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No. 1 for Men (2001)
by Clive Christian

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No. 1 for Men information

Year of Launch2001
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 98 votes)

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HouseClive Christian
PerfumerPatricia Choux

About No. 1 for Men

No. 1 for Men is a masculine fragrance by Clive Christian. The scent was launched in 2001 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Patricia Choux

No. 1 for Men fragrance notes

Reviews of No. 1 for Men

Different. Can be polarizing for most. Very feminine after the first spray. 20 minutes or so and the flowery smell is taken over with the smell of woods. Kind of like cutting into a sweet smelling tree, but not resinous. To me this is like an exotic cocktail, I felt like I should be drinking it. Very intoxicating, as in it pulls people in. Two tiny sprays is all it takes, this is a longevity and projection monster. I washed clothes 4-5 days after wearing this and could smell in in the hamper. I like it.
07th April, 2017
Recently, I gave No.1 for Men another try. My last entry was based entirely on a spritz I had smelled off of a business card at a local Neiman Marcus. Over the years, I have learned how different paper sample cards or strips can really be versus applying the fragrance directly on the skin. That's what I did this time...

First of all, these are the notes in this bespoke scent:

Top notes: lime, mandarin orange, grapefruit, cardamom, nutmeg, pimento, caraway, artemisia
Heart notes: lily-of-the-valley, rose, jasmine, iris, ylang-ylang, heliotrope
Base notes: Virginia cedar, sandal wood, vetiver, vanilla, tonka bean, amber, musk

I had recently did direct-skin samples of most of Clive Christian's colognes for men (i.e. "C", "L", "I", "V", "E", "1872", and "Noble Rock Rose VII"); what an amazing experience it was to examine these uber-prestigious scents! I noticed patterns and similarities between them which helped to cement a general feel for the CC mystique.

So enter in "No.1": It starts out with a LOUD blast of citrus-cardamom that was overwhelming. I was tempted to give this a thumbs down again just from that opening salvo. Artemisia, pimento, caraway, and nutmeg added all kinds of additional accents that sharpened this searing sensation, adding brightness, bitterness, and a wall of spice that preserved all of this. Flowers started to swirl in and made me feel like I was wearing an expensive LADIES' perfume for like 5 to 10 minutes. But I held in there, knowing that CC scents have wonderful dry-downs in general that can make any other uncomfortable perceptions fade away.

And that's what "No.1" did, softening down to a much more wearable, pleasing iris-amber-tonka-sandalwood-vanilla honey sweetness, surrounded by cedar and vetiver dry goodness, and touched with a tasteful dose of musk giving this a sexy turn. The initial citrus-spice blast was now a moderate aromatic spicy-floral sensation which is the defining personality of this amazing potion.

Given the price of this fragrance, it's not meant to be anything other than a powerful statement both to the wearer as well as to those who catch it wafting about. All I can visualize is a super-rich, upper-crust man given to making self-indulgent, expensive public statements about his wealth sporting this scent during gatherings with his equally magnificently wealthy peers at exclusive events, day or night, all year long. I can even sense a man of royalty credibly sporting "the world's most expensive perfume" in his larger-than-life environments and events where his mere presence is all that needs to speak...along with a tasteful spritz here and there of Clive Christian's No.1!

Personally, I would wear CC No.1 on very auspicious formal occasions. I can't imagine trying to wear this in a casual and / or sport scenario; its floral-spice nature limits when and where it would fit for me. In contrast, there are several other CC scents which are very easy to wear in all sorts of occasions as I would any other, non-niche level cologne in my collection.

I have not swooned into unconsciousness by the quality of the fragrance itself, which is quite well-made of excellent ingredients; always, it will be the RIDICULOUS price expected for a bottle which will knock me over. I suspect that those who can purchase "No.1" without breaking a sweat nor the bank are fairly familiar with what they are about to commit to; blind-buys for something this exclusive is akin to randomly picking a hypercar "just because!"

A respectful thumbs up then for CC's elite offering, in place of my hasty prior thumbs down.
30th December, 2016 (last edited: 01st September, 2018)
Number 1 for Men by Clive Christian is a very floral chypre that could easily be considered on the feminine side of unisex fragrance spectrum. I have not seen the notes list for Number 1, but the opening is lemony bergamot that leads immediately into a jasmine floral blend which smells like: rose, carnation, lilly of the valley, heliotrope, possibly Ylang along with jasmine which has a baroque elegance of florals. Smells quite good, uplifting and slightly sweet. The base is a generic combination sandalwood, patchouli, cedar, tonka, vanilla, possibly some cinnamon although not heavy. There are many notes in here and you sense the dancing around of florals as in a Mozart Sonata. Is it similar to Patou pour Homme or Versailles pour homme by Jean Desperez? Yes, it has a resemblance to these greats but lacks balance within the complexity of floral and wood notes. No. 1 smells great especially at arms length distance where it projects artful elegance that is a rarity in mens fragrance today. This would be a perfect formal or "black tie" event fragrance. It is not my favorite, but I would recommend it with assurance for any fan of floral perfume.
10th February, 2016 (last edited: 11th February, 2016)
This review is for the limited edition 15-year anniversary extrait version, as opposed to the EDP that's sold all the time. Honestly, it's quite good.

It's a grand, expensive smelling aldehydic chypre in the style of Chanel No. 5 extrait, Joy, or Amouage Gold Man, with sparkly lemon champagne aldehydes on top of florals on top of a rich creamy mix of iris, sandalwood, and musk. What sets it apart are the citruses on top. Where most of this style of perfumes are content to let a bit of lemon and bergamot do the heavy lifting, Number 1 surrounds them with a full-on fruit basket of oranges, tangerines, and possibly a hint of grapefruit. Meanwhile, the florals center on jasmine and carnation, giving it a very expensive feel for those in the know.

If you're familiar with Gold Man, imagine that with the poop removed and the frankincense toned down to make room for more upfront citrus and florals. The base doesn't quite have the over-the-top richness of No 5 extrait, but it's still really good. As such, it's not exactly original, but extremely well done for fans of this sort of thing. Whether the extrait is worth $1500 a bottle is up to your budget, but it's definitely worth a sniff.
13th August, 2015
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United Kingdom
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.
ah...No.
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!!
17th June, 2015
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.
04th August, 2014

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