I absolutely LOVE Nicole Miller for Men. Now that Minotaure by Paloma Picasso is getting harder and harder to find in the 4.2 oz. size, Nicole Miller for Men is a very appropriate replacement. It smells almost identical to MINOTAURE, although there may be more woody undertones (basenotes). I do, in fact, wear Nicole Miller for Men and Minotaure interchangeably. They are both wonderful fragrances and as long as they don't discontinue them both, I will be tremendously happy with either of them. Minotaure is pricier than NCM, but for the very affordable price of NCM, you can spray to your heart's content. I give Nicole Miller for Men FIVE STARS due to its quality and uniqueness (other than being very similar to Minotaure)!
UPDATE: Whereas the Riviera Concepts was the original and BEST of Nicole Miller for Men, and I thought the Parlux version was of equal quality although a slightly reformulated version, the Luxury Brands, LLC version is ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC! I ordered this latest version of Nicole Miller for Men (distributed by Luxury Brands, LLC), and I sweat, it did not last ten minutes on my skin. I had to force myself to sniff my wrist really hard and could only make out a faint semblance of a cheap leather basenote. Gone were all the beautiful spicy bourbon, honey, apples, and expensive leather. All that was there in the newest reformulation was a cheap leather skin scent. Enough said, and I am totally through with Nicole Miller for Men. I will cherish the seven bottles I have left that were distributed by Parlux. Just ANOTHER classic fragrance thrown to the wayside by the new generation of "perfumers" who think they HAVE to reformulate everything and screw with the original formulas. The quality of fragrances nowadays is so pathetic in that they last only as long as a scented water. What a great way to screw over the public and their once devout customers. It has become mandatory to purchase either the pure perfume concentration or eau de parfum in order for the fragrance to last, and even then, I've had some eau de parfums that didn't really last that long. I don't know if IFRA regulations have anything do to with it, but why are fragrances like Poison by Christian Dior STILL powerbombs??? Are perfume companies royally ripping off the fragrance-loving community? It appears so. Now that many regulations have been eliminated, shouldn't those regulations regarding perfume ingredients be reversed also? It's about time. It's been way too long having cheap, ingredient-regulated fragrances being sold to the public. Bring back the ingredients that made perfume exceptional! Or, find an alternative that works just as well, or better.
Open smells like a cross between the two. I was hesitant at first, but I think I'll keep this one. Very linear and not as "smoky" as Jacomo, but smoky enough for me. I'll use this one liberally and use Jacomo for special occasions. This fragrance works very well in the winter when it is most noticeable. Actually, I love Open by rogeR&Gallet!!!
UPDATE: The ORIGINAL had the black top with gold bands on it. The reformulation has the same shape of cap but it's gold. If you're looking for the ORIGINAL Touch, stay away from the bottles with the gold caps as they are the reformulation and smell NOTHING like the original (like Brut). It's the bottles with the black caps and gold bands that smell similar to Brut by Faberge. After purchasing this at Marshall's and taking it home and spraying it, TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT. This is NOT the FH Touch that I knew a few years back. There has been a definite reformulation which I do not like. I was expecting the quasi-Brut fragrance, but got a reformulation with vanilla and nutmeg notes. No thank you! No wonder it's being discontinued. Men (or their wives) aren't going to buy a reformulation that smells nothing like the original. I do like Brut, but I liked Touch for Men better because it seemed to last longer than Brut and had a slightly "greener" note. Touch no longer smells like the Touch I remember when I first purchased it. I really don't care if the "reformulation" is discontinued, as I'll just go back to wearing Brut! So sad when they start to screw around with reformulating fragrances without any prior warning from the company as to what they're planning to do. I definitely do NOT like the reformulation and now Touch smells like any other fragrance on the market! :(