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    Mike,

    What a great review of Jacomo de Jacomo. You described it to a tee for a gentlemen that didn't like it. However, it seems you came around to JdJ a little bit even though it's a dated 80's powerhouse. Good for you!

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    PS. The perfumer was Christian Mathieu. I am not sure if he is the original perfumer, but he was given credit for the reformulation.
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    Thanks sg.

    I wore Jungle Pour Homme by Kenzo, twice this weekend.

    I used to own a mini bottle of this about a couple years ago. I stumbled upon it at one of those fragrance-kiosks in the mall. The bottle is so friggin cool and it was a steal, I think I paid $1 for it. So I was very familiar with the scent already.

    JPH is all about lime and spice, for me. The lime top notes are beautiful, some of the best in perfumery in my opinion. I wouldn't call them very natural because they have a glazed sweetness to them to makes me think of drinking limeade but they are very pleasing and combined with the tea/mate give the scent a whiff of something 'tropical'. I wish the top notes lasted longer since this is the best part of the fragrance (not surprising, right?). However very quickly the nutmeg mingles in and flattens the citrus out with that unique musk/wood/resins middle and base notes which I find a bit more...dull. It smells 'grey' if that makes sense. I wish it were more alive but it's very close to the skin and the whiffs I get when it dries down are pleasant, conservative and crisp but nothing challenging or complex.

    For someone looking for something that smells like the title, Jungle For A Man I would try Un Jardin et Meditteranee by Hermes or the huge-clobbered-with-fruit Pulp by Byredo. Or even Hawaiian Ruby Guava by Pacifica, a cheaper alternative to the Byredo.

    I which the juice inside the fantastic bottle wasn't so yawn-worthy. But, it is.
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    The bottle is fantastic. I love the zebra mane on the top of the cap! Again your review reflected my experience with this frag. The tropical opening is just out of this world, but alas doesn't last long enough for me. The middle and base are woody,resinous but lacks the pop that would keep this frag exciting.
    Thank You Mike for the alternatives that others can try if they don't like Jungle Pour Homme by Kenzo as well.

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    I love Dzing!, always have and always will. Strangely, I've never owned a full bottle of it. I think it's because I'm not someone who wears a LOT of leather fragrances. I enjoy them, but I don't seem to reach for them as much as others. The leathers that I have committed to a full bottle of is a 'strange' one: Nostalgia by Santa Maria Novella and whereas the L'Artisan is equally strange it is IMO much more wearable.

    Let me say I usually hate cotton candy sweetness in a fragrance, but there are a small select fragrances where the perfumer handled the note deftly and this is one of them (another is Hermessence Vetiver Tonka). The overall smell for me is this: Cotton Candy. Leather. Animalic breath (you know like dog's breath). Cardboard. When it dries down, all of the notes combine into one overall accord that is extremely unique - there is NO other scent on the market that smells like this in the drydown. Nothing. Which I love.

    This sample was a small 1 ml vial for all of us to test, so I was forced to apply sparingly and honestly it was quite potent for the tiny amount that I applied. I was yearning to douse myself in it, since this is how I wore it before (when I had a decant of it). In fact, this is how I wear all Giacobetti fragrances - overdose! It seems to work for me.

    If you are new to the fragrance world this is one of those fragrances You Need To Smell. Get to it, if you haven't.

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    Al Oudh is one of my least favorite oud scents. It doesn't smell bad, per se, it just smells ultra boring. The parts of the scent that I love are only revealed to me when I bury my nose in the spot where I sprayed the scent - otherwise, the whiffs I catch of it are restrained, aromatic and oud turned down to a Volume of 1 or 2. I still remember reading about this, before it was released, and getting super excited about it (L'Artisan - Bertrand Duchaufour - spicy - oud - WOW!!), but I was extremely disappointed when I first smelled it and testing it again in this Pass confirms my initial feelings for it. If L'Artisan ever releases a Parfum version of this, and it grows some, I'll come back & test it. Until then, I can't imagine wearing this again.

    Vetiver Extreme by Guerlain. I love Vetiver by Guerlain, but I must admit I own only the vintage EdC and EdT formulations of it which are richly tobacco prominent, super complex and have wonderful sillage/longevity. Vetiver can be compared to a pair of khaki pants in my clothes wardrobe - it goes with everything. Vetiver Extreme, on the other hand, smells VERY casual, sporty and has many important elements of the original removed from it. It is not 'extreme' in the sense that it's stronger (the original is much stronger and tenacious - so much so that I cannot wear the original anywhere around my neck or it will give me a splitting headache, I must apply it from my chest down) but Extreme's synthetic/ozonic/fresh aromachemicals give a bright lift to the green, grassy vetiver note in the same way that Frederic Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire does, but a lot more simpler. When I originally owned this one I described it as the younger, bad-boy cousin of Vetiver, the one who drives the sports car and arrives late to lunch at his parents mansion, with his hair wet, a broken tennis racket and a hicky on his neck. I think I still feel this way. It is SO not me, and that is why years ago I sold my bottle. Before it actually sold, on eBay, I used it as an air freshener for my car. It's a very good car scent. Seriously.


    Tonight, I'm wearing my sample of Etienne Aigner No2 but I haven't had it on long enough to write something, so this will have to wait until Friday (tomorrow, I am moving!!!).
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    I'm glad I got a chance to read your review on Dzing! because I had it as a sample and never took the chance to get a good wear out of it. Sorry the sample is small, but it was a perfumers sample that came that way.
    Thanks for your take on Al Oudh! I remember testing this frag and only liking it for about 5 minutes, then it just fizzled out. It just didn't have the oud to keep my attention I guess.
    I have never tried Guerlain's Vetiver, only Vetiver Extreme. I had read that it was different from the original vetiver was that Extreme had a more rooty smell to it. I really must try Guerlain's original vetiver, because even though I own and wear Extreme, I can see your point about it containing a synthetic accord, but I enjoy it well enough maybe due to the fact I haven't tried the original. I really didn't think it was as bad as using it as a car deodorizer though!
    Beware of the Etienne Aigner No. 2. It's an 80's powerhouse, but different than Jacomo de Jacomo. Can't wait to hear the review on this frag!

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    My apologies for the delay in posting an update, my recent move has made it almost impossible to finish. I actually decanted a tiny amount of the last few samples into my own vials & I will be sending them off to the next recipient probably tomorrow. In the meantime I will catch up with the last few this week...thanks!
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    I figured you were taking some time to unpack some things. I appreciate you updating us on what is going on. Thanks for continuing the sample pass even though you are moving.
    Cain't wait till you review the last of the frags! Looking forward to it!

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    The samples were mailed to juanderer, so please post when you get them.

    The only two I haven't worn on skin yet are Tom Ford for Men and the Creed. Let me talk about my experience with Etienne Aigner No. 2:

    I liked it. I really did. Yes, it has an old-school-masculine vibe to it that sort of surprised me and yet it wasn't too aldehydic and synthetic (although I'm sure its loaded with synthetics because it lasts forever and projects a lot). In fact, I'd like for more people on BN to wear and talk about this one, because I can see how it's sort of under-the-radar.

    I smelled a lot of sharp, powdery lavender and clary sage and yet it didn't have a sharp detergent note like Grey Flannel does (which I also admire) so perhaps because it's not violet leaf it's less abrasive. I am a big fan of lavender and when it's used skillfully it gets my attention.

    The base notes were not my favorite part, and this might be due to the fact that it has musk and I can't smell certain musk notes. It just felt like it was sort of missing a strong foundation at the end.

    Nonetheless, I want to sample it again soon and I think it would also make a great smelling soap or shower gel. Just enough bracing aromatic freshness and yet a serious masculine vibe also.
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    Received the samples. Will start testing tomorrow.

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    Tom Ford for Men:

    First thought: Round. Nothing edgy about this one. The violet leaf wants to jump out, but it's placated by the citruses and spices. There is a synthetic quality to it that is well-disguised in the composition and this makes it even pleasant.

    The pepper opens way to the heart phase of the scent and the tobacco becomes apparent and brings the amber along with woods (most notable cedar). The dry down is dry and slightly sweet and powdery. I don't get any vetiver out of this one. Nice but nothing to write home about (writing to a discussion forum about it is okay).

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    Glad the samples arrived intact juanderer.

    TFFM, when I first sampled it when it was released, was one of the the most underwhelming scents I've ever tried. I still have my sample sitting here, and I have no desire to sample it (even though I will). Unless I have done a complete 180 on this one, I probably will find it as unsatisfying and boring as when it was first released 6 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    The samples were mailed to juanderer, so please post when you get them.

    The only two I haven't worn on skin yet are Tom Ford for Men and the Creed. Let me talk about my experience with Etienne Aigner No. 2:

    I liked it. I really did. Yes, it has an old-school-masculine vibe to it that sort of surprised me and yet it wasn't too aldehydic and synthetic (although I'm sure its loaded with synthetics because it lasts forever and projects a lot). In fact, I'd like for more people on BN to wear and talk about this one, because I can see how it's sort of under-the-radar.

    I smelled a lot of sharp, powdery lavender and clary sage and yet it didn't have a sharp detergent note like Grey Flannel does (which I also admire) so perhaps because it's not violet leaf it's less abrasive. I am a big fan of lavender and when it's used skillfully it gets my attention.

    The base notes were not my favorite part, and this might be due to the fact that it has musk and I can't smell certain musk notes. It just felt like it was sort of missing a strong foundation at the end.

    Nonetheless, I want to sample it again soon and I think it would also make a great smelling soap or shower gel. Just enough bracing aromatic freshness and yet a serious masculine vibe also.
    Great Review Mike as usual! I love Etienne Aigner No.2! Even though this one is from the 80's, I think it's still relevant for today's Gentlemen.

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    Received the samples. Will start testing tomorrow.

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    Tom Ford for Men:

    First thought: Round. Nothing edgy about this one. The violet leaf wants to jump out, but it's placated by the citruses and spices. There is a synthetic quality to it that is well-disguised in the composition and this makes it even pleasant.

    The pepper opens way to the heart phase of the scent and the tobacco becomes apparent and brings the amber along with woods (most notable cedar). The dry down is dry and slightly sweet and powdery. I don't get any vetiver out of this one. Nice but nothing to write home about (writing to a discussion forum about it is okay).
    Tom Ford for Men was a winner for all the other samplers thus far, but Jaunder has a different opinion. Nothing too special for him. Great review Jaunder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by southerngardens View Post
    Gentlemen, Please post your reviews in this thread for everyone to read.
    Hi there! Would you be at all offended if someone (such as myself, though I don't know if I'm up for the commitment just yet!) conducted a similar sample swap? The last thing I want would be for you to feel like I'm taking your idea, in fact it'd probably be best if you joined in and gave the person running it some advice. I just figure it might be good to run another one of these without putting too much pressure on you. Feel free to PM me if that's a better way to respond. Thanks!

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    Trying Guerlain Vetiver Extreme today. First impressions: Dry. There's a volatile/synthetic characteristic to it at first sniff. Some five minutes in and it calms down. I even pictured fresh-cut trees. At fifteen minutes it is less loud and I perceive a powdery/almost creamy quality to it. I get some lemon zest and spice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Incontinent View Post
    Hi there! Would you be at all offended if someone (such as myself, though I don't know if I'm up for the commitment just yet!) conducted a similar sample swap? The last thing I want would be for you to feel like I'm taking your idea, in fact it'd probably be best if you joined in and gave the person running it some advice. I just figure it might be good to run another one of these without putting too much pressure on you. Feel free to PM me if that's a better way to respond. Thanks!
    I'm sure he won't mind. Heck, the ladies do it quite often in the female fragrance discussion! The more of these, the better. It's a great learning experience to be able to pass samples around and exchange opinions. It'd be nice to be able to keep each sample pass within a theme, but that will come as more people get involved.

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    can't wait to get the samples.

    Maybe a spring/summer sample pass next? I need to update my wardrobe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by juanderer View Post
    Trying Guerlain Vetiver Extreme today. First impressions: Dry. There's a volatile/synthetic characteristic to it at first sniff. Some five minutes in and it calms down. I even pictured fresh-cut trees. At fifteen minutes it is less loud and I perceive a powdery/almost creamy quality to it. I get some lemon zest and spice.


    I'm sure he won't mind. Heck, the ladies do it quite often in the female fragrance discussion! The more of these, the better. It's a great learning experience to be able to pass samples around and exchange opinions. It'd be nice to be able to keep each sample pass within a theme, but that will come as more people get involved.
    Jaunderer, can't wait to hear your full review on Guerlain Vetiver Extreme!

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    can't wait to get the samples.

    Maybe a spring/summer sample pass next? I need to update my wardrobe!
    I have invited the member above that is interested in trying to organizing another sample pass to PM for some advice and Thank You Smelly Scientist, I think a Spring/ Summer Men's Fragrance Sample Pass would be great! I am going to advise that he use your idea Smelly Scientist as the theme for his pass! Great Contribution!

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    Quote Originally Posted by juanderer View Post
    Trying Guerlain Vetiver Extreme today. First impressions: Dry. There's a volatile/synthetic characteristic to it at first sniff. Some five minutes in and it calms down. I even pictured fresh-cut trees. At fifteen minutes it is less loud and I perceive a powdery/almost creamy quality to it. I get some lemon zest and spice.
    I really got into Vetiver Extreme as the time went on. Unfortunately, it didn't last as much as I woukd have liked- it is almost completely gone from my skin at around 8 hours when most other fragrances (even those that everyone complains about lacking in longevity) stick around if even subtly for 10-12 hrs. It's still well perceivable on my shirt though. Towards the middle, the citrus went into an overripe orange territory, but it was still enjoyable. It put an image of a half-eaten orange that had been out drying in the sun for a couple of days.

    Vetiver (the note) is one of my favorites. Guerlain's Extreme has a raw edge reminiscent of Turtle's Back (though not as LOUD-LOUD-LOUD), and at moments also reminded me on Mona di Orio's take on Vetyver, so I'd class it somewhere in between those two if its performance were more comparable to them (I get a good 12 hrs out of Mona's and a ridiculous 96+ hrs on clothes from LesNez's).

    It's still a nice fragrance that I could see myself wearing more when out and-about running errands, rather than at the office.

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    Just sprayed my right wrist with Jacomo de Jacomo a couple of minutes ago: LOVE AT FIRST SMELL!

    Love the lavender burst in this one. The clove... I get a slight camphor/moth balls vibe in the opening that should be off-putting, but I can't take my nose away from my wrist. I am definitely buying this one regardless of what happens in the heart and dry down- don't worry, I'll still review it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juanderer View Post
    Just sprayed my right wrist with Jacomo de Jacomo a couple of minutes ago: LOVE AT FIRST SMELL!
    Isn't that one neat?! It wasn't love at first sniff for me, but it sure was compelling. Undoubtably compelling!
    I have a 100ml Gucci Pour Homme 2003 that I'll swap for Reflection Man or De Bachmakov. PM me if interested.

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    Yeah, I'm glad I only did one spray. If I had done more, I would have passed out by now. I get more herbs now that the violet died down a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juanderer View Post
    I really got into Vetiver Extreme as the time went on. Unfortunately, it didn't last as much as I woukd have liked- it is almost completely gone from my skin at around 8 hours when most other fragrances (even those that everyone complains about lacking in longevity) stick around if even subtly for 10-12 hrs. It's still well perceivable on my shirt though. Towards the middle, the citrus went into an overripe orange territory, but it was still enjoyable. It put an image of a half-eaten orange that had been out drying in the sun for a couple of days.

    Vetiver (the note) is one of my favorites. Guerlain's Extreme has a raw edge reminiscent of Turtle's Back (though not as LOUD-LOUD-LOUD), and at moments also reminded me on Mona di Orio's take on Vetyver, so I'd class it somewhere in between those two if its performance were more comparable to them (I get a good 12 hrs out of Mona's and a ridiculous 96+ hrs on clothes from LesNez's).

    It's still a nice fragrance that I could see myself wearing more when out and-about running errands, rather than at the office.

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    Just sprayed my right wrist with Jacomo de Jacomo a couple of minutes ago: LOVE AT FIRST SMELL!

    Love the lavender burst in this one. The clove... I get a slight camphor/moth balls vibe in the opening that should be off-putting, but I can't take my nose away from my wrist. I am definitely buying this one regardless of what happens in the heart and dry down- don't worry, I'll still review it.
    Jaunderer, I believe you are the first to give Guerlain's Vetiver Extreme a favorable review, except for it longevity. You younger Gentlemen know more about niche frags than I do, but I got the jest of them as you wrote in comparison to GVE.
    The Extreme in the frags name would give a clue as to it's longevity you would think, but to my nose it is more extreme in it's take on vetiver. Unlike the origanal, it has a more extreme rooty accord. I wish that the extreme also included the longevity, which isn't bad, a little longer, but alas it doesn't. At least on me. Great Job!

    Cant's wait to hear your review of Jacomo de Jacomo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by juanderer View Post
    Just sprayed my right wrist with Jacomo de Jacomo a couple of minutes ago: LOVE AT FIRST SMELL!

    Love the lavender burst in this one. The clove... I get a slight camphor/moth balls vibe in the opening that should be off-putting, but I can't take my nose away from my wrist. I am definitely buying this one regardless of what happens in the heart and dry down- don't worry, I'll still review it.
    Quote Originally Posted by juanderer View Post
    Yeah, I'm glad I only did one spray. If I had done more, I would have passed out by now. I get more herbs now that the violet died down a bit.
    I got a nice smokiness out of this one too, and was briefly reminded of the smell of my rosewood guitar. I wouldn't classify the smoke as incense, however. For some reason, I was expecting leather, but the leather never showed up- so I thought I missed something of the dry down by going to bed some 4 hours after application but upon further research, I've found that it's not an actual note in the composition.

    I could see this one as a supplement to Bois du Portugal in my wardrobe.

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    Some super fast impressions of Jo Malone samples:

    Nectarine Blossom & Honey - 5/5
    Amber & Lavender - 4.75/5
    Sweet Lime & Cedar - 4/5
    Wild Bluebell - 4/5
    Vanilla & Anise - 3.75/5
    Grapefruit - 3.75/5
    White Jasmine & Mint - 3.75/5
    Red Roses - 3.75/5
    Orange Blossom - 3/5
    Pomegranate Noir - 2/5
    Lime Basil & Mandarin - 1/5

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquatic View Post
    Some super fast impressions of Jo Malone samples:

    Nectarine Blossom & Honey - 5/5
    Amber & Lavender - 4.75/5
    Sweet Lime & Cedar - 4/5
    Wild Bluebell - 4/5
    Vanilla & Anise - 3.75/5
    Grapefruit - 3.75/5
    White Jasmine & Mint - 3.75/5
    Red Roses - 3.75/5
    Orange Blossom - 3/5
    Pomegranate Noir - 2/5
    Lime Basil & Mandarin - 1/5
    This is not the place to review any fragrance you feel like reviewing! You can comment on the frags being reviewed by the gentlemen, only!

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    Quote Originally Posted by juanderer View Post
    I got a nice smokiness out of this one too, and was briefly reminded of the smell of my rosewood guitar. I wouldn't classify the smoke as incense, however. For some reason, I was expecting leather, but the leather never showed up- so I thought I missed something of the dry down by going to bed some 4 hours after application but upon further research, I've found that it's not an actual note in the composition.

    I could see this one as a supplement to Bois du Portugal in my wardrobe.
    Once again Jaunderer, you are the first younger Gentlemen to appreciate Jacomo de Jacomo, though it was a popular 80's scent and doesn't have any oud in it! LOL JDJ's composition took artistry to make a unique herbal, smokey and woody scent like this. It does open sharply, but most of the frags of the time did. I see that you may put it on your wishlist, Good for you! Go vintage or go home though. The new version out now is no comparison to this vintage. You can find a demonstrator bottle on eBay in the men's used fragrances. It comes in a tall black plastic bottle with a hairspray like trigger that won't work, but it's easy to pop it off and decant the bottle into another atomizer.

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    Thanks for the advice on where to find the vintage.

    Trying Dzing! out now. I get a rubbery feel. Leather. There's definitely musk there. A sugary sweetness. Some ginger.

    There's a definite animalic vibe to it, and I get something like a popcorn butter ~ kinda like a popcorn that's been sitting under the lamp for a little too long... almost a urine smell to it, but it's not exactly offensive.

    I'm liking it so far.

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    Jaunderer, can't wait to hear your full review on Guerlain Vetiver Extreme!

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    The drydown is equal parts leather, sweetness, and a floral characteristic. When my girlfriend got home, she kissed me and this is exactly the conversation we had when greeting each other: "ooh! What are you wearing?" "Dzing! " "I like it!"

    The leather smells clean. Kinda like a leather booth in a diner that has just been wiped cleaned after the party eating there late at night has just left. I'm guessing it's the saffron that gives the camphor character that plays well with the sugary sweetness.

    I'd been curious about Dzing! since I joined basenotes, and it fulfilled my expectations. It wasn't exactly like I imagined, but it hit the right marks.
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    The drydown is equal parts leather, sweetness, and a floral characteristic. When my girlfriend got home, she kissed me and this is exactly the conversation we had when greeting each other: "ooh! What are you wearing?" "Dzing! " "I like it!"

    The leather smells clean. Kinda lime a leather booth in a dinner that has just been wiped cleaned after the party eating there late at night has just left.. I'm guessing it's the saffron that gives it the camphor character that plays well with the sugary sweetness.

    I'd been curious about Dzing! since I joined basenotes,and it fulfilled my expectations. It wasn't exactly like I imagined, but it hit the right marks.
    Jaunderer, I amglad that you find Dzing! likable. It does help to have our companions like what we'er wearing as well! You've done a great job on this review!

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    L'Artisan Parfumeur - Al Oudh: Slightly boozy sweetness at the opening. I detect the dates in this as well as the pepper with just a subtle hint of the cumin. There was a smokiness, too, which seems to have gone 20 minutes in.

    I don't know if it's because I am wearing it, but it reminds me a lot of my own body odor, which is slightly sweet on its own.

    That said, it is a very inoffensive oud frag (so far). There was some rose that seems to be coming back now, and I am getting some cinnamon as well. In fact, I get a lot more cinnamon off my wrist than off my antecubital (where I get more of the sweet/booze vibe).

    As others have mentioned above, it's a very safe oud. Up until now, I considered M7 to be the "safest" oud-centric fragrance I'd been exposed to. Al Oudh takes that spot now.

    It seems like both Artisan scents are perfectly unisex so far. We'll see what the dry down has in store.

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    Al Oudh's drydown showed a bit of rose with the booziness/sweetness described above. Nice scent, but not something I'd go after.

    Ungaro III: The opening is super volatile and lemony. Citrus, citrus, citrus, and lavender. The Citrus actually stayed through the life of the scent and the rose took over the violet towards the end. It was all about the violet initially, and it gradually left way for the rose. Nice transition. I didn't get much of a difference from end to finish otherwise.


    Guerlain's Habit Rouge starts with a dry lemon-lime assault. There's a fresh basil and a bit of rosewood there as well.

    A few minutes in and the cinnamon and rose come through. This reminds me of Ungaro III a bit in the opening although they ar markedly different a few minutes in.

    There is something that clashes in the middle. Not sure if it's woods V woods or woods V flowers. There's also some leather trying to sneak in. But the woods hold it back in the heart somewhat.

    I can already decide that it's not for me. I would actually pick Ungaro III over it.

    Part of the clash I detected before was the amber. The vanilla is very subtle. The oddness of that "clash" is leaving and the carnation and especially the rose become more distinct.

    The drydown takes on a powdery character with the amber and vanilla. The rose is still present here and it's much more enjoyable, in my opinion, than in earlier in the life of the fragrance.

    It does smell like a red jacket.

    A (male) coworker walked into my office and said something like "it smells good in here, whatever that is I'm smelling."

    I'd say that Jacomo de Jacomo, Ungaro III, and Habit Rouge are quite similar considering the differences in their compositions. If I had to rank them I'd put JdJ first, Habit Rouge second, and Ungaro III third. However, I find Ungaro to be more consistent than HR (especially that discordance when moving from the head to the heart of the scent), but HR dries down wonderfully and shows many different facets whereas Ungaro is more linear.
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    So Jaunderer, the dry down on Al Ouhd sunk it for you just as things were going well? That's too bad, but honest. Thanks for the great review!
    Ungaro III was an eye opener and turned very lemony on you with a touch of lavender and you felt the citrus accord made it's way all the way through the frag. I don't remember that much citrus, but this is your nose and your review. I never picked up on violet either. I do agree Ungaro III is somewhat linear though. I think you could get used to wearing this one on occasion? Right or wrong? Good review!
    Your impression of Guerlain Habit Rouge was somewhat similar to other younger gentlemen, but they always came to the conclusion that they didn't like it. However, in your case the mid notes were odd to you, but you did like the opening and the drydown. It's my opinion that given a chance to try Habit Rouge some more you may come to like and appreciate it. It's just a hunch and I think your nose is going to mature sooner than others. Jaunderer, that was a telling review and well done!
    I was right! If you got a chance to sample Ungaro III, Habit Rouge and Jacomo de Jacomo a bit more you might get to like and respect them a bit more. That's promising and you did a great job with your reviews!
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    Hey Southergardens do you think these samples could make their way up to me in Canada after you guys are done with them? I'd love to give them a try.

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    Al Oudh was nice overall, just not something I'd want from an oud frag.

    Ungaro III stayed 'fresh' throughout with the citrus/lavender combo, if that makes sense.

    I'm liking Habit Rouge even more now, but yes, that transition from the top to the middle was a bit weird.

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