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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyacl View Post
    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Amouage Reflection Man -------> 8.69
    2 - Amouage Lyric Man -------> 8.64
    3 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille -------> 8.52
    4 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    5 - Puredistance M -------> 8.32
    6 - Creed Bois du Portugal -------> 8.31
    7 - Comme des Garcon 2 Man -------> 8.29
    8 - Amouage Jubilation -------> 8.27
    9 - Comme des Garcons Wonderwood -------> 8.17
    10 - Diptyque Eau Duelle -------> 8.16
    11 - L´Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu -------> 8.12
    12 - Parfume Generale Aomassai -------> 8.10
    13 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    14 - Serge Lutens Arabie ------->8.02
    15 - Tauer Lonestar Memories ------->7.99
    16 - Frapin 1270 ------->7.94
    17 - Comme des Garcons Original ------->7.89
    18 - Comme des Garcons 2 ------->7.86
    19 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    20 - Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore ------->7.73
    21 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir -------> 7.59
    22 - Le Labo Iris 39 -------> 7.07
    23 - Tom Ford Noir de Noir -------> 6.36

    I agree with your ranking overall but some frags are too low imo. Love APLS and Sycomore. Can see you have a particular prefrence for Amouage. Also agree with that. Our difference is that Jubilation is my favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyacl View Post


    Also to be tested:

    Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver
    Montale Intense Cafe
    By Kilian A Taste of Heaven
    Tauer Carrillon pour un ange
    Le Labo Santal 33
    L´Artisan Tea for two
    Montale Chocolate Greedy
    MCI Invasion Barbare
    Slumberhouse Ore
    Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
    By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses
    Heeley Sel Marin
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Green Irish Tweed
    Serge Lutens Five O´Clock Gingembre


    CAn´t wait to see your review of Sel Marin and GIT. These are awesome.

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    Thanks, Lem!


    Ok, guys, time for the last CdG fragrance.



    --------------->Comme de Garcons Black (EDT)


    This is another good fragrance from CdG. This one is supposed to be unisex, although I think it leans to the masculine side. It´s a dark linear scent, but agreeable. Once more, I find that projection is not a reference and projection could be better aswell. I´m starting to see a pattern with projection. Once again I got 2,5h-3h. Sillage was okay! Longevity was quite good (about 12h). The drydown is very interesting. It should be stronger.


    Scent: 8.55
    Longevity: 9
    Sillage: 7.65
    Projection: 7.15
    Uniqueness: 7.85
    Versatiliy: 7.75
    Scent masculinity: 7.95
    ---Overall: 7.98

    Would I buy it? Yes!


    Next fragrance: Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver



    Also to be tested:

    Montale Intense Cafe
    By Kilian A Taste of Heaven
    Tauer Carrillon pour un ange
    Le Labo Santal 33
    L´Artisan Tea for two
    Montale Chocolate Greedy
    MCI Invasion Barbare
    Slumberhouse Ore
    Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
    By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses
    Heeley Sel Marin
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Green Irish Tweed
    Serge Lutens Five O´Clock Gingembre
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    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Amouage Reflection Man -------> 8.69
    2 - Amouage Lyric Man -------> 8.64
    3 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille -------> 8.52
    4 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    5 - Amouage Jubilation -------> 8.33
    6 - Puredistance M -------> 8.32
    7 - Creed Bois du Portugal -------> 8.31
    8 - Comme des Garcon 2 Man -------> 8.29
    9 - Diptyque Volutes -------> 8.20
    10 - Comme des Garcons Wonderwood -------> 8.17
    11 - Diptyque Eau Duelle -------> 8.16
    12 - L´Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu -------> 8.12
    13 - Parfume Generale Aomassai -------> 8.10
    14 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    15 - Serge Lutens Arabie ------->8.02
    16 - Tauer Lonestar Memories ------->7.99
    17 - Comme de Garcons Black ------->7.98
    18 - Frapin 1270 ------->7.94
    19 - Comme des Garcons Original ------->7.89
    20 - Comme des Garcons 2 ------->7.86
    21 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    22 - Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore ------->7.73
    23 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir -------> 7.59
    24 - Le Labo Iris 39 -------> 7.07
    25 - Tom Ford Noir de Noir -------> 6.36
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 7th January 2014 at 05:57 PM.

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    This is a great thread. Thanks for taking the time to do this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oproust View Post
    This is a great thread. Thanks for taking the time to do this!
    Thank you, Oproust.

    Keep giving your feedback!


    Stay tuned!

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    Hello, guys!


    --------------> Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver (EDP)


    I must say not expecting much from this fragrance regarding its behavior. This must be one of the safest scents to use. I smell real quality, here! A very clean scent that I would only use during the day. Very good scent! Unfortunately, complains made by so many people regarding project are justified. This fragrance projection use indeed very good (intense but never intrusive or annoying), but just for about 2h, then it simply disappeared. However, sillage let me know the fragrance was there. I consider it to be soft to moderate but eventually, after 4-5h, all I had was a close to the skin scent. As for longevity, it lasted for about 9h, which was more than I expected. Regarding versatility, I see myself using this in every occasion although I would not do it at night (mostly during cold seasons), although I can imagine myself wearing this in a warm night. It´s classy, unique, non intrusive and very agreeable. I think this is an unisex fragrance, not leaning to any gender side in particular. It´s a shame that this fragrance isn´t stronger and projects better.


    Scent: 8.95
    Longevity: 8.10
    Sillage: 7.65
    Projection: 6.85
    Uniqueness: 8
    Versatiliy: 8.70
    Scent masculinity: 7.5
    --- Overall: 7.97

    Would I buy it? Yes!!!!


    Next fragrance: Montale Intense Cafe



    Also to be tested:

    By Kilian A Taste of Heaven
    Tauer Carrillon pour un ange
    Le Labo Santal 33
    L´Artisan Tea for two
    Montale Chocolate Greedy
    MCI Invasion Barbare
    Slumberhouse Ore
    Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
    By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses
    Heeley Sel Marin
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Green Irish Tweed
    Serge Lutens Five O´Clock Gingembre
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    Good to read this, Johnny. I've never looked into L' Eau d'Hiver, but it sounds pretty good! I'll have to check it out at some point.

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    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Amouage Reflection Man -------> 8.69
    2 - Amouage Lyric Man -------> 8.64
    3 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille -------> 8.52
    4 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    5 - Amouage Jubilation -------> 8.33
    6 - Puredistance M -------> 8.32
    7 - Creed Bois du Portugal -------> 8.31
    8 - Comme des Garcon 2 Man -------> 8.29
    9 - Diptyque Volutes -------> 8.20
    10 - Comme des Garcons Wonderwood -------> 8.17
    11 - Diptyque Eau Duelle -------> 8.16
    12 - L´Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu -------> 8.12
    13 - Parfume Generale Aomassai -------> 8.10
    14 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    15 - Serge Lutens Arabie ------->8.02
    16 - Tauer Lonestar Memories ------->7.99
    17 - Comme de Garcons Black ------->7.98
    18 - Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver ------->7.97
    19 - Frapin 1270 ------->7.94
    20 - Comme des Garcons Original ------->7.89
    21 - Comme des Garcons 2 ------->7.86
    22 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    23 - Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore ------->7.73
    24 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir -------> 7.59
    25 - Le Labo Iris 39 -------> 7.07
    26 - Tom Ford Noir de Noir -------> 6.36
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 7th January 2014 at 05:57 PM.

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    Hi!


    ---------------> Montale Intense Cafe (EDP)

    Another beast from Montale! Ok, let me start by saying that I don´t understand why they call it Intense Cafe. I can see a little vibe of it, but too little coffe. Or at least on my skin. I get the rose and vanilla and even a bit of amber! I must state that, overall, this is a good and agreeable scent for cold weather. Maybe a bit too sweet. However, I can´t say I LOVE it. Regarding the fragrance behavior on me, this is another beast! At least 4-5h of good projection, sillage is very good and longevity was about 15-16h. Like the other fragrance of Montale, I think this is not the most quality scent regarding ingredients, as, somehow, I find it a bit synthetic. In my opinon it leans toward feminine side and I do not consider it as versatile. Like I wrote, a good fragrance even more taking in account the price.

    Scent: 8.58
    Longevity: 9.45
    Sillage: 8.85
    Projection: 8.75
    Uniqueness: 7.75
    Versatility: 6.5
    Scent masculinity: 6.25
    --- Overall: 8.02

    Would I buy it? Yes!


    Also to be tested: By Kilian A Taste of Heaven

    Tauer Carrillon pour un ange
    Le Labo Santal 33
    L´Artisan Tea for two
    Montale Chocolate Greedy
    MCI Invasion Barbare
    Slumberhouse Ore
    Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
    By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses
    Heeley Sel Marin
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Green Irish Tweed
    Serge Lutens Five O´Clock Gingembre
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 2nd February 2014 at 10:57 PM.

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    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Amouage Reflection Man -------> 8.69
    2 - Amouage Lyric Man -------> 8.64
    3 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille -------> 8.52
    4 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    5 - Amouage Jubilation -------> 8.33
    6 - Puredistance M -------> 8.32
    7 - Creed Bois du Portugal -------> 8.31
    8 - Comme des Garcon 2 Man -------> 8.29
    9 - Diptyque Volutes -------> 8.20
    10 - Comme des Garcons Wonderwood -------> 8.17
    11 - Diptyque Eau Duelle -------> 8.16
    12 - L´Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu -------> 8.12
    13 - Parfume Generale Aomassai -------> 8.10
    14 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    15 - Serge Lutens Arabie ------->8.02
    16 - Tauer Lonestar Memories ------->7.99
    17 - Comme de Garcons Black ------->7.98
    18 - Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver ------->7.97
    19 - Frapin 1270 ------->7.94
    20 - Montale Intense Cafe ------->7.93
    21 - Comme des Garcons Original ------->7.89
    22 - Comme des Garcons 2 ------->7.86
    23 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    24 - Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore ------->7.73
    25 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir -------> 7.59
    26 - Le Labo Iris 39 -------> 7.07
    27 - Tom Ford Noir de Noir -------> 6.36
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 7th January 2014 at 05:56 PM.

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    Hello, guys!


    ---------------> By Kilian A Taste of Heaven (EDP)


    Ok, By Kilian house is starting to fascinate me! High quality stuff (as usual)! Very masculine and really good! This is a non-instrusive and smooth fragrance. The lavender/vanille combination is quite good! I do detect some (bitter) note that I can´t identity that "harms" this great smell. It kind of hurts my nose. Maybe it´s my skin. Projection could be better. A bit “shy” for about 3h. Sillage was soft to moderate. Glad to see that longevity was about 13h (wasn´t expecting this at all). Problem is that after 4 h, I get a close to the skin scent. You think that´s gone, but it´s there, as sillage let´s you know that. In my opinion, this fragrance is very versatile! I would use it at work, date, formal, etc. You really smell luxury and wealth on this. Only problem: projection and being weak.


    Scent: 8.90
    Longevity: 9.15
    Sillage: 7.85
    Projection: 7.25
    Uniqueness: 7.75
    Versatiliy: 7.85
    Scent masculinity: 9.25
    ---Overall: 8.30

    Would I buy it? YES!



    Also to be tested: Tauer Carrillon pour un ange

    Le Labo Santal 33
    L´Artisan Tea for two
    Montale Chocolate Greedy
    MCI Invasion Barbare
    Slumberhouse Ore
    Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
    By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses
    Heeley Sel Marin
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Green Irish Tweed
    Serge Lutens Five O´Clock Gingembre
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    Hi, guys!


    -------------> Tauer Carrillon pour un ange (EDP)

    Beast! One more from Andy Tauer. At least 6h of good projection, with great sillage and longevity about 20h!!! Problems? Just one: way toooooooo feminine. The opening is very harsh and too floral. In fact, this fragrance is WAY too floral. However, the drydown is agreeable and “more manly” (or not so feminine, as you wish.) Personally, I can´t understand how this fragrance is consider as unisex. I don´t see any man using this. Plus, this is an intrusive, strong and sharp scent. Not versatile, in my opinion. I think this one would be nice on a woman, though.


    Scent: 7.40
    Longevity: 9.65
    Sillage: 8.90
    Projection: 8.80
    Uniqueness: 7.75
    Versatiliy: 5.5
    Scent masculinity: 5
    --- Overall: 7.51

    Would I buy it? No!


    Also to be tested: Le Labo Santal 33

    L´Artisan Tea for two
    Montale Chocolate Greedy
    MCI Invasion Barbare
    Slumberhouse Ore
    Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
    By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses
    Heeley Sel Marin
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Green Irish Tweed
    Serge Lutens Five O´Clock Gingembre
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    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Amouage Reflection Man -------> 8.69
    2 - Amouage Lyric Man -------> 8.64
    3 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille -------> 8.52
    4 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    5 - Amouage Jubilation -------> 8.33
    6 - Puredistance M -------> 8.32
    7 - Creed Bois du Portugal -------> 8.31
    8 - By Kilian A Taste of Heaven -------> 8.30
    9 - Comme des Garcon 2 Man -------> 8.29
    10 - Diptyque Volutes -------> 8.20
    11 - Comme des Garcons Wonderwood -------> 8.17
    12 - Diptyque Eau Duelle -------> 8.16
    13 - L´Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu -------> 8.12
    14 - Parfume Generale Aomassai -------> 8.10
    15 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    16 - Serge Lutens Arabie ------->8.02
    17 - Tauer Lonestar Memories ------->7.99
    18 - Comme de Garcons Black ------->7.98
    19 - Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver ------->7.97
    20 - Frapin 1270 ------->7.94
    21 - Montale Intense Cafe ------->7.93
    22 - Comme des Garcons Original ------->7.89
    23 - Comme des Garcons 2 ------->7.86
    24 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    25 - Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore ------->7.73
    26 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir -------> 7.59
    27 - Tauer Carrilon Pour Un Ange -------> 7.51
    28 - Le Labo Iris 39 -------> 7.07
    29 - Tom Ford Noir de Noir -------> 6.36
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 7th January 2014 at 06:00 PM.

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    Glad that something from by Kilian clicked for you...I am unable to recall, but did you try out Incense Oud from this house? Also did you try out L'air Du Desert Marocain from Tauer? ?I'd recommend you try both.

    As for Montale Intense Cafe being sweet - wait till you get to Chocolate Greedy.

    Suggest you also try Eau des Iles from MaitrePeG, a heavenly mix of mild coffee & scores of everything else, but blended masterfully; silage will be muted after 3 hrs, but a great dry down & excellent longevity for an EDT (also try Santal Noble while you are at it).

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    Even though I don't agree with some of your rankings, this is a great thread and I can't wait for your next rating.
    My current top ten:
    1. Spice and Wood
    2. Noir De Noir
    3. Musc Ravageur
    4. Bois D'Argent
    5. Aoud 1
    6. Aventus
    7. Ore
    8. Dior Homme Intense
    9. Tobacco Vanille
    10.Ambre 114

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    Quote Originally Posted by badarun View Post
    Glad that something from by Kilian clicked for you...I am unable to recall, but did you try out Incense Oud from this house? Also did you try out L'air Du Desert Marocain from Tauer? ?I'd recommend you try both.

    As for Montale Intense Cafe being sweet - wait till you get to Chocolate Greedy.

    Suggest you also try Eau des Iles from MaitrePeG, a heavenly mix of mild coffee & scores of everything else, but blended masterfully; silage will be muted after 3 hrs, but a great dry down & excellent longevity for an EDT (also try Santal Noble while you are at it).

    Hey, badarun!

    Yes, I´ve tested Incense Oud an L'air Du Desert Marocain in pt.1. Not much of a fan of the first. As for LDDM, masterpiece! You can see all the fragrance tested here:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/371...=1#post3002759


    In fact, I changed my opinion about several fragrances of the first package (for the good and for the bad). Will let you now as soon as my thread is available again.

    Thank you for you suggestions.


    Take care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJM_77 View Post
    Even though I don't agree with some of your rankings, this is a great thread and I can't wait for your next rating.
    Thank you, my friend!


    Stay tuned!

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    Hi Johnny, it's good to see the Reflection frag on the lead!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLS View Post
    Hi Johnny, it's good to see the Reflection frag on the lead!
    Yes, it is!

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    Hi, guys!

    Let´s go for the last Le Labo fragrance of this package:


    -------------->Le Labo Santal 33 (EDP)

    Ok, Le Labo, again, one of my favorite houses. I bought this based on very good reviews. What can I say? Incredibly realistic, high quality, very natural, as usual. Do I think it´s unique? Yes, indeed. Do I think it´s complex? Yes. Now, do I love this scent? No, I don´t!

    I think it´s agreeable, 1 h after the opening. In fact, the opening notes are a bit disagreeable/nauseating. However, 4h later the scent turns quite interesting and I must say the dry down is really good. However, I don´t like to be waiting that long to have a good scent. Some say that smell Vetiver, here. Don´t know how, I must say. This fragrance is strong, but no a beast. Projection, being good, is the weakest part (~4h). Sillage, however, is better (moderate to heavy). Longevity? About 13h.

    Scent: 7.45
    Longevity: 9.15
    Sillage: 8.45
    Projection: 8
    Uniqueness: 8.20
    Versatiliy: 7
    Scent masculinity: 7.5
    --- Overall: 7.96

    Would I buy it? No!



    Also to be tested: L´Artisan Tea for Two

    Montale Chocolate Greedy
    MCI Invasion Barbare
    Slumberhouse Ore
    Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
    By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses
    Heeley Sel Marin
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Green Irish Tweed
    Serge Lutens Five O´Clock Gingembre

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    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Amouage Reflection Man -------> 8.69
    2 - Amouage Lyric Man -------> 8.64
    3 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille -------> 8.52
    4 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    5 - Amouage Jubilation -------> 8.33
    6 - Puredistance M -------> 8.32
    7 - Creed Bois du Portugal -------> 8.31
    8 - By Kilian A Taste of Heaven -------> 8.30
    9 - Comme des Garcon 2 Man -------> 8.29
    10 - Diptyque Volutes -------> 8.20
    11 - Comme des Garcons Wonderwood -------> 8.17
    12 - Diptyque Eau Duelle -------> 8.16
    13 - L´Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu -------> 8.12
    14 - Parfume Generale Aomassai -------> 8.10
    15 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    16 - Serge Lutens Arabie ------->8.02
    17 - Tauer Lonestar Memories ------->7.99
    18 - Comme de Garcons Black ------->7.98
    19 - Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver ------->7.97
    20 - Le Labo Santal 33 ------->7.96
    21 - Frapin 1270 ------->7.94
    22 - Montale Intense Cafe ------->7.93
    23 - Comme des Garcons Original ------->7.89
    24 - Comme des Garcons 2 ------->7.86
    25 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    26 - Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore ------->7.73
    27 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir -------> 7.59
    28 - Tauer Carrilon Pour Un Ange -------> 7.51
    29 - Le Labo Iris 39 -------> 7.07
    30 - Tom Ford Noir de Noir -------> 6.36
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    How many of the 30 tested will you buy?

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    I´d buy all the ones I said "Yes"!

    However, the "Would I buy it?" is more of a assessment parameter than a real intention.

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    Hi, guys!


    ------------------>L´Artisan Tea for two

    Another unique fragrance by L´Artisan Parfumeur! Lasted for about 12h. Once again I find that sillage was moderate and projection about 3h. It´s kind of versatile, but not a reference in this matter, I think. I´d say this is a good unisex scent. In spite of seeing the quality of the ingredients, it´s not a "I love it" case for this discontinued fragrance. The tea in very authentic, ginger and the spices are agreeable. On my skin, I can smell tea, spices, ginger and tobacco, but nothing more. I must remember that my nose it´s not very good.

    Overall, an interesting quality scent, but not in my priority buy list.


    Scent: 7.78
    Longevity: 9
    Sillage: 7.75
    Projection: 7.65
    Uniqueness: 8.50
    Versatiliy: 7.35
    Scent masculinity: 7.5
    ---Overall: 7.92

    Would I buy it? Probably not.



    Also to be tested: Montale Chocolate Greedy

    MCI Invasion Barbare
    Slumberhouse Ore
    Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
    By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses
    Heeley Sel Marin
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Green Irish Tweed
    Serge Lutens Five O´Clock Gingembre

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    Just a side note. I hope you give Carnal Flower at least a couple of chances when you test it. It is amazing in my opinion, but my other half took a while to appreciate it saying it was too feminine. Brilliant scent... ;-)
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    6. Bond No.9 New York Oud
    7. Norma Kamali Incense


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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    Just a side note. I hope you give Carnal Flower at least a couple of chances when you test it. It is amazing in my opinion, but my other half took a while to appreciate it saying it was too feminine. Brilliant scent... ;-)
    Will do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyacl View Post
    I´d buy all the ones I said "Yes"!

    However, the "Would I buy it?" is more of a assessment parameter than a real intention.
    That's why I asked!

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    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Amouage Reflection Man -------> 8.69
    2 - Amouage Lyric Man -------> 8.64
    3 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille -------> 8.52
    4 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    5 - Amouage Jubilation -------> 8.33
    6 - Puredistance M -------> 8.32
    7 - Creed Bois du Portugal -------> 8.31
    8 - By Kilian A Taste of Heaven -------> 8.30
    9 - Comme des Garcon 2 Man -------> 8.29
    10 - Diptyque Volutes -------> 8.20
    11 - Comme des Garcons Wonderwood -------> 8.17
    12 - Diptyque Eau Duelle -------> 8.16
    13 - L´Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu -------> 8.12
    14 - Parfume Generale Aomassai -------> 8.10
    15 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    16 - Serge Lutens Arabie ------->8.02
    17 - Tauer Lonestar Memories ------->7.99
    18 - Comme de Garcons Black ------->7.98
    19 - Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver ------->7.97
    20 - Le Labo Santal 33 ------->7.96
    21 - Frapin 1270 ------->7.94
    22 - Montale Intense Cafe ------->7.93
    23 - L´Artisan Tea for Two ------->7.92
    24 - Comme des Garcons Original ------->7.89
    25 - Comme des Garcons 2 ------->7.86
    26 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    27 - Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore ------->7.73
    28 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir -------> 7.59
    29 - Tauer Carrilon Pour Un Ange -------> 7.51
    30 - Le Labo Iris 39 -------> 7.07
    31 - Tom Ford Noir de Noir -------> 6.36
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    Hello, guys!



    ------------->Montale Chocolate Greedy


    After seeing many reviews about this fragrance, I could finally test it. Verdict? Quite good! Although no being a beast like Black Aoud, it´s still strong. This is a great gourmand, really! The Cacao is good, although I don´t get the coffee. To my nose it´s a bit powdery, guess it could be by nose…or skin. Lasted for about 12-13h. Sillage was moderate to heavy and projection about 3-4h. I´d say this is a good unisex scent.


    Scent: 8.65
    Longevity: 9.10
    Sillage: 8.50
    Projection: 8
    Uniqueness: 8
    Versatiliy: 7.25
    Scent masculinity: 7.5
    ---Overall: 8.13

    Would I buy it? YES!!



    Also to be tested: MCI Invasion Barbare

    Slumberhouse Ore
    Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
    By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses
    Heeley Sel Marin
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Green Irish Tweed
    Serge Lutens Five O´Clock Gingembre

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    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Amouage Reflection Man -------> 8.69
    2 - Amouage Lyric Man -------> 8.64
    3 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille -------> 8.52
    4 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    5 - Amouage Jubilation -------> 8.33
    6 - Puredistance M -------> 8.32
    7 - Creed Bois du Portugal -------> 8.31
    8 - By Kilian A Taste of Heaven -------> 8.30
    9 - Comme des Garcon 2 Man -------> 8.29
    10 - Diptyque Volutes -------> 8.20
    11 - Comme des Garcons Wonderwood -------> 8.17
    12 - Diptyque Eau Duelle -------> 8.16
    13 - Montale Chocolate Greedy -------> 8.13
    14 - L´Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu -------> 8.12
    15 - Parfume Generale Aomassai -------> 8.10
    16 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    17 - Serge Lutens Arabie ------->8.02
    18 - Tauer Lonestar Memories ------->7.99
    19 - Comme de Garcons Black ------->7.98
    20 - Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver ------->7.97
    21 - Le Labo Santal 33 ------->7.96
    22 - Frapin 1270 ------->7.94
    23 - Montale Intense Cafe ------->7.93
    24 - L´Artisan Tea for Two ------->7.92
    25 - Comme des Garcons Original ------->7.89
    26 - Comme des Garcons 2 ------->7.86
    27 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    28 - Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore ------->7.73
    29 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir -------> 7.59
    30 - Tauer Carrilon Pour Un Ange -------> 7.51
    31 - Le Labo Iris 39 -------> 7.07
    32 - Tom Ford Noir de Noir -------> 6.36
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    Finally, the review of Invasion Barbare!


    ------------> MDCI Invasion Barbare

    What a great scent! Awesome! Very masculine! Ok, let me start: Invasion Barbare is a very well blendled fragrance. An amazing combination of lavender, vanilla and citrus (plus the rest). This fragrance projected very nicely for about 4h. Sillage is moderate to heavy and I got about 13h of longevity. The question, here? In spite of being way superior to A Taste of Heaven, I get the “barber shop vibe”. In fact, although a remarkable fragrance, I have the same idea everytime I sniff it: “A pure classy mature man”. In my words, mature means a man above 50s. By this, I´m saying I don´t think it´d be a fragrance I´d wear often, but man, this is awesome! So, what´s the "not so cool part", here – lavender. I´m starting the associate lavender to a the “mature man vibe” and “barber shop vibe” no matter how perfect the fragrance is.

    In spite of what written above, this is a fragrance that I could easily wear in any upper class event, formal and maybe at work during any season.

    PURE CLASS!



    Scent: 9.44
    Longevity: 9.15
    Sillage: 8.20
    Projection: 8
    Uniqueness: 8.30
    Versatiliy: 8
    Scent masculinity: 9.65
    ---Overall: 8.67

    Would I buy it? YES!!



    Also to be tested: Slumberhouse Ore

    Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
    By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses
    Heeley Sel Marin
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Green Irish Tweed
    Serge Lutens Five O´Clock Gingembre
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    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Amouage Reflection Man -------> 8.69
    2 - MCDI Invasion Barbare -------> 8.67
    3 - Amouage Lyric Man -------> 8.64
    4 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille -------> 8.52
    5 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    6 - Amouage Jubilation -------> 8.33
    7 - Puredistance M -------> 8.32
    8 - Creed Bois du Portugal -------> 8.31
    9 - By Kilian A Taste of Heaven -------> 8.30
    10 - Comme des Garcon 2 Man -------> 8.29
    11 - Diptyque Volutes -------> 8.20
    12 - Comme des Garcons Wonderwood -------> 8.17
    13 - Diptyque Eau Duelle -------> 8.16
    14 - Montale Chocolate Greedy -------> 8.13
    15 - L´Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu -------> 8.12
    16 - Parfume Generale Aomassai -------> 8.10
    17 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    18 - Serge Lutens Arabie ------->8.02
    19 - Tauer Lonestar Memories ------->7.99
    20 - Comme de Garcons Black ------->7.98
    21 - Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver ------->7.97
    22 - Le Labo Santal 33 ------->7.96
    23 - Frapin 1270 ------->7.94
    24 - Montale Intense Cafe ------->7.93
    25 - L´Artisan Tea for Two ------->7.92
    26 - Comme des Garcons Original ------->7.89
    27 - Comme des Garcons 2 ------->7.86
    28 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    29 - Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore ------->7.73
    30 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir -------> 7.59
    31 - Tauer Carrilon Pour Un Ange -------> 7.51
    32 - Le Labo Iris 39 -------> 7.07
    33 - Tom Ford Noir de Noir -------> 6.36
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 7th January 2014 at 06:02 PM.

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    & Reflection stands the test of Invasion Barbare - albeit by a whisker...Now I feel it might remain safe till we enter sampling part 3.

    How would you rate Chocolate Greedy on a "sweetness" scale. To me it was 20 out of 10 on that index.

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    I like Chocolate Greedy but I have never bought it because I want to drink it. Such a realistic chocolate smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badarun View Post
    & Reflection stands the test of Invasion Barbare - albeit by a whisker...Now I feel it might remain safe till we enter sampling part 3.
    Lol. One never know what´s to come...!


    Quote Originally Posted by badarun View Post
    How would you rate Chocolate Greedy on a "sweetness" scale. To me it was 20 out of 10 on that index.

    20? I´d give a 8. I don´t think it´s THAT sweet. I do find Ambrè Narguille sweeter or even Tobacco Vanille.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TLS View Post
    I like Chocolate Greedy but I have never bought it because I want to drink it. Such a realistic chocolate smell.
    You can always not drink it, in spite of your desire!

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    Good to see Invasion Barbare kicking some ass.


    You have good taste, Johnny!

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    Ditto on the good taste. Can't wait to get my bottle of Lyric!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Good to see Invasion Barbare kicking some ass.


    You have good taste, Johnny!

    Yeah!

    Thank you, buddy!

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    Ditto on the good taste. Can't wait to get my bottle of Lyric!

    Thank you, joev.

    Indeed, an amazing fragrance!

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    What´s up, guys?


    ------------>Slumberhouse Ore

    WOW!!! I LOVE THIS! Another unique fragrance, here! The quality of ingredients is high and the blend is awesome. This is a “dirty woody balsamic chocolate” scent. The cocoa is great! I don´t get the pepper, though. Ok, cons of this fragrance: performance, performance and…performance. Sillage was soft to moderate, while projection was about 3h, but the vast majority of time it´s a close to the skin scent. On my skin, this baby lasted for 12h. Versatility, now: it´s a Winter/Fall scent that I would wear in casual, date and maybe as a night out scent (the reason of “maybe” is the fact that, being smooth, it´d be shadowed by any strong fragrance). It leans to the masculine side, in my opinion. Although being a gourmand, it not too sweet, which I find great. If this baby had a good performance, it´d be by far my favorite gourmand.

    Scent: 9.45
    Longevity: 9
    Sillage: 7.85
    Projection: 7.60
    Uniqueness: 8.75
    Versatiliy: 7.60
    Scent masculinity: 7.95
    ---Overall: 8.31

    Would I buy it? YES!!!


    Next fragrance: Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles



    Also to be tested:
    By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses
    Heeley Sel Marin
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Green Irish Tweed
    Serge Lutens Five O´Clock Gingembre

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    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Amouage Reflection Man -------> 8.69
    2 - MCDI Invasion Barbare -------> 8.67
    3 - Amouage Lyric Man -------> 8.64
    4 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille -------> 8.52
    5 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    6 - Amouage Jubilation -------> 8.33
    7 - Puredistance M -------> 8.32
    8 - Slumberhouse Ore -------> 8.31
    9 - Creed Bois du Portugal -------> 8.31
    10 - By Kilian A Taste of Heaven -------> 8.30
    11 - Comme des Garcon 2 Man -------> 8.29
    12 - Diptyque Volutes -------> 8.20
    13 - Comme des Garcons Wonderwood -------> 8.17
    14 - Diptyque Eau Duelle -------> 8.16
    15 - Montale Chocolate Greedy -------> 8.13
    16 - L´Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu -------> 8.12
    17 - Parfume Generale Aomassai -------> 8.10
    18 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    19 - Serge Lutens Arabie ------->8.02
    20 - Tauer Lonestar Memories ------->7.99
    21 - Comme de Garcons Black ------->7.98
    22 - Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver ------->7.97
    23 - Le Labo Santal 33 ------->7.96
    24 - Frapin 1270 ------->7.94
    25 - Montale Intense Cafe ------->7.93
    26 - L´Artisan Tea for Two ------->7.92
    27 - Comme des Garcons Original ------->7.89
    28 - Comme des Garcons 2 ------->7.86
    29 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    30 - Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore ------->7.73
    31 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir -------> 7.59
    32 - Tauer Carrilon Pour Un Ange -------> 7.51
    33 - Le Labo Iris 39 -------> 7.07
    34 - Tom Ford Noir de Noir -------> 6.36

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    Keep them coming. Though I find the projection of Lyric, which I just got, a little lacking.

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    Hello, guys!


    ----------->Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles

    I tell you, Serge Lutens is starting to climbing on my houses preference! Another great fragrance form this house. In fact, I find it a bit similar to Jubilation XXV, although this is aromatic and more Woody. Very agreeable scent. I must say that, unlike many people, I do prefer this unique scent to Jubilation XXV. On my skin the performance is slightly better, also.Lasted for about 15h. Projection about 4-4 and a half h, with moderate sillage. Not so masculine, though.

    Very interesting!


    Scent: 8.81
    Longevity: 9.40
    Sillage: 8.15
    Projection: 7.90
    Uniqueness: 8.15
    Versatility: 7.80
    Scent masculinity: 7.75
    --- Overall: 8.28

    Would I buy it? YES!!


    Next fragrance: By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses


    Also to be tested: Heeley Sel Marin
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Green Irish Tweed
    Serge Lutens Five O´Clock Gingembre

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyacl View Post
    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Amouage Reflection Man -------> 8.69
    2 - MCDI Invasion Barbare -------> 8.67
    3 - Amouage Lyric Man -------> 8.64
    4 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille -------> 8.52
    5 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    6 - Amouage Jubilation -------> 8.33
    7 - Puredistance M -------> 8.32
    8 - Slumberhouse Ore -------> 8.31
    9 - Creed Bois du Portugal -------> 8.31
    10 - By Kilian A Taste of Heaven -------> 8.30
    11 - Comme des Garcon 2 Man -------> 8.29
    12 - Diptyque Volutes -------> 8.20
    13 - Comme des Garcons Wonderwood -------> 8.17
    14 - Diptyque Eau Duelle -------> 8.16
    15 - Montale Chocolate Greedy -------> 8.13
    16 - L´Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu -------> 8.12
    17 - Parfume Generale Aomassai -------> 8.10
    18 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    19 - Serge Lutens Arabie ------->8.02
    20 - Tauer Lonestar Memories ------->7.99
    21 - Comme de Garcons Black ------->7.98
    22 - Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver ------->7.97
    23 - Le Labo Santal 33 ------->7.96
    24 - Frapin 1270 ------->7.94
    25 - Montale Intense Cafe ------->7.93
    26 - L´Artisan Tea for Two ------->7.92
    27 - Comme des Garcons Original ------->7.89
    28 - Comme des Garcons 2 ------->7.86
    29 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    30 - Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore ------->7.73
    31 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir -------> 7.59
    32 - Tauer Carrilon Pour Un Ange -------> 7.51
    33 - Le Labo Iris 39 -------> 7.07
    34 - Tom Ford Noir de Noir -------> 6.36

    Invasion Barbare #2? Nice. Comme des Garcon 2 Man #11? Not nice. hahaha

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    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Amouage Reflection Man -------> 8.69
    2 - MCDI Invasion Barbare -------> 8.67
    3 - Amouage Lyric Man -------> 8.64
    4 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille -------> 8.52
    5 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    6 - Amouage Jubilation -------> 8.33
    7 - Puredistance M -------> 8.32
    8 - Slumberhouse Ore -------> 8.31
    9 - Creed Bois du Portugal -------> 8.31
    10 - By Kilian A Taste of Heaven -------> 8.30
    11 - Comme des Garcon 2 Man -------> 8.29
    12 - Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles -------> 8.28
    13 - Diptyque Volutes -------> 8.20
    14 - Comme des Garcons Wonderwood -------> 8.17
    15 - Diptyque Eau Duelle -------> 8.16
    16 - Montale Chocolate Greedy -------> 8.13
    17 - L´Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu -------> 8.12
    18 - Parfume Generale Aomassai -------> 8.10
    19 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    20 - Serge Lutens Arabie ------->8.02
    21 - Tauer Lonestar Memories ------->7.99
    22 - Comme de Garcons Black ------->7.98
    23 - Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver ------->7.97
    24 - Le Labo Santal 33 ------->7.96
    25 - Frapin 1270 ------->7.94
    26 - Montale Intense Cafe ------->7.93
    27 - L´Artisan Tea for Two ------->7.92
    28 - Comme des Garcons Original ------->7.89
    29 - Comme des Garcons 2 ------->7.86
    30 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    31 - Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore ------->7.73
    32 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir -------> 7.59
    33 - Tauer Carrilon Pour Un Ange -------> 7.51
    34 - Le Labo Iris 39 -------> 7.07
    35 - Tom Ford Noir de Noir -------> 6.36

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    Quote Originally Posted by joev View Post
    Keep them coming. Though I find the projection of Lyric, which I just got, a little lacking.
    My friend, that´s a shame! Such a beautiful fragrance. How was longevity?


    On my skin, most fragrance project for 4h.

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    Longevity is excellent. 12 hours. The projection dies after about 4 hours but it has a lovely spillage. It's hard to beat a Lutens in my book. I own them all. But this Lyric is so gorgeous it's all I've been wearing since I got it. Yours best, joe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joev View Post
    Longevity is excellent. 12 hours. The projection dies after about 4 hours but it has a lovely spillage. It's hard to beat a Lutens in my book. I own them all. But this Lyric is so gorgeous it's all I've been wearing since I got it. Yours best, joe.
    I got 17h! Projection of 5-6h! Lucky me!

    But like I said, most fragrance last a max of 4 h on my skin. Some, 2h...! Have your tried Reflection or Jubilation?

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    No. I just started exploring this house. I blind bought Opus V because of all the orris notes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyacl View Post
    OVERALL RANKING:
    29 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    Johnnyacl - What? Ambre Preciaux still on #29?
    Last edited by badarun; 10th January 2014 at 03:25 AM.

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    This thread should be a "sticky".
    My Favorites
    1a. Slumberhouse Zahd
    1. Amouage Epic man
    2. Dior Leather Oud
    3. Amouage Tribute Attar
    4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
    5. Amouage Opus VII
    6. Bond No.9 New York Oud
    7. Norma Kamali Incense


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    Quote Originally Posted by joev View Post
    No. I just started exploring this house. I blind bought Opus V because of all the orris notes.
    I see! If you have the opportunity, "take a sniff" on Reflection and Jubilation XXY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by badarun View Post
    Johnnyacl - What? Ambre Preciaux still on #29?
    Hehehe! Overall Ranking, my friend! Overall! Not a Scent Ranking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lem View Post
    invasion barbare #2? Nice. Comme des garcon 2 man #11? Not nice. Hahaha
    lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    This thread should be a "sticky".
    Thank you.

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    Hi, guys!


    ------------>By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses

    Putting it simple: I like this scent! Really do! Is if for me? NO! Quality? High, as expected. Problems? Projection, sillage and being too feminine. As simple as that! This is interesting fragrance for my girlfriend, for exemple. But not for me. Fruity (PLUM, peach, coconut) with rose! Interesting combination, not great, in my opinion. Regarding performance: lasted for about 11h, with soft-moderate sillage. Projection? About 3 h.

    Not for me!



    Scent: 8.08
    Longevity: 8.70
    Sillage: 7.70
    Projection: 7.60
    Uniqueness: 8.10
    Versatility: 7.5
    Scent masculinity: 5.5
    --- Overall: 7.60

    Would I buy it? No!


    Next fragrance: Heeley Sel Marin


    Also to be tested:
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Green Irish Tweed
    Serge Lutens Five O´Clock Gingembre

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    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Amouage Reflection Man -------> 8.69
    2 - MCDI Invasion Barbare -------> 8.67
    3 - Amouage Lyric Man -------> 8.64
    4 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille -------> 8.52
    5 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    6 - Amouage Jubilation -------> 8.33
    7 - Puredistance M -------> 8.32
    8 - Slumberhouse Ore -------> 8.31
    9 - Creed Bois du Portugal -------> 8.31
    10 - By Kilian A Taste of Heaven -------> 8.30
    11 - Comme des Garcon 2 Man -------> 8.29
    12 - Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles -------> 8.28
    13 - Diptyque Volutes -------> 8.20
    14 - Comme des Garcons Wonderwood -------> 8.17
    15 - Diptyque Eau Duelle -------> 8.16
    16 - Montale Chocolate Greedy -------> 8.13
    17 - L´Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu -------> 8.12
    18 - Parfume Generale Aomassai -------> 8.10
    19 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    20 - Serge Lutens Arabie ------->8.02
    21 - Tauer Lonestar Memories ------->7.99
    22 - Comme de Garcons Black ------->7.98
    23 - Frederic Malle L´Eau D´Hiver ------->7.97
    24 - Le Labo Santal 33 ------->7.96
    25 - Frapin 1270 ------->7.94
    26 - Montale Intense Cafe ------->7.93
    27 - L´Artisan Tea for Two ------->7.92
    28 - Comme des Garcons Original ------->7.89
    29 - Comme des Garcons 2 ------->7.86
    30 - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambrè Precieux ------->7.81
    31 - Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore ------->7.73
    32 - By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses ------->7.60
    33 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir -------> 7.59
    34 - Tauer Carrilon Pour Un Ange -------> 7.51
    35 - Le Labo Iris 39 -------> 7.07
    36 - Tom Ford Noir de Noir -------> 6.36

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    Still I love Liaisons Dangereuses but I agree it's more feminine...

    Let's get salty for your next sample

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