Red for Men Fragrance Notes
- Cumin, Artemisia, Basil, Bergamot, Green note
- Juniper, Geranium, Rose, Wormwood, Jasmin, Carnation, Thyme
- Cedar, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Amber, Leather, Olibanum
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Now discontinued , but can fetch very high prices on eBay.
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Magnum P.I. wants his scent back
Not as strong as his yellow brother Giorgio for men. (as i suspected it to be heavier)
I smell the same animalic tone as used in YSL jazz.
Suspected this to be a very harsh, strong and spicy scent .. but i was wrong! its much more sophisticated as i thought, and thats positive! Ok its opening is very intense but in a good way.
I guess women especially women around mid 30's and 40's will digg this.
If you like powerhouse frags just add this one to you collection you wont get dissapointed.
Good for evenings and in autumns and winters and gets you noticed for sure.
My only Con is the bust drydown with all the ingredients going back n forth.
Not for the youngsters though..
I see Magnum P.I. wearing this with humour ...
A scent for mustached men with hairy chests who like to go outdoor and do some lumberjacking (stereotypical but ok.
Pros: Massive projection and longevity
Cons: Busy and mixed in the drydown"
25 August, 2013
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Massive potpourri finishing as classic fougère
The opening last had me somewhat stunned first in its uniqueness and the concentrated aggregation of multiple notes that were hard to discern initially. The more I got to know this fragrance, though, I realised that this complexity is probably the result of them being very well blended. In the opening cumin, bergamot and artemisia stood out, with the cumin increasingly most intensive. Later on green herbal notes gave way to a sophiticated floral potpourri, with geranium and carnations in the foreground and buttressed by a rose impression. After about four hours the base notes seriously developed, mainly wood notes, a somewhat mundane amber, some nice patchouli and, eventually, a traditional oakmoss character of good quality. For the second half of this scent's lifetime this oakmoss dominates, only at times enriched by whiffs of the gentle patchouli accompaniment. Good silage and projection in the first half, with a splendid longevity of over eleven hours. Fit fir the Berverly Hills Hotel. Well done, Giorgio!
21st August, 2013
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NOTE: This review is based on vintage Red For Men.
I still have some original 1990s Red For Men kicking around that gets the occasional run. This stuff is crazy. It opens with a very thick spicy scent, which appears to take an eternity to dry down. When it finally does dry down about 12 hours later, it settles into a rich tapestry of leathers, woods and musks.
Sillage and projection are scary, as is its effect on women ... seriously, Red For Men gets more comments from the ladies than any other scent I own. One spritz of this is all that is required, which explains why I've only just now almost finished my bottle after 18 years. I'm not sure if I'd go to the trouble of tracking down another bottle, it's a very bold fragrance and perhaps a little in-your-face. Think along the lines of a bouncer in a nighclub, only in an expensive Italian suit.
28 November, 2012
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On the few occasions I have bought a fragrance 'blind', I have always been very pleased with the purchase - this is my first major disappointment.
This review is for the current version of Red for Men by Elizabeth Arden. This fragrance claims to contain an abundance of unnamed notes in addition to those listed on Basenotes, many of which appear synthetic throughout the course of the long duration that it lasts on skin.
The opening is bright but this is immediately tinged with an overload of spice, sweetness, herbs and florals - the resulting aroma is a pungent mess. The base of leather, pathchouli woods and oakmoss is old-fashioned and masculine, but simultaneously very dated and crude. For me however, the biggest olfactory offence committed by this scent is the unholy and surprising marriage of wormwood and cumin that permeates the top and heart notes of the composition. Add to this radioactive silage and supreme longevity and you understand why Red for Men is truly an acquired taste.
I had to wash this off immediately, as smelling my wrist up close for a moment after one full spritz truly nauseated me. I have contemplated using the remaining 99% of the bottle as bug spray, but I could never do that as I believe in humane insecticides myself. However different to the current version the vintage may have been, this is a quite different and inferior scent to Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men, which is a classical, warm and masculine affair. Red is a cacophony of notes which never settles down, and which will repel many with its omnipresent dirty cumin note.
20th November, 2012
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*This is a review of the vintage Red for Men
Red for Men (vintage) is an amalgamation of so many ingredients blended and refined to the point that trying to identify individual notes is near impossible. The overall accord is heavily spicy early with a lot of cumin and/or cardamom before becoming slightly fruity, with an almost balmy chap stick-like vibe to it. It is slightly sweet overall, with a somewhat leathery and mossy undertone at its core. The truth is there is nothing like it and I can't possibly do the scent proper justice with this description, but all the ridiculously long list of ingredients blend together in perfect harmony staying pretty linear throughout. Projection is legendary and longevity is excellent.
Red for Men (vintage) is a scent that got a lot of wearings when it first came out when I was in my early twenties. Back then, to be honest I don't think I really appreciated just how good a scent it and its sister scent Giorgio for Men really were. I do now, and for the first time in about 15 years I just bought a replacement bottle of the original Red for Men so I could re-visit the juice and see if my opinion had changed over the years... What I then thought was just average juice, I now know was darn good stuff, and I absolutely love it now. It projects like the true powerhouse beast that it is, but it has a smooth upscale refined quality that somehow makes it very wearable and distinguished. Vintage bottles are getting harder and dearer to come by, but if you can spring for one I suggest you do so as scents like these just are not made anymore today, not to mention the current version of Red for Men by EA fragrances is very average despite its temptingly low price. This is one scent where getting the vintage release from Giorgio of Beverley Hills is well worth the investment, as you have not really smelled Red for Men until you smell the vintage juice. Red for Men (vintage) gets an excellent or better rating of 4 to 4.5 stars out of 5.
15 September, 2012 (Last Edited: 05 February, 2013)
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