Ed Hardy Man (2008)
by Ed Hardy [Christian Audigier]

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Ed Hardy Man information

Year of Launch2008
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 98 votes)

People and companies

HouseEd Hardy [Christian Audigier]
PerfumerOlivier Gillotin
PackagingChristian Audigier

About Ed Hardy Man

Ed Hardy Man is a masculine fragrance by Ed Hardy [Christian Audigier]. The scent was launched in 2008 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Olivier Gillotin. The bottle was designed by Christian Audigier

Ed Hardy Man fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Ed Hardy Man

Ed Hardy Man is the first masculine from a briefly high-end house formed mostly by the late fashion mogul Christian Audigier, using tattoo artist Don "Ed" Hardy's name and iconic imagery. Later on Mr. Hardy would take back control of the house after he saw the massive failures of the label in Audigier's hands, taking it down to more of an upper-middle class brand and ditching the concept of brand boutiques. The fragrances remained with Audigier until his death, and now his stable of brands, along with Ed Hardy, is handled by EA Fragrances. Olivier Gillotin was assigned to work on this, and would also compose a few subsequent masculines thereafter, and while he struck gold on some of them, his sometimes unorthodox note pyramids often land his creations in divisive territory. Ed Hardy Man seems to be just a toe-dip into the pool by comparison to future scents from the house, as it is thoroughly and utterly by-the-book safe in it's mixture of citrus top, minty middle, and warm amber vanilla woods base. There isn't much to really say beyond that, as it is a pretty cut and dried affair, just with a fancy tiger on the bottle and neat cap-over-bottle sheath design reminiscent of Avon Deep Woods (1974) and Calvin Klein Contradiction for Men (1999).

Ed Hardy Man opens with bergamot, mandarin orange and clary sage, which is a semi-oriental opening, and fairly typical of the style from the time, with stuff like Dior Homme (2005), Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men (2008), Paco Rabanne 1 Million (2008), and Hypnôse Homme (2007) all hitting the streets with similar vibes. The primary difference between Ed Hardy Man and it's semi-oriental or oriental cousins is it's a much simpler composition, and much softer as well. It certainly has more projection than the infamously-quiet Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men, and will actually be a suitable day scent in fall or early spring weather, but like most things in this category, is pretty much meant to be romantic or for evening use, because of it's creamy ambiance. The Mint middle is what really makes Ed Hardy Man perkier than most of it's competition, as it's a bright peppermint that recalls scents like Avon Perceive for Men (2000) or Dirty by Lush (2004), just much more gentile in the dry down. The bergamot, mint, and sage are what keep the orange and vanilla from being too cloying, so I can appreciate the simple balancing act that Gillotin has put on display here. The base of amber, vanilla, and the generic Iso E Super/Karmawood synthetic base sort of speak for themselves: they're at once sweet, thick, but then semi-dry as everything settles down into an orange/mint/vanilla glow, which is pleasant and nice to rub one's nose into during intimate contact, which is where I imagine this was constructed to perform most.

Ed Hardy fragrances were once sold in their boutiques only and carried really hefty price tags, at least for the average Joe who's aesthetic the label was intially trying to package for the haute bourgeois, and back in those days I would have told you to spend your money on a good Chanel or Dior instead of this. Once Ed Hardy took back the reigns from the man who also pushed Von Dutch into the limelight, he opened up these scents to mass marketing and lowered their price to more mid-tier designer levels, which is still too much for what they are, but a fair sight better. Nowadays, they're everywhere from your local perfume shop to the nearest big box store, with prices often below $20, which actually makes this a good drugstore-ish value and recommended buy if you like anything in this sweet semi-casual/semi-romantic category but don't want to splurge. The tacky Ed Hardy signature and tiger tattoo adorning the slip-over sheath cap do kind of make it hard to take this one seriously, so if you're in more refined company, best not let them see the bottle if they like the scent, and just tell them what it is instead of showing them (although I like tacky). Ed Hardy Man feels too safe, synthetic, and by-the-books for most perfumistos, but as a dumb grab kind of thing when you want something that's not deliberately fresh, sophisticated, or complex, but just plain cozy, this may be the big cat you're seeking.
11th June, 2018
Very generic, I feel like I've smelled this a thousand times before I ever actually took a whif of it. Reminds me of being in church as a child. Nothing special here, that being said however, its still not an atrocious scent.
02nd March, 2014
Wise Owl Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A nice but generic vanilla and musk based scent. It tends to stay very close to the skin which may be a problem for some, but longevity is unfortunately also very poor as well. That said though if you're looking for a pleasant but inexpensive scent that's not going to offend anyone then this could do the job for you.
04th May, 2013
I got this as a bday and I have to say its not for me. Its just to strong
03rd April, 2013
Excellent scent, but terrible projection/sillage/longevity.
24th August, 2012
There's not much to this fragrance except a healthy dose of Clary Sage. It stands out like a sore thumb and just overwhelms it. What's left is your run of the mill spicy/woody fragrance that doesn't project or last. Something similar, but much better would be Ferragamo F Black.
28th July, 2012

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