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Banana Flambée by Demeter Fragrance Library

A strong banana note at the beginning is soon followed by a sweetish caramel note. An orangey note develops in the drydown, with a slightly boozy undertone.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and four hours of longevity on my skin.

This autumnal gourmand hits the banana flambé flavour well in general, but it is rather synthetic and some of the side notes are quite generic. Still - not bad. 2.75/5.
23rd March, 2018

Quorum by Antonio Puig

Antonio Puig as a design house had hummed along for years under the merits of it's classic 1940 Agua Lavanda, which was a staple unisex lavender cologne pure and simple. Aqua Brava for men came along in 1968 and definitely made it's mark early on as an aromatic fougère with a flair for Mediterranean herbs, essentially being Spain's answer to Speidel's British Sterling from 1964. Carlos Benaim of Ralph Lauren Polo (1978) fame and later Calvin Klein Eternity for Men (1989) worked on this Aqua Brava sequel alongside longtime Puig perfumer Rosendo Mateu, which had worked on Agua Brava, Brummel (1975, and also which initially had US distribution under Williams), then later Sybaris (1988). Max Gavarry, who assisted Mateu with Brummel and designed Z-14 for Halston in 1976 also helped with Quorum, which meant 3 fairly prominent masculine perfumers on one creation! It's happened before of course, and one would think this should lead to an amazing scent profile, but in most cases it leads to the old saying of "Too many cooks". Does that apply here? Well, almost. Quorum is a good early 80's masculine, and a solid winner for fans of the style, greatly remembered and carried on with flankers over the years, but it isn't revolutionary. Instead, it's a composite of values that would seem conventional by the 80's, but a competent one that sold like hot cakes.

Quorum is also ironically named, as the word means "minimum number of members needed to validate a governing body/session of said body", and since we have a whopping 3 perfumers on one fragrance, it makes the way the juice smells seem all the more amusing. What we end up with here is mostly a direct splicing of ideas taken from the then-most-recent masculines from each perfumer in question. In this instance, I'm referring to bits of Aqua Brava created by Mateu, Polo by Benaim, and Z-14 by Gavarry; I can't say for certain it's 100% the intent, but if it was, then "Quorum" is truly the perfect name. Artemisia, caraway, bergamot, and lemon open this, establishing the connection to Aqua Brava right away, but in place of that older scent's clove and bay, Quorum brings us a very Polo-like mid section of pine flanked with patchouli, cyclamen, jasmine, carnation, and sandalwood; it most often is compared to Polo more so than the others, and the pine is likely the cause. The final woodsy transitional accord in the heart to the mossy base passes us through the "Halston phase" of the chimera-like scent until we reach a finish that's very reminiscent of Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme (1978), with it's leather, amber, and oakmoss. Tobacco and olibdanum round out the scent to give it a crisper and drier finish than VC&APH's castoreum-fueled vibrato, but ultimately louder. 70's style with 80's projection, which alone might be a one-two knockout punch for the right guy.

Quorum is an interesting but superfluous experience for the guy who's smelled or owned all of the fragrances it references in it's pot luck construction, and the guy who smells Quorum first might feel like all of those others (with the exception of maybe Polo) are unnecessary if a bottle of this is already in hand. I personally think that peas and carrots are good whether mixed or separate, so I feel fine owning an 80's powerhouse that is a medly of late 60's and 70's greats, plus the very fragrances it combines as well, but in the name of pragmatism I declare this good albeit derivative for it's day. Puig must have opted out of playing the hyper-masculine game alongside Chanel, Bogart, and YSL at the time, playing it safe with this offering instead until the late-arriving Sybaris reared it's head 6 years down the road. Maybe Quorum's amalgamated nature and panel of perfumers involved was part of the sales pitch to retailers? Who knows. Perfectly dapper and adequate for fans of green, mossy, and leathery gentleman's chypres of the 70's style, despite it's 1982 launch. Business-friendly but otherwise unfashonable in the 21st century, Puig moved Quorum downmarket and it still continues to fly off Walmart and Target shelves to this day. Go figure.
23rd March, 2018

Oudh Infini by Parfums Dusita

My first approach with the Parfums Dusita Maison is consummated directly with its "olfactory frontman" the notorious Oudh Infini. A glorious main accord of "detergent" leafy rose (elusive and perverted), "cosmetical" balsams and musky/resinous civet of unparalleled impact. This fragrance, because of its undeniable furious (almost acid) animalism, is definitely a quite hard to tame sort of wild crazy horse but nevertheless (as for a weird kind of poisonous miracle) it finally manages to express a surprising sort of decadent refinement as the most mannerist baroquely decadent twists in perfumery. Well, one of the most supremely rosey introductions in perfumery and more in general a seriously visceral musky/resinous rose-chypre of the olfactory panorama. Right out of the gate you will be petrified by a draculaesque and medieval pultaceous rose with no frills, with a top hat and a black cloak. In case you appreciate scents a la Perris Montecarlo Rose de Taif, Tiziana Terenzi Gold Rose Oudh, Acampora Sballo or Paul Emilien L'Esprit Divin well, Oud Infini should be a more "palatine" and carnally aristocratic alternative for the most refined palates. This oudish rosey/woody muskiness conjures me partially the Montale Black Aoud's musky accord but whereas the Montale's one is muskier and "paradoxically" brighter Oudh Infini is darker, dirtier, wilder and more aristocratically structured (It sounds like a further paradox considering the general animalic atmosphere of the juice). A superb oudish soapiness (finally kind of "waxy/lipstick", subtle and sophisticated), smooth musk, creamy sandalwood, spices (possibly saffron and kurkuma), resins and warm civet envelop the Queen rose in a sort of arcane embrace. The oudish presence is kind of smokey, sombre, saturnine, wooden and vaguely rubbery a la By Kilian Pure Oud. I detect a mouldy kind of earthiness as undertone, a sort (at least at the beginning) humid cocktail of wild flowers, orange blossoms, fir resins, hay, roots, earth, camphoraceous muskiness and counteracting arid woodiness, overall conjuring me more the vaguely the more flowery Acampora Sballo's woodsy/damp "chypreism" straight from the humid woods. However, wheres Sballo holds on its bright, fresh, grassy and boise natural (somewhat Victorian) run, Oudh Infini turns soon out nastier and dirtier. Civet (a "flowerpot's kind of dirty stale water-rotten aroma") gradually turns out dirtier, utterly stale and saltier, transforming the juice in to an extraordinary (wonderfully contradictory) blend of warm wild malevolent animalism and royal mannered (somewhat affected) decadence, something classically virile and seriously baroque. Animalism, resinous and culinary spiciness are perfectly balanced and finally soothed by exotic balsams and soapy/waxy resins a la Cerchi Nell'Acqua Usmar Venezia (another fragrance more than vaguely jumping on mind). Dry down is somewhat stale and organic while smelling the juice quite close to skin but still incredibly refined and subtle at distance. A contemporary perfumed rendition of medieval and historical atmospheres this fragrance, though not properly a one of a kind in its genre, is definitely a must try for all the rose-addicted and the perfumistas with a passion for epic poetry, romanticism and gothic ambiences.

22nd March, 2018 (last edited: 23rd March, 2018)
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Pleasure Gardenia 79 by Krigler

This is a pretty good gardenia dominate scent. Jasmine also stands out. I also get whiffs of musk, mimosa, and vanilla. Not outstanding as far as creativity goes. However, it is a fine everyday fragrance.
22nd March, 2018

Tea for Two by L'Artisan Parfumeur

Smells like tea. Smells like sweet, pipe tobacco. Once again I don't get any cinnamon but, something spicy is here. I get some honey, ginger, starchy ginger, muted vanilla, and a hint of leather on the bottom. A gentle fragrance for spring or work environment. I consider this more art than perfume.
22nd March, 2018
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Clubman Musk by Pinaud

The opening brings on the musk - a touch dark, not heavy, and with a slightly fruity citrus undertone initially.

Although this is a musk scent, there is some additional development notable. A floral touch - geranium above all, adds a softer side, whilst gently restrained touches of oakmoss add additional character. A somewhat nonspecific woodsy impression is present towards the end.

I get moderate sillage, adequate projection and three hours of longevity on my skin.

A simple autumnal musk that has enough development to be interesting. The performance is not great, but it’s label of an After Shave Cologne makes one expect that anyway. 3/5.
22nd March, 2018

Royal Oud by Creed

There's a lot going on here to my nose. I get citrus, spice, smokey woods, musk and something sweet all at the same time in the opening. Comes off as fresh and complex, almost like a smokey soap. Also feels very refined and rich, but not in a mature, old-school way. Young guys 25+ can pull this off just by dressing nicely.

I like the performance on Royal Oud because it projects but doesn't shout. What people do smell is something controlled and well-blended. I get about 6-7 hours of good projection and the a skin scent for the remainder of the day.
22nd March, 2018

Passion for Men by Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor was one of the great actresses of Hollywood's "Golden Age", starting as a child actress and making the leap into stardom as an adult, which was extremely difficult in any age. Her career slowed after the 60's and she became more famous for her many divorces than her films after a time, but she helped start the trend of celebrities curating their own brand outside film/music/sports/TV by launching her own fragrance and jewelry line by the late 80's. Only one masculine scent ever saw release on her label, and it was this one, a masculine flanker to her debut fragrance appearing 2 years after the original feminine. Elizabeth Taylor's Passion for Men has since become a darling of big box stores and discounters everywhere, and the go-to bit of "cut-above" class for the guy that typically doesn't wander outside Coty, Avon, Claiborne, or Jôvan. It's adequate enough as a genre-bridging powerhouse fougère/oriental hybrid, but it's "the works" construction combined with relatively cheap materials hampered it's credibility with connoisseurs, as it ends up with too many irritating edges in spite of itself.

Passion for Men opens with a "vavoom" of notes, including some pretty sugary fig, orange, lemon, and bergamot; it's not quite gourmand territory even though it has as many gourmand notes as some actual gourmands. I remember this being like a fruitier, cheaper Obsession for Men (1986) in the opening, which is one of it's detractors for me. Galbanum, neroli and lavender seek to bring this back in a greener fougère direction, but they hardly succeed before the middle phase, as the fruit is too potent. Spicies in the middle further the oriental connection with Obsession, but this isn't a clone, so once the "everything bagel" that is the middle of carnation, sandalwood, patchouli, cedar, cinnamon, nutmeg, geranium, and balsam fir are through being saucy, we're allowed to catch our breath just long enough for the base. Anyone with experience wearing the feminine Elizabeth Taylor's Passion (1987) knows how dense this journey can be. Tonka, vetiver, styrax, musk, amber, oakmoss, and vanilla seek to suffocate the wearer in a combo of fougère roundness and oriental thickness, like a burger to big to wrap your jaw around, with the itchy sweet fruit opening coming back to haunt when air strikes spots of clothing the scent may have hit. It's certainly a journey and a half, so fans of sheer power won't be disappointed, but there's no grace here, not one iota.

I don't hate Passion for Men, but it's a scent that tries to be too much within the confines of it's budget; Elizabeth Taylor licensed manufacturing and distribution rights to Elizabeth Arden, if that's any indication of the quality, and we're not talking vintage Arden when they fought tooth and nail with Estée Lauder and Revlon, but after Unilever (and ironically Revlon) had gobbled Arden. Passion for Men is a decent enough decadent scent if such a scent is needed on a budget for a coworker's wedding or neighbor's graduation, but it's too tacky for dating and too itchy for my tastes otherwise, as it's clashing top and middle just makes me yearn for better orientals that have more balance. The fruity gourmand-ish top was a novel idea in 1989, but sadly not executed well. Don't let my neutral rating stop you from exploring this however, especially for the price, as pound-for-pound it's great performance for the dollar and an interesting transitional scent at the abutment of decades that may totally work with your tastes and sense of style, it just doesn't work with mine. Shame we never got a male counterpart to White Diamonds (1991), as that might have proven to be a nice generalist.
21st March, 2018
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Flowering Tonka by Demeter Fragrance Library

The name gives it away - tonka and florals. Initially a somewhat nonspecific white floral appears, but soon the tonka arises and gradually takes over. Quite agreeable a tonka it is, but rather mundane and linear too.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and five hours of longevity on my skin.

An autumn scent with somewhat poor performance that is too simple and mediocre to excite. 2.5/5.
21st March, 2018

California for Men by Dana

Rarely do I part with something that I like, but in the case of Jaclyn Smith's California, I felt it was too close to several things I already had, too mediocre in the performance department, and an unjustifiable waste of space at a time in my life that my own living space was limited, so it fell victim to a culling of sorts. It has since fallen out of production and while not quite a unicorn, it has become a little more mystical in price due to ye olde eBay scalpers that always look to send somebody over a barrel for wanting to wax nostalgia. This is one of those things I'd recommend as an affordable alternative if it was still available, because it is quite likeable, but the quality of the scent for the price one now might pay is silly, and I'd rather you save your cash for a decent niche scent instead. As it stands, California for Men is a fougère that blends elements of 80's powerhouses with sunny beach-going vibes that make it easier to use outdoors. Jaclyn Smith herself was a former Charlie's Angels star who transitioned to fashion design, and like Elizabeth Taylor, pioneered the idea of celebrities cultivating their own fashion brands instead of inking deals with other houses or perfumers. Sadly, most of her dealings were with Kmart, whom since being swallowed up by the also-failing Sears, is all but an extinct avenue for her wares, which is why we hear little to nothing of her products outside of jokes at their expense. Ultimately what we get here is a semi-generic but earnest summer scent that is a redressing of older ideas, which ultimately grew less and less appealing as the effort needed to maintain stock of it in one's wardrobe slowly eclipsed it's value and sense of style.

The quickest, easiest, and most concise comparison here is to Guy Laroche's seminal Drakkar Noir (1982), and much of California's DNA can be gleaned from it. Some people also like to compare this to Azzaro Pour Homme (1978) and Aramis Tuscany Per Uomo (1984) and I can totally understand why, but what California shares with them is more abstract in the sense of brighter bergamot tops than the Laroche and an overall more relaxed feel. California sort of meets between the sun-bleached Italian fougère and rich, mossy jazz club juice dressed in black, but comes dressed in sandals and cargo pants. Bergamot and lemon verbena almost go without needing mentioning in the top of this, with rosemary, artemisia, and basil, just like Drakkar Noir. Lavender is moved down into the heart to keep the scent brighter for longer, and shares space with geranium, manadarin, coriander, and cedar. The base has a light dusting of amber, musk, oakmoss, patchouli, fir, and coumarin. This doesn't have any smoke or dryness to it in the end like others of it's ilk, and just remains a pleasant, casual, if somewhat fleeting fougère, like a powerhouse de-fanged to seem less out-of-place as the 90's began. It mostly worked, but due to the shakey ground on which Jaclyn Smith did business, distribution and manufacture for this kept shifting, making this fall in and out of production enough to make anyone who liked it eventually give up on it out of frustration, like myself.

Once, twice, three times this changed brands over the years, and I suppose the three-strikes rule applies here since the last house to acquire California dumped it after only a year of return to the market. Beyond Jaclyn Smith's own eponymous label, California was picked up by drugstore cosmetics firm Max Factor, whom at the time had been waning from the fragrance market anyway, but after the turn of the millenium, ended up selling the line to Dana, who made a huge push on the scent then dropped it year later, with newly-designed bottles missing their etched logo caps and having plain brass slip-over tester-style caps being bundled in gift sets and sold in Walmart into the late 2000's. It was like seeing factory seconds refurbished and sold as holiday exclusives, and very sad, which is why I divested myself of California for Men in the end. It was like shopping at the aforementioned Kmarts once home to the Jaclyn Smith brand: perfectly adequate, but uninspiring, which could be overlooked if not for the fact that watching it slowly plummet on life support into oblivion was so damn depressing. A fragrance that is more or less advertised as bottled sunshine should be anything but depressing. If you're looking for a lighter free-wheeling alternative to an 80's powerhouse fougère, just buy Azzaro or Tuscany Per Uomo and call it a day. Typically this would be a thumbs up because it is a nice smell, but my neutral rating reflects the bad taste left behind trying to own this as part of a regular rotation.
21st March, 2018

L'Esprit Divin by Paul Emilien

Excellent "rose/saffronish oudh driven" combo based on a classic connection of saffron, dusty mild spices, an earthy musky violet leaves/rose-accord (royal and neo-Victorian a la Floris Royal Arms Diamond Edition) and woods a la Dueto Parfums City Oud, Perris Montecarlo Rose de Taif or Tiziana Terenzi Gold Rose Oudh although this juice is turned out particularly intense by creamy spices, grapefruit, frankincense and by a final warmly virile animalic note (probably an oudish/musky/rosey civet a la Dusita Oud Infini). Since the opening the dominant floral accord smells earthy and leafy for a while on my skin. A messy tornado of further elements (herbal notes, amber, may be myrrh, floral notes and tobacco leaves) enhances the complexity of the olfactory orchestra. The highly resinous/rosey/animalic spiciness (finally more ambery than musky) conjures me decidedly the Cerchi Nell'Acqua Usmar Venezia's regal balmy/soapy Rinascimental exoticism. Spices and tobacco provide structure and solidity. Paul Emilien L'Esprit Divin is one of the rare resinous oudh/rose's structured renditions. An almost tribal and ritual blend of spices and resins which will definitely inebriate your senses.
20th March, 2018 (last edited: 22nd March, 2018)

Fan di Fendi pour Homme Assoluto by Fendi

Light, smokey cedar, kinda like incense, plus some sweetness and cardamom. It's like a lighter Dirty English that's been modernized.

Feels like a good cold weather scent and more appropriate for formal than casual.

It projects nicely for 3-4 hours and then settles. What's left is little sniffs of the fragrance throughout the workday.
20th March, 2018

Eucris by Geo F Trumper

Review for the new Eau de Parfum, 50ml spray

It's one of my favourite releases so far in 2018! After sampling it, I bought a bottle as soon as my preferred store had it in stock. It's a huge improvement on the cologne-like EdT, which only comes in a splash bottle.

First impressions were "this stuff is potent!". The scent is an oakmoss overload. There is plenty of it in there. Others have commented how they "can be allowed the release a scent with so much moss in this day and age". I'm puzzled by this too but it is a welcome scent.

To me it also comes across as "inky", dark, thick and mysterious, yet it maintains a certain freshness in the opening. The blackcurrant and cumin are both muted compared to its predecessor, but the association to Aventus is justified (to my nose) because of the oakmoss.

50ml of this though is ample as you won't need to spray a lot to get a good long-lasting scent into the evening. Two sprays max should do it.

I personally have worn it to work a few times and its staying power is big. I've also worn it in the evening and can detect it on me well into the morning the next day.
20th March, 2018
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Mandacaru by L'Occitane

Fruity and citric is the opening blast - orange, peach, pear and grapes - not a super-fresh invigorating blast, but softer and less brisk, with a touch of gentle spice at the beginning of the drydown.

The heart notes are switching into the floral realm,
With jasmine taking on a centre stage, at least in the earlier stages. A stronger violet sidekick adds darker shades at times, and a traditional lavender lurks in the background.

The base again shifts gear, emphasising woodsy notes, and whilst cedar components are evident, this mix is quite nonspecific on me otherwise.

I get moderate sillage, adequate projection and three hours of longevity on my skin.

A pleasant scent for warmer climes, with a pleasant first half especially. The performance, however, is not great. 3/5.

20th March, 2018

Coven by Andrea Maack

As soon as I first inhaled this i flashed on the smell of being at The Botanical Gardens and walking into a humid/muggy greenhouse where the soil was just turned and the vegetation is old and ripe...misters are at work in the background adding a little more juciness to the can't get much greener than this...vanilla smooths things out a bit...i actually get a faint touch of caramel in the vanilla...intriguing and interesting to sample and study , but not something i would go the Pagan route, shoulda been just a wee bit more dark and gothic...
20th March, 2018

Balenciaga pour Homme by Balenciaga my top 10 fragrances...this is another case of great reviews that have said more about this fragrance than I could ever say...well , I have to throw in my 2 scents for what it's worth...I am a big longtime fan of Lapidus and Kouros and I can see why there is a lot of talk associating these 3 fragrances...each is totally unique and stand apart from each other , yet there is a common thread that is elusive and hard to pin's like they are all part of the same big family , but not close , like brothers...more like second cousins...still, i can't help but to see them as some sort of triumverate...they may be second cousins , but they party a lot together and get into all sorts of far as the scent itself , I see it as a very exotic and unusual incense fragrance...the scent goes through a multitude of changes but , throughout all of it , I get whiffs of an otherworldly incense smoke drifting in the background...opens kind of wild and probably scary for some , sour/aldehydic/vinegary effect...theres spices and herbs and woods - oh my!!! feels kind of serious and the base I also get a cherry oud M7 others have mentioned , this juice could be thrown in a fancy bottle and given a cool sounding name and sold as a high end niche scent...3 thumbs up and a solid 11 out of 10...
20th March, 2018

Allure Homme Edition Blanche Eau de Parfum by Chanel

Very similar to the EdT, the citrus just seems to be a bit sharper, has more bite. Otherwise, I get similar smell and performance.

Very good projection for the first 3-4 hours. After that it settles down but you still catch whiffs of it throughout the day, all day long.
20th March, 2018

Rive Gauche pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

Rive Gauche Pour Homme was rather unexpected in the day of release, as nobody reckoned Yves Saint Laurent would make it a reality 30 years after the original, and nearly in the masculine style of era in which the famous 1971 perfume in the blue and black-striped can released. Creative director of LVMH at the time, Tom Ford, wasn't afraid of looking to the past for future inspirations, and revitalized the Gucci brand from the brink of demise this way. So when Ford came to supervise brand direction of YSL (much to the late Mr. Laurent's displeasure), he took a similar "conventional beauty" direction, particularly with the perfumes. Likewise, Jacques Cavallier had been tapped a third time for YSL since doing Opium Pour Homme (1995), since he had a firm grasp of both conventional styles that Opium Pour Homme (another late-arriving masculine counterpart to a classic YSL perfume) and Rive Gauche Pour Homme falls under, and trend-setting futuristic composition like L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme (1994), Acqua di Gio (1996), Ultraviolet Man (1999) and M7 (2002). Rive Gauche Pour Homme would be the perfect storm of classic masculine lines and then-modern clean, a true blending of old and new, a DeLorean time machine with fresh tires. Eventually Tom Ford's throwback direction would be rejected by LVMH and he would leave to start his own house with those very same ideas, but at least in YSL, his ideas "fit" the house better, despite the late Laurent's objections.

Rive Gauche Pour Homme opens with what is quite literally the most glorious interpretation of classic shaving cream I have ever smelled. Seriously, if you love barbershop smells, this is going to be among your top picks. Penhaligon's Sartorial (2010) comes close, but with a thinner, more metallic direction. Barbasol for the bourgeois, Gillette for the gendarme, however you want to put it, this one is alpha barbershop scent. Bergamot, rosemary, and the interesting twist of star anise steal the opening. RGPH doesn't have the brutal bergamot of the 80's, but rather the restrained 60's powdery fougère variety, just less piquant because of the sweet anise top and lavender balance in the middle. Glorious clove immediately fills in the middle too, but not the syrupy bay rum type. Instead, we get the chilled clove reminiscent of Old Spice (1937). Avon Cavalier (1989) tried a similar clove-powered oriental/fougère hybrid stance too, but way before this kind of retro was cool again and with almost barbaric blending that renders it too much an anachronistic period piece to be effective. Rive Gauche Pour Homme finds the balance of old and new that other "modern barbershop scents" seem to miss in favor of smelling too old or too modern. The stock parts bin geranium takes us to a base of vetiver, patchouli, and guaiac wood after the clove calms down, with just the slightest tonka and oakmoss touches to root this as a fougère without making it heavy.

Rive Gauche Pour Homme is a typical Tom Ford homage to past masculine glories like what can be found in his own line, but deftly orchestrated by the hand of the capable Jacques Cavallier into something a modern man without such rose-tinted glasses for the past can appreciate. I mean really, who doesn't like that classic smell of "clean and groomed"? Typically in my experience, only contemporary guys obsessed with "fresh" or "sexy" balk at stuff like this, which is part marketing brainwash, and part ulterior motive for why they wear a fragrance, but to each his own. Rive Gauche Pour Homme would spawn two flankers in metal cans, including a light version and an intense version. Sadly all versions are discontinued, with the La Collection reissue series being the last time this saw bottling. YSL just isn't interested in honoring it's masculine perfume legacy anymore (outside 1981's mega-seller Kouros), but this one isn't -quite- a unicorn yet because the barbershop style has gone underground and become the realm of niche perfumers (like the aforementioned Penhaligon's). This means there isn't quite an army of collectors fighting to snap up all surviving inventory just yet, unless you slap "Jean Patou" on the bottle. Bottom line here is you'll smell like the best shave of your life, all day long, so if that sounds like a good fit, then this is your juice. Period. All others can move along, and save the rest for me.
19th March, 2018

Only The Brave by Diesel

My girlfriend and daughter both love this one me. I'm kind of neutral on it myself... My girlfriend originally gave me my first bottle of OTB as a gift. Years later when I wear it she'll randomly text me some days saying that when she woke up she could still smell me there (in a good way). It's one of the few fragrances I own that the people who I care most about seem to genuinely like.

One thing I would like to point out in a few of these negative reviews... They say my girlfriend or wife "gave this to me to wear." That indicates that someone else probably likes it...even if it's not your favorite. My definition of "good" doesn't always seem to be the same as how the rest of the world defines it.

19th March, 2018

Fireside Intense by Sonoma Scent Studio

I'm always on a quest for a campfire smoke scent. I also like leather, so I was excited to try this one. Unfortunately this doesn't live up to the note pyramid. There is a norlimbinol note that combines with the leather note to make a nasty fecal undertone. It almost smells like sawdust, but animalic sawdust. I agree with other raters, this would be acceptable as a room scent in a den, or rustic room, but to wear it around is not a good idea.
19th March, 2018

Acqua Essenziale Colonia by Salvatore Ferragamo

Can't really add too much to the previous reviews. It's a nice mature soapy scent. Good blind buy on clearance for $10 at Marshall's.
19th March, 2018

Egypt by Eight & Bob

Sweet and slightly spicy fragrance that is more masculine IMO. Starts off nice citrus and lavender. Very clean to my nose. Turns sweet and spicy within minutes. Very enjoyable into the dry down which for me is mostly leather. A winner and my first from the house... Enjoy!
19th March, 2018

Brit Summer Edition for Men by Burberry

I like this.
If you are looking for summer in the sense of citrus heavy and no longevity, this not it.

It is true to the original but with a stronger spicy note that conveys a freshness that is well, 'refreshing' if not bold.

By today's standards wears like an EdP due to its thickness a la the original it is based on. The powdery notes are dialed back significantly here, much like the discontinued limited edition. The difference is the brightness of this juice.

So summer it is, but much of a British summer, where all the pomp and circumstance does not go away because the sun is shining.
19th March, 2018

Burberry Brit : Limited Edition for Men by Burberry

I had this gem for several years and after trying the newer flankers (Splash, Rhythm) I realized I much preferred this Lim Ed. That's when I realized it was discontinued and now quite hard to find.

It is a deeper, more in your face version; the soft musks swapped for pine-y goodness.

In today's speak it would have been labelled Brit Intense or "Extra"
Worth seeking out as it is very today, come to think of it.
19th March, 2018

Buonissimo by Hilde Soliani Profumi

Certainly as presented, Buonissimo, Hilde Soliani's release that celebrates Luckyscent's 15th anniversary, is a gourmand lover's gourmand, and its note breakdown supports such a forecast.

From the opening I get more of a cocoa vibe before it dries down into its stated mix of croissant, vanilla, sugar, butter, cappuccino, and caramel, though frankly the last two contribute the least. It's really not a caramel or a coffee scent at all, even though they both might very well contribute in the background. Rather, Buonissimo has the combined effective of smelling like a confectionery shop and a bakery at the same time.

Performance is quite good overall, and the pricing is fair ($160 for 100ml), especially relative to what the niche market is like now.

I'd offer the general admonition that Buonissimo might be unbearable for those who do not like sweet scents, predictably, and might prove redundant for some gourmand lovers like myself, but that it's not so vanilla-centric and features a bready/buttery side renders it a bit of a departure from everything in my catalog. It's not the least bit resinous, either, so it fails to overlap the vanilla/amber subgroup that.

It's delectable and playful, clearly unisex and year-round friendly, though admittedly I'd be careful about when I wear it during the warmer months, and most of all, it's a satisfying wear that works for me. I'll certainly give some thought to nabbing a bottle.

8 out of 10
19th March, 2018

Eau de Sisley 2 by Sisley

I don’t like the eau de Cologne type of fragrance. But this one is nice enough. It opens with a lot of lemon and stops at green plant stems on its way to basil. Fresh. Good.
19th March, 2018

Trésor (new) by Lancôme

A bitter fruit and flower opening that softens with time into something sweeter, powdery and attractive. Very “nice”, gentle. And good, all in all.
19th March, 2018

Eau de Shalimar by Guerlain

This is a great flanker of the original. I don't get any orange on the top but, I do smell the bergamot and lime. Rose and jasmine in the middle - I smell those, also. the rose, in particular stands out. I think the citrus at the beginning and the rose in the middle are what makes this so different from original Shalimar. The base is classic vanilla and resin. Now and then I get a whiff of iris. A lighter version of Shalimar indeed. I'll stick with my bottles of original and the Mexican Vanilla version. However, there are one or two other flankers I may try in the future.
19th March, 2018

Aventus by Creed

Batch variation or no batch variation, my bottle shows differences to the tester that made me buy this.

Opens with sour physalis and some birch, shows some smoke and spices and dies to my nose. A skin scent within 2 hours. The drydown is almost nowhere to my nose. I guess I was unlucky.

Having purchased this along other Creed fragrances I must say this is a passmark, but nothing spectacular.
I have tried replicas that do a better job.
19th March, 2018

La Yuqawam pour Homme by Rasasi

Bought a bottle on Amazon from Rasasi Perfumes UK & EU Authorised Distributors.

The juice opens with a BLAST of super-strong leather that has been over-treated with chemicals against dying-out. Pungent. Artificial. It also offers something that resembles raspberry flavoured soft drinks.

At this point I get my life's worst sinus headache. Something I have not experienced with any fragrances ever.

To me this is not a fragrance, but toxin.
19th March, 2018