Wanted by Night by Azzaro

Azzaro Wanted by Night is a very appealing masculine scent with a good performance. It opens with a warm tobacco and leather opening but there are fruity notes in there that make the opening intriguing, sexy and inviting. This is the wow factor for me, the sort of opening that reminds me why I love collecting mens fragrances. As the fragrance settles on the skin it becomes a bit more spicy as the cinnamon and incense notes begin to play more, the tobacco is still prominent and there is something slightly peppery in there. The dry down becomes less fruity and more woody, there are the persistent tobacco, leather and incense notes but the main notes I detect in the dry down are vanilla and lavender. Wanted by Night is a fragrance that I think is a great date night fragrance and well suited as an autumn and winter fragrance. It works well when going out at night and dressed up but it also works dressed more casually having pizza and drinks with friends. So it is somewhat versatile but really shines as an evening/nighttime fragrance. I believe that both younger and more mature men can enjoy this scent. On my skin I get around 6 hours of wear from Wanted by Night and the projection is good. Overall I really enjoy this fragrance, it's one of the favourites in my collection. Well blended with an enjoyable scent trajectory with good masculine and sexy vibes.
Oct 25, 2021

Voyage by Nautica

Nautica Voyage is a fresh, fruity, green fragrance. To my nose the scent trajectory reveals both green and aquatic elements making this fragrance interesting and great for warm days. Nautica Voyage was created by master perfumer Maurice Roucel who has created some great fragrances for designer brands and well known niche labels. If this fragrance had a Dior or Versace label then it would easily sell for seven times the price. As it happens Voyage can be found for under $20, for such a well blended and nice scent that is excellent value.
Nautica Voyage opens with woody, fruity (green apple) notes, as it settles on the skin the musk comes to the fore. During the dry-down the marine notes are noticeable giving that fresh aquatic vibe it is also slightly floral after it has dried on the skin. It is a very clean and appealing scent. This is a great fragrance for the gyms bag, I also use it when out and about on the weekend on warm spring and summer days. There is a good arm length projection and slight sillage trail in the first couple of hours of wear, probably why many wearers have reported positive reactions and compliments. Nautica Voyage lasts about 6 hours on my skin, so overall a good performer, great scent and fantastic value. I enjoy wearing it and find it a great addition to my collection. I highly recommend it, especially for a younger guy looking for something affordable yet great quality.
Oct 17, 2021

Vibrant Leather Oud by Zara

Zara Vibrant Leather Oud opens with a definite citrus (mandarin to my nose) note. There is a synthetic oud in the opening but it lies behind the citrus so it may not be noticed so easily. It is a fleeting dark oud in the background, however it dissipates quickly. During the dry-down the fragrance becomes slightly sweeter. I thought it smelt almost floral in the dry-down but it was obviously the incense coming through. The fragrance settled to a slightly woody incense, tampered with a hint of amber. I actually don't get any leather from this scent. Generally it is an okay fragrance, easy to wear and versatile. I would not say that Zara Vibrant Leather Oud is distinctly masculine and I think it could serve as a unisex fragrance. I do find it has meek performance. After about two hours the fragrance settles very close to the skin and overall it lasts as a skin scent for about 4 or 5 hours. For under $30 for a 60mL bottle it is cheap fragrance with a reasonable scent profile and mild performance. I'd give it 3/5.
Oct 14, 2021

The Dreamer by Versace

The Dreamer by Versace is a very likeable and easy to wear fragrance. It is a masculine yet subtle fragrance that has some nice complexity to it. The Dreamer opens with a very pleasant smooth tobacco note blended with lavender and tampered with a fresh citrus. A very pleasing opening. As The Dreamer dries down I detect a chocolatey accord, looking at the notes listed I don't see any cocoa so I'm not sure where this is coming from but I really enjoy this aspect of The Dreamer. I wonder if it could be a combination of the tonka and tobacco? The fragrance then settles into a more white floral scent, as time progresses it stays closer to the skin. I get about 5 hours of longevity on my skin on a cool day. Projection is average initially and after about 3 hours becomes more intimate. I never wore this gem in the 1990s or early 2000s and admittedly only purchased this scent about 6 months ago from a pharmacy so it is relatively new to me. While I can see this subtle fougere fitting into the late 90s it certainly still comes across as a very wearable scent today. The Dreamer is a versatile fragrance, probably more suited to autumn and spring, that can be worn on a date night or out having dinner and drinks with friends. I'm very happy I have finally added The Dreamer to my collection.
Oct 5, 2021

Swiss Army Classic by Victorinox

Victorinox Swiss Army Classic is a fresh aromatic scent. It has a nice woody and spicy opening and then settles to more floral dry down with a hint of musk. The opening really grabs me with the fresh woody scent and the spicy/tangy edge to it with some ginger and a hint of citrus. The great opening really draws me in and it then settles in to a pretty standard fresh/woody/aromatic scent. It is an easy fragrance to wear. I wouldn't say it is a big head turner or compliment getter but it does make the wearer smell pleasant and fresh. I have been wearing Swiss Army Classic since it was gifted to me by a girlfriend in about 2002 and I enjoy wearing it. It is most suitable for wearing to work as it is a non-offensive, somewhat subtle scent so good for the office, lab, clinic or class environments. It works best in summer and warm spring days. In terms of value this used to be relatively cheap but seems to have jumped in price recently, if you can get a 100mL bottle for around $30USD or less then that is reasonable value. It lasts about 4 hours with arm length to intimate projection. Not really a date night or party fragrance but a very good signature/every day fragrance for the warmer months. I think Swiss Army Classic is one of the better fresh fragrances to come out of the late 90s and it is still very wearable today.
Oct 5, 2021

Pleasures for Men by Estée Lauder

Not a terrible fragrance but a bit boring, uninspiring, and weak. Pleasures for Men is a fresh, aquatic fragrance. It opens with a synthetic fruity scent, the opening does have an intriguing tanginess to it. But it dries down to be a pretty standard, non-offensive aquatic. It may make a good church or office scent if you want to fly below the radar. It does have poor performance and barley lasts three hours on my skin, with slight projection. For the price that Pleasures for Men retails for you can find much better smelling and performing aquatics. Not really a favourite in my collection but not terrible. If they priced it more realistically at about $20 and improved the performance then I'd probably give it a thumbs up, otherwise I'm neutral about it.
Sep 24, 2021

Patrichs by Louise-Philippe

Patrichs by Louis Philippe is a masculine fougere. Louis Philippe is of course a well known design house from Monaco. However this fragrance, along with the Prince Matchabelli stable, was owned by the giant Unilever Corporation by the late 1980s. Unilever were producing and distributing Patrichs in Australia, New Zealand and, I believe, in the UK. Patrichs by Louis Philippe was discontinued in those countries sometime in the late 90s or early 2000s. But I've heard that the brand is being produced by a different owner and is available in Italy and Argentina.
I am reviewing a 20mL splash bottle of Louis Philippe aftershave. It was bottled sometime around 1989 to 1991 at Unilever Australia's Prince Matchabelli department, which was part of their large factory complex in the Sydney suburb of North Rocks. From this complex Unilever produced brands such as Louis Philippe, Prince Matchabelli, Faberge and Rexona for the Australian, South East Asian and South Pacific markets. As this bottle is at least 30 years old the performance of the scent has degraded with time and this has affected my assessment of the fragrance.
To my nose Patrichs is a standard fougere with some pleasing notes, nothing remarkable but certainly acceptable. In the opening I get oak-moss and some vetiver and as it settles on the skin I detect bergamot in there. The fragrance becomes increasingly woody as it dries down. About 20 minutes after dry down the fragrance disappears almost completely but this is probably due to that age of the formulation I'm using. Overall a pleasing, warm fragrance but not outstanding. There is nothing that makes me particularly nostalgic or want to reach for this bottle time and again. It is a competently blended and satisfactory cheap fougere aftershave. I would like to try a more recent formulation from Argentina or Europe for comparison.
Sep 17, 2021

Paco Rabanne Pour Homme by Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Pour Homme is a classic 1970s fougere, that manages to be very masculine while also being somewhat clean and refined for a barbershop scent. It opens with a strong oak-moss that puts Paco Rabanne in the hairy chest, open collar shirt category. The opening is warm and inviting and there is also distinct musk in there. As Paco Rabanne Pour Homme dries down some nice floral notes (particularly lavender) come through that gives this fragrance a more refined and classy feel, at this point the fragrance also takes on a soapy, clean scent. The fragrance carries the warmth of the amber throughout which I find gives it a comforting vibe. Those who appreciate this genre of fragrance will find Paco Rabanne Pour Homme pleasing, there is a reason why it has stuck around as a classic masculine fragrance for almost 50 years. This is a good fragrance for weekend wear during spring and autumn. It has respectable performance, good arm length projection and it lasts all day on my skin, particularly in cooler weather. Overall a very good fougere, for me it's better than Drakkar Noir but not quite as good as Aramis. It sits confidently between those two classics. I enjoy wearing Paco Rabanne Pour Homme.
Sep 14, 2021

One Man Show Ruby Edition by Jacques Bogart

The house of Jacques Bogart seems to pack a lot of scent into the bottle for a modest price. One Man Show Ruby Edition is a bold synthetic fragrance with strong performance. It's a warm, aromatic masculine scent presented in a red bottle with a good spray atomiser that generously disperses the juice. Ruby Edition opens with what I perceive as a cough syrup scent as it sprays onto the skin, but as it settles on the skin I definitely get the dark tone of the oud in there along with a sweetness. As it dries down the incense really comes to the fore and for me it evoked memories of visiting Hindu and Buddhist temples. Incense, while a pleasant sweet scent and strongly associated with worship and devotion, may not seem an ideal fragrance for modern men. But in OMS Ruby Edition I think it works well because of the complexity of the other notes in the background. The oud is still there lurking in the background of the dry down, but there is also a certain masculine warmth that I think must come from the labdanum. The result was that I kept wanting to smell my arm as I found a sort of unique appeal there. Overall One Man Show Ruby Edition is warm and a little dark, yet sweet and a little spicy. Performance wise it is strong, I would advise against over-spraying, especially on warm days as it can become cloying. The fragrance lasts all day on my skin and projects very well with one or two sprays. It is a synthetic cheapie and so it won't be everyone's cup of tea, I do think the opening smells cheap. But I think it is a good fragrance and no denying that it's great value for those who like it.
Sep 7, 2021

Old Spice White Water by Procter & Gamble

I am reviewing an early 2000s bottle of Old Spice Whitewater by Procter & Gamble. The blue juice in the clear glass bottle with that distinctive Old Spice shape and bottle stopper is well presented, and I remember attracted me to this flanker when I saw it on the shelf years ago. Old Spice Whitewater is a fresh aquatic scent, less spicy and warm than the original, but some of that Old Spice barbershop DNA is still in there. Some of the spicy and floral notes of the original are present in Whitewater, but are toned down with an increase in the citrus and woody notes. The result is a very pleasant scent that I dare say is more contemporary than the original and consistent with the blue fragrances of the 1990s that were popularised by Cool Water (1988). I enjoy wearing Old Spice Whitewater after a shave as it gives a fresh, clean feeling without the heavier, spiciness of the original Old Spice. Although I would describe it as a fresh, aquatic version, it is still a barbershop scent. However, I would say it is a barbershop that many younger men may feel happy to wear. Old Spice Whitewater lasts about 4 hours on my skin and projects moderately well initially, settling close to the skin after about 2 hours. Overall it is a good fragrance that will probably be appreciated more by those of us who have some appreciation for the original Old Spice. Unfortunately it seems to have been discontinued as I can no longer find it either in stores or online. The Whitewater brand is still used in Old Spice deodorants, but I am not sure if the scent is the same as this cologne. This flanker took the original Old Spice and made it more contemporary and fresh and so I would have thought that it should have remained in production.
Sep 4, 2021

Old Spice by Procter & Gamble

Old Spice has been around since 1937 and more than 80 years later it continues to sell because:
1. It's affordable and very accessible.
2. It's a well established and known brand.
3. It smells good.
Some may turn their noses up against Old Spice due to it being a common and cheap fragrance, but for what it is it's actually a pretty good fragrance. Old Spice is an old barbershop scent and so it will appeal more to older men, but the fact that it is still sold on supermarket shelves everywhere after more than 80 years means that it must have some intergenerational users. There is a complex range of notes in Old Spice but in the opening I get spicy, citrus and woody notes. As the fragrance settles some floral notes come through but the fragrance continues to be warm, spicy and a little powdery. I love the classic barbershop genre so naturally I like Old Spice. There is no doubt that the success of this scent over the years has inspired other fragrances within this genre. The humble ordinary man's scent that has had more impact within perfumery and socially than what we perhaps realise. Overall I like Old Spice even though the current plastic bottled formulation is weaker and lacks the performance of the glass bottled classic of 25 years ago. I enjoy wearing it at home after grooming, it's not something I wear outside very often apart from maybe a trip to the supermarket or running errands. I tend not to wear Old Spice to work or to social occasions mainly because it is an older barbershop scent that many people would probably associate with their father or grandfather, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but I prefer to use more refined or contemporary scents when out and about. Nonetheless respect to this stalwart of the fragrance world.
Aug 28, 2021

Mercedes-Benz Club Black by Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes Benz Club Black opens with a warm blast of benzoin along with vanilla. The opening is interesting and it reminds me of the reception/waiting area of a prestige car auto-shop. I'm not sure if that is what the creators of this fragrance were aiming for and I'm also not sure if I really want to smell like the waiting room of a prestige car mechanic. As the fragrance dries down on the skin the warmth of the benzoin is still there but not as prominent. The prominent accord in the dry-down is a slightly sweet vanilla, from here the fragrance remains fairly linear to my nose. This is not very exciting as vanilla seems to have been used and overused in so many mens fragrances over the last 20 years, and it doesn't seem to make Mercedes Benz Club Black stand out in any special way for me. What you end up with is an ok, run of the mill, easy reach scent, that is nicely packaged with a good atomiser, and at a reasonable price. I find the bottle design more appealing than the actual fragrance. The performance is good. Mercedes Benz Club Black seems to project well for the first hour, it then stays closer to the skin, it lasts about 5 hours on my skin. It's a reasonable fragrance but not spectacular.
Aug 25, 2021

M7 Oud Absolu by Yves Saint Laurent

Dark and a little sweet, M7 Oud Absolu is a warm and comforting fragrance that exudes elegance and a certain sensuality. As much as people rave over the original M7, I tried it at an airport duty free years ago and I thought it was good but not outstanding. But this flanker of the original is masterful. To my nose M7 Oud Abolu opens with an enticing blast of caramelised orange peel, then the darkness of the oud comes though. The oud intensifies a little during the dry down and the patchouli also becomes more noticeable. Bringing it all together is the comforting warmth of the amber. It's a beautiful fragrance that I enjoy wearing, there is a certain masculinity about it but I think that some women could carry this scent well. This fragrance is not very loud and so it has some versatility, it could be worn in certain professional settings and is suitable for more intimate occasions. The fragrance projects moderately well and it lasts most of the day on me as a skin scent.
Aug 18, 2021

Lagerfeld Classic by Lagerfeld

This review is based on my experience with the Lagerfeld Classic Aftershave in the splash bottle as opposed to the EDT. Lagerfeld is a musky, powdery and warm fragrance that has good performance. It is a masculine scent although I think it could potentially pass as a unisex fragrance. Some say it is a bit dated and while I would agree, I believe it is still very wearable but probably more suited to an older man. In the opening the hint of rubbing alcohol is present initially, but then as I am using the aftershave that is to be expected. Musk, tonka and a hint of vanilla are all there in the opening, and as Lagerfeld dries down the floral notes begin to rise to the fore making for a nice well rounded scent. Lagerfeld Classic is one of the more elegant masculine fragrances of the 70s giving more classy vibes, perhaps it is because of those rose and jasmine notes. The amber also gives a nice warmth that brings it all together nicely. I like this fragrance but it is not something that I would wear frequently. However I can see why this fragrance became popular and continues to be appreciated by many. If the aftershave is good then I can only imagine that the EDT must be even better. Even the aftershave has a great performance, the good sillage for the first couple of hours and the scent lasts at least 5 hours on me. This bottle of Lagerfeld Classic Aftershave was gifted to me many years ago, and although I appreciate this fragrance and am happy to have it in my collection, it is probably not something I will replace once my bottle runs out. Still, this slightly dated fragrance gets 4/5 from me.
Aug 15, 2021

La Nuit de L'Homme Eau de Toilette by Yves Saint Laurent

A great fragrance, masculine, refined, sexy. The opening with that cardamon is amazing, tempered with some bergamot it is perfect. As it dries down it takes on a somewhat powdery character to my nose, almost like tonka or musk, although they are not in La Nuit de L'Homme. Possibly I am getting the lavender with the warmth of the amber. Either way it works very well. This is a fragrance that I would definitely buy again and keep as a regular in my stable. It is a very good date night fragrance but it is not too bold to wear at work. It lasts about 4 or 5 hours of my skin projection is average for the first couple of hours then it remains close to the skin. So overall, an excellent scent, reasonably versatile with average performance. It also garners some compliments occasionally.
Aug 8, 2021

L'Homme Idéal Eau de Parfum by Guerlain

This is an understated yet elegant fragrance. It opens with cherry, bergamot and nutty notes and then settles with a nice vanilla and almond scent. During the dry down I detect some floral notes. Overall a very pleasant fragrance that would be a good signature scent and something that seems fairly versatile. It doesn't have strong projection and remains close to the skin although it lasts most of the day. To me this is not overly masculine and may pass as a unisex fragrance. I think it is a good fragrance, sophisticated, gourmand and subtle. Not at all overpowering or bold, but has a certain quiet confidence about it. I enjoy it but I do wish the projection was a bit better. I think it is most suitable for men over 25 and is good for most occasions.
Aug 5, 2021

Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent

For me there is nothing divisive about Kouros, it is a fantastic fragrance pure and simple. A masterpiece by Pierre Bourdon that since it was released 40 years ago has been steadfastly popular, masculine and beautifully blended. I can only speak about the older formulation however, as my bottle is circa 2006. My bottle has lasted me so long because Kouros is a strong performing fragrance and it is a bold fragrance for certain occasions and moods. I first smelt Kouros on a sample card attached to a magazine advertisement back in the late 1980s. I was an adolescent at the time and Kouros captivated me. I thought it was strong, masculine, sophisticated and sexy. 30 odd years later and I still love it.
While many people notice the civet, which can be off putting for some, there is actually a lot going on in Kouros. In the opening the oakmoss is strong along with some citrus and aldehydes. Of course there is that powerful musk that starts to kick in from the opening, along with the tonka bean. The sharp opening settles down and the scent becomes more powdery and the floral notes come to the fore, tampered by leather and a hint of cinnamon. All of it is perfectly blended in a way that you would expect from a perfumer who had mastered his craft.
I find Kouros to be a strong and confidence inspiring fragrance. I would not wear it to the office or close work occasions. It is suitable for a date night, parties or just weekends when you want something confident, bold and complex. The oakmoss in the opening may make this fragrance take on a dated vibe, but the dry-down of this scent can compete with the best contemporaries. Kouros lasts all day on my skin, again I'm reviewing an older formulation, and the projection is excellent. One of the favourites in my collection.
Jul 29, 2021

Joop! Homme by Joop!

I used to wear Joop! Homme back in the late 90s and early 2000s. Back then I thought it was one of the best things I ever smelt, since then my tastes have matured and I have outgrown this fragrance. I still have a bottle that would be about 20 years old. Not much juice left and the distinctive magenta colour has changed to a darker shade. However the scent is the same and the performance is still amazing.
Imagine opening a packet of sweet, sickly jellybeans and sprinkling some of your grandad's pipe tobacco in there. That is Joop! Homme. Sweet, cloying vanilla with a hint of tobacco. There are other notes such as tonka bean, musk and orange. But the vanilla is the standout note throughout the life of the scent. As for longevity it is great and lasts 8 hours or longer on my skin, especially in the winter. It projects very well too leaving a good sillage trail for the first few hours of wear and projects at least arm length beyond then.
Joop! Homme is the only fragrance to date that I have received unsolicited negative feedback on. Possibly because back in the day I over-sprayed it maybe. Due to the strong performance be careful not to overdo it with Joop!, it can be cloying and tends to be divisive as a fragrance. Most people either love it or really dislike it and over-spraying can bring out the negative reactions in those who dislike it.
Joop! was a popular clubbing fragrance back in the 1990s and it used to be sold in department stores as a more pricey designer fragrance. These days Joop! Homme can be found quite cheap, and although it is over 30 years old, it would still pass as a clubbing fragrance and I believe there are some guys who still get compliments with it. Ultimately though, it's a strong cloying scent that has some appeal, but lacks maturity and refinement. Do not wear Joop! Homme to a job interview or in the office, or when meeting your girlfriend's parents for the first time. Wear it if you want a clubbing cheapy that is different to the Dior Sauvage, Versace Eros and 1 Million that 80% of the other guys at the club are wearing. Wear it to a party or rave, maybe wear it for a date but nothing too intimate or classy.
Overall I have mixed feelings about Joop! Homme, I used to love it and the scent still evokes some nostalgia. But I have definitely outgrown it and moved on. If Basenotes enabled me to give a 2.5 star rating then that is what I would give it. But I settled on 3 stars.
Jul 26, 2021

Jazz by Yves Saint Laurent

YSL seem to make some great scents that have rather average longevity. YSL Jazz is no exception it lasts about 4 hours on my skin but the scent is wonderful. It evokes a certain classiness, a sense of a purposeful man about town. Jazz is an aromatic fragrance that is fresh, a little spicy in the opening and with a well blended floral dry down that also reveals some woody notes. In the opening there are distinct bergamot, nutmeg and anise notes. The sandalwood comes through early for me. During the dry down there are geranium and lavender notes along with the woodiness from the sandalwood and a hint of leather. It is a beautifully blended fragrance that I remember was very popular in the very early 90s. The sillage of Jazz is about arm length. Although I love the fragrance I think it is starting to date a bit, but I still enjoy wearing it very much. I think older millennials and gen-x men would appreciate it more as it was a fragrance of our generation. It is a versatile fragrance that can be worn year round and in a variety of settings.
Jul 19, 2021

HiM by Hanae Mori

This is a decent fragrance with a good scent profile and very good performance. It is a warm, spicy fragrance that is well suited to autumn and winter. Hanae Mori Him opens with a warm note blended with citrus, I detect the amber in the opening. The opening of this fragrance is fine but I much prefer the scent as it dries down. The dry down brings out the tonka and cinnamon notes. At this point the fragrance smells like a gourmand to me, and like a lot of gourmands it has a synthetic note. Be careful not to overspray as it can become cloying. After a while on the skin the woody notes become more pronounced. I like the distinct notes and trajectory that this fragrance takes. For a relatively inexpensive fragrance I think it is excellent value. It's not something I like to wear a lot but I enjoy wearing it on a cold, bleak day. It can give a warm, comforting and homely vibe.
Jul 16, 2021

FCUK Him by French Connection

I really don't mind FCUK Him at all. It is a good, cheap gym bag fragrance or something to keep in your bag or locker at work for a hot day. It would also be a reasonable fragrance for a teenage boy as an every day use fragrance in the warmer months. It opens with woody rosemary notes and then settles with a synthetic lavender. I would describe FCUK Him as a synthetic soapie fragrance with some woody elements. It lasts about 4 to 5 hours on my skin with arm length projection for the first couple of hours. It's not a bad fragrance at all, but it does seem to get some dislikes from fragrance collectors. I would say that FCUK Him is an acceptable fragrance. I've worn it to work on hot days when I wanted a simple, subtle fragrance and it does the job.
Jul 9, 2021

Dunhill Icon by Dunhill

Dunhill Icon, a little spicy, fresh, woody and floral. It's a great scent but I'm not really sure how to classify it, probably a fougere, but maybe a chypre. There's nothing not to like about the scent. On the opening I detect neroli tempered with a sweet bergamot. As it dries down it becomes more floral with the lavender coming through and slight cardamon, there is also that woody note. I don't get any distinct leather or oud notes in this. It's a beautiful fragrance, masculine, refined and sophisticated. My main criticism of Dunhill Icon is it's so-so performance. Dunhill Icon lasts about 4 hours on my skin. It projects moderately well for the first two hours and then becomes a more intimate scent. If only the performance were better then this would be an outstanding fragrance. This fragrance is versatile, suitable for work/office or for a social occasion. Overall I give it a thumbs up for a worthy and enjoyable fragrance to wear, even though the performance could be better.
Jun 29, 2021

Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche

Drakkar Noir is a classic woody, aromatic fougère. I like the aromatic opening of this fragrance with citrus, rosemary and lavender notes. The fragrance settles to a woody, slightly leather, warm scent. It has about 5 hours to 6 hours longevity on my skin with moderate sillage. As an early 1980s fragrance it has that masculine, barbershop feel of the late 70s and early 80s. Think open collar shirt, hairy chest, chunky gold chain, handlebar moustache. Thus it may seem a bit dated for some, however men who wore it back in the day will love the nostalgia it evokes. Back in its day it must have been very popular on the illuminated disco dance floors. But younger men may want to keep looking.
I feel that Paco Rabanne pour Homme and Aramis are more refined fougères, and even though they are both older fragrances, they remain more relevant today than Drakkar Noir. Part of the reason why I feel this way about Drakkar Noir is that as it begins to dry down it smells very similar to some mass produced masculine shower gels and deodorants. It's definitely a pleasant scent, however the late 80s and 90s saw many deodorant brands replicating these masculine scents like Drakkar Noir to the extent that it became common and unremarkable.
Overall it is a good masculine fragrance with moderate performance. It is a bit dated but will deliver some nostalgia value to those who rocked it in their younger years. But for what it is, at this price point, I think it is overpriced and there are better value options out there.
Jun 26, 2021

Cuba Gold by Cuba Paris

I cannot say much about Cuba Gold's similarity to JPG Le Male, as it is a long time since I smelt Le Male from a department store tester, so I'm unable to make a reliable comparison. What I can say is that Cuba Gold is a warm fragrance with well blended vanilla and lavender notes. It seems to be a good mass appeal fragrance that is easy to wear and well suited to the autumn and spring seasons and many occasions. It would be a reasonable choice for a date night or a night on the town. It's not a particularly loud or offensive fragrance, as I said very mass appealing and so I would say it is somewhat versatile. It opens with vanilla and lavender notes and dries down to a powdery smooth vanilla fragrance with a hint of amber that gives it some warmth. It has moderate projection and longevity, it lasts about 5 or 6 hours on my skin. Although it comes in a bottle designed to look like a Cuban cigar, I don't get any tobacco notes from this, which I think might have enhanced it and given it a bit more masculinity. Overall I would say it is a good, easy wearing, versatile fragrance and for such a low price represents very good value for money.
Jun 19, 2021

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