Product Reviews by talintyre

Fragrances - By Kilian - Rose Oud - Eau de Parfum

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Jun/28/2012

This is more refined than Montale's Black Aoud, but not as interesting - it's rose is sweet and lasts to the end, but the Aoud is soft and mellow, no edge to it and I guess that is where it falls down, for something that is priced at $395 USD, it has got to be interesting, intriguing and startling and you have to feel like you must have it, to spend this kind of money, it must blow …Read more

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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - De Profundis

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Apr/14/2012

I really wanted to love this and bought a 1.5ml decant from TPC, had my hopes up with the splendid violet chrysanthemum opening (truly unique) followed by incendiary dry wood frankincense theme perhaps there is an element of "dust" as well. All very intriguing , and for the first hour contemplated a purchase and it is marvellous on the wrists but on me that is pretty much wear it …Read more

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Fragrances - Montale - Taj

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Nov/17/2011

This starts as a nice floral with some tasteful fruity elements and a pleasant creamy sandalwood musky drydown, but I cannot say it is worth the effort and hassle of tracking it down let alone buying this limited edition perfume. Apparently it is sold out in the Paris store according to some blogs and I hardly feel bothered about that, considering the other wonders this line has, it is not a …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - So Oud - Asmar

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Sep/30/2011

Interesting perfume, I found the honeyed coffee opening lovely but then comes the powder and a very rich and tenacious amber. Sniffing the wrist brings out the beautiful leather in this fragrance but the air around me is wafting a very rich and heady amber and powder concoction and I cannot detect the leather. Because it is a cold spring day in Sydney, it may not be the bext time to try it, I …Read more

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Fragrances - Montale - Full Incense

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Aug/06/2011

This one of the best unisex incense fragrances around, comparable to CdG Avignon and Heeley Cardinal, it is definitely High Church Anglican, but there is enough patchouli to take away any harsh edges, at times there is green musty wet grass tinge to this which lightens things and probably ensures most seasonal applications - autumn/winter - through to late spring. The Somalian frankincense is …Read more

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Fragrances - Montale - Boise Vanille

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Jul/23/2011

Notes of lemon, geranium, bergamot, lavender, cedar leaves, Jamaican pepper, iris, patchouli, vanilla, and tonka bean - Really nice to start with - woods and then smoke after about 10 minutes, there is a nice dry smokey tea note after awhile probably the bergamot/cedar combination which lasts the duration. This is a really woods dominated vanilla and so for me it seems very underdone - pretty …Read more

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Fragrances - Montale - Mukhalat

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Jul/23/2011

Notes of wild strawberries, sweet almonds, Peru balsam, Madagascan vanilla and white musk.  I was a little underwhelmed at first. I was expecting something similar to a loukhoum, and this is much more understated. The strawberries are pleasant and should not annoy those with aversions to fruit. But it is the drydown - one heck of a drydown after a few hours which is worth the wait. A sweet …Read more

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Fragrances - Ava Luxe - Oeillet Blanc

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Mar/16/2011

Had one of those generous sample bottles from Serena and even 1 year later, it smelled fresh. It seems like it could be discontinued, but it is a light fresh carnation, and can be worn yearound. One person could smell incense on me, maybe the spices in it, I detected mostly carnation though. Will have to try Oeillet to see if it is the updated version of Oeillet Blanc. My HG carnation scent is …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Histoires de Parfums - Tubereuse 1 Capricieuse

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Oct/23/2010

This is a lovely tuberose soft leathery perfume. If there is ylang ylang there I don't really detect it, but it may prevent the tuberose from screeching out infernally, so if you want a strong in your face tuberose a la Carnal Flower this would not be it. I prefer Tubereuse 1, because it is definitely floral all the way through and the suede goes forever, lasts about 12 hours on me. Quite …Read more

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Fragrances - Amouage - Tribute

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Aug/22/2010

I eagerly awaited a recent 0.25ml expensive sample of this from Perf Court and was very disappointed. It barely lasted 30 minutes after reading reviews of a few drops lasting anything up to 8 hours. I do wear masculine-style unisex perfumes, but not this, very dominant Frankincense a little rose, and a bit on the harsh side too, but then it was all over before it barely began. Definitely sample …Read more

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