Posts Tagged ‘Dolce & Gabanna’

Gucci by Gucci pour Homme – Review

January 17, 2009

I had high hopes for the newest Gucci fragrance. I’m a huge fan of Gucci pour Homme, and the feminines, Envy (sparkling green notes), Rush (fruits on steroids) and Gucci by Gucci (dark and 80’s feeling). Gucci by Gucci pour Homme is a ridiculous name – I get that they are establishing the brand across male and female but it just seems a bit OTT. I really like the lid on the bottle. It gives me the same satisfaction as pulling the plug on a bath full of water.

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The opening is sweet and green. Similar to dunhill Black, I find the top note very hard to describe other than ‘green’. It’s also the same as the topnote from Lacoste Elegance (but without the chocolate) and has a similarity to D&G The One. All under license to P&G…
The heart is the best part. It’s slight spicy, warm notes shine, and the bitter Violet leaf note is softer than in Narcisso Rodriguez for Men, and really very pleasant.
The base isn’t long lasting at all. Transparent woody notes, some light musk, and with the tiniest hint of “something” salty.
It’s perfectly ‘nice’ and well-behaved, not at all overpowering. Gucci by Gucci pour Homme is mild-mannered with poor longevity.

Top: Bergamot, Cypress, Calone, Black Pepper
Middle: Juniper, Violet Leaves, Jasmine, Nutmeg
Base: Patchouli, Cedar, Amyris Wood, Tobacco Notes, Incense-Leather Accord, Ambery Notes

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The Offenders of ’08 – Mini Reviews (Mens)

January 8, 2009

I’ve listed and reviewed my favourite fragrances from 2008, and I realized that I don’t really pan anything at all. So here are the Male fragrances released this year that I didn’t like.

Calvin Klein Euphoria Intense – Supposedly has an Oud note, smells more like an aquatic mixed with “fruit salad” sweets.

Dolce & Gabanna The One for Men – Smells like a cheap drug store brand deodorant to me – I don’t find it interesting at all. The best part, the tobacco drydown, isn’t worth the wait to me.

Boss Pure – Oh joy, another “fresh” aquatic. Milky smelling in it’s topnotes, but isn’t particularly briny or salty, ideas that would hold my interest some more.

Emporio Armani Diamonds – Fizzy Cedar wood and Musk. I’m sorry, I just plain don’t like you.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million – Oranges coated in icing with a wimpy Suede note. Makes me wretch. Should be marketed to women. Cool bottle, though.

Givenchy Play – Synthetic feeling Citrus-Musk. And not synthetic in that cool Comme des Garcons “it does smell like a garage” way. The intense version is better – it has more Coffee Wood and Tonka. But saying that the intense is better is like saying a cold is better than the flu.