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Valentino Uomo by Valentino

Decent fragrance if maybe not quite as good as the intense version.

Hazelnut, Iris, woody notes and musk are the order of the day!!

Jul 17, 2021

Boss Bottled Oud Saffron by Hugo Boss

This is pretty decent. I tried it for the first time today and was pleasantly surprised.

This is a jammy/rosy medicinal oud. One of the better designer ouds. Pick up more rose than anything else. Decent staying power.
Apr 23, 2021

Tobacolor by Christian Dior

Really enjoying this one.

Tobacco, honey, peach, smoke. The tobacco is quite prominent but is also very sweet. Kind of a cross between something like Red Tobacco & Oajan. Not sure It's something I personally want or need at this moment in time but very nice nevertheless. If you enjoy sweet tobacco fragrances then you will be in for a real treat. Good performer.
Apr 23, 2021

Ambre Nuit by Christian Dior

I like Ambre Nuit but it was not at the high level I expected. Mixture of bergamot, rose & amber give this fragrance a nice sophisticated feel. There's a little bit of funk going on in the background. Pleased to own a healthy sized decant but wouldn't pull the trigger on a full bottle. Longevity and projection are below average.
Feb 25, 2021

Boss Number One by Hugo Boss

So I must admit that while I have been aware of this fragrance for as long as I can remember I have never actually tried it. Original or reform. This was recommended to me by a fellow basenotes friend.

The original Boss fragrance and the best Boss fragrance as far as I am concerned. I know that Isn't saying a great deal considering their shabby output.

Number One is both clean and dirty. In the same way Kouros is. Although they do not smell alike. Honey is the main player. It comes into play around the 5 minute mark and remains until the end. This is not a sickly sweet honey. The honey is supported by herbal and woody/soapy notes. Would make a great office fragrance. Longevity and projection are both decent.

Feb 22, 2021

Spice and Wood by Creed

Spice and Wood smells great. There is no denying this. Amazing apple opening. Fresh citrus and wood. Maybe some white florals?? Extremely fresh and uplifting. The problem I have is that this is just all too quiet. Amazing while it lasts but becomes a skin scent within the hour. I own a large decant which I am more than happy with.
Feb 11, 2021

Roja by Roja Dove

I have a dear friend who kindly sold me a decant of this super expensive fragrance.

First things first. Let's get the price out of the way. No fragrance is worth even half this price. But I always judge a fragrance on how it smells. Price never comes into the equation when I am reviewing. It only comes into question when I am purchasing.

The quality is top notch. A spicy, floral chypre. It is heady and opulent beyond belief. It engulfs your senses to the point where you can actually taste it in your mouth. There are massive similarities to the original Enigma/Creation E parfum. It has the cola vibe running through it but with HL the volume is turnt up massively and we have the florals that Enigma doesn't have.

Whilst I think that HL is a superb fragrance it doesn't totally suit my style (or wallet) as I find it a bit too "dandy" and totally over the top.
Feb 11, 2021

Sahara Noir by Tom Ford

Very middle eastern. Very holy. Very ancient. Very nice!!

Sahara Noir is a fragrance that was probably doomed to fail. Should have been marketed unisex. Maybe even as a mens fragrance. I think a lot of Women would have a hard time wearing this. There are some similarities to LADDM but with an added shit load of incense. Don't get me wrong, there's lots of other stuff in the mix but this is predominately an incense fragrance. On the whole I'm not a massive fan of incense heavy perfumes but this might just be the exception.

Feb 10, 2021

Beau de Jour by Tom Ford

Absolutely stunning Barbershop gem!!

Without a doubt along the same lines as Rive Gauche. Non fragheads would have trouble telling them apart. Centred around that same old school creamy barbershop vibe as RG but here we have a geranium/mint note which maybe keeps things a bit more interesting/modern. I really enjoy Rive Gauche but must admit that I enjoy this one even more. I actually prefer the new signature release to the Original private Blend version as a find it brighter and more sparkling. Longevity is excellent for this type of genre as is projection and silage. Classy!!

Jan 29, 2021

Patchouli Intense / Patchouli Homme by Nicolaï

Words really can't do this justice.

Patchouli Intense is perfumery perfection to my nose and mind. A complete work of art. One of the few fragrances that could literally bring a tear to my eye. Something so beautiful. It takes over my senses and consumes me.

There are reminders of Coromandel. Not that they smell the same. But in the way they are constructed. Both are blended so superbly that it is extremely hard to identify individual notes. Both contain patchouli which is always in the background rather than dominating. Both smell typically 'French'. Although I will add that Patchouli Intense might just be the most 'French' smelling fragrance I have yet to encounter.

The opening of PI is quite feminine. It doesn't start the way the name would imply. There is a sweet prettiness. There are hints of orange, cinnamon and rose. The mid is where the fragrance really shines. The patchouli starts to come though, alongside frankincense and a bay rum type note. The drydown becomes much more masculine. The patchouli is still there but mainly dominated by sandalwood with a touch of amber and vanilla. No one note is obvious. It's a symphony of notes interacting to create one beautiful song.

I can understand how someone that wants a really raw patchouli could be disappointed but if you go into this knowing that patchouli only plays a supporting role you are surely in for a treat.

It really doesn't get much better than this.

Performance is outstanding.

Jan 29, 2021

Versace l'Homme by Versace

Excellent classic which still packs a punch today.

Definitely not of this era. Spicy citrus with barbershop & anamalic undertones. Excellent value for money

Thumbs up!!
Dec 26, 2020

Hermèssence Ambre Narguilé by Hermès

I love Oajan so there was a fair chance that I would love this one too. And I do.

Beautifully constructed. Apple pie, cinnamon and tobacco.

A little quiet on my skin which is why I prefer Oajan.

Dec 15, 2020

Pegwell Bay / GPS 21 ’30”E by Haeckels

Absolutely wonderful fragrance from the house of Haeckels.

I would describe Pegwell Bay as a herbal citrus.There are many reminders of both Aventus & Cedrat Boise but with a slight medicinal/herbal edge. There is a strong fennel note running though this one which separates it from other fragrances in this genre. The overall composition is fresh and natural. The longevity and silage for a fragrance in this genre are truly outstanding.

Well done Haeckels!!!

Nov 25, 2020

Emporio Armani Stronger With You Freeze by Giorgio Armani

Strong, sweet and pleasant. Nothing ground breaking but a decent offering nevertheless.
Nov 5, 2020

Pasha Parfum by Cartier

WOW! This stuff is superb.

I had heard some great things about the latest Cartier release. I wasn't let down.

The first thing to say is that if you are expecting a parfum version of the original then move on. This is a completely different fragrance.

Pasha Parfum is an Oriental. It's spicy, sweet, slightly boozy with a woody base. It's slightly classic but with a modern edge. This one definitely makes a statement. It will turn heads for sure. It will be well received by others whilst remaining unique. There is a slight resemblance to Penhaligons Halfeti. It's not overly obvious in the opening but will become more apparent in the mid and dry down. Silage is just above average while longevity is out of this world. 12+ hours on skin and days on clothes. Smells both expensive and just a bit special.

Oct 20, 2020

Wanted by Night by Azzaro

Strong, spicy cinnamon. Smells synthetic. Nothing special. Bang average!
Aug 24, 2020

1 Million by Paco Rabanne

Sugary bubblegum sweetness. I can see the appeal and if I was 21 again I would most probably wear it. They say females like this one and can understand why. Being the wrong side of 40 it will be a pass from me.
Aug 10, 2020

1 Million Lucky by Paco Rabanne

Nice for a younger guy. A bit sickly sweet. Strong sugary vanilla/almond note. Close to Eros.
Aug 8, 2020

Ormonde Man by Ormonde Jayne

Classy smelling fragrance ruined by terrible performance. This could have been great!
Jul 25, 2020

United Arab Emirates by Roja Dove

Credit where credit is due. This is exceptionally well put together. You would expect nothing less from Roja. It's personally not for me. I find it a bit too much and a tad too funky. The rose here is great. Very natural. I'm surprised that some say they get no oud? I get a fair bit of it. Very floral, very oudy and very rosey.

Very good but not for me.
Mar 4, 2020

Héritage Eau de Parfum by Guerlain

Amazing,just like the edt. Maybe more heady with an incense note. Nothing much more to add. Perfection!!!
Mar 2, 2020

Oudh Jamal by Al Aneeq

Not my thing but if you enjoy Black Orchid by Tom Ford then this could be right up your street. Smells almost identical. Super strong and extremely sweet.
Feb 25, 2020

Oud Maraam by Al Aneeq

I used to own this one but ended up giving it away.

This one's a strange beast. Best way to describe is a fruity leather. It's sooooooo strong. I mean beyond strong. My wife hated it. Just a bit much for me.
Feb 25, 2020

X for Men by Clive Christian

A nice traditional masculine fragrance with hints of cinnamon & pepper. Overall really nice. The problem I have is that at this price point the likes of Roja & Xerjoff have blown me away while this doesn't. It's a thumbs up but nothing amazing or groundbreaking. Longevity is fair while projection is on the low side.

Feb 1, 2020

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