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Matux 12 days ago 1
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille?
This is a blend with plenty of woody notes - tobacco - vanilla - and a substantial amount of eugenol (cloves) - I certainly can't get the ginger; I found it difficult to understand what the blend was about, despite the insistence on smelling it.

Whatever it is, it is a challenging and complex composition that I liked a lot. It is also true that this it is not appropriate for blind buying, the clove can be somewhat difficult to link the tobacco leaf and vanilla. BTW, the result is, to my nose, similar to the smell of incense.

I prefer this to the original Tom Ford, for the clove limits the sweetness of the vanilla. Besides the fact that it is quite discreet, it remains on the skin for a long time, but does not suffocate the wearer or those who are close to him.

Matux 12 days ago 2
10
Scent
10
Longevity
10
Sillage
10
Bottle
Aqua Dio Gio
Truth be told, its overperforming me-too of AdG, which could be of interest to those complaining that the present rendition of AdG is not to what it used to be.

I did not compare them hand-by-hand, however, attesting to others me-too marketed under the market price of global designers brands, I assume Zara's version must not be as complex. Frankly, it does not matter, the composition is excellent.

BTW, the blotter I sprayed some still smells after a week.
Matux 28 days ago 1
7
Scent
6
Longevity
5
Sillage
10
Bottle
A take on a theme from the 1990s
Drakkar Noir and the like, including Cabaret pour Homme, comes to mind at first sniff. However, comparisons end there mainly because of a very strong citric - like note also found in others of the house - Sr. N. As per the pyramid in the co's catalogue, NEI has pitanga, Natura being the only house that uses it.

The result is a more complex version of Drakkar Noir when it comes to the top notes, to what we must add very peculiar and masculine mid and basenotes.

In a nutshell, a truly excelent alternative for those favoring the best seller from the early 1990s, with the added value it is sold under an unbeatable price.
Matux 5 months ago 1
7
Scent
7
Longevity
10
Sillage
10
Bottle
A value for money where cardamom and gourmand notes stand out
As to topnotes mentioned...I can only get citric top notes and spices; it smells like lemon and mandarin orange blended with the cardamom, this last one is clearly perceived seconds after application.

It turns floral after minutes, however, without clearly discernible notes. I can trace very limited references to the violet and the geranium, but leather and lavender are nowhere to be smelt.

The journey takes a marked turn into gourmand territory - however, it lacks the balmy accords of some of the notes listed . The cardamom note is still present. When gone, the blend clearly shows the presence of the vanilla / bezoin / patchouli, the cognac notes are evident in the last part of the development.

The overall feeling is that of a synthetic blend, despite this, quite complex. Not terribly original, still up to others alike however without the finesse. Longevity is somehow limited but wearers can apply heavily if they don't care about others since sillage is quite strong.

It is, indeed, a good option if after a value for money scent - USD 20 against USD 70 for CH's Prive. Something else in favor of Natura's is that their scents are of much better quality than any of Zara's.

PS: it brings to my memory Lanvin's Arpege pour Homme. Hand-in-hand, they belong to the same family, however similarities end there. Besides, Lanvin wins by a landslide in terms of quality.
Matux 6 months ago 2
10
Scent
4
Longevity
8
Sillage
10
Bottle
Old but not outdated
First of all: this review is for Canoe, but it can apply to Pinaud's Clubman, they are almost the same. As far as fragheads go, Pinaud's has kept its qualities through time, while Canoe did not. As per my experience, this is true.

Now, as to the blend (both'), its floral and herbal qualities are evident to the nose, in that sense, no one can complain as to lack of complexity, floral topnotes morphing into a very discreet kind of sweetness.

Something that gets my attention is that the composition does not feel dated, at least to my nose; something that does not happen with other classics, like Guerlain's Vetiver or Knize 10. Maybe it is because it is very original, it is not something easily found somewher else - not the case being a common pattern in perfumery, in which one is the inspiration of many others, if not blatant copies. Yes, Canoe and Pinaud are almost identical, but that is where things end. As far as I know, Creed did not come up with its own version.

A mistery lurks behind this; what would happen if there were not any reference to its origins? What would happen if no one could refer Canoe with a blend launched in the 1930's? Would it be considered a breakthrough?

I am sure it would.

Not for blind buying, unless you do not care spending pennies.
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