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parfums*PARFUMS Series 6 Synthetic: Garage by Comme des Garçons

So this didnt smell like a garage when I first smelled it. I broke it down too hard, and it didn't smell like any of my garages I've had. It actually smells a lot like the back yard of a rental I used to live in. Had my wife smell it and she smelled it too. Not sure. It was like creeping charlies with little red berries everywhere. I don't know. As I wore it I got more shed. Like machine parts and tire stuff inside a wooden shed. Like a shed that had a floor, is well lit, and has a peg board where everything is neat. Its a sythetic feel to it all as well. I don't know. Its pretty cool.
Nov 25, 2021


Notorious Oud by D.S. & Durga

So you got some of that synthy medical oud augmented by its saffron counterpart. The camphor is there, just lingering far in the back. There is something sweeter that levels some of these fake ouds oud, like a pink pepper, just not exactly that. I don't know. I don't even know what white galbanum is supposed to smell like. it does smell like a better blended lartisan al oudh, with the edges sanded off. Almost like a douchafor minus one ingredient. Eh, thumbs up I suppose. Seems decent. Proper weight, heft, and depth.
Nov 25, 2021


Wind Wood by Mancera

Interesting. The composition isn't brilliant, but there is a straightness and clarity of vision here. It is a green ambroxan floral. It smells remarkably like Ormonde Royal Elixir. That is much more expensive, and this came first, so I wouldn't call it a clone, but it is close enough to pass. There is something a little less intricate and delicate here, but beyond that smells good. Just feels like a high neutral to me though.
Nov 23, 2021


Intense Pepper by Montale

Tiny pinch of black pepper, a decent dose of pink. Built over a base on nauseating cedarwood, amberwood, chemical oud concoction. No way around it, the base of this is really bad. Seriously chemically. I would vastly prefer it to just quit with no base than put me through smelling like that for 8 hours. Gross. Very dissappointed. I feel like I'd be dissapointed at most prices here. Bad composition. Thumbs down.
Nov 23, 2021


Perfect Oud by Mizensir

Nicely balanced. Morillas is something of a quandry for me. Sometimes I feel like he does good work, and sometimes I feel like his stuff is garbage. He just does so much. You would hope that the stuff that a guy like that puts out under his own umbrella would be things that he thinks are great, but he never gets a brief that will allow him to use the composition he has made.

This is a pretty nice synth oud. I would have pegged some saffron here, but never the less, it is that type of synth oud that goes with the saffron so much. Think the floral type that sometimes comes under the laotian moniker. The rose here is a bit of a step back, and very well balanced. The cedar and juniper lend the medicinal nature of the whole thing a backbone, and leans it in. The interplay there supports itself like a house of cards. The iris is not something that smells makeupy or anything, it mearly lends a nice powdery clean touch to the astringent cleanliness. If the cade is there is must be deep in the back, and i maybe got a glimmer in the mid, but would never had put that in any notes without reading it.

All in all I was impressed, and surprised. This is a better composition than I see many times. It is not looking to be the most novel thing, but going for artistic nuance and beauty in blending, while using ingredients that seem high end, but not in the natural category, blended by a master perfumer who has a classical french training.
Nov 23, 2021


Eight & Bob by Eight & Bob

It starts out all clean. Others say dryer sheets, but this is more like soap to me. Like generic white creamy soap. Not in a bad way. Transitions in the mid, to a more complex fragrance, with the notes dividing, the ginger, cedar, and patchouli specifically. Interesting to have those notes from a fresh soapy fragrance, where you are expecting a more mossy dry down. Then, for a third act we get the cardamom and vanilla. This is easily my least favorite stage of the fragrance. It is still a thumbs up. but that dry down is not something that I find too appealing. The vanilla just stands a little too tall.
Nov 23, 2021


Polo Blue Gold Blend by Ralph Lauren

The best Polo Blue to me. They added incense like AdG Profumo. Fine. Not something im after, but the best blue.
Aug 18, 2021


Defy by Calvin Klein

4 Notes

4 notes and this stuff? Pathetic. Do better CK. Like a invictus knockoff opening, so volume down. Mid has some sage and herbal aspects, and brings it less sweet. Underneath its a generic amberwood base. Feels cheap, but wont smell bad for $20 at TJ Maxx for somebody someday.
Aug 18, 2021


Phantom by Paco Rabanne

Boring bubblegummy nowadays fragrance. Stuffed in a bottle thats even uglier in person, somehow. I was thinking it would be better than this. Not gross, but smells like a generic fruity sweet.
Aug 12, 2021


Dune pour Homme by Christian Dior

I might be anosmic to something here, because this was very light on me. Fig and maybe fig leaf or something of that nature. Herbal and dry. Kind of a cool bottle, and the atomizer was pretty nice. The thin cap reminded me of some of the Guerlain Bee bottle caps. Underwhelming. Neutral.
Aug 5, 2021


Osmanthus Elixir by Ormonde Jayne

Excellent blend
Opens with a pomelo note. That is somewhere between orange and grapefruit. It is vivid and realiatic, without any plasticy notes or anything. It is actually a pretty good representation of the actual fruit.
The white florals lily and jasmine are there, in a melange with osmanthis, which essentially smells like a dry apricot. All over a super classy base of vetiver, clean musk, and sparkling cedarwood. The blending here is excellent. Id go pretty feminine here. Long lasting, and high quality. Thumbs up.
Jun 28, 2021


Missoni Wave by Missoni

Common fare
I was excited to try this, considering the first version was decent, and the presentation is decent as well. This is a standard salty aquatic, without much differentiation. Its got some herbs and lavendar, but i just smell generic ocean fragrance with a mandarin top that is all the rage. It seems to almost be missing some heart note component, like it feels poorly excecuted there. It does attempt to pull some the woods in and balance it, but that cant save it from unraveling as its underpowered center moves forward. The fractured patchouli smells a bit off, and probably could have been left out here all together to a better effect. It does smell good, and it is nice presentation. At discounters it can be a nice fragrqnce in a year or two, but now at retail less so. Averaging out to a neutral.
Jun 28, 2021


Light Blue Forever pour Homme by Dolce & Gabbana

The opening is a bleghy amount of grapefruit rind. The bitter violet goes with that to make this smell like a grapefruit that was sprayed with pesticide and bug spray, then the zest ground off for this fragrance. Its like Sundrunk without the orange. The mid is still that grapefruit and bug spray, the dry down a salty vetiver musk. I didnt find it pleasant, though it is very loud. Niche, sure. Novel for a designer. Better than any other Light Blue flanker, which is saying very little.
Jun 12, 2021


Light Blue pour Homme by Dolce & Gabbana

New bottle

Newest formulation, from a tester at Ulta sprayed 3 sprays on a blank arm.

Bad. Amonia egg smell. It legit smells bad, as in worse than nothing. There is a hint of some fragrance that doesnt stink in there, but whatever chemical they dosed this reform with these daus stinks and overpowers everything else.

Bad bad. Thumbs down to the floor at any price. I wouldnt buy this for 5 dollars.
Apr 22, 2021


Cuir Intense by Guerlain

Osmanthus Cuir

Beast mode melt your face all day long baby. Except, when people look for beast mode they also want it to smell nice. This is a cuir, so it's not overly nice.
It opens with that peachy apricot osmanthus smell and tan leather, with the tanning chemicals still on it. You know how some of the modern leathers take that black leather and aggressive ly chemical it up with medicinals and herbs to make it spiky and pungent,? This is the tan leather version of that, with apricot in the opening.
Lasts too long, read days. Projects too heavy. Nice bottle.

The whole line has an aggressive theme under it that is probably love it or hate it.
I feel like this is a fragrance without a home. Its not mass pleasing enough to attract young beau's, and it's too loud and aggressively chemical for older folks. I like the smell in the opening, it's just too strong for me at the end of the day.
Apr 16, 2021


Acqua di Giò Profondo by Giorgio Armani

The initial blast is Mandarin Profumo, mid is Essenza plus incense, drydown Essenza.

There is that egg smell from Essenza, so if you dont like Essenza, you wont like this. That egg smell turns me off, though that mandarin opening is really nice.
Apr 12, 2021


Tiffany & Love for Him by Tiffany

Im neutral here. Its smells fine. Like a clean fresh smell. Slightly herbal. Bland. Umremarkable.
Mar 25, 2021


Acqua di Giò Absolu Instinct by Giorgio Armani

Creamcicle

Orangy cream over powerful woody ambers.

Feb 28, 2021


Jimmy Choo Man Blue by Jimmy Choo

Middle ground

If you want a lower level designer blue, this is a good way to go. When going up against its contemporaries, such as Calvin Klein and Michael Kors, this is pretty good. I like the bottles. The price is fantastic, at like $35 dollars. This would be a great one for a person who is not into fragrances to pick up and use as a daily driver. The base is some beh woody ambers, but can't avoid that these days.

Neutral
Feb 17, 2021


Jimmy Choo Man Intense by Jimmy Choo

00s updated

I totally get the melon. So I was smelling this, and was getting tons of Kenneth Cole Reaction. I told the wife it smells like an early 2000s fragrance, with some woody amber base from Invictus. Look up the notes, yep. About right. Honestly, its fast food, but it smells really good. They did a good job.

Basically, if you want an updated Kenneth Cole Reaction, with a more ample base on modern chemicals, this is a fine entry. Decent looking bottle. Its cheap too. I don't think I really want this, but I can see this being a good choice for someone in the market for this type of fragrance.
Feb 17, 2021


Mr. Burberry Indigo by Burberry

Herbal

This to me goes on as an herbal fragrance. You can tell that this is a Kirkdjian, in that he does a good job blending in with clean overtones in his frags. He's great at balancing. This even smells competent through the openings and mid. In the base it falls apart and smells like a weaker version of D&G K EDT. This can actually be seen as a plus for this, because the basenotes of that one do not smell bad, but they are overpowered to the point of jarring. So this would be something that would be a better version of that there, and then it just smells better than that one in the opening and mid. All in all I could have gone up here, though there is just something about that last transition that just sticks in my craw, so Im going with a neutral. Really though, good for Burberry. I think this is pretty well done for the price. I can see people being very happy with this one. You will smell much more grown up that with the sweet nothings.
Feb 17, 2021


Mr. Burberry by Burberry

Eau de Mall

I like this one. It has the basic mens fragrance dna that is not sweet. Sort of the same vein as Gucci Guilty line. Boring, sure. Generic, I guess. But that is a trope that is well traveled for a reason. This is something that everyone can wear, it will always smell good. Its aromatic and masculine. Another from Kurkdjian that does clean and aromatic well. The base is a little thin, and it may not have the legs that some others have, but that is a positive for me. A lot of times that distance to the finish the fragrance is carried by some ugly smelling chemicals, that I do not detect here in high doses. I'm going to give this one a thumbs up. I think this is a super solid entry, though it will be breaking no ground.
Feb 17, 2021


The One for Men by Dolce & Gabbana

Weak

Slightly boozy. Quiet. Tobacco and some spices. Not an overly tobaccoy tobacco, if that makes any sense. This is the sweet kind of tobacco that doesn't smell like Tobacco Vanilla or a cigar. Its gentle, but smells good. Price is a little high still, in my opinion, but its not crazy. Neutral.
Feb 17, 2021


Gentlemen Only Absolute by Givenchy

I do not like this one. Its got some gourmand streak in it that smells gross to me. I do not want to smell like this. I was trying to place it as coffee or carmel or something. I even read nothing that gets me close in the notes now, so I guess just that vanilla was interacting with the nutmeg or something. The end factor is that this is something that I don't like. Like a sucky updated version of A*Men.

Feb 17, 2021

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