Posts Tagged ‘Hugo Boss’

Hilfiger Review

March 30, 2009

Tommy Hilfiger’s Tommy and Tommy Girl set the bar pretty high for further releases, still selling well, yet none of the follow up scents have lasted particularly well. I remember the 10th anniversary editions being particularly dull. True Star Men smells like Aloe Vera juice that has gone bad. Hilfiger’s most recent release, “Hilfiger” is created to be a classic and American icon.

hilfigerThe opening notes are very familiar. Quite generic and like the “man smell” that is put into so many shaving foams and after shave balms. Perhaps this is intended to be familiar, so it sells? Who knows. Citrus with Rosemary, if I didn’t know better I’d think it was a new Hugo Boss.
A sharp Musk note (this must be the ‘Skin Accord’) creeps into the heart and overpowers the shy Rose note. It feels like an acidic and louder version of YSL L’Homme.
The Musky woody drydown doesn’t really grab my attention – it smells like a lot of other designer scents, and brings Versace Blue Jeans to mind, which itself smells of Matey bubble bath. I can’t help but think the desire for a long list of notes has left the scent confused and it ended up as a ‘fresh woody musk’ that consumer panels seem so fond of. There are tonnes of scents out there that do anything Hilfiger does better – for the bubble bath, go for the Blue Jeans, for the Citrus and Rosemary, try Eau Sauvage, for the ‘soft musk’ heart, try L’Homme.

Top: Bergamot, Mandarin, Pink Grapefruit, Juniper, Papaya, Rosemary
Middle: Curcuma, Mahogany Wood, White Tea Rose, Skin Accord
Base: Suede, Sandalwood, Cistus, Tonka, Cashmere Wood


Hugo Element Review

March 5, 2009

Hugo Boss’s newest offering, Element, allegedly has ingredients that evoke the four elements. And is for an urban man that is in his element in the city. And has ripped it’s name from two old Boss fragrances, Elements and Elements Aqua. And explicitly names Calone as one of the notes, which is certainly interesting from a marketing point of view.

elementIt opens with that oh-so-familiar aquatic citrus accord that you find in many designer scents. Melony or cucumbery, with a hint of bitter Orange in the background. It smells clear, and is similar to the previous release, Boss Pure, except without the sour milky musk note. Also obviously related to Hugo XY, except not as ‘icy’ or cold, Energise, with it’s spicier warmth, and the original Hugo, as they are both ‘fresh’ with aromatic components in the background. This is probably so it’s familiar to the mainstream consumer.
Element moves quickly into the heart, which is a quiet spicy woodsy creature, Ginger creates warmth, while the Coriander brings a hint of sweetness. With the wood note supporting it, it’s very similar to YSL’s L’homme.
The drydown is a powdery Vetiver and Cedar skinscent that doesn’t project much. It’s incredibly faint and inoffensive, but it seems to last for an age, even if it doesn’t create much sillage.

Top: Calone, Citrus
Middle: Ginger, Coriander
Base: Vetiver, Cedar, Musk

Allure Homme Sport and Cologne Sport Reviews

February 27, 2009

Allure Homme Sport, released in 2004, was the first flanker to Allure Homme. Chanel must have felt the need to have a fresh aquatic like every other masculine house, I suppose they want cash too!

alllurehommesportA citric (read acidic smelling citrus) blast erupts from the bottle and smells like a mix of everything citrus scented on the planet at once. Like every single citrus oil has been used. It really feels tingly. Still, it smells better than any of the Boss fragrances to me. AHS is also metallic and musky at the beginning.
I’ll be honest and say I never wanted to put it on my skin, I’ve been put off by it on a card too many times. But when I did, I was pleasantly surprised, the softly peppered and earthy Vetiver and Neroli is quite pleasant. There is plenty of Mandarin, too.
The base is a warm Tonka contrasted by a sharp Musk. A similar musk note is used in hundreds of masculine fragrances, it smells acidic, bitter and sour, and the earthy smell from the heart makes way for the Vetiver to turn salty and give a real aquatic feel.

Top: Aldehydes, Mandarin, Orange
Middle: Neroli, Black Pepper, Cedar
Base: Vetiver, Tonka, White Musks, Amber

Allure Homme Sport Cologne Sport is a flanker to the flanker, released in 2007. I find it funny when there are flankers of flankers and fragrances become less related to the original and more directed at the lowest common denominator.

alllurehommesportcAs an Eau de Cologne, you don’t expect much strength or tenacity. A soft citrus is about it. With Cologne Sport you get buckets and buckets of sharp Lemons. Like some strange kind of lemon made of plastic, that still smells of lemon. And any lemon scented bathroom cleaner. It doesn’t go anywhere or do anything apart from lemons. Surprisingly long lasting for an EdC – if you want to smell of lemons, buy this. “Awakens and invigorates” says Chanel. “BANG and the dirt is gone!” says Barry Scott of Cillit Bang.

Top: Mandarin, Lemon, Grapefruit, Bergamot
Middle: Elemi, Spicy Note
Base: Cedar, White Musks

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

The Offenders of ’08 – Mini Reviews (Mens)

January 8, 2009

I’ve listed and reviewed my favourite fragrances from 2008, and I realized that I don’t really pan anything at all. So here are the Male fragrances released this year that I didn’t like.

Calvin Klein Euphoria Intense – Supposedly has an Oud note, smells more like an aquatic mixed with “fruit salad” sweets.

Dolce & Gabanna The One for Men – Smells like a cheap drug store brand deodorant to me – I don’t find it interesting at all. The best part, the tobacco drydown, isn’t worth the wait to me.

Boss Pure – Oh joy, another “fresh” aquatic. Milky smelling in it’s topnotes, but isn’t particularly briny or salty, ideas that would hold my interest some more.

Emporio Armani Diamonds – Fizzy Cedar wood and Musk. I’m sorry, I just plain don’t like you.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million – Oranges coated in icing with a wimpy Suede note. Makes me wretch. Should be marketed to women. Cool bottle, though.

Givenchy Play – Synthetic feeling Citrus-Musk. And not synthetic in that cool Comme des Garcons “it does smell like a garage” way. The intense version is better – it has more Coffee Wood and Tonka. But saying that the intense is better is like saying a cold is better than the flu.