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Michael for Men (2001)
by Michael Kors


Michael for Men information

Year of Launch2001
Average Rating
(based on 489 votes)

People and companies

HouseMichael Kors
PerfumerHarry Fremont
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies > Aramis and Designer Fragrances
Parent Company at launchLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton > Givenchy > American Designer Fragrances

About Michael for Men

Created by the house of Givenchy for designer, Michael Kors, complementing 2000's female scent. The fragrance 'Michael' is descibed as sensual, refined and distinguished.

Michael for Men fragrance notes

Reviews of Michael for Men

Michael for Men (not Michael Kors for Men) smells very much like Latours Cigar. So much so that I don't feel the need to own it since I already have the much cheaper and generally more pleasing Cigar. Cigar has all the same tobacco as Michael but adds a sweet finish, which I prefer to the oily leather with funky patchouli you get with Michael. Projection is very good with Michael for Men, so if you enjoy it, it should be a good performer.
17th February, 2017
What a great bottle! ...other than that this fragrance is a solid thumbs down. I am not a fan of star anise, although I can deal with it when well blended (Azzaro Pour Homme). With Michael for Men, the anise is up front for at least 2 hours on my skin and just dominates. I kept waiting for the patchouli, smoke, incense and tobacco to reveal themselves? It never happened. Very polarizing frag here on BN so all I can chalk it up to is skin chemistry.
PS: What a great bottle!
13th March, 2015
Let me begin with stating clearly that Michael is my signature scent. My wife bought it for me years ago and I used the entire bottle. Then it seems we couldn't find "Michael" in our usual sources, so I dabbled in many other fragrances but never quite found what I was looking for. I came close with some of the John Varvatos line and continued to jump from designer to designer. Unfortunately I discovered that many of the other fragrances in this genre can become cloying, toying with the Leather, Tobacco, Patchouli, but never quite hitting the mark for me. This fragrance initially comes on with a 1-2 punch of tobacco and spice, but soon mellows on the dry down to a triple combo of leather, patchouli and sweet dried fruit. This stuff lasts on me for about 6-8 hours and draws compliments from women as well as men. What's best is that because Michael is pleasing to a wide audience, I can wear this scent in confidence without offending others. The projection is good but not too wide, which also keeps it from being too much.

The bottom line is that in the many years where I have explored other scents, I realized that Michael is what is what I was after all along. I missed this fragrance. Then, quite recently and on accident, I stumbled into a Michael Kors store and found my old scent, unchanged, unsullied and consequently my love for it unyielding. I bought a bottle at a great price. I am so glad to be reunited with "Michael" and so is my wife! Interestingly, so is our 3 month old kitten who can't seem to get enough of smelling my neck.
29th July, 2014
Genre: Leather

Michael for Men is a big, dense leather, tobacco and patchouli scent. It’s warm, dark, and sweet, and coming from the late 1990s, it smells like a throwback to the previous decade. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, given what the mainstream market had to offer men by way of fragrance in the 1990s. Michael for Men has a stylistic antecedent in Pascal Morabito’s Or Black, and progeny in By Killian’s recent Back to Black, with which it shares its intensely fruity tobacco and patchouli accord. In its weight, power, and reliance on patchouli, Michael for Men even shares some DNA with Mazzolari Lui – truly a brave composition to set afloat among the predominant aquatic scents and fresh fougères of the time.

While I appreciate Michael for Men for its uncompromising boldness and refusal to bow to fashion, I also find it a little bit crude, even when measured against its own kin. The body of the scent seems oppressively monochromatic to me, and the drydown is disappointingly harsh and chemical, with an unpleasantly abrasive synthetic woody base note. In short, the idea is good, but I’m not entirely convinced by the execution.
19th June, 2014
From the notes, I thought I would like this one. The first thought that came to my mind when I smelled this was plastic and oil. This one was just not for me.
07th May, 2014
Tobacco is prominent to my untrained nose. But the most prominent scent I get on dry down is honey. Lasts a long time on my skin and particularly if applied to clothing.
05th December, 2013

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