Fragrance Reviews from August 2012

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    halomatic's avatar

    Belgium Belgium

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    Knize Ten by Knize

    knize ten - the velvet foundations for contempory modern looks
    use its leather to walk the miles you always wanted to end but were afraid to begin.
    use the sweet complexity to talk the words that make you entertain.
    use its personality to get yourself company.

    you don't need to smoke cigarettes in order to get the best out of tobacco.

    30th August, 2012

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    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    Caldey Island Lavender by Caldey Abbey Perfumes

    A graceful, musky lavender from the monks of Caldey Island. The lavender is minty bright while the base (a musk called 'Exaltolide', according to Luca Turin) is smooth like soiled velvet. Hugo Collumbien, the creator, has managed to anchor the ephemeral lavender note without drowning it. A divine scent at a bargainous price.

    30th August, 2012

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    Jovan Musk for Men by Jovan

    Some inexpensive fragrances can be very pleasant. Not Jovan Musk for Men. This drugstore fragrance is cheap and it smells cheap. Back in the mid 70's, synthetic white musk was all the rage. It was everywhere (in deodorants, soaps, shampoos, room fresheners, etc.). I hated it and I still do. As a matter of fact, it think white musk and anything smelling like Johnson's baby powder should be outlawed. JMFM may have other notes but white musk overpowers everything else. Truly repulsive skunk juice. I haven't smelled it lately. Thank God!

    30th August, 2012

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    A*Men / Angel Men by Thierry Mugler

    This is one of those fragrances you will either love or hate. I happen to love this one. That strong tar note will distract many from liking this masterpiece. After about 30 minutes, you will see why so many people like this one. That vanilla, chocolate and caramel scent will grab you like a vice.

    To see if you can deal with the strong tar note on the initial spray, you may want to sample this one first!

    Don't cheat yourself, treat yourself.

    30th August, 2012 (Last Edited: 21st November, 2012)

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    United States United States

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    Gucci by Gucci Sport Pour Homme by Gucci

    A lot of sports frags either smell like the original, or stink like something else. The saga continues....This might work for a high school kid (No pun intended), but for a grown man....Naw. This frag is kind of nauseating. Kind of reminds me of that dude in the gym who is killing people with an overdose of cologne. Don't waste your money on this one.

    Gucci should pay me for wearing this!

    30th August, 2012 (Last Edited: 29 April, 2013)

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    Italy Italy

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    Himalaya by Creed

    floral woody cyphre with feeble sillage and poor longevity

    30th August, 2012 (Last Edited: 17 January, 2014)

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    L'Eau D'Issey pour Homme Eau d'Été Summer Edition by Issey Miyake

    This is a simply a great quality Summer fragrance for the price - at least for now. Prices will be going up as it gets more scarce (2009). I certainly prefer this version to the original as it is not as thick and is less floral, though the floral is still present. The citrus is amped up and it has that mood enhancing sharpness to it. I get a lot of tangerine, but apparently this is the yuzu. Overall the notes are well blended. The sillage and longevity are excellent for this type of scent. I get 6-8 hours. This does great in the Summer, but it can wear year-round especially in the office.

    31st August, 2012

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    CK Free by Calvin Klein

    The scent smells fresh and clean at the opening and projects OK for the first 15 minutes. then gradually loses the projection and sits VERY close to the skin and gets less pleasant and more synthetic and chemical.

    I feel that there are many better choices for similar fragrances.

    31st August, 2012

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    Zirh Ikon by Zirh

    Didn't think much of it until it transitioned into the dry down. The opening and heart is very similar to Dirty English. It's basically a smokey fragrance with a clean note to brighten it up. The incense note is very light even through the heart. After that the clean notes leave and it turns into a slightly smokey incense with what smells like a rubber note. Really nice and easily replaces Dirty English in my collection. Gucci Pour Homme I is still the champ, but Icon is a legitimate challenger. Great price and bottle to boot.

    31st August, 2012

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    Magnetism for Men by Escada

    Wow! A vanilla and grape like fragrance that's about as linear as you can get. This smells for about 5 minutes like the opening of Midnight in Paris. Promising right? Wrong! Does absolutely nothing after that except set on your skin like a flat sweet smell. Midnight in Paris does everything this fragrance does, but does it 100 times better with more masculinity. Don't believe the hype on this fragrance.

    31st August, 2012

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    Borneo 1834 by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    Dry cold earth. Dense, villainous, unbothered. Cacao like a drug, not like a chocolatey treat, dominates at first but ultimately loses out to the elements; something primal and austere. Galbanum (just as the dark arts described it) and cardamom hum and seethe respectively around a heart that shakes off hippie in favor of chic freak.

    Initially I was less than impressed with this acquisition in spite of being a classic patch-head. It took spilling nearly 25 ml of this for me to give it proper attention. Dirty, real patchouli, the last black key on the left side of the piano, pitched-down vocals. Coarse, not minerallac in any clean sense but a bit like moss on cooled volcanic rock.

    Attics, basements, black mold. The story behind this: the silk road, patchouli used to keep the insects off the fabric, the ladies loved the smell of their soft new silks. Probably only because it was exotic, maybe only because it contrasted so perfectly with the weft of silk itself.

    Rough-hewn peace and the grand, unsentimental love of mother nature.

    31st August, 2012

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    Colonia Santa Maria Novella by Santa Maria Novella

    This is a strange one. The moment I first opened it, I was hit by a sharp blast of neroli, and nothing else. It seemed to last forever, and to permeate anything. I very much disliked it. Later, I opened it again, and the neroli was far less strong. It was much more citrusy and spicy, and when I put it on, it didn't last as long. It was much more of a sweet, spicy orange scent, and was far more agreeable and wearable. I don't know how or why. But if you get it and don't like it, I would suggest just putting it aside for a few days and then trying it again. You might be pleasantly surprised.

    31st August, 2012

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    Hugo Just Different by Hugo Boss

    Nothing different here. Scent is actually very middle of the road... a bit too safe.
    The longevity is the real let-down. Disappointing

    31st August, 2012

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    Ivoire (original) by Pierre Balmain

    A choking soap carving of a lone woman. Garbo is said to be involved with this scent somehow, Balmain himself (in ad copy) going on and on about a mystery woman at an opera. A ghost is closer for Ivoire.

    Aldehydes for the sake of themselves. Indulgent, careless, demanding a wide berth from passerby as a primly dressed lady on a motorcycle. In low heeled boots and a cloche instead of a helmet.

    The muguet and iris are Ivoire's best classic features, and for those whose skin sing them through the aldehydic chorus, a fine scent of centeredness and old-fashioned charm this could make. The notes that I love and always will in Ivoire: chamomile and marigold--herbal, summer-meets-autumn, wistful.

    Some speak of a BO note herein: asafoetida: as bad as the word itself suggests. That rot and stink beneath such a complex thirty or more note fragrance is a bit like hiding a cruel glance in the recitation of a courtly love ballad.

    At first this was to be my signature. Aspirational but flawed. So aloof, so stunning, once past the prim opening: gestalt, carnation spice, patchouli and oakmoss forests. Refractions of every major chypre dazzle in this stray fake crystal pendant bedside lamp. But this fragrance wanted to be refined, wanted to be for blondes, needed to be tasteful but acknowledged. Ivoire's image and execution, all but its very, very depths and bottom notes, lacks the celebration of power that other chypres boast. It's those pesky extra few too many aldehydes.

    If you have the option of trying out the vintage pure perfume or vintage edt and are a fan of chypres, get a kick out of undermining frump, and aren't afraid of soapy openings, please give this lady out of time a chance. Intriguing and a complete person unto itself. For frequent wear? This will wear you ... out and to the opera.

    31st August, 2012

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    Kokorico by Jean Paul Gaultier

    nice but nothing innovative,here!

    31st August, 2012

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    Fendi (original) by Fendi

    I was given a small, beautiful bottle of pure perfum from a cousin of mine a couple of days ago, and I am stunned! It is a very strong, old school floral/oriental/chypre. Beautiful and with excellent longevity. I consider my self very, very lucky!!

    31st August, 2012

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    Silver Mountain Water by Creed

    A simple no-nonsense review:

    Ignoring all the ludicrous praise heaped on this fragrance, I put Creed's Silver Mountain Water on with no expectations and was quite pleasantly surprised.

    It opens with a nice dry black tea scent mixed with the smell of berry herbal tea. The black tea forms a smooth base, with the berry tea notes sitting on top. It then very smoothly moves into a lightly floral watery note with a hint of stone.

    I don't think there is much sillage, but the longevity is definitely very good. I sprayed it on at noon and I can still clearly smell it now wafting up from my neck and chest at 8.30pm.

    Warning! Wanky interpretation:

    Interestingly, I think that the scent very accurately renders the title. The soft tea and berry notes give the impression of the scent of fruiting trees in Spring being blown on the breeze. The watery note with the unusual stoney aspect conjures up the image of a mountain stream, and both themes are linked by the subtly floral aspect of the watery note.

    Conclusion:

    In my (rather uneducated) opinion, Silver Mountain Water is a very well blended and executed fragrance, which doesn't have any sharp edges or jarring transitions. The notes are clear, but soft and obviously cleverly chosen to portray an idea.

    I think this would make a lovely work scent, or would go very well with a preppy casual outfit as it has a very clean and elegant vibe. However, despite my positive experience, it's not really my style. As soon as I finish typing this I'm going to have a shower and put on some Serge Lutens! ;)

    31st August, 2012

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    Aventus by Creed

    A nonsensical combination of fruit salad and tarry leather. Think: Pineapple vs. Bomber jacket ('Royal Pineapple' according to the nauseating Creed PR). Tom Ford's Tuscan Leather attempts a similar shotgun marriage with raspberry. There's a starchy note wafting through too, like stale Smash, thus making Aventus a fruity-leather mashup. Does that not sound enticing?

    31st August, 2012

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    Cool Water by Davidoff

    Shouts "CHEMICAL" from head to toe; however, I don't mind wearing it on a hot summer day.

    31st August, 2012

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    Coco Noir by Chanel

    I liked the bright citrussy opening but then it's really very similar to Coco. Not very noir as others have noted. Haven't we had enough flankers of classics now?

    31st August, 2012

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    Fresh Hay by Demeter Fragrance Library

    Yes, that's definitely hay - with a big dollop of cow dung mixed in.

    31st August, 2012

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    Emporio Armani City Glam for Him by Giorgio Armani

    Personally I enjoy this fragrance although it's now discontinued in the UK i managed to pick up a 30ml bottle last year for around £15. Even though it is nothing groundbreaking or daring i still enjoy it as an evening fragrance it's great for a night out or a summer fragrance. Worth a try in my opinion especially if you like leathery scents.

    31st August, 2012

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    Very Irrésistible for Men by Givenchy

    When I first spray this I get the grapefruit zest straight away giving it a sort of citrus smell which then dies down into the background and allows a more dark scent to develop with the mocha coming through after a while and mingling with the citrus in the background which provides an excellent mixture. Then in the dry down i get more of the cedar coming through to give a warm and long lasting scent. Lasts all day on me. I mainly wear it in the winter/ Autumn, I feel it's too heavy for summer.

    31st August, 2012

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    Emporio Armani Remix He by Giorgio Armani

    Perfect for Spring/Summer and very reasonably priced. A good one for the younger crowd. Longevity is fairly decent so to get the most out of it i wear it in the heat. Certainly worth a try.

    31st August, 2012

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    1 Million by Paco Rabanne

    I think this is great in Autumn/Winter. Good longevity and projection. I get a strong blast of blood orange from this in the opening and the grapefruit is noticeable which is pleasant then in the mid i get the leathery vibe not much of the cinnamon which is a good thing for me lol. It dries down to a warm slightly woodsy smell which isn't as sweet as the opening. Good for clubbing, the only downside is that A LOT of people wear this so it won't really stand out from the crowd.

    31st August, 2012

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    212 Men on Ice (2010) by Carolina Herrera

    I bought this a few years back and recently went back to it and compared it with the original 212 men. To be honest there's not much difference between the 2. The main thing that sets them apart is that the original 212 men "warms up" slightly and has an almost light floral that develops after a few hours. This summer version for me was very linear and is a colder version of the original. IMO stick with the original.

    31st August, 2012

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    212 Men by Carolina Herrera

    Starts off cool, I get the green grass in the opening and a light citrus, however after i've had it on for an hour or so and it's warm outside the Gardenia shines through for me and adds some warmth and gives a very light floral smell which i enjoyed. A solid classic in my opinion great in summer/spring. decent longevity as well.

    31st August, 2012

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    Allure Homme by Chanel

    Beutifull neroli in this. Smells like dune meets aqua di gio. Comfortable, easygoing with a soft freshness and depth. Its a happy, shining perfume with a strong identity. Good stuff.

    31st August, 2012

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    Only The Brave by Diesel

    A nice frag by Diesel in my opinion nearly gone through a whole bottle. Opens with a fresh clean citrus from the lemon and mandarin in the top. Then as it develops it warms up a bit I get the violet leaves in the mid and then in the dry down I get the Leather accord and a bit of Amber and Cedar wood comes through with it to warm it up. Good longevity and projection as well. Well worth a try.

    31st August, 2012

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    Black XS by Paco Rabanne

    Initially I loved it but it but it quickly became cloying, a very strong synthetic strawberry note became VERY cloying. Good longevity and projection just becomes boring after a while.

    31st August, 2012

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