The opening is sweet take on the classical fougère gambit, with a rich orange rind note, plenty of aromatics, and powdery aldehydic accents. For aromatic content Guess Men relies on pungent clary sage, cilantro, and lavender, all decorated with a peculiarly sharp, almost cheese-like grace note.
Guess Men is a poster boy for the importance of testing fragrances on the skin. On paper, the animalic content smells like a miscalculation – strident to the point of stinking. On skin, everything falls into balance, and the combination of sweet and fetid compels just as effectively as in the very different contexts of Eau d’Hermes, Kouros, Jicky, Jules, and Maître Parfumeur et Gantier’s Jardin du Nil.
Guess Men’s drydown is a dense and traditionally styled barbershop accord of powdery amber, cedar, and sandalwood. It’s highly dignified, but the intense powder leaves it feeling a bit staid – even stuffy – for my tastes. I’ve said the same of such well-respected classics as New York and Bois du Portugal, so please take my opinion with the appropriate grain of salt.
way down. very synthetic and unappealing. ok air freshener.
Always been a favorite of mine! Very easy to wear, day or night and any occasion really. I feel good wearing this one.
Sweet, vaguely aromatic.
Hard to pick out any distinctive notes. Certainly fir or balsam notes are utterly, utterly lacking.
Bland. Cheap. Synthetic.
This is like a car dangly mirror deodorizer, scent "green".
It's got a nice drydown, but the opening is too sweet and the rest really isn't special enough to right that.