Fragrance Reviews from March 2011

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    PigeonMurderer's avatar

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    Égoïste / L'Égoïste by Chanel

    I do actually understand people who absolutely dislike fragrances in general, but I don't understand any perfume enthusiast who doens't love this particular one.

    Easily one of the most compelling oriental's ever made. Herbs, spices, balsams, smoky vanillic woods and candied fruits...Everything just spot on.

    Powerful, long lasting fragrance which is very unisex, although curiously I've been told a couple of times that it smellt very masculine on me.

    Nothing wrong with the current bottles, but if you can, try to find one of those original EdT splash bottles.

    17 March, 2011

    PigeonMurderer's avatar

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    Green Irish Tweed by Creed

    Today probably the most sold niche masculine ever, but I'm sure you already knew that...

    It's a fine one. The opening is a bit sharp and even nostril burning citrus-lavender, but the dry down of green leaves, florals, musk and woody amber is quite flawless, although only if I catch a sniff from a certain distance. (Too close and it's fairly unpleasant to me - still too sharp)

    Lasting power is great and I think this brilliant masculine is one of those better versatiles : Makes equally appropriate companion for a night at the opera and buying canned herrings at the local market.

    17 March, 2011

    PigeonMurderer's avatar

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    Cool Water by Davidoff

    Mouthwateringly delicious fragrance. In a way totally flawless, although it apperears to sting my nose a bit in times when inhaled too deeply. (I suspect it's the dihydromyrcenol)

    Complex and extremely aromatic mixture of herbal greens, bitter citruses, sweet musk and mossy woods. It smells very juicy and crisp, this groundbraking designer fragrance. Goes deep into the skin with great amount of nuances and strong lasting power.
    Performs like a fine soap; always natural and fresh smelling, simple yet complicated, but the one shall avoid overdoze to not to break the great impressions.

    I enjoy wearing this, but more than that, I enjoy smelling it on my girlfriend who's been lately very into a wearing it. She calls it the "Sawyer scent".

    17 March, 2011

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    Gendarme Sky by Gendarme

    Tempted to give this a Thumbs Down but it's not really terrible. Matter of fact if you like Green Irish Spring soap you will definitely like this. It's synthetic but in a pleasant soapy way. Probably overpriced. Try before buying.

    17 March, 2011

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    Gendarme Green by Gendarme

    This stuff smells like Prell shampoo and that's a good thing.
    It's a comforting scent and almost universally liked.
    I get no Basil notes at all. If you have a good imagination you can smell Cucumber and some mild spices (white pepper?, Cardamon?)
    Got a handful of Gendarme samples and this is the only one I'm buying.

    17 March, 2011

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    Perry Ellis for Men (original) by Perry Ellis

    Oh Boy.
    Another blind buy mistake.
    If only someone had mentioned a Yatagan connection I would have run away quickly.
    This, to me , has been the closest thing to Yatagan and for me, that's not a good thing.
    Very, very dirty and dry. Smokey and dirty.
    Drydown is as follows:
    More Dirt.
    More Smoke.
    Now, I wanna bath!
    I imagine this will work for many as it is undoubtedly a well-made frag but it just is not for me.

    17 March, 2011

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    Voyageur by Jean Patou

    This one is a woody-aromatic fragrance with some iodate, synthetic, marine elements infused in to a neroli-grapefruit-lavender accord standing on a woody-mossy foundation. The opening is a dust of watery orange which gradually slides towards a woodsy base that is not anyway heavy but upholds an airy, nearly iodate feel. The insertion of sage contributes to impress an aromatic push to the marine elements. This is a fresh fragrance, clean but lacking of distinctiveness and uniqueness. Longevity and sillage are in the average.

    17 March, 2011

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    French Lover / Bois d'Orage by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    This is very well composed and follows a classic, woody, vetiver, nutmeggy thing in the manner of Gucci Pour Homme and similar ilk.

    The problem I have with it is it's so utterly dry, lean and peppery it gives me the illusion of having a parched throat and a dry tongue. Er, that's not really something I want in a fragrance! Compared to the full-figured appeal of a scent like GPH, French Lover is emaciated and boney... and quite frankly, hard work to get on with. There's also a chilly, airy, ozone note in there gently hissing away somewhere that adds to the effect.

    I admire the perfumer for not politely fleshing it out with pleasantries or sugaring the pill too much.. but this french lover has a cold heart. Maybe that was the joke? It doesn't last long either - maybe that was the other joke?

    One for the purists, I reckon.

    17 March, 2011 (Last Edited: 18 March, 2011)

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    Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune by Guerlain

    I purchased Pumplelune in a big department store where they were selling a lot of superknown perfumes for $10 and $20 because their original boxes had been damaged in a warehouse accident. Tones of "unboxed" scents throwed in big baskets for you to choose. A funny picture of dozens of people fighting to get their own bottle of the latest Gucci or Dolce & Gabbana release for $10. While I was looking at all this as if were civil war or maybe a supermarket assault after a cataclism, I saw 2 unattended bottles on a side. I got closer to them and realized they were Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune and Herba Fresca. I rapidly grabbed them both and rushed to the counter. I wasn't expecting too much and actually I wasn't so curiosus about them, but for $20 I gave them a chance.

    Pamplelune is nice. Very realistic in the opening with a big dose of tart freshly squeezed Grapefruit joined by bitter green leaves. It turns rapidly sweeter and a bit warmer with clean musk, vanilla and "shy" patchouli. Unpretentious and honest. I won't consider it as an office fragrance but I'll surely enjoy it in the summer after a day of work and a stone-cold shower.

    17 March, 2011 (Last Edited: 04 April, 2011)

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    Fidji by Guy Laroche

    Fidji is feminine, exotic and evocative, a spacious and optimistic creation which i always like to smell around (it's hard unfortunately). The spicy, citrusy opening discloses immediately a refined bouquet of royal iris, light aldehydes and sophisticated jasmine-rose duet. This introduction is soon airy, powdery/aldehydic, cool/dry and musky. The oakmoss-galbanum presence plays a notable role in the background of this glorious chypre. The spices embrace the floral bouquet and draw it towards a musky, ambery, mossy base with the woody texture from the note of sandalwood and the bold influence from a classic patchouli. The outcome is boise, musky, realistic and slightly floral, with an extremely refined floral touch and the exotic (vaguely soapy) ylang-ylang spark. The sillage is discreet but the aroma is tenacious.

    17 March, 2011 (Last Edited: 14 November, 2013)

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    Polo by Ralph Lauren

    Polo is a sharp, woodsy timeless masterpiece with its aroma of forest, its hardly perceivable presence of floral notes (rose, geranium and carnation), its undisputably masculine mould, its homage to the most intransigent and conservative tradition. Its aromatic, moderately resinous mix of rural elements and delicate herbal coumarine exudes a barely mild supreme woodsiness that is expression of a traditional archetype of discreet but marked masculinity, hundreds of miles far from the creamy pudding widespread nowadays around. Polo is a really dry and grassy fragrance based over a mix of many astringent notes as dry woods, herbs, coniferous woods, lavender, musks, roots, spices and tobacco. Camomile and lavender create an aromatic "fluidy" liquid where to macerate the grassy ingredients and the outcome is a classy and bracing juice of the woodlands, epitome of distinction and exclusive internship in a clan of sporting people of high society. The flowers are really astringent and lose their angular undertones when the woody foundation of the aroma has permanently settled down with the support of frankincense, dry amber and leather. Many hours later the first dabs or sprays the outcome is a smoky/aromatic, faintly incensey (dusty by a frankincense/ambergris accord), woodsy smell with the boldness of patchouli and a slight undertone of ambergris/leather. Its projection is close to the skin while the longevity is notable.

    17 March, 2011 (Last Edited: 27 March, 2014)

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    Coromandel by Chanel

    Only Chanel can manage to make patchouli, which is often dirty, earthy, hippy head shop like in perfumery, and turn it into something opulent and rich. There's patchouli, you get its facets, but it isn't concentrated. It's almost puffy, airy or transparent in Coromandel. I get something rich and creamy, with a soft, spicy gingerbread sweetness. One of the best in the Les Exclusifs line.

    18 March, 2011

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    Dune by Christian Dior

    A very powdery oriental. Strong and obnoxious if too much is used - I guess this can be unisex, but I already have Tiffany for Men to feed my powdery fix.

    18 March, 2011

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    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme by Paco Rabanne

    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, the original aromatic fougère.... and a very coniferous one at that. Lavender, pine, and tobacco is what I get for most of the scent life with a smooth drydown of moss and honey.

    Don't get me wrong, I normally like strong, long-lasting men's fragrances. However Paco is just a bit too obnoxious and headache-inducing for me. Love it or hate it, though, it's a classic.

    18 March, 2011

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    Captain Molyneux by Molyneux

    Be sure to try the dark opaque bottle like the one shown at the top of this listing. This one has better longevity than the later clear bottles, apparently.

    Captain is a mild, slightly spicy and soapy fougere-esque scent. It reminds me a little of Lacoste Original. LO has better projection and longevity. Vermeil has even more power using some of the same ingredients.

    I got this for a great deal at a counter that featured discontinued products, so I can't complain about the meager sillage. On me the longevity lasts several hours of close-to-the-vest projection.

    18 March, 2011

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    Clean Simply Soap by Clean

    Hideous. Neither clean nor simple nor soap. This evokes a synthetic reproduction of the otter tank at a public aquarium. A bracing glass-cleaner accord floats over a lush, organic note of standing water, spoiled fish, and fetid musk. If Comme des Garcons had released this as "Parfums PARFUMS Series 10: Moldy Fish Tank" I would still hate it, because it is vile.

    Longevity and projection are excellent. The fragrance even resisted scrubbing with actual soap. These molecules have the physical strength and truculent presence of a b-movie thug.

    I have never smelled another fragrance as bad as this one. I would prefer almost anything to this - I would gladly smell the most insipid white flowers and calone instead of this foul reek.

    18 March, 2011

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    Tea for Two by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    The name does not sum up this fragrance at all. I get very little tea from this. I mostly get a smoky, spicy, slightly sweet oriental fragrance. It kind of smells like those sugar coated jelly candies that had a variety of flavors, and there was one jelly that was spicy, and as a kid I avoided those and ate all the cherry and grape ones. The spicy ones got hard and stale.

    Theres something about it that reminds me of Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanilla, but a tamer version. I find it to be a comfort scent. Something to wear for yourself and not for others since the only way other people can smell it is if their noses are smashed up on your skin.

    Its a interesting scent but not FBW due to the fact that it has such poor sillage. Longevity is nothing to brag about either. But Ive found this to be the case with all the L'art scents Ive tried so far.

    18 March, 2011

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    Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

    This is for the actual version!

    Originally published in Fragantica:

    "Compared to the one manufactured by PPR, the previous licensee of YSL, this version is what can be called a failed blend - this is, a blend failing at conveying any sense of harmony.

    As per news published in the media, the actual manufacturer - L'Oreal - wanted to modernize it but in the effort, they negatively affected the blend: top notes smell harsh maybe due to the presence of synthetic floral notes, a feeling that is amped up by the presence of synthetics; mid and base notes feel pungent to the nose, sharing the same notes with other classics that have been reformulated - maybe the presence of an aromachemical used in lieu of some essential oil/s, a note that smells like regurgitated baby's milk. In this sense, the base notes smell quite similar to that of the reformulated Magie Noire. Interesting enough, this accord in the base notes contributes at making both new versions scents that could be easily be worn by men. They are femenine scents in their top notes, but if "feminine" is a synonym for "delicate", both have lost this attribute, for wearers won't find any delicacy at all: harshness in all its development is what one feels to the nose.

    One more word of caution: if you are among the ones thinking that Opium does share mid and base notes in common with Arami's JHL, I am sorry to inform you that this is not anymore so: there is a general feeling lurking around this concept, but similarities end there, so just don't think it could be a replacement for JHL. Better stick to the original, now that Estee Lauder decided to relaunch it.

    In summary, an olfactory mess, in the same line L'Oreal did with Ralph Lauren's Polo (green). Scents gone-by that forces any good-hearted perfume aficionado taking the trouble of finding either a replacement (in the case of Polo, some knock-ofs are more honest to the original formula) or securing whichever vintage bottle is available in the market. And, in the case of plain customers, forcing them to overcome the feeling L'Oreal is playing a joke at them when in the revamped version of the box they state "... para las mujeres que no se resisten a Opium, un nuevo frasco para su Eau de Toilette de siempre" ("For women that cannot resist the temptation of Opium, a new presentation for the Eau de Toilette they have always cherished")."

    18 March, 2011

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    Only The Brave by Diesel

    On my skin Diesel Only the Brave is a very nice scent. I am really surprised to see all of the negative reviews about this scent because i actually think that most men from teens to 30 something could pull this off. That being said I defintally agree with the name of this fragrance "Only the Brave" because it is a very sweet, almost unisex scent that is balenced well with lemon. I do believe that a man has to have some comfort in masculinity to wear this hence the name. So if your a man who can wear the sweet fragrances ot you just enjoy them, give this one a shot.

    18 March, 2011

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    Animale Animale for Men by Animale Parfums

    Take A*men, get rid of the nasty tar notes and some of its cloying sweetness, make it creamier and toss a little fruity notes and voila, you got Animale Animale.
    But wait, Animale Animale predates A*men by two years, so scratch that and take Animale Animale, get rid of that wonderful creamier notes and most of the fruit, add some nasty, pungent awful tar and throw piles and piles of sugar on top of that mess and voila, you have A*men.
    I can not figure it out, but how come pucking inducing A*men is so popular and gets raving reviews while this gem goes practically unnoticed. It beats me.
    It is not only better than A*men, it was launched before A*men and it costs less than one fourth of A*men. Get this instead, it just makes sense.

    18 March, 2011

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    Fuel For Life pour Homme by Diesel

    This destroys my senses. People say its sweet and I guess thats true, but this is .. the wrong kind of sweet to me. Its like sweet Metal or something. Thumbs down. Definetly a unique scent but I dont recommend this one.

    18 March, 2011

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    Original Vetiver by Creed

    A soapy and citrus fragrance that smells classy and handsome. I love this for the summer. People always compliment me on it and tell me I spell expensive.

    18 March, 2011

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    Power by 50 Cent

    I think its pretty decent, not bad, not great. smells like lemons at first, turns into bell peppers and ends with a spicy, grassy green scent.

    18 March, 2011

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    Eau de Pamplemousse Rose by Hermès

    A natural smelling grapefruit with some blood orange behind it for extra sweetness. The grapefruit note is sweet, juicy and natural -- just as JCE can only do. Don't like rose? Don't worry, the rose is there, but quite faint. Unlike others, I get the rose in the opening, ya just have to wait about 10 minutes until the tangyness from the citrus dies down. The rose is rather green in the opening and middle, and doesn't become the typical rose we are used to until the final dry down. At which point it is wonderful. Smells amazing, and is great for any man who may be afraid to wear a fragrance with rose, because of it jeopardizing his masculinity. The rose in the base of this is pretty subtle, projection isn't a beast, so ya don't have to worry about "smelling girly"

    I happen to love rose notes, just not always on me. Rose in the base was a brilliant decision on the part of JCE. For cologne strength, this is more of an EDT.

    18 March, 2011

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    Sublime Vanille by Creed

    Spice and Wood interested me, but Sublime Vanille left me cold. Call it a case of over-blending. This Royal Exclusive opens with a white flowery vanilla, a little bitter, and takes its sweet time transitioning into its logical conclusion of tonka, dry citrus, and musk. The entire affair is pristine in execution and clearly derived from the finest ingredients, yet lacks even the slightest hint of dynamism. Its white floral opening is neutered of indoles and smoothed into a grandiloquent abstraction of the vanilla and citrus that follows. For all its intended airiness, Sublime Vanille possesses considerable weight - the fragrance smells and feels heavy, making it rather joyless. It's the perfect funereal vanilla perfume. If you're a fan of vanilla you'll likely revel in this non-gourmand rendition of vanilla and citrus, and see charm in the overall construct of its closely-welded notes. The rest of you will probably wonder, as I do, why anyone would spend $550 on this.

    18 March, 2011

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    Zen for Men by Shiseido

    If someone asks you what you mean by a 'synthetic' men's scent, just direct them to this abonimation -- it ticks all the boxes.Stay away.

    18 March, 2011

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    Sel Marin by Heeley

    If you want an aquatic fragrance, Sel Marin is superior for being luminous and natural in a manner typical of the Heeley range. It is also linear without ever becoming stagnant, its notes laid out in translucent hovering bands – the lemon over salt water, underlaid by vetiver, all perched over woods of birch and cedar – and the fun comes from moving up and down between these notes, exploring its maritime-themed rainbow. This is an idealised ocean, without a hint of bilge or fishiness, and Sel Marin is as refreshing as it is well-judged.

    18 March, 2011

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    Giorgio by Giorgio Beverly Hills

    An loud, lactonic neon memory from the 80’s with an average chypre opening that leads to a lovelly milky/buttery dry down.

    Probably the ancestor of Gucci Rush.

    18 March, 2011

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    Habit Rouge by Guerlain

    I was fully expecting to like this one so got a sample from Perfumed Court. Upon first application I felt sick. To me, this smelt like the elderly care home where I used to go to vist an old relative many years ago.

    18 March, 2011

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    Perry Ellis for Men (original) by Perry Ellis

    The slight galbanum of the opening blends seamlessly with the bergamot initially to create a very pleasant composition until, suddenly the rose and the carnation and the vanilla erupt and cascade dominating what is to prove a protracted almost indefatigable longevity the accumulative effect of which is nausea and a headache. The dry down is equally cloying with waves of nausea giving way to simple regret but perhaps that is the moss note which dilutes the syrupy lingering tones though not nearly enough. It reminded me of Habit Rouge where a similar vanilla sweetness rises up from the middle and dominates the development entirely

    18 March, 2011

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