It's a little green, it's a little woody, it's a bit lavender-y, it's clean and soapy and not cloying.
I understand the comparisons and parallels to Cool Water, but it's definitely unique.
I don't get the pine or "forest-y" notes that some people point out.
It gets compliments and has yet to offend even after drowning in it, so long as you don't tell anyone between the ages of 25 and 40 what the scent they're enjoying so much is.
"Oh, you're wearing Aspen? I haven't been able to tolerate that since somebody spilled a bottle of Aspen on the floor of my 8th grade science class."
Aspen is a bit of an odd bird.I really don't know how to describe it other than a woodsy version of Fahrenheit...or a woodsy version of Cool Water.Fahrenheit gets mention here because Aspen does have that petrol note that rides on a love it/hate it criticism.Yes is this nice to smell a green version of Cool Water through a coniferous,clean/vaguely soapy,minty yet slighty citrusy vibe.An interesting alternative to Cool Water but I can't see a U.S. Forest Service Ranger wearing this without the gasoline note inducing a level of paranoia while doing their patrol.There's obvious influence derived from other scents that leaves me scratching my head.Definitely not a thumbs down but too much to juggle between a neutral and thumbs up.
31st January, 2016 (last edited: 20th November, 2016)
Awful, rank and putrid! Pine car freshener and Flexall!
I bought this cologne in the early 90's because the leaf on the bottle reminded me of the Super Leaf in Super Mario Bros 3. It smelled like what I expected a cologne to smell like. Now, I was in my tweens during that time. I knew nothing about cologne at all, other than I bought the thing that reminded me of a video game and I liked the way it smelled.
Fast forward 20 years. I've still got the same bottle. My collection has grown to about 30-40 bottles at the moment. I've been down the Creed path. And you know what? This stuff was a lucky first purchase. It smells like GIT/Coolwater, except it lasts all day. I sprayed it on this morning to try to lure on the Spring and to be a bit nostalgic. It's followed me everywhere I've lived, but rarely been used. I applied one spray to my chest at 7:45 am. It's 10:45 pm, and I just caught a whiff of it. I can't imagine I could say the same if I'd used CW. Perhaps GIT would still be present, but if this is the same formulation as what's available today, the inner miser in me must urge you to pick up a bottle and keep an open mind.
This is my first review on Basenotes. I know a lot of people are into the super expensive fragrances and will often look down upon these so called cheapies. Don't get me wrong I love my Creeds, Herod and all those amazing frags but bottom line is I simply love this stuff and I can get a huge bottle of awesomess for $10-11. ASPEN to me is a awesome fresh and affordable men's fragrance that possesses a blend of outdoorsy scents including woods, citrus and spices. It has been around for a long time and probably will continue to stay around for a long time due to it's great smell and price. Every time I wear this fragrance I can count on comments about how good I smell. For the price you pay for this fragrance I would say Aspen Cologne is a no brainer. Try it and you will love it.