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 »

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 »

Gucci Guilty Pour Homme and Guilty Black

For the first time I’ll have to break the one-perfume-one-review rule, but it would have been impossible to describe Gucci Guilty Pour Homme (2011) and the PH Black version (2013) with a decent number of words, if I had done it separately.   They both put together a little bit of this and a little bit of that, creating a dark and hazy cloud of aromatic, spicy and clean notes, which never gets to get a shape. Perhaps, if you’re […] Read more »

Mahogany by Etro Review

This is an ultra-niche perfume and it’s maybe discontinued, as there’s no mentioned in the Italian fashion house. But hey, it’s part of a conspicuous set of sample that I ordered  a while ago to practice different olfactive families and perfume (just like food) should  not be wasted.   Mahogany in particular has vetiver as main note, which is a grass but, when used in perfumery, it becomes part of the woods family thanks to its.. well.. woodsy smell. So, […] Read more »

CH For Men Perfume By Carolina Herrera

CH men has an awesome opening, where green and light citrus notes will take you to a garden covered with fruits and vegetables. But then, clean notes enter, and the vegetable bubble is burst, too soon….   At least it didn’t go all clean and fougere on me. Thankfully, CH CH Perfume For Men will keep a balanced interplay with the fruits, citrus notes, plus some green stuff in the background. In this polite prelude to the heart notes, spices […] Read more »