Lemon and coffee make for delightful top notes, with the zest of the citrus fruit providing a distinctive counterbalance to the rich depth of the coffee impression. After the first few hours the lemon vanishes, being replaced by a nice lavender with and amber undertone. Later in the drydown cardamom and a mildly smoky patchouli are added, and provide a nice depth and complexity that is enhanced by a good opopanax aroma. In the later stages of the base impression a wood component is added that at that stage is rather dull and generic. After about ten hours the wood improves into a good cedar note, and the coffee becomes stronger; this swansong of cedar and coffee is a great farewell. Apart from the weak phase in the second half of the drydown this is a pleasant composition, quite well blended in most stages, with good silage and projection. On my skin the most impressive part is the tremendous longevity of over thirteen hours, or make that nearly fourteen if you are superstitious.
Overall not without flaws, but the performance lifts it into a positive score. Good for warmer autumn days.
Genre: Woody Oriental
From time to time I come across a fragrance so entirely devoid of character and interest that I can hardly bring myself to write about it. Armani Attitude is one of those.
Attitude’s pineapple-citrus top note is pleasant enough, if not terribly memorable. What follows is a banal, faceless stew of coumarin, amber, and dense, grating artificial “wood” flavor. There’s no real evolution beyond this point and the glum woody drydown smells like it crashed somewhere along the dusty, pothole-riddled road that runs between Burberry London, Lolita Lempicka au Masculin, and Guerlain Homme. I’ll grant that the competition’s fierce, but this is a strong contender for the title of “Worst Fragrance in the Armani Line.”
The should have called it “Platitude.”
I'm rather surprised to notice that this fragrance originated from 2007, I had presumed it had been around a lot longer than that. It appears to be a very popular fragrance for men, displayed quite often in the big department stores.
The scent itself is rather herbaceous and earthy. It has a real masculine vibe to it, that is incredibly sexy. Some reviewers are mentioning a chocolate accord, making it somewhat similar to Thierry Mugler B*Men. I can't say that I understand the gourmand reference. There is a subtle coffee note in the opening and the heart, but it is far from what I'd call foody.
Armani Attitude is a rather refined fragrance, one that would suit a fashion conscious man in a suit. Not to mock the fragrance at all, but I don't sense a bad-boy with 'attitude' in this particular fragrance.
I'm a little disappointed that since this fragrance was shaped like a cigarette lighter it didn't contain a note of tobacco, which I absolutely adore. I think the blend of tobacco with the coffee, citrus, lavender, patchouli and amber would have been divine.
Overall, the scent is lasting, however towards the drydown the sillage becomes less and less, taking on a rather intimate approach. This bothered me slightly because I wanted this fragrance to exude more confidence and power. Another interesting quality I found, was that it oddly became sweeter as the fragrance progressed. Take that how you will.
The first blast is like a sort of mix made with A*Man and Lolita Lempicka Au Masculine, the coffee is immediately noticeable on the side of a powdery and milky aromatic mirrh. The lavender is in the meanwhile ready to snap becoming soon perceivable while passing time in its sort of watery, subduing and taming effect. The lemon is in the background and not instantly present. In a while anyway lemon and patchouli start rising as well as the smell begin to become sharper. The final outcome is a "milky lemonade" with the main flavour of a starring patchouli, the masculine and easily noticeable prickliness of cardamom and the woodsy balancing sharpness of cedarwood. In this phase the smell reminds slightly One Million also because of its sort of resinous-dusty-gummy (almost salty) final dissonance (mainly produced in my opinion by strong cardamom plus lemon and coffee on a bed of amber). The blend of lemon and coffee is the responsible, together with the pungent spice of cardamom and the patchouli of the base, about the extreme masculinity of the juice. The smell is autoritative, averagely shadowy but too plastically balsamic in my opinion. The usage of lavender imprints the classic green and watery touch that is softened and contaminated by balsams while the base is averagely dusty and masculine with the chord of cedarwood and amber that gives dustiness and woodiness utterly softened by the addition of mirrh. A bit too milky and synthetic for my full pleasure.
18th October, 2011 (last edited: 19th October, 2011)
Didn't do too well for me, but please take my review with a pinch of salt, considering I live in a VERY hot/humid region. Not a generic fragrance at all.
The coffee note is...Intimidating in a sense. It reminds me of espresso and...an expensive cigar. Longevity is depressing, I only get about 3-4 hours with Attitude but the sillage is quite good. Never got any compliments except for a few "Hmm...interesting smell" looks. Great scent for a mature man living in more temperate regions though. Also its a bit on the pricey side? But hey, its Giorgio Armani