Jacomo de Jacomo Original by Jacomo

Mmm, smokey... Winter scent. For macho, hairy chested men who have a secret longing for a gold medallion when they go to the club. Dry down is better behaved with less clove and more smoke. Use sparingly, and not in the office.

Reserve for Men by Perry Ellis

My secret weapon. When I have guys who don't usually wear fragrance ask me for something appropriate for (fill in special event here), I show them Reserve. Kind of a Drakkar Noir light. Classy, clean, tasteful, in the way a grey flannel suit was in the 1950s. Mavericks move on: there's no adventure here.

A Scent by Issey Miyake

walking through a thicket of Convalaria after the rain. Typical no nonsense kind of stuff you would expect from the house, but hardly so inspired as it could be. Wear in spring.

Talisman by Balenciaga

If Dior made this, it might be called 'Poison Gourmande'. I tried the parfum... more to come.

Perles de Lalique by Lalique

Subtle, smells to me like a new Cedar bench in a rose garden. Yes, there is pepper, but quiet and demure. Lasts. Lovely.

J'ai Osé Baby by J'ai Osé

Syrupy chypre. I would expect this smell from something called J'ai Ose, but not something in a baby bottle! Half new century, half 1978, all messed up. Who were they marketing to? it does last, and the right skin can pull it off...I just don't know who.

Ma Dame by Jean Paul Gaultier

...but ours is one louderShirley Temple kind of fruity notes with citrus. If you could smell the neon at the Flamingo in Vegas, this is what it would smell like. Nice idea, but so very, very loud.

Burberry the Beat for Men by Burberry

Got that pepper/citrus thing going on; if you smell it strait from the bottle, you might think, "bug spray". But this is a changer, and smells very different and well behaved on the skin. Decent staying power. Try before you knock it.

Reaction T-Shirt by Kenneth Cole

As the name suggests, casual, had-to-throw-something-on kind of stuff. Go buy some soap; You'll smell just as good for so much less.

Cinéma by Yves Saint Laurent

Sweet almond cookies. Oh, and some flowers and resins, too. Lasts, and gets more resiny with time. Not bad, but you may have more luck with Hypnotic Poison (both smell like Play-Dough on me). NOTE: I sampled the parfum.

Mat; Chocolat by Masakï Matsushïma

Cocoa in the raw. Upon closer inspection, this is rather complex, another case of an elaborate recipe to make a seemingly straight forward scent. Great for folks who like chocolate scents without smelling like an eight year old. Fun.

Mintea by Masakï Matsushïma

MAT; throws us another fragrance masquerading under a deceptive name. Awful lot of citrus, not so much mint. Dries down to something resembling EdC. Good scent for the squeaky-clean-scent types, and lasted longer than I thought.

Mat; Cherry by Masakï Matsushïma

Don't let the cherry embellished bottle fool you here... There is a blissful little burst of cherry at the very start,but it disappears into an ozonic, melony, floral nebulosity. Perhaps not the most original, but certainly not unpleasant. Nice for summer. Lasted longer on my skin than I anticipated.

Costes by Hôtel Costes

Took me a few days to come to terms with this stuff. Unisex? Sure. Girly? Not even. This spicy, herbaceous cologne has a most complex personality; the kind that you don't know if you can get along with until you get to know it better, like some long lost crazy uncle. Accords are conspicuous and it has impressive lasting power for an e.d.c. Split personality cologne.

Murmure by Van Cleef & Arpels

LIES! I opened the parfum and sniffed the stopper (yes I know better) to find an intense blast of nutmeg. Hoping for more, I put it on and found a completely different odor... A white floral!No fair! It's not a bad white floral, and parades around with a rather macho herbal backdrop which keeps it from being too cloying. I also smell the "flower shop" of both the flowers and the cut and bruised stems. Don't overdo this one, as I suspect it will cause headaches in sensitive noses as many white florals do. I just want the nutmeg...

Tea for Two by L'Artisan Parfumeur

Smokey, Milky Lapsang Souchong tea with honey and biscuits. Very pleasant, reminds me of mellow afternoons with a good book. Lasts longer than I thought, but not all day. I'm not sure this is a good thing to smell like. Not sexy, not sultry, not playful, not fresh and clean. Then again, it's not a bad thing to smell like...

Fou d'Absinthe by L'Artisan Parfumeur

Nice harmonious herbal, although the anise and other sweet spices make it feel a bit feminine to me. Moderate lasting. I don't think this is a landmark scent, but I admit I would want to know more about the man who wears this.

Miss Me by Stella Cadente

Pink bottle and juice with a jumble of pink plastic crystals on top. Can't expect anything serious here, so I'll play along. Rather a lot like a candy necklace to start, but without the overused syrupy fruits to back it up. Mellows to its resinous core, although it never really loses the candyness. Seems to last. Another scent I have trouble figuring out whom the intended consumer is.

Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

Spice caravan on a wet dirt road. My mind has gone wandering into where the guy wearing this may have been. Mmm.

Trouble by Boucheron

Nice floral-oriental, except for the fact that someone threw Spree candies and fruit Loops in it. I feel like an eight year old parading around in her mom's dresses and heels.

Black Orchid Eau de Parfum by Tom Ford

If the manufacturer claims their product is a "classic" I am immediately skeptical. The truffle note is a stroke of genius, but it's strong enough to make me think of exactly what it is: fungus. Heart and dry-down have a happy (unsweetened) chocolate vetyver harmony rounded with orchids and berries in such a way as nothing is too sweet; nothing to dry. Nicely rounded, and stays put for hours. Pricey. Too pretentious to deserve a thumbs up.

Kate Spade Beauty by Kate Spade

Like honeysuckle? Bright fresh honeysuckle and green tea and citrus fruits. Transitions are very subtle- is this a single accord fragrance? I have met few scents that change so dramatically from person to person. Try before you buy.

Curious by Britney Spears

Cliche fruity floral. Demands layering for longevity. Cool bottle.

Silver Rain by La Prairie

Not what I would expect from abottle that looks like a silver rain drop. Flowers, fruit compote and cookies. The anise is potent enough to make me think of other fragrances that exploited it first, so I struggle to justify the cost. Super cool bottle. Bottom line: nice teen scent with a big price tag. Who wears this?

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