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    Force of One's avatar

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    Gucci Pour Homme II by Gucci

    This is a great scent that always makes me feel good when I wear it. A little tart on first application but dries down nicely. To me, I get a very pronouced blackberry note which I find pleasing and others seem to like as well. Strikes me as more of a summer-evening scent.

    I would agree with others that the longevity could be better (projection wise) but it does wear very nicely close to the skin for several hours on me. Also the combination of the eye pleaseing bottle and purple juice adds a nice aesthetic effect to my cologne collection.

    Lastly, let me add I consider this a perfect "1.7oz purchase" meaning it's something I want to have in my arsenal, yet probably will not wear it quite regularly enough to justify the bigger bottle purchase

    18 June, 2010

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    Mazzolari Lui by Mazzolari

    After checking out some reviews on here, I decided to invest in a test sample, as the more rugged manly scents tend to appeal to me more. Well as I sit here with it on, I am debating going outside and hunting and killing an animal with my bare hands and eating it raw, just after I finish putting the war paint on my face. Utterly savage and raw, yet tempered ever so slightly with a pleasing wax-amber scent to my nose.

    It strikes me as one of those scents where there will be limited times to really wear it, but when you do, you mean business! I don't think this would be a signature scent for anybody short of He-Man or The Terminator....Perhaps I will done it a night I am purposefully looking to get into trouble (the good kind of course :)

    As is probably a good policy in general -and especially this type of scent- I would highly recommend sampling this one first before plopping down the $$ on it. I

    18 June, 2010

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    La Cologne Fleur du Male by Jean Paul Gaultier

    While not a bad scent, this is WAY too feminine for me. If you had honestly told me this was a woman's scent I wouldn't have batted an eye. Personally I don't find Le Male that sexually ambiguous, but many do. If you consider that "meterosexual" than I would hazard a guess this would fall under "full blown drag queen".

    For a woman or an androgenous male, this would be a thumbs up in my mind. For a dude, thumbs down. Averaging the two = neutral rating.

    18 June, 2010

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    Chrome Legend by Azzaro

    Someone stole the Marc Jacobs cocofig and poured it in the original Chrome. Or they just got Marc Jacobs for Men and added a metallic/aquatic accord. Either ways, I like it more than MJ which gets plain boring in a very short time. And I actually like it more than the original Chome, especially for summer. Mind you, the fruity notes and everything else smells obviously synthetic, with no actual hint of any real note. I wear it like I'd wear a Comme des Garcons Synthetic perfume, opposed to any sophistication, any subtlety of notes, and I like it this way.

    18 June, 2010 (Last Edited: 11th March, 2011)

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    Black Afgano by Nasomatto

    Nice enough, but it's M7 for triple the price.

    Update: Now that the original M7 is no longer available, you know where to turn for a highly pleasant alternative in the genre "warm & dense oriental". (M7, btw, had great staying power, but BA's longevity just doesn't stop, as is the case with Duro as well -- something I value in a scent.)

    18 June, 2010 (Last Edited: 05 January, 2014)

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    Visit by Azzaro

    This fragrance is just okay. I'm kind of tiring of woody/amber/spicy scents. It doesn't seem synthetic to me but there isn't anything unique about this. Has a lot of cedar. Quite similar to Gucci PH.

    Longevity and sillage are good. My only complaint has to do with the juice. The sprayer on the bottle "squirts" instead of mists and if it gets on my clothes it leaves an obvious spot.

    19 June, 2010

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    Kamary by Madini

    Kamary is a light, clean smelling fragrance with the piquancy of oud added to rose and sandalwood.

    It is similar to Caron Secret Oud on me, but much less expensive!

    19 June, 2010

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    Acqua Viva by Profumum

    I am currently on a major citrus kick and this is so satisfying. I can only agree heartily with Kumquat's review... it is 100 % lemon in all its natural juicy glory and no lemon pledge. It is a little sweet - tart and sweet - like The Duchy Of Cornwall's organic lemon curd which I just love. This is yummy .

    19 June, 2010

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    Montana Parfum de Peau by Montana

    Parfum de Peau, also known as Montana de Montana, is usually described as sexy, assertive, dirty, and sultry.

    what a great way to describe such a complex fragrance....

    I found it on my 1st trip to PARIS ..way back in 1989...at his Boutique facing Galerie Vivienne

    I bought Parfum de Peau ,The Savon de Bain,and mens leather gloves in his trademark Cobalt BLUE...

    All these years ...I never used the Savon the Bain ...I kept the Cobalt Blue Gloves wrapped gently around the soap box still in its original boutique bag.
    His Fragrance, as well as the Savon de bain is so amazingly
    well constructed and expertly made ..... that the Cobalt Gloves are now infused with the fragrance...
    and I wear them with great pride of rare special occasions....

    I bought Parfum de Peau on Ebay ..as a treat to myself for my Birthday .. and
    yes, it remains the same formulation ...and if your lucky you might get a great deal on it ..like I just did ..

    19 June, 2010

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    Sacrebleu by Nicolaï

    Raspberry... Currants
    a hint of Cinnamon....with the depth and warmth that Vanilla and Clove ...usually bring.
    the Incense is there barely hidden ...
    giving it a smoky allure.

    On me this is a very "FRENCH" fragrance..

    Much in the same manner "BOUCHERON" bring me olfactory memories of
    the Antique Shops along the Quai Voltaire in Paris...

    19 June, 2010

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    Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme by Van Cleef & Arpels

    I had it ... back in the 80's
    I also was young and full of ideas or dreams ...
    Notions of what I thought made me feel RICH Sophiticated and ELEGANT...
    Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme along with Santos Cartier...created that illusion for me...
    wow.... who knew that a
    long-lasting, deep-down leather/smokey/tar-like chords
    would make me long for those youthful days .. now!

    19 June, 2010

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    1804 by Histoires de Parfums

    The initial blast is very Floral...
    Rose water and Lily of the Valley and fruity a coupling of Peach and something else...
    Little did I know it was Pineapple!!!

    Very much a Vanilla /Wood Mix ...as it settles on my skin...which is definitely
    my favorite Base ...

    19 June, 2010

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    Sin by Damien Bash

    Please allow me to introduce myself
    I'm a man of wealth and taste
    I've been around for a long, long year
    Stole many a man's soul and faith ...
    "Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
    But what's confusing you
    Is just the nature of my game"

    I expected something with a name
    like LUCIFER...and SIN
    would be a dark,luxurious,heavy even Loud...fragrance
    much the way Dior's Poison was back in the 80's.
    to my surprise...
    Parfum Lucifer Sin
    is fruity... sweet .. candied much like a Cherry Flavored Lifesaver...
    and almost afraid of it's own power...
    Sadly this fragrance fades into a subconscious whisper ...

    It doesn't announce itself ..
    linger or stain you with it's "presence"..
    like you think something that with a name like Parfum LUCIFER would.
    He Arrogantly would Declare himself to the World. "I Lucifer."

    To quote Nina Hagen in her famous song New York New York...
    "I know who I am
    And I am willing to declare myself to the world
    I am a star!"

    sadly ...
    He has fallen from Grace and his Brilliant Angel Wings have been clipped ...
    Parfum Lucifer Sin
    is for those that secretly want to be the Seducer... the Dominatrix.. the
    Sexual Deviant ...
    but are bit afraid to peer that close over the sexual edge.

    I like the fragrance really,
    but wish it was
    brilliantly soo much more ...

    19 June, 2010

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    Absinth by Nasomatto

    A very complex fragrance indeed...
    It grew on me .. the more I add to my wrist and arms the better it got ...
    but try to name the notes ...hmmm.

    Definitely a green herbal note ..
    then a smoked burnt incense ..
    a dark tea of some sort ...
    and then a Moss...or a Mushroom ..
    earthy .. and calming...
    WOORMWOOD ???

    The more I sniff,
    the more I want to add some more ...ahhh
    That's the ....narcotic effects of ABSINTHE!!!!

    19 June, 2010

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    Cuir by Lancôme

    Cuir De Lancome is my latest purchase.
    and from the moment I sprayed it ...
    I really was taken by its... yes,
    Woody, Smoky and Leathery fragrance ....

    Its an "Everyday-Leather" scent and luckily for me not too feminine.
    Although my fave still remains
    Chanel- Cuir Russie as a definitive
    "LEATHER SCENT"

    they do share similar notes...

    Chanel Cuir de Russie:
    aldehydes, orange blossom, bergamot, mandarin, clary sage; iris, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, cedarwood, vetiver; styrax, leather, amber, vanilla.

    Lancôme Cuir: bergamot, mandarin, saffron, Jasmine, ylang-ylang, hawthorn, patchouli, Iris, birch, orris root, styrax.

    The difference I found is that there is a grassy green note as it settles on my skin
    to CUIR DE LANCOME..
    not sure what produces this ...
    but it works for me ... in a strange way

    A male friend said it smelled like
    "Expensive Men's Shaving Soap"

    I think its another great find!!!

    19 June, 2010

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    Tabacco by Odori

    WOW!!!
    I really like this Fragrance !!!
    Rich in tone and feel...
    Bitter orange softened with a hint of jasmine somehow works on my skin really well
    that settles in a rich smoky base of Vanilla Tobacco...

    TABAC BLOND is made very youthful .. even "Teenage" in comparison
    and a Smokier robust leathery version of Chanel- Cuir Russe!
    and yet there is no mention of LEATHER in the mix!

    SOFT as a CASHMERE SWEATER..
    Warm as a Cup of Coffee
    "Grown-up" and comfortable like a
    a Favorite Old Bookstore...

    A new found fave!
    I am unable to pry my nose from my wrist. !!! as we speak!!!

    19 June, 2010

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    So de la Renta by Oscar de la Renta

    yech! scrubber. Granted, I can't stand fruity florals of the generic mid-90's variety, but still, the motor oil accord that arose after about three minutes might be enough to put anyone off. Smells like every other department store fragrance of the 90's, sharply floral, induced an instant headache, and persists after serious scrubbing and an attempt to cover it with Jolie Madame. Will try to out-shout it with Samsara next ...

    19 June, 2010

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    Polo by Ralph Lauren

    Polo surprises me. It somehow feels related to Yatagan by Caron, yet has its own distinct flavor. The pine, the basil, the somewhat funky melange of mid-notes that create an illusory tobacco accord lurking behind the greens . . . it's all very interesting, and not unpleasant.

    I give Polo a thumbs up for its masculine demeanor and overall spicy greenness. It does not smell cheap, and is dated without being outdated, in that it's quite unique and dark. I can't help but feel that it's a poor man's Yatagan, though. If I were to wear this, it would be after my Caron ran out, and I had to make do with something else before getting another.

    .....

    19 June, 2010

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    Bal d'Afrique by Byredo

    Have you ever bought a microwaved meal because the picture on the box made it look really good; but when you heated it up yourself the result was a mooshy, nondescript mess?

    Bal d'afrique. I put half the bottle on my decollete for a try, but before heading out stopped to dab an Estee Lauder sample on the back of my index finger. Over the next three hours of hiking it was the dab on my finger i smelled, and Bal d'afrique, which was generously applied under my nose, became completely forgetable.

    Since this doesn't sell in the US i'm not sure of the price point, but to me this wears like a low end offering with far-from-quality ingredients. Can't recommend it.

    19 June, 2010

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    Body Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent

    WHAAAATTT????!!! 73 postive to only 8 negatives? I am in complete shock. A buddy of mine sent me a sample of this stuff to do a video review on, and its not only super weak and very close to the skin, the smell itself is quite unappealing. I am in total shock, I must have gotten something else.

    19 June, 2010

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    Arlington by D.R. Harris & co.

    Arlington is a favourite warm weather cologne for me, the hotter the better, but it never gets going in cooler weather. Citrus over fern is a perfect description. It always has been a variation on a traditional eau de cologne theme and always subtle. It was not reformulated in 2009 despite the misinformation in one of the reviews below. It's a signature cologne for this small English company, they would be crazy to reformulate it and they have told me they haven't - I believe them.

    19 June, 2010

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    Ambre Précieux by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

    I just discovered this through a sample. I love it! I love how soft and powdery it is without being overly sweet. THEN I decided to look it up on the internet and discovered it's a MEN'S fragrance! ROFL!! You could have fooled me. I think anybody can wear it and anybody around them would be glad to smell it!

    19 June, 2010

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    Emporio Armani She by Giorgio Armani

    Reminiscent of an expensive version of Axe body spray. Top notes are nearly indistinguishable. Heliotrope is wasted in this miserable fragrance with a banal dry down.

    19 June, 2010

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    Jasmin Impératrice Eugénie by Creed

    can I just copy my blog entry here? It says it al:

    Holy CREED, Batman!
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    Finally got a minute to visit Saks at Polaris (Columbus, OH) to see what all the hype is about surrounding Creed, in particular, Jasmin, since several forums authors declared it one of the most seductive frags of all time. I mean, really? Is it that good?

    Oh, yes, and much, much more! The SA was great. (It pays to know your stuff before approaching a Saks SA at their fine fragrance counter, so a brief history lesson in the Creed family legend was time well spent.) I blushed with her enthusiasm as she shared her experience of her recent visit to the NYC Creed store and the 250-year anniversary of the famous French house. Apparently, a son or grandson will be going on tour in October-ish, and our celebrated C-bus is on the "maybe" list of city stops.

    After sampling the pure-pleasure-potion on a fancy Creed-inscribed slip, I flagrantly flaunted my sheer ecstasy a the mere whiff of HEAVEN. I love this. I have found a new purpose. I'll be a good girl from now on, so that when I die I will go the Heaven and have my family, my friends, and blissfully bathe in a big old bottle of Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie for all eternity.

    Then my angel of a SA, seeing the rapture on my face, bestowed upon me a genuine empathetic smile along a generous sample of....there are just no words for it, you know, the JUICE!! Alas, the clock chimed midnight, I mean 9:00 PM, and I floated out the door just as the gates of Heaven, I mean Saks, closed behind me.

    Seriously I thank God for blessing Earth with talents such as the Creed boys, and for the gift of scent, so that I may have caught a glimpse (whiff) of His beauty and His Kingdom Come.

    Amen.

    19 June, 2010

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    No. 5 Eau Première by Chanel

    After the nuclear bomb of aldehyde (C12?) blows over, the mid-notes are pretty. The dry-down is the loveliest of base-notes I've yet to experience. The rich old lady has stepped out of her gray plaid suit and donned a sundress. Bravo, Lady Chanel!

    19 June, 2010

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    Voyage d'Hermès by Hermès

    A great fragrance with a burst of oranges at the top but hums through all three stages with a plastic synthetic note not unpleasant but different. Try Bois blonde as these are very similar.

    19 June, 2010

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    Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

    The parfum formulation is excellent, with lots of that mineral and earth accord! It's very rich too, so it might be better for fall, but it definitely doesn't feel like a winter scent. The EDT was nice, but wasn't really much different to me than other orange/grapefruit and woodsy scents. Thumbs up for the parfum and I guess the EDT.

    19 June, 2010

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    Allure Homme Edition Blanche by Chanel

    Would agree with the other reviewers in this is a creamy lemon smell (maybe even a hint of wood). The problem for me is, while it starts off rather citrusy, after about an hour or so the cream part really starts to dominate. As I picture this more of a warmer weather scent, it's a little too heavy in that regard for my tastes.

    Given a few samples of this at a store, and while I probably will wear it another time or two to use up the vial, do not see this one ever making the "to buy" list. All that said, it does have that "classy" feel I associate with Chanel, so I certainly wouldn't disuade another from giving this a try.

    19 June, 2010

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    Original Vetiver by Creed

    Like fly-spray. Very unpleasant.

    19 June, 2010

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    Tommy Girl by Tommy Hilfiger

    I've given Tommy Girl subsequent wearings from my own bottle, and must admit that my initial experience with the scent was misleading. It was from a tester bottle that had been sitting on a shelf under hideous lighting at Kohls, and the juice inside must have been old and a little off. Reflecting on what I smell now - Tommy Girl is very nice. Instead of the stale chemical tea note that I sniffed before, I'm getting a very clean blackcurrant and green tea accord off the top. This rapidly (as in within ten minutes) opens into a simple, jasmine-fueled white floral breeze, which continues for several hours in a linear fashion before fading away. There is, oddly enough, nothing blatantly feminine or "girly" here. The tea and currant are rich and realistic, and the florals never overpower the construct. In fact, the edibles simply recede and compliment the floral heart and base. This kind of evolution reminds me of the remarkably simple progression of lavender to vanilla in Pour un Homme de Caron; the deftness of Ernest Daltroff's hyper-realistic lavender as it moves to floral-tinged vanilla is mirrored in Calice Becker's composition. For another comparison, I would add that the clarity of Tommy Girl's notes is on par with that of any Creed I've tried in the last year. A surprisingly successful unisex offering from Hilfiger.


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    19 June, 2010 (Last Edited: 06 January, 2011)

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