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Satisfaction for Men (2010)
by Jovan


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Year of Launch2010
AvailabilityIn Production
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Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Beauty

About Satisfaction for Men

Satisfaction for Men is a masculine fragrance by Jovan. The scent was launched in 2010

Satisfaction for Men fragrance notes

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

Reviews of Satisfaction for Men

By looking at the notes tree you would have no indication this was an olfactory disaster waiting to destroy your nose, but unleashed from it's spray comes an attempt to relight the passionate fires that once was Jovan's stock and trade in the 70's, but sadly is no more as a part of the Coty umbrella of companies. Coty still operates Jovan like it's founders Barry Shipp and Bernie Mitchell, by making everything the company produces about getting laid, but in 21st century mainstream culture this no longer yields respectable results since we've been decades since mass-market fragrances stopped being obviously virile, mostly because "clean" and "fresh" still rule the roost with an iron fist. So too have most of the ingredients that used to allow for such virility been restricted, or become too expensive to use outside niche houses (hello oakmoss and sandalwood), making any earnest attempt at sensuality limited to gourmand and oriental concoctions, which this is not. Jovan Satisfaction for Men brings us a fairly textbook fougère but "sexed up" in ways that actually deliver nausea-inducing results. It's quite a shame really as I really wanted to like a modern original non-flanking effort from this house since I find all their down-to-business sex juice from the 70's charming in it's lack of pretense.

Satisfaction abuses a grapefruit opening like many masculines from the napalm decade of the 2000's, but tries to soften the blow to your nose with basil and quince, which in part do just that, however not without adding a weird medicinal quality because of the basil. The heart of cardamom, rosemary, and cedarwood furthers this "Doc Holiday's Cure-All" sort of medicinal tonic feel, and the nauseating quality of citrus and what are essentially food herbs bring about a recollection of tomato bisque which is not something you want to think of when wearing a supposedly sensual fragrance. The cedar would have been better if it was sandalwood, because then a smoother, softer transition to the base would result, but since that would be too expensive, we instead get a strange hamster cage cedar chip note that just furthers the upchuck factor until the amber, tonka, and labdanum take over. The base does the best job it can warming and smoothing out the helacious mess that is the top and heart, but there is just too much conflict with dry culinary herbs, the weapons-grade grapefruit note stolen from a token Y2K ozonic, and the cedar which by itself isn't at fault, but when combined with the rest smells like your pet guinea pig was trying to make an aperitif in his cage while you were sleeping. Heavy citrus, herbs, spice, and sharp woods, performing a struggle-snuggle on a bed of fougère base notes is what you get here folks.

There's just such cacophony here it's really hard to believe this left the lab as a finished product, and carrying the Jovan name at that. Granted, later products have really gone into more exploratory directions with unisex single note selections and new flankers to classic lines, so it's not like Coty was out to destroy the reputation of this shaggin' wagon of a brand, since the original musk STILL sells hand-over-foot besides being more out-dated than a Nehru jacket and platforms, so we can let this slide. The feminine version of this is a completely different story, and although a bit dated for it's original 2010 release, sat respectably alongside other older Jovan feminines. There were a few other fragrances both designer and drugstore that also tried this fusion of herbs, woods, and citrus with a warm afterglow, but they were successful unless this, which quite literally smells like the upchuck I keep eluding to, at least on my skin. I had to scrub this immediately and my bottle sat in the cabinet, with maybe 1 or 2 more attempted wearings before it was given away. I don't typically go at length to review things I don't like, because recalling the experience takes me to a bad place in my mind, but if nothing else, this review serves as a "turn back before it's too late" for somebody that buys this banking on Jovan's otherwise cheeky but effective reputation for romantic drugstore fragrance. This one is definitely a case of Jovan Dissatisfaction.
19th February, 2018
A bit too heady and fireplace like for me personally. Smoky wood smelling, must be the cedarwood. Very masculine. I can see someone really enjoying this fragrance, even though it just isn't for me, so neutral.
06th February, 2012
Updating my previous review, where I basically just said that it smelled like Usher's UR. While I don't disagree with this, I found something that smells even more like Satisfaction. It's none other than the very popular F Black by Ferragamo. Unfortunately for a budget fragrance like Satisfaction, it has no development. It starts off smelling like a combination of mostly tonka bean, citrus, and a slight labdanum note, and dries down this way, only weaker, with a cedar note added to it. The downside is the longevity and projection. Both are very poor. Also, for those looking for a fragrance that develops, this is not the way to go, as it's extremely linear.

In terms of smell alone, this is a much smoother F Black.
27th September, 2011 (last edited: 17th April, 2013)
man114 Show all reviews
United States
Generic but pleasant.
01st August, 2011
I like it. Very inexpensive. Smells a bit common, but pleasant.
09th April, 2011
This one is a great drugstore offering. Starts off feeling "clean" like so many fragrances do, and with the alcohol burst that most drugstore fragrances have, but dries down to a lovely amber and tonka cedar fragrance. Overall, nothing groundbreaking here, but a very pleasant and satisfying fragrance for an attractive price. Jovan made a winner with this one.
26th August, 2010

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