A lot of people, from what I understand, compare this fragrance to CK one. Now, I will say flat out that I do not recall what CK one smelled like, only that I didn't care for it. I feel like a better comparison to this fragrance would be Azzaro's Chrome. Essence opens with a light citrus note, most likely lemon, as well as some green notes. Benetton says ice tea is a note in there as well which I completely agree with, almost like a pleasant half and half Ice tea and lemonade. As it dries down, the citrus note stays, but I bet a bit of pineapple, stronger green notes, as well as various woodsy notes. As it dries down and goes into the base, the woodsy/mossy notes become more pronounced leaving a masculine, yet fresh scent. This one is definitely for the younger guys out there. I would put it between 18-26 in terms of age. My one qualm with his fragrances is its longevity. While it is a bit on the subtle side, and projects only decently with multiple sprays, the scent fades within a couple of hours. In order to get this scent to last, multiple applications and/or layering is necessary. All in all, its a young, fresh pleasant fragrance. I cant imagine anyone would be offended by this fragrance, and its pretty inexpensive.
I'll have to add my vote for a CK One clone. However, the drydown is darker and much more masculine. I like that it utilizes an awesome dirty red geranium like note towards the middle and end. That note alone adds an interesting twist to formula which I enjoy alot.
All in all, this isn't my favourite from Benetton for sure, but I love the bottle and still adore this house immensely.
Smell Like CK One but it's less sweet and more masculine
It's a mix between Vanilla scent and talc powder.
I Like it, specially in summer time.
It's a new scent, just lunch one month ago here in my country.
Nice price, nice colored bottle, ugly aluminium cup.
Essence of man is similar to CK One at first spray, but on the drydown it has a more masculine scent, but requires more sprays than CK One
About 7 out of 10
Hey, CK One was a hit! We need one too! Let's make our own version of it!
"Do you think anyone will notice, it being 14 years later and all?"
-- I noticed. :(