Under my humble moonshiny nose Bentley for Men appears initially (in the top of its evolution) like an ideal reinterpretation of the great Romeo Gigli by Romeo Gigli ostensibly "re-performed" for the occasion in a "cleaner" (far less complex), easier, more modern and dustier (more peppery ambery resinous) way. I detect also in the top notes a touch of the more classic TSAR's resinous floral greenness which anyway smells more realistically herbal, earthy, barbershop (typically old-school powerhouse), distinguished, tobacco veined and mossy. Faint undiscerned sharp floral patterns get their appearance along the way surrounded by stormy spices, rum and aromatic notes before the longly evolving dry down starts its performance. This final phase waves between a molecular and almost conceptual (gasseous-aldehydic-"hyperbaric"-leathery) "Nu_besque" powdery mist a la Oxygen (and a la Andrea Maack's Silk for sure) and the Cacharel Nemo's (and I would add Versus Uomo's) resinous hesperidic spiciness. In particular a common foundation of diverse elements (pepper-cardamom, bergamot-lavender, geranium, cinnamon, incense, aromatic herbal notes, benzoin, cedar, patchouli and leather) places Bentley for Men in a deep connection with the really close dry down (and not only) of the great Nemo Cacharel with its final (still more than vaguely dusty-incensey) leather-cedarwood-patchouli connection (as finally soothed by benzoin and vanilla). Along the central dry down's evolution we have a weird somewhat salty-citric (orangy-lemony) spicy undertone which i like (probably the part I prefer together with the top) and which conjures me several vintage Versus Uomo's facets. Many (I read around) nail down similarities of this fragrance with the spicy-boozy Idole de Lubin (also because of a common bay rum-spices-leather foundation) but frankly I find Idole more challenging and more boozy spices-burnt sugar oriented (much more stronger the Idole's exotic sugary rum influence). Anyway I finally find this fragrance interesting (in its synthetic range) but not properly that sort of standout aroma many talk about.
20th August, 2014 (last edited: 28th April, 2015)
A Great Fragrance Overshadowed By Its Even Greater Sister Scent...
Bentley for Men opens with a relatively sweet bergamot and laurel tandem with just a hint of underlying cinnamon. As the composition enters its early heart phase it turns slightly boozy as a fine benzoin sweetened rum joins smooth woods, with the remaining prominent laurel and subtle cinnamon tagging along. During the late dry-down the benzoin driven sweetness tones down considerably with suede leather joining remnants of the smooth woods and cinnamon-laced rum as the composition gently fades. Projection is average, as is longevity at 7-9 hours on skin.
After having such a positive experience with my blind buy of Bentley for Men Intense earlier, the expectations for the regular Bentley for Men by the same perfumer were understandably quite high. Largely Bentley for Men is up to the task and proves another excellent outing by Lorson in 2013. While the two sister compositions are quite similar in structure, there are some differences that distinguish them. Bentley for Men Intense has a much richer boozy demeanor than the lighter all-around style of Bentley for Men. By "lighter" I do not mean watered down, but rather less deep, less boozy and gourmand, less projection and longevity; and at the end of the day somehow a bit less distinctive. If I had not already tried the superior smelling Intense I would be singing this composition's praise more forcefully, calling it one of the best releases of the year (which it certainly is), but the Intense just takes the shared base accord to new heights and is the one most folks will want in their collection. The bottom line is the $90 per 100ml bottle Bentley for Men is an excellent composition, overshadowed by its even better sister scent, still earning an "excellent" 4 stars out of 5 rating. If you already own Intense, Bentley for Men probably is not needed, but the reverse does not hold.
Pros: More versatile lighter version of Bentley that still delivers the goods on overall smell.
Cons: Performance metrics are middling and lacks some of the deep boozy sophistication and polish of its Intense sister scent.
28th September, 2013 (last edited: 13th December, 2013)