Hot raging naked amazonian werewolves, this is utterly gorgeous...
thats what i would be saying if this was any good.
but alas, the fierce truth of the matter is very different, and its almost disgusting to see 'THE WORLDS MOST EXPENSIVE PERFUME' printed on the bottle and box.
but then, that shows how easily marketing gurus can sell utter tosh to the general public, poor folk who dont know their rectum from their eyeball.
But perhaps im being too harsh... perhaps. And forgive me for being this way, but when hard earned casheroonie is splashed out on such a hyped and uber fragrance, only to get a mediochre scent worthy of Superdrug, its hard not to lay on the attack thick.
but in truth, the frag itself isnt horrendous, infact far from it. it is, for all intent, a nice even smooth frag. to me, it seems to shout heralds to many other scents and this is to be accepted, as so many scents before this have already used the same notes, same kind of composition and succeeded in producing worthy and long lived frags.
perhaps thats where it falls short. With that Moniker written all over it, youd be forgiven for expecting some sort of earth moving, mind blowing, orgasmic experience upon spritzing, leading to a mating dance of utmost perfection inspired by the magical world of scent youve delved into.
thats daydreaming. anyone who ends up breaking into their CreditCard limit for a jug of this is either very very wealthy and its small change, or has had a bad rhinoplasty operation and suffers with sinusitis constantly.
Id buy it if it were priced similar to Hugo Boss!!
Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear.
Where did this go so wrong? I'm guessing it went wrong at the concept stage, the "concept" being to create "the world's most expensive perfume", as this stuff is marketed, although, almost unbelievably, Clive Christian has managed to mess up that statement, as on the bottle and box we find instead "the worlds most expensive perfume". You'd think someone would pay a little bit of attention to detail, considering this stuff costs $700 for 50ml.
So, what problems do I have with Clive Christian No.1 for Men? Well, it starts with the brief. "Make the most expensive fragrance in the world". If that's your starting point for making a scent, you're in trouble, because you've started out trying to create a scent without regard for what it actually smells like, your only concern being to make it expensive. It's a great marketing ploy, as there will always be people who want something just BECAUSE it's the most expensive. Now, I make a good living and I will always go for quality over quantity, and I don't mind paying handsomely for something of high quality - something finely crafted, durable and, most importantly, something that's the best in its field.
Which brings me back to the scent. I'm not someone who believes "natural is best" when it comes to scent. Sometimes, harvesting a natural product is very harmful to the environment. Sometimes, a synthetic ingredient smells better. Sometimes a synthetic is longer lasting. Better, in other words. So simply stuffing your fragrance with very expensive natural ingredients will NOT necessarily make it good.
Ultimately, this is just not a good scent. It's generic woody-floral with a slightly spicy opening and a powdery heart - powdery notes aren't something I enjoy. The fragrance is produced with one goal in mind: to create the perception of exclusivity and value by deliberately creating something expensive, without regard to whether it's actually any good or not. What they've ended up with, unsurprisingly, is a mediocre scent.
No. 1 for Men on skin all but immediately goes straight to the floral heart notes of powdery heliotrope and iris, a subtle jasmine and rose, and an almost banana and honeyed frankincense-like ylang-ylang floral as the primary heart note. Base notes of tonka bean, sandalwood, amber and vanilla sweeten the now receding powdery florals further in the dry-down almost to the point of the scent becoming too sweet, but stopping just short. Projection is below average and longevity is below average to average.
No. 1 for Men is a very nice pleasant smelling unisex floral composition that while not really my kind of thing is well put together. The ylang-ylang really dominates the other florals here, with the heliotrope and iris adding powdery support and the rose staying well in the background but still detectable albeit quite subtle. Subtlety in general can sum up No. 1 for Men, as it really is rather conservative for a floral and is relatively easy to wear for just about anyone. I particularly like the honey-like nature in the heart that pervades the florals to give No. 1 for Men a nice sweet overall character. What I *don't* like is the ridiculous price it sells for. At $100 for 50ml I would continue singing No. 1 for Men's praise, but at $865 you have got to be kidding me! I won't unfairly mark down the composition due to the pretentious and insultingly snobbish marketing on the bottle as "The World's Most Expensive Perfume" nor its entirely unreasonable wallet busting price-point but even though the scent earns a very good 3.5 stars out of 5 rating for its smell, the value for the money and marketing from Clive Christian does not even merit one star. I recommend getting a free sample of this just to say you have tried it, but in no way would I ever buy or recommend this at anywhere near its retail price. Shame on you Clive Christian!
Reminds me of Seraphim by Ormonde Jayne for 20 Limited.
Powder, cedar ,ylang ylang ,a touch of vanilla and vetiver. It's beautiful and unisex.
Cardamom is the initial impression, later joined by vetiver, vanilla and a wood note that is lightened by a beautiful flowery component. It is soft but never really sweet. The two main features that strike me of this scent are firstly, the amazing quality of the ingredients, without any shallow synthetic detractors; and secondly, the perfect balance of all ingredients. Without ever losing their individual notes, they form a wonderful harmony without any dissonance. It is unobtrusive, not at all a power scent. Being a perfume, I get about five hours of longevity, which is very good on my skin. The only letdown is the somewhat garish marketing and the ostentatious bottle design.