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    By the way I have a MASSIVE sample pack from Luckyscent I received the other day, and I hope to start to get around to.
    Did you pick up that every-scent-available-by-Annick-Goutal special edition sample pack they just e-mailed about? That one screamed my name, as I only actually have one AG sample. But then I'm just never very excited when I smell them in stores, so I ended up passing. But it seemed like a good deal and an easy way to get a house completed, from a collecting samples standpoint.

    Anyway, today I sampled Thierry Mugler B*Men.



    I might lose some niche-snob credibility here, but this has been the most comfortable, enjoyable chocolate patchouli I've ever tried. I'd take this in a heartbeat over the weird-for-the-sake-of-weird Borneo 1834.

    On the skin, I got patchouli with some oranges and some fresh dirt. With time, it took on a cinnamon raisin quality, to the point of smelling a bit like graham crackers and raspberry jam by the afternoon. But the silage throughout was a really nice, not-weird, not-too-sweet chocolate patchouli.

    Thankfully, B*Men manages to ditch everything I disliked about A*Men (the out-of-place lavender and the sticky-sweet overtones are nowhere to be found).

    I'd easily recommend B*Men for someone looking for a nice, non-hippy patchouli or a chocolate scent.
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    ^^^ Nah, I'm not a big fan of AG, too old-school french for my tastes. I've tried a few, but they all don't enthuse me.
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    Today I tested Creed Virgin Island Water.



    This has to be the least-Creed Creed I’ve ever tested. It’s a warm-weather favorite on the womens’ board, and that’s probably why (the ladies of BN don’t seem to be all that enthused about GIT and its ilk…).

    Virgin Island Water kicked off with pleasant coconut silage over citrusy pineapple. With time, the coconut morphed into fig leaf, with undertones of tarragon. The smell on my skin got spicier with time, using the subtle darkness of star anise to play with the tarragon, giving a background depth to a fragrance that could easily have been a silly little girl coconut bomb.

    I can see how some of the ladies here like this as fun little hot-weather refresher. But, as a fully grown man, it feels kind of like a silly novelty on me. All in all, sniffing closely, I can see that some thought and care was put into this, but the big coconut/fig silage is just too fun and girly for me to feel like I can be taken seriously wearing it.

    Recommended for ladies with a sense of playfulness, young girls, or maybe as a fun vacation scent, but Creed or not, I can’t imagine anyone wearing this to a board meeting…
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    I'm too tired right now to review some of the ones I've extensively tested recently, so I'll do a couple of quickies.

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis- Five seconds in.... this is great! This could be my fresh summer scent! 10 seconds in....... and I'm bored. 20 seconds in...... and now I'm starting to get annoyed. Fresh laundry is one of the greatest smells in the world, I have no need to smell like it over a long period, not to mention, this stuff REALLY smells like laundry, do you know how weird it would appear to a bystander to smell someone clearly smelling of laundry?

    Frederic Malle Outrageous!- Outrageously disgusting. I was intrigued by the concept even after trying it a couple of years ago, so I went to try it again during a recent mall trip. It's the fragrant equivalent of sucking on a piece of metal. If that sounds disgusting, it's because it is.

    Parfumerie Generale Cologne Grand Siecle - I've been searching for an EDC-like refreshing scent to apply during the Summer, I was hoping this would fit the bill, since I'm generally a fan of PG, but this was a big YAWN. Lemon plus herbs, next!
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    Re: Aqua Universalis, I liked it at first. The first wearing I thought it was nice - a contender even for a clean/casual 'fresh scent.' But that laundry-esque musk note is a persistent bugger. 12 hours later I could still smell it, strongly, and with each passing hour it grew more synthetic as the supporting notes evaporated away. This along with Cologne Pour Le Soir are my least favorite of the MFK line. I graciously award them 3 stars although to be honest I think they deserve barely over two.

    btw Mtgprox, you should really update your list of tried scents. I'm always intrigued to see just how you rate things.
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    3 from Bois1920. -Agrumi Amari Di Sicilia, and 2 new: Vento di Fiori and Come La Luna.

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    Re: Aqua Universalis, I liked it at first. The first wearing I thought it was nice - a contender even for a clean/casual 'fresh scent.' But that laundry-esque musk note is a persistent bugger. 12 hours later I could still smell it, strongly, and with each passing hour it grew more synthetic as the supporting notes evaporated away. This along with Cologne Pour Le Soir are my least favorite of the MFK line. I graciously award them 3 stars although to be honest I think they deserve barely over two.

    btw Mtgprox, you should really update your list of tried scents. I'm always intrigued to see just how you rate things.
    I know I should, and keep meaning to do so. The problem is I forget to update right when I try something and then I forget what I tried. So it takes me quite a while to go through my samples to find what I didn't rate, but I'll get around to doing it soon enough.
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    Yes, updated wardrobes are a good thing. I just click "tried" on something as soon as I get a sample, and leave the stars blank until I've actually worn something for a whole day (or more, if I'm confused or undecided). It seems like the most anal possible way...

    Today I tested Soie Rouge by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier.



    Apparently, Soie Rouge is part of a late-80's experiment in which MPG tried to eschew traditional old-school ladies' perfume notes in favor of realistic fruits and flowers. While they never seem to get credit for it (or want credit for it), they basically invented the modern fruity floral about a decade before the genre even became a genre.

    Soie Rouge is primarily a carnation scent. For those who don't know, carnation pretty much smells like cloves, but a pinch more bubble-gummy and sweeter. It's paired with apple in the top, which fades to peach in the heart. There's a sort of white smell in there, too, that's somewhere between baby powder and soap. The powdery/soapy carnation brings to mind Caron's Poivre, but the apple/peach is very now, so Soie Rouge is kind of a yin/yang mix of classic "old-lady" and modern sweet fruit that pretty much works, but has a slightly awkward time in the heartnotes where it feels kind of like a weird but pleasant layering experiment, as opposed to an elegantly composed singular work.

    Given a few hours, the whole thing settles into a pleasant, cohesive whole that basically smells like old-school fancy soaps, scented with fruit and spice (imagine the little miniature flower-shaped guest soaps your grandma didn't want you using...). By the evening, the fruit and the soapiness have faded, leaving a mix of Red Hots candy and clove cigarrettes.

    As a historical document, I can appreciate Soie Rouge. It makes perfect sense as the middle point between powdery clovey old-school French perfumes and the modern sweet fruity candied scents. For some who are fans of one of these genres but not the other, it may be a fun bridge into something new. Personally, as a fan of neither one, Soie Rouge doesn't hold that much appeal for me, aside from my general love of all things clove-related.

    Recommended for fans of older clovey scents (like Poivre or Diptyque's original L'Eau) looking for something brighter and just a bit "newer-smelling" or for someone looking for something pleasant and fruity but with a bit more of a classic structure as opposed to the silly candied vanilla backbone given to most current fruity florals.
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    Today I tested Creed Virgin Island Water.

    I can see how some of the ladies here like this as fun little hot-weather refresher. But, as a fully grown man, it feels kind of like a silly novelty on me. All in all, sniffing closely, I can see that some thought and care was put into this, but the big coconut/fig silage is just too fun and girly for me to feel like I can be taken seriously wearing it.

    Recommended for ladies with a sense of playfulness, young girls, or maybe as a fun vacation scent, but Creed or not, I can’t imagine anyone wearing this to a board meeting…

    Yeah, I like it sometimes, but it always feels like I'm wearing some big silly hat or wide polka dotted tie or something.
    Total costume perfumery. I will probably use up my little decant, but I would never go through a whole bottle.

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    Yeah, I like it sometimes, but it always feels like I'm wearing some big silly hat or wide polka dotted tie or something.
    Total costume perfumery. I will probably use up my little decant, but I would never go through a whole bottle.

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    This evening, I tested Tom Ford Urban Musk.



    I have yet to like or even see the point of these Tom Ford Private Collection musks. Urban Musk isn't changing my mind...

    Really, I kind of think white musk as a perfume is kind of dumb. In terms of the world of scents, it's "plain" in the same sense that water is "plain" - Sure, water technically has a flavor, but we just sort of accept it as being a blank slate. White musk has a distinct smell, but it's used as an odorant in so many "plain" or "unscented" products (like white soap or deodorant or laundry products) that it hardly even registers as a distinct smell. As such, in a perfume sprayed on skin, it registers more as a freshly-washed soapy body smell more than a perfume.

    Urban Musk kicks off with that white musk, of course, with noticeable vanilla and a light application of a funkier musk, which hovers somewhere between actual musk funk and a sort of papery rosewood. With a REALLY heavy application, some other nuances come through - lemon in the topnotes, with a tiny pinch of minty freshness and some subtle white flowers playing in the background. But it's mostly just a vanilla musk.

    It dies down to just the white musk after about half an hour, meaning that it basically smells like nothing. Or like a freshly-washed patch of skin, to be more accurate.

    I find Urban Musk kind of pointless as a perfume (unless the point is to spend hundreds of dollars on a "luxury" perfume that no one will ever notice or be offended by, which seems to be the whole White Musk series' actual raison d'être). If you like the idea of a vanilla musk, please hunt down a sample of the much cheaper and vastly superior Love's True Blueish Light by Ava Luxe. If you want that papery funk, check out Vamp. Ava Luxe has a magic touch when it comes to musks, while I'm afraid Tom Ford's magic touch has a lot more to do with making a profit than crafting a fine musk perfume.
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    I like it. It goes well with my polka dot bikini.
    You are dating yourself with that comment! (I guess I am as well with my recognition of same.)
    And this thread reminds me that I MUST categorize and review my recent samples. Homme or Femme.
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    Today I sampled Atelier d'Artiste by Nez à Nez.



    A perfect example of a true "niche" scent. The company who makes it is tiny, it's hard to find, the scent's purpose is clearly to be artful as opposed to commercially popular, and it's so uniquely interesting that it's actually it bit awkward to wear. All in all, only a very small niche of the perfume market will ever buy this (or even hear about it).

    For the first few of hours, Atelier d'Artiste is mainly about a distinctive mix of tobacco, coffee, and wood. The tobacco is somewhere between the pipe tobacco made famous by SDV or Tobacco Vanille and the smell of a freshly-opened pack of cigarettes. Through the heart, the coffee is more of a darkness than a specific note. And the wood is a sort of antique teak wood mixed with cherry wood. There's a shot of lavender in the top, perhaps intended as a brightener or a little wink to A*Men's groundbreaking coffee/lavender/patchouli mixture. There's also a non-distinct sweet berry in there (listed in the notes as raspberry and grapes), giving a fruity sweet quality to the tobacco. Also included is caraway, which give a weirdly-disconcerting note of rye bread. And booze. And later on it becomes a coffee/amber/patchouli.

    So that's a lot of notes - what does it smell like? Well, it's very distinctive. Through the heart, the silage was a pretty kick-ass fruity woodsy very-expensive cigar smell. The smell on skin was where it really got wacky, however. Have you ever been into a really, really old bar that at one time was very fancy? There's that smell of old wood panelling and antique furniture that have spent decades soaking up the smells of stale booze, coffee, and cigarette smoke. Or, have you ever smelled a house after a flood? When there's rot and mold in the walls. Imagine a smell that's sort of the old bar smell and sort of the flooded house smell, but with fruit on top and a shot of rye bread making the whole thing even weirder.

    Given time, a nice patchouli/amber swells up and swallows pretty much everything but the coffee note, leaving a nice sweet-but-not-gourmand base.

    Atelier d'Artiste keeps reminding me of L'Artisan's Passage d'Enfer, with its spot-on recreation of the smell of a Chinese antique and herb store. It's not that they smell alike (though they do share that boozy antique wood aroma). It's that both of them strike me as incredibly well made, very interesting scents that I admire, but don't necessarily want to walk around smelling like. Aftelier goes a long way to quench that, though, by somehow keeping a lot of the weirdness out of the silage, so those around you won't really smell the rye bread or the floorboard mold, so I'll give it credit for that.

    All things considered, I'd definitely recommend sampling Atelier d'Artiste. For those making the leap into heavy niche, it's a great example of a really well-made scent that wants to be real art instead of just existing for the commonplace functionality of making someone smell perfumed. For those with a fully-developed taste for the adventurous, Atelier could easily be grail material, especially it your tastes run towards coffee, tobacco, or out-there woody scents.
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    Martine Micallef Shanaan

    If it's not oud, as the flavor of the moment in the fragrance world, than it most certainly is incense. EVERY house must throw their interpretation of the theme into an already over-crowded pool of incense fragrances, and this is M. Micallef's entry. The opening is a veritable cacophony of high quality frankincense, it's crystal clear, and cool, very reminiscent (to my nose) of the incense of CDG Kyoto. I find Kyoto's incense strident and chilly, and I feel the same about Shanaan, at least in the beginning. There are two directions, I've found, that houses tend to go with their incense fragrances. There are the steel-y, sometimes church-y , smoky incense, a la Kyoto and Zagorsk. Then there are the incenses juxtaposed against warm, sweet basenotes, like my personal favorite Josef Statkus. Well, Shanaan, represents a neat duality, moving from one of these types of incenses to the other. The top notes, I find void of much sweetness at all, like I said reminding me very much of Kyoto. But, in a bizarre magic act, the almost incense soliflore of the topnotes begins to crumble, revealing a lovely cedar and vanilla base, with small remnants of the incense from the topnotes rounding out the new accord. It almost feels as if you're wearing two completely different fragrances with Shanaan. I can't really think of any other fragrance in which I've experienced such a drastic evolution as I did with Shanaan, yet that being said, I much prefer Josef Statkus to this. I do like it, and find it to use high quality ingredients, but it's bizarre and aloof, and not really friendly, if you know what I mean. If I want that cold incense, I'll choose Kyoto, and if I want my warm and cozy incense I'll choose Josef Statkus, I don't really need them both in the same fragrance. By the way, it's a stunning bottle isn't it?
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    By the way, it's a stunning bottle isn't it?
    Have you seen one in person? I haven't. I could see it feeling cheap if it's too light, but really nice if it has that heavy crystal feel. Someday I just need to make the 8 hour dive to ScentBar and see everything there...

    Anyway, A couple of days ago, I tested Green by Byredo.



    Green is one of those scents I’ve smelled many times in the store, and always found kind of gross. But I’m not one to turn down a free sample, so I took one the last time I bought something at Barneys and figured I might as well give it a chance.

    Thankfully, all that dark, mossy grossness somehow magically transformed to something wonderful on my skin. Imagine a bag of fresh lawn clippings, but distilled down to a deep, dark, concentrated essence. Then top that with a pinch of citrus and some Malle-esque sharp, medicinal vetiver (just enough to provide the needed brightness, not enough to smell like a moldy old hospital). The end result was a surprisingly-balanced dark (but not gloomy) green. I’ve never smelled really upfront galbanum before, but that’s apparently the major component of this. I now consider myself a big fan.

    Then, after about 15 minutes, the whole wonderful thing collapsed. In some sort of horrifying perfume failure, the strong, vibrant top was almost instantaneously replaced by a weak soapy base, still tinted green by the remaining galbanum and with some flowers adding to the soapy appeal. To be fair, the green soapy base is pleasant (kind of like a greener, less synthetic Mugler cologne with a renegade honeysuckle note giving it a little dirt). If the transcendent topnotes had slowly morphed into the floral green soapy base over the course of hours, I’d be shouting from the rooftops. But there’s a palpable sense of loss when the topnotes fade. And they’re so strong that they killed my nose, making it tough for me to even smell the base for a while, leaving an awkward olfactory silence before my nose readjusted to recognize the presence of the basenotes.

    So, in the end, I like the smell of Green. Really like it. But it’s an artistic winner that ends up losing on technical merit. If the potency of the base simply matched the topnotes, it would theoretically be a 5-star scent for me, but it falls into that trap where the top would be overpowering and terrifying if you sprayed enough to fully appreciate the basenotes (I find the same technical flaw in Rose 31, for example).

    I suppose I could keep spraying this over and over like a classic cologne, but, realistically, Byredo is just too expensive for that to be a reasonable option. I can only hope that some day they’ll come out with a Green Intense or something…
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    Yesterday I sampled Guerlain Heritage (the EDP formulation).


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    Talk about a let-down.

    Maybe BN hype had me expecting way too much from Heritage, but this dusty cardboard box of “meh” certainly didn’t have me dancing for joy. To be fair, it did eventually dry down to a pleasant guerlinade base, but you can get that in waaaaaay better Guerlains than this.

    I wondered if Heritage was popular simply because it’s one of the very few sold-as-masculine Guerlains to have the guerlinade base (seriously, if that’s what you’re after, you’d be better off wandering over to the women’s side for L’Heure Bleue or Mitsouko, or the unisex Cologne du 68, or just save your pennies and track down a bottle of SDV).

    But then I saw MysteryBuff40’s great review, where he laid down the differences between the different formulations. Apparently, the current EDP is the lame duck and I should track down the classic EDT for lemony lavender goodness. Sadly, I’m not a big fan of aromatic lavender/lemon-topped classics, so I think I’ll skip it, but thanks for the advice! With the exception of Vetiver, I guess I’m a women’s Guerlain kind of guy…
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    Today I sampled The Different Company Un Parfum de Charmes et Feuilles.



    Charmes et Feuilles is described by The Different Company as a mystic shamanic garden, redolent of spices and flowers, especially sage and an especially indolic jasmine sambac. Honestly, this is one of those scents where I simply can’t match what I’m smelling to what it’s advertised as smelling like.

    In the top, I got a confusing flowery, fruit-juice-soaked cedar-filled hamster cage (complete with hamster pee – maybe that’s the indoles???) I love jasmine and sage, and couldn’t find them here to save my life. It stayed pretty linear, though the flowers faded and the whole thing came together more cohesively into a smell somewhere between a bag of pre-fertilized mulch and that chemically-treated bark you put on a flower bed to keep weeds from growing.

    If this were some sort of Demeter “Suburban Garden” scent, I’d give it 3 stars for accuracy, but I’m not really buying this as a hyper-expensive artsy niche scent. I guess they got the garden part of their description right, but it comes off as more of a chemically-treated 50’s American suburban flower bed than an enchanted garden of magic and fairies. Maybe my nose just isn’t ready for this, but Charmes et Feuilles just isn’t for me.
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    I have a feeling it's of high quality. I have a bottle of Micallef, though not the same bottle style, and it's very well made.
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    I got my samples of Humiecki & Graef's Multiple Rouge, Geste and Askew.

    Askew~
    I get a medicinal top notes of Birch Tar and it is quickly mellowed out by the ginger and grapefruit. Egyptian mimosa comes in about 20 min..giving this Aqua Leather a wine cooler effect..Its crazy..I have to keep testing..
    Geste~
    soft amber, musk, soft violet petals, soft fir resin are the notes listed from luckyscent.com ... This opens with a clean laundry and fresh baked bread accord. Its weird because under those top notes a musky fir resin makes this feel like a clean dog was rubbing against you..but its GOOD..Fir Lovers would love this one...When they say soft amber and violets thats what you get...still testing tho...I love this one..
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    Megatropolis, that Askew sounds really interesting. I like my birch tar, and pairing it with mimosa, ginger, and grapefruit?! I need to try that...

    Today I sampled Paul Smith Story.



    Why do some of the most expensive, exclusive designers out there have some of the most-discounted, cheaply-available scents? To the point that most anyone who buys this has probably never even heard of a Paul Smith suit...

    The top of Story seems to belong to the Mugler Cologne/Original Vetiver school of green citrus with just a touch of grassy vetiver. But Story uses grapefruit while its competition uses mostly neroli. In perfume, grapefruit can be tricky. There are notes in it that can smell downright putrid - some scents use the putrid qualities on purpose. Story uses the off notes. To the point where I smell the fetid qualities of the grapefruit more than the actual juicy fruit. It's paired with something salty, and some black pepper comes in, too. All together, Story is mostly just a nice, bright, green frag with a touch of salt. The funk is subtle, but definitely there (to the point that I didn't really enjoy the topnotes, but your experience may vary...).

    Given time, the salt and the grapefruit fade, leaving the black pepper and the vetiver. This vetiver heart is pretty nice, but Paul Smith keeps the background funk in place with some very subtle but discernable cumin. The overall smell is nice, but nose to arm, I get a stangely spiced brew that kind of reminds me of vetiver mixed with gravy.

    By the base, the pepper and the weird gravy have faded, leaving mostly vetiver, joined by some subtle woods.

    Honestly, if I had discovered Story when I was younger, I probably would have loved it, but now that I know its competition, I wouldn't bother. I'll stick to my Original Vetiver, thank you. But, to be fair, you could do a lot worse for $20 or so...
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    Sampled 3 today at Nordstrom:

    1) Terre d'Hermes Parfum - I've had this on a couple of hours and it seems like they improved upon everything I didn't like about the EdT... It's very similar with a few minor tweaks, but they seem to make all the difference... The EdT wasn't bottle worthy for me, but this very well could be...

    2) Burberry London Special Edition - The spiced apple in this make this even more of a Thanksgiving / holiday scent than the original. What I like about this one is that you can smell the progression from top to middle to base, whereas the original went from top to base very quickly. Interesting scent, but I don't think I'll be buying it...

    3) John Varvatos L'Artisan Black - I only sampled the original L'Artisan a few times when it came out, so maybe I don't have the frame of reference but this smells almost exactly like the original to me... Maybe it smells slightly less like a cleanser in the top notes and lasts a little longer overall, but otherwise very similar... JV is now 0 for 4 with me... The bottle looks great though...

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    That Micallef bottle almost looks stunning, except for that very Microsoft Word art type font used for "Shanaan." Is it just me or does that font look really cheap and tacky?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    That Micallef bottle almost looks stunning, except for that very Microsoft Word art type font used for "Shanaan." Is it just me or does that font look really cheap and tacky?
    I'm not going to lie, I didn't even see the Shanaan on there. Yea, it does sort of look cheap. Hmm, though I'm not really fashion forward, I'm really not the right person to comment on what is and isn't tacky, I wouldn't have the slightest clue of what type font would make it look better, but it doesn't really look like it fits right now.
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    Back from a quick (no time for sniffing - doh!) business trip where I alternated between Original Vetiver and Miyake's A Scent (which really grew on me in the heat of Miami), today I'm testing Guerlain L'Instant Magic.



    This is essentially a loukhoum scent, with its almond/rose/cherry/powdery vanilla mix. It starts off sweet and ends on more of a powdery almond note. As far as loukhoums go, L'Instant Magic is more wearable than most, because even at its sweetest, it's never THAT sweet, and it's never ridiculously powdery. If you like the idea of a loukhoum frag, but are turned off by the ridiculous powdery vanilla that usually defines the genre, I'd suggest L'Instant Magic as a more wearable alternative. Oh, and you can find it quite inexpensively online.

    Side note: This seems to be a flanker to the womens' L'Intant, not the mens. It doesn't have any of the fennel seed and, sadly, no guerlinade base.
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    I've recently sampled Frederic Malle's Noir Epices. Nice, spicy rose with a bit of fruit. It reminds me a lot of Guerlain's Nahema.

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    Today I sampled Gendarme EDP.



    Linear green soapy smell for people who don't like perfume. Apparently, Gendarme is the granddaddy of the fresh laundry "soap & water clean" scents that are popular today (Clean, Philosophy, A Scent, etc.) and it does just that. Officially, the notes include verbena, thyme, and leather, but they all come together into a seamless smell that's somewhere between soap and fabric softener, with a semi-dark green tinge to it.

    Smell-wise, I personally think Miyake's A Scent or Chanel's Cristal Eau Verte beat Gendarme at its own game, but Gendarme wins hands-down for strength and longevity (traits usually missing from these sorts of scents). 11 hours later, it's going strong and I still smell like I just put on clothes warm from the dryer. All in all, that's not what I'm looking for in a perfume, but I appreciate that this would appeal to people who don't like big flowery perfumes or masculine powerhouses. And if I were stuck in a fragrance-sensitive workplace, I could easily see getting a lot of use out of Gendarme.
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    Today I sampled Gendarme V.



    Soapy vetiver. But not like you'd think. This isn't the soapy vetiver of Mugler cologne, but more like the smell of a fancy soap that smells like vetiver.

    The vetiver is paired with lemongrass on top, and later a nice rose geranium, but it's always very much a part of the soapiness. Like the Gendarme EDP I wore yesterday, this is really a fragrance for people who hate perfume and just want to smell "clean".

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