Fragrance Reviews from August 2012

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    muskymoi's avatar

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    Sensuous Noir by Estée Lauder

    this is so smoky, tobacco-y, and lush...if I'm wearing this on a night out, I'm a-huntin'...

    14th August, 2012 (Last Edited: 18th August, 2012)

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    Crystal Noir by Versace

    This is a sweet noir (with that blast of coconut) as opposed to, say, Sensuous Noir (Estee Lauder), which is a smoky, floral tobacco noir. Both different, both noir, both good.

    I'm going to have to add this one to my wish list...

    Update: removed from wish list because I realized, quite recently, that I prefer those older vintagey and complex scents that suggest seduction rather than scream sex with olfactive shamelessness. I liken it to preferring ms. havisham over Estella, as characters.

    14th August, 2012 (Last Edited: 12th September, 2012)

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    Bois de Aoud / Original Aoud by Montale

    This fragrance starts of smelling EXACTLY like those urinal cakes they put in men's urinals to keep the smell down. Cedar, pine, some antiseptic chemical, Awful Dry down is just as bad. Longevity and projection food, but that isn't a plus with this fragrance.

    14th August, 2012 (Last Edited: 19th October, 2012)

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    Ambra di Luna by Ramon Monegal

    Very nice stuff from Mr.Monegal. Ambra di Luna opens with a slightly boozy amber note immediately joined by castoreum providing the right amount of "dirtyness". In this phase the fragrance has a fascinating classicism inherent to it. It speaks of old-fashioned female perfumes, powder, animalic notes...Where are you going? Come back here, Ambra Di Luna doesn't smell dated. The castoreum is not exactly subtle but serves as a necessarely balance for the typical sweetness of most ambers. As the fragrance "evolves", there's a woody-balmy quality remarking its presence and driving the composition towards moderately sweet and more modern territories. Elegant, solid and well balanced with compelling, dry undertones. If you like Monegal's restrained style, this is a great fragrance well worth checking out. Full bodied yet not as heavy-handed as other compositions in the same genre.

    Very well done.

    14th August, 2012 (Last Edited: 03rd January, 2014)

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    A Scent by Issey Miyake

    I bought this the year it came out for my mother for Christmas. She is VERY difficult to please with her fragrances, as she doesn't like them too sweet or heavy or acidic. She loves 'A Scent,' and now I get it for her every year. The original (not the pink floral other version of this scent) is light and fresh, yet warms up on the skin, and lingers subtly. Because it is slightly "dry" it could almost be a unisex scent. Highly recommended fragrance that is fresh, yet elegant and can be worn day or night, at work or play.

    15th August, 2012

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    Doux Amour by Spadaro

    intoxicating; sharp at the top and dries down to creaminess that is hard to describe. I walked a little taller and hazarded a red lipstick after trying this one on at the counter. I also took a bottle home with me.

    15th August, 2012

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    Eau Sauvage Parfum by Christian Dior

    I'm not sure why there's so much disappointment with this masterpiece, but in my opinion it's far from simple. A dense and sophisticated fragrance. very complex,confident and sexy. at the opening it's very similar to the citrus opening to the original, but after half hour or so it gains myrrh,cinnamon,leather and patchouli to my nose. it has similarities to le labos patchouli scent (not as potent by any means) but nonetheless it has similarities. a very nice leather accord sneaks in (saddle leather,it's subtle) and earthiness from the vetiver. altogether i'd give it a 9/10

    15th August, 2012

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    Amber Absolute by Tom Ford

    blown away by this scent. for one, it projects and lasts for hours (15+) and for two it's just the best amber scent on the market. very woody and masculine (not to mention daring) in the opening. the dry down gains sweetness. the best way i could describe the dry down is if you had amber scented/flavored cake frosting. sweet and delicious.

    15th August, 2012

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    Labdanum 18 / Ciste 18 by Le Labo

    for all of those who love musc ravageur but think the opening is too harsh, give this a try. it's basically musc ravageur on training wheels. more powdery,less animolic, a great scent for a night out. although, i do prefer mr

    15th August, 2012

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    Patchouli 24 by Le Labo

    Annick Menardo is one of my favorite perfumers, but this scent is just wrong. it smells like a barn yard. it's plain and simple vile. this and montale oud cuir d'arabie have made their way to the "never sniff again" section of the sample filing system

    15th August, 2012

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    Proof by Abercrombie & Fitch

    I have fond memories attached to proof, being 21 now, i look back at high school when i smell this or wear it and think of the good ol'times. In any case, this scent is basically peppery woods with some fresh aquatic attributes. a nice scent. I much prefer it's big brother fierce (to all young adult fragrances) but this is still pretty nice for the price

    15th August, 2012

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    New Haarlem by Bond No. 9

    what a scent! i adore this stuff. vanilla-coffee meets maple syrup to make for the perfect breakfast gourmand that smells like coffee and french toast. an amazing scent and one i'll always own. projects and lasts for 8+ hours and you WILL get noticed with this one. hands down the best bond no.9 fragrance offering (along with silver factory).
    a 10/10 in my eyes. modern and sexy. two HUGE thumbs up

    15th August, 2012

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    Ocean Song by Auric Blends

    This is a very nice powdery,musky lavender scent with a slight watery/aquatic texture. It smells a lot like Roger & Gallet's Lavande Royale. It's smooth and light, delivering nice airy wisps of scent throughout the day. I like Ocean Song especially for its transparency.

    This makes a good summer scent for either women or men.

    MY RATING: 8/10

    15th August, 2012

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    Lacoste Elegance by Lacoste

    I am not a lover of gourmand scents and I do not like chocolate--literally, I get a migraine thinking about chocolate much less eating it--so the smell of chocolate is nothing that conjures up warm, indulgent, decadent thoughts--just the opposite! Amazingly, however, I really like this scent. The chocolate note is a bitter one and has nothing to do with Easter Bunny shaped chocotale candies. The total absence of floral notes and the deft use of fruit, woods, spices and yes, even chocolate, make this avery compelling scent. There is an elegance to it, as the name suggests, although not in the usual sense. The elegance lies in this scent's ability to harmoniously marry a diverse group of gourmand notes in a way that is subdued, compelling and not in the least foody. I love to smell the foods I love but I do not want to smell OF them. There is no elegance in smelling like you have just come from the table..... Lacoste Elegance smells of the promise of good things to come as opposed to the recent eating of good things. Despite the lack of feminizing florals, none of the notes is particularly masculine in the traditional sense so this could work well on a woman who is looking for a drily elegant demi-gourmand scent.

    15th August, 2012

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    Mandarina Duck Pure Black by Mandarina Duck

    Mandarina Duck Pure Black by Mandarina Duck - Initially, one is treated to a fresh orange. Tangerine, with its bright and tangy, orange facets, commingles with bergamot, with its bitterwsweet, orangey and a slightly peppery character. Indian pepper, with its earthy and woody mustiness, serves as an undercurrent, carrying the citric accord to the heart. Here, the citrus is subsumed by tonka bean, which imparts its creamy aspects of vanilla, cinnamon, clove, cherry, and almond. Orange blossom bestows its sweetly indolic, citric, floral accents. And, exotic, Tahitian tare infuses its softly sweet and creamy, tuberose-like and somewhat balmy floral. This remarkable melange flows nicely to the slightly tempering base. The resplendent tonka bean marries with a full-bodied, dark and faintly smoky vanilla. Woods, in the form of a creamy and soft sandalwood, as well as a greenish, balsamic cedar, winningly temper the sweetness. A pleasing drydown ensues. Far from being a dark and brooding scent, as the appellation may suggest, this wonderful composition is bright and sweet, yet retaining its masculine slant. Its projection is good, a 3-hour scent cloud before becoming a skin scent, and its longevity is average.

    15th August, 2012

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    Steel Bouquet by Jafra

    Not sure why this has "steel" in it's name, nothing metallic about it. Very heavy on the vanilla, which I do like, but this fragrance has a much less complex than some other frags with strong vanilla scent. I don't really smell the base notes which are listed as patchouli, oakmoss, orris, amber, and sandalwood. It's wearable, good for a work scent.

    15th August, 2012

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    Cuir de Russie by Chanel

    I'm with Candide on this one - I love my CdR parfum, but I'd never wear it out of the house. This is a perfect fragrance for a rainy cold Sunday at home. It's just too feminine for me to wear in public, although I adore it.

    15th August, 2012

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    I Love New York for Earth Day by Bond No. 9

    Hmm - not sure of the unisex tag here. Big, dense floral totally dominated by tuberose and lily of the valley. It's ok, if a little blowsy. I would never wear.

    15th August, 2012

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    Zizan by Ormonde Jayne

    Be careful here. The top notes are particularly lovely but after about 10 minutes Zizan becomes somewhat generic and worst of all - cheap smelling. Very disappointing.

    15th August, 2012

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    Bois Noir by Robert Piguet

    Nice enough, but smells derivative. No urge to purchase on that basis.

    15th August, 2012

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    Casbah by Robert Piguet

    Marrakesh in a bottle. Very spicy -- bit of a nose botherer.

    15th August, 2012

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    Notes by Robert Piguet

    Perfectly pleasant orange blossom scent. The only problem is that it smells identical to Kurdjikan's APOM.

    15th August, 2012

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    Calypso by Robert Piguet

    Rose, amber, orris root -- not very original, but there seems to be a spectacular musk note added here which sets Calypso apart. I believe the original was more feminine -- this is totally unisex. Lasts all day on me. A treasure.

    15th August, 2012

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    La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme

    Good stuff, and very yummy. To my nose its a little Coco Mad with a lush raspberry. Either way, "very seductive fruity gourmand" as stated by SteelerOpera is exactly right. Launched at the right time too as I think this will do well for fall/winter. A bit pricy, but I think you will be able to score a good deal online soon. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    15th August, 2012

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    L'Eau Bleue D'Issey Eau Fraîche by Issey Miyake

    I prefer the non-light version of this, but this works well in heat, maybe better. Minty fresh with some herbs and spice but overall somewhat lo-key once you are wearing it. I find it works best applied directly to the skin, though it is fine on clothing too.

    15th August, 2012

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    Noir by S.T. Dupont

    Sub-par department store dross. Most of the money obviously went on the tacky bottle (Like a cigarette lighter! Cool!); it surely didn't pay for the synthetic swill within. If you are looking for a minty lavender, try Centaure by MPG. Granted it isn't as sweet as this; but then there is no bitter pill to sugar-coat.

    15th August, 2012

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    Vraie Blonde by Etat Libre d'Orange

    This makes me heave. I think it's the peach spiked with aldehydes. If Sécrétions Magnifique smells remotely like this I'm going to vomit tomorrow because that will be when I'm picking up my sample at the post office.

    15th August, 2012

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    L'Hommage à L'Homme by Lalique

    A good quality, modern, masculine fragrance, fit for the office. Yes folks, that means it's a bit on the tame side, so move along, thrill-seekers. Violet leaf, tobacco (I agree with Anton - think empty cigarette packet) and cedar are the main players. There's more oud in the marketing than the fragrance IMO, so don't let that put you off. It is detectable, particularly in the drydown, but seekers of oud overload will be disappointed. Overall it is quite dry and more austere than the fancy (limited edition) bottle would suggest. It's not nearly as extroverted as distant forebear Fahrenheit, for example. Maybe a bit more labdanum in the base wouldn't have gone amiss. Good longevity. Thumbs up for the execution, not for the (lack of) innovation.

    15th August, 2012

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    Fig by Aftelier

    When layered with Aftelier's Amber, this is SCRUMPTIOUS!

    15th August, 2012

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    Iboganda by Cousu de Fil Blanc

    Dreams do not always come true.....the mentioning of ¨chamans¨ in the marketing material aroused my interest. I absolutely adore Chaman´s Party by Honore des Pres..a smoky/spicy/herbal trip thru the dimensions and I started dreaming about finding a new love in Iboganda.
    The notes told me that I should not expect an olfactory elephant like C.P but I did not expect an olfactory moth.....

    I smelled the cork.....oh dear......something very light and lemony....I applied it generously.....oh dear...again.....it reminded me of the colognes you can buy in the Great Bazaar in Istanbul. Quite fresh stuff but they cost about 4 euro´s for a litre which Iboganda certainly do not....after 3-4 hours it was gone and I was left on the ground longing for the afore mentioned dimensional trip. To sum it up; a total rip-off.

    15th August, 2012

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