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Category: Cologne Reviews

26 May

Acqua Essenziale by Salvatore Ferragamo Review

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Acqua Essenziale by Salvatore Ferragamo Salvatore Ferragamo is best known for the shoes they make, but it's about time their colognes get recognition. In the past, the Italian design house has created a range of colognes - F by Ferragamo Black in 2009, and more recently Attimo Pour Homme in 2011 - but it's 2013 Acqua Essenziale that stands out from their collection. The first thing that hits you when applying Acqua Essenziale, is that it smells both aromatic and freshly spicy. The mixture of the top notes - grapefruit, mint and tree leaf - give a refreshing aroma that's ideal for Summer. The top notes don't linger for too long - about an hour max - before...
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12 Oct

Best Men’s Cologne Review: Woody Notes

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Of all the senses, it's the scent of something that triggers our memories. It's one of the most powerful senses, able to conjure imagination and fantasy, evoke emotions and make a lasting impression. This means that colognes are more than just about smelling nice. It's about showing who you are without even saying a word. Depending on what you put on your skin, a mere whiff reveals who you are. Notes in Men's Cologne Perfumery reveals there are three 'notes' to a scent – top/head notes, middle/heart notes, and base notes – each denoting a group of smells that can be sensed with respect to the time after the application of a cologne. Top/head notes last the least time (it's the scent that hits...
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19 Apr

Cologne Review: Avant Garde by Lanvin

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After taking Avant Garde by Lanvin for few outings, we've concluded that Lanvin has created a safe cologne that a man can't go wrong with. The fragrance is billed as a modern day interpretation of timeless elegance and masculinity, and is designed for "modern day dandies". Firstly, Avant Garde has a oriental-woody composition which immediately tickles our fancy, and then there are hints of beeswax and tobacco that that give it a manly touch. The spices are well balanced and not pungent, so if you like fresh and spicy tones, this could be the fragrance you've been looking for. Secondly, we think Avant Garde is a decent cologne, but some will say it smells common (i.e., like many other men's fragrances). But...
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25 Mar

Cologne Review: Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf

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Viktor & Rolf's new Spicebomb cologne for men has arrived and as its name suggests, it is an explosive fragrance. It has a overflow of oriental aromas - spicy and woody at the same time - and has an unusual gender-defying tenor to it. Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are known for their edgy take on things, but Spicebomb is more mainstream and feels like an exercise for the Amsterdam-based fashion house to increase profit margins. It has peppery top notes which blend into a leathery and woody smell. The saffron and the musk combine together for an aroma that's warm and sweet. Much like Tilda Swinton - Viktor & Rolf's muse - Spicebomb has an androgynous quality. The sweetness of the...
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15 Dec

Cologne Review: L’eau D’Issey Pour Homme

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L’eau D’Issey Pour Homme is a masculine floral fragrance from Japanese design powerhouse Issey Miyake. It’s a great choice for those looking for a summer cologne since it has a light smell that's perfect for warm weathers. It opens with top notes of Japanese Citron, Cypress and Mandarin that are fresh and floral, and it gets muskier as it dries overtime. The good news is that this cologne from Issey Miyake is highly underrated, meaning not many other guys will be wearing it. It's also stood the test of time (it's been out since 1994) despite no major advertising or promotion; and yet it's still available in most department stores. What we like about L’eau D’Issey is that it lingers on the skin effortlessly...
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