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DSquared2 Wild ~ fragrance review

DSquared2 Wild advert

When it comes to the new DSquared2 Wild perfume for men, I broke many of my rules for reviewing: I fell for advertising and the list of (supposed) fragrance notes, and I ordered expensive samples…from Germany…because the scent is not widely available in the U.S. (are DSquared2 perfumes EVER eagerly anticipated here?)

I feel most ashamed for believing the fragrance would be “…a raw roll in the hay — the whole idea is to be a bit raw.” Look at the horse in the ads, summoning aroma-ideas of sweat, leather, hay…neighing in the video starring the wild-man model Robin Here at NST(TM) awarded the best abs in perfume ads for 2014. I was swayed by Wild’s list of enticing notes: humus, neo-labdanum (NEO!), vegetable amber, santolina, opoponax, and resins galore.1 With “all that,” how could Wild NOT live up to its promises…

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Kenzo Jeu d’Amour & Isabey Lys Noir ~ perfume reviews

Kenzo Jeu d'Amour

Quick reviews of one mainstream flanker (Kenzo Jeu d’Amour) and one niche fragrance (Isabey Lys Noir).

Kenzo Jeu d’Amour

At one time, Kenzo was one of my favorite mainstream brands, but they’re getting harder to find in the US, and lately I’ve liked a smaller percentage of what I’m able to find. Jeu d’Amour, which to my knowledge never officially launched here (do comment if I’m wrong!), sounded fun so I made a point of getting a sample. Nope, not fun. I expected Kenzo Amour with a bit of a twist provided by the pomegranate and tea…

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Niche x 3: Eau d’Italie Graine de Joie, Memo Kedu, Van Cleef & Arpels California Reverie

Quick reviews of three recent niche releases: Eau d’Italie Graine de Joie, Memo Kedu and Van Cleef & Arpels California Reverie. Do comment if you’ve tried any new or interesting niche fragrances lately!

Eau d’Italie Graine de Joie

Eau d'Italie Graine de Joie

Is anyone here a massive fan of Eau d’Italie? I admit I’ve mostly lost interest; nothing they’ve done since Baume du Doge in 2008 has really impressed me, and the shampoo-ish packaging is a turn-off. Graine de Joie, intended to celebrate love, is a sweet ‘n tart fruity floral…

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