Hammam Bouquet by Penhaligon's

A very unique scent, almost difficult to describe. The opening is a big, in your face, spicy smack in the jaw and the nearest I can describe is walking into a steam room when someone has splashed some sort of essential oil?

Personally, I think this is a fantastic scent, easily the best I have sampled from Penhaligon. I guess it could be polarising but a huge hit from me.

Moustache Eau de Parfum by Rochas

A very classy scent that is let down a little bit by very poor longevity on me. It opens with a soft orange and vanilla note and dries down quite quickly into a rose/vanilla combo without ever being sweet. I get maybe an hour of projection and it is down to a skin scent on me in two hours. The short while it lasts earns it a thumbs up.

Wellington Cologne by Geo F Trumper

It's OK - lemon being the dominant note to me but a soft/smooth drydown with decent longevity for a Trumper cologne.

The Fragrance Journals : 1962 by Floris

Managed to get hold of a full bottle as a blind buy just after finding out it had been discontinued - an expensive blind buy for me. But man, is it worth it. Lovely, orange/clove/herbal opening and a real journey through the mid notes before settling into something that smells a little like Sartorial, but much more subtle and much, much better imo. Great fragrance.

Bleu de Chanel Parfum by Chanel

It's OK but to me, quite boring. Inoffensive citrus/fresh scent with an OK drydown. Not bad but quite forgettable

Hermann à Mes Côtés Me Paraissait une Ombre by Etat Libre d'Orange

Just a thumbs up a very different scent, quite metallic and a fairly linear rose scent to me. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it but wouldn't go for a FB.

Chergui by Serge Lutens

Teetered just on the right side of sweet for me - thick, honeyed tobacco scent and I got great longevity too.

Open by Roger & Gallet

Great value fragrance. When I first wore it, I was slightly dubious as it felt a little overbearing. Then, I wore it for a long walk through the woods on a cold day with my family and I just loved it. It's a spicy, tobacco scent. Darker and less sweet than Havana (another one of my favourites) and lasts a full day with a beautiful drydown.

Rien by Etat Libre d'Orange

Loved it - smelled like patent leather boots with a spiciness that I couldn't place.

Boucheron pour Homme by Boucheron

Got a 5ml sample as it crops up as a classic quite often on the forums and really pleased I did. Reminds me a little of Cerutti 1881 with the citrus opening (I get more lemon than orange) but with sweeter mid-notes/drydown. Will get a full bottle at some point.

Colonia Intensa Oud/ Colonia Oud by Acqua di Parma

I'm probably not knowledgeable about the individual notes to describe why I love this so much but it just feels like a warm, rich, mature scent. I have the original brown label version as part of the set of 5 ingredients collection and along with Leather, it is my favourite. Lasts forever too.

Elite by Floris

Close to my favourite fragrance so far. Big, fresh opening. I know that sometimes people are led in their description of the juice by its actual colour but this really does smell 'green'! Lasts all day and eventually settles into a resinous, yet still fresh scent. Just love it.

Devin by Aramis

Reminds me of walking along a promenade of pine trees in a hot country in the Med at dusk on the way to dinner. Wonderful smell and settles as a great, mature, green scent. Doesn't have the longevity of the OG Aramis or Havana but still a joy.

Noble Fig by Ferrari

Very pleasantly surprised by this given the price. Slightly more 'green' and synthetic than Fico di Amalfi but not too far removed given the price difference and with slightly better longevity.

Encre Noire Sport by Lalique

Prefer this to the original - I get a minty/acquatic blast in the opening and then in settles into a 'brighter' version of the OG. Good value.

Extract of West Indian Limes / Extract of Limes by Geo F Trumper

Sharp and quite enjoyable lime blast on the opening but the scent has completely gone within half an hour.

Clémentine California by Atelier Cologne

Slightly sharp, chemical orange smell upon spraying which lingers throughout but the scent does settle a little in the middle/drydown into something a bit softer. Reminded me a little bit of the smell of cheapish orange cordial from back in the day. Would be OK on a hot day but not one of the better Atelier.

Aramis Tobacco Reserve by Aramis

This stays just on the right side of sweet for me. Definitely get a liquorice note from the off and also a tobacco leaf note - it smells a little bit like a pipe/loose tobacco shop I remember going in with my dad when I was a kid. Nice scent.

Colonia Leather by Acqua di Parma

I own the brown bottle version of this and think it's a wonderful leather cologne. I actually get a blast of blackcurrant/ripe blackberry in the opening note and then it settles into a soft, slightly sweet leather. Beast projection/longevity but a superb scent for me.

The One Gentleman by Dolce & Gabbana

A little nondescript but not offensive. I actually get quite a sharp blast of mint and fennel in the top note and possibly a hint of coriander? It quickly settles into a soft vanilla - nothing too sweet. It's OK, not bad at all.

1881 pour Homme by Cerruti

I really enjoy this, from the great lemon/cypress blast in the first spray right down to the sandalwood drydown. A perfect spring/summer scent - wore it the other day while out for a run and got loads of beautiful waves of it, a really pleasurable experience. Amazing value too.

Halfeti by Penhaligon's

My favourite from Penhaligon, although that's a backhanded compliment as I'm not a huge fan of the house. Nice, spicy, warm fragrance with decent projection and above average longevity.

Paco Rabanne Pour Homme by Paco Rabanne

I've not been able to try the vintage yet so mine is the current formulation - it's OK but you need to go steady on the spray count or it'll have your eyes watering. Still a familiar smell from what I remember from the 80's, although probably not as good as the vintage. Definitely not subtle but still good.

Eucris by Geo F Trumper

Accidentally spilled the whole sample bottle in my hand so probably applied more than I normally would but I really enjoyed it. The best Trumper fragrance in my opinion, superb, mossy barbershop number. I do enjoy my niche fragrances but there's I always get drawn back to old school beauties like this!

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