Fragrance Reviews from August 2012

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    Charlie / Charlie Blue by Revlon

    imo, under-rated. Strong, feminine, fresh, floral, green, citrusy, sillage, powerful, longevity- not in how many hours does it last, but how many days? I love it! Good for very busy, active women.

    15 August, 2012

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    Acqua di Giò Essenza by Giorgio Armani

    Just tried this today.. At first I found it too sweet and smelt like badedas bubble bath.. An hour on its calmed down and now getting the spicy notes coming through. Much stronger than the original and will be adding to my collection. As Nigel Tufnel would say.. This one goes up to 11.

    Still very prominent on my skin after 5 hours

    15 August, 2012 (Last Edited: 16 August, 2012)

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    Monsieur Balmain (new) by Pierre Balmain

    Monsieur Balmain opens with a sharp blast of semi-sour lemon that is quite like the real juice. The fragrance soon combines the lemon with a sandalwood undertone that grows as the lemon slightly recedes over time. Very modest hints of amber and bergamot are the only other detectable notes of recognition to my nose. Projection is minimal and longevity is above average.

    Monsieur Balmain is a very simplistic scent to my nose, at least. While the official list of notes is quite long, it really is all about a natural lemon on a semi-synthetic smelling sandalwood base; nothing more, nothing less. I have heard the scent described by some as "Lemon Pledge," and I confess I too have that same association too. I very much think of a fine lemon wood furniture polish when I smell this one. Lemon Pledge association and formula simplicity aside, the recent formulation of Monsieur Balmain does smell good, and is a superb value at its current street price of around $30 for a 100 ml bottle. I give Monsieur Balmain a "good" 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5 rating.

    15 August, 2012 (Last Edited: 16 August, 2012)

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    Hugh Parsons (Yellow) by Hugh Parsons

    A pleasant lemon fragrance in the same vein as Dior's Eau Sauvage and Eau De Rochas. Great for warmer weather and can be worn for almost any occasion. Has a bit of a gentlemanly aspect to it but not too stuffy. Nothing groundbreaking, but can be a workhorse for work or play.

    16 August, 2012

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    Opera IV by Roberto Capucci

    I've worn R de Capucci for years,but fancied a change.
    I managed to win a 50ml EDT on eBay for just £5.00.
    Initially I was not impressed with the slightly harsh opening notes,but given time this develops into a very wearable,green/woody but not unique fragrance.
    A lighter version of Halston Z-14 or Rochas Lui sprang to mind,but that might be the peppery carnation notes.
    Longevity is good.
    Projection could be better.

    A thumbs up from me,but I still prefer R de Capucci.

    16 August, 2012

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    Comme une Evidence Green by Yves Rocher

    I've worn many YR mens fragrances over the years,but this is one of my favourites.
    The initial blast of citrus soons calms down to a minty cool,cucumber fresh,clean green aroma.
    Longevity and projection are both ok,but could be better,if they made an EDP version I would buy it.
    Perfect for summer/humid weather.
    Initially this reminded me of Fair Play by Nino Cerruti or Bowling Green by Geoffrey Beene,both sadly discontinued.
    If you are a fan of either of these fragrances or Nicole Farhi Homme but want something more affordable,then this is a good buy.
    The matching all over body wash is excellent,but the deo. spray is very weak & watery.

    16 August, 2012

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    Pearls and Lace by Avon

    the first perfume I ever owned. so light and floral with slight powdery notes. perfect for a young girl. I really miss this fragrance!

    16 August, 2012

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    London Cool by Rimmel London

    my fave scent as a teen. very fresh and subtle, feminine but not overly so.

    16 August, 2012

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    John Richmond for Men by John Richmond

    After reading reveiws I bought this as a blind buy and for the price I paid (a lot),I was expecting something special.
    A rather funky bottle with hanging charms looks styilish, but the juice is just another run of the mill,unexciting fragrance.
    I couldn't detect any ginger or cardamom notes.
    The only comparison which sprang to mind was Memoire d'Homme by Nina Ricci,now discontinued .
    Longevity was ok.
    Projection was minimal.

    For a niche and expensive fragrance from such a top British designer this could be a lot better.

    16 August, 2012

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    London Glam by Rimmel London

    I wore this scent through my late teens and still have a little left, but no longer wear it. Its very VERY sweet, almost like a sugar syrup. Its a nice, sweet perfume, but definitely NOT a fragrance for a mature adult.

    16 August, 2012

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    Gant USA Classic by Gant USA

    Such a shame this lovely fragarance is now discontinued.
    I recently grabbed a bargain on dutyfreeperfume.co.uk, 2 X 75ml EDT for £10.95.
    It's not exactly original or exciting but great if you want a long lasting,clean woody fragrance.
    Starts with a citrus blast,as most mens fragrances do,which quickly warms to a soft sandalwood/cedar aroma.
    Great for daytime,but not exactly a "pulling" fragrance for night.

    Longevity good: 7/10
    Projection ok,sits fairly close to the skin: 5/10

    16 August, 2012

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    Chantilly by Dana

    a very lingering, lovely scent. I only apply a little at a time due to its enveloping nature, but the current version is one of my faves and the older version was my gran's fave.

    16 August, 2012

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    Montana Parfum d'Homme (original) by Montana

    This review is for the red-box vintage. Hard to like this one for some reason as I had high hopes. Smells like a tamer Aramis Havana, which I recently discovered that I don't like. Bitter green herbs (pimento again!?!?!) overlaid with moss and faint leather. Doesn't move me in the slightest. Strangely subdued for an 80's powerhouse fragrance but I'm unimpressed. I'd rather wear Aramis or vintage Antaeus or Givenchy Gentlemen when I'm in the mood for this type of frag. 4 stars out of 10.

    16 August, 2012

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    Zizanie by Fragonard

    I just love this stuff. Similar to Royal Cophenhagen, but much better than RC's current formula.

    Very old school, but lacks the stankiness (tangy copper-like note and powderiness without richness) that old-school reformulations often smell of (ie, if neither RC, Lagerfeld, other had been reformulated, I see them as being eternally "classic"). There IS as already said, a sort of gaminess to this fragrance. Hard to pick out the Jasmine and Ylang as individual notes, but its that richness, almost meatiness, that it gives the fragrance. Very classical, very masculine, very nice.

    16 August, 2012

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    Jeux de Peau by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    Jeux de Peau
    The scent of Baked Bread like Croissants ....even a Baguette is intended and unmistakable

    On the skin, my nose picks up something of the nuances of bread which seem to
    fade into a buttery heaven,
    with an tiny bit of Fruity Confiture
    As the perfume mellows down it takes on a subtle nuances ...
    Skin and Croissant/ Baguette get confused.

    Jeux de Peau is a skin scent...
    meant to stay close to the body,
    disappearing into nothing more than a whisper.
    The Bread butter smell is very faint and you need to be very close to encounter it.

    The drydown is particularly beautiful
    Settling into a wood palette of milky sandalwood.
    .
    This fragrance is made to play with our memory of
    things we are familiar with
    and unconsciously like ....

    16 August, 2012

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    Santal Majuscule by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    Just got a sample of this scent...
    SANTAL MAJUSCULE on me ...
    its similar to Jeux de Peau....
    in that its very.... PASTRY sweet
    my first whiff caught an undeclared chocolate note..
    but it just settled into very sugary notes
    like a "Maple-glazed doughnut with a cup a coffee"...
    longevity is pretty good...
    still need to try out SANTAL BLANC..
    however,I prefer ....SANTAL MYSORE
    for its complexity and uniqueness...

    16 August, 2012

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    Vitriol d'Oeillet by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    I read fragrance blogs that this would be a Powdery CARNATION fragrance...
    I imagined it .....to be a very modern take on the classic BELLODGIA by CARON
    which I love for its in your face CARNATION notes....
    softened by VANILLA, MUSK and CLOVE.

    Boy was I pleasantly wrong.
    This fragrance is really spicy. !!!!
    PINK PEPPER... PEPPER... PIMENTO(PAPRIKA) are ingredients listed
    and they are the are the strongest notes that hit my nose first
    they then remain there tingling
    much the way Jalapenos peppers tingle
    the lips and tongue
    This sounds ..terrible,unless you happen to like that kind of FIERY sensation
    SERGE LUTENS manages to soften this fiery concotion
    with CARNATION FLOWERS and a hint of CLOVE
    The NUTMEG is a hidden note .. I could not detect.

    The fragrance that it brings to mind for its similar
    unique spiciness
    If i could suggest such a thing...
    AMBRE GRIS by BALMAIN

    Both are spicy......and peppery and very masculine in
    an upfront manner.
    however, Vitriol turns into a light powdery spicy fragrance
    which then develops into yes...
    a sharp woody scent
    and back again ....

    A juxtoposition of scents...I know.
    a most unusual feat in of itself .
    that in the end .. is very unisex !!!

    Bravo SERGE!!
    You won me over again....with your complexity!

    16 August, 2012

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    De Profundis by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    I just got a sample in the mail today....
    well.... this is definitively an unusual
    fragrance....

    I find this scent oddly familiar...
    I smell.....

    a..Funeral... quiet on a cold foggy day.
    Abundant Tears, Grief and Despair.
    SADNESS!!!! all be it persistent Sadness, like Rain.

    I also smell.......

    a Cemetery...wet green earthy accords
    The pale lily-dahlia-chrysanthemum flowers
    and
    funeral wreaths left on the graves...

    There is the opening of the pale chrysanthemums followed by the rest of the bouquet,
    flowers that have a bit of spiciness that lingers on your skin
    The fragrance rings hollow, like an echo or
    a watermark.

    There is something perceptible like incense
    but I find it only detectable as a feeling of
    calm and quiet,
    it isn’t a dominant note at all...and yet it almost feels like it is a main player of the fragrance because of the serenity it emits.

    Perhaps some unmentioned chamomile petals which reinforces that sensation of.. rest,calm and peacefulness as the perfume slowly...
    "Ascends" or "Descends"
    into the base notes....
    Like last words before its gone...
    you are drawn even closer...to catch
    it whispers its last breaths silently of spices and woody warmth.


    I'm brought to tears .........for it brings to mind
    the cementery I visit with my mother every now and then .....
    to leave flowers for my departed sister ...
    she died 4 years ago...

    I read in some fragrance Blogs ...

    "De Profundis" is NOT a perfume to be worn
    and was never meant to be a "dark fragrance"
    (smelling the perfume you"ll understand why it lacks all the qualities of a real perfume).


    It is a symbolic urn meant to be collected and preserved or a bouquet of chrysanthemums offered every 1st November when someone dear has recently passed away.

    16 August, 2012

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    Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisée by Guerlain

    Lime and Vetiver, with nice but very transient mint note and a smidgen of rum. The vetiver is less peppery and spicy than the original Vetiver by the same house. In the end wood prevails with a touch of pencil shavings emanate beautiful cedar scent. After about half an hour it is very close to my skin - longevity is about four to five hours.

    16 August, 2012

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    Cuir Mauresque by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    What a great Leathery and Exotic Spice scent this is ...
    a Bona fide "UNISEX scent.
    A man would be comfortable in wearing this as an evening scent. Like I did .
    yet.....
    I'd love to smell this on a well dressed woman ...
    she'd have to be a very confident and mysterious one
    much like this fragrance is ....
    The mandarin peel and orange blossom with cedar notes listed are sooo subtle they are indiscernible.

    The dry down is powdery and brings to mind
    CHANEL - CUIR de RUSSIE
    and a bit ...of
    "CARON's Tabac Blonde"

    I'll just say ......
    Entertain Inspirations...... Embrace Decadent Cravings... Reward Yourself......

    I'm reveling in all its sordid exotic scented ironies...

    16 August, 2012

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    Boxeuses by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    Been wanting to try this fragrance since
    an amazing review given by "PERFUME SHRINE"....
    She wrote ...
    "Boxeuses goes straight for the jugular, playing on the familiar, original codes of the Lutensian universe: violet-tinged woods, plummy fruits, somptuous spices..."

    So here are my initial impressions...

    I get alot of initial WOOD notes and Leather notes..
    but its pretty linear....and rather quiet
    Wears pretty close to the skin...
    Incensy and ...."Powdery"
    which I read somewhere it's going to be a return Fragrance Trend for 2011.

    There's a piquant touch to it
    perhaps its the Licorice....
    The much ballyhooed and talked about fruity Plum notes showed up very subtle and much later
    as the fragrance adapted to my skin.

    Shame!....I really expected much more EXOTICISM!

    "Perfume Shrine" called it...A Love-Child of a
    Cuir de Russie type and Rochas Femme.

    I frown a bit to comparing this fragrance to
    the standard.. of CUIR Fragrances
    like CUIR de RUSSIE and TABAC BLOND...

    Believe me ....I have converted with Religious Fervor to the Fragrance CULT that is SERGE LUTENS...

    sooo it's almost HERESY to say .....

    "Why settle for "Tributes" or Vague Copies ..
    when you can afford the real deal."

    This not a Lutens favorite and I won't regret it.......

    16 August, 2012

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    In Love Again by Yves Saint Laurent

    to me, this smells exactly like a fresh rose bloom . Say, a pink, apricot or yellow rose. Lovely.

    16 August, 2012

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    Encre Noire by Lalique

    Unabashedly masculine, sexy, dark, smokey, earthy, pungent, raw - combining properties of both the dark vetiver root and the bright vetiver leaf. Both Haitian Vetiver and Bourbon Vetiver rounded with the warmth of musk, cypress and cashmere woods.

    Linear as many have described, and an incredible aphrodisiac, probably most successful between men, rather than expecting a woman to enjoy it on her partner's skin. I would think the gay world would have embraced this as iconic by now. If not, wake up, guys, and make this your mission in life.

    Up until now I have favored two different vetivers: Etro (root) and Guerlain (leaf). Now I can add a third that combines both sources.

    By the way, Sycomore is probably the most elegant, sophisticated vetiver scent on the market and not in this down to earth league at all. Two different worlds, but both are stunners.

    16 August, 2012

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    Essential Sport by Lacoste

    A promising grapefruit and citrus opening, smells zesty and fresh, but turns into a chemical mess that smells like plastic on my skin after the 15 minute mark. It just gets worse and worse as it dries down.

    16 August, 2012

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    Patchouli Intense / Patchouli Homme by Nicolaï

    I give this a thumbs up but it is not my style. It is a classy Lavander and spice fragrance that reminds me of turn of the century bourgeois. I picture someone on the Titanic wearing something like this, I don't smell patchouli in the mix. It's sillage is great. It could be Unisex.

    16 August, 2012

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    Sycomore (new) by Chanel

    More subtle wholesome and refined than Encre Noir. Opinion of this fragrance will always be divided between those who really like Vetiver based fragrances (and those people need to pick this up) and those who don't love Vetiver enough to want a whole fragrance based on it (not recommended for those people).

    16 August, 2012

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    Calypso by Dragonfly Blue

    Spicy hawaiian white ginger and creamy tropical floral scent. if you want a tropical floral that's not all creamy sweet, try this, the ginger is hot, spicy.

    16 August, 2012

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    Sandalwood by Dragonfly Blue

    One of the best basic sandalwood fragrances, in my opinion. It's creamy, woody, with longevity in oil form, not fleeting like many sandalwood fragrances.

    16 August, 2012

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    Amber by Dragonfly Blue

    A great basic amber fragrance, perfectly balanced, a must have for amber lovers.

    16 August, 2012

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    Devin by Aramis

    Very grassy and herbal. Tangy and leathery patchouli notes, even bitter at times.

    16 August, 2012

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