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X for Men (2001)
by Clive Christian

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X for Men information

Year of Launch2001
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 159 votes)

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HouseClive Christian
PerfumerGeza Schoen

About X for Men

X for Men is a masculine fragrance by Clive Christian. The scent was launched in 2001 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Geza Schoen

X for Men fragrance notes

Reviews of X for Men

So here is my impression of "X" for Men by Clive Christian:

Initial spray on hits me with subdued pepper (a fragrance feature in several of CC's offerings) with the clear presence of warm ginger & cardamom. An artful combination that almost seamlessly blends into the iris and cinnamon within the heartnotes. "X" smells like a gingerbread cookie at this point, in a nice just-wafting-out-of-the-oven way. That is accented by the injection of light vanilla, which blends so well with this edible sensation.

After hanging in the gourmand kitchen for a few minutes, "X" starts subtly to reveal the cedar and rock rose (labdanum) notes. The spicy opening notes hang strong even as basenotes make their way into the perceptual stage, which imply that this is the foundation for the whole scent. Vetiver and tree moss do not overtake this gourmand presentation at all, but add a slightly dry mossy effect that do not intrude with any vegetal incongruencies. Same goes for the ambergris and styrax, both of which do not spoil this "edible" creation with animalic bilge; rather, they fill in nooks and crannies to round out the scent (just as the "green" notes do).

Another basenotes review mentions what smells like tea, though it isn't listed in the triangle of notes above. I must agree that it's like a deep, rich darjeeling tea with a couple of chai elements (cardamom, for certain).

My emotional perceptions: Sexy, sultry, deep, commanding, sincere. I recognize "X" in so many other scents I've encountered in the past, yet their names escape me as I simply enjoy and experience this genius concoction. It's an oriental-gourmand-spicy men's cologne that is fresh, simple, and staid in character.

This potion doesn't seem to last very long (maybe several hours; cf. I wore "L" by CC and it lasted into the next DAY). It may be remedied with a double-spray layering to extend longevity out somewhat. Nevertheless, I am pleased with this creation and give kudos to CC for making this wearable, credible scent (even though it's expen$ive); samples would be a great start, either by decants bought online or test sprays at elite counters like Neiman Marcus (in the states).

Worth a check! :-)
09th August, 2018
X For Men is one of my absolute favorite smells in perfumery. That being said, it suffers from a rather drastic design flaw.

Its smell is complex, blended in such a way that individual notes are hard to pinpoint, except for cardamom, which is the primary smell. I smell a pinch of ginger, but it's more of a "lift" than a direct smell. And there's a familiar mix of clove and cinnamon, but they combine with the cardamom to just smell spicy and masculine instead of like Christmas potpourri or Spicebomb. There's iris, but it comes across as a luxurious richness rather than a specific smell. And there's what I'm guessing is clary sage and coriander, giving additional spiciness as well as the effect of fruity tea.

The whole thing is enchanting. Soft of like tea, sort of spicy, sort of green, sort of fruity, sort of like chai (but not really), and bright but grounded in a luxurious richness.

The problem is that it has no base. Theoretically, it's a temperamental ambergris and some sort of skin musk, but it's pretty much undetectable, so X basically just lasts a few hours and then disappears. I'm so deeply in love with the topnotes that I don't mind, but I wouldn't be doing my job as a critic if I didn't point out that short longevity and missing basenotes in a perfume of this price will likely be an issue for many people.
30th January, 2018
As a woman, I could wear this. It's a bright and lively scent. I can smell most of the ingredients. The longevity leaves something to be desired. I swear, after a half an hour, it's gone!

Unless I received a freebie somewhere, I certainly would not seek out any more samples of this house. I have cheap, celebrity-endorsed perfumes, that smell just as good for far less bank.
10th December, 2017
X gets a thumbs up but there is nothing here that warrants the price. I like the cinnamon cardamom and cedar combination, but something is missing. Like a song with all bass notes, this is missing a treble chord. Something like orange oil or even bergamot would balance this better. Nice fragrance but at $400/bottle, it falls short. Dry-down is MUCH nicer, after 15 min. the cedar comes out more, giving some "treble notes" to the otherwise bass note frag.
UPDATE:
Projection/Sillage is horrible. I spritzed 3, couldn't smell unless I lifted my collar. Spritzed 2 more, Now I catch thin whisps of it. My wife had to bury her nose in my neck to smell. Even at a discount price of $250/50mls, I'd go through a bottle in a week trying to get some projection. Not worth the price.
26th July, 2017 (last edited: 31st July, 2017)
Starts off with balsamic cardamom with sourness, then starts fading pretty quickly. Not for me at this price.
21st April, 2017
Stardate 20161005:

I dislike this house and its SAs. Pretentious and stretching truth - more so than the others.
But this one is a good fragrance. Kinda like Ormonde Jayne man.
Does not last long but it is good while it lasts. The pepper and cardamom play very well together.
Pretty linear and expensive.
05th October, 2016

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