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Wings for Men (1994)
by Wings (originally by Giorgio Beverly Hills)

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Wings for Men information

Year of Launch1994
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 101 votes)

People and companies

HouseWings
Originally byGiorgio Beverly Hills
PerfumerJean-Claude Delville
Parent CompanyRevlon Inc > Elizabeth Arden Inc

About Wings for Men

A popular fresh scent with a unique bottle.

Wings for Men fragrance notes

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  3. Base notes

Reviews of Wings for Men

Cool Water with a “smokey” twist.
04th December, 2018
I think they toned it down because the bottle I got is very weak and barely lasts an hour
28th June, 2018
Wings for Men by Giorgio was definitely a climax of sorts for thre aquatic. Everything seems to come in threes with popular fragrance tropes until somebody deviates enough from the genesis of the trope to make something that sets a new precedent (and thus another trope), everyone else following in the me-too attitude is doomed to obscurity (see my old review on Navy for Men for an example). In this situation, Wings for Men by Giorgio (now just "Wings" and distributed by EA Fragrances) rounds out the 3rd and final truly-noteworthy progression of the "blue" aquatic fragrance trope that was started by Cool Water (1988). That scent by Davidoff, despite it's landmark characteristics that actually succeed in imparting the aesthetic of a fresh ocean breeze, was and still is a rather linear experience from start to end. Everyone in the mainstream fragrance world wanted to be "cool" and "refreshing" after that point but it was Ralph Lauren that really tried challenging the supremacy of Cool Water with his Polo Sport (1992), a fragrance that deepened and emboldened this style with heavier baselines; Polo Sport inadvertently also helped kick off the 2nd-wave "sport fragrance" craze that followed the blue aquatic rush, but that's another story. Two more years later, and little ol' Giorgio would come to challenge Ralph Lauren and Davidoff with Wings, which is something they desperately needed in the men's scent scene since Giorgio for Men (1984), V.I.P. (1987) and Red for Men (1991) were fast becoming dated with fresh fougères replacing them.

It seemed that turning the volume up higher yet again was the name of the game in this category, for if Polo Sport was immediately more intense than Cool Water, then Wings for Men was even louder than Polo Sport. It was almost a powerhouse mentality applied to the aquatic with this stuff, and Wings comes across more intensely fresh, clean, sweet, and tangy than any other blue fragrance of this type I've ever experienced. One might as well say it's an "Intense" flanker to Polo Sport or Cool Water, for all intents and purposes, even if it's note structure is different enough to give the scent it's own character. Wings also has something the other two in this triad do not: complexity; granted that the complexity here is a synthetic one of dryer sheets, dish soap, and bathroom air freshener at odd times, it's still much less linear than anything else in it's class. I feel this overwrought complexity is why the scent gets beat up so much in reviews: when you get niche enough with any theme you weed out the casual interest parties and home in on the folks who really really enjoy a thing, and that's what Wings does best. Quite simply, it's the bluest of the blue aquatics, and you either love the smell of that or you don't. I don't ever wear the EdT outside of summer for this reason. Lavender, fir, and "citrus fruits" compose the opening of sheer aquatic sweetness. Perfume Jean-Claude Delville would go on to make many more synthetic freshies but here he struck the biggest chord. Mint isn't super evident in the middle, but the peach definitely is, and is a surprisingly feminine twist in contrast to other "bro-worthy" aquatics before and since. Basil and tons of calone surf this into a base of woody aromatic chemicals and soap, bringing this into unchallenged clean territory.

Wings and it's intense bent on "blue" makes it poor for anything but a walk outside on a hot summer day. It can be a scent to spray on when going to a meetup where you know the people well enough that you don't want to make an impression, but want to be at least minimally pleasant company for everyone else. It's not classy enough for the business world, unless you're interviewing for McDonald's, because it's so blatantly synthetic. I'd call it a comfort fragrance if you find comfort in clean (which I do), and it's the unrivaled master of that. Everything "blue" that followed this fragrance was either a watered down and ambivalent riff on it or it's notable predecessors, or something that just plain got it wrong, at least until the second wave aquatics showed up in the mid-2000's. It's the fragrance you find in everyone's cabinet as it's popular enough to be made into gift sets every holiday season, so ubiquity has to count for something, and as the ultimate conclusion of this trope in my eyes, I rather enjoy it for the purposes to which I've assigned it. Wings for Men is one of the few fragrances I've purchased more than 3 times due to this imposed utility, so I give it a thumbs up, but I'll be the first to admit there is about as much perfume art in this as there is cinematography in a gore-soaked direct-to-video B horror flick, and that's saying something like this is enjoyable only to a person that appreciates earnest intent and can forgive a total lack of grace or sophistication in the delivery of the content.
28th August, 2017 (last edited: 19th June, 2018)
This smells exactly like the smell of washing powder hanging in the air in a laundry room. That's it. But strangely enough I like it this way. It projects quite well and stays with you for a considerable amount of time. With this scent it would be a good idea to apply it on your freshly washed clothes, not necessarily on the body, giving you a simple yet unique feel of freshness. Like I said, it may be deemed synthetic by some, but there is a primal quality to it that makes it interesting.
I have to say that longevity is quite impressive with this one.
17th December, 2014 (last edited: 20th April, 2015)
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Wings for Men -- while the bottle design looks nice, the juice inside is too sharp and highly synthetic. It smells like a combination of metal and plastic on skin. Not recommended for office setting as this is an obnoxiously loud fragrance that lasts a long time. Wings is one those scents where cheap price = cheapness. Thumbs way down.
05th April, 2014
A lot of hate for this...I can see why too. But I am of the other camp. I like this. Someone said Cool Water on steroids; that is an apt description. I would add this: its as if Gaultier made a version of Cool Water. Syrupy heavy sweet with a tangy zippy freshness. The trick is to go light on the trigger.
25th February, 2014

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