What’s Hot Right Now: Valentino Uomo

I think I need to get a restraining order against Valentino Uomo.  Not that I really would but everywhere I turn I read about it. The hype this time, though, doesn’t come from a persistent marketing campaign Valentino‘s or Puig‘s (the company that created the fragrance) folks started but from independent reviewers. Valentino Uomo is rumoured to smell similar to Dior Homme – also created … Continue reading What’s Hot Right Now: Valentino Uomo

Bond No 9 Coney Island Review

Notes Melon, Guava, Margarita, Lime, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Sandal Wood, Musk, Vanilla, Cedar The Short Story Coney Island. The smell of fun. Oh,if only! The Long Story Part of the creative process in creating a fragrance is to experience the ambiance the scent is trying to depict.  Naturally, if you are creating a perfume depicting Coney Island, you would go there and soak in the … Continue reading Bond No 9 Coney Island Review

Burberry Brit Rhythm Review

Notes Cardamom, juniper berries, basil, verbena, leather, incense, tonka beans The Short Story A fragrance with no reason for existence. The Long Story Certain fragrances are made just to keep their companies relevant. If you are Burberry, for example, and Dior, Gucci and Cavalli put a new scent on the market, you have to keep up and release a new one too. This is the … Continue reading Burberry Brit Rhythm Review

Zegna Uomo Review

Notes Bergamot, Violet Leaf, Cedar, Vetiver The Short Story A signature scent for men bored with life. The Long Story Herbert Smith’s favourite colour was light beige.  His favourite food was lightly seasoned chicken breast with steamed peas.  He believed in restraint.  Herbert applied this principle in everything he did. He wore light beige shirts and pants, not too big and not too small, always … Continue reading Zegna Uomo Review

Tom Daxon Cologne Absolute Review

Notes Neroli, Bergamot, Tarragon, Violet Leaf, Jasmine, Lilly of the Valley, Givescone, Patchouli, Cypriol The Short Story A modern cologne. The Long Story Generally speaking, we can divide colognes into two broad categories: Old World and New World.  In the Old World category fall all classic or traditional colognes: Santa Maria Novella, Floris, Acqua di Parma, Guerlain, etc. In the New Worlds category you have … Continue reading Tom Daxon Cologne Absolute Review

Commes des Garcons Monocle Scent Three Sugi Review

Notes Cypress, Pepper, Iris, Cedar, Pine, Vetiver The Short Story The hipster cousin of Dior Homme. The Long Story  When Hedi Slimane was making all these reformulation of Dior Homme, he should have really come up with Sugi. It is different enough and yet reminiscent enough of the original to make a great addition to the line.  That being said, Sugi is a child of … Continue reading Commes des Garcons Monocle Scent Three Sugi Review

Eight & Bob Review

Notes Ginger, Cardamom, Lemon, Essencia Cistus, Gaiacum Wood, Sandalwood, Ambergris, Vanilla The Short Story Casual elegance in a bottle. The Long Story Great fragrances go beyond just smelling good – they create an aura around the wearer that elucidates their elegance and enhances their natural beauty.  The spirit of the scent brings out their best features and enchants the passers-by in a trance of utter … Continue reading Eight & Bob Review

The Vagabond Prince – Enchanted Forest Review

Notes Black Currant, Black Currant Leaf, Black Currant Blossom, Balsam Fir, Vanilla, Oakmoss The Short Story Huge black currant. The Long Story I got interested in trying Enchanted Forest for two reasons: 1. The description of Russian woods, a mysterious ritual, and earth got me; 2. The founders of Fragrantica were owners of the company releasing it and hence were likely involved in the creation. … Continue reading The Vagabond Prince – Enchanted Forest Review

Commes des Garcon Black Review

Notes Pepper, Incense, Leather, Olibanum, Licorice, Cedar, Vetiver The Short Story Pepper and incense for the timid man. The Long Story A perfume critic once said perfumers often use incense as a magic bullet to get browny points for being creative and “niche”. His point was that it didn’t really matter whether fragrance is good or not, the fetishization of incense makes anything smell unorthodox, … Continue reading Commes des Garcon Black Review