Guerlain Homme Eau de Parfum by Guerlain

Big disappointment due to the powdery, white floral accord that is not a part of of the Guerlain Homme DNA.

I originally had straight L'eau which was the best glass of pink lemonade out there and the mintiest of the bunch. Fresh, fresh, fresh and gone in 60 seconds! I used to keep it in the fridge and spray like crazy on hot days. Those old 80ml bottles looked fabulous, but the sprayers were terrible.

After that, I got L'eau Boisee and that had the citrus/minty top with a hint of cool vetiver. It was also the safest scent ever. I burned through a bottle of that as a work scent in no-time.

I also tried Intense way back in the day and probably should have bought it. The rhubarb was an interesting touch.

So having had a couple bottles from the line, I thought they couldn't possibly go wrong with the EDP in the Listerine bottle and neither could I with a blind buy. I was wrong on both accounts. Performance be damned, I wanted that mojito, that citrus, that cool vetiver! Not powdery white florals over peppermint.

Taken on its own with no expectations it might not disappoint, but I think for longtime fans of the line and the long-discontinued flankers it misses the mark.

Faqat Lil Rijal by Rasasi

Aptly named, this can be a little overwhelming at first, and certainly not for the faint of heart with monstrous projection (you can smell this from another room) and longevity. It dries down beautifully and has tons of character. I like oud, rose, the middle eastern vibe in general, and this fits perfectly. I'll leave it to others better than me to describe the notes. I'm a fan of this one. It's a bargain, too.

L'Air du Désert Marocain by Tauer

Love it. Stings your nose with a sharp smokiness that lasts a long time. I feel like a badass when I step out at night wearing it. Pair it with something a little edgy, stylish, even bohemian from your wardrobe and you're ready for the kill. Department store aquatics don't even stand a chance.

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