Fragrance Reviews from September 2013

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    Wall Street by Bond No. 9

    Not for everyone, worth a try

    Works for me, but some people's body chem. kills the dry down. Took me a couple weeks of wearing to really start loving it, now I just wish the scent lasted longer. worth a sample if you like aquatic. Grabs some decent compliments.

    Pros: distinct smell, can detect different layers in dry down
    Cons: average longevity, would expect more for the price"

    01st September, 2013

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    Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent

    Made with bits of real Panther...

    Every time I smell Kouros, the scene from Anchorman comes to mind where Brian applies "Sex Panther". Although this fragrance is pleasant, if Sex Panther were a real, designer cologne, it would be Kouros. It is dirty, yet clean. You can smell the heat, yet and the same time, it's cooled down by ice. It's so animalistic, yet it's incredibly pleasant. If I was a masculine mustached anchor from the 80s, I would wear Kouros. And it definitely works more than 60% of the time, every time.

    This is something I enjoy wearing when I don't want to be part of the crowd. When I want to feel masculine, and individual, and I want to smell good regardless of what anyone else says, I throw on Kouros.

    Pros: Very unique, smells powerful so to speak
    Cons: Overbearing and sometimes harsh"

    01st September, 2013

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    Trayee by Neela Vermeire

    Complex, yet Comforting

    All Neela Vermeire Creations rub me the right way. I can smell the quality in all of her offering.

    Trayee makes me feel spiritual, yet somewhat mysterious and slightly seductive.

    Divine Green Floral Smoky & Leather perfume.

    01st September, 2013

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    Emporio Armani He by Giorgio Armani

    Great for all reason

    Luxury, Clean, modern .Love it!!

    Pros: Smell very good ,a little bit powdery
    Cons: longevity is not over 5Hrs."

    01st September, 2013

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    Wazamba by Parfum d'Empire

    Great incense

    Great incense fragrance. It dominates all the other notes. The closest one to it is Portrait of a Lady by Frederic Malle. The latter has better sillage and longevity though. Surprisingly they were made one year a part.

    01st September, 2013

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    Portrait of a Lady by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    Not a portrait but a sketch

    Anyone expecting an exotic rose fragrance for women is in for a big disappointment. Portrait of a Lady unveils a beautifully lush rose opening note only to have it cruelly obscured by a cloud of incense and wood smoke. Other than a subtly fruity undercurrent of black currants this is mostly a somber affair, a dark almost smoky resinous take on the rose-patchouli accord with emphasis on the latter.

    A portrait painting in colorful acrylic this is not, more a monochromatic sketch in dusty graphite.

    01st September, 2013

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    Dior Dior by Christian Dior

    Perhaps the most "Roudnitska" Roudnitska

    One of the great Roudnitska scents, now sadly discontinued. For those who love the master's scents, this one will immediately be a hit, and immediately reminiscent of his work.

    I won't comment too much on the notes or character; other posters below have done that well. It's got all the Roudnitska trademarks... overripe melon, dark fruit, and some animalic funk beneath the base.

    It's perhaps the MOST Roudnitska Roudnitska... if this makes any sense. It's got the crispness of Diorella, the spice of Eau Sauvage, the funk of Eau d'hermes, the class of Parfum de therese, the freshness even of the late Ocean Rain. At the same time, it stands apart from all of these, with a character and backbone all its own.

    I understand why it wasn't popular, and why it is discontinued. It is a Roudnitska-lover's Roudnitska.. a scent that is hardly versatile, and one that will polarize. You'll absolutely love it, or absolutely hate it. Nothing in between.

    I was lucky to find a full bottle of the parfum, and loved every use of it. Random aside: I made friends with an elderly japanese parfumeur, who in her younger days worked under Roudnitska in paris. She now does bespoke scents in her own atelier in Nagoya. She knows everything there is to know about parfumery, and even more about her teacher Roudnitska. Her all time favorite scent is "Dior Dior." That alone is worth the price of admission.

    Pros: Depth, projection, quality, distinction
    Cons: Versatility, discontinued"

    01st September, 2013

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    No. 22 by Chanel

    Superb, but in its original form.

    My favorite Chanel. I've been lucky to have the original EdC, EdT, and Parfum (not to mention trying the new "les exclusif" edition).

    While it's worth it in any form, the new Les Exclusif is but a pale, watered down shadow of its former self. If you appreciate n5, but feel it was always a bit stark and cold, then n22 is the answer. I'm amazed it isn't more popular than the other, and isn't available anywhere and everywhere Chanel is sold. It's simply gorgeous.

    Pros: Beautiful
    Cons: New EdT Les Exclusifs Very faint"

    01st September, 2013

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    Oud by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

    Wonderful

    Not worth the price tag (for me, anyway) but its beautiful. Refined, warm, sensual but without the skank, its probably "signature worthy" if the price wasn't prohibitive. It doesn't seem to last very long, however. About 3 hours, max, before turning into a gentle skin scent, which is lovely in itself.

    Pros: it smells really good
    Cons: Price!"

    01st September, 2013

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    Derby by Guerlain

    Complicated in a Good Way

    I didn't like Derby at first. It felt sort of old fashioned and on the powdery side. But luckily I gave it more tries, and I found that I'd developed an addiction. This isn't an easy scent for me. It has a carnation note and a touch of bitterness that doesn't work on certain days. But it's usually worth the challenge and it's fun the way you get different notes throughout the day. There's a vetiver greenness that pops out along the way that is pure joy, and the musk/woods towards the late middle/end are delicious.

    I think I'll own it one of these birthdays/Christmases. I have a hard time justifying the price of a bottle but I'll always have a decant or split on hand.

    Pros: Sophisticated, diverse, challenging
    Cons: Takes a while to comprehend, Doesn't always work"

    01st September, 2013

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    Sublime by Jean Patou

    Sublime Indeed!

    *This is a review of vintage Sublime edp.

    Sublime (vintage) opens with a gorgeous mandarin orange and sharp green bergamot tandem. As the fragrance enters its early heart the orange now joins potent carnation and ylang-ylang florals as co-stars with underlying rose support, as vanilla and oakmoss rising from the base add an underlying powdery sheen and tonka bean, amber and sandalwood mild sweetness. During the late dry-down the orange, ylang-ylang, powdery vanilla, amber and sandalwood all remain, as slightly animalic musk and well-integrated civet add balance. Projection is excellent and longevity average at 6-8 hours on skin.

    Sublime (vintage) is everything one would expect from a composition with that name composed by legendary nose Jean Kerleo. It opens almost aldehyde-like with the mandarin and green bergamot before turning into a gigantic carnation driven floral that is an amalgamation of way too many notes and accords to list but balanced brilliantly in a way only a handful or two of master perfumers living or dead could even dream of accomplishing. The base notes play a big role in the composition early-on, with the oakmoss in particular featuring its powdery facets instead of the normal mossy green one usually expects. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that this is one of the best implementations of civet I have encountered (the other being vintage Monsieur de Givenchy) as it is extremely well-concealed and yet oh so effective in balancing out the complex composition. The bottom line is Sublime (vintage) will run you a minimum of $80 for a 100ml bottle on the aftermarket, but this Kerleo masterpiece is a composition that is well worth the investment and then some, earning an extremely strong rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 and my highest recommendation to all perfume lovers. Bravo Jean Kerleo!

    Pros: A masterpiece by Jean Kerlo that is extremely complex and well-balanced.
    Cons: The vintage formulation reviewed here is not the one on the market today.

    01st September, 2013 (Last Edited: 13th December, 2013)

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    Cashmere for Men by Cristiano Fissore

    Cashmeran Should Be The Name...

    Cashmere for Men opens with a dash of straight alcohol before a pink pepper-laced cedar quickly emerges. As the relatively linear progression moves to the early heart, the peppery cedar joins the beginnings of a growing vague synthetic blond woody amber accord. The synthetic blonde woods soon after take on the sole starring role as the pink pepper slowly fades to the background and the cedar all but disappears, swapping places with supporting Teak wood. During the late dry-down the blonde woody accord remains, with only just detectable white musk supporting it. Projection is below average and longevity is on the low side of average at 6-8 hours on skin.

    Cashmere for Men is a fragrance with an official list of notes that is right up my alley. Published notes like cedar, pink pepper, fir resin and vetiver among others are right in line with my tastes. With all that going for it this one should be a slam dunk, right? Unfortunately, wrong... Having found a slightly used bottle for sale recently, I bought it blind thinking I was in for a treat and instead received a different kind of surprise... The pink pepper and cedar come on near immediately when you spray it on, indicating a great early start... Unfortunately, after that things slowly go downhill as instead of the listed fir and the vetiver, the composition gradually is instead dominated by the unlisted dreaded "synthetic vague blonde woody" accord that is near-certainly cashmeran. Cashmeran is a nemisis of mine as it really has a cheap smell to it, coming off as a lazy generic woody amber shortcut by the perfumer that is all too common nowadays. Once the cashmeran entered the picture, it was "game over" for my potential enjoyment, with the late addition of Teak wood seemingly enhancing its negative effect. The bottom line is at Cashmere for Men's $130 per 100ml bottle retail price this synthetic dry woody concoction is a tough sell, earning an above average 2.5 to 3 stars out of 5 irrespective of price and a weak neutral recommendation. Folks that like compositions like Dry Wood by Ramon Monegal may enjoy this one more than I.

    Pros: Pleasant pink pepper and cedar open; bueautiful classy bottle.
    Cons: Lazy synthetic vague woody amber accord derived from cashmeran.

    01st September, 2013 (Last Edited: 13th December, 2013)

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    Portrait of a Lady by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    Romantic and decadent
    Probably one of my favorite masterpieces around and my most appreciated from this brand for sure. The combination of the complex spicy/fruity rose absolute, patchouli, a touch of oud and incense is romantic, decadent and poetic. You can detect the pungency from the raspberries by soon together with citrus (bergamot?), sweet spices and pepper. The first blast is indeed misty (more than vaguely prickly), rosey, barely medicinal, spicy/fruity and slightly resinous. The vintage parisian elegant soul of the fragrance starts soon to emerge as soon as the rosey patchouli (a la Histoires de Parfums- mostly Rosam- in common incense, spices, oud, patchouli, rose etc etc, even if Rosam is less fruity--and with some Noir Patchouli's nuances) takes the stage surrounded by multitudinous nuances (spicy, incensey, ambery and fruity). The more the development blooms up the more i detect the smooth ambery/blackcurrant/red berries fruity influence and the dominant Queen Rose in a finally thinned spicy mist. The dry down (softly rosey, silky and almost powdery) is exactly like a portrait of a romantic lady on the Rive Gauche's side in autumn.
    Pros: A royal combination of regal notes
    Cons: Any"</p>
    PS: Malle's POAL (a misty and resinous rose/patchouli) is neither a sharp rosey centered fragrance nor a straight forward rose itself since a misty and dense fruity amber (spicy blackcurrant+ Red berries + amber itself + creamy incense) plays a role of co-protagonist enveloping the floral element (never typically earthy/grassy/botanical) and hints of incensey and woody "resinousity" in a denser art-deco voluptuous embrace while the floral element is more properly catchable in the final part of the trip. Anyway also at the end the rose is yet finally slightly "misty". I detect some Rosam's vibe (misty/resinous rose-patchouli) and in the HDP's one the rose element is effectively more central in the body of a less fruity but almost equally resinous aroma.

    01st September, 2013 (Last Edited: 31st December, 2013)

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    Lemon Sorbet by Etro

    Pleasant summer scent

    As expected, quite a fresh start with lemon and vetiver, but a bit subdued overall. The rosemary in the drydown is nice, and I get a somewhat salty note towards the end that is quite pleasant. Poor silage and projection though, but it lasts overall about three hours. Pleasant.

    02nd September, 2013

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    Navigations Through Scent - Singosari by Molton Brown

    Fresh spice ginger

    A very nice vetiver is present throughout on my skin. Initially a nice fresh spicy note is added, with ginger and nutmeg stepping in further in the drydown. Average silage and projection with about three hours longevity. A light fresh spicy scent - not a combination I found frequently.

    02nd September, 2013

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    Navigations Through Scent - Apuldre by Molton Brown

    Berry delight

    The opening blast is quite special: the wormwood is typical and the berry notes convincing to me; a great start. The drydown's violet is also very impressive, but then the base notes are a bit shallow in comparison. Still the first half is very good. Average silage and projection, and over four hours of longevity. Fresh for a sunny spring day.

    02nd September, 2013

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    Chaps (original) by Ralph Lauren

    Stetson, all grown up.

    Top notes: I mainly get a floral/herbal bomb. The citrus notes are subdued, being blended into the floral sweetness. Though there some anise (as the note profile on here claims), it's nowhere near the amount in Azzaro pour Homme, for example-- to me, it's hardly detectable. It's possible that this note has decayed over the decades as the fragrance aged (top notes are usually the first to go).

    Middle notes: The floral aspect continues, and changes, dropping the subdued citrus aspect, and picking up patchouli and resinous woods instead. The only other notes I can detect are jasmine and orris; if the geranium from the note profile is there, it's very subtle-- enough that I can't find it. The jasmine does give the fragrance a sort of 'dirty' or sensual aspect- something that continues into the base. Also, for me, the sandalwood is much more prominent than the cedarwood.

    Bases notes: The combination of the musk and amber gives the base a sweet, leathery smell. The amber's sweetness is reinforced by some very well-blended, other sweet notes-- the amber, honey, vanilla and tonka bean are intermingled to the point of being an amorphous, somewhat spiced sweetness. The benzoin picks up the sensual aspect right where the jasmine left off, but the note is even more 'dirty', evoking the scent of a resinous incense. Last, but not least, the oakmoss adds a woodsy aspect that works harmoniously with the spices from the tonka bean and the sensual incense scent of the benzoin.

    Pros: Masculine; refined; complex.
    Cons: Slightly cloying."

    02nd September, 2013

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    Navigations Through Scent - Iunu by Molton Brown

    Ginger for begingers

    A very nice, mild but typical ginger starts it off, later combined by a jasmine that blends in very well. This is given more depth by light white pepper. In the drydown a smooth patchouli arises. Overall is works well together. Average silage and projection, and around four hours of longevity. Possibly good for those who do not like strong ginger scents but don't mind milder versions

    02nd September, 2013

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    Back to Black by By Kilian

    Not enough tobacco for me.

    Brought home samples of this after a Kilian's STH purchase. Opens very nice with honey, cedar, vanilla and cherry...maybe some amber and incense...not picking up much tobacco. Where I'm really left wanting is in the finale dry down. I agree with jsf252, it turns into amber/vanilla/cherry which ends up smelling like baby powder on me.

    Dry down reminds me of powdery original Armani Black Code. Perhaps a bit more tobacco and boozy notes...less powder please.

    Pros: Ingredients, presentation, inspiration
    Cons: Stalls into a powdery dry down"

    02nd September, 2013

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    Green Irish Tweed by Creed

    Yes, it does smell like a softer, welll rounded Cool Water

    Lavender and soap; a fresh scent. It does have a good deal in common with Cool Water, but this is far more rounded, less harsh, more wearable. That said, it does not do a lot for me, but certainly is solid. Worth the price? Of course, to each his/her own, but this is not a good value to me.

    02nd September, 2013

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    Ambraliquida by L'Erbolario

    An impressive, diaphanous powder scent that knows how to behave.

    A curious little thing from the Cali-phobic L'Erbolario. Although I don't usually subscribe to gendering in scents, this has an old-school powder feel to it that's unmistakably feminine. It's structured around dry white musk, a touch of styrax, and spiced vanilla—but all three notes sit low and work together to produce a surprisingly clean and unobtrusive skin scent. It's actually quite impressive—sort of a powdery musk version of Geza Schoen's minimalist aesthetics. I couldn't pull this off, but for those who might be interested in a transparent talc-type perfume that won't choke you out, this one might be worth a look. It's a great price, too.

    Comme des Garçons' Odeur 53 might be a distant relative.

    Pros: Takes ordinarily cloying notes and deploys them to great effect.
    Cons: Hard to think of this as unisex—it's basically a feminine affair."

    02nd September, 2013

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    Tam Dao by Diptyque

    Tam Dao EdP review

    This is a review of the newer EdP:

    The EdP has copious copious amounts of sandalwood compared to the EdT.

    Being an EdP is smelled more intense.

    I get a tangy tart accord at the opening which is the lime/ginger accord.

    The tart/tangy accord is employed to diffuse the deep woodsy facet of sandalwood and give it character.

    Imagine sandalwood being dark and sticky, addition of lime/ginger makes the sandalwood tautly and more firm. The character I mentioned earlier. The coconut in it is the final touch that dilutes and diffuses the lime, ginger and sandalwood. These three notes are strong and the coconut milk note gently restrains them.

    The same school of thought is heavily used in South East Asian cuisine where coconut milk is added to curries. Alone, coconut milk is very one dimensional, bland even but when coupled with chillis and curries it takes on another role. It levies a soothing aura over the spice. Yin yang philosophies.

    Such skill and craftsmanship rendered to maintain balance with three very vivid notes.

    The EdP is achieved by taking the EdT's structure, adding much much more sandalwood, the ginger/lime/coconut accord above.

    I would not suggest the EdP for someone interested in cedarwood. The sandalwood envelopes the cedarwood.

    The EdP strongly reminded me of Wonderwood sans the CdG signature touches.

    02nd September, 2013

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    Armani Code Sport by Giorgio Armani

    Ultra sparkling teenage fresh Orange juice

    And again the horrible name Sport entered the game.

    Well lets turn 180 and make a warmy cozy suede evening scent (Armani Code) into a whole another fragrance (summer day scent) which has nothing to do with the original.


    My conclusion : if you wanna smell like fresh oranges peel of skin with a hint of mint?
    Buy this ultra casual freshness.

    You dont make a statement wearing this.

    Long lasting and great sillage and thats a Pro most of this kind of frags are gone in 2-3 hours.

    If you want something more "special"buy something like Clinique Happy.

    Not worth its pricebut its not bad

    Pros: Masterful longevity and huge sillage
    Cons: 13 in a dozen scent"

    02nd September, 2013

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    Prada Amber pour Homme by Prada

    Soapy goodness

    From 07 to present, I was and still am, in a niche phase. And in doing that I overlooked something I wish I was wearing seven years ago. Amber pour homme is a very clean elegant take on amber. Cardamom is a dominant player here, never cared for it before, but now its very pleasant to my nose. Patchouli and labdanum provide an earthy quality and prevents this from becoming a sweet, spicefest. I love this stuff. I've been wearing it for 4 days in a row and plan on wearing til they discontinue it.

    Pros: Spicy clean smelling
    Cons: None"

    02nd September, 2013

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    Opus III by Amouage

    Not a shrinking violet

    Beneath OPUS III's oddly bubble gummy exterior lies a luminous violet-centric oriental heart. The violet more bitter than powdery, the base warm and a touch creamy rather than sugary sweet. Like a well crafted oriental version of Heeley's superlative Cuir Pleine Fleur, OPUS III is to me a bona fide gender bender, a haunting scent of crushed petals and trampled leaves.

    Pros: Mature and sophisticated
    Cons: Not for shrinking violets"

    02nd September, 2013

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    Chance Eau Fraîche by Chanel

    Light, clean, very unisex

    This is what I wanted CK1 to be! It's clean, easy to wear, and smells good on both men and women, although it's better on men. It layers well with various types of fragrances, especially clean ones. I can detect the relationship to the original Chance, but where that one was truly special and a valuable addition to the Chanel line, this smells like someone watered down the original and added some "aftershavey" notes. Sillage is minimal but it does last a while close to skin. The drydown is the best part. This is the first Chanel I've tried where I can smell the alcohol initially; I consider that a sign of cheapness and expect better from Chanel. Still, I got it as a freebie and since I live in boiling heat in the southern USA, I have no complaints, as it has impressed me with how well it behaves in hot weather. If you are one of those people who gets a tickle in the back of your throat from some scents, this will probably do that, so try before you buy (as always).

    Pros: Layers well, nice scent
    Cons: Not a true Chanel classic"

    02nd September, 2013

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    mb03 by Biehl Parfumkunstwerke

    Unisex Incense, dry

    If I am going to spend money and wear a scent, it has got to touch me somewhere inside and inspire me just a little bit. Make me happier a little bit.

    Firstly, this perfume line needs a makeover- the name and the title of these perfumes are quite off putting. Sorry, I am human and I respond to the usual marketing whether that is a good thing or not- it is the truth .

    Secondly, this scent is nothing remarkable. There are at least half a dozen other scents like mb03 I could chose from .There is nothing worse than being unremarkable in a market such as this.

    Anyway, mb03 is an incense fragrance - heavier in the top notes and feels perhaps more masculine in the top notes than the dry down. It is dry and steely ( as in the metal ) but wearable . It is quite a transparent scent after the top notes , quite sheer in some respects. Lasting power was about 2 and half hours . After the initial hit, it wears quite softly.

    Pros: Wearable Incense
    Cons: Not memorable"

    02nd September, 2013

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    Oscar for Men by Oscar de la Renta

    Fantastic summer fragrance

    Every time I use this fragrance, I like it even more. This is in my top five all time and one of my top two summer fragrances (YSL Live Jazz is the other). The balance of citrus and pepper is perfect. In fact, I have never tried a pepper-dominant fragrance that I have enjoyed so much. It is slightly linear...There is lemon and pepper in the opening and the same combination remains throughout its lifespan. It has been 7 hours since application, and the same combination is there...It's just softer and more subtle, but certainly still very enjoyable. I highly recommend this fragrance.

    Pros: Perfect balance of citrus and pepper
    Cons: None...Perfect"

    02nd September, 2013

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    Harmatan Noir 11 by Parfumerie Generale

    Japanese traditional atmosphere
    Effectively this secret (superbly blended) gem starts shortly (just for the first part of development) fluidy, with a sort of moderately fresh --green tea-ozonic elements-citrus-- dark (licorice type)/herbal dominant accord but slides soon in to a sort of incredibly comforting and enigmatic soapy/spicy/mossy darkness, like a conceptually modern, smoother and warmer Antaeus's sort of introverted brother (with all the notable differences). Undoubtedly the initial fougere-like minty tea-citrus-ozonic-aromatic herbs accord is counteracted in a while by a soothing amber-oakmoss-spices (bath foam type of) cushion (never dense but silky a la Equipage) which is really balmy and kind of salty/laundry (a sort of hay kind of olfactory effect with hints of salt and tartness) with a minimal touch of secret floral mildness. The ozonic elements are never metallic/aquatic in a modern chip ordinary way on my skin. I detect for sure a floral spark in the final phase, the dark patchouli presence and a touch of toasted tobacco in the blend which affords its support in the "darkening-soothing-warming" progressive process. I detect elements in common with the brighter (un-salty-un-smoky) Montana Homme, more citrusy/musky and slightly less soapy and a final sheerer olfactory resemblance with the greener, spicier (and brighter) Bvlgari Pour Homme (tea, spices, amber, musk, cedar, oakmoss, floral notes etc etc). Harmatan Noir teleports us in to a sort of silent, calm and cozy japanese holy atmosphere (woody ambiences, sake, kimono, ambiental lamps, futon, tatami, fusuma, tea caremonies, fumes, harmony, fog beyond the windows in the artistic gardens etc. etc). A surprise from a remarkable brand so appreciated inside the boudaries of the niche territories.
    Pros: Superbly blended
    Cons: Faint sillage"</p>

    02nd September, 2013 (Last Edited: 27th May, 2014)

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    Armani Eau de Nuit by Giorgio Armani

    Nuit Armani's finest hour

    Airy-spicy with the now-cliched transparent peppery woods (*sigh*) and quite possibly a trace of ginger, the base warm and mellow. Certainly not what I expected from a 'night' fragrance for men. In fact it smells like a toned down version me of the disastrously awful Fan di Fendi pour Homme or perhaps a creamier D&G Le Bateleur which is not saying much really. Projection is pretty good with average longevity.

    Should we blame the Big 5 for peddling the same lame stuff to all these designer houses or the bean counters for shifting fragrance material budgets to the better quality 'Privy' line? Perhaps. But to add insult to injury Armani has decided to house this undeserving scent in an attractively 'noir' edition of the iconic Eau pour Homme vintage bottle.

    Pros: Iconic bottle
    Cons: Banal juice"

    03rd September, 2013

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