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New Haarlem is a superb woody oriental fragrance designed by the esteemed Maurice Roucel. Roucel also created the wonderful Rochas Man. I do not consider these two fragrances to be clones. New Haarlem is all about coffee, dark rich coffee exquisitely paired with a lavender-maple syrup accord and a cedarwood note that is a very effective bridge between the primary accords, while simultaneously providing a sturdy base for the entire structure. Rochas Man is centered on a lavender-chocolate accord, with a faint coffee sidekick. I agree with others that as the dry down occurs, New Haarlem more closely resembles Rochas Man. However, in the end, the the rich coffee note and how it gracefully interweaves with the vanilla note is what makes New Haarlem work so well. New Haarlem is a relatively complex scent, certainly more so than Rochas Man. I can't think of a more delicious gourmand than New Haarlem, although I'm open to suggestions, as I know they are legion.
20th December, 2011