This is a classic men's Vetiver fragrance, made modern with orange, mandarin and cardamom. I would love a more upmarket take on this formula, but for the price this isn't bad.
Great for mature gents with inexpensive but good taste. I have a soft spot for this fragrance because it has been my dad's signature for many years. Mum carefully scouted all the cheapies at the drugstore and she realised this would suit dad best.
09th December, 2015 (last edited: 25th January, 2016)
Citrus, metallic, and almost spicy and earthy, Instinct just has a synthetic smell on my skin that is more akin to cleaning fluids or industrial chemicals. The three orange notes constitute most of biting opening and dominate the slightly softer dry down, during which the spicy and patchouli aspects come more into play. Unfortunately, I neither enjoy it or my skin, nor do others seem to enjoy it around me. Still, the price is great for those that do seem to like it, and the projection and longevity, while weak, fit that bill. Instinct simply isn't something I would I would ever be inclined to reach for (yes, the irony), given that there are so many other citrus, specifically orange-dominant citrus options out there.
Something not very common in drugstore frags is the vetiver note, which I find rather good.
Overall a very solid combination of vetiver and citrus notes.
A versatile and not at all cheap smelling flagrance
The neutral rating couldn't be any more appropriate. The smell is nothing special, but doesn't offend anyone. Very fresh, very synthetic. Price compensates for rather poor longevity and sillage. Nobody loves it, but everyone is ok with it.
My brother was wearing this one day and I never forgot it. A few years later I got a bottle. Very affordable and the smell is terrific! Longevity is poor, but the scent alone is worth it.