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    Florida Water by Murray & Lanman

    Can't really add anything about the scent itself. It really is pretty nice considering the price. It's often kept in the refrigerator and spritzed or rubbed with a cotton ball on the back of the neck or chest as a refreshing summer cool-down. Does double duty by cooling off and helping remove some of the smell of sweat when a shower isn't an option.

    The alcohol in it helps cool to with the evaporation. Can always tell it's summer here when the Florida Water is filling up the shelves of the local drugstores.

    Used very often in Hoodoo as a spiritual cleanser as well.

    18 May, 2011

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    Poudre d’Orient by Le Labo

    "I'm fading... fading... fading..." Pd'O seems to start diminishing from the first spray out of the bottle. Just moments after application it feels like I'm standing next to someone who sprayed on a nice perfume a few hours ago.

    Balance seems to be a problem. At times the Violet Leaf is very loud and the Suede Musk is very quiet (that odd quiet of a loud noise heard on a bad speaker). The Violet Leaf seems like it's trying to scream and the Suede Musk is being stuffed down its throat.

    The odd volumes and the lack of development give Pd'O a strangely synthetic feeling. Although the notes themselves are largely pleasant, there is a great deal of "white noise" around them.

    18 May, 2011

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    Magnolia Pourpre by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

    Right out of the vial, this stuff is thick and oily. Immediately, you are tossed into a hothouse - a humid, thick and potent floral note of orchid surrounds you. No soft magnolia here, but I can see how the mix of notes to come may be meant to abstractly form a sort of magnolia type smell. The orchid soon gets even thicker and sweeter, as a honey note emerges. It is quite rich and heady at this point.
    The middle of the fragrance is semi powdery with some iris, and then a rose note appears. It's a pink rose, not really dark, because the iris is joining in and the honey is still present. The rose may be contributing to the powder, but the iris sticks around through the end. It is finally joined by a very soft suede leather smell.
    So, orchid then iris then rose then leather. No magnolia, but somehow you do get the feeling that the composition of these notes is playing all around a magnolia accord, like taking the pieces and rearranging them into something different and fun.
    I really liked this, even if it was not what I was expecting. It is rich and thick, but each note stands out on it's own to form and pleasing, balanced composition. It would be very nice during the cool days of spring, although it may be a bit cloying during hot summer months.

    18 May, 2011

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    Violetta di Parma by Borsari

    I'm not a hugh fan of the violet note, but was I was interested to see it done in the "old fashion" style of perfume - single note floral.
    This is very true to form, it's all about the violet. It is a nice, non-sweet, non-shrill violet though. About midway in there is a very soft, non-powdery iris note than keeps this balanced. The iris brings just a bit of an earthy feel, so you could almost imagine you were out sniffing the real deal. The fragrance is very linear and pleasant, with a soft musk drydown.
    Well done composition.

    18 May, 2011

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    Bellagio for Men by Fragluxe

    A strong blast of Grapefruit followed by a long lasting Violet to end woody with Cedar as the dominant wood sweetened somewhat by hints of amber and musk.
    Not a bad scent, specially if you consider the price, but nothing to write home about either. To me, at least is better than L'Eau d"Issey that costs at least 5 times more and lasts less than half.
    Can't give my thumbs up to this perfume, it is not that good, but can't give it my thumbs down either because the price. It is a good scent for its price and does not smell cheap.

    18 May, 2011

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    Voyage by Nautica

    The opening is wonderful, it's like a slightly salty breeze from the sea. It quickly turns into a slightly sweet and fruity aroma, but it's not cloying like Chrome for instance. This is a well behaved fragrance.

    The dry down is the biggest let down here. It literally smells like you just washed off your neck with soap. So, certainly not offensive, but nothing special either.

    Al in all, I think this is a nice scent especially considering the low cost. It's quite similar to Versace Pour Homme, except less sweet and less woody in drydown. Give it a try!

    18 May, 2011

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    Xeryus Rouge by Givenchy

    Stunning. The fruits in this are not the fresh, crisp fruity kind - the type i personally don't like much - but a preserved fruit, blended intelligently with spices. The kind of fruit that could border on savoury. A pleasure.

    There was a moment thereabouts in the middle, where I panicked. I thought the dry down would slowly turn into Dunhill Desire. The drydown to DD is headache-inducing and sickly. I was wrong. The sandalwood and aromatic woods started creeping through, and now as I smell my wrist, it gives that comfort one would get from a well blended wood perfume like Xeryus Rouge.

    Definite classic.

    18 May, 2011

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    Oud For Highness 75 by Krigler

    The best oud fragrance available! Better than Killian's or Tom Ford. I wore this and I couldn't stop smelling myself all day. Great longevity, and great sillage.

    18 May, 2011

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    Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

    Swimming against the stream!

    Great concept, banal / conventional execution. It smells exactly as it's supposed to smell: the mass market version of Bigarade Concentree. A JC Ellena self rip-off!

    Vetiver, grapefruit/orange, woody and peppery notes.It honestly smells good, but it's not as groundbreaking as they want us to think.

    A crowdpleaser!

    18 May, 2011

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    Yatagan by Caron

    People have been emulating flowers for a very long time, but Yatagan must have been one of the earliest fragrances to honour the rugged outdoors, long before we were graced with the soil-worship of Christopher Brosius or the baked panoramas of Andy Tauer.

    Yatagan arrives with a fleeting blast of lavender, but then quickly settles on an earthy combination of wormwood, patchouli and pine notes, with an intermittent, salty waft of celery. It lasts for as long as a couple of episodes of Twin Peaks, and finishes as a leathery bitter dust. Not nefarious, as some claim, just grown-up and satisfied with its own company.

    18 May, 2011

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    Pulp by Byredo

    unn...smell like over-ripe (ok.. rotting) pineapple. i like it.

    a bit like garbage.. but in a good way

    18 May, 2011

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    L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci

    Tried it on at Von Maur yesterday and for some reason was instantly transported back to 1980, swooning over Scott Baio and playing Atari games and Joni's house. It was kinda neat, 70s-ish smelling for the first hour but dried down to sour milk later. :(

    Remember BNers, sometimes the reason a beautiful classic gets re-done and loses that original pizzaz is because some of the aroma chemicals that we used to douse ourselves with have been found to be carcinogenic and are no longer legal for use in fragrances. Sad but true. I do think I recall Joni's grandy wearing the original L'Air du Temps, and it WAS better...(sigh)

    18 May, 2011

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    Blu Notte pour Homme by Bulgari

    Very, very gentle fragrance.

    Apart from the actual sweetnesss of this, on the whole I find little resemblance between this and the original Blv! Both have a 'ginger' aspect to their sweetness, but here in Blv Notte, the sweetness is ramped up a notch by the addition of a chocolate accord that seems completely out of place in a masculine Bvlgari fragrance.

    I do like this but can only give it a sideways thumb. Longevity & sillage are only average (in line with most other masculine Bvlgarii scents).

    18 May, 2011

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    Philosykos by Diptyque

    Philosykos is REALLY simple, and this review is a reflection of that.

    It opens green and watery and closes a little drier and sweeter. The fig is prominent throughout, and the coconut lingers in the background.

    The longevity is very good for something so light and refreshing.

    I will most likely be getting a bottle, but I need to do some more fig scent tests.

    18 May, 2011

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    Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche

    aromatic fougere. strong, spicy, longlasting, powerful, loud-typical 80ies scent but absolutely a man´s scent.for a mature, handsome, virile man- a macho edt!.it smells a bit dated and reminds you of a barber´s shop- quite soapy.seems to be quite a simple structure behind this scent-nothing complex but somehow unique.If you like this kind of scent then azzarro or paco rabanne pour homme are a better choice.still a scent with a high recognition value and very singular!

    18 May, 2011

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    Marrakesh Tales by Mäurer & Wirtz

    A very underrated and unknown gem.A simple blend, based around grapefruit and cardamom - a dry fresh fragrance, excellent for summer daytime wear. Its simplicity is its beauty. I HAVE HAD MORE COMPLIMENTS WEARING THIS THAN ANY OTHER FRAGRANCE !!!
    scmcg is absolutely right - Fishbone Man is exactly the same fragrance,( re-issued under a different name.)
    Both are discontinued and hard to find, but worth tracking down. 5 STARS*****

    18 May, 2011

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    Fishbone Man by Fishbone

    I disagree entirely with PigeonMurderer on this one.

    This is a very simple blend, based around caramom and grapefruit.
    The simplicity of this fragrance is its beauty.Great for Summer daytime wear.
    I have received more compliments wearing this than any other fragrance !!!
    I´m pretty sure the directory has listed the wrong notes for this fragrance.
    This is exactly the same fragrance as Marrakesh Tales, (re-issued under a different name).
    Well worth tracking down.
    5 STARS*****

    18 May, 2011

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    Set Sail St. Barts for Men by Tommy Bahama

    Damn! Tropical fruit bonanza!

    Set Sail St. Barts for Men is a super-sweet, sugary lime fragrance. Like, lime candy or Key Lime Pie. The lime just keeps going until the end, with a creamy (albeit faint) base of coconut underneath and a tequila smell. There's also a smooth amber kinda note (I'm guessing it's the Blue Agave) that rises to the surface toward the end. For its entire life, this fragrance is STRONG, but strangely enough the longevity isn't more than a couple hours. While it lasts, though, Set Sail St. Barts is a party in the tropics.

    I would recommend this one over Virgin Island Water by Creed, simply because it's more about lime than coconut. Oh, and it's $200 dollars cheaper, too. However, if you don't like lime or sugary-sweet citrus, then I would not recommend this. And DO NOT spray this on if you have a headache. It will make your headache worse.

    All in all, I'll be wearing this a good bit during the summer. Awesome bottle, too.

    18 May, 2011

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    Royal Copenhagen by Royal Copenhagen

    I agree with those who say that you need to at least be able to tolerate powdery colognes, if not love them, in order to appreciate Royal Copenhagen. This is certainly a powdery scent. However, that powderiness is tempered with an overall brisk, clean smell from lavender. The combination of crisp and powdery works quite well, and is what draws me to this fragrance.

    Though classified as an oriental, I consider this to be more of a floral scent. There are oriental elements in this, such as amber in the base, but they are subtle and merely provide warmth to the strong floral jasmine in this. The jasmine and musk create a slightly dirty smell underlying Royal Copenhagen, adding to its appeal and complexity.

    I think the nautical theme used in marketing Royal Copenhagen, as well as the blue color of the juice, suits this scent very well. It's not an aquatic scent as we now know it, but it has an overall cold freshness to it that makes me think of the open sea. Royal Copenhagen smells particularly good when I wear it near the ocean.

    This is a real winner, and is a wardrobe staple for anyone who loves classic, mature fragrances.

    MY RATING: 7.5/10

    18 May, 2011 (Last Edited: 19 May, 2011)

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    J'ai Osé by J'ai Osé

    I just discovered this one tonight and have been wearing for several hours. I am also surprised by the lack of reviews here. It is a strange and interesting scent. The first thing I picked up was campfire smoke. Its a very dark, campfiery floral. I am very heavily considering purchasing this. I tried the EDT version and its really quite powerful so I can only imagine the strength of the EDP. To me it is very similar to Tom Ford's Japan Noir but quite superior. This perfume is what Japan Noir wants to be but took a somewhat more pungent, funky turn. Longevity is going strong currently and I think I'll need to add this to my collection....

    18 May, 2011 (Last Edited: 19 May, 2011)

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    Guerlain Homme by Guerlain

    Oh, the humanity!

    A really nice lime-mint fragrance that goes into a crisp (not dirty) vetiver note.
    It lasts about 4 hours on me with a lite sillage.
    Perfect for warm weather, which is why I wanted it.
    It really does smell like a mojito.
    One of my favorite fresh fragrances.

    18 May, 2011 (Last Edited: 05 August, 2011)

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    Jardin du Nil by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

    Usually, when we think about a rose scent, we think about something comfortable to wear, nice, clean and gently sensual. Well, if this is what you expect, stay carefully away from Jardin Du Nil. This composition has a dirty allure throughout, it's like spraying a perfume on the shirt you was wearing the day before, and maybe even two days before. A remarkable lived-in vibe on a massive rose / floral note laying on an ambery base. A daring fragrance, unique and absolutely compelling. If you like rose and are sick and tired of "pretty fragrances" you've to try this.

    18 May, 2011 (Last Edited: 02 November, 2011)

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    No. 5 by Chanel

    Luscious and chic at that time of the past this chemical  concoction turns out still current nowadays. It's unique, indeed instantly  recognizable. Synthetical  and floral-aldehydic this is a chilly and powdery scent that smells like a cloud of soft ambery musk over which are scattered petals of pink and white roses and jasmine. A proud iris enhances the sophistication of the middle part on the side of lily of the valley and this is the heart which is a perfect balance of floral notes. After few minutes of a slightly citrusy fickle blast this blend turns out incredibly cool and glamour with its initial floral whiff of sensual ylang-ylang but it does it paradoxically with a retro and nostalgic touch as well as you'd make a plunge in a colonialistic age of high class's ladies in white clothed strolling along the Royal Pavilion with their umbrellas under the sun. Some sweet woods impress a right dosage of woody delicate mildness. The end is milky and woodsy with a touch of severe patchouli, a rooty hint of vetiver and a subterranean aftertaste of orange. The milky effect is anyway not creamy or resinous despite amber and vanilla but instead  powdery and airy because of the fluctuating and aerodynamic effect of aldehydes which impress a sort of balsamic frosty substance to the smell anticipating the glamour talky temperament of many aromatic and balsamic powdery creations of the modern market. This piece of history deserves respect and i do even if with its cleanliness  it doesn't satisfy fully my ideal of naughty and dissonant femininity.

    18 May, 2011 (Last Edited: 15 November, 2011)

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    No. 19 by Chanel

    The opening of Chanel 19 edt is one of my favorite experiences. It is a focused demonstration of the iris. I agree with many of the characterizations of 19: venomous, aloof, off-putting. 19 is powdery, but coldly and bluntly so. Up top, other notes, especially galbanum and hyacinth, accentuate the iris root and add to the wonderfully acetone, dry-cardboard smell of 19. Chanel 19 edt is a floral fragrance, but far les so in the topnotes than in the heart. The chill remains, but the acetone and paper recede, and the rose/jasmine heart continues the green trend right through to a grassy, vetiver drydown that I would ultimately categorize as woody-floral.

    If I could make any perfume moment last forever it would be the topnotes of 19 edt. (Aside: I feel similarly about Cristalle and Pour Monsieur. Love them. Just want to drink them in. But, sadly, all three edts are brief experiences.) Despite its passing nature, though, I love the whole shape of 19. It is a beautifully worked-out fragrance and has a coherence of tone from start to finish that is both effusive and logical.

    My dilemma: the concentration. The various Chanel concentrations are notorious for their qualitative differences. The edt is not a dilute version of the edp or of the extrait. It is a different formulation. I’ve fallen in easily with one concentration of the other Chanels. No 5: I understand the edp; I enjoy the edt. Cristalle: I don’t quite understand the edp (it has a niceness that defeats the pretty brutality of the edt) and want to live in the edt. For 19 I want both the edt and the edp.

    While there is a similar componentry, the edp is leathery and warm where the edt is a cool, rooty/grassy floral. The evolution of the edp has a much slower timeframe, and gives a warm treatment to its flowers, rose in particular. Though distinctive, the edp winds up a broken-in green, leathery chypre not far from the drydown of Scherrer’s Scherrer.

    18 May, 2011 (Last Edited: 05 April, 2012)

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    Eau des Îles by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

    A very scary pyramid! Eau Des Iles opens with a strong smoky / coffee accord that immediately brings to my mind of tear gas and tar. Breathtaking. After an hour or so I detect a very hidden floral note (Ylang-Ylang?) screaming for some help beeing surrounded by an huge cloud of smoke. Beeing tenacious as hell, the tiny "white" floral note finally blends together with all the other "scary" ingredients giving birth to a sort of "the beauty and the beast" drydown.

    I've not decided yet wether I like this composition or not but for sure I can say that Lisa Kirk has invented nothing with her "Revolution" and Maitre Parfumeur Et Gantier is one of the most consistent outfits around.


    18 May, 2011 (Last Edited: 23 April, 2012)

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    Violettes de Toulouse by Parfums Berdoues

    Violettes de Toulouse is a sweet violet with a raspberry note. I do not find it powdery. The edp is significantly stronger than the edt. Having owned both, I find that I prefer the lighter edt version, which is lovely to spray on sheets or to wear to bed. The edp is better suited to day wear. It is less green than Penhaligon's Violetta, less sweet and candy-like than Annick Goutal's La Violette. The bottle with the bulb atomizer is more decorative than functional (I decanted to a purse atomizer, which produced a finer spray.)

    19 May, 2011

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    Omnia Amethyste by Bulgari

    I like this fragrance for its coherence--it is, as Gblue said, "hard to break apart." It definitely has more personality than its sister fragrance, Omnia Crystalline--where OC is a bit clean and faceless, OA is softer, kinder, more floral. (Haven't sampled Jade, though, so I couldn't name the best among the three.) I smell this everywhere I go here in Seoul, and a bit of internet research reveals that it's a flanker designed specifically to cater to the tastes of the East Asian market. I love the opening of this--the pepper is wonderful, and I get the faintest reminder of the smell of a sassafras basket that was in my childhood home. The drydown is lovely and woody. The overall feeling of this fragrance is clean, soft, and warm. Too bad it doesn't have better projection or longevity!

    19 May, 2011

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    Habit Rouge by Guerlain

    Outdated, decadent and oh so good. If you are looking for something modern in aesthetic, look elsewhere: this positively smells like something that was conceived half a century ago and indeed it was. A good description perhaps for it would be a fresher and older-feeling, less spicy, heavier on the vanilla version of Chanel Egoiste. Very pleasant and complex but can be tough to wear nowadays for a lot of people. Not quite a classic imo, but still a thumbs up. It is worth a look if you are into vintage and opulence, steer away if you want something contemporary.

    19 May, 2011

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    Bois d'Arménie by Guerlain

    Bearing in mind Annick Ménardo’s considerable originality, this scent of hers is surprisingly similar to Polge’s Cuir Beluga from the year before, likewise from Guerlain’s L'Art et la Matière collection, and both built on a formidable vanilla cut through with myrrh.

    However, there is something just not right about Bois d’Arménie, something ‘off’ that is difficult to characterize. Luca Turin refers to ‘a flat, melancholy, honeyed, baby pee-like note’; I'd suggest instead something like dust frying in the grill of a radiator that imparts a glum and airless feel to the scent.

    I’ll revisit it in six months for another go, but before then I’ll be luxuriating in Cuir Beluga.

    19 May, 2011

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    Vetiver des Sables by Montale

    A vetiver disaster! A generic, derivative and undefined fresh composition of absolutely no interest. Hints of vetiver on a loud mahogany base. Vetiver Des Sables moves in a very crowded territory without the ability to stand out. Unneeded.

    19 May, 2011

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