Fragrance Reviews from August 2012

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    Oviatt's avatar

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    L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci

    Nina Ricci may have come out with some great fragrances over the years but this isn't one of them. Despite the famous Lalique bottle and the phenominal sales history, this simple, linear perfume is sad and doesn't even smell very good. When I was growing up, this was considered to be an appropriate fragrance for a girl just coming into womanhood--it was expensive, French and not too--how shall we say--provocative? Instead it is the olfactory equivalent of virginity. Worse still, of frigidity. This is not the ripe friut waiting to be plucked--this has spinster written all over it. On a young woman it smells pretty, sexless and off-putting; on a mature woman it is just ridiculous. My sister, as a well brought up young lady, was given a bottle of this and it sat for years on her dresser--admired for its frosted crystal stopper but unused, while she went through bottles of her favorite perfumes. A cousin of mine who is a lesbian chose this for her scent early on--not the feminine perfume-wearing type, she liked it because there was nothing remotely sexy or threatening about it. Sadly, now that it has become a cheap drugstore fragrance, it doesn't even have the prestige of the couturier's brand to support it. If you ever wondered how to suck any sensuality out of a fragrance, study L'Air du Temps.

    21st August, 2012

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    Polo Blue Sport by Ralph Lauren

    The polo blue sport actully smells good but the longevity on this one is weak, i get no longer than 30min on my skin then nothing, i wore it to work and ask my cowokers if they smell anything they said no, i don't normally have this problem with ralph lauren fragrances.

    21st August, 2012

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    Les Nombres d'Or - Tubéreuse by Mona di Orio


    The top notes come on aldehydic, and almost chalky. Gradually it subsides into a soft but subtle and remarkably dry accord of tuberose, vetiver, and the least sweet coconut I've ever encountered ( quite a world away from Carnal Flower ).

    The sillage on this is quite remarkable to my nose: it is beautifully light and diffuse, like an eau de toilette, yet it endures like a heavier eau de parfum. It's the most airy tuberose encountered, yet it lasts. Apollonian tuberose, painted with watercolor.

    Though I'm a wear-what-you-want, when-you-want type, if you love tuberose and need a classy tuberose soliflore for work that's subtle yet lasts, get this.

    21st August, 2012

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    A Scent by Issey Miyake

    the first time i tried on a magazine sample i thought it was great scent but i decided to buy it first spray in my wrist ohhhh i felt like going to throw up and afterwards gave me headache so disappointed i still could feel some notes of jasmine after while reminds a little bit of light blue docce gabbana i thought it was waste money by this particular perfume

    21st August, 2012

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    M by Puredistance

    I was really looking forward to trying this one & had preconceived a certain idea before doing so. I had even reconciled to the cost....What a downer! I lorve me leathers (CR, CO, K10, CM in my stable) but this is a sweet, spicy mess (on/to me). In fact, of the 50 or so frags i sampled recently on a Paris perfume blitz this was one I had to duck into a cafe to scrub. But it wouldn't: it is tenacious! I got far more cinnamon, clove, honey & tobacco than leather.

    I know Patou Homme, Patou Homme is a good friend of mine. M, you are not the best masculine since Patou Homme!

    21st August, 2012

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    Feuille d'Herbe - Fraîche & Herbacée by L'Occitane

    Smelled Great for about 20 minutes. Then, nothing. Not even a hint.

    21st August, 2012

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    Italy Italy

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    L'Eau de L'Artisan by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    I never liked citrus/fresh fragrances. Too simple, clean and unsofisticated to me. They remind me of dish soap too often. But I like "l'eau de l'artisan". there is something classy and misterious in it. Something that make it special. Perhaps the gourmand note that defines all L'Artisan creations, perhaps the softness of the drydown. But I like it. It couldn't be my parfum as it doesn't describe me or my personality but it is a very very good parfum. Well done Olivia!

    21st August, 2012

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    Vanille 44 by Le Labo

    Vanille 44 opens with a combination of aldehydes and a very subtle orange and bergamot laced incense. The aldehydes here do not burn your nose like some and are well-controlled. Shortly following the orange incense open a non-powdery, moderately sweet vanilla bean note takes center stage while the incense remains into the heart in a supporting role. The scent stays pretty linear through the end at this point, with only slight woody accents of guaiac invading the vanilla dominant accord. Projection is nearly non-existent and longevity is average.

    Vanille 44 is a pleasant enough scent, but it is far from a stunner. The vanilla bean note used by Le Labo smells quite natural, but is a tad too sweet for my tastes. I do like how the aldehydes at the top are well-controlled, but that does not counter the relatively mundane nature of the scent, nor its ridiculously high price tag. Those looking at buying this scent should first check out Les Nombres d'Or Vanille by Mona di Orio (among others) as it is half the price and more than three times as interesting. Vanille 44 gets a very average 2.5 stars out of 5 and an "avoid" recommendation, the latter due to its price.

    21st August, 2012

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    MCM Black Silver by MCM

    Have really tried to like this after I bought on a blind buy and as Very MC by MCM is in my top 5.

    My 7 yr old daughter summed it up perfectly .. "you smell like that chocolate incense I have"

    21st August, 2012

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    Dot by Marc Jacobs

    Gorgeous scent but the smell only last minutes very dissapointing for the price.

    21st August, 2012

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    Clean Skin by Clean

    A pretty clean, straight-forward skin scent. The white musk is to me the most prominent note. Skin is an appropriate name, as something about the scent makes it very human and natural smelling. It's inoffensive, easy-to-wear, nothing extremely original but that's sort of CLEAN's thing anyway. Simple and good.

    21st August, 2012

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    Captain Molyneux by Molyneux

    I have the Captain in the new shaped bottle. It's gorgeous. A blend of lavender lemon and musk. A lovely soapy fragrance - it's a good one!

    21st August, 2012

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    Baque by Slumberhouse

    Talk about scent memory with Slumberhouse. Baque reminds me of the exact smell of the Maker's Mark distillery just outside Louisville. When I put it on this morning, I was instantly transformed back to the Black buildings, wooden barrels, whiskey and smell of the woods and outdoors. Baque is very unique with the smell of sweet hay and tobacco, a hint of apricot upon launch. Very masculine for a unisex fragrance, Lutens-esque. This stuff lasts quite a while, 12+ hours no problem. Baque is a great, non-traditional fall or autumn fragrance. I give this a 5/5 and would put this right behind Rume and side-by-side with Vikt in terms of overall quality. Big thumbs up for Slumberhouse.

    21st August, 2012

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    Ambre Nuit Cologne by Christian Dior

    pretty darn close to the ol' olifactory pleasure grail. this berry-rose over pepper-balsam (initially sold as edc, but wears like an edt) is just right for most occasions.
    it simply makes me feel really, really good.
    not better than derby & filles en aiguilles, but certainly an important milestone in my long quest for fragrance perfection.
    10/10

    21st August, 2012

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    Coeur de Vétiver Sacré by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Somehow a watery perfume, green and bitter. The smoky drydown reminds me of tea for two. Coeur du Vetiver Sacrè is a very original fragrance, one of the few of L'Artisan that I would definitely consider masculine. Perhaps it could benefit a stronger note of incense.

    21st August, 2012

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    Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain

    Oh by the moons of Jupiter, I have found you, Spirituese Double Vanille.

    You open up sweet, dry down with a hint of lovely tobacco. This is excellent. I prefer you more than Tonka Imperiale for your naturalness and loveliness. I received a sample from the Guerlain boutique, and I will be purchasing this tomorrow. $250 bottle is worth it, IMO.

    21st August, 2012

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    Epic Man by Amouage

    This one screams "I am here" - i just cant get over it, superb craftsmanship - its arabesque without giving in too much to the middle eastern vibe, more like oud for the europe, the sandalwood accord is solid and evocative, all in all full bottle worthy "Battle Scent" - Got to love Amouage.

    21st August, 2012

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    Infusion by Bombay Sapphire

    This is a charming little scent. It was a marketing bonus, a lagniappe, when one bought a half-litre of Bombay Gin at duty-free. It has been discontinued but is quite available on ebay.
    It has a light, breezy opening with pretty good lemon peel notes. There is a hint of almond flower, which goes well with the coriander. Essentially it smells like a good gin, with all of the nice aromatic notes but not any heavy boozy ones. The juniper is bright and invigorating. It could be even stronger but it is nice. The little blue bottle is pretty.

    21st August, 2012

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    A*Men / Angel Men by Thierry Mugler

    Absolutely dreadful. Smells like a coffee drinkers breath after their early morning fix. Incredible sillage and longevity - unfortunately.

    21st August, 2012

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    Chinatown by Bond No. 9

    Oh I really like this...It's that peach opening... based on Prunol...It goes on and on... It's warm and wonderfully pretty...Reminds me of how a modern chypre could be great!
    You should have personality to wear this one!

    21st August, 2012

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    The One Sport by Dolce & Gabbana

    I was given a sample vial of The One Sport at a department store. There is no way I'd pay money for this.

    When it first goes on, it seems to stuggle with whether it wants to be an aquatic or not. It's slightly heavier than many aquatics, but it's also quite bland. There's a generic musky opening with a hint of non-descript citrus. It dries down into the olfactory equivalent of Muzak. Sillage and projection are average. It well and truly outstays its welcome; it lasts all day on me.

    There are varieties of Axe/Lynx that smell better.

    21st August, 2012 (Last Edited: 25 August, 2012)

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    Granville by Christian Dior

    This scent deserves another update, now that I am more familiar with it.
    The opening continues to please: gorgeous citrus notes which are very natural. When the lemon segues into the pine we have something very close to Blenheim Bouquet -- yet arguably more lovely, more natural, and suggestive of a higher quality than BB. There is good longevity for the citrus note. Gradually the dry pepper emerges to supplant the lemon. When the herbal notes appear, the scent shifts somewhat. The rosemary picks up where the pine leaves off, but ultimately this is centred on thyme. You have to appreciate thyme to like this scent. The thyme and dry pepper have lovely austere tones. At times the thyme suggests something like rubber, but even natural thyme has that quality. In dry-down, a herbal-garrigue style. My only caveat is that the conifers are not more prominent, very much a background issue. Otherwise, a superb scent!
    Earlier update -- I've finally acquired a bottle. I love it. It has a marvelous lemon-pine opening, quite a bit like Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet. It is a refreshing, outdoorsy sort of scent. It develops into a scent which is more herbal (esp. thyme) and mossy than BB. It is very satisfying and wears very well with incredible longevity -- more than 12 hours on my skin. My one wish is that the pine lasted longer, but pine notes are notoriously short-lived in many cases.
    --- earlier review below ---
    This has a lovely Eau de Cologne opening: gorgeous citrus-herb clouds envelope you. Then, it develops into a very very high-class (even elegant) Pino Silvestre -- sturdy herbal notes with a hint of conifer. It suggests garrigue, scrubland, gorse, earth. I think the conifer notes could be even more prominent, but perhaps they are to be found in the invigorating, brisk aspects. There are hints of black pepper. A quietly assertive and satisfying scent. It is very dry. At times the scent suggests SMN Broom/Ginestre, at other times CdG Laurel, at other times a rosemary/mint combo.

    21st August, 2012 (Last Edited: 17 August, 2014)

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    Guess Seductive Homme Blue by Guess

    Nicely done! The pepper is blended in just right! Got a few compliments wearing this one! In the dry down, the wood lightly kicks in. Good job!

    22 August, 2012

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    A*Men Pure Havane by Thierry Mugler

    Very light tobacco and cherry wine makes this one a good fragrance. Thierry Mugler did a good job with this one. The A men DNA is contained in this masterpiece. The initial spray does not have the strong tar smell like Amen (not a bad thing).

    22 August, 2012

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    Dia Man by Amouage

    Dia is a wonderful scent that somehow took a detour on the road to Divinity. What a shame as the beginning of it's story is both opulent and cooly compelling one . Only to be followed in the mid drydown by a distinctly powdery effect that reminds one of maybe Chanel No. 5 , although overall with a hint more maleness to it. All things considered this is a very elegant refined scent that imbues the wearer with a sense of quiet confidence. I would find it hard to feel uncomfortable or self conscious in a while wearing Dia. But if only they had turned down the powder presence a notch, then Dia would be safely in my top 5 or so . Who knows maybe it will ascend the rankings with time. For now I will kindly label it the talc powder of the Gods

    22 August, 2012

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    America for Men by Perry Ellis

    Some say Eternity, others say Tommy, I say Polo Sport. It does resemble them all, but really, this is it's own fragrance. Very clean sporty frag, perfect for office and year-round use too. As far as cheapies go, this is very hard to beat. Thumbs up for being a jack of all trades and good at most.

    22 August, 2012

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    Frankincense by Scentsational of Huntington

    This has lovely woody and resinous notes. Its subtle, as an oil-based scent would be. Simple -- essentially a very good frankincense note. Bright, a bit lemony and coniferous. Later develops smokey notes to go with the pine. Excellent character and longevity.

    22 August, 2012

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    Highlands by Scentsational of Huntington

    I don't like it. It has a perky-green opening which is "fresh", ozonic, detergent-y. Reminds me of Irish Spring soap. The scent is loud and obnoxious, quite faux in style and seems like a really cheapie. Then, if that wasn't bad enough, it gets tiresome and sweet in the drydown.
    What a travesty for something named "Highlands". :/

    22 August, 2012

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    Fresh Cotton by Scentsational of Huntington

    A light, slightly sweet floral. Its a pretty scent. It has some good green/leafy notes as well. Soapy and fresh, spring-like.

    22 August, 2012

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    Chicane by Scentsational of Huntington

    Supposed to be like Claiborne's Curve for Men.
    Fresh, spicy, a bit woody. Somewhat cheap in style. Meh.

    22 August, 2012

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