John Varvatos Perfumes For Men: A Nice Continuum

Ever tried a John Varvatos perfume? These three have been around for some time, but only now have made a comeback to my local store, and thankfully so.   Classic The one with just the designers name is fruity and delicate right off the bat. It’s far from feminine though, with a line of spices and herbs striking through, pushing the fruity sweetness more decisively towards the masculine side. With time, the apricot of the beginning moves towards fig, and […] Read more »

Brand new perfume by Issey Miyake. One noticeable thing is the didactic approach of Miyake’s ad campaign (pic below), which makes it easier on the reviewer. This homme Sport edition of L’Eau d’Issey Homme has a piece of wood, a nutmeg, and a lemon. And that will be exactly what you’ll get.   It opens fresh, but warm. Woods are there right out of the box, and they’re backed up by fragrant citrus. They’re sort of kept in the background, […] Read more »

212 Vip Men Carolina Herrera For Men

When it comes to writing the content for a review, I have two basic rules: a) not to use too many comparisons with other perfumes; b) try to make it different from the previous ones. The reason behind rule a) is that, if I described a perfume with constant comparisons with another, and you don’t know second one, what you read is completely useless to you. And the reason behind rule b) is that  – at least in principle – […] Read more »

Vera Wang Cologne For Men Review By Vera Wang

Vera Wang for men Eau De Toilette could be the masculine version of Nina by Nina Ricci. It starts with distinct fruity notes, and spices make their entrance after a couple of minutes.   Although it’s clear that it wouldn’t be my cup of tea, I’m there begging fruits not to leave, as in that case Vera Wang Men would become like many other spicy-cleans out there. And they will indeed stay until the end. Spices are a little rough, […] Read more »

Chanel Allure Pour Homme Review

Another day another classic: Chanel Allure Eau De Toilette. Right out of the spray, it smells classy and masculine, clean and warm. There are woods to the foreground, with a nice support from spices – which don’t scratch, but make it warmer – and a hint of aromatic bitterness.   That aromatic side, with its green and moist tones, is indeed the best of the ancillary notes at this initial stage, but then, after a couple of minutes Allure Chanel […] Read more »

Gucci Guilty Intense Pour Homme Review

This Intense version of Gucci Guilty perfume for men starts citrusy with – I would say – red orange, and that will remain one of the main notes of this fragrance, thanks to the fact that my skin didn’t destroy it. The result however, is warm rather than fresh, prelude to the common quality of a diffused darkness just like in Gucci by Gucci for women. The fragrance then adds some herbs and gentle florals to the citrus, and the […] Read more »

Perfume Dune For Men is fresh, but more complex than the average. The opening is light and bright with not-too-sour stuff like mandarin, grapefruit and lemon. Aromatic notes however soon mix in, with basil and/or rosemary, and probably some light non-feminine florals in the background.   But it’s not Mediterranean, mind, a la Acqua di Gio or Versense, it’s closer to Dior Homme Sport, but less bitter. And the fun continues with the intervention of greener tones of grass and […] Read more »

antidote perfume review

I was wandering amidst the perfume shelves at Debenhams, after elegantly dodging a SA who wanted to spray some Dot by Marc Jacobs on me (I tried it already, I said, it’s very good, very much in the style of Marc Jacobs, do you like it? I asked. Yes, she said, it’s fruity floral, and walked off), but I was completely uninspired. Until I stumbled upon Antidote perfume by Viktor and Rolf.   Long story short: I smelled it and […] Read more »