Okay, long-promised reviews follow:
First, I did like the descriptions of two of the scents that are marketed as feminine and I was investigating as crossover and also, to potentially give as gifts..
Aoud Queen Roses- This is a luxuriant and heady scent. It just keeps booming along. You get fragrance fatigue and don't notice it as much after about 15 mins, but the sillage keeps going on.
Chypre Vanille - I like both Chypre and Vanille and so picked this. It is very nice, good sillage and longevity. There is another note prominent in the top and mid that I can't identify.
Unfortunately for my crossover plans, these are both very feminine to my nose and while I'd enjoy getting close to a lady wearing either one, I don't think I could pull off either one on me.
I'm note sure I've got the name exactly correct, but Greystone: This caused headache, so I can't really give a review. This is one of about 4 scents I've come across that I've had this reaction to.
Fougeres Marines - I tried to like this. The top and mid notes are nice and well designed. Good longevity and sillage as well. Unfortunately, I think that marine scents are simply not to my taste. Vijay also sent 'Mare' by Creative Universe and that confirmed it, I just don't get marine scents.
Sandflowers - Unlike the other Montales, this one doesn't come off strong on me. It might be that it is designed to be a more subtle scent. The second time I tried it (today) I can smell sand! What a creative idea! Overall, this is sweet and subtle. The sweetness is hard to place. It does not strike me as floral or citrus sweetness, I'd say a melon-type sweetness like honeydew, if anything. It's a nice scent I have no difficultly wearing, but it doesn't do much for me other than the creative difference of the sand element.
I'm going to plow on and cover some of the other stuff I've been sampling because I can't remember which ones Vijay sent along and which ones are from other places.
John Mac Steed - (blue tartan) - sweet, mild and innocuous. Longevity was ok, sillage was pretty much nonexistant. I don't have anything against it, but also nothing really for it.
Quimbaya - This is likeable, subtle (decent longevity, low sillage on me) there are some different notes in this that mark it apart, but I found it to be a sweet, but not terribly distinctive scent. I could take it or leave it.
Jean Pascal - This I really like. Good longevity, good sillage. It's a manly man scent. The depth of this really got me. It is one of the most nonlinear scents I've encountered. It goes from some typical cologne top notes to a middle that reminds me a bit of Aramis, to a smooth, genteel leather bottom. I went back to Vijay's site, to check the pricing and was stunned at how affordable this is ($35 for 4 oz). Cut an order last night.
The Amouage Gold I tried once and need to try again before I come to conclusions. So I still owe a review.
Let me disclaim a bit. I know I don't have the best nose. The reviews I've read by some of the other BNers here show many more notes than I can pick out. If I seem to be panning a complex favorite of yours it's probably just that I'm oblivious to what you experience. It may also be familiarity with individual notes. I cook a lot and have much more success figuring out what herbs and spices went into things than dissecting fragrances. My tastes also run strongly to bold masculine scents, usually fougere or orientals, although I do have some florals in my wardrobe.