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05/15/2019
3 Awards
This is clearly an Oriental fragrance, quite aromatic, spicy and just a bit sweet.
It opens very spicy. In the middle notes you get a fantastic leather tamed by the omnipresent spices, mainly cardamom in this phase (the type of cardamom present in La Nuit de L'Homme).
In the base notes the strong leathery facet is consolidated with amber and herbs for an above average drydown (pleasure & longevity).
Performance is average with 6~8 hours longevity with 2 sprays in the back of my hand. Sillage is good enough for 5~6 feet with a projection of 1,5 hours.
Leather is not an easy note. Raw skin doesn’t smell so good due to the tanning process. The scent may be just to animalic. Fashion leather presents a reodorized scent, perfumed with essential oils, and that practice is actually what today describes our notion of of the current pleasant leather smell. That effect is usually rendered by birch tar (that made famous Cuir de Russie) or by synthetic isoquinolines that emulate the agreeable part of the natural tanning smell. Essential oils of civet, musk and amber may also be used.
1881 Signature gives us an extraordinary smooth, non offensive, dark and tanned leather. This is the type of leather I prefer and that we find in the stronger Tuscan Leather, Leather Oudh, Wild Leather, and others. The well behaved part of this scent evokes, to me, the Maison Martin Margiela Jazz Club fragrance.
You must wear it among people who like strong scents. Most people will love your sillage but may become uncomfortable with close proximity due to the smoky, tary, asphaltic kind of scent, even if a smooth one. I just love it. You should use it in classy parties, weddings, classy clubs or alone for your own pleasure. It's a marvelous perfume in the proper occasions. If you layer it with pineapple you will get a vibe of the Aventus smoky batch.
I love dark fragrances and this one is very good indeed, and the best 1881 for me.

My rates for 1881 Black Leather Signature:
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Scent Opening:..........8,75
Scent Drydown:.........9.25
Longevity:..................7.0 (average)
Sillage:.......................7.0 (average)
Uniqueness:..............8.0 (evokes fragrances like MIB, Cuir de Russie, Wild Leather.
For me, the strongest similarity occurs with Jazz Club)
Wearability:...............8.0 (Fall and winter - day and night; Spring at night)
Versatility:.................8.5 (just get other people to appreciate this wonder fragrance)
Compliments:...........8.5 (very good, but not the best)
Quality:......................9.0 (quality ingredients; good packaging and bottle sprayer)
Presentation:............8.0 (similar to all perfumes in the 1881 line)
Price:..........................9.5 (22 Euros per 100ml non tester, in Parfum-Zentrum)
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Overall rating: 8.32/10.0
between 7 and 8 =above average;
between 8 and 9 = recommended;
bigger than 9 = don't miss it;
Advice: You should not miss this one, if you like a masculine civilized leathery dark fragrance.

Music: Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Swan Theme)


05/07/2019
6 Awards
Objectif fragrance strip down.
It opens just a bit powdery and with very global "Sauvage" accord due to a very fine ambroxan blended with a heavy dose of fresh bergamote citrusy note. The initial powder is enhanced with rose facets giving way to a citrusy floral bouquet (to my nose, bergamote, rose & jasmin mainly) always in a very fresh woody ambroxan type of frame.
This resulting fresh but powerful ambroxan type woody frame, with a fainting citrus and a persisting floral bouquet, is then prolonged for a smother but long and still heavy drydown with musky and patchouli earthy facets.
It sounds complicated described, but it's quite easy for the nose to perceive this notes and scent voyage.

Understanding the scents and the feelings.
All through the opening, heart and bottom we get a familiar scent feeling easy to associate with Sauvage EDP and its look alikes. We are in an ambroxan or ambroxan derivatives world of scents, with a fresh resinous woody frame that begins very citrusy and becomes more and more floral and with a bit of powder and sweetness. The voyage slows down with a more common drydown with added musk and patchouli. It's impossible not relating it to the Sauvage EDP frame, although I am not claiming that the two fragrances are similar. In Office For Men you get way less common pepper and the ambroxan accord evolves in a more fresh and woody way. On the other hand, Sauvage EDP does not indulge you with the sweet and powdery floral bouquet evolution.
A somewhat similar comparison may be established with the fruity batch of Aventus, where you get more sweetness mainly with pineapple, but you also evolve to a fresh ambery woody frame with the persisting fruits blended with birch, vétiver and a high quality ambergris.

In summary.
Forgetting all my previous bla-bla, we are in the presence of a [citrusy fresh] - [woody fresh] fragrance. It follows known paths of existing well established fragrances to ensure success and general acceptance. It innovates a bit with the usage of the exquisite ambroxan ingredient and its family derivatives of cachalox and paradisone. Alberto Morillas through his knowledge and "liaisons" with Firmenich played a very important part in this creation. And the fragrance seems to have a performance bigger that the traditional Morillas bias.
The fragrance is manly and far from being unisex. I do believe that the aimed targets of creating a general pleaser with upper class references has been achieved.
Office For Men seems to be a very adequate perfume for Spring and Fall, meaning as well extended usage for cool Summer nights and sunny Winter days... And yes, it's perfect for the office environment... And yes, it's overpriced and if you fancy an "unique" fragrance, it's not this one... And yes, it's quite synthetic, probably the only way to achieve this final effect without over expensive ambergris.

Let me rate this Morillas creation as carefully as possible:
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Scent Opening...........9.0 (personal opinion)
Scent Dry Down.........8.0 (personal opinion)
Longevity (h) ..............8.5 (Up to 8 hours with 2 sprays)
Sillage (ft)....................8.0 (up to 6 ft sillage and 2.0 h projection with 2 sprays)
Versatility....................8.0 (above average; avoid hot Summer days & cold Winter nights)
Usability......................9.5 (almost everywhere)
Compliments..............8.5 (better than just OK! Men like it better than women)
Uniqueness.................7.5 (my text was pretty explicit about this)
Quality.........................9.0 (above average with a new trend: Synthetic quality!)
Presentation...............6.0 (simple and not offensive)
Price.............................5.0 (overpriced - €180 for 100 ml)
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- Average:....................7.92/10.0
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;

Opinion about about Office for Men by Fragrance One:
I like it the same way I like Sauvage EDP. The global rating suffers from the overpricing opinion.
Blind buy worthy? Hardly with the current price, but if you are a supporter of Fragrance One, it's your decision.

Review note: I was offered a 3 ml decant to make this review; Thanks for the opportunity.

Edit1: after the first full use I raised up a bit the performance marks.

Music: Cheap Trick - "I want you to want me"


05/06/2019
2 Awards
Sometimes it's difficult to write about a fragrance.
This one comes in a black flask (OK) with a wooden cap (good). The label says "Leather" (great) and "Black" (great).
After spraying you just conclude that the juice is not black, nor the flask should be. There is no darkness whatsoever in this scent. The word "Leather" is misleading as well as there is no leather in this fragrance as well. It is questionable if musk with sandalwood may give you a "leather impression", but leather impression it's not leather, and even less black leather.
The word "English" is safe enough as as far as I am concerned, and to my knowledge the word is scentless. I also don't recognise a leather scent - or color - by its geography, but only by its animal origin or by the way the tannery is performed. Ostrich leather has a different scent from calf leather, and it smells quite pleasant. I also know that you may produce leather from turkey (the bird, not the country) as well from other small animals. Probably black hummingbird or black squirrel leather essence was used in this perfume.
As you must understand I don't have much to add about this scent. It's pretty inoffensive and it's scent it's not bad..., nor good. It just smells of... "something".
It's very inexpensive and there is a reason for it.
Average rate: 5/10


04/28/2019
2 Awards
I have done a "double review" in Parfumo already for a couple of times. I decided to do another one but confronting now two upscale and expensive perfumes, about which I have very similar opinions:
Dior Sauvage EdP and Creed Aventus.
They are both fresh and have perfume concentration. While Sauvage aims at a spicy freshness through a massive use of bergamot and ambroxan - a synthetic ingredient - blended with spices like Sishuan pepper and star anise, Aventus relies on quality fruity ingredients (mainly pineapple mixed with black currant), smoky birch and a bit of natural ambergris (no ambroxan here).

CREED AVENTUS
Depending on the batch, year, etc. you might get different things out of Aventus. The pineapple-birch combo is appealing to many people, myself included in what concerns its most smoky batch. The scent may turn out to be addictive and it is definitely a fragrance to pull off all the year round. I find it adequate for the summer, seaside and beach in particular. It's totally safe to use it in Spring, Fall and warm Winter days. I do not consider it a formal scent. It has more lovers than haters and the majority of its users consider it to be overrated. It's probably the most copied fragrance in the world and that fact may contribute to the decreased interest in this some time ago very original perfume. Currently I may number more than 20 fragrances that may be consider "look alikes" of Aventus.
Aventus is very well blended and will always be an interesting fragrance. It starts off fruity fresh and bold (mainly pineapple), as it happens with most masculine scents. Even if it maintains its manly character through time, it also develops with more nuances and depths. Within ten minutes an alluring combo of pineapple and smoky birch appears. This top and heart bold accord is spiced with musk, which gives it a depth and an animalic dimension although not a dominant one. At a later phase the fruits make room for patchouli, ambergris and a hint of floral input that lends a subtle velvety feel. The dry down is very seductive as the final swirls of wood, fruit and jasmine work harmoniously with the omnipresent enduring birch . Longevity and sillage are well above average.
Synthetic? No way!
Main notes: Pineapple, smoky birch and oakmoss.

DIOR SAUVAGE Eau de Parfum
Sauvage Eau de Parfum reveals new facets if compared with the older EdT.
This perfume displays oriental and vanilla accords and it's described as enveloping, smooth, mysterious and sensual. The composition keeps some of the original notes, like bergamot, Sichuan pepper (in a lesser amount), lavender and ambroxan, but enriches them with spices and warm tones of star anise, nutmeg and Papua vanilla, becoming a more oriental and more mature fragrance than its predecessor. For me this is a better fragrance than the EDT and if you - like me - dont like the loud and harsh original peppery EDT, now you can use a natural, alluring, versatile Sauvage scent. Of course this isn't the most radical and complex of the scents, but everybody loves it! I have many other different fragrances if i want to use something less common.
I enjoyed the pepper and ambroxan lesser use and I actually like the blending of a citrus note and a masculine mossy note over a clean, warm base. It's simple and efective. The Sauvage family has a big number of detractors but I also confirm that I've been smelling it almost everywhere in past couple of years.
The Sauvage Eau de Parfum, as a flanker, obeys to the same rule of thumb as it happened in other recent parfum flankers released by Dior, like Fahrenheit and Homme. It displays a slightly different opening with star anise swirls and a bolder projection. Then effectively it just dries down to the same scent of the original EdT. If you are expecting a huge difference between versions, be prepared to become a bit disappointed. Its versatility is quite wide. For me it's a Spring and Fall fragrance that you may use even during the Summer and in the warmer Winter days.
The silage and longevity are the same in both versions, meaning way above average.
Synthetic? Yes, a bit!
Main notes: Bergamot, Sichuan pepper and ambroxan,

Let's see how Aventus (A) and Sauvage (S) compare with each other through scoring:
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Scent opening...........10.0................8.75 ()
Scent Dry Down.........9.0.................9.25 ()
Longevity (h) ..............9.5.................8.0 (A: 10~12 ft ; S: 8h with 3 sprays)
Sillage (ft)....................9.5.................7.5 (A: 10~12 ft sillage /3h projection; S: 6 ft /2h)
Versatility....................9.5.................9.0 (both above average for kinda fresh fragrances)
Usability......................9.5.................9.5 (Literally everywhere except very cold outdoors)
Compliments..............9.0.................9.0 (Both scents attract a lot of compliments)
Uniqueness.................8.0.................8.0 (A has been quite innovative but has many clones now; S is a flanker of the original EdT that has a few clones as well)
Quality........................10.0................9.5 (quite high in both cases)
Presentation...............8.5.................9.0 (a matter of opinion)
Price.............................3.0.................6.0 (V: €332 /100ml +taxes; VE: €107 /100ml +taxes)
______________________(A)___________(S)__________________________________________________

Average:................8.68/10.0.........8.50/10.0
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;

Opinion on this rivals match:
Both fragrances are very good and provide a similar satisfaction. Both are fresh but highly versatile perfumes. Value for money is quite low for Aventus and barely average for Sauvage. The choice only depends on your personal taste and your purse.
Recommended? I recommend both fragrances but pose that question to your wallet first.
Blind buy worthy? No!.

Music: Marilyn Monroe - "Diamonds are the girl's best friends"

Below tags refer to the smoky batch of Aventus


04/17/2019
2 Awards
Patchouli Homme by Réminescense is a true surprise. It recalls me an art of composing fragrances similar to the ways that are best done also by Caron and Chanel.
This perfume reminds us completely, but in a positive way, of the (sometimes cheap) patchouli oils of the 80's and 90's, that spread in a typically loose, socially carefree and uninformed environment, but politically active and with a near anarchist behaviour. It is the perfume of the "old" University campus where religion, love, irreverence and convictions were often mixed and confused.
Everything happened more than thirty years ago, but I still can feel my girlfriend clothes loaded with this patchouli essence before entering the morning class, or going to the road in our ten year old but almost new R4L or 2CV to stop only in Madrid or in Paris. It was natural, mysterious and quite libertine as it was the fashionable teen behaviour at that time.

There is a lot of that vintage patchouli essence in this Reminiscence's patchouli fragrance. Of course it is a more serious, very well composed, and much more appealing perfume than the oil spouts that were used in the pseudo-revolutionary student circles of late twentieth-century Europe. But in this fragrance remains a certain pungency, weight and also some sweetness typical of those days.
The opening, light and brief, offers us a choice of citrus notes. Soon the patchouli party begins demanding a fresh morning weather warmed with the inevitable cappuccino or espresso, but which can now be replaced by an early evening Irish Coffee by the fireplace.
The earthy nature of the patchouli is totally safeguarded - fortunately - by the woods, balms and amber of the heart and the bottom phases.
The drydown is a complete nostalgic delight.

How do I rate this campus anarchist leaflet?
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Scent Opening............9.25
Scent Dry Down.........8.75
Longevity (h) ..............8.0 (Up to 7~8 hours with 2 sprays)
Sillage (ft)....................7.0 (average with up to 5 ft sillage and 1.5 h projection with 2 sprays)
Versatility....................8.0 (above average; not for very hot Summer days or very cold Winter nights)
Usability......................8.0 (almost everywhere but carefully; some people hate nostalgic scents; Avoid seaside and workout )
Compliments..............7.5 (better than just Ok! It is very nice choice for intimacy and kissing provided your partner likes patchouli)
Uniqueness.................9.0 (I could name a douzain of similar fragrances, but none I am aware of gives me such a pleasant patchouli note as this one and Coromandel by Chanel)
Quality.........................8.5 (above average)
Presentation...............8.0 (simple but very effective)
Price.............................8.5 (€26.00 for a 100ml non tester in ShowroomPrivé)
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- Average:.........8.23/10.0
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;

Opinion about Patchouli pour Homme by Réminiscence:
I just love it. The raw earthy patchouli aroma is something to value in our scent world.
Recommended? Yes if you are into Patchouli. Not trendy enough if you love modern light sweet and spicy fragrances - but that's just my opinion. As an example, my wife loves it and my daughter just does not care about it. If you fancy Chanel Coromandel you will love this one.
Blind buy worthy? Why not? But if you are under 35~40, you'd better try it first.

Music: Queen - "These Are The Days Of Our Lives"


04/02/2019
2 Awards
After my recent experience with Azzaro Naughty Leather, I decided to try another designer with a leather scent offering. I choose Black Leather from the Mercedes VIP Club Series because it has been designed by one of my preferred perfumists, Honorine Blanc. Honorine designed Tom Ford Noir Anthracite for men and some feminine gems like La Nuit Trésor à la Folie, Viva La Juicy Gold as well the original, and several Opium flankers. There is some traditional sweetness associated to her works and, in my opinion, excessive sweet notes don't get along well with leathery scents. Another Honorine work signature is the way she deals with amber and incense and that is a must in any leathery fragrance as far as I am concerned.
The fragrance opens very floral with a strong Iris note, although not lipsticky. The heart grants us a very nice frankincense blended with earthy patchouli. Actually I look (sniff?) at it with impatience for what's to come.
In the base we scent the leather coming to life, very well supported by a strong leather/amber note (must be the labdanum on top of the leather and the amber) and another kind of sweet amber together with the remaining incense.
The scent is never pungent positioning this perfume in a very western position and making it very easy to wear. That is a plus when you compare Black Leather with several other mainstream leather fragrances, including Naughty Leather. It's also miles away from more strong and oriental hyped leather perfumes like Tuscan Leather, Leather Oudh and La Yuqawam.

How do I rate VIP Club - Black Leather?
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Scent Opening............7.5 (initial alchool burst)
Scent Dry Down.........8.5 (very pleasant)
Longevity (h) ..............7.0 (Up to 5~6 hours with 2 sprays)
Sillage (ft)....................6.0 (under average with up to 3~4 ft sillage and 1.5 h projection with 2 sprays)
Versatility....................8.5 (above average but not really for very hot Summer days or very cold Winter nights)
Usability......................8.5 (Everywhere where a very wearable perfume is desired, like group dinners, evenings with friends, office and normal daily wearing)
Compliments..............7.0 (better than just Ok! Nevertheless it seems to be a nice choice for intimacy and kissing)
Uniqueness.................8.0 (I could name a couple of similar fragrances, but I will mention only a sweater D&G The One EDT. The similarity is mainly due to the ambery notes)
Quality.........................8.0 (above average)
Presentation...............8.5 (similar to the other VIP Club flasks)
Price.............................7.5 (€29.00 for a 100ml tester + taxes)
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- Average:.........7.73/10.0
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;

Opinion about Naughty Leather:
There is some resemblance with The One EDT even if the later has tobacco instead of leather.
It's a very polite leather scent that you can use even if you are socializing with leather scent haters. It may be a very good choice if you are into leather scents but also want to buy a "pleases everybody" fragrance. There are no similarities with Azzaro Naughty Leather.
Recommended? No, Not different enough from mainstream leather/tobacco fragrances, in my opinion. Try it first.
Blind buy worthy? No.


03/13/2019
2 Awards
This is an odd (but nice) perfume. Even if only a few notes are listed I can detect different accords like spicy vanilla, medicinal herbal green, handbag leather, bitter sweetness and smooth animalic.
Indian Davana may be a very fancy name but the fragrance really opens with a bittersweet green scent of artemisia / angelica that may be be associated to leathery and berries like facets as well. It is a nice opening but a bit to green and herbal for my taste.
Vetiver joins the party making the herbal accord a bit more noticed, while a peaceful leather establishes itself all through the life expectancy of the fragrance. There is a woody frame background that may be cedar but I just prefer to call it wood.
Finally the herbal aroma becomes fainter giving way to a pronounced sweet spicy vanilla that endures through the drydown sweetening the leather and woody scent.
I do find this perfume to be a bit similar to the Hugo Boss The Scent family, although not so much with Private Accord. Nevertheless It's less pungent that The Scent Intense EDP, making it more wearable.
My analysis always has some polarity regarding leather scents. I kind of like this one though. I must use it a bit more to discover if the emotion grows to "love" or shrinks to "deslike".

Let me look at the mathematical opinion:
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Scent Opening............8.5
Scent Dry Down.........8.25
Longevity (h) ..............8.0 (Up to 7 hours with 2 sprays)
Sillage (ft)....................6.5 (under average with up to 4 ft sillage and 1.5 h projection with 2 sprays)
Versatility....................8.5 (above average but not really for the Summer)
Usability......................8.5 (Everywhere except hot indoors & outdoors)
Compliments..............6.0 (just Ok! Nevertheless it seems to be quite a choice for intimacy and kissing)
Uniqueness.................7.0 (I could name 4 similar fragrances on the spot)
Quality.........................7.5 (not bad)
Presentation...............8.0 (similar to any Azzaro pour Homme flanker)
Price.............................7.0 (€32.75 for 100ml non tester + taxes)
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- Average:.........7.07/10.0
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;

Opinion about Naughty Leather:
Similar to The Scent Intense. Consider the Boss fragrance as a possible alternative toi this one.
It's a very good scent to spray on leather jackets.
Recommended? No, Not different enough in my opinion. Try it first.
Blind buy worthy? No.

Music: Santana - "Smooth"


03/03/2019
6 Awards
Pegasus is a winged horse symbol of immortality. Its figure originates from Greek mythology, present in the myth of Perseus and Medusa. Pegasus was born of the blood of Medusa when she was beheaded by Perseus.
In Fragrance mythology, Pegasus is a spicy sweet perfume displaying almond, vanilla, floral accords, and is the sixth perfume from the house Parfums de Marly.

After the 2 initial sprays I could state immediately that it smelled "veeeery gooood". As time progressed, I begun to wonder about possible similarities , raising questions of where have I smelled it, what does it smells like, if I have this scent already but under a different brand... because it really does smell good, but not unique. Does it smell familiar?... similar to which perfume?
As the fragrance starts to settle, I get hints of perfumes like Eau de Cedrat by L'occitane, Dior Hypnotic Poison, Ajmal Evoke Silver... Well, it makes me remember those perfumes, but not being really similar to none. Just some common vibes at the most.
Finally the inevitable comparison makes itself evident. It really smells like Armaf Craze, or should I say, Craze really resembles to Pegasus, as the Marly scent preceded the Armaf scent by 5 years... so where are the differences?
- The first one is evident without even smelling the fragrances. Craze has probably the ugliest flask of this industry, and Pegasus has one of the most elegants.
- When you compare the scents side by side, you end up noticing that the notes are similar (actually the same notes) and the evolution of Craze seems also to be a copy of the Pegasus evolution (a Xerox copy in fact).
- I may also add the usual bla-bla-bla, by adding that Pegasus is more performant, creamier, smoother, less synthetic, with more performance, and so on. Yes all that is true, but the main difference resides in the 6~7 times bigger price of Pegasus, besides the already mentioned bottle elegance.
The drydown is also a reminiscent of the previous findings. Craze does not last as long but both scents are virtually identical. At least the people around you will not notice the difference.

About the Pegasus evolution I may had that it opens spicy and slightly citrusy, to reveal some moments later a heavy bittersweet almond with a fougére touch. The drydown sustains the almond scent now more sweet with vanilla and framed in a smooth amber and woody background. And with 2 sprays you carry this marvelous scent for an entire day, with a strong projection for 3+ hours and a top sillage that may fill an average room. SSpray your jacket or sweater as well and you're set for 48 hours. Amazing!

How does Pegasus handles math?
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Scent opening............9.25
Scent Dry Down.........9.75
Longevity (h) ..............9.25 (Up to 12~14 hours with 2 sprays)
Sillage (ft)....................9.25 (up to 10~12 ft sillage and 3.0 h projection with 3 sprays)
Versatility....................8.5 (above average but not really for the Summer)
Usability......................8.5 (Everywhere except hot indoors & outdoors)
Compliments..............9.0 (Attracts a lot of compliments, especially from the ladies)
Uniqueness.................9.0 (This fragrance is almost unique if you forget its imitator Armaf Craze)
Quality.........................9.0 (quite high)
Presentation..............10.0 (a matter of opinion, but very nice and manly in my opinion)
Price.............................4.0 (€145 for 125ml non tester + taxes)
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- Average:.........8.68/10.0
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;

Opinion about Pegasus from Parfums de Marly:
It's a natural compliment getter, easily satisfying even very demanding wearers. Very good presentation, top quality ingredients, excellent blending, If you like very sweet & spicy fragrances with a very interesting bold almond note, you may have found one of the best.
Recommended? Yes, if you are comfortable with the price tag. Armaf Craze is very similar and costs 7x less.
Blind buy worthy? Not with this price! Try it first.

Music: The Hollies - "Pegasus"


02/23/2019
3 Awards
"Uomo" in Italian means man... Well maybe not any man, but a particular kind of man.
The word "uomo" solely employed, stands for a virile man, "un vero maschio alle spalle larghe e gambe muscolose". And the signature of a uomo must not leave any doubts about the man character as a true son of Adam, a lady's favourite by nature. In summary a devoted lover, smelling like dark woods, rough seas, and all that can recall courage and passion.
This aromatic all black Ferragamo Uomo Signature brings us warm spices, leather, coffee, fresh citrus and a balsamic aura that adds a sense of knowledge of life and experience to the previously characterized wearer of this perfume.
With such a simple but powerful name, an elegant black bottle and a scent that justifies all that could be assumed by its presentation, Ferragamo Uomo Signature imposes itself as a "must have" for men and a magnet to attract the women's attention.
In the opening we experience an uplifting floral citrus with honeyed mandarin and rosy pink pepper.It's a smooth sweet entrance that readily accommodates the masculine cedar and the dominant sensuous cinnamon bitter sweetness and the sweet and resinous cardamom. This masculin but sweet, exciting but smooth hors d'oeuvres setting opens wide the doors for the tonka bean heavy bitter sweetness, very well blended with dark roasted coffe, lightly smoked hide and hearthy patchouli.
It's a more interesting and less sweet fragrance than the original Uomo, and I don't know which perfume is really flanking the other. There is a slight resemblance with another Uomo, the Valentino Intense version, but just if you manage to forget the absent powdriness of a lipstick iris.I also got a vibe of Layton, probably due to the mandarine note, the overall sweetness and the green cardamom note.
The fragrance is halfway from a true pyramid development and a linear global scent. It's easy to distinguish the opening notes from the bottom notes, but the heart notes seem to be blended with all the other notes. The drydown is pleasant with a sweet pace ensured by cinnamon and tonka as well the seductive leather and in a lesser degree, the roasted coffee.
The performance is interesting but not overwhelming.
Main characteristic? women head turner!

How can we rate this Uomo Signature?
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Scent opening............9.0 (going from smart casual...)
Scent Dry Down.........9.5 (... to a very nice casual chic)
Longevity (h) ..............8.0 (Up to 8 hours with 3 sprays)
Sillage (ft)....................8.0 (up to 6 ft sillage and 2.0 h projection with 3 sprays)
Versatility....................8.5 (above average but not really for the Summer)
Usability......................8.0 (Everywhere except hot indoors & outdoors)
Compliments..............9.0 (Attracts a lot of compliments, speacialy from the ladies)
Uniqueness.................8.5 (This fragrance is almost unique if you forget the original Uomo. I got some vibes of Valentino Uomo Intense and P.M. Layton as well)
Quality.........................9.0 (quite high for a midrange designer fragrance)
Presentation...............8.5 (a matter of opinion, but very nice and manly in my opinion)
Price.............................7.0 (€37 for 100 ml non tester + taxes; It will be more discounted in the future)
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- Average:.........8.45/10.0
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;

Opinion about Uomo Signature:
Very well balanced between spiciness and sweetness. It's a natural compliment getter, easily satisfying even very demanding wearers. If you like a very good hot spicy sweet fragrance with very interesting coffee and leather facets, you may have found one of the best. If you loved the previous Ferragamo Uomo, you may love this one even more.
Recommended? Yes.
Blind buy worthy? No! Try it first.

Music: Freddie Mercury - "The Great Pretender"


02/18/2019
4 Awards
I am a bit disappointed with this fragrance. Maybe my disapointment cames from the fact that I was really hoping this to be a very good and innovative fragrance.
It is the most usable Oud fragrance I have, which means it is also the weakest and with less oud if any. And I have over 90 Oud fragrances to compare with.
Zara missed a precious opportunity to launch a differentiated perfume in the market.
The scent concept is good but the accomplished work is lowsy. The performance is also mediocre. EDP concentracion? Oud fragrance?.... You wish!
It's really an odd EDC fragrance, neither really fresh nor truly oriental, just faint, a bit fresh and mainstream. A faint wood ( rather than oud) and incense is detectable all through the perfume stages. There is also a soft leather note but it looks more like thin suede (very light and soft). The opening reveals a regular bergamot citrus faint scent that fades less than 1/2 hour after spraying. It does not really matter that you overspray to overcome the low sillage and projection. You are just wasting juice.
What a pity!
I am still testing it and hopefully will add some test info to this review. I may as well delete it as I just review fragrances I like.
It hardly seems to be an oud fragrance designed by the same company that released the magnific Zara Exclusive Oud.
On top of it, costing £22.50, it seems very expensive for what it offers, even with a 120 ml flask. Zara has way better scents for €10.00~€12.50 / 100 ml


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