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  1. #61

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatbush Ave View Post
    Out of all the fragrances I tested, Coney Island wow'd me the most.
    A few months ago, I placed a card sprayed with CI in my pocket. And on my way home I kept getting a whiff of the scent trail.The best way to describe CI is it smells like an Orange margarita. This is the most unique fragrance I've experienced.
    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    This a favorite of mine and a summer staple for me.

    I agree with you, guys! It´s a great Summer fragrance!

  2. #62

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackheart2925 View Post
    Johnnyaci apologies for interrupting the thread but wanted to point out - Heeley Espirit du Tigre review seems to be missing from the index list ?

    Sent from my GT-P1000 using Tapatalk 2
    Hey, blackheart2925!

    Ooops, you´re right!

    Done! Thank you for your help.

  3. #63

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    Hello, guys!

    ---------->Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud (EDP)<-----------


    Maison Francis Kurkdjian gives me mixed feelings! This may be a difficult an unusal scent for some, mostly the opening. However, in my opinion this scent is absolute and strangely wonderful, but only ON PAPER. It´s something as a never smelled before. Oud, saffron, pathouli and cedar. The opening has a medicinal “vibe”, but is strangely beautiful. In fact, the opening initially made me think “WOW”! The drydown it to die for, in spite of lealing to the feminine side, in my opinion. These are the good news.

    The bad news are that, SADLY, on my skin, this beauty turns into a sweet but cheap perfume scent! This was such a disapointment! In fact, I felt kind of unfortable during the morning and the rest of the day. Plus, I was a bit unluky. People rarely comment the scents I use, but today, during a meeting at work, after lunch, one female colleague asked: “Hey, who´s wearing cheap chinese woman perfume?” So, that colleague of mine, end up looking at me, came to sniff my neck and said: “Naughy, naughy! You have to buy quality perfumes to your lovers!” Well, I ended up laughing, but in fact, she was right about saying that the scent wasn´t good. This isn´t the first time that an oud based fragrance (with woods) smells cheap on my skin. The same happened with Tom Ford Oud Wood.

    Apart from this, the fragrance has a good performance. I just wish that, on my skin, the scent was close to the one I smelled on paper. So, unfortunately, I must judge the scent, uniqueness and versatility, based on my skin, and not on paper.



    Regarding Performance:

    - Longevity: 12h
    - Sillage: Moderate.
    - Projection: 4h

    Scent: 6
    Longevity: 9
    Sillage: 8
    Projection: 8
    Uniqueness: 6
    Versatility: 7
    --- Overall: 7.33


    Would I buy it? No.

    Sadly, I wouldn´t pay $270(~€195) – 70 ml, for a fragrance that has such a smell on my skin.





    Next fragrance: Bond no. 9 Brooklyn


    Also to be tested: Kerosene R'Oud Elements

    Hermessence Vetiver Tonka
    Bond no. 9 Cooper Square
    PK Perfumes Violet Chocolatier

    Byredo Bal d'Afrique
    Bond no. 9 Chinatown
    Guerlain Tonka Imperiale
    Bond no. 9 Chez Bond
    Kerosene Pretty Machine
    Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    By Kilian Amber Oud
    Bond no. 9 Hamptons
    Byredo Gypsy Water
    Creed Royal Water
    Slumberhouse Pear & Olive
    By Kilian Sweet Redemption

    Montale Red Aoud
    Byredo Pulp
    Creed Jardin D'Amalfi
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Aqua Universalis
    Bond no. 9 So New York
    Kerosene Creature
    Bond no. 9 Eau de New York

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Homme
    Bond no. 9 West Side
    Creed Royal-Oud
    Bond no. 9 High Line
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme
    Slumberhouse Sova
    Bond no. 9 Wall Street

    Slumberhouse Norne
    Bond no. 9 New York Oud
    Amouage Memoir Man
    PK Perfumes Cafe Diem
    Imaginary Authors Cape Heartache
    Bond no. 9 Eau de Noho
    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

    Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    Bond no. 9 New Haarlem
    PK Perfumes Zaffran
    Tauer Orange Star

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    Looking forward to these other's you have listed for review.
    Currently wearing: L'Homme de Coeur by Divine

  5. #65

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasatch View Post
    Looking forward to these other's you have listed for review.
    Me too, Wasatch.

    Stay tuned!

  6. #66

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    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Bond No 9 Andy Warhol Success is a Job in New York ---------> 8.42
    2 - Le Labo Vetyver 46 ---------> 8.36
    3 - PK Perfumes Gold Leather ---------> 8.34
    4 - Bond No 9 Astor Place ---------> 8.25
    5 - Bond No 9 Coney Island ---------> 8.23
    7 - Montale Aoud Musk ---------> 8.16
    8 - By Kilian Cruel Intentions ---------> 8.12
    9 - Kerosene Unknown Pleasures ---------> 8.08
    10 - Heeley Esprit du Tigre ---------> 7.93
    11 - Bond No 9 Riverside Drive ---------> 7.92
    12 - Bond No 9 Signature Perfume ---------> 7.74
    13 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud ---------> 7.33
    14 - Frapin 1697 ---------> 7.31
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 28th February 2014 at 11:07 PM.

  7. #67

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    Hi, guys!

    ---------->Bond No 9 Brooklyn (EDP)<-----------


    Well, Brooklyn is one of the most famous Bonds. Simply putting, this is very nice fragrance, and that´s it. Not a WOW case for me. Brooklyn opening is fresh (grapefruit) and reminds me a bit of Bvulgari Man. This is a pleasant wood aromatic spicy and sophisticated scent. It´s also unique. Cardamom, Cypress, Juniper Berrie, Cedarwood, Leather and Guaiac wood, make a pleasant combination, I must say. Although being a unisex frag, this leans clearly toward the masculine side. The best part here are the middle and the base notes, in my opinion.

    I can see this fragrance being a all year round one, although it´ll suit better Spring, Summer and Fall.


    Interesting one.


    Regarding Performance:

    - Longevity: 11h
    - Sillage: About Moderate.
    - Projection: 3-4h

    Scent: 8.80
    Longevity: 8.75
    Sillage: 7.80
    Projection: 7.70
    Uniqueness: 8
    Versatility: 8
    --- Overall: 8.18


    Would I buy it? Possibility. Not a priority.

    100 ml cost $260 (~€190). Alhough I like this fragrance, I do not consider an eventual buy a priority.


    Next fragrance: Kerosene R'Oud Elements


    Also to be tested:

    Hermessence Vetiver Tonka
    Bond no. 9 Cooper Square
    PK Perfumes Violet Chocolatier

    Byredo Bal d'Afrique
    Bond no. 9 Chinatown
    Guerlain Tonka Imperiale
    Bond no. 9 Chez Bond
    Kerosene Pretty Machine
    Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    By Kilian Amber Oud
    Bond no. 9 Hamptons
    Byredo Gypsy Water
    Creed Royal Water
    Slumberhouse Pear & Olive
    By Kilian Sweet Redemption

    Montale Red Aoud
    Byredo Pulp
    Creed Jardin D'Amalfi
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Aqua Universalis
    Bond no. 9 So New York
    Kerosene Creature
    Bond no. 9 Eau de New York

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Homme
    Bond no. 9 West Side
    Creed Royal-Oud
    Bond no. 9 High Line
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme
    Slumberhouse Sova
    Bond no. 9 Wall Street

    Slumberhouse Norne
    Bond no. 9 New York Oud
    Amouage Memoir Man
    PK Perfumes Cafe Diem
    Imaginary Authors Cape Heartache
    Bond no. 9 Eau de Noho
    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

    Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    Bond no. 9 New Haarlem
    PK Perfumes Zaffran
    Tauer Orange Star
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 24th February 2014 at 05:24 PM.

  8. #68

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    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Bond No 9 Andy Warhol Success is a Job in New York ---------> 8.42
    2 - Le Labo Vetyver 46 ---------> 8.36
    3 - PK Perfumes Gold Leather ---------> 8.34
    4 - Bond No 9 Astor Place ---------> 8.25
    5 - Bond No 9 Coney Island ---------> 8.23
    6 - Bond No 9 Brooklyn ---------> 8.18
    7 - Montale Aoud Musk ---------> 8.16
    8 - By Kilian Cruel Intentions ---------> 8.12
    9 - Kerosene Unknown Pleasures ---------> 8.08
    10 - Heeley Esprit du Tigre ---------> 7.93
    11 - Bond No 9 Riverside Drive ---------> 7.92
    12 - Bond No 9 Signature Perfume ---------> 7.74
    13 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud ---------> 7.33
    14 - Frapin 1697 ---------> 7.31
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 28th February 2014 at 11:07 PM.

  9. #69

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    It took me a while for me to like Brooklyn. I like the woody note.

  10. #70

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatbush Ave View Post
    It took me a while for me to like Brooklyn. I like the woody note.
    I agree that it may be hard at the beginning, but in my opinion this is a good a pleasing fragrance!

  11. #71

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    Hi, guys!

    ---------->Kerosene R´Oud Elements (EDP)<-----------


    This is a great fragrance for those who don´t like Oud too much (I´m included). An unique fragrance that John Kerosene created. Oud, sandalwood, lavender, bitter Orange, amber are some of the notes, here. The combination is really agreeable. It´s strong but non offensive, being highly enjoyable. Very weel blended, with quality ingredients. I´d say this is of of the easiest oud fragrances to wear. My complain? I wish projection was better. So far, I must say that I´m becoming a fan of John Kerosene´s fragrances.

    This fragrance is perfect for Fall, although it´d be also great for Winter.


    Regarding Performance:

    - Longevity: ~12h
    - Sillage: About Moderate.
    - Projection: ~3h

    Scent: 9.15
    Longevity: 9
    Sillage: 8
    Projection: 7.50
    Uniqueness: 8
    Versatility: 7.90
    --- Overall: 8.26


    Would I buy it? Yes!

    The fragrance has quality, very pleasant scent, a fair projection, good sillage and longevity. $140 (~€105) for 100 ml is a very good price!


    Next fragrance: Hermessence Vetiver Tonka


    Also to be tested:

    Bond no. 9 Cooper Square
    PK Perfumes Violet Chocolatier

    Byredo Bal d'Afrique
    Bond no. 9 Chinatown
    Guerlain Tonka Imperiale
    Bond no. 9 Chez Bond
    Kerosene Pretty Machine
    Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    By Kilian Amber Oud
    Bond no. 9 Hamptons
    Byredo Gypsy Water
    Creed Royal Water
    Slumberhouse Pear & Olive
    By Kilian Sweet Redemption

    Montale Red Aoud
    Byredo Pulp
    Creed Jardin D'Amalfi
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Aqua Universalis
    Bond no. 9 So New York
    Kerosene Creature
    Bond no. 9 Eau de New York

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Homme
    Bond no. 9 West Side
    Creed Royal-Oud
    Bond no. 9 High Line
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme
    Slumberhouse Sova
    Bond no. 9 Wall Street

    Slumberhouse Norne
    Bond no. 9 New York Oud
    Amouage Memoir Man
    PK Perfumes Cafe Diem
    Imaginary Authors Cape Heartache
    Bond no. 9 Eau de Noho
    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

    Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    Bond no. 9 New Haarlem
    PK Perfumes Zaffran
    Tauer Orange Star
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 25th February 2014 at 06:37 PM.

  12. #72

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyacl View Post
    Hi, guys!

    ---------->Bond No 9 Coney Island (EDP)<-----------


    Ok, I think this may be a love or hate fragrance. Guess what? I love it! This is Summer in a bottle! Great notes, here. Margarita mix, lime, melon guava, cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, cedarwood (I don´t get the chocolate, to be honest). This is great! The opening although sharp and strong is very pleasant, citrusy, boozy with salty hints. The dry down, although different (sweet and woody) is also very, very good. This is quite unique that has a beach vibe. For some this could be hard to wear, but not for me. I really enjoyed wearing this, even now, during Winter.

    This fragrance is clearly for Summer, although I would use it easily during hot Spring days. It´s fairly unisex. In spite of being strong at the beggining, it begins to fade away about 2 h later, although it projects nicely for about 3h. I´m sure that during Summer it will be quite different.

    Overall, another great choice for Summer! Love this.


    Regarding Performance:

    - Longevity: 11h
    - Sillage: Moderate.
    - Projection: 3h

    Scent: 9.20
    Longevity: 8.90
    Sillage: 8
    Projection: 7.60
    Uniqueness: 8.50
    Versatility: 7
    --- Overall: 8.20


    Would I buy it? Yes!

    Although 100 ml cost $285 (~€195), I´d really buy this great fragrance.


    Next fragrance: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud


    Also to be tested: Bond no. 9 Brooklyn

    Kerosene R'Oud Elements
    Hermessence Vetiver Tonka
    Bond no. 9 Cooper Square
    PK Perfumes Violet Chocolatier

    Byredo Bal d'Afrique
    Bond no. 9 Chinatown
    Guerlain Tonka Imperiale
    Bond no. 9 Chez Bond
    Kerosene Pretty Machine
    Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    By Kilian Amber Oud
    Bond no. 9 Hamptons
    Byredo Gypsy Water
    Creed Royal Water
    Slumberhouse Pear & Olive
    By Kilian Sweet Redemption

    Montale Red Aoud
    Byredo Pulp
    Creed Jardin D'Amalfi
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Aqua Universalis
    Bond no. 9 So New York
    Kerosene Creature
    Bond no. 9 Eau de New York

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Homme
    Bond no. 9 West Side
    Creed Royal-Oud
    Bond no. 9 High Line
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme
    Slumberhouse Sova
    Bond no. 9 Wall Street

    Slumberhouse Norne
    Bond no. 9 New York Oud
    Amouage Memoir Man
    PK Perfumes Cafe Diem
    Imaginary Authors Cape Heartache
    Bond no. 9 Eau de Noho
    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

    Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    Bond no. 9 New Haarlem
    PK Perfumes Zaffran
    Tauer Orange Star

    Coney Island is great I agree.

  13. #73

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyacl View Post
    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Bond No 9 Andy Warhol Success is a Job in New York ---------> 8.44
    2 - Le Labo Vetyver 46 ---------> 8.36
    3 - PK Perfumes Gold Leather ---------> 8.34
    4 - Bond No 9 Astor Place ---------> 8.25
    5 - Bond No 9 Coney Island ---------> 8.20
    7 - Bond No 9 Brooklyn ---------> 8.18
    8 - Montale Aoud Musk ---------> 8.16
    9 - By Kilian Cruel Intentions ---------> 8.12
    10 - Kerosene Unknown Pleasures ---------> 8.08
    11 - Heeley Esprit du Tigre ---------> 7.93
    12 - Bond No 9 Riverside Drive ---------> 7.92
    13 - Bond No 9 Signature Perfume ---------> 7.74
    14 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud ---------> 7.33
    15 - Frapin 1697 ---------> 7.31
    Curious to see your opinion regarding Chinatown, since you usually dislike unisex fragrances leaning toward the feminine side.

  14. #74

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    Hi, guys!

    ---------->Hermessence Vetiver Tonka (EDT)<-----------



    This is great!!! So far, the best vetiver fragrance I´ve smelt! Jean-Claude Ellena made a masterpiece. You can smell real quality, here. The tobacco, tonka bean, praline and hazelnut are great. Very well blended, this fragrance is strong, but nevertheless, smooth and warm. It opens with a strong vetiver smell, sweetned soon after. Other good think Vetiver Tonka has is the fact of being not TOO sweet. It isn´t cloying.

    Although perfect for Fall, I guess I could include this beauty in the all year round group.

    The combination is very, very good.This is a beautiful elegante fragrance! I wish it could project even better and last more.


    Regarding Performance:

    - Longevity: ~11h
    - Sillage: Moderate.
    - Projection: 3-4h

    Scent: 9.36
    Longevity: 8.90
    Sillage: 8
    Projection: 7.80
    Uniqueness: 8.30
    Versatility: 8.50
    --- Overall: 8.48


    Would I buy it? Yes!!

    Although expensive - $245 (~€180) for 100 ml – this beauty clearly justify the price.


    Next fragrance: Bond no. 9 Cooper Square


    Also to be tested: PK Perfumes Violet Chocolatier

    Byredo Bal d'Afrique
    Bond no. 9 Chinatown
    Guerlain Tonka Imperiale
    Bond no. 9 Chez Bond
    Kerosene Pretty Machine
    Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    By Kilian Amber Oud
    Bond no. 9 Hamptons
    Byredo Gypsy Water
    Creed Royal Water
    Slumberhouse Pear & Olive
    By Kilian Sweet Redemption

    Montale Red Aoud
    Byredo Pulp
    Creed Jardin D'Amalfi
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Aqua Universalis
    Bond no. 9 So New York
    Kerosene Creature
    Bond no. 9 Eau de New York

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Homme
    Bond no. 9 West Side
    Creed Royal-Oud
    Bond no. 9 High Line
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme
    Slumberhouse Sova
    Bond no. 9 Wall Street

    Slumberhouse Norne
    Bond no. 9 New York Oud
    Amouage Memoir Man
    PK Perfumes Cafe Diem
    Imaginary Authors Cape Heartache
    Bond no. 9 Eau de Noho
    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

    Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    Bond no. 9 New Haarlem
    PK Perfumes Zaffran
    Tauer Orange Star
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 2nd March 2014 at 05:18 PM.

  15. #75

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lem View Post
    Curious to see your opinion regarding Chinatown, since you usually dislike unisex fragrances leaning toward the feminine side.

    Hey, Lem!

    Hmmm, guess you´re mistaken, buddy. I do not dislike them. What I do say is that it could be reason enough not to buy it (or wear it).

  16. #76

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    ---------->Bond No 9 Cooper Square (EDP)<-----------


    One word: disappointment! I expected more from this house. This scent is quite common. Unisex? No way! This smells like a good after shave, kind of a strong barber shop vibe (specially the opening! I can´t see any woman wearing this. Overall, this is a woody and spicy aromatic scent. Spices, cognac, vetiver, patchouly , cashmere, lavender, myrrh are some of the notes present. Although the dry down has a floral accord, overall I can´t see this as a unisex scent. It´s fresh and clean, but honestly, quite common (at least on my skin).

    The best part of this fragrance is projection. Best for Fall/Winter, although it could be use all year round.


    Regarding Performance:

    - Longevity: ~14h
    - Sillage: Moderate.
    - Projection: 3-4h

    Scent: 7.50
    Longevity: 9.40
    Sillage: 8
    Projection: 7.70
    Uniqueness: 6.10
    Versatility: 7.90
    --- Overall: 7.76


    Would I buy it? No!

    $250 (~€182),100 ml for this fragrance? No away!


    Next fragrance: PK Perfumes Violet Chocolatier


    Also to be tested: Byredo Bal d'Afrique

    Bond no. 9 Chinatown
    Guerlain Tonka Imperiale
    Bond no. 9 Chez Bond
    Kerosene Pretty Machine
    Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    By Kilian Amber Oud
    Bond no. 9 Hamptons
    Byredo Gypsy Water
    Creed Royal Water
    Slumberhouse Pear & Olive
    By Kilian Sweet Redemption

    Montale Red Aoud
    Byredo Pulp
    Creed Jardin D'Amalfi
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Aqua Universalis
    Bond no. 9 So New York
    Kerosene Creature
    Bond no. 9 Eau de New York

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Homme
    Bond no. 9 West Side
    Creed Royal-Oud
    Bond no. 9 High Line
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme
    Slumberhouse Sova
    Bond no. 9 Wall Street

    Slumberhouse Norne
    Bond no. 9 New York Oud
    Amouage Memoir Man
    PK Perfumes Cafe Diem
    Imaginary Authors Cape Heartache
    Bond no. 9 Eau de Noho
    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

    Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    Bond no. 9 New Haarlem
    PK Perfumes Zaffran
    Tauer Orange Star
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 25th February 2014 at 09:24 PM.

  17. #77

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    ---------->PK Perfumes Violet Chocolatier(EDP)<-----------


    This is the first woman´s fragrance of this part. And what a way to start. Violet Chocolatier is really gorgeous! A quality, unique, beautiful and complex scent! The composition and blend of this fragrance are awesome. Very well blended! Chocolate covered Apricots, Cocao Absolute, Nutmeg, Hazelnut, Violet, Magnolia, Jasmine, Rose, Honey, Gardenia, Amber, Benzoin are some of the notes, here. Violet and Cacao are dominant, nevertheless.

    I decided to wear this perfume during the weekend, when I could be most of the time with my girlfriend. She immediately said: "Hey, that scent is great! What´s that? Why are you wearing a woman fragrance?" I told her this was another one that I was testing. She promptly said: "This is really good. I want to try it too.". She sprayed her wrists, soon after.

    The performance is good, and I can see this perfume a all year round case. Great for Winter and Fall, it will also be great during cold Spring days. Very versatile.

    Awesome fragrance!




    Regarding Performance:

    - Longevity: ~13h
    - Sillage: Moderate
    - Projection: ~4h

    Scent: 9.50
    Longevity: 9.20
    Sillage: 8
    Projection: 8
    Uniqueness: 8.45
    Versatility: 8.20
    --- Overall: 8.53


    Would I buy it Yes!
    60 ml cost $125 (~€90). A great price for such a beauty. I´d surely buy it for my girlfriend!


    Next fragrance: Byredo Bal d'Afrique


    Also to be tested: Bond no. 9 Chinatown

    Guerlain Tonka Imperiale
    Bond no. 9 Chez Bond
    Kerosene Pretty Machine
    Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    By Kilian Amber Oud
    Bond no. 9 Hamptons
    Byredo Gypsy Water
    Creed Royal Water
    Slumberhouse Pear & Olive
    By Kilian Sweet Redemption

    Montale Red Aoud
    Byredo Pulp
    Creed Jardin D'Amalfi
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Aqua Universalis
    Bond no. 9 So New York
    Kerosene Creature
    Bond no. 9 Eau de New York

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Homme
    Bond no. 9 West Side
    Creed Royal-Oud
    Bond no. 9 High Line
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme
    Slumberhouse Sova
    Bond no. 9 Wall Street

    Slumberhouse Norne
    Bond no. 9 New York Oud
    Amouage Memoir Man
    PK Perfumes Cafe Diem
    Imaginary Authors Cape Heartache
    Bond no. 9 Eau de Noho
    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

    Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    Bond no. 9 New Haarlem
    PK Perfumes Zaffran
    Tauer Orange Star
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 25th February 2014 at 08:04 PM.

  18. #78

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    OVERALL RANKING (WOMAN):

    1 - PK Perfumes Violet Chocolatier ---------> 8.53
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 12th March 2014 at 10:00 PM.

  19. #79

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    ---------->Byredo Bal D´Afrique (EDP)<-----------


    Ok, I know some will expect me to say that Bal D´Afrique is similar to Vetiver Tonka. And the truth is that in fact, the dry down has the same vibe. However, Bal D´Afrique is more citrusy and fruity. So, to make clear: I really like this! The combination is beautiful. Woody, floral and citrusy, with some sweetness, Bal D´Afrique it´s sophisticated, light, smooth, elegant and light. It is very well blended.and has quality. African Marigold, neroli, lemon, bergamot, cedarwood, vetiver, amber, are some of the notes.

    In my opinion, any man can wear this scent, although I think it leans a bit to the feminine side. The only complain I have is performance. It could be stronger. Although best for Spring/Summer, I´d wear this fragrance all year round.


    Regarding Performance:

    - Longevity: ~10h
    - Sillage: About moderate.
    - Projection: ~3h

    Scent: 9.28
    Longevity: 8.80
    Sillage: 7.80
    Projection: 7.50
    Uniqueness: 8.35
    Versatility: 8.15
    --- Overall: 8.30


    Would I buy it?Yes!

    €140 (~$193),100 ml is an interesting price. Although not as good as Vetiver Tonka, this fragrance is very interesting, as I´d buy it.


    Next fragrance: Bond no. 9 Chinatown


    Also to be tested:

    Guerlain Tonka Imperiale
    Bond no. 9 Chez Bond
    Kerosene Pretty Machine
    Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    By Kilian Amber Oud
    Bond no. 9 Hamptons
    Byredo Gypsy Water
    Creed Royal Water
    Slumberhouse Pear & Olive
    By Kilian Sweet Redemption

    Montale Red Aoud
    Byredo Pulp
    Creed Jardin D'Amalfi
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Aqua Universalis
    Bond no. 9 So New York
    Kerosene Creature
    Bond no. 9 Eau de New York

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Homme
    Bond no. 9 West Side
    Creed Royal-Oud
    Bond no. 9 High Line
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme
    Slumberhouse Sova
    Bond no. 9 Wall Street

    Slumberhouse Norne
    Bond no. 9 New York Oud
    Amouage Memoir Man
    PK Perfumes Cafe Diem
    Imaginary Authors Cape Heartache
    Bond no. 9 Eau de Noho
    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

    Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    Bond no. 9 New Haarlem
    PK Perfumes Zaffran
    Tauer Orange Star

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    ---------->Bond No 9 Chinatown (EDP)<-----------


    Chinatown is a unique, sophisticated, elegant, very agreeable scent. Although being floral, with a spicy and fruity vibe, there´s some sweetness in this scent. It´s not a gourmand, but there´s something sweet here (peach blossom maybe). Peach blossom, tuberose, gardenia, cardamom and patchouli are the notes of Chinatown. Bond No 9 did a great fragrance. This is wonderful.

    I can see know why Lem wrote he was curious to see my review about this fragrance. Chinatown is a really, really beautiful for...women. This is simply gorgeous, but not for me. Projection could be better, also. All year round fragrance, in my opinion.


    Regarding Performance:

    - Longevity: ~10h
    - Sillage: About moderate.
    - Projection: ~3h

    Scent: 9.33
    Longevity: 8.80
    Sillage: 8
    Projection: 7.80
    Uniqueness: 8.20
    Versatility: 8.15
    --- Overall: 8.39


    Would I buy it?No.

    $270 (~€197),100 ml, is quite expensive for a fragrance so feminine. Since I wound not wear this, I won´t buy it.


    Next fragrance: Guerlain Tonka Imperiale


    Also to be tested:

    Bond no. 9 Chez Bond
    Kerosene Pretty Machine
    Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    By Kilian Amber Oud
    Bond no. 9 Hamptons
    Byredo Gypsy Water
    Creed Royal Water
    Slumberhouse Pear & Olive
    By Kilian Sweet Redemption

    Montale Red Aoud
    Byredo Pulp
    Creed Jardin D'Amalfi
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Aqua Universalis
    Bond no. 9 So New York
    Kerosene Creature
    Bond no. 9 Eau de New York

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Homme
    Bond no. 9 West Side
    Creed Royal-Oud
    Bond no. 9 High Line
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme
    Slumberhouse Sova
    Bond no. 9 Wall Street

    Slumberhouse Norne
    Bond no. 9 New York Oud
    Amouage Memoir Man
    PK Perfumes Cafe Diem
    Imaginary Authors Cape Heartache
    Bond no. 9 Eau de Noho
    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

    Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    Bond no. 9 New Haarlem
    PK Perfumes Zaffran
    Tauer Orange Star
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 26th February 2014 at 10:11 PM.

  21. #81

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    OVERALL RANKING:


    1 - Hermes Hermessence Vetiver Tonka ---------> 8.48
    2 - Bond No 9 Andy Warhol Success is a Job in New York ---------> 8.42
    3 - Bond No 9 Chinatown ---------> 8.39
    4 - Le Labo Vetyver 46 ---------> 8.36
    5 - PK Perfumes Gold Leather ---------> 8.34
    6 - Byredo Bal D´Afrique ---------> 8.30
    7 - Kerosene R´Oud Elements ---------> 8.26
    8 - Bond No 9 Astor Place ---------> 8.25
    9 - Bond No 9 Coney Island ---------> 8.23
    10 - Bond No 9 Brooklyn ---------> 8.18
    11 - Montale Aoud Musk ---------> 8.16
    12 - By Kilian Cruel Intentions ---------> 8.12
    13 - Kerosene Unknown Pleasures ---------> 8.08
    14 - Heeley Esprit du Tigre ---------> 7.93
    15 - Bond No 9 Riverside Drive ---------> 7.92
    16 - Bond No 9 Cooper Square ---------> 7.76
    17 - Bond No 9 Signature Perfume ---------> 7.74
    18 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud ---------> 7.33
    19 - Frapin 1697 ---------> 7.31
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 2nd March 2014 at 05:18 PM.

  22. #82

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyacl View Post
    ---------->Bond No 9 Chinatown (EDP)<-----------


    Chinatown is a unique, sophisticated, elegant, very agreeable scent. Although being floral, with a spicy and fruity vibe, there´s some sweetness in this scent. It´s not a gourmand, but there´s something sweet here (peach blossom maybe). Peach blossom, tuberose, gardenia, cardamom and patchouli are the notes of Chinatown. Bond No 9 did a great fragrance. This is wonderful.

    I can see know why Lem wrote he was curious to see my review about this fragrance. Chinatown is a really, really beautiful for...women. This is simply gorgeous, but not for me. Projection could be better, also. All year round fragrance, in my opinion.


    Regarding Performance:

    - Longevity: ~10h
    - Sillage: About moderate.
    - Projection: ~3h

    Scent: 9.33
    Longevity: 8.80
    Sillage: 8
    Projection: 7.80
    Uniqueness: 8.20
    Versatility: 8.15
    --- Overall: 8.39


    Would I buy it?No.

    $270 (~€197),100 ml, is quite expensive for a fragrance so feminine. Since I wound not wear this, I won´t buy it.


    Next fragrance: Guerlain Tonka Imperiale


    Also to be tested:

    Bond no. 9 Chez Bond
    Kerosene Pretty Machine
    Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    By Kilian Amber Oud
    Bond no. 9 Hamptons
    Byredo Gypsy Water
    Creed Royal Water
    Slumberhouse Pear & Olive
    By Kilian Sweet Redemption

    Montale Red Aoud
    Byredo Pulp
    Creed Jardin D'Amalfi
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Aqua Universalis
    Bond no. 9 So New York
    Kerosene Creature
    Bond no. 9 Eau de New York

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Homme
    Bond no. 9 West Side
    Creed Royal-Oud
    Bond no. 9 High Line
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme
    Slumberhouse Sova
    Bond no. 9 Wall Street

    Slumberhouse Norne
    Bond no. 9 New York Oud
    Amouage Memoir Man
    PK Perfumes Cafe Diem
    Imaginary Authors Cape Heartache
    Bond no. 9 Eau de Noho
    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

    Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    Bond no. 9 New Haarlem
    PK Perfumes Zaffran
    Tauer Orange Star
    I knew it. LOL

  23. #83

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    ---------->Guerlain L´Art et La Matière Tonka Imperial(EDP)<-----------


    Oh my!!! This is amazing! What a wonderful scent! I LOVE this fragrance! This is a masterpiece! This is a heavenly tonka and almond based scent, with a great note of tobacco and some woods (cedar and pine). Bergamot, rosemary, jasmine and frankincense are also present. Very aromatic,Tonka Imperial is strong, but smooth, warm, sensual, elegant...and with great quality! Pure Havane vibe? Maybe a bit, but this is incomparably better! Beautifully blended, indeed. I must say that so far, Ambre Narguille was my favorite gourmand, but now I´m not so sure. Vetiver Tonka is more elegant, in my opinion.

    Ok, I wish this lasted even more and that projected even better! That´s the only complaint I have! Some say this leans toward the feminine side, and I do agree, but I can see a man wearing this with no problem. I´d use this in various occasions, I must say. I´d avoid using this during Summer, nevertheless, as during hot Spring days.

    Beautiful fragrance!

    Regarding Performance:

    - Longevity: 13h
    - Sillage: Moderate to heavy
    - Projection: 4h

    Scent: 9.55
    Longevity: 9.15
    Sillage: 8.20
    Projection: 8
    Uniqueness: 8.40
    Versatility: 8
    --- Overall: 8.55


    Would I buy it?Yes!!

    $250 (~€180),75 ml, is a bit expensive, I admit, but this juice is so great that I´d buy it.


    Next fragrance: Atelier Cologne Gold Leather


    Also to be tested:

    Bond no. 9 Chez Bond
    Kerosene Pretty Machine
    Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    By Kilian Amber Oud
    Bond no. 9 Hamptons
    Byredo Gypsy Water
    Creed Royal Water
    Slumberhouse Pear & Olive
    By Kilian Sweet Redemption

    Montale Red Aoud
    Byredo Pulp
    Creed Jardin D'Amalfi
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Aqua Universalis
    Bond no. 9 So New York
    Kerosene Creature
    Bond no. 9 Eau de New York

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Homme
    Bond no. 9 West Side
    Creed Royal-Oud
    Bond no. 9 High Line
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme
    Slumberhouse Sova
    Bond no. 9 Wall Street

    Slumberhouse Norne
    Bond no. 9 New York Oud
    Amouage Memoir Man
    PK Perfumes Cafe Diem
    Imaginary Authors Cape Heartache
    Bond no. 9 Eau de Noho
    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

    Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    Bond no. 9 New Haarlem
    PK Perfumes Zaffran
    Tauer Orange Star
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 27th February 2014 at 10:46 PM.

  24. #84

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    OVERALL RANKING:


    1 - Guerlain L´Art et La Matière Tonka Imperial ---------> 8.55
    2 - Hermes Hermessence Vetiver Tonka ---------> 8.48
    3 - Bond No 9 Andy Warhol Success is a Job in New York ---------> 8.42
    4 - Bond No 9 Chinatown ---------> 8.39
    5 - Le Labo Vetyver 46 ---------> 8.36
    6 - PK Perfumes Gold Leather ---------> 8.34
    7 - Byredo Bal D´Afrique ---------> 8.30
    8 - Kerosene R´Oud Elements ---------> 8.26
    9 - Bond No 9 Astor Place ---------> 8.25
    10 - Bond No 9 Coney Island ---------> 8.23
    11 - Bond No 9 Brooklyn ---------> 8.18
    12 - Montale Aoud Musk ---------> 8.16
    13 - By Kilian Cruel Intentions ---------> 8.12
    14 - Kerosene Unknown Pleasures ---------> 8.08
    15 - Heeley Esprit du Tigre ---------> 7.93
    16 - Bond No 9 Riverside Drive ---------> 7.92
    17 - Bond No 9 Cooper Square ---------> 7.76
    18 - Bond No 9 Signature Perfume ---------> 7.74
    19 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud ---------> 7.33
    20 - Frapin 1697 ---------> 7.31
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 2nd March 2014 at 05:18 PM.

  25. #85

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyacl View Post
    ---------->Guerlain L´Art et La Matière Tonka Imperial(EDP)<-----------


    Oh my!!! This is amazing! What a wonderful scent! I LOVE this fragrance! This is a masterpiece! This is a heavenly tonka and almond based scent, with a great note of tobacco and some woods (cedar and pine). Bergamot, rosemary, jasmine and frankincense are also present. Very aromatic,Tonka Imperial is strong, but smooth, warm, sensual, elegant...and with great quality! Pure Havane vibe? Maybe a bit, but this is incomparably better! Beautifully blended, indeed. I must say that so far, Ambre Narguille was my favorite gourmand, but now I´m not so sure. Vetiver Tonka is more elegant, in my opinion.

    Ok, I wish this lasted even more and that projected even better! That´s the only complaint I have! Some say this leans toward the feminine side, and I do agree, but I can see a man wearing this with no problem. I´d use this in various occasions, I must say. I´d avoid using this during Summer, nevertheless, as during hot Spring days.

    Beautiful fragrance!

    Regarding Performance:

    - Longevity: 13h
    - Sillage: Moderate to heavy
    - Projection: 4h

    Scent: 9.55
    Longevity: 9.15
    Sillage: 8.20
    Projection: 8
    Uniqueness: 8.40
    Versatility: 8
    --- Overall: 8.55


    Would I buy it?Yes!!

    $250 (~€180),75 ml, is a bit expensive, I admit, but this juice is so great that I´d buy it.

    Well I know that double vanille is great but I don´t know tonka imperial. Seems like an interesting scent.

  26. #86

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    ---------->Atelier Cologne Gold Leather(EDP)<-----------


    Another amazing fragrance! Gold Leather is an unique and modern leather scent. Leather and oud accord, rum, saffron, plum, davana, bitter orange and woods (eucalyptus, gaiac wood, cedar) are wonderfully blended. The opening is great, sharp and a bit harsh, but beautiful. The dry down is simply amazing! I do thing that Gold Leather is somehow easier to wear than Tuscan Leather, although the latter is better in terms of performance. It´s also not a linear fragrance. This boozy leather is really something! The only "hiccup" I think this fragrance has is the fact that after 3-4h, it sticks really close to the skin, in spite of lasting for about 10 h more. I didn´t detect any eucalyptus, but once more, it may be my nose.

    This was a great way to start with Atelier Cologne. Although easier to wear than Tuscan Leather, Gold Leather may be not easy to everybody´s nose, especially in the first 30 min. Using this fragrance during Summer (or even Spring) is unthinkable, to me. This is clearly a cold weather scent. Perfect for Fall and Winter, but even then, not suitable for any occasion.



    Regarding Performance:

    - Longevity: ~15h
    - Sillage: Moderate to heavy
    - Projection: 4h

    Scent: 9.63
    Longevity: 9.50
    Sillage: 8.25
    Projection: 8
    Uniqueness: 8.50
    Versatility: 7.75
    --- Overall: 8.60


    Would I buy it?Yes!!

    This fragrance costs $195 (~€140) for 100 ml. Interesting price, for such nice scent. I´d buy it!


    Next fragrance: Bond no. 9 Chez Bond


    Also to be tested:

    Kerosene Pretty Machine
    Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    By Kilian Amber Oud
    Bond no. 9 Hamptons
    Byredo Gypsy Water
    Creed Royal Water
    Slumberhouse Pear & Olive
    By Kilian Sweet Redemption

    Montale Red Aoud
    Byredo Pulp
    Creed Jardin D'Amalfi
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Aqua Universalis
    Bond no. 9 So New York
    Kerosene Creature
    Bond no. 9 Eau de New York

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian APOM Pour Homme
    Bond no. 9 West Side
    Creed Royal-Oud
    Bond no. 9 High Line
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme
    Slumberhouse Sova
    Bond no. 9 Wall Street

    Slumberhouse Norne
    Bond no. 9 New York Oud
    Amouage Memoir Man
    PK Perfumes Cafe Diem
    Imaginary Authors Cape Heartache
    Bond no. 9 Eau de Noho
    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

    Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    Bond no. 9 New Haarlem
    PK Perfumes Zaffran
    Tauer Orange Star
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 5th February 2015 at 11:10 PM.

  27. #87

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lem View Post
    Well I know that double vanille is great but I don´t know tonka imperial. Seems like an interesting scent.
    Very anxious to test SDV, I must say. Tonka Imperial is really great!

  28. #88

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    OVERALL RANKING:


    1 - Guerlain L´Art et La Matière Tonka Imperial ---------> 8.55
    2 - Hermes Hermessence Vetiver Tonka ---------> 8.48
    3 - Atelier Cologne Gold Leather ---------> 8.44
    4 - Bond No 9 Andy Warhol Success is a Job in New York ---------> 8.42
    5 - Bond No 9 Chinatown ---------> 8.39
    6 - Le Labo Vetyver 46 ---------> 8.36
    7 - PK Perfumes Gold Leather ---------> 8.34
    8 - Byredo Bal D´Afrique ---------> 8.30
    9 - Kerosene R´Oud Elements ---------> 8.26
    10 - Bond No 9 Astor Place ---------> 8.25
    11 - Bond No 9 Coney Island ---------> 8.23
    12 - Bond No 9 Brooklyn ---------> 8.18
    13 - Montale Aoud Musk ---------> 8.16
    14 - By Kilian Cruel Intentions ---------> 8.12
    15 - Kerosene Unknown Pleasures ---------> 8.08
    16 - Heeley Esprit du Tigre ---------> 7.93
    17 - Bond No 9 Riverside Drive ---------> 7.92
    18 - Bond No 9 Cooper Square ---------> 7.76
    19 - Bond No 9 Signature Perfume ---------> 7.74
    20 - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud ---------> 7.33
    21 - Frapin 1697 ---------> 7.31
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 2nd March 2014 at 05:19 PM.

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    Keep um coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasatch View Post
    Keep um coming.
    Will do, my friend!

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