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Fragrances -Gendarme -Gendarme

on 7/29/2015 9:58:00 AM

The ultimate clean & fresh fragrance -- marketed to men, but it's unisex. Not too far removed from Amazing Grace, to my nose, only even more amazing -- more fresh-airy, more dispersed. Also in the same category as Laila by Geir Ness (a Norwegian hypoallergenic fresh fragrance), but Laila's florals tend a bit sharp, to my nose, and Gendarme stays smooth as glass -- not being as floral as the other two.

A hypoallergenic cologne developed by a man with allergies, Gendarme makes me think of the air in the Swiss Alps -- it almost makes me want to yodel. Purity, freshness, a slight sweetness -- and also a good dose of clean-muskiness -- so that there is **fortunately** no sharpness whatsoever (thank goodness). I'm normally not a fan of fresh scents, because they tend to also be sharp, but Gendarme's clean musks keep that from happening.

Launched in 1983, here are the notes, per their website:

"Containing lemon and lime, bergamot, lavender, and just a hint of jasmine and lilac, there is nothing on the market like it."

Like air-conditioning in a bottle, and I'm wearing it now on this oppressively hot, muggy, sultry day -- and it's extremely uplifting! It's cooling, refreshing, exhilarating, and it's helping my mood considerably. Some people get depressed in the winter -- but I'm the opposite -- I get depressed in summer's never-ending sunshine & oppressive heat.

However, it's not just good in *hot* weather --

About 10 years ago, I was hooked on Gendarme in cold Dec-January weather. It was extremely cold out, and Gendarme just seemed to match the fresh air. I simply couldn't get enough of Gendarme that winter -- wore it day after day. The winter weather was cool and clean, and so was my Gendarme cologne -- it just seemed to fit.

The juice is clear, and the bottle is clear -- which matches the clarity of the scent itself.

This comes only in Eau de Cologne and it's a quality product -- plenty strong enough, since it sort of blooms on the skin and diffuses through the air -- in fact, it borders on being too strong if I spray too liberally -- and I can smell it on myself for many hours.

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Fragrances -Gendarme -Carriere

on 3/1/2010 2:48:00 AM

Fresh and clean does but not last long at all.

Fragrance -Gendarme -Gendarme V

on 10/17/2009 10:34:00 PM

I have worn the original Gendarme since it first came out around 1990. I suspect that Philosophy copied this scent when they later came out with Pure Grace.

This scent is great on men and women both.

Fragrances -Gendarme -7 Sinful Scents - Excess

on 11/10/2008 9:20:00 PM

Just dug this out of my stash looking for my winter scents. To me this is TM Angel but it doesn't make me sick to my stomach or give me a raging headache so YAY for that. Sweet, strong, warm and lovely. The perfect cold-weather scent.

I've seen some comments about it smelling masculine. Huh? I don't know of any man who would wear this that's for sure. No, it doesn't smell like a bridal bouquet. If that makes it "masculine" then so be it.

You can't buy this at Sephora anymore but if you google it there are a few more obscure sites selling it.

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Fragrances -Gendarme -7 Sinful Scents- Rage

on 1/23/2008 12:49:00 PM

Ok, again my main gripe with any of these is the leaky packaging. As for the fragrance...I didn't care much for this one. It had a very harsh powdery smell upon spraying it, and it didn't seem to fade any. Very heavy smelling.

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