Perfume Reviews by Cevenol

Capucci pour Homme by Roberto Capucci

Very good, a more bitter aromatic/ herbal Eau Sauvage / Monsieur de Givenchy, closer to Givenchy actually. I own both but this is sufficiently different to join the collection, I am a big fan of the genre though.
More Mediterranean and rugged than both, where Givenchy and Dior are dapper Parisians, Capucci is a stylish Napolitano. Great moss too.
Edit, actually closer still to Armani pour Homme which falls in line with that Iralian analogy
22nd June 2018

Etienne Aigner by Etienne Aigner

Excellent leather fragrance, the patch is reminiscent of Givenchy Gentleman to me (which came out a year before), while the vetiver and gentle vanilla presages Heritage (by decades) it sits in the company of greats
It doesn't wear you. Classy stuff.
Edit: Just magnificent.
4th June 2018


Nobile by Gucci

I have a mini, it's often compared to vtg Drakkar Noir and Duc de Vervin and it can be. But as is often the case for me in perfumery the devil is is the details, it's perfectly balanced, the oakmoss is superlative. It feels very simple and straightforward and you may feel you smelled it a hundred times if like me you were an 80's kid, yet in the genre nothing comes close when you put your nose to it.
Un grand parfum without a doubt
30th April 2018

Oscar de la Renta pour Lui by Oscar de la Renta

Pour Lui should be right up my alley but I really don't enjoy it, dark and dour is the overall vibe I get, the man I imagine wearing this is no fun to be around
Least favorite of the vintage chypres I've tried so far.
26th April 2018

Un Homme by Charles Jourdan

A fantastic fougere with a chypre soul combining the very best of both style of the 70's 80's golden era. It quickly shot up to one of my very favorite scent in my collection.
BN reviewers have done a great job elaborating, I would just add that to my nose there is more spiciness to it than appears from the reviews and it just add to the delight of Un Homme but I can't quite figure out if it comes from the type of lavender used or what..

Highly recommended.
8th April 2018

R de Capucci by Roberto Capucci

Very much a winner, shares the beautiful chewy oakmoss bed of many of the classics, and very much to my nose in the same family as (in my collection), PPHomme (jammy, fruity), Macassar (intense,dark,woody), Maxim's (boulevardier,tobacco), Phileas (raw, soap, celery).
R goes the fresh route with a great citrusy opening seamlessly turning greener as it evolves melding with the flowers, moss and a really nice and comfortable tonka warmth toward the far dry down.In it's freshness it reminds me of Nobile which does it with lavender.
Excellent stuff!
3rd February 2018

Monsieur Rochas by Rochas

This is for vintage concentre

Herbal(aromatic),"tweedy", rural, dignified fougere. Smells very "natural". A gentleman's farmer scent. I want to wear it on a grey autumn morning, foraging chanterelles and porcini mushrooms
8th January 2018

Rive Gauche pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

So you're looking for a modern fougere? Something classic, manly, clean, sexy and versatile that (still) smells modern?
There you have it. This should have been around forever and taken its rightfull place along the likes of Eau Sauvage and Kouros in the pantheon of french masculine perfumery.
In a few years the tin bottles will be worth a small fortune
(square bottle is good too)
8th January 2018

M de Morabito by Pascal Morabito

This is not my review, it's a description that I lifted from an internet seller, I find it very much on point so I'm posting it. Thanks to the anonymous author.

"M de Morabito is an animalic woody amber scent with herbal overtones. Freesia further enables the herbal path with peony and jasmin lending just enough sweet and spicy to be noticed. The rumbling of civet is underneath all of this action and will not be denied. After 5 minutes, the civet comes to the fore and sits aloft the mild spice, florals and herbal tones. This is old school for sure, but very good indeed. One need only one big spray of M de Morabito and then enjoy the ride.
Topnotes : Blackcurrant, Marigold, MandarinHeart : Jasmin, Peony, Hyacinth, Tea, Rose, Narcissus, FreesiaBase : Amber, Civet, Peach, Musk, Sandalwood"

True powerhouse, easy does it.
4th January 2018

Lanvin for Men by Lanvin

Incredible stuff, I'm floored. Extremely well blended, the progression from green to floral to mossy leather is masterly, very smooth refined and sophisticated, eminently wearable. Rbaker's review is spot on.
A masterpiece indeed and possibly my favorite scent ever.
1st January 2018

Sergio Tacchini by Sergio Tacchini

Pre bar code bottle
Minty soapy freshness, woody gravitas undertones, simple and recommended.
7th November 2017

Monsieur. by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

Norlimbanol patchouli absurdity, yes it smells sort of like GG updated, but the smelling good part got lost.
For the price get vintage GGentleman, heck the current one is probably better.
10th October 2017

Eau de Rhubarbe Écarlate by Hermès

I had a liquid hand soap that smelled just like this.
It was ok
7th October 2017

Special for Gentlemen by Le Galion

I finally smelled the reformulation, it is nothing like the vintage with a very strong aniseed top note that is completely absent from the original. In that respect he new one is closer to what Livejazz is describing. I can't really speak about the new one qualities since i didn't wear it.
The old one which is a top 5 vintage for me is just as Le Vagabon describes and is a delight.
9th September 2017

Marrakech Intense by Aesop

All about a beautiful raw, natural feeling cardamom, clove cedar and sandalwood support. Good longevity. I don't wear it often but really enjoy it when I do.
Must try for cardamom lovers
28th June 2017

Parco Palladiano II by Bottega Veneta

Since there is no reviews, I will give my impressions of this, please take it with a grain of salt as this is a first for me.

Palladiano II is an herbal / evergreen scent with a salty / juniper twist. Sitting somewhere along the line between Granville and Costa Azzurra both of which I enjoy.
The opening is nice and promising, combining with a short lived hesperedic dash. But an aquatic note soon appears and keeps growing in intensity and soon overwhelms. I must confess I hate anything "aqua" and so the scent is a solid fail for me.
26th March 2017