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L'Heure Bleue by Guerlain

When I first put this on, I thought "Oh no, it's Apres l'Ondee." I don't like almond notes (heliotrope), which I find quite strong in that perfume. L'Heure Bleue, however, blends the heliotrope much more subtly after that initial blast, for which I'm extremely grateful; there's just enough to add a cool feeling, along with the iris and carnation, against the warmer woods.

I really like the drydown on this one; I get lots of sandalwood and vetiver on my skin, lots of woods but tempered somehow so that the fragrance remains light and slightly, gently floral.

This is a difficult fragrance to describe. It's timeless. As others have said, give it some time before you make up your mind; it takes a little while to truly come into its own.
09th November, 2005

Z by Ermenegildo Zegna

Youthful and energetic...a ride down a quiet streetin between the medeteranian and the cirtus orchards of Sorriento on a silver Ducati while cool see breezes brush your face and whip through your hair...crisp and citrusy with a slight hint of leather, this scent wakes the senses and then takes them for a joyride...very fast, sporty yet still, through it all, it remains elegant...
09th November, 2005

Comme des Garçons 2 Man by Comme des Garçons

Masculine, deep, woody, smokey...this scent is dark, heavy, and yet serenly praceful, like sitting by a slowly dying camprife late at night when you're all alone, deep in the heart of the wilderness...the scent is out-doorsey, kind of dry and natural...All the while very seductive...deffinately a good evening fragerance...
09th November, 2005
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Aqua pour Homme by Bulgari

I could understand why some people wouldnt like this scent, but I personally think it's right on...it starts out as your typical aquatic scent, you dive in, just like you would any other Aqua, but just below the surface, you soon realize that you're swimming in uncharted waters...a slightly different almost turpentine like scent peeks through the freshness, adding a different dimension, but as it lingers longer, the scent becomes more green, almost piney...an ever changing scent with alot more complexity than it is given credit for...still waters run deep...
09th November, 2005

H.O.T. Always by Bond No. 9

Lively, energetic, daring, and oh yes...deffinately hot...this fragerance lives up to it's name, a combination that for all intents and purposes should not work...Bond is able to pull it off in a legendary way...the scent is strong and unappologetic, "you dont like me? Too Bad!" it screams in the faces of the paparazzi as they snap photos as it makes a grand entrance at the most exclusive and trendy night spot in manhattan...this scent is the epitome of star quality, it does it's own thing, and we shouldnt like it, but we're oddly drawn to it...just like your favorite "bad boy" or "bad girl" celebrity...they are controversial always, they are bold always, but above all others, they are H.O.T. always...
09th November, 2005

Aramis Life by Aramis

A little too fruity and floral to be considered uber-masculine...a bit too one dimensional...it is a scent that doesnt know what direction it's going...for what it is ...it's wearable, not bad...perhaps some would even think it smelled good...I really wanted to fall in love with this scent, but it's like an over hyped movie that just falls flat on it's face...it's good, but doesnt live up to expectation, and therefore somewhat of a dissapointment...
09th November, 2005

Brit for Men by Burberry

Floral, sweet, soft...deffinately not what you think of when you think "quality men's scent", but somehow, Burberry makes this work...The scent is cool and dignified, a true gentleman's fragerance...it harkens back to olden times, perhaps around the 1920's gents dressed to the nines with lovely ladies on their arms, ready to paint the town, with a nice rose in his lapels, and a slightly cedary cigar in his jacket pocket for later...in all truthfulness, though, this could just as easily be worn by a woman, but is still a great scent for a man...
09th November, 2005

Lalique pour Homme Blue / Faune by Lalique

Sexy, sweet, almost magical...this scent is a mysterious hike through a forest at "the blue hour" just as day melts away into night...the smell is mysterious, night birds chirping, mythelogical creatures scampering through the forest...deffinately a storybook, sexy and youthful, this cool, fresh, woodsy scent will transport you to a different world whenever you spray it on...
09th November, 2005

Odeur 71 by Comme des Garçons

Now I know what they mean when they call it an Anti-perfume, a very bold and daring blend...unplaceble and yet oddly familiar, it's deffinately a departure from the scent counter at your local department store...when I first sprayed it on...I really didnt like it...I was overwhelmed with the smell of ozone and somehting that smelled a bit like vacuum bands...but as it dried down, a sort of botanical scent began to creep through...not floral, but deffinately green...very refreshing...the ozone is still present, but much more subdued, and fresh smelling...there's a slight unplaceable sweetness mixed with a tinge of saltyness which seems to get a bit more prevalent as time goes by......you can deffinately smell a bit of "copy machine" but it comes through a just a whisp of something mysterious rather than easily identifiable as a copy machine.. as the day progresses, you'll pick up on different things...the lettuce juice really comes through about an hour or so after spraying it...very fresh smelling, but not so much like a fresh smelling cologne...more like fresh in the sense of a produce market early in the morning, or a rainforest after a storm...upon smelling this scent on you...nobody will say you stink...but I doubt they'll ask you what cologne you are wearing...perhaps they'll just think you smell like this naturally...it smells good, but deffinately not like your typical cologne (see what I mean??? Anti-perfume)...I'd deffinately recommend this for the avant guarde lover of non-traditional scents...
09th November, 2005

Michael Jordan by Michael Jordan

I'd lump this scent with Drakkar and Brut...Crisp and refreshing, although, very "tangy" and artificial...a very sporty scent, not bad for the value, but the fact that it is readily available at the local drug store, should be an indicator that it isn't exactly a super-high quality fragerance...a very youthful scent, and fittingly so, because a very young man (perhaps early teens) could get away with wearing this scent...but anybody older than that will look like a green-horn in the world of men's scents...
09th November, 2005

Eau d'Orange Verte by Hermès

The scent is fresh and sweet...notes of green mix with a sweet cirtus scent, like orange sherbert garnished with mint, served on a hot summer day...but just like orange sherbert on a hot day, this scent melts away almost instantly...the fact that it has no staying power at all is so dissapointing, but the smell is so beautiful while it lasts...
09th November, 2005

Michael for Men by Michael Kors

On me, the anise note strikes out from begining to end, and I hate that smell. Kors smells very very cloying, awful, strong and repulsive. I have a deep hate for it. What's worse, I couldn't get this stench off of me! It's okay to like it, I can see why some people would, but I DEFINITLY don't. At all. Be careful and don't buy blind!
09th November, 2005

Madame Rochas (new) by Rochas

I'm not sure which version I own, but since I bought it a couple of years ago I'll assume it's the new one. My husband thinks this smells like soap, but to my nose this is an utterly elegant, classic French floral with a woody, slightly powdery drydown (and I'm not generally a fan of powdery scents). Beautifully put together. Reminds me a bit of Arpege, which has more wood and less powder but the same sort of classic French construction.
09th November, 2005
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Fracas by Robert Piguet

I didn't "get" Fracas at first. Initially it hit me (more a fan of chypres and sophisticated orientals) like a truckload of white flowers. Then I began to discern the different notes -- like hearing an arpeggio instead of a tone cluster. I can understand why this is a cult fragrance. It is voluptuous and euphoric, a bundle of sparkling, almost narcotic florals on a bed of soft woods and moss. It now has a permanent place among my fragrance staples.
09th November, 2005

Romance by Ralph Lauren

Bought a bottle of this based on a review elsewhere and gave it away shortly thereafter. An undistinguished fragrance: not awful, but lacking grace and loveliness. I should have known; his clothing designs bore me, too.
09th November, 2005

Bakir by Long Lost Perfume

I second Paloma54; the word that comes to mind immediately is "strange" -- then "deep" and "mysterious." Not a modern fragrance in any sense; idiosyncratic, complex, and not easy to grasp. Never having tried the original, I found mine at Long Lost Perfume. I do love it but have to pick my moments.
09th November, 2005

Mitsouko by Guerlain

I agree with RoseAmber. More than any other fragrance I wear, Mitsouko changes in character depending on my mood and chemistry -- but it always induces a vague sense of melancholy in me. Nonetheless, it is a beautifully constructed, classy scent -- not sweet, rather assertive and angular (melting down to a warm, woody accord), not for the immature or insecure. Puts the modern Guerlains to shame.
09th November, 2005

Fleurissimo by Creed

Created for Princess Grace to wear on her wedding day, this is an elegant and well-behaved floral with notes of tuberose, violet, rose, and lilac. It lacks the depth of florals anchored by spicy or woody notes -- it just floats on the breeze like the fragrance of a spring garden. Lovely, well-bred, and uncomplicated.
09th November, 2005

Bijan by Bijan

I wore this for a few years before getting into more esoteric and challenging fragrances. I must say that although it's a straightforward warm woody floral without any particularly interesting quirks (other than the noticeable patchouli note), it always elicited compliments. The more concentrated forms are richer and deeper than (preferable to, in my view) the EDT.
09th November, 2005

Cristobal pour Homme by Balenciaga

But it is like Joop, minus the godawful synthetic notes. Whether it's a rip-off or an improvement-- Well, it's an improvement. I cannot detect coffee notes, either but that's just me. This one's somewhere between spiced vanilla and inexpensive oriental romantic juice. The down side is the latter part of the drydown which I find both powdery and cloying; I'll pass
09th November, 2005 (last edited: 19th June, 2009)

Boss Soul by Hugo Boss

A very delightful, smooth fragrance, similar to Boss in Motion but deeper yet still. Elicits compliments and is a very pleasant scent to own and wear. Bravo, Hugo Boss. ;-)
09th November, 2005

Boss in Motion by Hugo Boss

A nice, powdery, citrus scent that is reminiscent of others in the wonderful Hugo Boss line (e.g. Boss Soul). It makes me feel relaxed and confident! Love the bottle and how easy it is to control just how much I want to spritz on.
09th November, 2005

Laura Ashley No. 1 (original) by Laura Ashley

(NOTE: The notes listed above and the date of the fragrance's launch are either inaccurate or refer to a different version of this fragrance. The book "Fabulous Fragrances II" also has this same information, so I have to conclude that there was a remake of Laura Ashley No. 1 in 1989. My review is for the mid-1980s version; I purchased my bottle in around 1985. Its notes are included in the review.)

One of my favorite floral chypres. Well blended, very reminiscent of an English garden with its subtle rose. Here's what the leaflet in the perfume box says:

"Laura Ashley No. 1: At the insistence of Bernard Ashley, only the very finest essences of Moroccan rose, Italian iris, and French jasmine are combined to give this fragrance a predominantly floral note--first impressions on spraying the skin are of fresh green jacinthe and delicate orange blossom. Aromatic, herbal tones, such as cedarwood, basil and cinnamon mix with this floral base providing a lasting but subtle perfume. Moss, oak and alpine lichens add a sweeter musky touch to this fresh, light and feminine scent."

This is indeed a slightly green, very fresh floral, not powdery in the least. The oak moss in its base warms it nicely without giving it too much sweetness. A lovely, very English scent. I'm so sorry they discontinued it.
08th November, 2005

Euphoria by Calvin Klein

I get lots of compliments on this, especially as it dries down. I use the gel perfume, which is more subtle, less of a whomp upside the head than the EDP spray. A good fall/winter fragrance, very warm.
08th November, 2005
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Narciso Rodriguez for Her by Narciso Rodriguez

If you love chypres you must try Narciso Rodriguez For Her. This smells retro 1970s to me, and reminds me of another fragrance, which I cannot place. For Her edp is very different from the edt on my skin. When I sampled the edt I wasn't fond of it, as it turned quite bitter on my skin. The edp smells stikingly better on my skin, mostly because the musk notes seem mellow and smooth. The edt and edp are different enough to me that I feel they chould have different names! For Her is a rich, heady, elegant fragrance that is appropriate for occasions where you really want to dress to the nines. I don't think I'll wear this one in a work environment, but instead keep it for special occasions. The bottle is beautiful.
08th November, 2005

Essenza di Zegna Intense by Ermenegildo Zegna

Very summery scent...mostly more of a daytime scent...evoccative of yachting off of the Amalfi coast then spending the afternoon drinking Limoncello in Sorriento while the medeteranian sun shines down on you, warming you, and making you glad to be alive...the scent is not what I'd call romantic, more friendly...this is a scent that doesnt take life too seriously, yet still, it enjoys every minute of it...
08th November, 2005

Rive Gauche pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

*The following is a review for the intense version of this scent* YSL Rive Gauche has to be one of the sexiest men's fragrances out there. A perfect blend of a classic scent and somehting very new and different. it conjures up mental images of partying untill dawn with the jet set...deffinately an evening scent, not really formal, this scent came to party with rockstars and models...then when you finally wake up at noon the next day, you're still smelling good because this scent has a great staying power...my personal favorite of all time...
08th November, 2005

Dunhill Signature by Dunhill

An aggreeable scent, kind of like the original version of Canali...this is a good scent to wear to work as it is very subtle, and everybody seems to like it...my one complaint is that it doesnt have any kind of lasting power, must be re applied often...the scent its self is very fresh, not an evening scent, it is what it is; a pleasant walk through the park in the morning, an ice cream cone on a saturday afternoon, deffiantely a simple pleasure...
08th November, 2005

Rush for Men by Gucci

Mysteriously woodsy with a hint of spice...Rush is a fantastic scent...built somewhat along the same lines as YSL Rive Gauche for men, but not quite as bold...it is a scent for those who like something different, while it seems to be the least appreciated of all of the Gucci scents for men, it is deffinately not the worst, and quite possibly the best, perfect for those long summer afternoons that just melt away into romantic evenings on the town...Rush is as comfortable in LA as it is in NY, subtle, and liked by all, it must be experianced to be fully understood...
08th November, 2005

Rocabar by Hermès

A potent concoction...A ride through the countryside on a starry night...smoky, sensual, mysterious...this fragerance seems like a glimpse into the bygone era of royalty; kings, queens, lords, and ladies...oppulent, rich, and spicy...this fragerance will draw compliments...
08th November, 2005
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