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    Default Re: What female scents are even deadlier on the male?

    Assid, l love the Blondie references! Alien was a revelation to me with its otherwordly, "supersonic" jasmine, & immediately became a favourite in my wardrobe. l get lots of compliments on it, too. l learned quickly never to wear it in hot weather though; it can get too much in the heat.

    l would love to hear your thoughts on the Essence Absolue version if you get the chance to try it. It's a more oriental fragrance, with softer jasmine, some smoky vanilla & woods, & much more wearable for a man, l think.
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southerngardens View Post
    Thierry Mugler's Alien is a monster on all fronts. It has monster longevity and casts monster sillage! Even I haven't the fortitude to wear it in public and that is saying a lot about Alien! She's a bitch to contend with.
    Absolutely.

    I've worn Opium. Obsession. Coco and even No.5 in public. But never before have I felt so ostentatiously fragranced - this is a sheer wall of unrestrained and powerful feminine sexuality!

    It's a breathtaking piece of work though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Assid, l love the Blondie references! Alien was a revelation to me with its otherwordly, "supersonic" jasmine, & immediately became a favourite in my wardrobe. l get lots of compliments on it, too. l learned quickly never to wear it in hot weather though; it can get too much in the heat.

    l would love to hear your thoughts on the Essence Absolue version if you get the chance to try it. It's a more oriental fragrance, with softer jasmine, some smoky vanilla & woods, & much more wearable for a man, l think.
    Thank you teardrop.

    Wearing Alien, I thought what kind of woman could wear this and not even bat an eyelid?

    An Atomic one, of course.

    This is Deborah Harry's snarl made scent.

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    Dear All

    When I started this thread last November I really had no idea of the response it would elicit.

    To date I've had just short of 500 suggestions.

    That means that just over 5% of all the fragrances in the Fragrantica database are, in your collective view, marketed at women, but just as good for men to wear.

    In a spirit of sharing the joy, and in response to a clutch of requests by personal message, on Saturdays from now on I'm going to be running through 20 of the recommendations in the order you suggested them.

    These don't include any that have already made the top 10, or won the poll on the sister thread

    What women's fragrance should this man wear tomorrow? You decide!

    You can check these out on there or in my review history.

    I hope the list will inspire you to try some of your fellow Fragranticans' favourites, bring some fresh inspiration for some new must try fragrances and encourage you to support some that have been put forward but haven't quite made it onto the top 10 list.

    So here goes.

    In order of appearance:

    Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon

    Moschino Moschino

    Montana Parfum de Peau

    Donna Karan DKNY

    Chantecaille Vetyver

    Lancome O de Lancome

    Guerlain Samsara

    Gucci Gucci Guilty Intense

    Cacharel Eden

    Lolita Lempicka Coral Flower

    Fendi Fendi Theorema

    Banana Republic Rosewood

    Hermes Rouge Hermes Eau Delicate

    Bvlgari BLV Eau de Parfum II

    Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights

    Ralph Lauren Safari

    L`Occitane en Provence Eau d'Iparie

    Roger & Gallet Cedrat

    Pierre Balmain MissBalmain

    Givenchy Givenchy III

    Here's to a great smelling weekend.

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    Now I heard a story of how lovely Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon smelt on a man and it has piqued my interest. I vote for Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon.
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    Default Re: What female scents are even deadlier on the male?

    I second Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon.

    Because it's got the word "dragon" in it.

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    I could never understand this obsession with Tabu. I've seriously never smelled a cheaper, more offensive fragrance. I gave it several whirls during my lifetime, for the sheer popularity of it (even my previous most-hated fragrance, Georgio Beverly Hills, eventually ended up not vomit-inducing), and still - I just don't understand WHY Tabu is so popular.

    Thank you for your very detailed and descriptive analysis. But my nose continues to object.

    I'll give it another 5 years.

    P.S. In my lifetime, the second most overrated fragrance is Fracas. To me, they're very similar it the - pardon the term - offensiveness. There is clearly something I do not get - as both are icons, pretty much.

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    Towards the topic, though (and, yes, this is my primary fragrance love - period), I think Lapidus' Envol (difficult to source in its original formula, and a non-starter in the fakes) and Lapidus' Vu (even more diffucult) are that male scent that ended up classified as female but are that universal intoxicating brew.

    To me - particularly the Envol, which has a deep, sultry, seductive, sexy note on the drydown (if you source the parfum concentration - you can't miss it). If you ever venture on eBay, my suggestion is - be THOROUGHLY familiar with the font. A LOT of fakes out there, about 80% are fake.
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    Roger & Gallet Cedrat . . . good one !

    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26128615.html

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    Thought of one more. Mystere de Rochas.
    Veni, Vidi, Visa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    I second Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon.

    Because it's got the word "dragon" in it.
    Splendid perfume - and a great pair of reasons for voting for it - I'm sure it will make the top 100 this week and who knows from there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FroFro View Post
    I could never understand this obsession with Tabu. I've seriously never smelled a cheaper, more offensive fragrance. I gave it several whirls during my lifetime, for the sheer popularity of it (even my previous most-hated fragrance, Georgio Beverly Hills, eventually ended up not vomit-inducing), and still - I just don't understand WHY Tabu is so popular.

    Thank you for your very detailed and descriptive analysis. But my nose continues to object.

    I'll give it another 5 years.

    P.S. In my lifetime, the second most overrated fragrance is Fracas. To me, they're very similar it the - pardon the term - offensiveness. There is clearly something I do not get - as both are icons, pretty much.

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    Towards the topic, though (and, yes, this is my primary fragrance love - period), I think Lapidus' Envol (difficult to source in its original formula, and a non-starter in the fakes) and Lapidus' Vu (even more diffucult) are that male scent that ended up classified as female but are that universal intoxicating brew.

    To me - particularly the Envol, which has a deep, sultry, seductive, sexy note on the drydown (if you source the parfum concentration - you can't miss it). If you ever venture on eBay, my suggestion is - be THOROUGHLY familiar with the font. A LOT of fakes out there, about 80% are fake.
    Ah. Tabu. My goodness it seems so long ago now....

    Yes, I can quite imagine this being wholly offensive. There is something of my organic floor cleaner about it for example. But detergent or not, it had something for me.

    Thank you for the Lapidus suggestions and I think I may know somewhere that keeps them.

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    Thought of one more. Mystere de Rochas.
    Great. Some new suggestions to add to the ever-expanding list.

    Finally though, we move on to another day...

    It's just coming up to one am, London. The lines are closed. Voting is over.

    Today, Monday 14th January 2013, it's Estee's day again as the lady does the hat-trick and I'll be wearing...

    Estée Lauder Private Collection



    What will I wear next on Tuesday 15th January? Choose from the following 10:

    Prada Prada (Amber)

    Estée Lauder Aliage

    Elizabeth Arden Green Tea

    Dior Diorella

    Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Rouge

    Yves Saint Laurent Nu

    Dior Dune

    Thierry Mugler Womanity

    Dior La Collection Couturier Parfumeur Mitzah

    Or the newcomer....

    Givenchy Givenchy III

    Remember all previous votes count towards a fragrance's running total and every participant gets a new vote every day!

    You have just under twenty four hours... starting now.

    The next review is on its way, in the meantime...

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    Thierry Mugler Alien

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    Dior Dune . . . curious about this one.

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    I still vote for Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon as it is complex with basenotes as mid and top notes. How interesting!
    I'm not OLD...I'm VINTAGE!
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    I vote for Dune.

    What about Aromatics Elixir, did you end up trying it? I have an old mini and I thought it had gone off. Then I read the reviews and now I wonder if it's just supposed to smell like that!
    Currently wearing: 1 Million by Paco Rabanne

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    It's just coming up to one am, London. The lines are closed. Voting is over.

    Today, Tuesday 15th January 2013, finally unseating Estee from her throne and winning by a country mile it's...

    Yves Saint Laurent Nu

    What will I wear next on Wednesday 16th January? Choose from the following 10:

    Prada Prada (Amber)

    Estée Lauder Aliage

    Elizabeth Arden Green Tea

    Dior Diorella

    Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Rouge

    Dior Dune

    Thierry Mugler Womanity

    Dior La Collection Couturier Parfumeur Mitzah

    Givenchy Givenchy III

    Or the newcomer....

    Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon

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    You have just under twenty four hours... starting now.

    The next review is on its way...

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    Coco Chanel

    Big. Blousy. Really rather beautiful.

    There were two 1980s.

    The one where women wore military cut pencil skirt suits with NFL shoulder pads and went to work on Wall Street.

    Where the females of the species needed bigger balls than all the males and shorter fuses than fourth of July fireworks just to get ahead.

    Then there was a world of femmes fatales with huge soft perms and wardrobes of endless satin negligees that slipped effortlessly to shag pile bathroom floors permitting pedicured feet to slip into 36 inch deep baths of milky eau and sky high bubbles.

    This was the world of Coco.

    A world of interiors of unabashed retro-romantic re-imaginings.

    Enter now the faux Roman Spa bathroom and grasp an incautious glimpse of our deshabille heroine.

    First inhale the rich pot pouri of orange, peach, pomegranate and rose petal.

    Then catch an unawares hostess' perfume: a textbook floriental of rose again, and jasmine and orange blossom cut through with clove.

    Finally a resinous wave of bath oils as you approach reaching out to the alabaster skin... you pause... amber, sandalwood, labandum and the animal sexuality of the Diana of the sunken corner bath suite.

    No, no. You retreat. You must not touch what you cannot afford.

    And this is a rich beauty priced high above rubies.

    Less is less. More is More.

    Excess is best.

    ***

    More than a dozen years after the death of Gabrielle and a decade after the launch of Cristalle, it was time to ring the changes at Chanel: to herald the dawn of a brave new world.

    The world of cool as ice creations such as No19 was long gone, their sparse feminism to be replaced with an enormous outpouring of fin de siecle flouncing femininity.

    No perfume encapsulates these gestural sexual politics better than Coco.

    So these new attitudes divided, so does the perfume.

    Some encounter classic rose and sandalwood. Others an almost fruity almost sweet vanilla that betrays much of what was to follow within a decade. Another house holds that this is a grand floral, while still others cry animalic wood.

    In truth this apparent confusion belies the truth: Coco is complex.

    A perfume that sought to be everything to every man, just as it could be argued women everywhere found themselves having to do just that at just the same time.

    And yet, and yet, the overall effect is not of confusion but of a confident coherence that brings contentment to all who encounter it.

    This scent maybe identity crisis underneath, but on the surface it's a mini-series superstar.

    Oh yes and my goodness did it, for better or for worse, change the game.

    The cry went up:

    'Madame Chanel is most definitely dead. Long live Coco.'

    Oh, and today, can a man wear it?

    Hell why not if he's got the hotel room to go with it!

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    I hold my vote for Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon.
    I'm not OLD...I'm VINTAGE!
    Currently wearing: No. 19 by Chanel

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    Quote Originally Posted by My_pep_pep View Post
    I vote for Dune.

    What about Aromatics Elixir, did you end up trying it? I have an old mini and I thought it had gone off. Then I read the reviews and now I wonder if it's just supposed to smell like that!
    Well. Aromatics Elixir is one I haven't tried out yet, it's on the cusp of the top 10 - so I'm guessing will be around in the next few days!

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    Very nice reviews.

    I vote Dune, it's one I want to try but keep forgetting about. Le Baiser Du Dragon is easy to wear and nice.

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    Ah, the South of France...

    Lalique Lalique Le Parfum

    The best brand new sports car kind of a smell.

    Not your floor-slung, sci-fi alien-angular, luminescent yellow 'babe wagon', beloved by a hip hop superstars and their goatee-bearded devotees this though.

    Think metallic sky blue beautifully curvaceous body and soft too-pampered-to-smell-of-animal cream leather interior. Think walnut and chrome dash. Think Grace Kelly at the wheel in an equally creamy crisp yet billowing silk halter neck just-so blouse.

    Think unashamed neat as a pin girl next door then more glamour.

    Think unassuming elegance.

    In fact don't think, let yourself be taken for the drive of your life.

    Grace slips you through the gears without skipping a beat or clipping a corner; a ride as smooth as almond creme brulee vanilla.

    At cruising speed the roadside fields are an heliotropic blur of bay, patchouli and sweet peppercorns.

    Grace herself is grace itself, a gentle jasmine, bergamot and sandalwood cloud of loveliness surrounding her.

    You take the coast road all cliffs seem slopes and curves the curls at the corner of a smile.

    Please, please don't let the journey end the way it did.

    Let the drive go on forever.

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    If a finely tuned retro auto fresh from the showroom were a scent it would le Parfum by Lalique.

    This rich vanilla eases out all the creases in the day like a gloriously smooth suspension.

    Vanilla maybe the start, beginning and the end here, but whilst it's all about the pod there are enough landmarks on the journey to make sure this is more scenic route than highway slog.

    Bergamot lends a citrus shine to the opening, whilst heliotrope (analogue) and jasmine add a degree of floral complexity to the middle and patchouli an element of darkness to the slightly dusky dry down.

    Some may think this scent straightforward and predictable, anemic even.

    No: the beauty lies not only in the design here but in the subtlety of engineering that delivers an effortless experience and makes the drive an unadulterated pleasure.

    Oh, and in this car Grace and her male companion would have been safe the whole day through.

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    It's just coming up to midnight(ish), London. The lines are closed. Voting is over.

    Tomorrow, Wednesday 16th January 2013, following a three way tie, the longest serving entry on the top ten gets its turn in the limelight...

    Prada Prada (Amber)

    What will I wear next on Thursday 17th January? Choose from the following 10:


    Estée Lauder Aliage

    Elizabeth Arden Green Tea

    Dior Diorella

    Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Rouge

    Dior Dune

    Thierry Mugler Womanity

    Dior La Collection Couturier Parfumeur Mitzah

    Givenchy Givenchy III

    Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon

    Or the newcomer....

    Kenzo Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant

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    Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon

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    Dior Dune . . . thanks.

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    Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon
    I'm not OLD...I'm VINTAGE!
    Currently wearing: No. 19 by Chanel

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    It's just past 2am, London. The lines are closed. Voting is over.

    Today, Thursday 17th January 2013, he gasps in trepidation, it's....

    Thierry Mugler Womanity

    What will I wear next on Friday 18th January? Choose from the following 10:

    Estée Lauder Aliage

    Elizabeth Arden Green Tea

    Dior Diorella

    Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Rouge

    Dior Dune

    Dior La Collection Couturier Parfumeur Mitzah

    Givenchy Givenchy III

    Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon

    Kenzo Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant

    Or the newcomer...

    Robert Piguet Fracas

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    Well after tomorrow's 'treat' I may well be needing something of industrial strength to hose down with.

    Perhaps I'll consider...

    Dolce&Gabbana D&G Light Blue

    What starts as spry tarte au citron becomes, sadly and all too swiftly, lacklustre lemon bathroom cleaner.

    An opening burst of freshly squeezed Sicilian citrus is exhilarating. Paired with a subtle puff pastry-like wood oven smell it promises so much. A light dusting of icing sugar lifting the whole to the status of a truly sublime pie.

    But blink and it's gone, for by way of cloying lemon curd, in short minutes all is turned to sunken souffle first then gee-wizz generic ceramic and enamel miracle clean creme.

    Florals so unspecific that they are undeserving of names fly by before everything settles down to a silly sweetness that smells more of good sanitation than fine fragrance.

    The overall effect is strangely, suffocatingly comforting. An exercise in apparent inoffensiveness.

    Classy, like a well kept water closet in a just short of luxury hotel.


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    To compose a scent so completely of a single note is an act of bravery, or in the case of D&G Light Blue something that seems more akin to bloody-minded bravado.

    The best minimalist perfumes, like the music and the architecture of the same name, deceive with their hidden complexities and depth.

    They modulate where they appear not to change. Have acres of back story and back stairs behind false walls.

    Structurally they are engineered to perfection.

    That is this scent's failing. It lacks both the complexity required to retain our interest and the structural supports to sustain the first high, clear note that is all it ever had to say.

    These key components missing nothing remains but gradual dissipation, dilapidation and mostly disappointment.

    Ultimately everything falls away to the very edge of being merely functional fragrance.

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    Voting for Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant.

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    Voting for Fracas!
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    A technicolor temptress to start our triple bill from the studios of Estee Lauder...

    Estée Lauder Youth-Dew

    This is the star perfume, so it appears, that has the power to divide opinion as no other does.

    And why? Because she is so much, so unapologetically, so unmistakably herself.

    And of what does this nigh on sixty year old smell? Well, of herself of course: unapologetically, unmistakably herself.

    Wherever she goes, whenever she goes she is recognised in an instant: the greatest star of yesteryear that she truly is.

    And whether we remember her fondly or not? Well that depends on which of her roles we call to mind when her entirely distinct scent comes to meet our olfactory senses.

    To some she is the fresh young face of a blossoming, even burgeoning teenage sexuality that her double entendre of name suggests. All sparkling aldehydes and citric sense of fun at the start of screen career.

    To others she will always be that oh-so-confident-and-pretty and not-so-goody-two-shoes-as-they-think-she-is best (not really) girlfriend who borrows your beautiful frock only to return it after that date has gone by. In this role she was spicy and knowing but with a muskiness that hinted at an animal within, and goings on in your dress you'd rather not have known about.

    Or is she that painful woman, who gripes about everyone else in the office to you and about you to everyone else in the office? Passing her days playing politics and not getting a stitch done. Eminently dislikable in a floral maxi dress, she got the Oscar for this, her most difficult part.

    Or, finally, is she that game, generously giving maiden aunt she played in her comeback flick? All sweetness and light, dispensing love, sound advice and sweet vanilla candy that also serves to disguise the swift cigarette she sneaked just before you arrived.

    In truth she is all of the above, but also always herself. And therein lies the problem: this scent is the real deal film star who steals every scene.

    She always gets the attention, is always the one that everyone remembers, gets mixed up with her characters, good and bad. Ultimately she leaves everyone else, including you, in the shade.

    And who wants to be the bit part player all the time?



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    In 1953 when looking to create a star, Estee Lauder threw everything it had, and then some, at Youth Dew.

    The result was a sensation.

    But like all great screen legends, beneath that sixteen feet high persona there was a very complicated being.

    To talk of notes seems almost superfluous, there are just so many strands to this scent's bow. And the result? Well it smells like Youth Dew.

    Like perhaps just a hand full of fragrances this has some to smell distinctly of itself and to attach itself distinctly to the person wearing it, filtering our perception of both person and perfume.

    Scent brings with it the most emotional baggage of any sense and a perfume as perfectly recognisable as this is very heavily weighed down. In our minds it is our teenage years, our love/hate friend next door, our co-worker or aunt and it has to work hard to escape these serial stereotypes.

    And does it succeed? Well, yes.

    For ultimately Youth Dew is a star for the very reason we remember it all too well: it has those two most bankable of qualities, staying power and pulling power.

    Wear the perfume and the people will come.

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    It's just past midnight thirty, London. The lines are closed. Voting is over.

    Today, Friday 18th January 2013, I hope it breathes some fire to bring warmth in a freezing London, I'll be wearing....

    Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon

    What will I wear next on Saturday 19th January? Choose from the following 10:

    Estée Lauder Aliage

    Elizabeth Arden Green Tea

    Dior Diorella

    Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Rouge

    Dior Dune

    Dior La Collection Couturier Parfumeur Mitzah

    Givenchy Givenchy III

    Kenzo Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant

    Robert Piguet Fracas

    Or (and I'm embarrassed to say this) the newcomer...

    Guerlain Jicky


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    And here it is...

    Part two of the Estee Lauder Trilogy.

    Thank you everyone who voted for this. It's been a pleasure...

    Estée Lauder Azuree Pure

    Pop the champagne corks people the prima donna power woman has been promoted to the top job.

    She enters as always in graphite pencil skirt sharpened to a point and black wool jersey jacket on top: tucked at the nearly-not-there waist then out to fill full broad shoulders.

    One significant piece of jewellery.

    She snaps a greeting to the crowd then an invitation to the few: her office, vintage fizz on ice, now.

    This crazy citrus aldhyde rush her only concession to her elevation.

    Yes it has been hard work. There were others in the field. Too right, they fell by the wayside. Not the women they used to be.

    She's twice the woman she's ever been.

    The party over before it begins. She throws her Barda bag onto a glass and chrome coffee table where today as every day a fresh bunch of red carnations dressed with green grey moss buys time in a clear cube.

    A feeble nod to a futile idea of femininity in a room that is a temple to the tanner's art.

    In the vestibule cringeing would-be colleagues cower on Barcelona chairs awaiting an audience with this new crowned empress of commerce.

    Ushered in they sit on le Corbusier couches, sipping too hot, too strong herb tea from constructivist espresso cups while waiting to explain themselves.

    It turns out their copy is, well, just not good enough.

    The men leave. They are, if not fired, not hired either.

    Appointments continue throughout the day, no let up in her manner no diminution of her power.

    She departs in private elevator to chauffeur driven car to private elevator and finally top floor apartment.

    Only the cheap take Penthouses, and then only for the articles.

    At home and undressed, alone except for powder, she is poise and self possession personified.

    An ornament of amber glows warmth across her expansive inner space.

    Do they like her? She laughs. Does she care?

    She doesn't want love, affection, gratitude, infatuation, respect or even adoration.

    She simply demands that they worship and obey her.

    ***

    Azuree is to the power chypre what the Apollo moon rocket is to long haul air travel.

    In these days of reductive reformulation she is a monument to quality, silage and longevity - in every sense of that word.

    Opening in a vertical trajectory, fueled by aldehyde and super charged bergamot, this scent is heading for the stars.

    The interior of USS Azuree is pure leather - no PVC and hard plastics here.

    In order to retain a sense of space age decorum, the more animalic elements are banished by a good strong bunch of synthesized herbs and a modest bouquet of boiled up blooms.

    The pace is maintained a million miles or more, then, arriving at it's destination our spacecraft scent slows almost to a stop, allows the softest of amber landings.

    Mission accomplished.

    Can a man wear it?

    Azuree could be in a crowd of super heavyweight boxing champions and still be the butchest one in the room.

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    It's just coming up to 1 in the morining, London. The lines are closed. Voting is over.

    Today, Saturday 19th January 2013, after a very close battle and a tie, on countback, a Dior perfume... I'll be wearing....

    Dior Dune

    What will I wear next on Monday 21st January? Choose from the following 10:

    Estée Lauder Aliage

    Elizabeth Arden Green Tea

    Dior Diorella

    Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Rouge

    Dior La Collection Couturier Parfumeur Mitzah

    Givenchy Givenchy III

    Kenzo Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant

    Robert Piguet Fracas

    Guerlain Jicky

    Or the newcomer...

    Guerlain Samsara


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    That's two votes at the weekend!!

    You have just under forty eight hours... starting now.

    The next review will be along presently.

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    Fracas. Will go quite well with the projected +4C and the mixed snow and rain.
    Veni, Vidi, Visa.

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    Voting again for Fracas.

    And then Samsara.
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    It's just after 10pm Sunday, London. The lines are closed. Voting is over.

    Tomorrow, Monday 21st January 2013, proving that if not patience then persistence is rewarded, I'll be wearing....

    Dior La Collection Couturier Parfumeur Mitzah


    What will I wear next on Tuesday 22nd January? Choose from the following 10:

    Estée Lauder Aliage

    Elizabeth Arden Green Tea

    Dior Diorella

    Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Rouge

    Givenchy Givenchy III

    Kenzo Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant

    Robert Piguet Fracas

    Guerlain Jicky

    Guerlain Samsara

    Or the newcomer...

    Dior Miss Dior


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    You have just over 24 hours... starting now.

    The next review will be along before polls close.

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    Givenchy Givenchy III . . . should be interesting.

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    Undoubtedly one of the most challenging fragrances to make an appearance thus far, a work of profound qualities

    Estée Lauder Private Collection

    This is the fragrance of an unforgotten lost friendship. Of an affair left unfinished.

    Some think her distant, cold, uncaring.

    You see on that sad day she failed to make any public declaration of her despair, would not permit sugar sweet eulogies to eviscerate the general agony.

    She held and holds herself with dignity and finds herself in turn held in contempt by those who require outpourings of overdone emotion.

    They should regard her now, trimming back nettles that have overgrown the grave where her husband lies.

    She visits him regularly but infrequently, scared, not of the nettles' stings, which are sharp and sudden and suddenly gone, but of the lasting unbalmable burn of loss, as keenly felt now as when he died.

    From their cellophane sheath she pulls forth flowers. Mainly chrysanthemums. He adored chrysanthemums. His father grew them in his garden and they reminded him of him. She wishes it were otherwise, but they remind her only of death. His death.

    Where she has unsettled the soil with her effort to hold back nature, the Earth gives forth a bitter scent of itself: of moss and old decaying wood.

    The smell mingles unhappily with the hue of hyacinths and roses, feeble concessions amongst the bouquet to future pleasures indefinitely postponed.

    She has started to cry as she knew she would, as she always does.

    Gathering together the effects of mourning she returns to the car. Here in salty slightly sweet air that holds gentle sandalwood in it she looks across at his resting place.

    Her tears continue to fall and rain starts from the heavens.

    ***

    A scent of solitary sorrow, Estee Lauder's Private Collection is perfume of private grief and almost immeasurable melancholy.

    It takes a green note and makes of it a chord of pure blue. Marrying nettles and lawn grass with oak moss and earth to achieve a cool, reserved opening of remarkable detached intensity.

    What follows is a wall of floral sound. Most distinct within it the voice of the greenest flower: chrysanthemum. And whilst this is mellowed in time with roses and hyacinth and perhaps a little jasmine, one is never too far away from stalks and leaves and thorns.

    As though the scent senses that all might be about to topple over into melodrama, it seems quite suddenly to steady itself. Well into dry down it dabs the tears from its eyes and composes a dignified departure of wood, spice and a little musk that feels like dust.

    A forbidding but inevitable and immense journey that will ultimately be taken by men and women alike.

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    It's just after midnight, London. The lines are closed. Voting is over.

    Today, Tuesday 22nd January, the oldest show in town just keeps running, I'll be wearing....

    Guerlain Jicky

    What will I wear next on Wednesday 23rd January? Choose from the following 10:

    Estée Lauder Aliage

    Elizabeth Arden Green Tea

    Dior Diorella

    Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Rouge

    Givenchy Givenchy III

    Kenzo Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant

    Robert Piguet Fracas

    Guerlain Samsara

    Dior Miss Dior

    Or the newcomer...

    Clinique Aromatics Elixir


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    You have just under 22 hours... starting now.

    The next review will be along shortly.

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    Estée Lauder Private Collection

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    Regarding Jicky, I recommend the vintage PdT, but failing that, the modern EdP. Regardless, please mention the concentration you're sampling.

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