Fragrance Reviews from January 2011

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    Driven Black by Derek Jeter

    Yes, a smooth velvety suede kinda musk scent. A little citrus sprinkled on top. Not bad for the price, unique, but very synthetic smelling, so beware! Lasts long and projects well, though.

    01st January, 2011

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    Casual for Men by Paul Sebastian

    For the price, Casual for Men is a great citrus fragrance. Citrus and some light florals with a hint of animalic dirtiness in the base to set it apart and make it more masculine. Leagues better than the vile toilet cleaner that is PS Design. Also, for a fragrance of this type, it lasts a while and has decent sillage.

    01st January, 2011

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    Lagerfeld Classic by Lagerfeld

    I tried this fragrance today. It is definitively, positively the worst, most offensive frangrance that I've ever tried in my life (up until now)...and I've tried a bunch. I like powerhouse fragrances. But, this is over-the-top, in-your-face...One spray was too much for me. I find it pungent, rancid, foul and disgusting. I saw it in a gift set at Burlington Coat Factory. I pity the poor soul who received this blindly as a gift...

    01st January, 2011

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    Givenchy pour Homme Blue Label by Givenchy

    Not bad.
    Aquatic but not ozonic.
    Starts spicy, bergamot-citrusy, and fresh.
    A summery scent but a bit heavy in texture (though not sweet or cloying).
    Not my style but it is OK.
    Not irritating nor synthetic in character.
    Inoffensive.

    01st January, 2011

    Grottola's avatar

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    Jake by Hollister

    I wouldn't go as far as to say bugspray, but Jake is really just a synthetic fresh n' clean Abercrombie scent (Hollister is owned by Abercrombie). A bit of fruitiness and warmth on top and it lasts not very long on me. The best Hollister fragrance, in my opinion. Doesn't last very long, though. Good for the kiddies!

    01st January, 2011

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    Dzing! by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Many prior reviewers cite all sorts of scent descriptors... most of which I just can't relate to. Our hippocampus' work in such mysterious ways. :)

    My experience with Dzing! goes like this:
    when I first applied it, I was taken to an Indian grocery store. Yeah, I didn't see this coming or this particular reference in the other reviews. ;) but during the dry-down period the fragrance evolved into something very familiar, but not specifically recognizable (which is really bothering me!).

    It is a smell that conjures up some past positive experience(s) in my life. I think this scent is reaching deep into my past, to a place that probably will never be identified. There is something very primal about Ding!

    There is also an addictiveness about it. I can't seem to stop sniffing my wrists.

    I think if you like Bvlgari Black (which I love) you will like Dzing. I don't think it has the sweetness of Bvlgari Black, but rather a more peppery characteristic. I think I am slowly starting to identify the leather notes... but my experience (memory) with most leathers has a stronger tannery related smell, e.g. my Wolverine 1000 Mile boots ;)

    I recommend using Dzing! during cool/colder days and more in the evening hours (vs work hrs) or on weekends when running around town.

    01st January, 2011

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    Black Tie by Washington Tremlett

    Washington Tremlett Black Tie takes its rightful place between the languid, powdery Victorian rose of Hammam Bouquet and the dark and medieval Templar incense of Czech & Speake no. 88. I find Black Tie much more relevant and wearable than the other two. The opening is a debonair citrus with a little spice and rose. The base dries down to a beautiful rose water accord with a natural musk possibly ambrette seed. This one is a winner.

    01st January, 2011

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    Pi Neo by Givenchy

    Notes: citrus, toscanol (synthetic anise), cedar, patchouli, benzion.

    Aromatic and somewhat sweet. Fairly synthetic and dense in texture.
    I've smelled worse (e.g., original Pi).
    Comes across as cheap and banal.

    01st January, 2011

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    Pi by Givenchy

    alleged notes: tangerine, pine needles, infinium, ironwood, benzoin crystals.

    One of the nastiest scents I've encountered. Cloyingly grotesque in its sweetness.
    Candy floss, cream soda, and vanilla on a sugar cube.
    It is delusional to claim that there is anything like pine needles here.
    Could only stand this for about 30 seconds before I scrubbed it off.

    01st January, 2011

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    Jaïpur Homme by Boucheron

    Review for EdP version.

    Jaipur shares a skeletal foundation with Body Kouros, another creation from Annick Menardo of similar vintage - in most ways, however, the two are poles apart. Where the latter is spare and linear, Jaipur is explosively rich and elegant. This is a strong and confident fragrance which also manages to be mannered and polite. Jaipur sticks around for a while - well into the next day I get wafts of sweet powdery spice. Fortunately, I am almost certain that you won't mind its company. Unique and essential to try.

    01st January, 2011

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    L'Eau au Masculin by Lolita Lempicka

    Awesome frag but the silage and longevity is very very poor which is a damn shame because the original is very much the opposite. I can see myself going through the whole bottle in no time, because its soooooo weak.

    01st January, 2011

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    Rahät Loukoum by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    This scent is amazing! It is way strong, way sweet, and can be utterly overwhelming unless you use just the tiniest little bit - and the result will be with you all day in little whiffs of wow.

    I use this only to layer - as a sweet accent to a wide variety of fragrances, and it is perfect for that.

    I love it, my 1 ml sample lasted me for months but now, finally, I need a bottle - and that will last for the rest of my life! I'd buy a thimble-full if I could, that is all I really need for the next few years, it's that intense!

    01st January, 2011

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    Dzing! by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Not so much a circus as the promotional bluster would have one believe but more of a museum of transport at first sniff, where Dzing! is all hooves and tyres. There's plenty of smouldering rubber and a minor harras of horses for the first couple of minutes – fierce, decisive top notes that quickly relent and ease into a calmer, blonder, chimerical thing. Whilst there are few comparisons to be made with Dzing!, the attempt is best done with these top notes, where a singed muskiness bears similarities to Serge Lutens' Muscs Koublaï Khän and an early stage of the dominant leather note reminds me of the filthy opening of Chanel's Cuir de Russie with the floral scenery cut back. After the rousing muck and musk opening a strange hodgepodge of unusual suspects take over: musk, toffee, Elastoplast, damp cardboard, lapsang souchong, popcorn, ham, hamster, mechanic's garage, decade-old cinnamon. Dzing! dries down to a sublimely co-operative leather-vanilla, inedible yet delicious, that hovers ineffably between the smell of a greengrocer's brown paper bag and a plate of just-grilled pork chops. Inimitably fine.

    01st January, 2011

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    Bond No.9 Perfume Oud by Bond No. 9

    This has oud??? I cannot find it. Smells like a screechy synthetic rose. Loud and cheap.

    01st January, 2011

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    Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

    Like a thunderbolt - Godfather1- this is the scent that has evaded me. What can I say LUVVERLY. Intense on application, but what a serenade of notes on the settlement.I will not be without this.

    01st January, 2011

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    Bleu de Chanel by Chanel

    I'm not quite the connaisseur, so my opinion may not be the most believable, yet I am going to share it.

    When I tried it on paper in the store, it didn't really convince me immediately, and when I sprayed it on my arm i didn't like it at all. It wasn't until an hour later I smelled something beautiful, that I knew I loved it. It has this very fresh powdery smell to it, woody yet light, which makes it a perfect everyday scent.

    It's not the most innovative scent, in fact it has been done before quite a few times, but it has its own special touch, something that reminds me of a whisper, a whisper that you hear but don't know who it's coming from. You smell someone passing, and about a minute later it starts to make you wondering.

    I like it!

    01st January, 2011

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    Lalique White by Lalique

    Lemon openig can be little bit disappointing for some of the people, but 15-20 minutes after, Lalique White starts to show it's class. Very, very subtle notes and great drydown shows, that this is a very elegant smell.
    Don't expect Joop Homme smell power. It's very clean, not offensive classy scent for hotter weather. It's a WHITE scent. Like a fresh, white cotton shirt. Or T-shirt. It's extremly relaxing and lasts about 6-8 hours on my skin on winter time. And when you'll use the last drop of Lalique White, you won't throw the bottle. It's a piece of art.

    01st January, 2011

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    Burning Leaves by CB I Hate Perfume

    The perfume of maple leaves ablaze – sweetly toothsome, like the pan-stickings of caramelized root vegetables – and also bringing us one grateful step closer to a fantasy product originally envisaged by William Burroughs in his 'Naked Lunch':

    "My dear, I'm working on the most marvellous invention... a boy who disappears as soon as you come, leaving a smell of burning leaves and a sound effect of distant train whistles."

    When Burning Leaves is laid upon the damp forest floor of CB I Hate Perfume Black March, it evokes an Autumn evening the likes of which might make you swoon. It does me.

    01st January, 2011

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    Absolu by Rochas

    A very nice oriental ambery scent, not really flowery for me. Absolu is rich but not cloying. Amber and myrrh plasy in the base that lasts for hours and hours. I think it's also quite unisex. A quality fragrance ideal for special nights. A big thumb up!

    01st January, 2011

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    Gucci by Gucci by Gucci

    I usually enjoy patchouli-based florals but not this time around. Maybe I just don't care for the tiare or tropical flower note used in here - it is sickly sweet. In fact the entire composition seems poorly balanced right from the get-go, the mildly fruity tops adding nothing of interest to offset the cloying sweetness of the heart as it staggers woefully towards drydown. Pretty bottle notwithstanding, I'd hate to smell GUCCI BY GUCCI on an otherwise attractive woman. Yucks!

    01st January, 2011

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    A*Men Pure Malt by Thierry Mugler

    Ahhhhh. This is a wonderful take on the ice cream sundae. I smell vanilla ice cream, a bit of hot fudge, a lot caramel, and maraschino cherries.

    MMMMM MMMMMM!!! (that's the yummy noise).

    I really don't feel the "malt" vibe. Even if I close my eyes really tightly and sing the imaginay-hey-shun song, I can't smell the whiskey, or scotch, or whatever the hell this is "supposed" to smell like. Maybe there's a whiskey-without-the-alcohol note in there, but wouldn't that just be like a corn syrup smell? And if so, I guess that explains the caramel.

    Well, it doesn't matter, because this stuff rules and I'm going to have to find me a bottle, despite the difficulties in doing so.

    Also, I strongly suspect that this will become a stand alone; it's actually more wearable than A*Men.

    01st January, 2011

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    Nina (new) by Nina Ricci

    Pleasant, for sure. Fruity, most certainly. Sophisticated, no.

    This is marketed to the under 18 set, and for that, it is well suited. It does not speak of mature, sensual elegance of a grown woman.

    If it's elegance you want, look elsewhere. Only a young girl would want to smell like a caramel apple.

    01st January, 2011

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    Zizan by Ormonde Jayne

    For me, this has both good points and things which give me pause. On the plus side, it has marvelous green notes: they are herbaceous, leafy-stalky and vital. Much is due to the clary sage and bay leaf. The scent gets big and spicy, in a 1980's macho style... still OK. The violet leaf adds a bright fresh note, and I'm neutral on violet leaf. It also develops a fresh-synthetic note that seems at odds with what has come before. It reminds me of laundry detergent and seems ozonic. Here is where I lose interest. The 'freshy' quality abates in the dry-down but never quite goes away.

    01st January, 2011

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    Isfarkand by Ormonde Jayne

    Oh my, this is a peppery scent. It starts with a smell of freshly-ground pepper, combined with some bright citrus notes. Dusty, dusky, even haunting... I like it so far. The scent profile grows a bit, and develops woody notes and a slight toasty-smoke character. Vetiver comes down the chute, with grassy-woody notes. The vetiver combines well with the previous notes. Last to appear is the cedar, in a quiet and classy way. It winds up as a lovely dry woody scent.
    This is an austere, minimalist scent; and it is pretty good. But it is quite low-key. I wrestle whether it is bottle-worthy, given the price. I'll have to try it more times.

    01st January, 2011

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    Lust by Gorilla Perfume

    I have always loved Lush's Flying Fox wash, and Lust is the perfume interpretation of it. I love that funny rubbery quality I get from some white florals (like Songes) and this has it in spades. It is not shy, and if you really like an indolic jasmine I recommend getting a sample. The ylang adds a honeyed quality that is quite nice.

    01st January, 2011

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    Ombre Rose L'Original by Jean-Charles Brosseau

    A lovely ultra feminine, traditional, super-soapy honeyed, linear rose. It made me really happy when I tried it, on a theoretical, nostalgic level but I'd never buy it because I prefer much dirtier scents!

    01st January, 2011

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    Nokomis by Coty

    Love this one...jasmine, smoke and woods! I'm rediscovering some of Coty's scents and realizing that a lot of them are truly wonderful.

    01st January, 2011

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    Eau des Baux by L'Occitane

    Eau des Baux is a very attractive, comforting masculine fragrance. Warm spices, incense, and woods sweetened with vanilla evoke images of the Champs-Élysées in Autumn, or just a beautiful fall evening where the trees are a variety of colors and the streetlights are like stars. Almost like Diesel Zero Plus Masculine, but not as crude and done a lot better. Longevity is average, but sillage is great and Eau des Baux is a wonderful smell for the price.

    01st January, 2011

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    Chloé Narcisse by Chloé

    Chloé Narcisse is perhaps the queen of overbearing, strong "old lady" perfumes. I'm not saying this perfume is meant for women of an old age, but when people smell or think of "old lady" perfume, this could very well be an archetypal stench.

    Heavy, sweet, and cloying florals dry down to a base of crude rose and vanilla. Most people either love or hate Chloé Narcisse, I am particularly NOT a fan.

    01st January, 2011 (Last Edited: 03 January, 2011)

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    Orris by Tauer

    I'm not a fan of Tauer's perfumes. I don't see myself owning anything he has in production. Even his beloved L'air du Desert Marocain. So I was quite surprised when I found myself really drawn to Orris. Not only do I think Orris is the best creation Andy has done, but probably one of the best perfumes created.

    I can't put Orris in words. When I sniff it, I'm left with a big question mark. It's very enigmatic. It definitely has Tauer's style to it. It's like a combination of perfumes he created, but a superior version. A vague resemblance might be a cross between Lonestar Memories and Incense Rose.

    I get a tomato (leaf) or raspberry note, which is probably several aspects of the very complex earthy orris root. The rose is peppered up with loads of cinnamon and bark. It sits on a birch tar, smokey frankincense, and agarwood base. There's something really fiery smokey about Orris. It has that petroleum tar feel like in Lonestar Memories. It's a dark fragrance. I get shades of black and dark red.

    In the end, I recommend trying to sniff it. It's a complex scent that can't be easily explained. I wrote an email to Andy Tauer asking if he'd ever re-release Orris. He said it was made of ingredients that were too costly and scarce to source, that he only made it as a limited edition.

    01st January, 2011 (Last Edited: 04 January, 2011)

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