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3 Rules for Choosing a Fragrance

Picking the right fragrance is tricky.  Overloaded perfume counters and cheeky sales associates don’t make things any easier. So, here are three simple rules to picking a scent without a buyer’s remorse. Rule #1: Decide where you would wear it Perfume is like clothes. You choose it for an occasion.  Would it be a casual scent to wear on a Sunday brunch; something with more … Continue reading 3 Rules for Choosing a Fragrance

The Future of Valentino Uomo

In the first quarter of 2014 Valentino released Valentino Uomo.  It is not the company’s first venture into men’s fragrances but it may as well be as the company stayed out of the market for over 20 years after the release of Valentino Vendetta Uomo in 1991. Many fragrance experts consider Valentino Uomo to be Olivier Polge‘s fresh revisit of the iconic Dior Homme.  Some … Continue reading The Future of Valentino Uomo

Xerjoff Shooting Stars Nio Review

Notes Neroli, Bergamot, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Jasmine, Vetiver, Cedar, Amber The Short Story Beautiful citrus with no soul. The Long Story If you have ever been on a date with no personality, you would know what Nio is like.  It is a fragrance made with high quality ingredients blended in a masterful way.  Yet, it fails to be more than just a citrus fragrance. Nio is … Continue reading Xerjoff Shooting Stars Nio Review

Trussardi Uomo 2011Review

Notes Galbanum, nutmeg, lemon, violet leaf, clary sage, patchouli, leather, oak moss The Short Story Failed Italianity. The Long Story Trussardi Uomo 2011 is a harsh, slapped together fragrance made on the cheap. It has nothing to do with the original and even less with “Italianity” ( a term made up by the marketing team). Trussardi is an Italian company renowned for making high quality … Continue reading Trussardi Uomo 2011Review

Fueguia 1833 Ballena de la Pampa Review

Notes Musks, Hay, Ambergris The Short Story A moment of bliss. The Long Story I’m lying in the dry grass, the scorching sun kissing my face.  The light breeze is caressing my body and the dry grass is tickling my arms and legs.  The sweet aroma of hay and parched meadow flowers is wafting through the air. Tranquility is all I am feeling at the … Continue reading Fueguia 1833 Ballena de la Pampa Review

Tom Daxon Sicilian Wood Review

Notes Lemon, Tangerine, Cardamom, Lilly of the Valley, Gaiac Wood, Amber, Cedar, Vanilla The Short Story Very polite woods. The Long Story Tom Daxon‘s Sicilian Wood is like the German trains: pleasant, safe and predictable.  While these are good qualities of a train service, they are not necessarily the best attributes of a fragrance. Starting from the name, the fragrance itself is what it says … Continue reading Tom Daxon Sicilian Wood Review

Xerjoff Kobe Review

Notes Orange, Bergamot, Neroli, Benzoin, Styrax, Resins, Musk The Short Story Dry citrus in a wooden box. The Long Story Umberto was sitting at his wooden desk peering through the half open French window.  The noise from the busy Calle de Serrano was trickling through the crack along with the bright rays of sun. It was mid morning on the day after his 65th birthday and Umberto was … Continue reading Xerjoff Kobe Review

Creed Aventus Review

Notes Bergamot, Black Currant, Pineapple, Birch, Ambergris, Musk, Oakmoss, Amber, Vanilla The Short Story The scent of mean corporate lawyers and back-stabbing careerists. The Long Story Creed’s Aventus is the scent of the aspiring climbers of the corporate ladder.  If their boss in the corner office wears Green Irish Tweed, the yuppie with the skinny tie fetching him the Starbucks wears Aventus. Aventus and the … Continue reading Creed Aventus Review

John Varvatos Artisan Acqua Review

Notes Orange, Pomelo, Toscanol,Palmarosa, Musk, Lavender, Fir Resin The Short Story Teenage hormone cover-up. The Long Story Margaret Thatcher has a famous saying about power: “Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”  The same is true for being an artist – if you have to tell people you are, you most likely aren’t. The ad campaign … Continue reading John Varvatos Artisan Acqua Review

Prada Luna Rossa Extreme Review

Notes Lavender, Bergamot, Pepper, Labdanum, Juniper, Amber, Vanilla The Short Story Soapy, spicy lavender. The Long Story It’s refreshing once in a while to find on the fragrance counter something that smells slightly different than the run-of-the-mill fresh/citrus or spicy oriental offerings for men.  Prada’s Luna Rossa Extreme is by no means earth-shattering with its originality but it defeinitely stands out among the many reiterations … Continue reading Prada Luna Rossa Extreme Review