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Total Reviews: 76

Cedrat Boise by Mancera

Very pleasant woodsy lemon - very wearable and versatile but not as interesting as the note listing and hype seem to suggest - I donít get much of the florals or blackcurrant - I just get more lemony wood in the dry down. Itís still nice though and avoids smelling like a cleaning product (which most lemon scents donít.) The absence of the fruity florals leave it a bit wanting though to be bottle worthy.
03rd April, 2020

Vert des Bois by Tom Ford

Smells like an old man's stale cologne - a musty patchouli and not much else. Didn't get any anise or plum or jasmine i.e. the notes that promised this would be interesting. A bit of a disappointment.
27th February, 2020

Lothair by Penhaligon's

Fresh, milky, woody, fig, with a light hint of florals, a trace of vanilla, a suggestion of sweet spices. So, true to itís note listing (apart from the red berries.)

I didnít get the Eau des Baux comparison until 20 mins in when the vanilla and spices come through stronger, but itís like a more creamy floral figgy version (or EdB is a drier more woody version.)

The comparison with Earnest Hemmingway is spot on - not sure I could tell them apart - maybe this has a bit more figgy pencil shavings... maybe.

I prefer the the EH.



17th February, 2020
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John Varvatos by John Varvatos

Looks amazing on paper. Smells like a cheap Lacoste fragrance - donít get much date or richness. A real shame.
17th January, 2020

Castile by Penhaligon's

A nice clean neroli cologne - very similar to AdP Essenza but less intense and with more citrus that makes it overall more balanced, refined and interesting. Thereís lots of neroli fragrances out there but itís the blend with the citrus that sets with one apart. Itís become a real favourite and daily go-to for the office. Iím a big fan! Donít over spray though - it looses all the subtlety that makes it special!
14th January, 2020 (last edited: 17th February, 2020)

Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 French Panache pour Lui by Lacoste

Just awful. Synthetic, sickly and slightly astringent. Cheap canned deodorant but stronger and worse.
24th December, 2019

24 Ice Gold by ScentStory FZE

I quite liked this until the Ďmelted butterí note hit me - itís not unpleasant, just odd as a scent.
01st December, 2019

Accordo Arancio by L'Erbolario

Fresh orange with a faint floral/herbal fragrance - similar to Shay and Blue bitter oranges (lighter, simpler, more aquatic and sparkling), amber absolu, arancio di Capri. But itís a fraction of the price. Great for summer.
23rd October, 2019

Periplo by L'Erbolario

A lovely citrus green cologne thatís simple and versatile without smelling cheap. Itís like a fresh version of 1881 with the herbs less astringent and better blended together, on top of a lovely light woody cedar base. Amazing value too! Longevity isnít amazing but they do an excellent 15ml travel spray so topping up isnít a problem.
22nd October, 2019 (last edited: 30th October, 2019)

L'Erbolario Uomo by L'Erbolario

No awards for originality but a very wearable fresh fragrance with a slight hint of male spiciness, and so much more interesting than being yet another bleu de Chanel or allure homme sport or sauvage wearer. Great for summer and really good value. This is a great brand, like an Italian version of líoccitane, very natural, very simple, very classy.
22nd October, 2019 (last edited: 23rd October, 2019)

Mťharťes by L'Erbolario

Every bit as delicious as the dry down of musc ravager without the harsh opening. And amazing value too. A bit too sweet for my tastes for daytime.
22nd October, 2019

Mugler Cologne by Thierry Mugler

Got to be up there as one of the best vetiver and best office fragrances around, especially for the money. Not too bitter or earthy, and nicely balanced with the bergamot and neroli. Itís worth checking out a few alternatives though that each have a slightly different vibe - vetiver fatale thatís less floral, colder, more metallic and more refreshing on hot days; Timbuktu thatís a warmer and earthier scent, and of course Terre díHermes Parfum that goes in a citrus direction.
11th October, 2019

Valentino Uomo Intense by Valentino

Probably amazing if you like iris. For me itís a total turn off, even in something clearly quality like this.
11th October, 2019
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Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford

Itís the quintessential smoky vanilla, but it gets a bit over powering, and there are plenty of more subtle and alternatives now that offer something a bit more interesting, be it with a more floral, spicy, or woody vibe. Hemmingway, odd fellows bouquet, eau duelle, tabac rouge, aramis tobacco reserve, pure Havane, and, of course, Herod, to name a few.
11th October, 2019

The One Royal Night by Dolce & Gabbana

Didnít get past the opening. Oud so strong I was almost sick.
11th October, 2019

Richard James by Richard James

A less intense slightly more floral Invasion Babare - which is really odd as thereís no vanilla listed in the notes. But the similarity is extraordinary. This is definitely stands up as a scent in its own right though - the Bourbon vanilla in IB can get a bit over-powering after a while whereas this is softer and more subtle.

11th October, 2019

Tam Dao Eau de Parfum by Diptyque

Fresh, woody and classy - not sweet like some sandalwoods that get drowned in vanilla or tonka. Itís dry and citrusy. I get more cedar than sandalwood in the opening (that pencil shavings smell). The citrus does fade as it dries down after a couple of hours, and the woods get more I sense play more of a solo role which makes this less interesting and a bit linear. For me itís one for bright colder days going in and out of summer where the sun can bounce off the citrus but the woods and amber give it a bit of depth and warmth.
10th October, 2019 (last edited: 11th October, 2019)

Armani Eau d'ArŰmes by Giorgio Armani

I really like this. The individual notes are nothing new but the blend and balance of the different notes is really nicely and delicately done, and the result is a scent thatís far greater than the sum of its parts and the note list - a warm, soft-edged almost orange-citrus-ambery accord, thatís like a less dirty, warmer, less bitter Terre díHermes. The result is a very delightful, wearable versatile fragrance.
10th October, 2019

Gucci Guilty Intense pour Homme by Gucci

Totally generic. Itís not nasty, but itís definitely got a liquid hand soap / shower gel vibe to it. It doesnít have me constantly going back to get another sniff. Very meh. Thereís no real excuse for buying or wearing something so unimaginative - for the similar money or much less thereís Vera Wang for men, Baldessarini concentre, Varvatos artisan pure, shay and blue Sicilian limes, Ferrari bright neroli, all of which are slightly different but all knock this out of the park. Thereís even Armaniís eau díaromes if you can find it!

The absolute version of this is in a completely different league altogether, but also a completely different fragrance (a clean amber leather).
10th October, 2019

Endymion Concentrť by Penhaligon's

A very clean slightly soapy soft lavender and leather - an understated classy barbershop scent but with the spiciness toned down and all hard edges removed. Performance is poor despite the Ďconcentreeí - would make a perfect office scent if it lasted longer but, as it is, it wouldnít see the day through.
10th October, 2019

Aramis Tobacco Reserve by Aramis

Love the slightly herbal take on tobacco vanille. Really dislike the iris (and iris in general) - it gives this a slightly thin, milky floral vibe that Iím just not a fan of. Odd Fellows Bouquet and Hemmingway are better floral alternatives but I prefer the woodsier approach of PdMís Herod.
09th October, 2019

Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme by Gucci

A very wearable cosy leather fragrance - not ostentatious or attention seeking like Tuscan leather or Ombrť Leather which can get a bit overpowering over time and are certainly too attention-seeking for more relaxed environments or the office. Even softer leathers like Heeleyís Cuir Pleine Fleur can get a bit noisy, especially in warmer weather. GApH on the other hand is more subtle, closer to AdP Colonia Leather, more universally wearable. It doesnít smell radically new or innovative, but it perhaps has a place if youíre after warm, inoffensive subtle scent with the richness of leather but thatís not going to attract too much attention to itself. Like a smart v-neck merino sweater that you can wear to the office or with a t-shirt, that people notice but also donít. Sometimes the art is in the subtlety. Donít over spray it though!
09th October, 2019

Lavandula by Penhaligon's

Didnít get much out if this other than lavender (no herbal spicy accord, just lavender). A bit pot pouri. Fine if you like that sort of thing.
05th October, 2019

1881 pour Homme by Cerruti

I saw the note list and got very excited by the lavendery herbal top, the black current floral middle, and sandalwoody base. But itís basically the opposite - cypress, clove, juniper and fir. Itís not quite a spicy floor cleaner but not too far off. Such a disappointment!
05th October, 2019

Prada Amber pour Homme Intense by Prada

A little brutal at the start - a very heady and sweet incense-honey smell. An hour in it settles into a lovely soapy and powdery faint vanilla incense that smells faintly warm and clean.

Itís nice but it doesnít seem to have an obviously right season, time or occasion. Itís not refreshing enough for summer. Itís not sweet enough and too soapy to be sexy for evenings. Warm clean and spicy would be perfect for winter casual but itís not spicy. And the powdery amber-vanilla doesnít really work in the formal office space for me. So it ends up as nice but sort of pointless.
04th October, 2019 (last edited: 05th October, 2019)

Colonia Intensa by Acqua di Parma

I tried this a while ago and again more recently. Itís amazing - a perfect balance between fresh, woodsy and subtle spices that just make the woods more interesting (rather assaulting your nose and throat.) Similar ingredients go into lots of other fragrances but itís all about how theyíre blended and balanced. Some go too heavy on the citrus and are too light. Others go nuts on the spices. This is really classy and well balanced - reasonable performance too.
04th October, 2019

Boss The Scent Intense by Hugo Boss

Very generic. Not really the leathery ginger it claims to be
03rd October, 2019

1899 Ernest Hemingway by Histoires de Parfums

This is a cleaner, more floral version in the Tobacco Vanille family of fragrances (Atkinsonís Old Fellows Bouquet, Eau Duelle, etc.). Most vanilla fragrances can get a bit heavy and monotonous after a while, but this is much brighter and more watery, like a sparkling vanilla champagne with the faint scent of a nearby garden wafting in on the cool nighttime breeze (probably the vetiver that keeps things fresh and light, and slightly cold.) I wouldnít say this was feminine at all. Itís just more sophisticated and more gentlemanly than heavier smoker alternatives, less cloying and more interesting as it develops over time.)

Itís still a second place to PdM Herod (or how I remember it - itís been a while since my decant ran out) but itís certainly a worthy lighter alternative.

02nd October, 2019 (last edited: 19th October, 2019)

Concentrť D'Orange Verte by HermŤs

Still one of the best orange fragrances around. Not too sweet, well balanced with the slight spicyness (from the patchouli?) Very clean and fresh though, but avoids those nasty aldehydes you get in many summer freshies.



02nd October, 2019

English Lavender by Atkinsons

This is a very natural lavender with a hint of zest. No sweetness at all - just like squeezing a cedrat and natural lavender together. Slightly woody as it calms down but the lavender is always the star of the show.

I tried this as an alternative to líOccitan thinking theyíre both billed as more natural / herbal but they couldnít be more different. LíOccitan is much better balanced and blended, richer and more complex - it does have a slightly astringent lavender opening but it mellows quickly, receding into the overall herbal accord. The other big difference is the bergamot in EL vs líOccitan is more woodsy.

Itís not that EL is a bad fragrance - itís just more of a freshy vibe, but there are fragrances that do that far better for me.

01st October, 2019