Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ralph Lauren - Romance Men (1999) Fragrance Review

A middle school infatuation with infatuation led me to this. A word that young men were beginning to understand in a time of much confusion in general. I remember going to Macy's to get samples of this and feeling like my life would fall into place wonderfully. Soon I would ask Angela out to a dance, we would be together and I would eventually marry her. All because I had a sense of fashion, had a sense of humor, and was filthy rich. I mean, I am in fact contemplating buying a Ralph Lauren fragrance at the age of 13.

Wait, what? When ever has something just *clicked* and someone's life has turned a new leaf to become perfect? It's happened enough to other people that my chances are next to none. Besides, Angela was only in it for the money; She wouldn't have stayed with me after I let her in. That's just the way the cookie crumbles at a young age and sadly, I had spent years thinking about if I had done things differently would things have worked. Can a teenager really think about these things in such detail? No, and that is why at a young age I failed. I erred in two ways: I had believed a girl could like me for me, and I thought a cologne would make me the hottest shit since sliced bread.

Ralph Lauren's Romance is falsely named and should be called Fling. A Romance can last a lifetime and has ups and downs. This cologne doesn't last 2 hours but I will say it does smell decent, especially considering the age I was when I first smelled it. A fling however lasts the same time as this fragrance and is full of good times. If we lived in Ricky Gervais' The Invention of Lying (2009) that would work but here in reality, we must accept that the people over at RL decided to be funny with their name. Let's face it, how many of you actually enjoy his fragrances more than everything else you've smelled? Anyone? Find me someone and I will show you a liar. It's only fitting since they learned from the greatest storytellers of all. Mr Lauren and his comfy comforters and soft 1/4 button up collared short sleeve cotton shirts.

The fragrance is lacking on all levels except maybe scent. The longevity like I said is only a few hours and it dries quick. The projection is laughable and the development is non-existent. I kid you not that I have sprayed this fragrance on my hand less than an hour ago and it is barely present. Ralph Lauren's Romance when conceived I'm sure was a spectacular hit with their extensive ad campaign that I still remember watching so many years ago. I even remember seeing a couple commercials in recent history, perhaps a few months ago reminding me of my craze for this scent which ultimately led me to the store to purchase this. Romance is the child with A.D.D. that you can't confront about it. You let them go about their way and hope they don't give you an attitude. I know this fragrance will be around for years to come simply from the amount of money invested to push the damn product in stores because it has its fan base.

Starting with a dry semi-sour citrus, the fragrance is inviting to those close enough to smell it and quickly dries down to a mundane dry, slightly rubbery citrus reminding me of unused portions of lime wedges when dried out; sad pieces of goodness gone to waste. Romance had potential with the scent as I've always loved the scent but it didn't last as long as I wanted it to. I'm happy I bought my 50ml bottle for under $25 but really in the grand scheme of things, I've never worn this out because it is useless. I've worn it after my gym sessions and sprayed it on my pillow a few times, that's it.

I bought the bottle for two reasons: It was at a great price and for nostalgia. I would not recommend this for anyone other than kids that have issues with over-applying colognes since this one you'll need to reapply every 2 hours to even smell it. If Ralph Lauren - Romance Men were a personals ad, it would be a miscategorized listing placed in the LTR section when in fact it belongs in Casual Encounters because it is light, nice to look at from afar but ultimately never going to lead anywhere. That being said, Romance is overrated and overpriced to be worth the investment. Look elsewhere for the love of your life. If I ever run out and rebuy a bottle it must be because I've sprayed my pillow enough to remember my middle school days. A day that I do not look forward to but am sure will be comforting since Romance will probably still be available in stores.

Subscriber's Choice: Niche Samples

I have a few samples that I got from the great people of from their storefront in Los Angeles, CA, Scent Bar. After being told to try a few things since I couldn't test them anywhere else local to me I went in with my mind set on a few things. To my surprise the small place was PACKED with fragrance ranging from Creed to Amouage to things that I've never heard of! Great. I smelled for an hour and finally chose a few things I liked and a few that I thought the community would like to hear about. The choices for this subscriber's choice are the following, and voting will close on October 6th, 2010.

Amouage - Lyric Man

Amouage - Jubilation XXV Woman

Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Cologne Pour le Matin

Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Lumiere Noire Pour Homme

Tauer Perfumes - L'Air du Desert Marocain

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Scent of the Day: September 28th, 2010

Today I decided to wear my fragrance in the evening since I basically stayed home. Once we wanted to grab dinner I dressed up and busted out my Gucci - Envy and apparently overapplied it. It's a strong green peppery scent that is perfect for the CEO in all of us. Thought it worked wonders until we changed plans of going to a lounge to a taqueria. Eh.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Guerlain - Spiritueuse Double Vanille (2007) Fragrance Sample Review

I decided to look through my cabinet of samples to see what I could review. I knew I had stuff ranging from By Kilian to Burberry and I just needed to decide what I felt like reviewing. I decided to open the top drawer of my cabinet (where I keep random stuff but mainly designer samples) and just dug into the pile.

John Varvatos - Vintage? Not going to work...
Chanel - Platinum Egoiste? Wait why do I have a sample of this?
Guerlain - Spiritueuse Double Vanille? EUREKA!!!!!!

I've smelled it before and with all the talk about this vanillic gourmand I thought it would be ideal to do a video of it. That video will be uploaded in the next few days but hey, I'll write down my thoughts here in case you all care to read it in the meantime.

This Guerlain fragrance was released in 2007 and is quite wonderful. I mean, for the price of $225 for a 75ml bottle I'd expect nothing less than extraordinary from this house and they hit the nail on the head. The fragrance starts off with a blast of booze, reminding me of Bacardi 151. Enough rum to burn the hairs in your nose but by the time you register the connection you realize there's some vanilla in there too. Now the vanilla comes off as a syrupy sickly sweet vanilla that you could just lick. YUM! Now I must say, this syrupy concoction does make me classify this as a feminine and not a unisex but really, it can be worn by men as well. Frankly, I believe it is because of my imagination of this syrup being poured on one of those bodacious blonde babes depicted in Guinea54's Millesime Imperial review. Yes, vanilla syrup would go well with melons. Ask me how I know...

Once you snap back into it you realize that the scent is fantastic but that you may not necessarily be able to wear it. Once the fragrance dries down a little bit the booziness goes away and is replaced with a tobacco feel reminding me of times spent in a hookah den. Delicious vanilla with a dark, heavy tobacco looming over me. Not heavy enough to cause an asthmatic to go running, but enough to give a nice twist to a note in fragrance that is done too often and simply not good enough to ever leave a lasting impression.

Overall the projection of the fragrance is decent, suprising me after a few hours that it is still alive and kicking. Considering that I just dabbed a single touch this time to write this review with and it is still projecting ever-so-lightly these five hours later, I am starting to think this is the vanilla of the year if you're looking for one. The thing though is I don't see myself buying this. I feel the price is outweighed only by the deliciousness of the juice BUT, and this is a rather large but, I don't see myself wearing this. Either I am immature or I don't want to buy another bottle of something that is covered largely by other fragrances in my collection. Believe me when I say this is a very unique fragrance but the credit this is getting deserves a second look without the hype. It is a beautifully done scent and really the price is NOT an issue for divinity. My one problem is the wearability I seem to perceive on this one as I'm having trouble with Pure Malt by Thierry Mugler. I don't grab it as often as I should because I don't like the opening anymore, and the drydown is a little too much for me. I like projection monsters as much as the next guy but at this point I don't want to drop the money for something that I can't love using every day of a season.

That being said, Guerlain's Spiriteuese Double Vanille still gets a very respectable 6.5 only getting docked for the versatility as well as the projection/longevity not being perfect. Come on, someone had to knock it down off it's pedestal. Smell this one out, as it is worth it. Spray with the bottle! Get a decant while you're at it too!

Scent of the Day: September 27th, 2010

Woke up this morning feeling surprisingly well rested, with a few muscles sore perhaps but basically at peace. Went about my business until I went outside. HOLY MOLY IT WAS HAWT TODAY! I rush inside looking for a fragrance to wear to alleviate some of my burning. I see Nautica - Voyage, no, that will not do. I move my head around hoping to find a glimmer of my MI bottle but to my dismay it was in the box and my hands were slightly dirty and I didn't want to ruin the detailed box of a Creed. "NOOOOOOOOOOO. What can I wear in this unbearable heat?," I thought...

Seconds feel like minutes until I move my eyes over to my gym bag, which housed my recently-brought-out-of-storage bottle of Guy Laroche's Drakkar Noir. Alas! I have found something to combat my sweaty manliness. Quite frankly I couldn't have chosen anything better considering my situation.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Scent of the Day: September 26th, 2010

So today is my first day of blogging, sweet! I've decided to give writing my ideas out a shot and we'll start slow and steady. Today I went to smell a sample of Creed's Erolfa that I got yesterday, and the sample spilled on my hand. Oh well, I guess that's my scent of the day for now :)

Expect a review or two in the next week as I have quite a few things lined up.