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Sean John Unforgivable Review

February 10, 2009

A few searches have come through about whether Unforgivable smells better than I AM KING. In my opinion, Unforgivable falls short. I don’t particularly enjoy I AM KING either, but I think that’s due to my personal aversion to ‘fresh’ aquatic scents. I will add from personal sales experience that women love the smell of this stuff though, if that’s why you wear fragrance.

unforgivableUnforgivable straight away smells of orange squash (cordial) – very weak orange squash, when there are dregs at the bottom of the bottle and you don’t have enough left to make it up to proper strength. Then a watery aquatic accord is present, without anything briny whatsoever – completely devoid of saltiness (read: interest). The citrus notes are prominent, and there is something with an astringent quality in the background.
In the heart, there is a musk note with a huge dose of melon and a very sharp apple-y note. It reminds me of DKNY Be Delicious (the male).
The drydown is a stronger musk with a slightly salty, aquatic moss note. The whole fragrance is really quiet and has poor longevity on my skin.

Top: Sicilian Lemon, Champagne Accord, Morrocan Tangerine
Middle: Mediterranean Air, Iris, Clary Sage, Lavender
Base: Cashmere Wood, Sea Moss, Amber, Tonka Bean


Sean John I AM KING Review

January 25, 2009

Sean John’s first offerings, Unforgivable and Unforgivable Woman, didn’t excite me terribly. The feminine is perfectly nice, but the masculine annoyed my nose. I AM KING is supposed to be a ‘unique masculine freshness’ (lifted from the overly camp website). I love the idea that we need another fresh fragrance!

iamkingThe scent opens with Orange peel. It’s not just orange though, there is Tangerine as well! It smells convincing for roughly 10 seconds then smells like a “faked” and oddly synthetic Mandarin. If you are looking for an Orange scent, then Hermes has got that covered with the much more effective and convincing ConcentrĂ©e and Eau D’Orange Verte. I don’t get any of the listed ‘Berry’, Imperial French (what?) or otherwise.
The heart is essentially the same Mandarin on top of the odd, citrus and milky smelling musky-aquatic note I get from both Boss Pure and Fahrenheit 32. Either of those gives the same effect but much more pronounced.
The base is slightly salty, I assume from the naming of Vetiver in the note listing that’s what I’m smelling, with a very light woods note, and the Mandarin is still present even though the scent itself is barely perceptible by this point. If you want a better salty base, go for Beyond Paradise or Bvlgari Aqva/Aqva Marine. A good effort? Not really. We’ve seen the same thing hundreds of times since Acqua di Gio. “I AM MEDIOCRE”.

Top: Tangerine Zest, Orange, Cranberry, Imperial French Berry
Middle: Key Lime Pie, Lemon Creme
Base: Labdanum, Cedar, Vetiver, Sandalwood Essences