Fragrance Reviews from June 2011

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    Citrus Paradisi by Czech & Speake

    A lusty creature that pairs grapefruit with a torrent of civet. There’s a little sage drifting through, and some oakmoss undergirding the scent, but the eponymous fruit is dominant. The drydown is best, once the grapefruit has shed its citrus sparkle and turns increasingly sulfurous. Citrus Paradisi is probably as boisterously randy as you can get within the genre.

    29 June, 2011

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    Lipstick Rose by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    This is very similar to the rose-and-violet combo of Bulgari's Pour Femme, but as it dries down the subtle "waxy" quality comes more to the fore, and bizarrely reminds me of Patou's discontinued Que Sais-Je? Que Sais-Je? is peachy-sweet, almost cloying, but with this wierd, wax/damp cardboard undertone that I find ADDICTIVE!

    I'm so glad that this scent replicates it, because I was hoarding Que Sais-Je?, afraid that I'd never be able to replace it. These Malle's don't come cheap, but.... when I've finished my bottle of Que Sais-Je? and used up my Bulgari Pour Femme, I may have to acquire this.

    29 June, 2011

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    Molinard Homme II by Molinard

    This seems to last well enough on me, but what lasts is a sweet, powdery bit of nothing interesting. I get a bit of mandarin at the opening, but no juniper or cedar. And quickly everything goes pretty much in the direction of baby powder. Not necessarily -cheap- baby powder, but still not particularly interesting.

    29 June, 2011

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    Bel Ami by Hermès

    Another disappointment .
    WHERE IS THE LEATHER? where? Luca Turin puts this fragrance in the list of the best leathers .That means that the main and dominant note of these fragrances must be leather.
    But all I get from this fragrance is the typical OLD SCHOOL smell, suitable for your grandfather .
    Apart from this , Bel Ami is hard to find in stores and it's very expensive; poor longevity and projection .
    BEL AMI is an incredible novel written by Guy de Maupassant, about a character, George Duroy, who has a great sex appeal with women and who gets what he wants in life .I thought that the fragrance would have the same "strenght" as George , but it has nothing to do.
    I am basing my review on the latest reformulation, I hope the old one is much better than this .

    29 June, 2011

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    Dunhill Fresh by Dunhill

    I get a bit of a barbershop vibe from this, this scent would not have been out of place with one of my Dad's old aftershaves. There is a bit of Ben Gay to it on dry down, but I don't find it objectionable. I don't hate it, don't love it, a sideways thumb seems fair.

    29 June, 2011

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    Dunhill Pursuit by Dunhill

    My immediate impression was of a ligher version of Aramis Havana or Cuba Red, with a more medicinal dry down. A spicy mess, I thought I detected tobacco and cloves. Like it, don't love it.

    29 June, 2011

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    Burberry London for Men by Burberry

    Dip mild tobacco leaves in vanilla and cinnamon, store them in an aromatic cedar chest, and you've got Burberry London. I find it works best as a "surface spray," arms, neck, etc. As a chest spray, it gets a bit sickly sweet on me over time. Still, it's beautiful stuff.

    29 June, 2011

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    Love In White by Creed

    This is a pretty, floral scent that won't offend anyone. However, it is a bit simplistic, a bit flat, even a bit cheap. There is absolutely no longevity. I would pay 30 dollars for it, and spritz it on my hair all summer long, but at the current price tag I expect something a bit more complex and impressive.

    29 June, 2011

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    Vanderbilt by Gloria Vanderbilt

    No doubts this is a very romantic, dreamy and a bit old-school juice. We are talking about a floral-oriental with a sort of gummy soul and the capacity to evoke enchanting silvan worlds of animated cartoons lost in the time of childhood, fables and fairies. The fragrance opening is citrusy, a bit wet and rough with a blast of green notes, bitter fruits and lavender that hold on their crisp temperament throughout the evolution. In a while a wonderful link of aldehydes, orange blossom and intense floral notes starts working its romantic role with an airy strong projection ready to dive in a sink of resins, edible spicy (cinnamon) creams, musk and mild woods while a note of vetiver links itself with the permanent starting roughness. A note of civet enhances the edible trait of resins and creams in a blend that remains a bit too synthetic and rubbery under my nose. The rough and indented sort of wet role played till the end by citrus, green note, crisp flowers and bitter fruits, despite being those blended with the following creamy-edible notes, is the prelude to some upcoming future modern creations. 

    29 June, 2011 (Last Edited: 30th June, 2011)

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    Coromandel by Chanel

    This is a beautiful scent... for a man. It is a musky, sexy and masculine. It is enticing, romantic, and animalistic. It makes me think about sex. The lady at the Chanel Boutique on 57th Street in Manhattan told me that this is a unisex scent, but I absolutely cannot see this on a woman. Coromandel is raw masculinity at it's peak, without a feminine drop in it. A man absolutely cannot go wrong with this perfume.

    29 June, 2011 (Last Edited: 30th June, 2011)

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    Sycomore (new) by Chanel

    Lugubrious string orchestras and autumnal landscapes meet at the same intersection as sandalwood and vetiver. It's here, in golden gloaming, that Sycomore rules her sylvan subjects gently and with sober puissance.

    As in Maurice Ravel's minuet from Le Tombeau de Couperin, it seems just when you've had too much richness, the sumptuous melodies filling you like thick fois gras, the composer's rigid structure and cool mind return. Polge's creamy rich sandal and stark, stoic vetiver root combine with utterly natural precision into a new accord: the imaginary smell of sycamores, whose scent only dryads can perceive.

    Bassoons and oboes, in the form of aldehydes, balsams, and musk, provide pianissimo breezes, soft gauze over a sepia scene. Sycomore is the sighing dream of hazy, glowing afternoons. A distant figure reclines against a single tawny sycamore as their shadow sprawls onto a vast, arid plain.

    29 June, 2011 (Last Edited: 02 August, 2011)

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    Carlos Santana for Men by Carlos Santana

    Great fragrance..bought it blindly based on reviews..but I'm not dissappointed either..the opening is a bit sweet..but once it settles down it is just fantastic..perfectly blended..longevity and sillage are good..

    29 June, 2011 (Last Edited: 05 August, 2011)

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    Déclaration by Cartier

    Declaration and Terre d'Hermes = two modern masterpieces .Who made them? the master Jean Claude Ellena .Be sure that in a few decades these two fragrances will gain the prestige that time gives (as it happened to Fahrenheit, Kouros, Poison....)
    Declaration is not the typical fresh citrus fragrance .It has a spicy touch that gives it a warm feel , while still feeling fresh and watery .
    This is an elegant fragrance , sexy at the same time , suitable for both formal and informal ocassions .
    It has good longevity but it lacks is projection, nobody around you will notice that you are wearing it. What a pity!!! I don't know why many good scents have a poor longevity while many horrible fragrances are overpowering and offensive.

    Many mainstream fragrances made for the mass market become popular because of massive and persuasive advertsiment campaings during many years (Aqua di Gio, Armani Code, Le Male, CK One, 212, DKNY...) .The truly masterpieces don't need this. You won't see ads everywhere (TV, magazines, subway, internet ...) They are like hidden jewels, waiting to be discovered .Declaration is one of these jewels.
    9/10

    29 June, 2011 (Last Edited: 06 August, 2011)

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    Kouros Cologne Sport by Yves Saint Laurent

    "Kouros Sport" which is to say "a lighter Kouros" which is to say "Kouros without its characteristic, infamous and controversial note" which is to say" Nicole Kidman after the plastic surgery" which is to say "not as fascinating as she used to be".

    Overall this is a pretty decent/pleasant fragrance, but way too pale to mantain the mesmerizing power of the original version.

    29 June, 2011 (Last Edited: 05 September, 2011)

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    Diamond Water by JAR

    Not my favorite from this line but complex and absctract and pretty. This is fragrance that the SA himself said he wears. One of the more accessible in the line. 100% Unisex and with the same haunting quality common to all the fragrances in this line. Spicey/clovery/nutmeggy. Something about it reminded me of my beloved Soy Chai Latte, only about $595 dollars more. :)

    29 June, 2011 (Last Edited: 14 May, 2012)

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    Ferme tes Yeux by JAR

    This a wonderful leather fragrance. It is the darkest colored fragrance in the line, and is a dark whiskey color. The fragrance I originally encountered in the cold glass dish, was complex, deep, rich without being heavy.
    Once you dab it on, FTY kicks off with a bang, a leathery animalic concoction, with some top and middle notes that for some odd reason make me think Ambre Russe, a bitter smelling leathery amber...it is not sweet, and there is an organic woody bark/or tea/or camphorous type note. There is a nonsweet amber type basenote, and I think incense.
    After the beginning, much less animalic, and rather dry. Less OTT animalic than say APLS, or Cuir de Russie. If I had to compare this to another frangrance, the dry down reminds me of Black Fleece for Her EdP.
    The wonderful thing about Jar parfums, is that they are the perfect volume, not too loud, but you can smell them.

    My best guess as notes: Leather/Amber/Incense/Jasmine, final answer.

    Try it!




    Once you dab dabb it on, it became a unique, warm sexy leather. Haunting.

    29 June, 2011 (Last Edited: 21st May, 2012)

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    Nino Cerruti by Cerruti

    One of my best olfactory memories from the childwood, a magnificent floral-oriental herbal, sweet of flowers and finally delicate and boise'. The first part of the evolution is citrusy, green aromatic than fruity-floral (jasmine and may be berries), is like to smell a concert of different elements in alternance and motion. In this phase the fragrance is averagely sharp and minty with the aromatic and green-airy touch of lavender. In the second phase of the development the fragrance, while keeping the woodsy feel of the initial part due the notes of fir and moss of the base, becomes ambery and musky in a very smooth way. In this phase the fragrance retains its floral soul and a certain level of drought but goes smoothing towards a mossy-ambery very masculine final outcome. A great, great fragrance very hard to find nowadays.

    29 June, 2011 (Last Edited: 21st January, 2013)

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    The One Gentleman by Dolce & Gabbana

    Peppery and fruity aromatic lavender that fades in to a soft vanillic cloud seriously tonified by a bold touch of patchouli and by cedarwood. The lavender, especially if flanked by patchouli, is stuff for gentlemen and in here that is a central element. The patchouli gives distinction and restraint to a juice otherwise too powdery and shy. The note of fennel imprints a touch of aromatic minty coolness. The starring note is the cardamom in its combination with pepper, cinnamon (not listed), lavender and vanilla. The outcome is a very delicate and soft whiff of creamy  and aromatic cardamom flanked by the texture of mild woods and by the noticeable autority of patchouli. A bit too synthetic but really not bad.

    29 June, 2011 (Last Edited: 29 May, 2014)

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    L'Eau Serge Lutens by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    Smells like watered down (too much "eau") Chanel Allure Homme and comparing it to AH is doing a disservice. Boring and overpriced. Get Allure Homme instead for half the price and 5x the quality.

    30th June, 2011

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    Kiss Him by KISS

    Surprisingly good ! Despite being a big fan of KISS , at beginning I was skeptical , you know , something like... everyone that has a name in the show business can make loads of money in several business sectors , just carrying the name, and people buy it.

    But this fragrance is really good.... starts sweet with some dark thing going in the background , after one hour takes place a leathery base , kinda synthetic , but does not hurt my nose. It's a OK fragrance , nothing outstanding , but it's good.

    Good job Gene Simmons !

    30th June, 2011

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    Black Pearl by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

    This is a great blend that is mostly all about coconut. Some other notes are hazelnut and iris. Sounds strange but it's quite a nice scent that stays close to the skin. This is one of the better Bpal coconut blends I have tried. It's a cold coconut scent that is lush and refreshing. Not a whole lot of complexity but more complex than other coconut scentric oil blends like say Auric Blend's Black Coconut. This is less cloying and more subtle.

    30th June, 2011

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    Horizon by Guy Laroche

    Best described as an Herbal/aquatic with a soapy drydown. Smell a bit of pepper in the opening and hard which transitions into a sandlewood and oakmoss drydown. Very clean and great for hot weather. If this were $50 or more a bottle I'd still buy it without hesitation. Considering it's less than $10.00 and ounce just makes it a no brainer.

    30th June, 2011

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    1881 by Cerruti

    Herbal and fresh with a bit of sweetness from the fruit. If your a fan of Cool Water, Live Jazz, or just good smelling fragrances in general, it's definately worth a buy.

    30th June, 2011

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    Virgin Island Water by Creed

    Bought this one blind and didn't care for the opening as it was a little harsh and in your face, but after 5 minutes the heart kicks in and the citrus notes mellow and then the copra (coconut) kicks in. From there the rum and sugar cane mix in with the copra creating a nice tropical vibe. Not long after the florals become more noticable and last throughout the drydown with the copra and a tad bit of suger cane rounding it out. This might be a bit of the feminine side, but it such a fun and relaxing fragrance that I don't think it matters. If your looking for something different and a joy to wear, this is the Creed for you.

    30th June, 2011

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    Perry Woman by Perry Ellis

    This is the meeting place between cute and sexy. Perry Woman is an excellent blend that comes off a little like strawberry fizz. The packaging color is perfect. The opening is a lively berry and bergamot with a very watery lily and lotus body. The sweetness slowly tapers off into more woody territory and trades innocence for elegance. For those who felt P.E's 'F' was too formal or old-fashioned, I think this fits your bill. Outstanding deal for the price.

    30th June, 2011

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    Monogram by Ralph Lauren

    This is clearly a patchouli/cedar Oriental, but it's a bit different than others I've tried. There is what I call the "jasmine suntan lotion accord," as well as a cool quality, which I can't explain. Could it be a touch of something like eucalyptus, perhaps combined with vanilla/benzoin? There seems to be a strong spice note, but it's nicely blended in. It's not especially herbal, if there is any major herb note. There may be some pimento in here, from past experience with that note. There is no strong lavender, as one finds in many "men's" fragrances of this era, nor is there an animalic note, which another RL fragrance that is similar, namely vintage Chaps, does possess. There could be a little leather or oakmoss, but I'd be surprised if there was much. The "problem" I have with it is that is has that strong patchouli/amber/cedar type accord that I personally dislike when it is this strong. Also, if you are familiar with it, I can imagine Monogram as the masculine counterpart fragrance to the original Roccobarocco perfume, to provide yet another way to think about it. Longevity and projection/"sillage" are excellent.

    30th June, 2011

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    Jaguar Performance by Jaguar

    A vaguely pleasant green opening, devoid of most of the characteristics the pyramid would suggest, followed by a precipitous drydown into powdery generica. Much like the new and embarrassing signature Jaguar only with an herbal bent. Not even noticeable enough to belittle.

    30th June, 2011

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    Envy Me 2 by Gucci

    I had almost given up on finding a Gucci fragrance that suited me, until I stumbled upon this little gem. In my opinion, this is by far the best Gucci fragrance, but knowing my luck it is a limited edition and has since been discontinued.

    I disliked the original Gucci Envy Me, however Envy Me 2 is much more subdued and fresher. The orange in the top notes is delightful when blended with the violet. I very rarely enjoy fresh, Summery scents, however Envy Me 2 captured me with the very first sniff.

    The scent is very unique and soft. It is green in a way, but not in a sharp or bitter sense.

    The drydown is very pretty with the patchouli and vanilla being only very subtle, making for a pleasant casual feel. Envy Me 2 is clean without being too soapy or shampoo-like, it has an almost powdery quality and a slight hint of sweetness that gives this fragrance character. I find the fragrance to be very uplifting and certainly long-lasting on the skin.

    For now this fragrance is still available online and in some select stores, so I urge those who wish to try it or buy it, to hurry.

    30th June, 2011

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    Gucci Eau de Parfum by Gucci

    The bottle itself and the darkness of the liquid inside, was certainly intriguing to say the least. Gucci eau de Parfum was one spicy fragrance that I was dying to try.

    The opening was good, spicy yet smooth and I saw that this fragrance had potential, however what followed was rather strange. The scent just vanished, it was barely detectable, a wimpering hint of spice the only thing left on my skin.

    Where were those enticing flowers, the double dose of caraway seed and herbaceous thyme? I began frantically sniffing coffee beans, almost shoving them up my nose in order to smell a faint hint of something, but to no avail.

    It was only about 5 hours later when the drydown began to immerge that Gucci eau de Parfum reminded me of its existance. I can see where the comparison to Dior's Hypnotic Poison comes in. The base is very vanilla with a musky and nutty feel to it. The incense and leather notes are only very faint.

    Overall, from what I can gather, Gucci eau de Parfum is intentionally a soft and intimate fragrance, not so heavy with the spices as some may think and quite feminine rather than being unisex or masculine.

    What I expected and what I experienced were two different things entirely.

    30th June, 2011

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    L by Lolita Lempicka

    Lolita Lempicka; the house of exquisite bottles and sweet, unique scents, that unfortunately don't mesh well with my chemistry, however smell amazing on others.

    Lolita Lempicka fragrances are fit for the woodland fairy Princess; sugary, girlish and charming.

    L is primarily vanilla with salty and citrusy undertones. I knew even before checking the notes that the citrus was that of the bitter orange.

    To me, L is very much a beachy-type scent, easily worn all year round. It's comforting and casual, however it won't suit everyone. I'd say that it is very much geared towards vanilla lovers wishing to indulge themselves further.

    Although a vanilla lover myself, I find L a little too sweet even though the spicy cinnamon balances out that sugary sweetness nicely. I find some similarities to Dior Addict, Hypnotic Poison, Hypnose and Pink Sugar here, which are favourites of mine on others, yet far too sugary for my tastes.

    I'd say that L is pretty long-lasting, however the fragrance itself isn't all that strong yet the sillage is certainly not weak. The bottle will surely capture you if the scent does not.

    30th June, 2011

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