, a no show, leaving the simple notes to speak for themselves. The current formulation is, happily, pretty much identical to the original - the only difference I detect is that the citrus opening is not quite as intense, but otherwise it's still a five star frag and one of the most natural smelling synthetics currently available on the market.

    06 May, 2010

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    Curzon by Geo F Trumper

    Dry dry dry. Curzon, one of Trumper's original classic scents, is now only available in aftershave form, the cologne having been dropped properly from the cologne range last year (at which point Trumper themselves were claiming it was one of only four scents NOT to have been reformulated from its original incarnation - take that as you will). This is a review for the cologne version, 30 and 50ml bottles and testers of which can still be found in some indie chemists here in the UK. Curzon is like a more subdued Aramis Devin. Surprisingly for a 19th century traditional English frag, Curzon is neither sweet and powdery, nor is it in your face. Opens with some citrus and bitter woods and settles down to a mossy and leathery base, with some very dry herbs all the way through and a hint of patchouli way down at the back. It's the weakest of the "Classic 4" (the other three being Astor, Marlborough and Wellington) in several senses (scentses!) of the word - it has the least longevity and silage, it's the least complex and is the least nice. But it isn't bad and, if you like the idea of Devin but find it way too strong, then Curzon is perfect. It's a safe and conservative traditional frag which is unlikely to offend anyone.

    06 May, 2010

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    Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior

    I almost need to do three separate reviews for this - I currently have a vintage old style (tall and thin) bottle from I don't know when (I'm guessing 80s, maybe even late 70s) and a bottle of the current formulation, both of which of course smell different from each other, and in the 90s I owned another bottle which, as far as I can remember, smelt different again. Suffice to say I think ES smells great in any formulation. All three formulations that I know open with a big dry citrus which is, of course, one of the best non-trad EDC citruses on the market. Eases into a dry powdery and light musk base and bubbles away wonderfully for hours and hours and hours. But Eau Sauvage is by no means a monster - it's one of the most delicate of the big 60s releases and it more than stands up against any present day hyper expensive niche release that anyone cares to mention.

    06 May, 2010

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    Extract of West Indian Limes by Geo F Trumper

    Hands down THE best and most authentic lime frag available from any house. A bracing and intense opening, as if you've just plunged your face into a bucket of freshly squeezed lime juice. It's a very simple, very linear scent - no top, middle, or base, just lime. Unfortunately, as is the nature of simple and linear citrus scents, longevity and silage are almost zero - it's gone almost completely inside of an hour or so. If you want a long lasting citrus frag that projects well, then this isn't for you. If you don't mind a fleeting citrus but want to apply regularly, then the price point suggests you should be looking to 4711 or Farina instead. If, however, you want a quick limey punch in the face and don't mind spending a bit more for the quality, then you really need to look no further.

    06 May, 2010

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    Gianfranco Ferré for Man by Gianfranco Ferré

    Good to see this one enjoying a bit of a revival of late. I used to wear this in the late 90s when you could pick it up in most places, but then it seemed to disappear from the shelves, despite not being discontinued. Perhaps it was due to the release of its intended replacement (GFF Uomo), which was (is) terrible, that put people off buying Ferre so it wasn't economically viable to have it on the shelves. Which is a shame because Ferre is and always has been a massively under rated and complex frag. Opens almost like the base of a classic barbershop fougere - soapy citrus and a hint of powder. I don't get much in the middle, but the base is a lovely woody leather which simmers away nicely for hours. Really good stuff.

    06 May, 2010

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    Skye by Geo F Trumper

    Trumper's first step into the world of aquatics is an absolute clanger, mainly because they tried to make it a modern aquatic with traditional aspects, but have failed miserably to achieve a perfect balance, something which Aramis is much better at with their aquatics (all of which contain an element of trad). It opens quite nicely with a bright and fresh smack in the face, but almost immediately Trumper's strong and musty powder signature (found in a good three quarters of their frags) bullies its way to the front and completely takes over, turning this bright blue juice into an awful, stuffy, typically traditional English stereotype from the 40s that should be a very dark shade of brown. It has a heavy "old man" smell about it, something which most of the old English companies are guilty of with many of their scents, and no doubt something which those who are fed up with fresh aquatics, greens and citruses would love. If you threw some spice and woods into the mix, then Trumper would almost be attempting their own version of Old Spice and, whilst Skye is not quite as bad as that behemoth, it's one of the worst offerings in their catalogue.

    06 May, 2010

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    Zirh by Zirh

    Interesting company, Zirh. They're well known for a plethora of heavily marketed, massively over-priced grooming and skincare products which promise the earth but deliver very little, yet on the side they also quietly release a couple of little known, inoffensive but generally well regarded fragrances which are very reasonably priced. Their self titled signature scent is the least good of the three available, but it's still pleasant smelling and, most importantly, dirt cheap. It's a typical linear fresh aquatic which will win no awards for being new or bold, with notes listed in the pyramid that most people won't be able to pick out (I get no such fruity opening as is promised, or anything woody at the base), but it's reliable, familiar, unlikely to upset anyone and works no matter how much or how little you spray on. Correctly marketed as a skin scent (even though the bottle itself says it's an EDT), it's VERY subtle on the skin, but nevertheless has half decent longevity and projects just enough to remain good throughout the day. It also looks great - the bottle and tube it comes in are nifty and have influenced several bigger releases since. Sure, it lacks the invention and complexity of Ikon and the richness of Corduroy, but when you can pick up 125ml for £10 (sometimes less if you look in the right places) and compare it to its similar (and often much more expensive) stablemates, Zirh is a guaranteed score. If only they could get the spray pump working properly!

    06 May, 2010

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    Sandalwood Cologne by Geo F Trumper

    Sandalwood appears to be quite a difficult fragrance to pull off successfully. The genuinely brilliant sandalwoods can be counted on one hand - Floris, Crabtree & Evelyn (moreso the original, though the current version isn't half bad), Caswell Massey, Art of Shaving and Yardley's classic Sandalwood, sadly no longer in production. By rights, Trumper should have come up with quite a good and true sandalwood but, as is the case with Taylors of Old Bond Street sandalwood effort (which is actually worse), all they've managed is a weird and very sweet sort-of woody frag. Heavy on the amber, vanilla, clary sage and white jasmine, the sandalwood and its darker notes (leather, spice, patchouli) seem to be completely lost in the mix, to the point of being non-existent at which point it becomes similar to Trumper's leatherless Spanish Leather (though Spanish Leather is, in itself, very nice juice indeed). One area where Sandalwood excels, unlike most other Trumper releases, is in its longevity and silage - lasts all day on me and a couple of squirts project very well indeed. The only problem is when it's as sweet as it is, you don't really want that longevity or projection. Disappointing, too sweet and nowhere near woody enough.

    06 May, 2010

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    Hugo Energise by Hugo Boss

    A really nice fruity (masculine) floral which, I think, is completely different than its regular Hugo counterpart. And, unlike a lot of HB's 00s releases, it's not another aquatic. To my nose its development is quite linear and there is little change between initial spray, dry down and subsequent base - a touch of fruit and a big floral note when the artemesia comes in. Unfortunately I don't pick up any coriander or pepper, but the artemesia going into (and staying with) the cocoa is REALLY nice, and its those two notes that dominate the whole thing. Despite them being sweet and feminine notes on paper, here they err far more on the masculine, perhaps thanks to the double layer of coriander acting as a stabiliser rather than a note in its own right. Sillage and longevity are both excellent on me, in fact among the best of all HB frags. Energise is one of the few non-aquatics which is unlikely to offend anyone and is therefore suitable for all occasions. Another excellent frag from HB.

    06 May, 2010

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    Aqua di Roma Uomo by Laura Biagiotti

    Undeservedly the recipient of much negative press, Roma Uomo is a nice fruity and floral, albeit quite linear and very light, aquatic which, to me, doesn't smell as synthetic as most other reviews suggest. It opens with a fresh grape blast which quickly settles into its not-too-feminine floral base and that's about all it does. But, to me, that doesn't really matter because it's bright and fresh - a good aquatic. Unfortunately it is let down by its sillage and longevity, but then neither are expected to be amazing with a frag of this lightness. Despite that, I think it's a pleasant and worthy also-ran.

    06 May, 2010

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    Corduroy by Zirh

    Not sure I get the Bulgari Black or PH relation here - sure, Corduroy shares notes with both and the dry downs are similar, but to me they are just similar and not identical enough to consider Corduroy as a cheaper alternative to either one. Anyway, Corduroy is my second favourite of the three Zirh frags - it's very rich without being cloying and shares little with the other two Zirh releases, unlike many houses (Guerlain and Trumper, for example) who tend to have a recognisable signature accord in most of their releases. Corduroy, on me, also has a fascinating development - opens almost like an aquatic with fresh fruits and a touch of citrus, with that big white lavender (not unwelcome) ushering it into the gentle spices at the middle. I get a wonderfully warm cinnamon at this point, before it settles into its pleasant woody base, with that lavender and cinnamon hanging on to the very end. Sillage and longevity is better than Zirh, but still could be better. Also, Corduroy tends to be the most expensive of the three - whilst Zirh and Ikon can often be had for next to nothing online and in stores like TK/TJ Maxx, Corduroy rarely dips below £20 per bottle. But that's still a good price for this commendable also-ran.

    06 May, 2010

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    Apparition Homme Intense by Ungaro

    Unlike most people, I don't actually mind the original Apparition Homme. But it's just okay and wearable. This Intense flanker, however, takes it to another level entirely - it's much more balanced and way less synthetic. All of the notes from the original are there, with the addition of a few more oriental hints chucked in - mainly a big hit of star anise. I get as much calone in this as in the original, but calone doesn't put me off as it does a lot of people. The dry-down is a sweetish, smoky vetiver with that anise and tea hanging on with it and that's where it holds until, right at the very end, several hours later, the anise morphs more into a liquorice accord. I don't quite understand the comments about its lack of longevity - this stuff sticks on me for ages and, were it not for the fact it smells so great, it would outstay its welcome. And then some. Given that impressive longevity, sillage is perhaps not as much as one might expect, but it's still more than adequate. It's not U 1, 2 or 3, but it's by far the best thing Ungaro have released for years.

    06 May, 2010

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    Absynthe by Christian Lacroix

    This is a green fresh and woody -aromatic scent.The opening is a sharp fresh note of Absinthe which is a very different from other greenish notes.Then comes the freshness of the aromatic note of narcissus and orchids and fresh cut florals...the aroma gets more sweet and deeper.
    The sillage is great and turns to a soft ambery and woody base.
    The scent in general is very fresh and green ,long lasting and soft woody.

    06 May, 2010

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    Back to Black by By Kilian

    Back to Black should have been named something like "Tender White Breast". When I wear this perfume I get mental images of mothers breastfeeding plump babies in classical paintings, billowing white bedsheets, and Victorian women putting spoonfuls of honey in their fancy white teacups. There isn't a "dark" facet in this fragrance-- although there is a whisper of sensuality. You'd only hear (er, smell?) the whisper if your nose was glued to your arm, so chances are, unless you are walking around putting your wrist up to a hottie's face, it's not going to work as an "aphrodisiac".

    This isn't a strong fragrance and it has very little sillage, but it lasts a fairly long time as a lingering, sensual skin scent. I don't get any tobacco--on me it's all delicate powder with a naughty little wink of honey. I couldn't imagine paying 225 dollars for a full bottle of this, but I do wear it often, and my sample is now gone.

    06 May, 2010

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    Signature Story For Him by Beckham

    I live by the rule that a fragrance should contain the same qualities from which you choose your music, your clothes and your food: It should make you feel good and it should be right for the occasion. The original Signature is a favorite of mine in the "smart casual" category. It has its own identity, it smells nice and fresh, it does not draw too much attention, it lasts all day (on my skin), and it has a remarkable relaxing/soothing quality. Perfect for office and daily wear.

    Having enjoyed Signature so much, I looked forward to try out the new Story-version, which I bought blindly at a discount store. This is quite another story, however. It opens with a sickening, cloying smell of stale pineapple mixed up with some melon and other unpleasant fruity scents. I waited patiently for the scent to develop into something nice, but this didn't happen. At all stages I only sensed a cheap tutti-frutti smell that is unfit for any occasion, at least if you are out of your teens. It made me feel strongly uncomfortable and I had to wash it off after a couple of hours (when my wife went "yikes", too).

    A complete disaster. Someone took the original Signature, corrupted everything that was good in it and came up with this horrible mish-mash. They should be punished - please make it go away!

    06 May, 2010 (Last Edited: 16 June, 2010)

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    L'Arte di Gucci by Gucci

    I have to say this is one of my all-time favourite fragrances. Such a shame it is discontinued as I don't like any other Gucci fragrances. I have the black bottle eau de parfum which is very rare. I am very much into rose based scents, but this is not your typical floral. In fact I would not even class this as a floral but rather a chypre. It is quite potent, dark and viciously powerful. It is sad there are not many frangrances around like this one these days.

    06 May, 2010

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    Vera Wang for Men by Vera Wang

    The first 3 times I tried it at the store I did not smell a lot of the fragrance. But then suddenly one day I tried it again and had to buy it right after.

    To me this is a very masculin, elegant smell, nothing very special but for that just somehow sexy in a quite way. I will always have a bottle of this, especially for evenings were you need to dress up nicely.

    06 May, 2010

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    Swiss Army by Swiss Army

    This is my favorite scent, hands down. It's soft, clean, fresh, and comforting. I've tried many fragrances in various price ranges, and I always come back to Swiss Army. I would buy it at any price.

    06 May, 2010

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    Altitude by Swiss Army

    This is one of the nicest fragrances I've come across, and I've been wearing it since it came out. It starts off fresh and peppery, and slowly becomes softer and sweeter. After it softens, it is one of the most comforting fragrances on the market. It comes out of the bottle fairly strong, and it's easy to over-apply it. One spray is enough.

    06 May, 2010

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    High Line by Bond No. 9

    whew! It's got that really strong Bond style going on and it's a doozy. I don't get the grass or deeper notes; I get an overpowering floral with a headache-inducing ozone/aldehyde blast that made my eyes water. I really wanted to like this one especially since it came as a nice surprise in the mail from Bond's free VIP program but man! Speaking of man, I can't imagine this flower-power on a guy.

    06 May, 2010 (Last Edited: 14 December, 2010)

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    Rubj Parfum Extrait by Vero Profumo

    Parfum Extrait:

    Rubj takes a different path from most orange flower fragrances. Rather than sweetly fruity , it approaches top notes with a bitter and dry accord of petigrain-dominated citrus, an intriguing burst that is quickly swamped by a tsunami of clean, musky florals. The contrast of the two is enjoyable for the brief while it lasts, however.

    Once the heart arrives, Rubj delivers the main event, and it's one I don't find particularly appealing. I smell a white floral trio of orange-flower, jasmine, and tuberose, natural-smelling, yet somehow blanched and scrubbed into a puritanical cleanness bordering on severe. What redeems this accord here is a certain warmth, normally found in the flowers themselves, provided by the musk note that is the driving force of this fragrance.

    Deep into the base the flowers take their leave, and one can smell this musk unadorned. It's by far the most interesting element of Rubj to me, and unlike any other musk I know. It's warm but not dirty; clean but not soapy; creamy yet transparent, and daubed with ambrette.

    I seem to be one of the few people out there not in raptures about Rubj, but it's well worth trying if its in your price range and if a cleanly sophisticated floral sounds up your alley. However, if you'd like to smell something that's at least 90% similar to my nose, I strongly recommend Nivea Happy Time Orange Flower & Bamboo Milk body wash. No joke.

    Eau de Parfum:

    I find the eau de parfum a welcome change when compared to the parfum. In general it's less odd and more balanced, smoother and less linear. Gone are the flash-in-the-pan bitter top notes and the ambrette from the base, but in their place is a complex, appealing fruitiness that's honeyed, tangy, and faintly bitter in the vein of mango or passionfruit.

    What's right about the EdP helped me articulate what was amiss with the Parfum: there's a certain tendency in a number of orange flower fragrances ( Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino and Aqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta come to mind ) to sustain the orange blossom accord with loud, clean musks with epic longevity, a quality that charms at first ( "Hey, an orange blossom that lasts!" ) but grows tiresome on repeat wearings. The added fruitiness and reduced volume in the base turns Rubj into the fragrance I wanted it to be the first time around.

    If you want a smoothly pleasing yet not brain-dead fruity-floral, it would be hard to go wrong with Rubj eau de parfum, and certainly, its price per ml makes it much more viable for regular wear than the parfum.

    06 May, 2010 (Last Edited: 14 June, 2011)

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    Notre Flore Cedre by L'Occitane


    The cedar in Notre Flore Cedre is very nice, but I don’t care for the tobacco leaf mixed with it – it gives an off smell to the cedar IMO. I can pick up the conflict between the two as soon as the fragrance hits my skin. I wish that the cedar had kept back for a while because the mix of tobacco and caraway sounds interesting, but I couldn’t separate out the caraway in the accord as long as the cedar note was there. The L’Occitane site lists “woody juice” in the middle notes; I don’t smell any wood; I wonder if they mean “sap” because there is a fresh green note in there somewhere that I don’t identify as cedar. I’m not sure of the sillage, but a decent longevity doesn't come through for me.

    07 May, 2010

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    Notre Flore Jasmin / Jasmine by L'Occitane


    Opens with bergamot and a green note but very quickly becomes a Jasmine note that is light and delicate and supported by orange blossom. It’s an innocent jasmine and a light, almost fresh version of it. I get cedar for the drydown and no musk at all. All of the Notre Flore fragrances are listed in BN as unisex. Even though I am a jasmine lover, I would hesitate wearing Notre Flore Jasmin: It comes across as very feminine... Could be a skin issue.

    07 May, 2010

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    Parfum d'Habit by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

    Initially, a very strange note resembling some kind of sharp-smelling forest damp, but then, it evens out into a kind of a leather scent with an oriental base. This has quite a bit of sillage, and works best in cooler weather on my skin. It can be quite elegant for evening wear (as in black tie), or simply for informal social events. The blackcurrant bud note stays with the fragrance most of the way through the drydown, giving it a uniqueness and a touch of cachet.

    07 May, 2010

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    Jacomo de Jacomo by Jacomo

    This smoke bomb is da bomb!
    SMOKE, SMOKE, AND MORE SMOKE. It's like the campfire at a camp for French couture designers. Have to be in the mood for this...only in the cool to cold months. It's not an everyday kind of thing and a little goes a long way. A bottle will last you forever. It's a sexy, furry, cozy kind of thing...like making out with Paul Bunyan or the guy from the Brawny paper towel label. If Tom of Finland came out with a fragrance, this is what it would (should) smell like. But it's kinda classy at the same time. That was the 70's though, wasn't it? Kinda dirty and classy at the same time.
    By the way...who is "Jacomo"? Is he a person? Wasn't he DEVO's side-kick?

    07 May, 2010

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    Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

    My fragrance dealer suggested me to try this one. Actually I've had some kind of aversion about Hermès scents since long time ago just because I hate Equipage, moreover I always thought Hermès fragrances were intended to old folks like grandpas and grandmas, blame it on Equipage once again. Well, mistrustfully I tried on my wrists and... voila, what a surprise. To be honest I smelled some kind of "ancient" notes at first but a couple minutes later they turned into fabulous tangy earthy bouquet; drydown is much better than opening. If you're in your 20's and want to smell like a perfect gentleman this one will be perfect; but even better, if you're a more adult guy it will make you smell like the younger guy you wanna be. Notes? Definitively orange, moss and some wet earth stuff.

    07 May, 2010

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