A slightly spicy citrus opening is followed by a pinapple-rhubarb drydown and is synthetic all right, but tolerably so. The base is based upon a somewhat uninspiring vanilla note. On my skin I get fairly soft sillage, adequate projection and five hours of longevity. Quite pleasant at times, especially inititially. 2.5/5
Hugo Red: as Hugo Boss fragrances go, it’s pretty good. It has a citrus / green opening with pepper for aromatic support. Nothing new here – quite typical of dozens of other fragrances. The grapefruit / pepper combination makes it seem somewhat ozonic.. The opening lasts for about 15 – 20 minutes and then moves on to the fruity middle where the combination of pineapple, rhubarb, and cedar sort of mirror the opening notes at a lesser extent and a softer vibration. The base is a generic tonka and amber – mercifully not outrageously sweet.
Pretty good scent. The synthetics don’t bother and the accords are pleasant, which, in my humble opinion, is quite an accomplishment for a Boss fragrance. Average sillage and good longevity.
Hugo Boss Red is a completely inoffensive citric-ozonic cologne with a light synthetic woody base, also featuring lavender, eugenol (cloves), perhaps a hint of melonal providing a generic fruity note, and not much else. Shortly a fresh woody-sporty scent with just the right amount of "urban", office-safe mediocre elegance. Dull but not unpleasant, given the price and the pretenses I can't really blame it for being plain and uncreative, so in its own way, it works fine. Nothing more than a decent birthday gift for your "Adidas-deodorant-aficionado" brother or boyfriend (or dad, or uncle, or whoever you want: you got the point...).
Tired old stuff in new sexy bottle.
There's comfort in familiarity. There's also the excitement in acquiring something new. The marketing folks at Hugo boss play it smart and combine the two. Dig up some runner up samples from previous focus groups, bottle it in a new attractive bottle and slap on a trendy name. Blue has had its moment in the spotlight. Black is getting long in the tooth. Hey, how about 'red'?
No galbanum. No pineapple. Just a vaguely fruity top over cheap woody amber. Same old juice. Brand new bottle. Watch the suckers take the bait. Ka-chinngg!!
Pros: Nice red bottle if you're into that sort of thing.
Cons: Same old crap. "
Quite a fruity scent. Pink pepper and pineapple are prominent to my nose. Not particularly great longevity, about 3-4 hours, and projection isn't amazing as it stays quite close to the skin, that being said although this one isn't a groundbreaking scent it is pleasant enough for everyday use.