Product Reviews by Maller

Fragrances - Etro - Gomma

3.0
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Sep/25/2005

Your new SO is an extremely serious PETA member. Not just anti-meat and fur, but also no leather. Period. Your leather coats, bags, belts, shoes...all solemnly have been turned over to Goodwill for the sake of love. But your leather fragrances??? Stash them in the back of the closet. Love can be fleeting. However, in the meantime Gomma should be an acceptable subsitute. It's not a …Read more

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Fragrances - Comptoir Sud Pacifique - Eau de Biarritz

3.0
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Sep/25/2005

If I had to choose a gift for a teenage boy, I'd go for Eau de Biarritz. There are lots of styles of ocean fragrances to match all the different moods of the ocean and types of beaches. This is actually not Biarritz to my mind. More like Cancun on spring break. It's a sunny mid-day scent, perfect for bright, primary colors (probably stripes) and playing with a frisbee on the beach. …Read more

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Fragrances - Comptoir Sud Pacifique - Vetyver Haiti

3.0
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Sep/25/2005

Serious vetiver fans need not bother. And serious CSP fans needn't worry - they've not deviated from their devotion to sweet and/or vanilla scents here. This is a very soft, powdery woodsy vetiver, vanilla and musk scent. There are citrus notes in the opening, but they recede quite quickly. The ylang ylang is quite clear as it dries down. I can't shake the feel of this being …Read more

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Fragrances - Parfums De Nicolai - Nicolai Pour Homme

5.0
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Sep/25/2005

Many of my favorite fragrances are marketed as men's scents. However, there are a fair number of perfumers who appear to believe that men have unfortunately low olfactory sensitivity IQs. The men's fragrances they create tend to be too bold, too bracing and can be downright nightmarish when overapplied, which they often are...I have visions of a Godzilla like men's cologne being …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Pecksniffs Classic Chypre

2.0
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Sep/25/2005

Classic Chypre. I'd make a slight adjustment to the name. Would change the "sh" pronunciation in "chypre" to "ch" as it "Charles" and knock off the second syllable, add one little four letter word and end up with my name of choice, Classic Chyp Soap. OK....might as well go ahead and just change it to "cheap" soap. It hardly smells at all …Read more

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Fragrances - CREED - Royal Scottish Lavender

3.0
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Sep/25/2005

Royal Scottish Lavender opens with a clean, sweet, slightly earthy lavender and citrus notes. These are rapidly softened by the appearance of a rich vanilla. RSL is a very appealing lavender if you are a lavender person - not at all too sharp or astringent. Not being much of a lavender fan myself, I have my own personal reasons for liking this fragrance - I can apply it, congratulate myself …Read more

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Fragrances - CREED - Himalaya

2.0
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Sep/25/2005

Creed does citrus exceptionally well. No doubt about it. However, there's a place for everything. Creed's use of citrus in Himalaya reminds me of one of those food festivals where chefs who create brilliant garlic dishes then enthusiastically try to present desserts based on garlic as well. No. Just doesn't work for me. Himalaya had the potential to be a brilliant woodsy …Read more

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Fragrances - I Profumi di Firenze - Cedro

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Sep/25/2005

If there is a fragrance source Pledge uses for it's lemon oil, I suspect that IPdF is using the same source for its lemon based fragrances - only IPdF is diluting the oils more than Pledge is. Cedro is watery, slightly musty, sharp...yes, that does indeed translate as "unpleasant."

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Fragrances - Comme des Garcons - Sweet Series- Sticky Cake

4.0
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Sep/25/2005

I tried Sticky Cake when it first came out and dismissed it as being *too* sweet, too artificial. However, I kept on hearing the comparisons to Malle's L'Eau d'Hiver and decided to retry Sticky Cake. They do share the metallic iris note, some honey, musk and a powdery feel, but the main difference is in the names. L'Eau d'Hiver means "winter water" and is …Read more

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Fragrances - Comme des Garcons - Red Series- Harissa

5.0
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Sep/25/2005

Of the Red Series, Harissa strikes me immediately as being the most vibrant red. A brilliant red orange. It's so clearly associated with that color that I'm relatively convinced a lurking fashion police person would slap me w/ a demerit if I wore it w/ a clashing color like a dull mauve. I adore Harissa. This is a scent that is all about blazing sunshine, blue skies and relaxing in …Read more

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