Hearts & Daggers for Men (2010)
by Ed Hardy [Christian Audigier]

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Year of Launch2010
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 33 votes)

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About Hearts & Daggers for Men

Hearts & Daggers for Men is a masculine fragrance by Ed Hardy [Christian Audigier]. The scent was launched in 2010

Hearts & Daggers for Men fragrance notes

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"Second Wave" designer aquatics of the 2000's played a different game than the original breed of the 90's begat of Cool Water (1988). Hearts and Daggers for Men (2009) is one such aquatic, and like many in this class, attempt to rebound from the harsh, overzealous youth-targeting of ozonics but still maintain a fun vibe by having something other than florals and "ocean/beach/fresh water smell" in them. Pumped to the gill with impressionistic synthetic accords meant to reminisce on the subject they're expressing (a nod to Calvin Klein and their "Kleinisms" as I call them), most aquatics from this period smell like aquatic + gimmick, at least until Bleu de Chanel (2010) ushered in the age of ambroxen. Ed Hardy was a brand heavily supported by the late Christian Audigier (of Von Dutch fame) at the time, launching a dozen failed boutiques and trying to make tattoo culture seem "haute bourgeois" by targeting well-to-do folks and celebs. Well, it didn't work, and after the real Don "Ed" Hardy reclaimed control, everything was taken downmarket to mid-level, while the fragrances stayed with Audigier until his death in 2015. Now EA Fragrances controls these for Mr. Hardy, but nary can a difference between Audigier and EA formulas be detected. Hearts and Daggers for Men took the aquatic direction because the previous two scents were an oriental and ozonic respectively, composed by Olivier Gillotin, who also returned for this one, and not as successful as desired. The main gist of Hearts and Daggers for Men is fusing an aquatic with common cocktail accords, maybe to make it club-friendly, but ultimately to make it really loud compared to others in it's class.

Hearts and Daggers for Men continues the trend of Ed Hardy, delivering respectable sillage and longevity to modern fragrance genres that typically lack it, and for that I take off my hat to the brand, but Hearts and Daggers for Men just doesn't feel as focused as it's predecessors. The scent opens with pear, basil, pepper, adding in a "martini accord" which I can only guess is the scent of the herbal melange used in gin, because that's what it resembles. The martini variant must be a dirty martini, because the saltiness of olive is also here. The salt note coming from olive rather than oceanic brine is rather novel, but it mixes strangely with the pear note, confusing my pallette into thinking is this person a salty cocktail fan, or a fruity drink aficionado? The middle of papaya and rosemary continues the sweet fruit and savory herb mish-mash, reminding me of the fruit salsas sometimes found in the gourmet section of commerical grocery supermarkets. It's not really an association I like. The whole thing feels like an attempt at a gourmand aquatic, which is fairly original, and again shows Oliver Gillotin as a risk taker, but I'm begining to think he takes needless risks with half-baked ideas that any other perfumer would laugh off. The base is the synthetic approximation of suede, sandalwood, musk, patchouli, and more exotica in the form of katsura wood. It's the best part of the scent once the fruit salad and $5 cocktail happy hour subsides. All told, this starts out bizarrely fruity, salty, and aromatic simultaneously, then settles into more fruit and the olive salt keeping the sweetness in check, before woods, patchouli laundry musk, and minimal suede warm this up so it projects. You won't smell like anybody else wearing an aquatic, but you won't smell particularly attractive either. It's salt/sweet dichotomy incidentally give it a modern sweaty sports vibe, adding some versatility, but there's nothing remotely refined or classy about it.

I like this scent, I really do. It's quirky and strange, daring and drys down to an aquatic freshness that is miles away from any Nautica or CK flanker, but from an objective point of view I can't give this a thumbs up. The wearer just has to withstand a barrage of befuddled fruit cocktails and herbs from a bartender that's been sampling his own product too much before the scent settles into something likeable. People don't usually buy a fragrance just for it's dry down, but on a hot day outside, smelling this over baked concrete and sweat sure is appreciated. I can see why this sells well, as the mainstream fragrance user loves a good gimmick, and guys all over who already love Ed Hardy apparel and the everyman swagger it represents probably foam at the mouth over the prospect of smelling like they "pre-gamed" a few Mike's Hard Lemonade bottles before hitting the club to pound overpriced well drinks and dance with somebody they're already undressing in their head. That's not me however, and for a truly remarkable Ed Hardy masculine, I'm going to stick with the previous year's Love and Luck for Men (2008). This is surely interesting, and quite serviceable for summer use, but that's the extent of it. It's a really cool bottle like most Ed Hardy scents, and is flat rather than cylindrical like the previous two, but still has a huge slip-over cap, which I'm just a sucker for. I'll catalog this under "novelty conversation piece" and leave it at that.
22nd May, 2018
What ever was I thinking. I quickly updated my initial review of this garbage of a scent. The first time I put this on my skin, I thought it was marvelous. Like a creamy kiwi/banana milkshake.. but after a couple wearing, it just started to smell like a chemical/synthetic mess of mush.
10th December, 2013 (last edited: 18th December, 2013)
Tony T Show all reviews
United States
VERY WEAK AS WITH MOST ED HARDY'S. NICE ENOUGH TOP NOTES BUT THE DRYDOWN IS ABYSMAL...
19th January, 2013
Shpati Show all reviews
United States
No need to spend money on a scent that smells like some cheap body spray you get at a drug store. Nothing special, just some common scent in a bottle.
24th October, 2011 (last edited: 20th April, 2012)
At first a nice, strong, spicy scent that is nothing like it's namesake or bottle. However, it does not last at all on me more than an hour. Also, I feel there would be some personal shame for me answering the question "What are you wearing?" with 'Ed Hardy'..
24th July, 2010
A strong, peppery and slightly powdery FRUITY scent that lasts. It's also very woodsy. A nice change of pace from those absolute fruity fragrances. Good longevity and also doesn't seem to be too strong but too much can get overwhelming. I find it a nice change of pace/good wardrobe rotation when I get bored of the citrus stuff, the oakmoss-based stuff and the sweet stuff.
17th June, 2010

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