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Carlitos01 2 days ago 9 3
9.5
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7
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7
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A Chanel perfume for an elegant man
Freedom of choice is a right for all, but only some exercise it with elegance.
(Honoré de Balzac)

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born into a humble family in 1883. After the early death of her mother, she and her sisters were sent by her father to the convent of Aubazine, where she learned the art of dressmaking.
Elegance could also mean comfort and Coco Chanel offered the world a new feminine model that would prevail over the years: that of a dynamic, hard-working woman who could no longer recognise herself in the tight, limiting clothes of the Belle Époque.
Coco Chanel changed the way of being a woman in society and has the recognition of being one of the designers who created the mould of the work clothes worn by women. It is not news that Chanel always encouraged female freedom and used the design of her clothes to accentuate her libertarian spirit. The fashion world is also a place of affirmation and renewal!
At the same time, she is recognised as the queen of the 'genre pauvre' and argued that luxury is not the opposite of poverty, but a way to fight against vulgarity. For her, simplicity could also be chic and refined.

According to Coco Chanel, perfume is a basic and unforgettable accessory that allows us to relive memories. During the Second World War, the designer's Parisian atelier was closed. However, her shop on Rue Cambon remained open. Chanel's fame and the originality of her perfumes so justified it. First German officers, then American officers, lined up outside the shop to send a small bottle of No. 5 to their distant loved ones. Chanel was Paris.
"Allure Homme Édition Blanche (Eau de Parfum) | Chanel" is a masterpiece authored by Chanel's most iconic perfumer, Jacques Polge. It is classified as both Amber Woody and Citrusy Fresh. Chanel labels it as an ambary and fresh Eau De Parfum, aimed at an elegant, modern and objective man, having chosen Pierce Brosnan as one of their male models.
The perfume is undeniably fresh, but the initial onslaught of spicy citrus quickly drifts into a creamy, smooth lemon meringue with hints of vanilla. This lemon dessert gradually takes on a more woody, amber creaminess. It seems to me that the note of cashmere wood is used. However, it is not listed. Surely one detects sandalwood, open and luminous vetiver. as well as a slight sweetness that I attribute to a light note of tonka, amplified by vanilla.
The global scent is heavenly but performance is a bit on the low side. On the other hand, its uniqueness is remarkable and this perfume can only be compared to its predecessor, "Allure Homme Édition Blanche (Eau de Toilette Concentrée) | Chanel".
Quoting Coco Chanel: "If you wear a bad perfume, they will notice the smell. If you wear a good perfume, they will notice the person". I think she just anticipated an opinion about this perfume.

How should I rate this epitome of elegance?
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- Opening: 9.5 (Citrus evolving into a creamy lemon meringue with a touch of vanilla).
- Dry Down: 9.0 (Amber woods with a slight sweetness).
- Longevity: 6,5 (3 sprays last 5 hours).
- Sillage: 6,5 (up to 5 feet and 2 hours of projection, with 3 sprays).
- Uniqueness: 10.0 (Unique in its sophistication and elegance. Its most serious rival is its discontinued predecessor, "Allure Homme Édition Blanche (Eau de Toilette Concentrée) | Chanel").
- Wearability: 7.5 (I consider it a day perfume and just not to be worn in cold temperatures).
- Versatility: 9.5 (It is very versatile and shines in intimacy as well as in an elegant event, in the office, at leisure, in a beach bar...).
- Praise: 9.0 (It will receive much more praise than average).
- Quality: 9.5 (Almost perfect. A little more performance and it would have maximum score).
- Presentation: 8.0 (The usual bottle in the male Allure family).
- Price: 6.5 (The 100 ml bottle is currently sold at various internet retailers for €120-135).
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Overall rating: 8.32 / 10.00
- between 7 and 8 = above average;
- between 8 and 9 = recommendable;
- above 9 = definitely not to be missed;

My opinion: This perfume is a statement of masculine elegance, adapting to various types of men and different environments because of its versatility.
A blind purchase is only not justified by its cost which I think is a bit excessive.

Music: "Badinerie" by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Carlitos01 1 month ago 10 1
8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
7
Bottle
Just like you said it would be
[short review]

Today I took the liberty to maybe amaze you with my choice. I had already read several very positive opinions about this perfume but did not pretend to make a blind purchase. While I was browsing through some WEB shops last week, I noticed again this perfume and its price of 11 Euros for a 50ml bottle. I bought it blindfolded without blinking.
Apparently, the twenty-plus comments I had already read about "Absolute by Elite Gentleman | Avon" were true. If this nectar was in a Mr Ford bottle, and if it was called "F.... Woody", it would be sold like popcorn on a Saturday sunny afternoon, and for 10 to 15 times the price.
In a nutshell, this is a synthetic, non-medicinal Oud fragrance. It has a dominant amber background, along with hints of cedar, orris, burnt sugar, pipe tobacco and ambergris. This is a real bargain that is hard to believe. By no means think this is an oud offering just for the 'poor and needy'. Because it has none of the aggressive nuances one might associate with agarwood, and because of its forgiving price, it is perhaps an obvious choice for 'oud beginners'. However, any oud expert will also appreciate this fragrance.
Can it compare with any reputable oud fragrances? Of course, it can, and I can even point to several examples. I risk a sufferable resemblance to Chopard's "Oud Malaki | Chopard". I can also 'park' it next to "Oud Wood (Eau de Parfum) | Tom Ford" and "Versace pour Homme Oud Noir | Versace", but only if you add to the latter, a slight nuance of pipe tobacco and burnt sugar.
The performance is very acceptable, and the people around me seem very comfortable with the not at all intrusive aroma spread around me. It generates curiosity by its oriental hue and the pleasant smell of the woody notes.
The simplicity of the notes listed does not let you guess the level of quality it reveals. At the opening, I almost don't notice the Italian lemon note that is trumpeted and you can immediately feel a very well-behaved synthetic oud that marks the overall tone of the fragrance. In my opinion, the Ambermax® note listed for the base is the real secret of this perfume. The ingredient is produced by Givaudan, and it stands for very high levels of efficiency and power to deliver a rich note of dry amber. As a plus, it develops woody cedarwood and iris/orris earthy facets.

My opinion: "Absolute by Elite Gentleman | Avon" is a unisex perfume and a clear example of "high value for money". For its quality, it becomes a curious and desirable perfume for those who like oriental perfumes, and a must for lovers of oud and amber in particular. Don't try to buy a decant to test this perfume. It is much cheaper to buy a whole new bottle.

Music: Damien Rice - "The Blower's Daughter"
"And so, it is
Just like you said it would be
Life goes easy on me
Most of the time"
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Carlitos01 1 month ago 6 2
9
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9
Longevity
9
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8
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Suitable for both awake and sleeping beauties
In a faraway kingdom, a princess named Aurora was born, and to celebrate her birth, a feast was held. All the fairies who lived nearby were invited, and each of them was to give the princess a special magical present. All but one was invited. No one wanted to admit a very mean and ugly fairy, who frightened everyone with her mere presence. The king thought she was an evil witch.
Knowing that all the other fairies were invited to celebrate the birth of Princess Aurora, the wicked sorceress decided to attend the celebration anyway. Feeling insulted by the exclusion, she did not give the princess a special gift but gave her a curse instead. On her fifteenth birthday, the princess was to put her finger in the spindle of a spinning wheel and die. However, the fairy of the night was still missing to make her wish. She could not lift the curse completely, but she managed to transform and weaken the spell. By pricking her finger, instead of dying, Aurora would fall into a deep sleep along with the whole kingdom for 100 years. This spell could only be undone when a clever prince passing by would fall in love with the princess and kissed her.
The king, trying to prevent disaster from striking his daughter, ordered that all the spinning wheels in the kingdom should be taken away and burnt.
So, the princess grew up beautiful and happy, without knowing about the curse and without ever having seen a spinning wheel. She was always under the strict watch of her godmother, the Night Fairy. The fairy looked after the young girl every morning and sprayed her with "Eau du Soir | Sisley", as was proper for such a beautiful girl of royal blood. But on her 15th birthday, the curse came true. The princess put her finger on the needle of a forgotten spindle and fell into a deep sleep.
Some years later, a brave young prince from another kingdom, who had heard about the Sleeping Beauty, travelled to her kingdom and managed to cross the dense thorn forest that surrounded the castle. He found all the inhabitants fast asleep. When he met the sleeping Aurora, he immediately fell in love with her but didn't quite know what to do. When he smelled the fragrance mist "Eau du Soir | Sisley" around the princess, he could not resist sealing her lips with a long Hollywood kiss and thus breaking the curse.
When Aurora woke up and looked at the prince, she fell in love with him as well. The wedding took place a few weeks later with much joy and festivities. They lived happily ever after, and Aurora always wore "Eau du Soir | Sisley" both as a princess and later on as a queen.

"Eau du Soir | Sisley" by Sisley is a long-lasting Chypre fragrance that my wife chose as her signature at the beginning of the 21st century. So far, it has not been dethroned from that top spot. The perfume is quite chic and graceful. When I first sniffed it, I immediately found it to be very classy and sophisticated. The ladies who use this perfume exude an elite aura and display an elegance that hardly can be matched by any other perfume. In this respect, it is almost flawless and a feminine confidence booster. It is versatile, ideal for the office, for a business dinner, for an evening in good company and even for cuddling up. It's just not suitable for sports or to use by the seaside. It is great for any time of year and as a day or night fragrance.
The fragrance is quite complex and starts citrusy and floral. The opening orange and grapefruit notes are enhanced by pepper and Mock-Orange blossom, a flower also known as syringa or orange jasmine. This heart note has a floral scent similar to that of a fully blossomed orange tree, but more pronounced and slightly sweeter and citrusy, reminiscent of gardenia and honeysuckle. The flowers of the Mock-Orange bush attract an abundance of butterflies and bees to any garden, especially at night. It is a true "Eau du Soir" for pollinators. Along with other floral heart notes such as iris and rose, there is a distinct juniper note that adds something green to the blend and mitigates the natural sweetness of the flower notes. The base is heavenly with quality, strong oakmoss, enhanced by seductive patchouli, a hint of musk and softened by ambary It is a true love potion.

It is not easy to be both fair and objective when evaluating this aristocratic fragrance:
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- Fragrance opening: 8.5 (Citrus, floral and light green tones in a very accomplished blend).
- Fragrance finish: 9.5 (Strong presence of high-quality oakmoss, enhanced by seductive patchouli, a touch of musk, and softened by amber accords).
- Longevity: 9.0 (3 sprays last 9 to 10 hours).
- Sillage: 8.5 (Up to 6~7 feet and 2.5~3 hours of projection with 3 sprays).
- Uniqueness: 9.5 (Quite unique in its sophistication and elegance. Even though it's not very similar, it sometimes reminds me of the scent of "Paloma Picasso / Mon Parfum (Eau de Parfum) | Paloma Picasso", as well as the dry down scent of "Coriandre (Eau de Toilette) | Jean Couturier").
- Wearability: 10.0 (I consider it both a day and night perfume; it can be used in any of the four seasons).
- Versatility: 9 (Hardly a perfume that is suitable for the beach, the gym or physical activities. It is very versatile and shines both in intimacy, at an elegant evening event, in the office or at leisure).
- Praise: 9.0 (You will get many more compliments than average).
- Quality: 9.5 (Almost perfect).
- Presentation: 8.0 (I don't like the cap; it has a nice design but it's too big).
- Price: 7.0 (The 100 ml bottle is currently sold at various internet retailers for € 120-135).
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Overall rating: 8.86 / 10.00
- between 7 and 8 = above average;
- between 8 and 9 = recommendable;
- above 9 = definitely not to be missed;

My opinion: This perfume is a statement of high society. It smells rich and powerful and is also an extroverted display of luxuriousness. Due to its price, I cannot recommend a blind purchase. Otherwise, it should be a must-have in the wardrobe of any lady, especially one who spends a lot of time at events and at a night out. It's a bit too "madam" to appeal to young girls. It's also too feminine for men to use (in my humble opinion), but I like to use it from time to time in the privacy of my home when I want to enjoy the scent of this great Chypre.

Music: Lionel Richie - "Three Times A Lady"
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Carlitos01 1 month ago 6 2
8.5
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
Not always rainbows and butterflies
[short review]

Does this perfume recall "Stash (Eau de Parfum Elixir) | Sarah Jessica Parker"? Yes, it does!
Does this perfume recall "Santal Blush | Tom Ford"? Yes, it does!
Does this perfume recall "Jeux de peau | Serge Lutens"? Yes, it does!
I wonder if this perfume recalls "Gucci pour Homme (2003) (Eau de Toilette) | Gucci"? Not really much, but it shows a vibe of it!
I wonder if the "Adam Levine for Women | Adam Levine" price is similar to the price of any of the mentioned perfumes? Nah, not really!

"Adam Levine for Women | Adam Levine" is an interesting very inexpensive perfume, with nice quality sandalwood, well-spiced, sprinkled with saffron, jasmine, marigold and powdery nuances, sweetened with vanilla and heated with benzoin. It is marketed as a feminine fragrance and bottled in a microphone shaped flask. The association with the name of rocker Adam Levine, lead singer and guitar of Maroon 5, also meant that this perfume was never taken seriously. This is not a feminine fragrance. Like "Stash (Eau de Parfum Elixir) | Sarah Jessica Parker" or "Santal Blush | Tom Ford", it is totally Unisex. "Stash (Eau de Parfum Elixir) | Sarah Jessica Parker" managed to rise to fame, but "Adam Levine for Women | Adam Levine" has remained lost in the annals of time. Probably Sarah Jessica Parker appeals more to the masses than Adam Levine. As far as I am concerned, it is much to my taste and not at all generic.
"Adam Levine for Women | Adam Levine" stands for an amber (or benzoin), woody, spicy, sexy, and slightly floral autumn/winter perfume. It reminds me of an autumn day with a warm jumper, coffee in hand and about to eat a slice of vanilla-scented pumpkin pie. This perfume is great for someone who loves a warm, spicy, woody scent. It's a little sweet too, and I consider it to have a unisex rather than feminine slant. It will disappoint any customer looking for a fresh and floral feminine scent. I may even go a little further by stating this perfume to be a hate or love affair, depending on your scent preferences. Based on the fact that I usually like a woody sweet oriental fragrance, I may also conclude that I am bound to kike this perfume very much.
However, it disappoints me a little when it comes to performance. It quickly becomes a skin scent and a quite intimate one after 4 hours. It dries down very quickly, and when spraying, I can't smell much beyond an arm's length away from my skin. You'd better spray some puffs on your clothes as well.
It smells much more expensive than it is, and while it's not exotic, warm or revolutionary, I found it very relaxing and warm, and quite suitable for pretty much any occasion. It's certainly one of the more interesting celebrity fragrances as far as how well it works, not being a chemical disaster, too watery and weak, or otherwise a cloying candy mess. Although it doesn't have many notes, it's well blended and creates a very nice, warm envelope around it.
The perfumer was Yann Vasnier, who, among others, made the Tom Ford perfumes "Plum Japonais | Tom Ford", "Santal Blush | Tom Ford" and "Black Orchid Parfum | Tom Ford", among several other Tom Ford, Jo Malone and Mark Jacobs perfumes. Interestingly, he also made "Toy Boy | Moschino" for Moschino. It's a quite appealing perfumer resumé.
The price is a real coup and some dealers are now trying to get rid of his stock. Enjoy this beautiful spicy sandalwood fragrance at a ripe banana price. It has a terrific value for money. I do certainly recommend it.

Music: Maroon 5 - "She Will Be Loved"
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Carlitos01 2 months ago 8 4
9
Scent
9
Longevity
8
Sillage
9
Bottle
Timeless feminine style and grace
In 1951, attention in New York focused on the young European girl called Audrey Hepburn, who starred in the Broadway production of "Gigi". In it, a restless young woman attracts the attention of an older playboy while receiving etiquette lessons to become a lady of the aristocracy.
In 1953, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn delighted us with the unforgettable romantic comedy "Roman Holiday". They played a charming reporter and a bored royal princess who decides to have some anonymous fun in Rome. Hepburn's performance received an Oscar for Best Actress.
In 1954, two brothers from an influential American family fall in love with "Sabrina". She was the chauffeur's daughter who had just returned home after a two-year stay in Paris. The youthful charm of the Oscar-nominated Audrey attracts all the attention of Humphrey Bogart, who plays the business-minded older brother.
After another Oscar nomination for "The Nun's Story" in 1959, Audrey Hepburn played a dreamy, free-spirited luxury companion who dreams of marrying a rich man and becoming an actress. In 1961, this portrayal earned her fourth Oscar nomination for "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
In 1964, the pompous Professor Henry Higgins, played by Sir Rex Harrison, is so convinced of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Covent Garden flower girl into a lady who can pass for a member of high society. This is the enchanting and strong-willed Eliza Doolittle, played by Audrey Hepburn. She achieved her greatest public recognition with her role in "My Fair Lady".
Audrey Hepburn proved her versatility as a successful actress by being nominated for an Oscar for the fifth time for her performance in "Wait Until Dark", in which a recently blinded young woman is terrorised by a trio of thugs looking for a doll filled with heroin she suspects is in her flat.

Born in Brussels, Audrey Hepburn was an even bigger character than her film career suggests. As a young ballet student during World War II, Hepburn helped the Dutch resistance against the invaders. She later became a dedicated goodwill ambassador, travelling the world to support the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Audrey Hepburn, the artist, always moved in the limbo between the status of a girl and that of an adult woman. Her eternally youthful image was an epitome of charm, elegance, grace and sophistication. She was one of the greatest style icons of 20th-century fashion and Hubert de Givenchy recognised her as his muse. The French designer dedicated "L'Interdit (1957) (Perfume) | Givenchy" to her. Hubert de Givenchy was the son of a French marquis and Audrey Hepburn, the daughter of a Dutch baroness. The two have had a close friendship for 40 years and a shared love of fashion that has enchanted the whole world. They were always close companions and worked together on the extremely elegant dresses she wore in her films and at public appearances.

When I first smelled "L'Interdit (2021) (Eau de Parfum Rouge) | Givenchy", I immediately thought of Audrey Hepburn. This perfume is "lady" enough and "girl" enough to remind me of Givenchy's muse. The original "L'Interdit (1957) (Parfum) | Givenchy" smells of aldehydes mixed with fruity and floral notes. The powdery feeling is dominant but not overwhelming. The fruity notes of peach and strawberry and the powdery accords of rose, iris and white flowers give "L'Interdit (1957) (Parfum) | Givenchy" a spring-like character. The recent "L'Interdit (2021) (Eau de Parfum Rouge) | Givenchy" loses the aldehyde note and powdery feel of the now sixty-year-old original. On the top, we experience a hint of tangy, sweet and juicy blood orange mixed with a hint of refreshing ginger. In the fragrance heart, an intense, sensual and slightly sweet accord of white flowers develops, but also shows green nuances. I detect jasmine, but the focus is on the tuberose note, a resinous, almost dirty and glorious tuberose. Despite the top and heart notes described, this is not a fresh fragrance. The spicy and woody undertones of pimento leaf, fragrant sandalwood and slightly dark patchouli give this perfume a sense of warmth, making it very deep and sensual and suitable for cold weather and evening or night-time occasions.
In short, the fragrance is warm, velvety, sensual, cosy and sweet. It is also very versatile and can be worn at a dinner party, an evening out with friends, in the comfort of your own home, or even while walking around town. I can imagine a graceful young girl wearing it, but it also suits very well the flair of a grown-up beautiful woman. It's just so perfect. It's just so Audrey. The face of the ad campaign is Oscar-winning actress Patricia Rooney Mara. Did you notice the similarities with Audrey Hepburn?

Let me give you some numbers on "L'Interdit (2021) (Eau de Parfum Rouge) | Givenchy":
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- Scent opening: 8.5 (juicy blood orange, some ginger freshness and powerful tuberose).
- Scent finish: 9.5 (Sweetness of white flowers with fragrant sandalwood and a dark hint of patchouli).
- Longevity: 9.0 (3 sprays last 9 to 10 hours).
- Sillage: 8.0 (up to 5~6 feet and 2.5 hours of projection with 3 sprays).
- Uniqueness: 7.5 (As a flanker, it reminds me a little of "L'Interdit (2020) (Eau de Parfum Intense) | Givenchy"; but I also feel a certain closeness to "Le Vestiaire - Supreme Bouquet | Yves Saint Laurent", actually blended by Dominique Ropion, "Armani Privé - Rouge Malachite | Giorgio Armani" and "Hugo Deep Red | Hugo Boss").
- Wearability: 9.0 (Do not wear in hot weather; do consider it both a day and night perfume).
- Versatility: 8.5 (Hardly a perfume suitable for outdoors, the beach, the gym or physical activities. It is very versatile and shines both in intimacy and at an elegant evening event).
- Praise: 9.0 (You will get way more compliments than average).
- Quality: 9.0 (I can mention an undesirable bubble-gum faint accord; for my preferences, this is the only flaw I detect).
- Presentation: 9.0 (Very elegant).
- Price: 7.5: The 85-ml bottle is currently selling for €100 at various internet retailers; as this is a fairly new perfume, I expect the price to drop to around €80 shortly).
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Overall rating: 8.59 / 10.00
- between 7 and 8 = above average;
- between 8 and 9 = recommendable;
- above 9 = definitely not to be missed;

My opinion: This perfume feels very good on a woman's skin. It is sweet, spicy and floral. On the finish, it is oriental and woody. It is my "Audrey Hepburn modern perfume". However, due to its price, I would not recommend it for a blind purchase.

Music: "Moon River" composed by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Johnny Mercer and sung by Audrey Hepburn.
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