Fragrance Reviews from July 2012

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    Davem81's avatar

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    A*Men Pure Shot by Thierry Mugler

    The fragrance itself, while it lasts, is actually quite nice - albeit still a way short of the other A-men flankers. Cool, minty & perfectly pleasant.

    The lasting power and projection, however, are quite feeble. This leads to disappointment for me, despite quite liking the scent itself. I also agree that it is somewhat overpriced, even though we aren't talking mega money niche prices. It's the overall disappointment that cause me to think this.

    Once I've used up my sample, I won't be buying a bottle, even for collection purposes. In summary it's not awful, it's just disappointing.

    22 July, 2012

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    Green Valley by Creed

    Well, this one isn't going to replace GIT in anyone's wardrobe. It does have some similarities to GIT, but Green Valley is ultimately a strange mix of soap and green. Unfortunately, the result is not an Irish Spring soap kind of clean, but a synthetic detergent smell that is not pleasant to me.

    22 July, 2012

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    Kinski by Escentric Molecules

    Kinski opens with a dash of pink Peruvian pepper before the cannabis accord presents itself early in the heart notes conjoining with the pepper. A beautiful almost lemon-like vetiver and castoreum tandem emerges in the mid-heart notes with base notes of musk, cedar and synthetic ambergris sweetened by the faintest whiff of benzoin. Projection and longevity are average.

    Kinski is an interesting scent with the cannabis allure drawing many to try it. That said, while the faux cannabis accord is certainly present, it is the lemony vetiver, Peruvian pepper and castoreum that really makes the scent, IMO. The scent is quite synthetic in nature overall, but similar to many in the great Comme des Garcons line, synthetic does not necessarily equal "bad," and Kinski is definitely a fine smelling scent that will impress most who smell it. I don't think it is groundbreaking, but it is invigoratingly sharp in the opening and heart notes, drying down to a more subtle, smooth and even slightly sweet woody ambergris concoction. I give Kinski a very good 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend a sniff to all.

    22 July, 2012

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    I Love New York for Fathers by Bond No. 9

    Upon initial application, it reminds me of something from the Hermes Un Jardin line. However, this lasts MUCH longer on me, and has much more depth on the drydown.

    For a nice green summer fragrance that actually lasts (as Bond No. 9 scents tend to do), this is a great option...

    22 July, 2012

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    Fuel For Life pour Homme by Diesel

    It's a great scent, but too popular and too STRONG. It's terribly cloying when oversprayed, and due to its popularity you smell it everywhere.

    If you do use it, go SUPER LIGHT on sprays. Seriously, more than 3 should be a deadly sin. Preferably less.

    It's very unique though, and like I said it IS a good scent. The raspberry not is very cool and different.

    22 July, 2012

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    Musc for Him by Narciso Rodriguez

    Pure elegance in a bottle. Niche quality all the way. Even better than the original juice. The men's Musc version is more versatile, pleasant and luxurious. More men should try this one. I am also very please with its longevity. A new power house.

    22 July, 2012 (Last Edited: 23 July, 2012)

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    Suede by Michael Kors

    Two thumbs up. In the store, I put Michael Kors on one wrist and Michael Kors Suede on the other as I wasn't sure which fragrance I wanted to purchase. I liked both very much, but the leather layer in Suede really did it for me. I would love to wax poetic about a well-oiled saddle lying in the middle of a sun drenched meadow full of certain flowers, but I can't stop sniffing my wrists long enough to type all that. It's lovely, feminine, sexy, and definitely in my rotation.

    22 July, 2012 (Last Edited: 27 July, 2012)

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    Angélique Encens by Creed

    The opening is sweet floral with a very balanced incense note that us never cloying. The drydown is dominated by vanilla, with a musky note and a touch of amber thrown in, to end with an ambergris that is elegant and sophisticated and unusual for an incense fragrance. There is a bit of a powdery note to it towards the end. All ingredients of this delightful fragrance are of supreme quality, and I get three hours out of it; with heavy application up to seven or eight hours. This isa a sweet but not overwhelming scent of the utmost sophistication.

    22 July, 2012 (Last Edited: 08 August, 2012)

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    Bigelow Green Tea Eau de Parfum No. 1900 by C.O. Bigelow Apothecary

    I bought my first bottle of this last spring, so it has been in my collection almost 18 months. A wonderful, gorgeous and rich Green Tea Eau de Parfum from the C.O. Bigelow house. Ironically, I originally bought this beauty for my wife with the hope that it could be unisex and we could share. We both adore it and I find myself actually wearing it more often than her!

    I am a confident man - this scent is as far from macho as you will find, but so articulate, beautiful and natural! I called the Bigelow Apothecary and spoke to someone who has been with the company for over 20 years and asked if men actually wear this..."Most definitely!" was her response. She said it is one of their top selling scents for both men and women, while some men have shyed away at first - and then returned to buy it later as it lingered on their skin, they found the affinity for it. I found it immediately! A great warm weather scent different from anything else I have (although I do have a Green Tea Eau de Cologne from Yves Rocher - which is a nice spritzer). You will get noticed wearing this. It projects wonderfully on the skin for the first couple hours and lasts as a very nice skin scent for many hours past that. It never loses its beauty.

    This is a scent that requires clean skin, nice attire and an aire of sophistication - it could actually be a formal scent, or as I prefer, a warm weather scent that captures a mood of harmony with nice casual attire. A polo shirt, clean shaven, hair slicked back and a pair of nice khakis (or designer jeans). Nothing macho. If you want this scent to work with you, you have to understand that it is a rich, but simple composition - so attire needs to follow suit.

    Perfect for daytime - I don't see this as an evening scent. The green tea note is wonderfully aromatic and strikingly real (so very natural), but the complimentary notes of citruses and jasmine make this what it is - special. The jasmine is smooth and very fragrant - not powdery at all. The citruses are very nice and linger in the composition well into the heart, although this is rather linear (which is perfectly fine for scent like this - it is brilliantly focused). For a green tea fragrance (and I have smelled several others), this is absolutely incredible - especially for the price. It could, technically, be worn year-round...but I find it to be magical in warm weather with the sun shining bright. The only requirement is that you are relaxed when wearing this - not one you would want to exercise while wearing. It is an EdP and should be adorned in a social setting, intimacy during the day or for pure aromatherapy.

    Fantastic and charming scent that is truly unisex and of the highest quality ingredients. My favorite fragrance from the Bigelow house! Outstanding.

    22 July, 2012 (Last Edited: 26 September, 2012)

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    Tubéreuse by Caron

    This is for me one of the best renditions of this floral note on the market today. Very true to the flower itself, both in the greenness of its initial contact with my nose (as in the Jasmine of Lutens A La Nuit), and deliciously in the voluptuous heady development of its rich center.

    Bravo to its creators - however, be warned that it is ridiculously expensive. LuckyScent offers a mere 7.5 ml for $100. One should simply buy 7 of the samples they offer at .7 ml for $5, pay $50 and be that far ahead. This would be a winner if either the price were halved or the volume increased for the price.

    22 July, 2012 (Last Edited: 27 March, 2013)

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    Someday by Justin Bieber

    An almost exact duplication of Lolita Lempicka.......... (But you can only purchase one of these at the grocery store.)

    23 July, 2012

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    Crave by Calvin Klein

    Try it if you can find it and you think you could dare to smell young and sweet

    23 July, 2012

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    Secret Oud by Caron

    This is a rose fragrance, through and through. Where is the oud? Taken as a unisex rose with spicy undertones it's not bad at all, but I came for the oud and was left wanting.

    23 July, 2012

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    Grigioperla Essence by La Perla

    fresh and sexy, a nice change from all summer acquatics, surely worth its price!

    23 July, 2012

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    Romantina by Juliette Has a Gun

    Better in cool weather where the rosy vetiver comes to the fore. In an English summer the orange and vanilla combine to be a rather cloying and faintly putrescent musk.

    23 July, 2012

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    Tiffany for Men by Tiffany

    This is precisely what a classy men's cologne smells like. If you're looking for a well-crafted cologne, perfect for the office and (especially) business meetings or outings at night, this is the one. I don't think this is going to be anyone's "dream" cologne, but its a great scent.

    23 July, 2012

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    John Varvatos STAR USA by John Varvatos

    Serviceable. Inoffensive. I am having trouble coming up with anything more positive. OK for an office setting I suppose, but there is nothing unique or memorable here at all. A generic triumph, if you will.

    23 July, 2012

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    Breath of God by B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful

    BOG’s opening salvo is like a squirt of squid ink in a clear pool: all blacks, greys and smoky swirls. This is one of the few perfumes that has the courage to actually bolster the dragged through soil and smoking huts quality of vetiver instead of playing it down. The feel is predominantly of woodsmoke, clumps of earth, iodine tincture, creosote, all delicious ‘non-perfume’ things which wrap the wearer in an olfactory bear hug.
    But already there’s an oceanic, ozonic lightness rising in the mix, which should be completely at odds with the rest but instead seems integral to its panorama. The sweetness of melon likewise, despite being a startling juxtaposition, is instantly comfortable among the elements here and gives the mid-stage its constantly shifting quality. My one concern with BOG is that this melon centre wears a bit brash in cooler weather, but the balance seems just right when the sun is shining. Yes, this does have rough edges which perhaps could have been treated better by another pair of hands – but the overall air of daring paying off that surrounds this perfume is exhilarating. Another plus in my book is that it seems to hang on to some trace of smokiness through its life.

    23 July, 2012

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    Elie Saab Le Parfum by Elie Saab

    Open blue skies, a branch of orange blossom waving gently in the breeze – I’ll file this one under simple ideas beautifully executed. The orange blossom start is everything one wants – light, natural, lilting, forming a lazy swirl around the wearer. Gently the bolstering of the honey and jasmine is introduced, thus prolonging the orange blossom’s dance in this particular breeze. Personally, I could have done with a touch less honey. But this is an eminently wearable perfume – noticeably present without being a lung filler.

    23 July, 2012

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    Hilfiger Est. 1985 by Tommy Hilfiger

    Another generic criminal – fortunately this one does not get away with murder, expiring mercifully instead after about an hour. Synthetic citrus-spice dime-a-dozen ‘gents’ combo. The pale blue colour of this stuff says it all; another loser reliant on marketing to snare the gullible. Close inspection reveals a few miniscule points of interest – a sharp little stab of sandal, a recalcitrant bubblegum hiding in the wings. Disregard all the exotic ingredients listed – they’re not part of the olfactory experience of this one.

    23 July, 2012

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    Lady Vengeance by Juliette Has a Gun

    Good quality soapy rose with a slight curl of jasmine in the top which morphs into a hint of green. Fresh, light yet persistent, this is well-done if nothing new (reminds me of a few Rosines) and somewhat one-dimensional. An everyday kind of affair rather than a vengeful fury.

    23 July, 2012

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    Orange Star by Tauer

    The opening of this has more edge than a head shop full of orange fractals. I enjoy Tauer’s audacity; the upfront blast that says, ‘Dammit, I love wearing fumes.’ Here we have tangy, bitter citrus peel, the slight gingeryness of lemongrass and what to my nose read as a spectrum of orangey aromachemicals ranging from the cleaning product to the juicy gumdrop. I know most swear how natural this one is, but to me the combination of the verité and the chemically enhanced is what makes this opening so extraordinary.
    The volume drops pretty quickly on this one, though longevity is excellent. And when the scent settles, there is a slight violet-like powderiness, the citrusy notes relax and get smoothed by a restrained almost-not-there sweetness nudging up from the base. An orange like no other, and one no-one should fear wearing.

    23 July, 2012

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    Putain des Palaces by Etat Libre d'Orange

    A conventional sweet almost fruity floral top with a tantalizing and rapidly evaporating almond note is quickly ruptured by what my nose first mistook for cumin, but actually seems to be a salty cedar/dried out sandalwood note. This putain has been trolling the restaurant bins for scraps. Where’s the leather? – maybe a bit of zizz-crack would have helped this. Seriously muddled.

    23 July, 2012

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    Shem-el-Nessim by Grossmith

    There’s no denying that this and L’Heure Bleue spring from the same gene pool – they both have the same melancholy sweet subtlety born of the heliotrope-sandal notes that are their foundation. This is great for reveries, introspective days when its quiet sophistication will prompt the mind to slip away to an ever-so-tempting elsewhere. One of those scents that play with time, stretching the mental experience of it to a lovely stasis. Lovely twinkly, powdery fadeout.

    23 July, 2012

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    Vol de Nuit by Guerlain

    Is my mind playing tricks, or did so many women really wear this when I was a child? On first spraying, this perfume greeted me like a long lost friend – instant familiarity and comfort.
    Regardless of the (un)reliability of olfactory memories, this is my experience of Vol de Nuit. It beams out of the bottle with such glorious springlike radiance, everything transparent, sunlit and shimmering, resistance is futile. Even though this phase is fleeting, with the solid Guerlain base of sandalwood and vanilla becoming noticeable very early (this time with a pinch of the smoothest spices in the mix), the perfume doesn’t lose its light character, with glimpses of narcissus peeking out now and then. Given, projection is subtler than Guerlain heavy-hitters, but it’s still worth every penny when it sets the senses waltzing the way it does (this from someone who couldn’t waltz to save his life). Absolutely the touchstone of perfection – and of joy.

    23 July, 2012

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    Chamade by Guerlain

    A perfect, imaginary spring meadow – well, one rarely finds hyacinths in meadows and there is a dryness throughout that doesn’t fit either. But the feeling of space, light fresh floral airs drifting through, a green shade, that’s all there. Along with a smooth, powdery vanillic Guerlain base right from the start. The hyacinth is beautifully realized – soft and will-o-wispy, rather than blaring and headachy. There is a butteriness suggestive of the narcissus family. Everything is serenely in place.
    Major problem with the EDT is that you are left with the base within about two hours – it’s beautifully done, but not that distinctive. Now to try and score some EDP…

    23 July, 2012

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    Calvin Klein Man by Calvin Klein

    This is Very Good scent and the top note is great. But it suffers a bit problem. Longevit!!! on my skin it doesnt last at all..quickly fades to skin scent in about 30min to and 1hr. I have to reapply quite a few times during the day. But it makes for a great everyday scent since its affordable and smells great

    23 July, 2012

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    The One Gentleman by Dolce & Gabbana

    Dominated by a strong creamy vanilla and spice note, very gourmand to me, which is strange because this is classifed as an oriental. Completely linear. Creamy vanilla and spice is what you get from first spray to dry down. Reminds me of a scented candle. I find it boring and a tad feminine.

    23 July, 2012

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    Royal Oud by Creed

    Boring, stuffy, tame. Creed should have left oud to the masters and not given into the fad of making an oud frag like everyone else. I love Creed frags, btw.

    23 July, 2012

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