Invictus Victory by Paco Rabanne

The only way to make sense of this, is that it is intended to be worn in a nightclub setting where the wearer is simultaneously fighting cigarette smoke, body odor and other fragrances. In the heat of a summer night.
Other than that, I can't imagine this was meant to be appreciated.
Dec 2, 2021

Spicebomb Extreme by Viktor & Rolf

Extreme here means: remove all the citruses from the original, and punch up the woods in addition to the spices. Works well, but misses some of the delicateness of the original. It's like more bass was added and the treble dialed down.
Dec 2, 2021

Mixed Emotions by Byredo

I have Mixed Emotions about this. No pun intended.
First sniff carries you rapidly through a variety of accords.
To me it is more novelty than actual perfume - it stakes no claim over the course, other than being a mixed bag. You will certainly recognize a bunch of perfumes you smelled this decade.
Most aptly named fragrance.
Dec 2, 2021

Accord Oud by Byredo

I wanted oud, and instead got a smorgasbord of interpreted ouds - hence Accord Oud. If you enjoy a journey through the years of Western perfumery trying to present oud to its audience then you should enjoy this as it tells a story for every phase.
Nothing I see myself wearing, and not full bottle worthy to m nose.
Dec 2, 2021

Mumbai Noise by Byredo

Cool name but it is just another oud. The layers sitting on the oud come out one at a time to show themselves but at the end of the day, this is just an oud that you have smelled before (if you are an oud hunter like me). Smells very nice though.
Dec 2, 2021

Black Saffron by Byredo

Linear magical juice.
Unfortunately the leather accord is too reminiscent of Tuscan Leather for some people...and I was in that category for a day or two until I wore it for longer then I was able to focus on the fruits in this. It is NOT a Tuscan Leather clone. Far more polished and less rough around the edges. Comforting in cool weather.
Dec 2, 2021

Mojave Ghost by Byredo

Many are anosmic to this, not sure why, perhaps the ambrette seed.
I am not a fan. It is odd, perhaps because I do not have sapodilla fruit in my rolodex of accepted non-standard smells like guava for example. I see the draw because this is such a 'chill' fragrance, but it pales in comparison to other offerings from Byredo.
Dec 2, 2021

Pulp by Byredo

Aptly named - a fruity green not sweet but intense presentation. Summer only perhaps? Maybe some spring applications. I do not like it, but I can see why others might enjoy it. Reminds me of the multi-release from Hermes 'Un Jardin' series, Pulp could easily be one of them.
Dec 2, 2021

masculin Pluriel by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Masculine Plural yet weak and singular.
A 'modern' fougere and by modern I mean gutted to the point of snooze.
A splash of Artisan Aqua and good old Brut dialed back to 15% strength gets you close to this. Wispy fragrances should not be considered masculine. Not full bottle worthy by any stretch.
Dec 2, 2021

Grand Soir by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

For all the 'noise' about Grand Soir, it is nothing more than a sweet vanillaic amber concoction. Is it a nice gourmand? Yes, but not at the price point. Other options run circles around this at 10% of the asking price of Grand Soir.
Try insurrection II Wild before forking over espèces sonnantes et trébuchantes for Grand Soir.
Dec 2, 2021

Green Jeans by Versace

Piney sweet green, citrusy and overall yummy.
Has done well over the years since its launch 25 years ago, although it did not survive Gianni's passing.
Cult following means it commands a prettier penny now than when it was new, but still a worthy jus to pursue if you have time to e patient. Blue Jeans is another constructed similarly but with an oriental bent. Very deep, complex sweet spicy floral. I advise acquiring a bottle now before it increases in price.
Oct 17, 2021

Light Blue Forever pour Homme by Dolce & Gabbana

hard not to love, unless you dislike grapefruit.
The opening is a legitimate freshly peeled squeezed grapefruit. The heart and dry down I find reminiscent of Louis Vuitton Afternoon Swim and Tommy Hilfiger True Star.
This is one to love and keep.
Sep 13, 2021

cK one Summer 2019 by Calvin Klein

This was a pleasant surprise, reminded me of Erba Pura but a super light, watery cologne version.
Like Erba Pura, it's woody yet floral, which is a surprise from a CK One summer that's typically fruity citrusy.
Does well in the heat even if you have to overspray. I really enjoy this and I think it's worth a full bottle in your collection.
Aug 24, 2021

Defy by Calvin Klein

Sauvage Bleu de Chanel.
That is all you need to know.

I want to thumbs down, but it is a nice scent profile irrespective of the name on the label.
Aug 17, 2021

Copper Black by Kenneth Cole

I agree with the connection to Boss Bottled, even more so Escada Magnetism, just not as thick, lush and syrupy.
Not a bad scent for the money and a nice flanker.
Aug 17, 2021

Blue by Kenneth Cole

Can't believe I missed this one.
It is very much like Black except it is less pencil shavings and more marine.
I don't like the blue name here because it is not quite as blue as it could.
The scent itself is a bit flat, however there is a prominent grapefruit accord in the opening that draws you in.
Aug 17, 2021

Jaguar Classic Amber by Jaguar

Bought this some years back but didn't give it a good whirl. Dug it up today and wow, this is a very nice surprise of a scent as others have pointed out. You have to let it settle, to let the beautiful green camhporous beauty emerge. I couldn't stop sniffing my arm, so addictive this thing. And very inexpensive as well. At the current price, it is a blind buy win. Get a bottle!!!.
Aug 8, 2021

Pure Lavender by Ferrari

This is enjoyable.
Ferrari could have gone 'classic' here and presented a barbershop-y shave cologne kinda thing. Thankfully, this is NOT that. Instead it is a sweetened lavender, no sharp edges, every note contributing to this blend its own tune. The patchouli is detectable but not overpowering, same with the citruses. All in all, the jus could easily be a cologne strength flanker of the Mugler A*Men series, featuring lavender. It wears close to the skin unless you overspray.
Jul 31, 2021

White Oud by Illuminum

distortech nailed it - "sweaty aircraft mechanics in the middle of an ultra dry dessert" is an apt description.

It is dark, dank, smells of burning rubber and electronics. Some hints of gasoline too.

Definitely not for the faint of heart.
Jul 31, 2021

Afternoon Swim by Louis Vuitton

Afternoon Swim is a reintroduction of Tommy Hilfiger True Star from a citrus perspective rather than spice.
The unmistakable swimming pool chlorine note, as well as the mineral ocean note clearly trigger an aquatic affair but I have smelled it before and it was in True Star. Completely misunderstood then, it lives again now, draped in Louis Vuitton.
They are not exact or even close, but it is clear where the inspiration came from.
Jul 23, 2021

Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum by Ralph Lauren

This is a fantastic addition to the legendary Polo.

First came the fabulous Modern Reserve back in 2008 and now this.
It is bright, blue-green, electric, slightly sweet.

The original DNA is in there (patchouli basil combo) but restrained and subdued, I pick up some bits of Modern Reserve in there as well.
It is true to the cologne moniker, but not to the intense part of the name.
If you are a die hard fan of the original, you may not like this because this is almost opposite in character.

For me, it is a must have, and considering how much Modern Reserve rose in value due to discontinuation, I will stock up on this just in case.

Jul 14, 2021

Bad Boy by Carolina Herrera

The bottle is attention getting, if not attractive.

The jus unfortunately is nothing but a melange of a bunch of popular releases. Armani Stronger With You, YSL Kouros Silver, a bit of Invictus and 1 Million from Paco Rabanne.

It simply doesn't come together well, but I suppose the idea is to smell like ALL of the popular releases, all at once.

I'd buy it if discounted because I like the bottle. And in 10 years it will be a good reminder of the mid 2010s
Jul 14, 2021

Bad Boy Le Parfum by Carolina Herrera

Well the cannabis is present in the opening, a veritable 'stank' that is off putting if you are not a fan of the weed.

Once the purple haze settles, all that's left is much like the EdT variety - Armani Stronger With You cum YSL Kouros Silver, all behind a thick wall of fuzzy mate finish.

I like the bottle, but the jus is almost pointless.
Jul 14, 2021

Spicebomb Night Vision Eau de Parfum by Viktor & Rolf

This is the one to get, forget the EdT.
I never cared much for the flankers of Spicebomb but this got my attention. It is sweet, deep, a bit dark and overall a yummy fragrance. There are some similarities to JPG Ultra Male, which is a good thing.
Must try, full bottle worthy as a night scent.
Jul 14, 2021

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