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KimJong 9 months ago 2
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Old school but sweet, almost oriental
Three respectable commentators below left very impressive reviews here, and after reading them I felt intense curiosity about Varon Dandy. I could easily find this on Amazon, and I blind bought a set of a EDT and a aftershave as if possessed by something. And I'm really glad to add this to my collection. This review I wrote here is about EDT.

Varon Dandy consists of a muddy scent the day after the rain, an incredibly intense spices, and a soft soapy sandalwood-like dry old wood scent. The muddy scent works just as well as Mitsouko does as a skin aroma, Varon Dandy's way is much bolder and rougher than Mitsouko. Spices are hard to tell exactly what the ingredients are, but they seem to be almost oriental. The woody scent reminds me of Old Spice or Tabac, but it's much spicier than them, and probably combined with a sweet thing like cinnamon or tonka bean, but it's not creamy though.

And there are old-fashioned red flowers, the type common in many old school male perfumes. I don't like this part very much because it gives me such a mature look, but it goes smoothly with the old-fashioned talkum powder, and eventually leaves the impression of a vivid red pocket chief in a black suit. Interestingly, Varon Dandy has a scent similar to Old Spice, but there is no 'working class' vibe compared to that, instead, there is a vibe like a gentleman from the past. - Gentleman of an age when the tradition of duel still lingers.

I would like to mention that this perfume is quite far from the image of Spain I had in mind. It is not an exaggerated macho scent, nor is it a fairy tale thing like Gaudi's architectures. Contrary to Carlitos01's view, I didn't get glamorous feeling in this, but rather a warm and mild-mannered feeling, like the eccentric father of Penélope Cruz in the film Belle Époque. This is my subjective impression of course.

KimJong 9 months ago 2
7.5
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4
Longevity
5
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Better than Ferrari Light Essence
It consists of several clichés but really well maded, and it is not bad in practice. I consider Gentlemen Only Casual Chic to be in the same category as Chanel Egoiste, A&F Pierce, PDM Percival and so on, but the exquisite shaving cream-like side of it and, above all, its pleasant powdery feel underneath makes it stand out a bit more.

But sadly it has poor performance. It lasts two to three hours and disappears literally, and I, of course, add that it's not because my nose is tired. It's very much like Gentlemen Only, but compared to GO, it has no smoky animalic scent. So it gives a fresher and clearer feel, but actually in other words, it's a thing like GO, with the base notes removed altogether.

It's certainly not bad, and if it had better perfomance, I might have bought it for myself. But at this price range, I can say about 3,000 perfumes that are better than this. I think it's as good as Egoiste considering its scent, but at best it's a little better than Ferrari Light Essence considering its performance.

KimJong 9 months ago 3
9.5
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8
Longevity
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Luxury honeyed oud
We often forget that Davidoff is actually a luxury brand because their bestsellers like Cool Water are such good prices. Agar Blend immediately awakens us the thing that we have forgotten. It's a really nice, luxurious perfume.

The opening of the pepper exploding is slightly stimulating, but in time the honeyed cinnamon combines with an almost creamy, pleasing resin in a very sophisticated way. And the oud, which feels like it's polished like fine furniture, is snugly surrounded that. The oud of Agar Blend feels a little tanned, but it is not overly dirty or animalic, nor does it smell like medicine. I personally think it's the most ideal type of oud In modern perfumes.

I've experienced a lot of oud perfumes and I'm collecting some of them that aren't too expensive, but I can assure you this is one of the best. It's quite sweet, but it's thick, bold, and pretty heavy, and it's also well hidden in the oud of the background, so the sweetness is very addictive. The overall impression I got from Agar Blend was that removed the dry smoke from Gucci Intense Oud and instead added the honey and the fine wood furniture. It's a little heavy, but it's not too dark or too authoritative.

I would not argue that it will satisfy all oud fans. It's not a perfume that appeals to hardcore oud fans. Actually I don't like the typical oriental style or the type of oud perfume that's too revealing. I like more gentle, popular oud where I can get compliments in the office at night out, or wherever. Anyone with a similar taste would be greatly impressed by Agar Blend.

KimJong 9 months ago 4
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Huge Failure
I just can't understand why Azzaro decided to release this perfume. Maybe it's understandable if the release year was 1994 or 1997. But it was 2020. Wanted Tonic is no different from other common summer colognes that are already saturated in the market. The slight difference is that there is the 90's style sour citrus smell in addition to the cheap shower gel smell. And it's more of the old fresh type than the current trend of aquatic. But all these are helping to make Wanted Tonic a cheaper and worse perfume.

What I really don't understand is that they already have a Chrome series. Wanted Tonic has no competitiveness even compared to the works they've made a long time ago. I really enjoyed Wanted By Night and I also liked it, so I can't welcome Wanted Tonic, who has greatly dumbed down the quality of the entire Wanted series. It's sure to say that there's nothing to look forward to from this perfume unless you're the one who's collecting all of Azzaro's perfume.
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KimJong 9 months ago 3
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Really great flanker
When a flanker of a popular perfume is released, it becomes a constant comparison to the original, and sometimes gets unjustified evaluations. And I would say that The One Intense is this case.

To sum up this perfume briefly, it is the scent of baby lotion with steamed sweet potato and a little cherry nuance. It's sweet but not explicit. It's very clean, very neat and it has a tenderhearted and affectionate atmosphere. It's unique and persuasive at the same time, and it can be worn without strain at all, and it's aimed at a whole new generation.

Anyone who literally expected the 'intense' version of the original may be disappointed. It seems to me that the criticism of this great flanker came from such disappointment. But I remember the common complaints I saw in many perfume communities when the original The One was first released. They were filled with words that The One was not masculine enough, smelled like women's cosmetics, and was not satisfied with its performance. And now The One is one of the best men's perfumes.

Instead of just imitating the original, The One Intense is redoing what the original have done in the past. It is to redefine the standard of masculinity in the popular perfume market. There may be a lot of complaints about Intense not being like a male perfume, as the original went through in the past. But I think the direction of this piece has suggested will become the new standard for men's perfumes in the very near future. Why? Because all the women around me are coming to my side and sniffing addictively, asking what good scent this is.

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