Fragrance Reviews from August 2012

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    rttoronto's avatar

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    Shalimar by Guerlain

    Can't really say much that hasn't already been said. It's gorgeous and very unisex. I place only Chanel No. 5 as better than Shalimar.

    02 August, 2012

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    Blue Amber by Montale

    I tested this along side Tom Ford's Amber Absolute thinking this would be a measuring stick for Amber Absolute. Should have been the other way around, because I really enjoyed everything about Blue Amber and very little of Amber Absolute. Yes Blue Amber is powdery, but it works in this fragrance. Gives it a very soft almost floating type of sillage. Very nice and never overpowering with sweetness. Last FOREVER and projects very well. Definately a winner in my book.

    02 August, 2012

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    F pour Homme Black by Salvatore Ferragamo

    Yep! This one is under the radar. Along the lines of Allure Homme and La Nuit by YSL. This actually smells better than both of those and lasts quite a long time. What really makes this fragrance stand out is it's dry down. Really smooth labdanum and Tonka bean drydown with just a hint of spice (pepper). Just the right amount of sweetness to make this a semi gourmand. Very well done.

    02 August, 2012

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    Oud for Love by Different Company

    Oud for Love is an exquisite fragrance. When I first sprayed it on I thought I was smelling eucalyptus or something medicinal, maybe even black currant? After it got some air and sat for a little bit on my skin the notes to become clearer.

    Twenty minutes later, it evolved into a very deep, tightly balanced scent, reminiscent of Jubilation XXV. The dry down continued to get sweeter and sexier, which makes complete sense, since it is a tribute to love. It matches the description from "The Different Company" perfectly.

    "Second chapter of the Collection Excessive, Oud For Love is a tribute to love. Sensual and bewitching, Oud For Love transcends the desire to sublimate the pleasure."

    It goes on...

    "Woody (Vetiver), leathery, musky and mellow (Sandalwood, White Wood), it explores the most animal and smooth facet of the Oud.

    Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour
    Olfactory Family: Oriental - Woody
    Olfactory Pyramid, key ingredients:

    Top Notes: Alcohol touch (whisky), Safran, Cumin, Coriander, Aldehydes, Angélique.
    Middle Notes: Tuberose, Ylang-Ylang, Iris, Sandalwood, Clove.
    Base Notes: Soft Musks, Soft amber, Immortelle, Vetiver Haïti, Oudh from Laos, Castoreum, Heliotrope, Caramelized notes, Tolu resinoïde."

    To think that the "medicinal" note I got at the very beginning may have something to do with whiskey makes me very happy indeed.

    02 August, 2012 (Last Edited: 09 August, 2012)

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    Apparition Wild Orange by Ungaro

    A beautiful burst of orange followed by a wonderful drydown of lavender and vetiver. Different and intoxicating. A masterful blending that simply gets better and better. Also, a great buy as it smells extremely well blended and has no harsh synthetic notes!

    02 August, 2012 (Last Edited: 26 August, 2012)

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    Jicky by Guerlain

    Beautiful stuff, a bit dirty, leathery, musky, anamalic and very Guerlain. For all the naysayers, if you give it a few minutes to settle you will be rewarded. Otherwise it is a little barnyard, but only at first. Dries down to something very sexy. Easily unisex.

    02 August, 2012 (Last Edited: 27 August, 2012)

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    Mademoiselle Ricci by Nina Ricci

    This is for the original 1967 Mademoiselle Ricci (not the 2012 version).

    This fragrance is a total mystery for me. I bought a bottle in Paris back in the early 80's and I still have it. I wear Mademoiselle Ricci occasionally in the summer and nobody thinks it is feminine fragrance. Why? Because it is a carbon copy of Signoricci (the 1965 original). What puzzles me is that, according to the Perfume Intelligence website (The Encyclopaedia of Perfume), these two fragrances have rather different compositions. Here is what they wrote:

    Signoricci:

    A classical citrus edt with notes of sage, fig leaves, mandarin, Provencal hay, lemon seed, exotic woods, Alpine lavender, vetiver, rock moss and lichen.

    Mademoiselle Ricci:

    A green floral edt with notes of bergamot, iris, royal lily, violet leaf, galbanum, rose, honeysuckle, patouchli, aok moss and sandalwood.

    I have both fragrances here and they smell the same. The only difference is that Mademoiselle Ricci is slightly more powdery in the dry-down (but I may be imagining things). I have always suspected that someone at the factory had put Signoricci in the Mademoiselle Ricci bottle by mistake. If anyone here can shed some light on this, it would be much appreciated. This has been puzzling me for almost 30 years!

    02 August, 2012 (Last Edited: 08 September, 2012)

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    Platinum Égoïste by Chanel

    Extremely fresh, clean, and safe. Bad? Absolutely not. I've smelt everything from Chanel but made this my first purchase because it just smells "good", and is extremely versatile. It could easily be an every day fragrance or "signature scent" because it appeals to the masses.

    02 August, 2012 (Last Edited: 28 September, 2012)

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    Harrods Oud Patchouli by Bond No. 9

    This latest Bond is also a nice original scent!

    It starts with a bright medicinal oud note (a la montale) that is followed by sweet fruity notes with hints of leather which last for a long time; the drydown is musky ambery and woody with hints of light patchouli.

    Refined, sophisticated and pricy.

    Good longevity and sillage.

    Thumbs up!

    02 August, 2012 (Last Edited: 25 November, 2012)

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    Moss Breches by Tom Ford

    The top note is the most interesting bit and quite unusual for TF; it with very nice, green, fresh but a little synthetic; this lasts about an hour and I like it. Afterwards a gentle nonspecific sweetness arises that is uninspiring to say te least. Very close to my skin and lasting about two hours.

    03 August, 2012

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    Whiskey Tobacco by Demeter Fragrance Library

    Smells more like chocolate- too sweet in truth.

    03 August, 2012

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    High Line by Bond No. 9

    It's on the feminine side of unisex. Smells like herbal shampoo, transmogrified into a strong perfume. Not a terrible scent, but certainly not bottle worthy (especially for the price).

    03 August, 2012

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    Madison Square Park by Bond No. 9

    I tried this one thinking it was marketed as unisex, and am surprised it's labeled as a feminine scent. It's certainly more "unisex" than several Bonds that purport to be. I think it's not bad, but not for me. Perfumy berries and peaches (and maybe even grapefruit thrown in) are not what I prefer to smell like, even if they don't get excessively cloying.

    03 August, 2012

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    Love and Luck for Men by Ed Hardy [Christian Audigier]

    Thumbs up, especially if you find it in the bargain bin as I did. On a hot day, it's very nice.

    03 August, 2012

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    Datura Noir by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    There are three scents that I would say are related or sisters. They are Hypnotic Poison, Confetto by Profumum and Datura Noir. Jasmin Noir is *sort of * related IMHO.
    Confetto and Hypnotic Poison are very similar and Datura Noir is their even more sensual ,edgier, slightly off kilter older sister .
    Datura Noir is a beautiful blend of bitter almond , heliotrope, myrrh, tuberose and vanilla on me. Maybe the coconut in it just gives the fragrance a roundness and a warmth along with the vanilla. It is sensual kissable skin ! I also get a bit of fruit later as the scent dries down .
    Not a very tenacious scent on me .
    Though I do like this scent I would take Confetto and Hypnotic Poison over it .

    03 August, 2012

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    Japon Noir by Tom Ford

    Sweet and smoky but very mild on my skin. Fruit and amber round it off in an interesting fashion. A shame that on me it has poor projection and appalling longevity - an hour and it's gone.

    03 August, 2012

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    Bois Rouge by Tom Ford

    From the begin I get, after a brief moment of harshness, wood and mild smoke and that is what remains. On my skin the wood develops nicely, but close to my skin. Longevity is not great - about two hours.

    03 August, 2012

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    Limes by Floris

    Classic bone-dry lime, pure uncompromising lime that is refreshing, with a gentle lily note added in the drydown. What remains after an hour or so with a very pleasant light white musk that is very close to my skin. For a lime cologne is has a respectable longevity of well over two hours.

    03 August, 2012

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    Terre d'Hermès Parfum by Hermès

    Appears to be an extremely well blended fragrance with top notes of very ripe citrus and balmy shiso leaf, paired with fizzy flint hovering above a slightly damp and mossy woody heart. The citrus in the parfum isn't as sharp as in the EdT, which in my opinion is a good thing. Instead of smelling like a freshly sliced orange on a breezy, sunny day, it smells more of a glass of grapefruit juice, left sitting out in the sun, slightly warmed. Don't be put off by the sound of that, it's a beautiful citrus opening, one of Hermès's specialties. The fragrance overall almost feels damp, as if it were rising from cold, moist, store-bought soil (not deep, earthy, wild soil). Works beautifully on rainy spring days, or mild summer evenings.

    The reason I'm giving this a neutral: the main component here, making up 55% of the fragrance, is a very cheap, highly debated synthetic: Iso-E Super. It's a trendy ingredient amongst perfumers at the moment, it adds a sheer woody accord to the body of any fragrance, softening the fragrance without necessarily weighing it down, making it very appealing to your average light-and-fresh-loving young male consumer. It adapts well to the other notes it's being blended with, making it quite the chameleon, it can sometimes smell ambery, and other times earthy. Anyway, after learning how to identify Iso-E Super, all I smell in Terre d'Hermès is a big fat log of it, wrapped in warm grapefruit peels, on a bed of damp soil. It bothers me that the incredible complex base I was smelling, is in fact only one (synthetic) ingredient... seems lazy. It has completely lost its appeal.

    03 August, 2012

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    Animale Animale for Men by Animale Parfums

    I'll never understand negative and neutral reviews base upon the semblance or non-semblance
    To a cologne I'll reuse to mention for the time being. It's a nice smelling gourmand for a great price. Don't buy it and give it a bad review because you purchased it hoping for something in advance. It is what It is.

    03 August, 2012

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    Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent

    Some feel that Pierre Bourdon's Kouros should've been quarantined to the 80s. While it arrives like a hairy-knuckled punch to the face, indignant cries that it's rude and repellant are overlooking the elegance of its drama – a duel between the comely florals and spices (rose, carnation, cinnamon, clove) and its stinky animalics (civet, musks). Bourdon exploits here the implicit confession in a bar of soap: I'm dirty in the first place. A prominent honey note undulates between the floral-sweet and urinous-sour, while a hushed incense offers the fragrance a churchy inflection and vaguely Manichean air, as if there's more at stake than personal hygiene.

    The fragrance is tremendous (go easy on the trigger) and the name is perfect: 'kouros', from the Greek, a free standing sculpted representation of nude male youth, one foot forward.

    03 August, 2012

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    Autoportrait by Olfactive Studio

    Autoportrait is intensely woody, the kind of dry woods scent some refer to as "pencil shavings." I love woods, but I agree with alfarom that this is very similar to previous wood scents such as Gucci pour homme and Let me play the lion, hence the neutral rating.

    03 August, 2012

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    L'Eau du Navigateur by L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Rum, tobacco smoke, liquorice, myrrh and a cozy green soapiness. L’Eau du Navigateur is tricky to appreciate on paper – both blotter and printed page. It’s genially aromatic and rendered in sepia, while the talk of ‘coffee resins’ is too literal; this is a vignette of a guy who enjoys an espresso with his newspaper. Consider it the smell of a fantasy father: husky, industrious, five o’clock shadowed and inscrutable.

    03 August, 2012

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    Le Rivage des Syrtes / PdN1 by MDCI

    It may just be the decant I got but it smells a little metallic—maybe from the metal sprayer?—is supposed to be fruity/citrusy, and couldn’t put my finger on it at first. When I read pineapple, that kinda made sense, though it's still pretty floral. The floral and musc notes come out on me very quickly. It isn't too bad, but not my cup of tea.

    03 August, 2012

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    No. 89 by Floris

    Traditional orange with bergamot and nutmeg with a geranium-flower note added in.
    Top: Bergamot, Orange, Geranium, Nutmeg. Later on the nutmeg takes centre
    stage in a pleasant way, to be followed by classic soapy English barbershop scent. A great classic English Gentleman's scent. Good longevity of about four to five hours.

    03 August, 2012

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    Magic Man by Bruno Banani

    Sweet and spicy but in a bit a cold way. There is quite a similarity, or connection, to be precise, wit Diesel only the brave. All in all quite youthfull night out fragrance that is not bad at all and doesn't lack quality in terms of projection or longevity.

    03 August, 2012

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    Amber Absolute by Tom Ford

    Amber is the name of the game here, intensive and with smoke and a touch of cedarwood added. Amber pure with little added notes; unlike, for instance, Creed's Ambre Canelle, the amber is not softened up and blended as much; and in spite of a hint of vanilla in the drydown this remains an amber scent with limited sweetness. Sillage and projection are good for the first three or four hours, but the longevity is brilliant: up to ten hours on my skin. One of the few convincing amber fragrances.

    03 August, 2012

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    Giselle by Carla Fracci

    Very honeyed white floral; very creamy, but I don't get the caramel at all.

    03 August, 2012

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    Shiro by Masakï Matsushïma

    Very subtle scent of cleanliness. I prefer to wear it with the white shirt or dress to emphasize the idea of cleanliness. I adore those delicate cotton flowers notes, as well as linen heart notes - they are very soft.

    03 August, 2012

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    Bois Marocain by Tom Ford

    Do you like woody fragrances?! you will adore this fragrance!
    This is a woody fragrance at the best!!
    When I sniffed this guy I fell in love with it and bought it immediately!
    Very strong and smoky woody fragrance with really great quality and so natural scent.
    In the opening you can smell very smoky and dark woody scent mixed with green vibe. this green feeling come from thuja and cypress which give the opening more character and make it more complex.
    In the mid the incense settle down and very natural and beautiful woodsy notes dominate. very natural and relaxing smell. I can't stop sniffing my wrist!
    The projection and longevity isn't that great but personally I don't care!!
    I want something natural with great quality which worth my money and this one has it. so I'm really happy with my purchase.
    And another thing, I find similarities between this and azzaro visit! so if you have and like azzaro visit, this is several levels higher than azzaro visit.

    03 August, 2012

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