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Versace Man Eau Fraîche (2006)
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Year of Launch2006
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About Versace Man Eau Fraîche

Versace Man Eau Fraîche is a masculine fragrance by Versace. The scent was launched in 2006

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Versace Man Eau Fraîche (2006) is the do-over Versace needed to remain relevant in a man's fragrance scene that was still dominated by synthetic freshies and aquatics some twenty years after their creation. Versace Man (2003) was the first real attempt at getting on board the amber and Iso E Super-led "softness" train that was sending men's fragrance down an ever more-bland an apologetic direction, which ran counter to the sharp youth-oriented ozonics marketed in the same period, but it's grape leaf focus was really at odds with the rest of the designer scene. Donatella Versace headed this one herself, and although it was a good step away from the gaudy and loud Y2K period for the house post-Gianni, it just wasn't enough to be the "next big thing" for Versace after The Dreamer (1996) a decade beforehand. Polo Blue (2002), Kenneth Cole Reaction (2004), and Nautica Blue (2006) were bringing the aquatic back into focus after it became too samey throughout the 90's, so it makes logical sense that Versace would want to make a fast buck on that wave with Versace Man Eau Fraîche, which really bares no resemblance at all to the original Versace Man outside the bottle motif. As fate would have it, Versace Man was all but forgotten about, and Versace Man Eau Fraîche became the defacto pillar in it's stead, much like how Drakkar Noir (11982) succeeded Drakkar (1972).

The opening of Versace Man Eau Fraîche is the nice, crisp "Mediterranean Sea" kind of aquatic opening that even fragrance fans loathing the genre can respect. Versace Man Eau Fraîche isn't super sweet, and keeps it's use of dihydromyrcenol "in the pocket", focusing on bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, rosewood, and tart starfruit in the first rush. The scent is still very much an early 2000's archetype despite the aquatic direction, and can be nose-burning if over-applied, but beyond that, becomes quite an "eau de cologne" type of freshness, especially when the herbaceous heart comes into view. Clary sage, cedar leaves, tarragon, and geranium round out the simple but classy middle, giving slight nods to the barbershop aficionado in the process. The base is pretty standard fare for the period, with Iso E Super "woods", laundry musk, and a composite amber note. This was just before norlimbanol or heavy ambroxan usage, so there isn't this intense umbrage of sweet or scratchy to muck up the lightness of the top and heart, but also not a lot of heft outside hot weather, which is where this belongs. Versace Man Eau Fraîche will last about 8 hours in the right conditions with moderate sillage, and is firmly in the casual territory. I'd use this for casual days at the office when it's warm outside, or weekend outings during spring and summer. Versace Man Eau Fraîche is almost the equal opposite to Versace Eros (2013) in terms of attitude, and that's why it has such mass appeal.

I'm not the biggest aquatic fan, but this stuff is pretty sharp, dry, laid back, and still plenty masculine enough to hang loose with the bros. Versace Man Eau Fraîche is a dumb-reach that flew off shelves, almost forgiving the irrevocably quirky original Versace Man that was ironically worn by younger guys than those who wore Versace Man Eau Fraîche due to it's candy-like grape leaf head note. If you want an aquatic you don't have to think about, and one that won't smell like most of the others stalking the malls these days, this is a good blind buy, and the bottle, which is a blue and silver-clad version of the original Versace Man's purple ridged and gold-trimmed one, can be found almost anywhere Versace is sold. I can't really say much more than that other than I feel like Versace may have had too much of a good thing with Versace Man Eau Fraîche because Versace Pour Homme (2008) smelled mostly like a disappointing remix of it and unessential for those who already own this one. Definitely not my first choice for somebody looking to explore the masculine side of Versace perfumes, but a must-smell nonetheless, Versace Man Eau Fraîche can only really be faulted for being in a very narrowly-defined genre swamped with "me-too" imitators and smell-alikes. Thumbs Up!
11th November, 2018
Just as the name implies, this is a nice and fresh cologne from Versace, suitable for warmer weather and casual occasions.

Versace Man Eau Fraîche has an aquatic "blue" quality from application to eventual wearaway. The tanginess is built up thanks to the presence of star fruit and lemon, accented by light spice and wood notes held in place by the musk accord. It is a moderate sillage scent, more than skin level but far from loud (unless overapplied). VMEF feels friendly and invigorating, a great part of my active work day that does not come across as cloying.

04th May, 2018
Classic summer fragrance. Mediterranean Sea vibe. Can't go wrong with this one.
26th April, 2018
Nice citrus in the opening but then dries down to a baby powder smell.

I've worn it a few times and it always projects very well and lasts all day.
06th June, 2017
Being a fan of Versace fragrances, I was excited about 'Eau Fraiche' when I heard it was similar to the female version of Dolce Gabbana 'Light Blue' But, it is actually more of a smell-a-like typical aquatic fresh fragrance which is somewhat boring to me.

The initial blast is citrus, lemon, water accords and subtle airy wood notes. I don't really get any fruity notes or musk here. Its not even really strong coming out of the bottle, and basically smells like a body wash that could be called 'fresh' or 'sport'. It does smell really good when it first comes out, and the first couple hours are great.

The middle and base of this comes pretty fast, and the watery accord becomes the scent. It does share a lot similarities with Dolce Gabbana 'Light Blue' once it settles down, but its way more subtle and doesn't have the sharp and piercing quality that 'Light Blue' does. I can't imagine wearing this outdoors, as it just doesn't have the projection or performance for that. Indoors, date nights and office environments in the summer could definitely work fairly well.

With a liberal application of a dozen sprays (neck, wrists, shoulders and chest), I am getting four to six hours of longevity, with average projection and sillage. After the first two hours, it becomes an aquatic skin scent that basically smells like a sport or fresh deodorant. If someone is up close to your neck they will smell it, but if they are two feet away, nothing.

I soaked myself in this for a night out clubbing and couldn't smell anything by the time we left four hours later and got no compliments with it. I always get compliments with other fresh fragrances, Invictus, Aqva Amara, Acqua du Gio and Issey Miyake to name a few. This one, nothing.

There are countless colognes that smell exactly like this and perform better, so I really just can't recommend this to anyone unless you are seeking a subtle aquatic for indoors, the office or date nights in the summer. If Versace came out with an Eau De Parfum concentration and fixed the projection and performance of this, it would easily be a thumbs up and recommend from me.
31st May, 2017
I know this is loved by many. Purchased it recently at Macy's with a gift card I received. Am trying to like it. Just not sure. Maybe I am having trouble getting past the strong star fruit note, though I know this is one quality that makes this frag stand out. Jury still very much out for me on this one.

BTW, I am a 55 year old male who loves frags such as Aramis classic, Issey Miyake Leau D'Issey, and Chanel Pour Monsieur EDP. Hoping to acquire a taste for Eau Fraishe for the hot Sacramento summer ahead.
11th March, 2017

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