Fragrance Reviews from June 2010

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    pansylady's avatar

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    SummerbyKenzo by Kenzo

    After an initial blast of alcohol, white flower sweetness underscored by smoky musk-

    28 June, 2010

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    Visa by Robert Piguet

    I agree with all the reviews below me. This thing is gorgeous, despite the fact it's made in 1947 this 2007 reformulation is very modern, the fruity top,t the mossy feel, are divine. I'm wearing it at the moment we speak, I wish I could pull this off but I find it very feminine for my tastes.

    28 June, 2010

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    Driven Black by Derek Jeter

    This actually smells really nice! A co-worker of mine wears this and at first I thought he was wearing Love & Luck by Ed Hardy but I was wrong! One day I finally brokedown and asked what cologne he was wearing and at first he was hesitant to tell me (probably because it's from AVON) but he admitted to it being Driven Black by Derek Jeter. It's a great powdery scent but almost has this aquatic vibe to it. It's smells very fresh and clean and I'll even go as far as saying this is what "cold" smells like, as odd as that is. It's hard to explain it because I don't agree with the note pyramid but either way, I recommend this to any guy in highschool to even an older gentlemen, it's just that great! Longevity and Sillage is monsterous with this so be careful with the trigger!!! It may be cheap, but it's a great scent nonetheless and believe you me, LADIES GO CRAZY FOR IT!!!

    28 June, 2010

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    Ici by Coty

    Very comforting, sweet, rich, and a little spicy to my nose...good lasting power.

    28 June, 2010

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    Red Vetyver by Montale

    An amazing vetiver fragrance indeed. The opening is sharp, the pepper and grapefruit combine and certainly give one a wake up call. Press your nose too close to the sight of application and the pepper threatens to take out your nose hair. The sharpness falls back just a bit as the vetiver, cedar and patchouli come into play going into the drydown. What is left on my skin is a spiced up vetiver/patchouli marriage that I find thoroughly enjoyable. This does not have quite the projection and sillage of Montale's Aoud fragrances, however it holds its own even on a hot, sweaty day. Kudos to Mr. Montale, although not every fragrance from this house suits me perfectly, I have found all are made from high quality materials and I don't have to use up half of a bottle to smell myself as with so many modern offerings. After so many disappointments, it is refreshing to have access to fragrances that don't disappear like a thief in the night.

    28 June, 2010

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    Karma by Gorilla Perfume [Lush]

    This is a nice pleasant scent that my ex used to love. I would just add two things:

    1) I see this as far more a woman's scent than a unisex one.
    2) While I do like most of the Lush products I've seen, they tend to be on the pricier side. Not sure I could call this a good "value" purchase.

    28 June, 2010

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    Intuition for Men by Estée Lauder

    Got this as a gift from a college gf who presumably liked it. Me, not so much. It has been a few years since I have smelled it but I do remember it seeming rather feminine. That's about all I can recall. I guess the fact that it made such a weak impression on me and I never remotely had the desire to re-up when the bottle ran out says something.

    28 June, 2010

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    The Original by Gap

    I'm hopeless with most fragrance notes, but here's my description. Take something like Creed Silver Mountain Water, remove the sharp black currant note, add leather and plum, and that's what The Original smells like to me - a sweetish leathery scent. Except that The Original lasts with more strength for longer than SMW does.

    I've owned about six months now, have worn it on quite a few occasions and am quite impressed with it.
    Renato

    28 June, 2010 (Last Edited: 18 December, 2010)

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    Moment Suprême by Jean Patou

    it's amazing to me that mine will be the only review of this singular masterpiece of French perfumery by Henri Almeras. It's difficult to render Moment Supreme in words--it is truly unmatched in history, being a heady oriental that uses lavender of all things as a central theme--Jean Patou's suave answer to Jicky, but so entirely unlike Jicky in all ways--not even related. To find relations, one must in-breed, as aristocrats do: When Jean Kerleo unveiled Ma Liberte in 1987, the boxes designed by then art director Christian Lacroix's assistant Sylvie Skinazi got more attention than the actual fragrance--itself a stunning creation. Monsieur Kerleo told me once that "he got some flack" (or the equivalent in French) for making such copious use of lavender--which by that time was completely out of the question by modern standards, unless you were Penhaligon's, or Creed: The "Don't even counts" by Patou standards. Ma Liberte, and, to a certain extent Patou Pour Homme Prive, also by Monsieur Kerleo, are it's only family relations. Today, Jo Malone's Amber Lavender is the closest by any stretch of the imagination, but a pale, pale suggestion of Moment Supreme it is. To describe MS, one must be familiar with the richness that was the hallmark of all Patou fragrances previous to the house's sale to P&G Beaute Internationale. The original patou's--everyone--had a density that no other fragrance house could imagine replicating, save perhaps for caron, but with none of the emotional confusion and hints of tawdry vulgarity that mark the great Earnest Daltroff compositions Like all patou's, it was seamless--yet facetted to infinity--each layer melting suavely into the next. First spray: Glue. I was always shaken by the Elmer's Glue Kindergarden Paste quality of the flight--very very unusual--but lasting mere seconds, to morph into the softest dry lavender--more english than french--anyone can imagine, the note that is its' signature. One must envision the halcyon days of pre-war Paris--the 30's--to fully put it into context. This lavender, it grows from the unmistakeable "patte" of Patou: like the Guerlinade of Guerlain, Jean Kerleo and Jean de Mouy called their unifying olfactive image "La Patte" (the paw print--literally): Amber/Black pepper/whiskey. It was said that Jean Patou himself, who, from his own family legend, was a lothario like never there was, loved "booze." And women. Jean Patou was decidedly not gay. From Lavender in a pot of booze, it's flight and it's heart, emerge a cloud of rooty resins, which evokes a kind of "Whiskey-Coca" cocktail--Over the course of two months, I sampled and re-sampled at least 10 different vintages to come up with the following analysis: Here's Moment Supreme's menu of delights in order of appearance: Glue. English Lavender. Amber/Black Pepper/Whiskey "Patte," Coca Cola, Benzoin, Beeswax, Orris, Caramel, Rosewood. The bitter end, the very last vestiges of scent, evoke dust, smoke, and sleep. Sampled in Parfum strength, the sillage proper is the main event. Patou fragrances were never, not one of them, conceived to be whiffed too closely, and were very much pre-occupied with sillage: (This is the key to understanding "1000") This is soft, dry, peppery lavender, always, with more or less resin according to the stage of development. People interested in imagining Moment Supreme should wash their hands with Jo Malone's Amber Lavender shower gel: That's as good as it's going to get--This scent is gone, and will never return. If it did, nobody would get it--it's just that sophisticated. Remember, Giboulet's "Caline"? That was Patou's idea of fresh, innocent and young in 1963--by today's standards it borders on pornographic, playboy forest nymphe.. I have no idea how people could qualify Moment Supreme today: it's just that much of a reflection of a time, and a standard of elegance, that are gone--and so very far gone that nobody remembers them: Just like the name says--"Supreme moment in time" captured in sillage--but forgotten, and evaporated, forever.

    28 June, 2010 (Last Edited: 25 December, 2010)

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    Ungaro III by Ungaro

    This is complex, one of the latest pillars of classicism. I'm a lover of fragrances and own many many great scents in my collection but few of them are so able to break as well my heart. Ungaro lll is one of my best friends wherever and surely one of the greatest fragrances ever created. Tall, dark, romantic and conservative, as said, this masterpiece is a true symphony concert, an aromatic, spicy, green, perfect blend of lavender, aromatic herbs, vodka and citrus (mainly orange) top notes, nocturnal flowers (princess the rose) in the middle and woods (and ambergris) in the base. The outcome is a sort of nutty, woodsy, boozy, dusty-herbal, poetic, saturnine, intimate creation with a notable presence of spices and nuances of fruits, musks, roots and flowers (important notes are also orange and lily). Ungaro lll is a romance dramatically royal in each occasion, comforting for women, hypnotic in the course of the first date, encouraging in the universe of business. You'll be followed by a sumptuous, nocturnal, romantic, sophisticated wake, by a whisper full of poetry, lived life and dreams. Wearing Ungaro lll you'll embody a sort of decadent and never ending mature aura which pushes ever and ever you upward over the top levels in this rugged routes of the wonderful life.

    28 June, 2010 (Last Edited: 26 March, 2014)

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    Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon's

    Citrus and pine on a musky, woody base, with some spice (like maybe coriander or cumin...I don't know) to add a bit of darkness to it. Manly in an old-worldly way, and therefore not sensual, nor sensuous, nor even introspective. If this were a man, he'd not be going to therapy; he'd push any negative thought inside himself and pretend that nothing is wrong.

    Thyme is not listed as a note, but I'm almost certain it's there - after the citrus notes burn off (in about 30 seconds for me) the pine and thyme dominate on my skin. Funny, but the Penhaligon's site says: "Blenheim Bouquet has no heart notes." That seems implausible, but wearing it, it is striking in how it goes from the refreshing briskness of the opening notes to the much quieter and murkier woody base in short order. The base lingers, but it's close to the skin the whole time.

    I'm still uncertain about this one. I love the opening. The drydown is just okay, for my tastes, anyway. I don't mind the aloofness, the old-school chill of it. In fact, sometimes that's what I want. It's simpler. All-in-all, a thumbs-up for the opening, the use of pine, the use of the spice notes, and the historical value of this fragrance.

    29 June, 2010

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    Acqua di Parma Colonia by Acqua di Parma

    I admire Acqua di Parma's outstanding quality. Each accord flows smoothly (but quickly) into its neighbor, and absolutely nothing smells synthetic, out of balance, or out of place. The topnotes, in all their sparkling herbed citrus glory, are a particular pleasure.

    But as well-constructed as the fragrance is, the middle and base get a little too floral and powdery for me. I really hate to use the "old lady" cliche, but that really is what comes to mind. I mean this is one classy gal with impeccable taste, but still. If only the brilliant aspects of the top could stick around a little longer, at least in part, to temper the outspoken florals. The jasmine must be the problem for me, because I don't mind a good rose. I still acknowledge the quality of these phases of the scent - a super old school woody floral - and I also acknowledge that this is not my style.

    Do sample it. Everyone should be familiar with this cologne benchmark. Just be warned that the floral aspect does grow quickly, so if you're seeking a straightforward eau de cologne structure, this isn't it. For that, try Eau de Guerlain.

    29 June, 2010

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    Unforgivable Eau Fraiche by Sean John

    Tested this for the second time today. Still not convinced whether to purchase it yet. Its a very sweet but likeable scent; good for summer. I reminds me of YSL Yvresse (previously Champagne) only its a bit lighter. I think I may have to test again to decide whether to buy it.

    29 June, 2010

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    Eternity for Men by Calvin Klein

    This is 1 of thee worst colognes I have ever smelt! It must be the basil & sage! Awful ingredients to add with the rest of the pyramid! I never liked this stuff. I wanted to forget all about it, till I was just recently visiting a friend & he had some so I said let me c whats going on with this?! BIG MISTAKE! Some stones should b left unturned!

    29 June, 2010

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    Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren

    Ok I tried this on at a friends home. This smells promising coming out of the bottle. So I spray some on my wrist, goes on pleasant, not great. As it begins to dry all I smell is this cucumber note lingering thru the whole frag. It is very off putting. I cant get into that as I find cucumber notes to be not so good. I will say for a polo scent this is better than alot of there offerings, but it is nothing spectacular. It gets a neutral rating from me, more so on the negative side but still inbetween. There are MUCH better aquatics out there than this.

    29 June, 2010

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    Fleurs de Bulgarie (new) by Creed

    Oh I don't know, this is not one of my favorite Creeds though it is of quality . It's an old fashioned ,airy -lightish in character- rose type fragrance IMHO- not that 'old fashioned' is bad - it's just not me. A very long lasting rose note on my skin ,somewhat cleanish ,sweet and soapy, alittle musky after some time- nothing unusual .

    29 June, 2010

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    Intimate Gardenia by Neil Morris Fragrances

    I think it reminds a little of Kai / Monyette Paris when I first spray - thick, milky ,jasmine . All three have this plastic flower vibe going on. However, Lily of the valley rescues this from becoming a Kai /Monyette clone. So then it becomes gardenia soapy . Good longevity . Not for me.

    29 June, 2010

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    Iris Pallida 2007 by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Ther is something very strange going on with Iris Pallida on my skin. Opens slightly velvety and I think this is going to be a wonderful scent experience. Quickly I feel the scent turned on me and it becomes sour, pungent, unpalatable. Its nearly a scrubber. I can't for the life of me imagine what is beautiful about this. It's musty, rotting vegetal , sour rubber and one dimensional .Quite horrible and that's a shame for me.

    29 June, 2010

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    Musgo Real No. 3 Spiced Citrus by Claus & Schweder

    Spiced Citrus describes this scent perfectly. It's basically a very simple Mediterranean-styled spicy and aromatic citrus cologne. It is very similar to Pino Fifty by Pino Silvestre, but with better longevity. It starts off very orangey, but within minutes the "spice" comes through. I believe the aromatic spiciness comes primarily from a big dose of patchouli, along with some woody notes, which I would guess is sandalwood.

    Spiced Citrus is a very old-school eau de cologne for those who want a citrus scent with an edge, as well as good staying power. It doesn't break any new ground, and I wouldn't be surprised if this formula were over a century old. It smells very classic and simple, and I believe this would be suitable for any occasion, for either men or women. It is a very good fragrance.

    MY RATING: 7.5/10

    29 June, 2010

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    Musgo Real No. 2 Oak Moss by Claus & Schweder


    Having liked the original Musgo Real cologne and their Spiced Citrus, as well as being a big fan of oakmoss, I was very disappointed with this scent, though it is not terrible. The main reason I don't like this is that it does not smell mossy at all to me. This is the smell of grass with some kind of heady, sweet floral note thrown in, making this smell like a very linear feminine floral scent. I don't have any hangups about wearing fragrances marketed for women, but this is just way too feminine smelling for me to feel comfortable wearing it. Although it's not an aquatic fragrance, it reminds me of a lot of the early so-called "fresh" scents from the early 90s, right before that fad got completely out of control.

    I don't like this, but I can't give it a thumbs down because it's not poorly made and I can understand why some people might like this, because it is refreshing. Not for me though.

    MY RATING: 5.5/10

    29 June, 2010

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    Ungaro III by Ungaro

    A great take of a fragrance on rose. Being classy this one will be better at night when dark prevails over the light and the day into a memory will change. Dark rose scent for the vampire inside you haha :P

    29 June, 2010

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    Baie de Genièvre by Creed

    I love it, casually regal.

    Creed's note breakdown:
    Top: Bergamot, cinnamon leaves
    Middle: Clove, juniper berry
    Base: Vetiver, ambergris

    This one comes across a bit differently in different amounts to me. The first time I used my bottle, only a bit came out (probably half an inch in diameter circle of juice) on my wrist. That one was difficult to break down as the scent's opening was so weak and close to my skin (with so little sprayed from an un-broken in spritzer), and the ending was sweet and earthy. It was pretty good, I wasn't too bonkers for it. Then, today (though several weeks back by the time this is actually posted), I sprayed it again and got enough juice from the quality atomizer to cover my entire wrist (I was impressed.) This time, it opened with a sharp, fresh bergamot opening that barely took any time to go away - that's all for the bergamot, folks. Then, it went into cinnamon leaves - beautifully complex. Not sweet by any means, but not quite bitter, either. A very pleasant couple of hours. As it progressed, it seemed to me to skip the middle notes (or they were so subtle the cinnamon overpowered them), so I didn't detect much anything from the cloves or juniper berries. Then it went into the base... whereas the first time was sweet and earthy, this didn't have the sweetness, and was a more smooth, earthy, kind of woodsy aroma. The ambergris really comes through more with less juice, I suppose. I love the scent, it's wonderful, it's quality, and it hits right home with my fragrance tastes.

    29 June, 2010

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    Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger

    Sort of a spicy aquatic that for some reason smells like ketchup to me sometimes. Pineapple is a note I don't really care for in fragrances unless it's done in a very natural way like smelling fresh pineapples, but I have yet to see this in a fragrance. Take Avatar and Silver Shadow for example, both which I dislike mostly because of that overpowering synthetic pineapple note. Tommy has it as well but it's much more toned down which makes it tolerable.

    One thing about Tommy, is that it is distinctive, there aren't many things that smell like it, and there aren't many that try to. Hummer H2 is a little similar, as is the base of Paris Hilton's Just Me. Sometimes I regret selling my 3.4 oz bottle, but it was mostly sitting there collecting dust. I may look for a smaller bottler soon to reminisce.

    In a nutshell, Tommy is pretty much a spicy aquatic with a very warm feeling to it. It has some interesting notes and is blended together quite remarkably that make it complex and hard to break it down into individual notes. (I can say that I smell cranberry, grapefruit and pineapple.) One of the better ones from the Tommy house indeed, but wearability may be an issue sometimes.

    29 June, 2010

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    Zeste Mandarine Pamplemousse by Creed

    My first sample left me wondering, but today was hot and humid and after a shower to remove bug spray and sweat I put ZMP and a clean shirt on for cocktails and it was perfect. I felt great. Nobody commented, which was even better: who wants cloying sillage in a heat wave? Fresh, elegant, and cooling.

    29 June, 2010

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    Timeless by Avon

    Despite it's title I don't know how this has lasted so long in the Avon catalogue. It reminds me of rusty metal and is very overpowering. On a plus side a little goes a long way. Beware though if you are prone to headaches. I like a lot of strong, heady fragrances however I don't find this one particularly feminine.

    29 June, 2010

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    Millennia by Avon

    My all time favourite perfume and I'm obviously not alone in saying It's highly missed. I recently saw a bottle selling on an auction site for £45! If only Avon could see this and bring it back. It was so unique I'm having difficulty describing it's fragrance. Gorgeous!

    29 June, 2010 (Last Edited: 29 September, 2010)

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    Perceive by Avon

    I first bought this in high school and back then it was quite popular amongst teenage girls as there was nothing like it. It's still selling which proves it's still popular but I think now it's quite dated as it is very strong and there's no floral or musky side to it. The trick is to only wear a little and you will appreciate it.

    29 June, 2010

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    Pur Blanca by Avon

    This is really cool and refreshing yet only if you don't overdo it. A little goes a long way but if you do overdo it then it can turn sweet and sickly. A good everyday perfume that's simple yet fun.

    29 June, 2010

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    Touch for Women by Burberry

    Think of Burberry and you may think of your typical British 'chav' standing outside a corner shop with a can of Stella in one hand and a pitbulls leash in the other however Burberrys fragrances are devine and Touch is definately one of the best. It's light and fresh and won't give your nan a headache. It's neither overpowering or too sweet it's just perfect for any lady of any age.

    29 June, 2010

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    Passion Dance by Avon

    This is quite heady yet really sexy. It's strong without being overpowering. The body spray smells nothing like the perfume I must add so if you're thinking about trying it then get the perfume and let's face it, it's Avon and it's not going to break the bank. This is a good, warm scent for a winters night out. Saying that I've just worn it to a wedding in Cyprus as it seems to go perfectly with a formal dress. Yet another thumbs up to Avon

    29 June, 2010

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