Articles by Author Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison
Managing Editor & Columnist
Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison’s journalism in the fragrance industry has appeared in international print and online publications such as Playboy, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health and the New York Times. Marlen is also a regular contributor to BeautyAlmanac.com and works as a graduate professor, thesis advisor and faculty supervisor for MA programs in TESOL, Education, Writing and Literature. Learn more about Marlen by visiting www.MarlenHarrison.com.
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3121 by Prince (2007)3121 by Prince (2007)

Gender Bender 07/14/15 13:11 (38 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to “Gender Bender" , an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I personally prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity and femininity often prevail at the fragrance count... (more)

"..it was intended to be unisex but as 80% of Prince’s fan base at the time were female, the creators leaned toward the feminine."

Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche (1982)Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche (1982)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 07/07/15 16:44 (64 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: One of the all-time classics of 20th century men’s perfumery, the lavender, citrus, pine and leather themed Drakkar Noir hasn’t gone out of style. Though not quite the rich aroma of the past, the current formulation ret... (more)

The scent that launched a thousand similar fragrances ...

Fire & Ice by Revlon (1994)Fire & Ice by Revlon (1994)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 07/04/15 05:51 (41 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: One of Revlon ’ s biggest hits of the 90s, Fire & Ice still finds a lot of love these days for its floral-oriental bouquet that wears like an orange-gourmand incense. Perfumer: Givaudan Try this if y... (more)

A floral-oriental bouquet that wears like an orange-gourmand incense

Miss Varens by Ulric de Varens (2003)Miss Varens by Ulric de Varens (2003)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 06/26/15 16:11 (31 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: An update of 1995's Pleine Lune by Ulric de Varens , Miss Varens continues to be an inspired sniffalike of Mugler’s groundbreaking Angel with some surprisingly unique nuances—honey!—and at a fraction of the cost. ... (more)

"MV offers a focus on honeyed notes with highlighted sandalwood from the opening and a lingering vanilla musk in the base."

Giorgio of Beverly Hills for Men (1984; 2008)Giorgio of Beverly Hills for Men (1984; 2008)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 06/25/15 10:45 (23 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: With a focus on honeyed patchouli, rose, tonka and sandalwood, 1984’s Giorgio for Men was sadly discontinued until parent company Elizabeth Arden re-launched it in 2008. I’m happy to report that Gio... (more)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less.

Don Algodón by Don Algodón (1985)Don Algodón by Don Algodón (1985)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 06/25/15 10:17 (14 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: An inexpensive alternative to the now obscure Eau de Givenchy, Puig’s breezy, white floral from its Don Algodón (Sir Cotton) brand, has started popping up on Ebay and discount sites around the world. ... (more)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less.

Gender Bender: Aramis 900 (1973)Gender Bender: Aramis 900 (1973)

Gender Bender 06/14/15 06:31 (43 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender”, an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I personally prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity and femininity often ... (more)

"A few of Lauder’s 'female' fragrances have their 'male' sniffalike counterparts."

Navy for Men by Dana (1995)Navy for Men by Dana (1995)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 06/13/15 06:11 (24 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: The bargain fragrance response to the aquatic/sport paradigm of the late 80s and early 90s, Navy for Men (as in the color navy, not the military) celebrates its 20th birthday this year and with good reason: despite the bargain pri... (more)

"A bargain winner not to be missed."

Cassini for Men by Oleg Cassini (1994)Cassini for Men by Oleg Cassini (1994)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 05/31/15 13:41 (37 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Designer Oleg Cassini, 1956 Summary : A little known gem from the Oleg Cassini label, Cassini for Men is a surprisingly complex and sweet aroma that uniquely highlights guava, chamomile and osmanthus set against a more traditional oriental fou... (more)

Gender Bender: Bulgari pour Homme … pour Femme (1996)Gender Bender: Bulgari pour Homme … pour Femme (1996)

Gender Bender 05/23/15 05:46 (38 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender,” an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I personally prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity and femininity often ... (more)

"Pour Homme offers a scented aura rather than a fragrance announcing one’s arrival."

Cuba Royal by Cuba (Fragluxe) (n.d.)Cuba Royal by Cuba (Fragluxe) (n.d.)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 05/19/15 04:52 (39 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: A bargain fragrance of surprising quality and longevity from the Cuba brand, part of Fragluxe, Royal focuses on leather, citrus, rose and patchouli and is a quite obvious sniffalike of Paco Rabanne One Million for Men at a fractio... (more)

Smell like a Dr. Pepper!

Gender Bender: Ungaro Diva … or a Guy Goes Goddess (1983)Gender Bender: Ungaro Diva … or a Guy Goes Goddess (1983)

Gender Bender 05/18/15 16:30 (61 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender”, an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I personally prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity and femininity often ... (more)

"Diva is in no way 'pretty,' 'soft,' or 'dainty' ..."

Loud for Him by Tommy Hilfiger (2010)Loud for Him by Tommy Hilfiger (2010)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 05/11/15 01:51 (29 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: A discontinued misfire from Lauder on behalf of the Tommy Hilfiger brand and with input from a photographer, designer and a rock band, Loud for Him nevertheless offers a strange brew of patchouli, ... (more)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shippe...

Gender Bender: Pi by Givenchy (1998)Gender Bender: Pi by Givenchy (1998)

Gender Bender 05/07/15 08:07 (55 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender,” an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I personally prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity and femininity often ... (more)

Join me as I explore some of my favorite 20th century masterpieces of perfumery in my quest to address the familiar question, “How does fragrance transcend gender?”

Gender Bender: Kenzo Homme (…pour une Femme) (1984)Gender Bender: Kenzo Homme (…pour une Femme) (1984)

Gender Bender 04/21/15 05:14 (36 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender”, an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I personally prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity and femininity of... (more)

"My favorite Kenzo fragrance is still the mossy, green, wet bamboo forest chypre..."

Indian Coconut Nectar by Pacifica (2010)Indian Coconut Nectar by Pacifica (2010)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 04/16/15 17:36 (38 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : From one of my favorite, affordable, niche fragrance lines, is the perfect answer to those of us asking how we might enjoy a little bit of tropical vacation while still at home. Pacifica’s Indian Coconut Nectar is a straightfo... (more)

"An affordable treat to enjoy ..."

Gender Bender: Coco by Chanel (1984) Gender Bender: Coco by Chanel (1984)

Gender Bender 04/16/15 17:00 (55 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “Can a guy pull off a women’s perfume?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender”, an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity often prevail at the fra... (more)

Marlen explores the classic feminine powerhouse, Coco

Violet Eyes by Elizabeth Taylor (2010)Violet Eyes by Elizabeth Taylor (2010)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 04/08/15 16:41 (39 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Light Blue goes violet, or Liz Taylor’s perfume label responds to current trends in fragrance, a few years late to the party but a heck of a lot more affordable and with surprising longevity. Perfumer : Carlos Benaim ... (more)

"... it feels more like an emotion or attitude than a full-blown perfume."

Gender Bender: Ciara by Revlon (1973)Gender Bender: Ciara by Revlon (1973)

Gender Bender 04/08/15 15:10 (45 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “Can a guy pull off a women’s perfume?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender”, an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity often prevail at the ... (more)

Can a man successfully wear a women’s perfume?

Truth for Men by Calvin Klein (2002)Truth for Men by Calvin Klein (2002)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 03/22/15 07:44 (44 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Calvin Klein ’s sixth men’s fragrance was a surprising blend of patchouli, basil, cedar and “canopy greens” that smells more like wet, freshly sliced plums than the spicy woods that the notes might suggest. C... (more)

So, what does it actually smell like? Just look at those advertising images for Truth! They pretty much say it all...

Gender Bender: Joy by Jean Patou (1930, 2015)Gender Bender: Joy by Jean Patou (1930, 2015)

Gender Bender 03/10/15 16:23 (94 comments)

This is the first in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “Can a guy pull off a women’s perfume?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender,” an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity often prevail at the fr... (more)

Find out if a guy can pull off this classic women's fragrance ...

Eau d’Orlane by Orlane (1992)Eau d’Orlane by Orlane (1992)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 03/04/15 17:57 (21 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : A refreshing and vibrant 1990s offering from the family-run, French beauty company, Orlane (originally known as the house of Jean d’Albret and famous for fragrances such as Ecusson and Casaque ), the unisex and ... (more)

" ... subtle enough not to overwhelm yet present enough that I know I am wearing fragrance."

Casmir by Chopard (1992)Casmir by Chopard (1992)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/28/15 19:14 (110 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Casmir turns 23 this year! Chopard’s polarizing, love it or hate it triumph of the early 90s almost feels unisex by modern standards with its oriental amber and vanilla. I haven’t worn this in almost twenty years but wow... (more)

"This is a caramel-lover’s delight!"

HM by Hanae Mori (1997)HM by Hanae Mori (1997)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/28/15 12:02 (33 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : The first “masculine” launch from Japanese couturier Hanae Mori is a unique gourmand fougere highlighted by bright citrus, sweet jasmine and waxy cacao. Groundbreaking upon its release nearly 20 years ago as a full-fledg... (more)

At the time, 1997/98, HM stood virtually on its own."

Eau Parfumée au Thé Rouge Bvlgari (2006)Eau Parfumée au Thé Rouge Bvlgari (2006)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/27/15 09:17 (72 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Thé Rouge (red tea), Bvlgari’s third and final eau parfumée after 1992’s Thé Vert (green tea) and 2003’s Thé Blanc (white tea), is a discontinued fragrance with excellent longevity t... (more)

The third one in Bvlgari's The Au Parfumée collection.

Courreges in Blue (1983, 2011, 2014)Courreges in Blue (1983, 2011, 2014)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/25/15 16:55 (27 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : A soapy, mossy hit from early 80s Courrèges (the father of the miniskirt and space age fashion), In Blue has experienced more than a few iterations. Slightly fruity, a little bit spicy, and incredibly comforting, In Blue was develo... (more)

4711 Acqua Colonia Lavender & Thyme (2009)4711 Acqua Colonia Lavender & Thyme (2009)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/17/15 16:59 (38 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : From the ever-expanding Acqua Colonia line, Lavender & Thyme is a soapy, straightforward herbal lavender with impressive longevity and a tender and relaxing vibe. Different enough from other lavender aromas, and now retired from the... (more)

"A tender and relaxing vibe ..."

Lalique pour Homme Eau de Parfum (1997)Lalique pour Homme Eau de Parfum (1997)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/15/15 09:05 (51 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Lalique ’s first “men’s scent” is arguably its finest—a symphony of vanilla and woods accented with lavender, iris, amber and patchouli. While this scent seemed to cater to a more mature gentleman upon its release... (more)

"A cool bottle, a not too-idiosyncratic aroma, fantastic longevity, and an amazing price ..."

Acteur by Azzaro (1989)Acteur by Azzaro (1989)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/14/15 08:04 (50 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : One of Azzaro ’s lesser-known offerings, created just before the era of the marine/ozonic trends, Acteur is a surprisingly addictive and easy to wear herbal rose, leather and woods composition that retains the last glimmers of 1980s men&... (more)

"... retains the last glimmers of 1980s men’s perfumery while also seeming incredibly modern and unisex ..."

Tsar by Van Cleef and Arpels (1989)Tsar by Van Cleef and Arpels (1989)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/21/15 19:15 (44 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Van Cleef and Arpels’ late 80’s fougere offering, Tsar , was the house’s second of their four men’s fragrances and their most successful. Directly related to other sweet and aromatic fragrances of that period ... (more)

"Tsar heralds a strong and definitely unmistakable identity."

Avant Garde by Lanvin (2011)Avant Garde by Lanvin (2011)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/19/15 14:17 (43 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : The sixth modern “men’s” fragrance from the house of Lanvin, Avant Garde is perhaps the most, well, avant garde, and easily my favorite offering from the house. A honeyed tobacco and woods aroma with herbal accents... (more)

One of the best tobacco based fragrances.

Intrusion by Oscar de la Renta (2002)Intrusion by Oscar de la Renta (2002)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/18/15 12:39 (28 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Despite being developed by two powerhouses of perfumery, de la Renta’s surprisingly tame, peony-focused Intrusion was never a huge success. However, this enchanting and unique aquatic-floriental earned just enough of a follo... (more)

"There is something quite natural about Intrusion, and I find it both comforting and easy to wear."

Versace Blue Jeans (1994)Versace Blue Jeans (1994)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/15/15 11:45 (48 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : One of Versace’s biggest hits of the 90s, Blue Jeans celebrates its 20th birthday this year and shows no signs of aging. Still as intriguing and relevant today under the more affordable Versus label as it was at its launch, th... (more)

"Easily unisex by today’s standards."

Maroussia by Slava Zaitsev (1992)Maroussia by Slava Zaitsev (1992)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/13/15 12:46 (106 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : A little-known gem outside of Europe and Russia, Maroussia was the first fragrance by Russian designer and artist Slava Zaitsev . Widely regarded to be one of the 20th century’s most talented designers, he was the first Sov... (more)

"A little-known gem outside of Europe and Russia, Maroussia was the first fragrance by Russian designer Slava Zaitsev."

Romeo Gigli Man (2004)Romeo Gigli Man (2004)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 12/12/14 21:47 (19 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : The second eponymously named men’s fragrance from the Italian design house of Romeo Gigli , RG Man 2004 couldn’t be more different from its 1995 predecessor; this time Gigli offers an aromatic, spicy citrus that while n... (more)

"Both Romeo Gigli Man and Romeo Gigli Woman share the sensibilities of early 21st century perfumery, namely a subtle take on classic themes with Asian influences."

Les Lions d’Arthes by Jeanne Arthes (2012)Les Lions d’Arthes by Jeanne Arthes (2012)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 12/08/14 13:21 (21 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : From the famously affordable Jeanne Arthes brand comes a gourmand reformulation/update of Les Lions d’Arthes 2001 that smells a lot like Missoni (2006) married to Tom Ford’s Black Orchid at a fraction of the price.... (more)

"Arthes has been developing fragrances for the leading distributor of fragrance in Japan ..."

Strenesse by Gabriele Strehle (2001)Strenesse by Gabriele Strehle (2001)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 12/05/14 18:54 (40 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : A sadly discontinued chameleon of a scent developed by master perfumer Maurice Roucel for German designer Gabriele Strehle , Strenesse is an oddly compelling almond/vanilla gourmand that changes as it develops. Perfumer ... (more)

"Strenesse can be best described as a fragrance of conflicts.."

Zino by Davidoff (1986)Zino by Davidoff (1986)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 12/03/14 11:15 (53 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : The 2nd fragrance from the house of Davidoff —a rich, animalic and woody oriental—is probably the brand’s most successful homage to Zino Davidoff’s provenance as tobacconist without actually employing tobacc... (more)

"One of the great curiosities of Zino is its notable leather/tobacco accord despite the fact that the composition employs neither leather nor tobacco."

Fancy Nights by Jessica Simpson (2010)Fancy Nights by Jessica Simpson (2010)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 11/20/14 17:36 (84 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Another understated gem from one of my favorite perfumers, Steve Demercado, Fancy Nights is like Shalimar meets Prada and quite unlike any of the other flankers in the Fancy series. With heavy patchouli, amber and vanilla, Fanc... (more)

"Yes!!!! I was delighted to have found a less expensive version of Prada."

GiuliettaRomeo - A Novel Take on VeronaGiuliettaRomeo - A Novel Take on Verona

Interviews 11/02/14 17:51 (14 comments)

“The perfumes ''GiuliettaRomeo'' were born from a passion for essences. Francesco Todeschini, Veronese by birth and very devoted to his city, is the creator of GR. He combines his love for Verona with his passion for perfumes. The promise of eternal love exchanged, according to Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet is the starting point for these Eau de Parfums. Over the centuries, the myth of the young lovers has made Verona a “city of love”, she hover... (more)

An Interview with Francesco Todeschini.

Victorio & Lucchino Hechizo (2007)Victorio & Lucchino Hechizo (2007)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/27/14 13:46 (56 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : The Spanish design duo’s 6th women’s fragrance is a little known and highly underrated, subtle rose and patchouli blend that despite the curvaceous bottle, works just as well as a boozy, red wine-themed, unisex fragrance. No... (more)

"It seems that the V&L fragrances all follow similar themes and are centered on a few main notes..."

Hot Water by Davidoff (2009)Hot Water by Davidoff (2009)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/22/14 17:42 (28 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Davidoff’s red pepper and benzoin follow-up to the classic Cool Water was a surprising flop. Often compared to Givenchy’s enigmatic Xeryus Rouge —and as evidenced by reviews, liked significantly less than its older ... (more)

Bargain fragrance reviews!

Moschino (for Women) by Moschino (1987)Moschino (for Women) by Moschino (1987)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/21/14 11:05 (71 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : The first fragrance from the sadly deceased Italian designer is a striking, ambery-vanilla oriental recalling the best of the 80s powerhouses yet with a 70s floral bouquet of carnation, ylang and rose; due to its complexity and depth,... (more)

"When examining the compositions of the 80s and early 90s before the clean, watery fresh or gourmand trends kicked in, one notices quite a bit of similarity in notes employed ..."

Caron pour un Homme (1934)Caron pour un Homme (1934)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/20/14 19:59 (46 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Caron’s iconic vanilla and lavender composition turns 80 this year. But don’t let the name Pour un Homme (or “For a Man”) fool you; this scent is for everybody who loves a sweet, herbal, powdery lavender aroma.... (more)

"... when I wear Pour un Homme, I feel like I am wearing a piece of fragrance history ..."

Calvin Klein Escape for Men (1993)Calvin Klein Escape for Men (1993)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/17/14 18:49 (32 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Look who’s turning 22! Calvin Klein’s 4th men’s fragrance is a whisper of the women’s version, a clean, breezy vetiver and birch pairing with airy citrus and melon notes gracing the top. Perfect for the warm ... (more)

"Escape for Men is a citrus-chypre and should be given a chance by women as well as men."

Plus Plus Masculine by Diesel (1997)Plus Plus Masculine by Diesel (1997)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/17/14 15:18 (22 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! ... (more)

"..for an interesting youth-friendly and affordable fragrance, look no further than Diesel Plus Plus!"

Aqua de Senteur, Atelier Provence Lavande by VoluspaAqua de Senteur, Atelier Provence Lavande by Voluspa

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 07/13/14 14:41 (13 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Another winner from Voluspa , their current Provençal lavender mist is a smooth blend of the more floral aspects of lavender with hints of aquatic jasmine—perfectly unisex, for home or body, and completely affordable. ... (more)

"What I enjoy most about the Voluspa offering is that the aroma is light, fresh, citric, and even airy."

Nicole Miller for Men (1994)Nicole Miller for Men (1994)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 07/13/14 13:45 (23 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Nicole Miller’s only men’s fragrance celebrates its 20 year anniversary yet may be one of the first bottles folks see in clearance and sale lists online. This little unisex gem still resembles its original formulation and is a... (more)

"Nicole Miller for men is the ideal scent for your artsy nephew who marches to the beat of his own drum."

Tempete de Zeste by Esteban (2007)Tempete de Zeste by Esteban (2007)

Fragrance Reviews 07/12/14 14:36 (4 comments)

Summary : A wonderfully fresh citrus aquatic from Esteban (Nippon Kodo) with a multi-faceted character that most calls to mind Creed's Royal Water . Perfumer (s): I can’t find any info; if you know, please tell us in a comment! Pros : I bought this one blind off Ebay and had no idea what to expect. To my great surprise, this one was both addictive, completely unlike anything else in my current collection, and yet also strangely familiar. Cons : T... (more)

"...a summer alternative to Creed Royal Water."

Laguna by Parfums Salvador Dali (1991)Laguna by Parfums Salvador Dali (1991)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 06/22/14 18:48 (65 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Riding the wave of late 20th century aquatics, Dali’s Laguna is a quite unexpected, unisex, beach scent thanks to its spicy, vanillic basenotes. Perfumer (s): Mark Buxton . Pros : The bottle is super-kitschy, ... (more)

“Is this a women’s perfume? This is aquatic? But there is so much vanilla, and it is kind of dark!”

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