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post #19951 of 20481
So I've sprayed Black Aoud on myself last night again and wore the same sleep shirt that I used while wearing the same fragrance - it now has two doses of Black Aoud and I woke up smelling like an A-rab, dripping with jools.
post #19952 of 20481
Huitieme Art - Ambre Ceruleen: boozy really talcy amber, that vanilla kind of amber. I'm getting a real talcum powder vision here. Hints of plastic and camphor. I'd say this is a very nice, well done, more or less simple amber accord with a few supporting notes. It's well done, pretty straightforward, but certainly not unusual. Reminds me of L'Artisan's Ambre or MPG Ambre Precieux, any bunch of others. Ambre Sultan has that green herbal side, Amber Absolute has the spices, Ambre Nuit has the leather, even say Lubin Idole has the resins, etc, and this one is just one solid accord. If you like 'em simple and well made with nothing out of place, this is worth a shot, for me I'd say it's a good start but just missing that je ne sais quoi. I suppose it's warm, cozy, soft, and sweet. My girlfriend might like it though. Yeah, would have made a nice base for something but just didn't take it that step further. Needs an "angle"...

CB I Hate Perfume - Greenbriar 1986: Salty, green, fresh wet dirt. Common CB base accord. there's a weird warm sort of layer on top of the green wet dirt base. certainly an aroma rather than a perfume. Slightly sweet and synthetic, and as one one person wrote it's 'clean' without being clean, sort of like the ground after a rainstorm. Yeah it's meh, got a tester bottle for cheap but I think I'll wear it a few times and then sell it off. pass.



Michael Kors For Men: Sweet stewed fruits and a shrill tobacco accord. Reminds me of The Dreamer mixed with Boss Bottled/#6. I love the idea, tobacco and leather and dried fruits, sort of like say Ford Extreme, but there's this shrill synthetic edge that makes me grimace every time. I just can't decide if it's bad enough to kill the scent but I've smelled this sample for years and always been tempted to buy a bottle. Honestly, I know it's sort of 'designer' but really a pretty solid decent above generic fragrance. It doesn't stand up to niche stuff, but if you're an average guy or enjoy cheapies, and like those notes, it's really not a bad release. Ford Extreme 50ml for $150 or 75ml of Kors for ? $50?. I have a hunch I'll end up with a bottle of this. It's certainly easy to wear and like. Don't seek out a sample, but if you see it in a dept store, it's worth a sniff.

John Varvatos - Vintage: I'm testing this along with Kors because I remember both of them being sort of fruity leather/tobacco scents and originally was choosing between them. The Varvatos line (just the original, vintage and artisan) I have mixed feelings. The bottles are nice, the scents are very pleasant, and they're cheap enough online, but they just don't last worth a damn and it's frustrating. Really decent mass market scents but just no longevity. The mandarin+ginger combo in Artisan plus really cool bottle have had it on my to buy list for years. OK on to the Vintage review. Oh wow that's sweet. Really syrupy sweet fruit and none of the spicey dry tobacco of Kors. This has a light leather under that I think will come through in the next few minutes. Hmmm, well basically similiar to the Kors in the sense that it's a pleasant generic not very long lasting scent. Smells like a 30-50 year old slightly tough guy type scent. Easy to wear and inoffensive. Again, decent cheapie but probably a pass. If you're at the airport or dept store passing through and want spritze it's worth a stop but probably not FB worthy if you've ever smelled something niche.
post #19953 of 20481
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Michael Kors For Men: Sweet stewed fruits and a shrill tobacco accord. Reminds me of The Dreamer mixed with Boss Bottled/#6. I love the idea, tobacco and leather and dried fruits, sort of like say Ford Extreme, but there's this shrill synthetic edge that makes me grimace every time. I just can't decide if it's bad enough to kill the scent but I've smelled this sample for years and always been tempted to buy a bottle. Honestly, I know it's sort of 'designer' but really a pretty solid decent above generic fragrance. It doesn't stand up to niche stuff, but if you're an average guy or enjoy cheapies, and like those notes, it's really not a bad release. Ford Extreme 50ml for $150 or 75ml of Kors for ? $50?. I have a hunch I'll end up with a bottle of this. It's certainly easy to wear and like. Don't seek out a sample, but if you see it in a dept store, it's worth a sniff.

I remember this one, used to wear it a few years back and thought it was very nice but in general I don't wear those heavy boozy scents that often. I don't really get the sentiment about niche though. I've probably said this before but in a truly blind sampling, you think you could separate niche from designer scents if you weren't already familiar with any of them? A lot of the same noses make both styles, often times the designer scents have bigger budgets. If anything, I think there are a lot of untalented amateurs working in the niche market, and those scents often have no real structure. I love many niche scents but I don't find the distinction between mainstream and niche to be every instructive in terms of how something smells.
post #19954 of 20481
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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

Citrusy?? That's odd. For me, it is predominantly warm saffron.

I don't want to overstate how citrusy I think it is, but I'm fairly sure one of the notes has a citrusy facet.

Pre-shower: M7.
SOTD: Eau de Magnolia. As I've mentioned before, this is fantastic. Definitely lives up to all the hype.
post #19955 of 20481

SOTE:  Polo Double Black

post #19956 of 20481

Tonight, La Via del Profumo Chilum:

Dry, green, slightly bitter tobacco leaf sharpened by ginger. All resting on a salty, slightly animallic sandalwood base.Charred wood and ash notes abound. Wow this is good, but not exactly a summer scent. Come back in 3 months.

post #19957 of 20481
Stilettos on Lex. This is one of my very favorites. It opens with pear. It develops into a musky, powdery floral, with rose in the lead. There's also violet leaf, which is a note I normally dislike, but it's blended perfectly here. As it dries down, it becomes more vanilla sweet.
post #19958 of 20481
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Originally Posted by rossoz View Post
 

SOTE:  Polo Double Black

I thought I used a liberal amount, but it seemed to quickly lose its impact.

 

Is that normal?

 

Cheers,

post #19959 of 20481
Polo Double Black has very poor longevity; it's not just you.
post #19960 of 20481
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

Polo Double Black has very poor longevity; it's not just you.

Thanks,

 

What would be similar, but with longevity?

 

Cheers

post #19961 of 20481
AdP Colonia Intensa as SotD. Chergui as SotE.
post #19962 of 20481
Didn't wear anything today, but once I got home I put Tubereuse Criminelle on my wrists and Gucci Pour Homme on my chest - incense and nuclear white floral.
post #19963 of 20481
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Originally Posted by rossoz View Post

Thanks,

What would be similar, but with longevity?

Cheers

TBH, I don't know of anything that's really similar to Double Black. Anyone else have any ideas?

Pre-shower: La Fin du Monde. Iris scent with sharp spices (pepper, ambrette, sesame).
SOTD: Datura Noir. Almondy, vanilla sweet tuberose. One of my favorites.
post #19964 of 20481
SOSN: Mona di Orio les Nombres d'Or Rose Etoile de Hollande
 
My scent for Saturday night is named for one of the finest roses anyone could grow, a red hybrid tea climber antique which repeats well in Mediterranean climates, but is not so easy to grow in the CONUS. (But it can be done, with careful siting, and is worth it.)
 
The scent is worthy of its namesake. And better than I was expecting.The opening hour is dominated by greenery, bergamot and geranium. Mid section is mainly rose, as you would expect, and the rose here is better than most. Not overly fruit-juicy, as many are.  there is a touch of patch, but just as a blending note. More prominent in the dry down is vanilla, but again, it is not too sweet nor too gourmand.
 
This scent had two distinct stages for me:  a green, chypre style rose to start. Terrrific. And a restrained, vanilla backed dry down. 
 
Rose Etoile de Hollande went about 6 hours for me. With moderate projection, fading to mild.
 
Today its the second soliflore in a week, Frederic Malle Eau de Magnolia. More on that one later.
post #19965 of 20481
Rose Etoile de Hollande is just a touch too clovey for my taste. Do you pick up the clove note?
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