Questions?

I've seen a lot of you have questions for me regarding fragrances, my own tastes, what I'd recommend that you try, etc.. Although I can't claim to be any expert in perfume - I'm an enthusiast - I'll do my best to answer your questions. The questions I'm best qualified to answer of course are the ones about my own personal tastes, but I'll take a stab at anything else you may want to ask me, just as long as the subject matter stays on fragrances.

I've created this page as a place where you can post any questions you might have for me, for the sake of keeping the blog organized. Just post your questions in the "Comment" section, and I'll do my best to answer them. The reason I'm doing this is because I've noticed that sometimes you have questions that don't quite fit into the subject matters of the reviews I post (e.g., asking me, "Shamu, what are your favorite leather fragrances?" in the comments section of my Lapidus Pour Homme review), but you want a place to post them. This is where you can do that.

The only thing I have to insist on this page is that I be the one to answer the questions.  I'm not saying that I don't value others' input, but if everyone pipes in here, it's going to turn into a chaotic free-for-all, and we won't be able to keep track of who's asking the questions and what the questions are.  Again, I'm only putting this rule in place for this particular page, since I created this specifically as a question & answer page; on all my other posts' "Comments" sections, please feel free to pipe in and give your input.  I do value your input and I learn a lot.

Please remember that if you want to comment or post questions specific to my reviews or articles, by all means keep posting in the comments sections of those reviews or articles. I'm just trying to maintain some order here.

Best regards.

88 comments:

  1. Hi,

    Love your blog and check it most every day. Not sure this qualifies as a question, but perhaps more of a request... wonder if you can do a review of Jovan Musk?

    Best,

    Joel

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  2. Hi Joel. I assume you mean Jovan Musk for Men. If so, yes, I have that one on a list of fragrances to review. I own a bottle of it, so it's an easy one for me to review.

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  3. Great blog! Any top three lists coming our way soon?

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  4. Ha, I had a feeling someone was going to ask that sooner or later! Absolutely. The only reason I haven't done one is because writing one is very time consuming - the pine one I did took me hours to write - and usually I don't have time to write one. But yes, I've been thinking that a Top Three is long overdue. I'm debating between doing a "Top Three Leather Fragrances" article and a "Top Three Woman's Fragrances For Men To Wear" article. I'm leaning towards the latter.

    I will also be doing one on my favorite power scents, but that will have to be a Top Five or Top Ten. I can't think of only three!

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    1. I can't wait--those all sound great. How about a "Top Three Guerlain" post? I know you've got 'em.

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  5. I have a big question about your opinions on Boucheron's fragrances for men. I saw that you had Jaipur, but didn't see Boucheron. Have you tried Boucheron for Men? And obviously you have Jaipur for men in both EDT and EDP concentration. Are either Boucheron and Jaipur suitable for summer wear? I've read that Boucheron is a very citrusy scent. Jaipur, on the other hand, is very spicy, which traditionally means it's better for winter. But I'm not sure. I haven't tried these yet. What do you think?

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  6. The truth is, I haven't updated my collection page since I started it! Right now, it only comprises about a third of my whole collection. That being said, I own both Jaipur and Boucheron PH, though I only have the EDT of Boucheron PH; the EDP is vile.

    First Boucheron. I LOVE it. Yes, it is very citrusy at first, but it is a MUCH more substantial fragrance than that. It's quite old school in smell, because it has what its haters call the "old lady chypre" smell that I happen to love. It smells a lot like Lauder For Men, only a lot more refined, and even stronger, actually. It is a hard fragrance to describe outside of saying it's like Lauder. You really need to sample it to know what I mean. Another way of describing it would be like a much stronger, more intense Chanel Pour Monsieur (regular, not the "Concentree"). Boucheron isn't really a powerhouse because it's not a brash, macho scent, but it is VERY strong. We're talking Kouros strong.

    I think Boucheron is a great all-year scent. I prefer wearing it in summer because it's a bright, uplifting scent. Just wear it in small doses, because its sillage will knock you on the floor. It also has great longevity. It's a hard scent to recommend as a blind purchase, because people end up loving it or hating it. There's no middle ground with it. Go to Macy's and try it out; they usually have a tester on hand.

    Jaipur. Most people disagree with me, but I love wearing it all year round, including summer. Yes, it is very strong and spicy, but in hot weather I usually reach for the EDT, which is a tad lighter (though not by much). However, I have worn the EDP in summer without choking. Just go a little easier on the trigger, and don't spray your neck with it, and you'll be fine.

    Just a warning: if you hate powdery scents, chances are you're going to hate Jaipur. It's also another big love/hate scent that garners "French old lady" comments by those who hate it.

    Good luck. Let us all know what you think of these.

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    1. Thanks a million! This has been very helpful. I only wonder why the EDP of Boucheron is vile? But I was really more interested in the EDT version anyway. Based on what you've told me, I'll be checking out Boucheron, ESPECIALLY because the haters bring up the "old lady chypre smell." If it has that element, it's got to be good. Jaipur I'll look into when it gets a little cooler outside. I'll keep you posted on these. Thanks again!

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  7. Shamu,

    Have you tried Moschino ?Uomo ? I have the opportunity to blind buy it but don't want a clone of something I already have. If you are familiar with it, are there other fragrances quite similar? I've got 240 bottles and need to be a bit judicious in future additions. Thanks.

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  8. Yes, I have a bottle of Moschino Uomo?, and I really like it. It's not an old school styled scent, but I consider it to be a modern take on an old school favorite of mine: Signoricci by Nina Ricci. It's a light citrus-based oriental, and is unique due to the herbal and woody notes in it that give it a subtle, weird bitter edge. I've been meaning to post a review on it, but haven't gotten to it.

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  9. Do a review of Michael Kors; I see you wore it recently.

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  10. Are you looking forward to sampling Amazingreen?

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    1. http://www.nstperfume.com/2012/06/21/comme-des-garcons-amazingreen-new-fragrance/

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    2. Thanks for the link. I love the bottle. This sounds like a unique scent - green with smoke notes? I don't like smoke notes in fragrances, but this sounds interesting, considering it'll be mixed with green notes. Plus, even though I'm not well versed in CDG fragrances, that brand is known for creating unique fragrances.

      There's a Barney New York store in Boston that carries some CDG frags, so I'll see if they have it, and if they do I'll give it a sniff.

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    3. Sounds good, I'd also like to read your opinion on my personal favorite so far, The Dreamer, if you get a chance.

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    4. Definitely! Coincidentally, two weeks ago I bought a bottle (totally blindly, BTW) I found on clearance, but have yet to wear it. I'm away on vacation right now, and I didn't bring the bottle with me. When I get back, I'll wear it. I've been itching to do review of The Dreamer.

      I did spray a spritz on my wrist, and at first I didn't think it was my style. However over time I got to like it. At first I didn't even recognize the tobacco note, but what it's done is give me a new perspective on tobacco fragrances. Tobacco has always been one of the most difficult notes for me to pick out in a fragrance, and that's because there are so many ways of presenting a so-called "tobacco accord" in perfumes.

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    5. Yeah, I knew it wasn't your favorite style and the opening isn't that great, but it blew me away the first time I wore it.

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  11. Okay, I have a question that I've been dying to ask you, but never got around to it before - I've been perusing Amazon lately under the input "vetiver." Naturally the results yield plenty of upscale vetivers like Guerlain, Creed, and Tom Ford. Also there are more modest vetivers like Carven's and Royall's. BUT - down near the bottom of the price range is something called Dana's Vetiver. It costs about $18 for a 3.4 oz bottle. Have you ever seen this before? Tried it? If so, any good?

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    1. No, I've never even heard of it. I didn't know Dana had a vetiver. I suppose it's worth a blind buy, but I wouldn't get my hopes up with Dana.

      If I saw it for like $12 and I was going to buy another item from the same retailer anyway, I'd get it. I can't tell you how many blind purchases of cheapies I've done simply for the purpose of jacking up the price of my order so I could get the free shipping!

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    2. Sorry, I have no clue why I said $18, I meant $15, shipping included. Well I'll give it a go at some point and see what happens.

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    3. At $15 w/shipping, I'll probably grab a bottle.

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  12. Shamu1--

    LOVE your blog, but you have to--if you want more interaction--get rid of this "are your a robot?" log-in to post comments. It is a huge barrier to entry. Make it easier for us!

    Thanks for all of the great posts!

    E

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    1. Good point. I just figured out how to eliminate that function and did it. Thanks for letting me know.

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  13. Wonderful blog - thank you. Am curious about three things: 1. Have you tried ETRO's VETIVER? My favorite - very strong and earthy. 2. You mention Knize Ten in passing - would love to read a full review. 3. Under Tobacco, have you tried TABAC BLOND, now back on the market - a classic leather tobacco "perfume" created specifically for men?

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    1. Hi there,

      Glad you're enjoying the blog. I used to own a bottle of Etro's Vetiver. I really liked it initially, but after a while I got tired of it and ended up trading it. What bothered me mainly was the smokiness of the vetiver; I'm not a fan of smoky fragrances, including vetivers. I tend to prefer clean, bitter vetivers, rather than smoky ones. However, I will admit that it's a good fragrance if that's the style you like.

      Knize Ten is one I love, but haven't got up to reviewing. I've reviewed it a couple of times in Basenotes.net and on Fragrantica, but have yet to do it here. I will do it, though.

      Surprisingly, I've never tried Tabac Blond, even though it's been around forever. I'm not swayed by complaints about it being reformulated, so I can sample it with an open mind.

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  14. Hello and thanks for responding - only Anonymous as I have no Google account, only Yahoo and didn't comprehend the other options.

    Consider trying Chanel's SYCOMORE - a fine new vetiver, rich and dark, but not smoky - Roja Dove recommended this to me and I'm forever grateful. I love the full range of vetiver, from dark and earthy (Etro) to crisp and green (Guerlain).

    Love Knize Ten but Tabac Blond got there first (1919). The latter has Virginia tobacco, carnation, vetiver, patchouli, cedarwood, oakmoss, orris and lime. Inspired both Knize and Chanel's Cuir de Russie (1924). They are very similar KT and TB and I recommend a sample of this as well as SYCOMORE - you'll be impressed, I'm sure.

    I have read all your reviews and it seems we "smell the world alike," so will be interested in your future postings. I have copied your "Tobacco" likes and will begin researching those. Thanks for sharing your nose.

    -Arne Blaze

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    1. I've only heard good things about Sycomore. I'm planning on visiting Saks Fifth Avenue this weekend, which I know carries Sycomore, and I plan on trying it out.

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    2. Hello again-

      I'm curious as to how you reacted to Sycomore. I have in the interim tried a sample of Encre Noir, which is certainly decent as a vetiver - I got a cross between the dark, smoky, earthy root vetiver and the sharp green leaf vetiver, but with a soapy under scent. Comparing the two, Sycomore is sophisticated, elegant and heads above Encre Noir.

      -Arne Blaze

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    3. I went to the store on Friday and asked to sample Sycomore, but they were completely out of it. Not even a tester, so I couldn't even try it out.

      I have a small decant of Encre Noir, which I haven't even smelled yet. I need to do that.

      I have a whole box full of samples - niche and designer - that I have yet to even try. They'll definitely keep me busy with this blog.

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    4. I have bought based on your reviews bottles of Borsari's Acqua Classica and Krizia's Moods Uomo. Can't wait to try them.

      Two new questions for you.

      1. Have you ever tried Gres' CABOCHARD? It is the only chypre I love. Even though created as a woman's scent, it is definitely unisex and the most balanced chype I've ever experienced.

      2. Would you please let me know a few scents you think the lover of Equipage would enjoy -you mention Roger & Gallet's OPEN and Etro's PALAIS JAMAIS in one of your postings as fitting that bill. Any more?? An upcoming birthday has me looking for a way to surprise and delight by using your expertise.

      Thanks - Arne Blaze

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    5. To answer your first question, yes I've tried Cabochard, the current version. I do like it, and it smells like a benchmark leather fragrance to me. However, I don't like it enough to buy it and wear it, even though it's inexpensive. I have a lot of other leathers that I like a lot more, like Knize Ten and Peau d'Espagne, I think Cabochard would get lost in the shuffle.

      On Equipage-like fragrances, yes Open is somewhat similar, very dry and very good. Don't blind purchase Palais Jamais - I love Equipage and don't like PJ at all. That's a risky one, and I wouldn't pay good money for such a boring fragrance.

      It's hard to think of perfumes that are similar to Equipage, since it's so unique. However, it does have a very French old school vibe, which I love. I'm assuming you've tried Monsieur de Givenchy? If not, it's a masterpiece: bone dry citrus chypre with a touch of animalic civet. Has a similar feel to Equipage, even though they do smell different. Also, the first Chanel Pour Monsieur has a similar feel. Both are incredible fragrances, and true classics.

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    6. Thanks so much for the info on Monsieur de Givenchy and Chanel Pour Monsieur. I have not experienced those and will definitely send for samples.

      Recently I posted a WOMEN'S SCENTS FOR MEN list on Basenotes. You might enjoy that - user name is JackTwist. I tried all 57 "classic" women's scents in Roja Dove's book THE ESSENCE OF PERFUME, since that was an area in which I was totally ignorant. Sequestered 16 I thought men could successfully wear and myself bought bottles of all 16. After a year, I have it down to 6 which I will retain and replace: Schiaparell's SHOCKING; Piguet's FRACAS, YSL's OPIUM, Couturier's CORIANDRE, Gres' CABOCHARD, Rochas' MADAME ROCHAS.

      Have also recently added Piguet's BAGHARI, JAIPUR POUR HOMME, and the two mentioned above I purchased based on your recommendations: Borsari's ACQUA CLASSICA and Krizia's MOODS UOMO.

      Slowly my scented world is expanding. Thanks again for your help.

      -Arne Blaze

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    7. If you're looking for a great women's scent to wear, consider Jean-Louis Scherrer from 1979. It was discontinued, but I believe it's back in production now. I haven't reviewed it yet here, but it's the greatest chypre ever made, and I consider it perhaps the greatest fragrance ever made, period. I have two bottles and I treasure them like they were bodily organs.

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    8. Well, coming from you, that is PRAISE INDEED. I shall investigate forthwith.

      My experiments were just that - experiments - for decades I have only been attracted to scents that define maleness (in all our complexity from sweet to bitter) and I thought this would certainly be an adventure - and it was - I tried my samples on my own skin at different times of day and weather - and on my lady friend's skin - it was night and day - and often both were sublime, albeit totally different. (Curly from the Stooges might have said it better: 'Ya know, women ARE different from men. Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck!")

      Question: When one of your drop dead favorites is (Horrors!!!) discontinued, do you go out and buy all the bottles that will last you a lifetime - or do you think of your children - and buy extra for them??

      -Arne Blaze

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  15. Where can one purchase these Russian scents you spoke well of?

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  16. Actually, I don't know, because they were given to me by a fellow Basenotes member. I'll send him a message and see if he remembers where he bought them.

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  17. Since you are on a tobacco kick have you ever tried Tobacco Latino? It is kind of like Realities for Men but much louder.

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    1. I've heard about Tobacco Latino, and was considering a blind purchase. Never smelled it, but if you tell me it's like Realities, I think I might pass. I don't smell a lot of tobacco in Realities, though I know others do.

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    2. Well it is like Realities in a way that it is a powdery tobacco fragrance, but it is much better than Realities in my opinion. The tobacco is raging in your face the whole time, but it is a more fruity tobacco.

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    3. Hm. Now that sounds good. Where can I get a bottle? I did a quick shopwiki.com search for it online, but I came up with nothing. If you could give me a link for where I can buy it, that would be great.

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    4. I bought my bottles at my nearest Perfumania store for dirt cheap. You might want to check there first, and if all else fails I could send you a bottle.

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  18. Last night I wore MOODS UOMO for the first time and absolutely love it- opening with a spicy/woody facet and drying down to a beautiful tobacco. What a shame it's discontinued. Thanks immensely for praising this on your blog as I would never have discovered it otherwise.

    Unable to find any samples out there of Jean-Louis Scherrer and it's a bit pricey for a blind buy. Just to be certain: the house released two scents in 1979, one named JEAN-LOUIS SCHERRER and the other named just SCHERRER. Pretty confusing. Wanted to verify you meant the former with the full name as your favorite of all time.

    -Arne Blaze

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    1. Actually, both Scherrer and Jean-Louis Scherrer are exactly the same fragrance. I think it initially was called JLS, then called just Scherrer. Also, people who wear it tend to just call it "Scherrer".

      What is NOT the same fragrance is Scherrer 2. I've never smelled it before, but apparently it's a completely different scent.

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    2. Successfully secured samples of R&G's OPEN, MONSIEUR DE GIVENCHY, CHANEL POUR MONSIEUR, so will await these for evaluation.

      Found and just won 5 ml. SCHERRER pure parfum on Ebay for $15 - astonishing that seller did not realize, surrounded by 8 pages of Scherrer offerings, that "pure parfum" was far more valuable than the EDTs that were out there going for circa $70 for 50 ml. So, I will evaluate that as well as having a bid on Ebay for Coty's CHYPRE sample due on Saturday.

      This IS addictive, but in a purely pleasurable way - for myself and everyone around me - and doing it as you do frugally, shopping carefully, increases the pleasure of getting the most for less.

      Thanks again for the feedback, advice and concise information on the scents we have been discussing. You're a treasure, and I'm sure your wife and children realize the same.

      Has your wife thought of doing a blog such as yours? Perhaps she already has?

      -Arne Blaze

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    3. If you do manage to try out Scherrer, please report back here with your thoughts. I'd love to hear if other guys like this as much as I do. I don't know any other men who wear this one.

      My wife has considered doing a blog about perfumes and cosmetics, but hasn't had the time to get one up and running. Hopefully some day.

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    4. My personal take on scents you have praised.

      I have read all your reviews, sequestered 67 scents that interest me, and am beginning to sample them. Here goes:

      1. Jean-Louis Scherrer: An odd one - definitely the green chypre base is there and interesting. Overlaying on first experience, the effect of a combo of anise, caraway and cassis, the next day an overlay of tobacco/honey. An underlying "plastic" scent gets in the way. My jury is still out on this one.

      2. Ferrari: Uomo: Perfectly decent but so like so many others. Not bad, but not great.

      3. Joseph Abboud: Perfectly decent dry scent with subtle vetiver undercurrent. Again, perfectly decent, but not great.

      4. Cuba: Red: Amazed at this one - wonderful light tobacco scent, beautifully balanced. How can they afford to practically give this away? Love it.

      5. Krizia: Moods: Love this - you were 100% right - very balanced with a warm honeyed tobacco dry down. A real winner in my book.

      6. Claiborne: Mambo: A non-scent on my skin - just nothing, absolutely nothing.

      7. Antonio Puig: Quorum: A great chypre, but identical to my nose to my other favorite chypre, Gres' Cabochard. Both very inexpensive, and both now at the top of my list of favorites.

      -I have about 10 more samples from your favorites on their way and will report back once I've experienced them. Thanks so much for expanding my world.

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    5. I'm glad to hear you liked Cuba Red. This is such an awesome fragrance, and they practically give it out for free. I don't wear it very often, but when I'm in a real tobacco frag mood it hits the spot. When I wear it, I spray it on hard.

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  19. ShamuI, I wonder what's your take on the much raved about Encre Noire (men) by Lalique. By the way, your reviews are brilliant!

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    1. You know, I have a decant of Encre Noire sitting in my drawer that I've never even opened. I need to try it, so thanks for reminding me.

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  20. 1 last question...What is your opinion on using chocolate in a fragrance? Do you think it is a good idea since many of the hyped fragrances on other sites use it(LIDGE, DHI, Dior Homme, etc.) or do you see it as taking the easy way out since almost everyone likes chocolate? I don't think it is one of your favorites scents, but I thought the way Borneo 1834 used it was pretty creative. It was more of a bitter, dry chocolate instead of sweet.

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    1. I used to hate chocolate in perfumes, but I'm getting to like it. A*Men is one of my favorite fragrances, though not because of its chocolate note. I can't say I notice chocolate in Dior Homme, but if it's there, it's done well.

      I don't like Borneo 1834 because I don't think the chocolate blends well with the patchouli. However, I do like that dark chocolate/powdered cocoa note, as opposed to Palmer Easter Bunny chocolate notes, and I'd like to try more fragrances that have that nice dry take on the note

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  21. Hi there :)
    Love your blog by the way! Well I was wondering if you're familiar with a male fragrance that;
    - was available around 20 years ago
    - has a gold lid
    - has gold writing
    - has the words "london paris new york" on it
    - the bottle looks musky?
    Reason i'm asking is because my dad had this ages ago and i want to surpise him with him it again because he really liked it?
    Thanks so much!!! :)

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    1. Burberry For Men? Has a red box, gold cap, gold letters, and it came out in the 1990s, and I think it has the London, Paris, New York thing on it. That's my best guess.

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  22. I wanted to update you on my sampling, based on your reviews of your favorites. So far, of the 67 I isolated as being of interest to me, I have sampled 32. Of these, six have become such favorites that I have ordered full bottles: MOODS, QUORUM, CUBA RED, BORSARI ACQUA CLASSICA, ENRICO SEBASTIANO, MOUSTACHE.

    I have come to like the JEAN-LOUIS SCHERRER, although it took a bit of time. That "plastic" note I isolated was problematic, but I eventually came round and now find it is a unique note that is part of the scent's individuality. Similar to the funky note in PERLES DE LALILQUE, which took some getting used to.

    A suggestion: That you place "new" reviews in a special section, as well as listed by manufacturer. In this way, those like myself who have taken the time to read all your reviews will be able to periodically go to a list of your new finds to check out.

    Thanks again for your blog!

    -Arne Blaze

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  23. KIEHL'S ORIGINAL MUSK - recently purchased this wonderful oil and find that its equivalent mix is used in Oscar De La Renta's POUR LUI, Schiaparelli's classic SHOCKING and Rochas' MADAME ROCHAS as their essential personalities.

    Great stuff -thanks for recommending.

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    1. I've never tried the oil, only the eau de toilette, which is great. Have you tried Kiehl's Pour Homme Essence Oil? That stuff smells a LOT like Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui.

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  24. You, sir, are a dangerous man! Dangerous to my thinning wallet, that is. I've recently purchased Cappuci Pour Homme based on your review, and I've added several other classic Italian frags to my "To Buy" list from your blog.

    Question: I own YSL PH. Is the concentrated version different enough to own both?

    Thanks for your good work.

    P.

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    1. I'll have to get back to you on that. I too own YSL PH, and I have a decant of the Concentree, but I have never worn it. I've only dabbed a little bit of the Concentree on my hand, and it did smell a lot different from the original, like two totally different fragrances. I don't feel I can judge it, though, until I do a full day's wearing of it.

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  25. I am just wondering: Is there a special reason why you haven't reviewed one single Creed fragrance so far? I don't know any of these, but have noticed their upper price levels and would like to know why they are so expensive- and yet, you just seem to ignore them.

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    1. Good question. The main reason I haven't reviewed any is because I've yet to feel any inspiration to write about any of them. I generally don't like Creeds very much, but that's not to say they don't have some good fragrances. I've owned nine different ones over time, and I ended up swapping most of them because I never wore them. I now have three left - Bois du Portugal, Original Vetiver and Green Irish Tweed - and even though they all smell great, I rarely feel inspired to wear them.

      I should review some Creeds though, at least the ones I like. Most Creeds I've tried I don't like, and I don't want this blog to turn into a Creed bashing fest. Personally, I think they're highly overrated and ridiculously overpriced most of the time. I never get excited about new Creed releases. I feel the same way about Montale and Serge Lutens' perfumes.

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  26. Have you tried any other Alkemia fragrances besides the ones you already reviewed here? I ordered 5 samples, but all of them are unisex or female(I am looking for a neat fragrance for my sister and mom for Christmas). I am wearing "Falling Stars on Winter Solstice" right now, and I have no idea how to describe it, but I kind of like it..so far.

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    1. Yes, the other two I've tried are Sanguinaria and Wing of Bat. I don't like Wing of Bat at all; the website describes it as a patchouli-based scent, but I don't smell much if any patchouli at all. To me it smells like a sweet floral scent, and not a very pleasant one. Sanguinaria is pretty good, and is a powdery floral scent with some patchouli, incense and amber mixed in it. It has a spicy "hippie" vibe to it that I kind of like, but it's a little bit too feminine for my tastes.

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    2. I think the "Falling Star on Winter Solstice" kind of reminds me of Horizon. I am wearing "Burning Roses" right now and I like it quite a bit. It reminds me of Tea Rose.

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    3. So I have tried them all now, and they all seem pretty well made. I tried Trick or Treat if you like that sweet food type of fragrance you might like Trick or Treat. I would have liked Trick or Treat better if they just used anise instead of literally trying to make it smell like black licorice it's more feminine. New Orleans Love Spell smells like a high quality fragrance that smells like Big Red and oatmeal. Blackberry Noir is fruity, tart, sweet, slightly spicy, and sexy for a woman. Burning Roses is basically what it says, and I like it, but not as much as I thought I would it's unisex. Falling Star on Winter Solstice is a lot like Horizon to my nose but it's more unisex. Yule Rose smells old ladyish at first but then it kind of smells like One Man Show with rose in it. I like Yule Rose, and it's unisex.

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  27. Do you know of any blogs like this for womens fragrances?

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    1. What I mean by blogs like yours is they actually review mostly designer fragrances.

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    2. Hey there. I don't know of any personally, but that's because I don't often read blogs that are about women's perfumes exclusively. The ones I've seen either cover mostly niche scents or they combine perfume with cosmetic and beauty reviews. However, I'm sure there are plenty of blogs like mine out there in the women's fragrance realm. Sorry I can't be of any assistance on this.

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  28. Shamu: just bought a bottle of Boss Number One. . .great honeyed tobacco, mildly powerhouse-ish. . .thoughts?

    P.

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    1. I love Boss Number One! Though it's not brutally powerful, I consider it a powerhouse. It's got plenty of 80's testosterone in it, with all the honey, patchouli and oakmoss. My only complaint is that it doesn't last all that long on my skin for a powerscent; it lasts about 6 or 7 hours for me, which isn't great for an 80's scent. I love it, though, and need to review it.

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    2. It really doesn't have the longevity I like. . .of course, nothing lasts all that long on me. I get about three hrs out of YSL Opium! Even straight essential oils evap on my skin fairly quickly.

      Also, just ordered a bottle of Gianfranco Ferre for Man. I don't see a review for this one. . .have you tried it?

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  29. I am a big fan of Open by Roger & Gallet as we as Jacomo de Jacomo. Based on your recommendation I just bought a bottle of Superman. I'm also looking into Palais Jamais.

    Any other scents similar to those two?

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  30. Have you ever reviewed derek jeter scents?

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    1. No, and I'm planning to. I have two of them - Driven and Driven Black - and I think they're both great. Driven is one of the best woody citrus/sporty fragrances I've ever smelled, and even though I don't like that style typically, that's still saying something. Driven Black I also very good, though I like it a little less than Driven. Those have been on my "to review" list for a while. Thanks for the reminder.

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  31. I'd be curious to know what your thoughts are on Gianfranco Ferre for men. I came across this scent today and it struck me as being quite similar to Quorum.I simply loved it.

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    1. I think you mean Gianfranco Ferre Man. I totally love that scent. I consider it a refined powerhouse. I find it very leathery, and so yes I do smell some similarity to Quorum, though it does have some sweetness that Quorum does not have. It's total 80s in style, just like Quorum. I've reviewed that one on BN, and I think I gave it a 10/10 rating.

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  32. What do you think of Swiss Army Classic? I love these "foresty" scents (yes I will be getting Pino based your recommendation).

    BTW I really like your site, am 47, and just now getting back into men's fragrances.

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  33. Hey there--

    You have gone awfully quiet? Is everything alright or are you on vacation/in depositions? Hope all is well and thanks again for all of the great content!

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  34. Shamu- can you let us know if you are OK?

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  35. Yeah, hope everything is OK with you and you're just taking a sabbatical. Best wishes mate.

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  36. Pour Monsieur

    R.I.P.

    April 18, 2012 - March 6, 2013

    Gone But Not Forgotten!

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  38. Shamu thanks for the recent update. Glad to hear you'll be back after your schedule comes back to normal. Looking forward to it.

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  39. Hi shamu - just checking in! Wondered how things were with you and still keeping my fingers crossed you'll have the time & inclination to resume your blog when work and family commitments allow. Either way - hope you're well and best wishes mate.

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  40. Hi Shamu and thanks for such an informative blog. I have just found Salvador Pour Homme by Dali at a dirt cheap price and m loving it. It is discontinued but no one seems sharing their views about this unique piece of art.

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  41. Hi Shamu. Great to read your blog, informative and interesting!! I am relatively new to frags, I have one question, a much discussed one, but would like to know your preferences: Please name three frags with great projection, great sillage and maximum longevity that lasts and lasts. I am a powerhouse lover, and cant stand frags that die out in no time. Thanks

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  42. Hi, I'm looking for a fragrance that's masculine dry fragrance in the same mould as Dirty English by Juicy couture, which lasts longer, somebody suggested Montanna "red bottle" as they claimed it smelt simaler to dirty english.

    Could you recommend a fragrance ?

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