Luca Turin gives this only one star and dismisses it as a "citrus woody." I would not be that severe, but it is dismissible.
I get only one of the notes put out by both Carthusia's web site (Cashmere -what does that smell like?, Kelp, Citrus, Cedarwood) and other Basenoters in these reviews (Rosewood, Raspberry, Leather).
On my skin to my nose it begins as a very light cumin, followed by an equally light and pleasant musk - and that's it. No development, no other notes. A light and refreshing summer splash of no distinction. I would expect to find this in a drug store selling for $10 per 100 ml.
As such, it only gets a neutral rating from me. Pleasant, but simplistic and unremarkable.
modest sillage and duration, boring to tears to say the least, a mistake that won't be made again!
Charmingly old school
Molded after old school masculine colognes with citrusy-fruity top transitioning through floral-herbal-woodsy-musky facets. Reminds me somewhat of a slightly aqueous [b]Drakkar Noir[/b] with modest sillage and longevity. The backstory about monks and flowers seems more interesting than the scent itself though I won't be surprised if a woman find this scent incredibly attractive for no reason other than the fact it reminds her of her father.
Cons: Too fatherly for some "
You really have to like rosewood to appreciate this one. There's a lot of it and the addition of some tame fruity and floral notes barely detract from its predominance. Hence, it's a bit one-dimensional. Good longevity, average projection.
I would never have guessed that raspberry could work in a male fragrance. I'm glad that Carthusia Uomo has proved me wrong.
Carthusia Uomo smells deliciously sophisticated and rich. It's quite distinctive with sharp notes of fruity raspberry, rosewood, leather and salt. Thankfully this fragrance isn't too sweet. The raspberry note is natural, meaning that the only sweetness here is what you may expect from smelling a basket of freshly picked berries.
I do agree with this fragrance being an aromatic. It has a lovely, soothing quality despite its liveliness. Carthusia is quite a busy scent although it is not as complex as some fragrances.
The scent reminds me of the smell of a brand, spanking new computer. 'New-ness' has a smell, and Carthusia Uomo kind of has that the same smell. To be honest it was the first thing I noticed when I first smelt this.
The lasting power and sillage were good for me, and especially pleasing was the development on the skin, which was rather crisp and energizing. Once again I am impressed with Carthusia.
This woody-fruity slightly watery fragrance starts with a citrusy and fruity blast, enriched by a prickly fruity note of raspberry and by the hesperidic crispiness from bergamot, before to rise up its woodsy heart mastered by the refined woody note of rosewood followed by musk. The initial tartness soon morphs in something more silky and leathery that links itself fairly with the tamed fruity undertone. Some salty seaweeds start projecting their effects in the second part of the development in the attempt to keep the fragrance up with the modernity and this is what in my opinion makes the scent to slide towards a common target of many woody-watery masculine concoctions, in the way the smell itself remains crisp and sharp (with some Egoiste Platinum nuances) despite the soothing support from the notes of cashmere, musk and leather. I detect some delicate flowers in composition. Not bad after all even if i should have prefered a more consistent structure. This is close to the skin with a decent longevity.
19th September, 2011 (last edited: 30th December, 2013)