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Curve for Men (1996)
by Liz Claiborne

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Curve for Men information

Year of Launch1996
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 476 votes)

People and companies

HouseLiz Claiborne
Parent CompanyRevlon Inc > Elizabeth Arden Inc
Parent Company at launchClaiborne Cosmetics

About Curve for Men

A fresh fragrance by Liz Claiborne, It's light enough to be used everyday but is just as suitable for evening wear.

Reviews of Curve for Men

As some have said, Curve for Men is a budget version of Creed's Green Irish Tweed: Green, bright, and nearing a sort of understated legendary status, IMO.

Curve for Men has ended up being the foundation for a large number of flankers, several of which I have tried and have enjoyed (i.e. Liz Claiborne Curve Black / Crush / Soul). It is a suitable source for these, as it has a solid, flexible base from which to experiment on.

To categorize the original, it's an aromatic, fresh spicy, woody, citrus, sweet, green scent. Curve for Men is indeed a compliment-getter, which may explain why, despite its lowered price in recent years, it has a faithful number of wearers.

I find it to be multi-layered, pleasant, and long-lasting. It has a friendly aromatic sensation to it, traveling between citrus and sweet and woody and floral in a memorable way. Although I have many, many high-priced classics in my collection, I give props to Curve for Men for offering a high-end experience and for being widely available either at higher-end stores like Macy's to discount places like TJ Maxx.

28th August, 2018
Gold Hot Rod Tweed says
Ye must be Claiborne again.
Liquid nostalgia.
06th June, 2018
This is a review for the current EA reformulation.

This starts out with a very loud, synthetic, fruity/green opening. To some it might be like stilettos being jammed up your nose. But the opening overall is a pleasant scent.

It dries down to a skin scent in like an hour.
The vintage had decent-to-strong projection. I remember it drying down into this very musky, synthetic smell. I myself wasn't a fan of this part of it, but I'm in the minority on that one.
The current one dries down is subtle, and doesn't have that musk. It really is a shadow of it's formal self. But that's okay if you think the original was too strong and musky. It's not like the dry down on this gets rough or dirty.
For the type of scent people view it as: starter fragrance, teenager, etc, it's great. It's a sexy smell, and when I wore the original I got compliments.

SIMILAR TO:
Luck You. But this one had a weaker, but better smelling dry down. Luck You smells like burnt plastic or rubber in the middle. Not cool.

Also, this feels like the younger brother of CK Eternity. It's got the same vibe, a fresh, synthetic green opening, then a musky, soft dry down. At least the vintage did.

CONCLUSION:
It's a classic in my opinion. Yeah, it's synthetic but it smells nice.
It has some baggage considering it's age, it being sold in every single discounter, pharmacy, and retailer, and it's cheap price tag.
But it's a solid fragrance.
I'd give it a thumbs up, but considering that this once had very good projection and longevity, but no longer does, it only gets a neutral.
29th May, 2018 (last edited: 04th June, 2018)
Curve for Men is a 90's watershed fougère from Liz Claiborne, taking the modern "fresh fougère" subgenre started by Calvin Klein's Eternity for Men (1989) to it's next logical step. The fragrance is among the more complex and traditional of these scents, and is only really rivaled by the muskier and greener Lucky You for Men by Lucky Jeans (2000) which was ironically distributed by Claiborne. Curve for Men had an initial tagline of "Liquid Panty Remover" when it was advertised in men's fashion mags like Esquire and GQ, which honestly attributed to so many teens completely burning out the experience of this for me in High School alongside Nautica (1992), which ended up being the olfactory pickup line of choice by upper-classmen. Curve was more ubiquitous than any of those since it was available at the big box stores and sold for a song even when it was new, but also more tolerable as it more or less just became the 90's teen equivalent to Canoe (1936) or English Leather (1949), a pleasant all-around masculine that was neither aggressive nor too terribly stiff; a generalist cologne for the folks too young to spring for a bottle of Acqua di Giò (1996), which launched in the same year. The scent's success erected an empire for Liz Claiborne, but at the cost of any further ingenuity going forward, with the baseline of Curve for Men essentially becoming a house note for Claiborne's future masculines until EA Fragrances gobbled them up and removed the Claiborne name from all the Curve products (but not the rest of the house's lines). Also, despite being over 2 decades old now, Curve for Men has no noticeable changes post-IFRA, so don't destroy yourself poking around for vintage juice.

I won't bother listing all the notes that Claiborne says are in this, but the basics of the scent come down to a synthetic green opening accompanied by barbershop-standard lavender and some juniper, with a heart of similarly-barbershop bergamot and cardamom. There's some weirdness like ginseng floating about too, but the base is pretty much a sandalwood note, amber, vetiver, and a touch of pepper. Despite being full of such old-school goodness, old heads were apt to avoid this, and rightly so, since these ingredients appear in quantities too low alongside their synthetic fillers to really make their presence felt. I personally couldn't wear it despite my opinion of it as it was one of those rare scents that actually gave me an allergic sneezing fit back in the day until I scrubbed it off, which is really strange as now I can wear it just fine along with other things from this era. I ended up giving my bottle away after a half-dozen attempts at wearing it, and although I feel positive about it from an artistic perspective, the rejection came purely from my own body saying no to the stuff, which was oddly not the case with it's myriad flankers. I can see how this pulls double duty on somebody wearing it, since it's unassuming enough for work, school, casual events, but just sensual enough to at least make the wearer -think- he's removing somebody's panties, even if reality is a much more cruel mistress. Surprisingly, Jean-Claude Delville was the nose for this, and he's done some pretty well-known work for Clinique, Caron, and others over the years... huh. The throngs of ardent fanboys have grown up, and now either worship something like Terre d'Hermès (2008), Bleu de Chanel (2010), or Creed Aventus (2010), depending on how high up the social ladder they climbed post-high school. Longevity is decent, and sillage can be nuclear, so go easy.

Curve for Men succeeds as a 90's generalist because it's a synthetic and focus-group-created progeny of a style going all the way back before fougères themselves were properly coined, and shares a direct line of lineage with antiquated generalist scents like Caswell-Massey's Jocky Club (1840), but with a half-hearted attempt at being racy thrown into the mix to attract the youth to it's brand, as if the bottle wasn't enough with it's pincher cap and tin can as it is. The right price, right style, and plentiful availability made everyone forget about Liz's pioneering ozonic masculine Claiborne for Men (1989) and go right for this as the house-defining male fragrance brand, dwarfing the women's versions in popularity. Curve for Men spawned (and still spawns) numerous flankers, and every other non-Curve scent by Claiborne on the market since inevitably lives in it's shadow when not being a deliberate hot take on it. Claiborne's fragrance division indeed became "The House that Curve Built", and if not for this one's overly obsequious nature, I'd give it more praise for solidifying the formula of the "fresh fougère" started by the aforementioned Eternity for Men. Curve has also ironically become Claiborne's undoing in the brand recognition department, since folks remember "Curve" more than the name of the house itself, and therefore it no longer appears on newer bottles. There's no harm in being universally appealing, and I have several mega-popular mainstream generalist scents, but because Curve comes across as trying very hard to be, that makes it seem a bit disingenuous, much like the throngs of teenage boys who stunk up the halls between classes wearing this stuff, hoping that everyone else also-wearing it too would take notice of them, but everyone just got lost in the Curve cloud and became anosmic to each other. More people I've known wear this because they think others like it on them versus liking the way it smells themselves, which speaks volumes of the stuff's impact to me, and not in a good way, but it's otherwise a harmless, sweet, likeable, solid daytime casual wear fougère with a flirty side.
07th February, 2018 (last edited: 25th September, 2018)
I'm only givign this a thumbs p because it's very nostalgic for me. It brings back memories of my youth and I think it's a great fragrance for younger men to start off with. IMO one of the most pleasing scents to start with at a near affordable price for most.
07th March, 2017
All these thumbs down ratings are hating on it because of its popularity, 2 because its dirt cheap,3 and the women love it, now I don't particular feel great about wearing Curve or Aqua Di GIO ,or Abercrombie Fierce but bottom line is guys they smell good and will get you compliments, after compliments that is why they sell so much and are very popular. I understand the need to want to be different and not wanting to be like everyone else, but a good fragrance is a good fragrance. That's why they are flying off the selfs. Thumbs up for curve guys its cheap smells good, ladies love it lasts a long time, the only con is that everyone and there mothers wear this scent. that's right girls wear curve for men too!. its that popular.
14th July, 2016

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