GIVENCHY POUR HOMME...pleasant, inoffensive, pedestrian, quirky, sweet, winsome-over-time...this fragrance causes the same emotional arc that someone else's puppy does. It's cute and novel for a while, then you are glad to go home after enjoying it for a while. Great daytime, anywhere fragrance...very light fruits and green woods opening that dissipates within the hour to a very lighter still masculine floral and vetiver accord that wears very close to skin. This is meek and mild...could be desirable in certain circumstances.
A true unisex fragance for men and women for daily wear...opens with a bold intensity of pure orange that is bright and sweet with interesting bitter notes upon dry down. The heart of this fragrance and a sweet orange and fresh green notes that sing with the quality of earthy grass and vaguely vegetal notes. Mature, sophisticated...absolutely delightful and pleasingly provocative! Lasts 6+ hours on skin...projection is only fair, but a great addition to any fragrance wardrobe.
Putrid blend of wine, prune juice, and...some sort of vinegar and lemon...salad dressing! Has a moldy, rancid oil quality which intensifies upon dry down. I'm wore it on two occasions and felt the same thing each time...not worth the price point or the hype. Simply putrid!
09th June, 2016 (last edited: 08th June, 2016)
Excellent orange/bergomot, bitter citrus accord... Freshness! Dry down brings a spring-like minty note...which fades all too quickly. This manages to be both sweet and masculine. I like it a lot. Unfortunately, has a somewhat poor longevity, but still unique and worth the price. The mildness and short wear can actually be favorable in some situations...
Very fresh indeed! Opens with a strong orange and fainter green woods accord which softens fairly quickly to a rich but subtle masculine floral and mossy heart. The orange pops up throughout wear. Becomes very soft with a subtle projection within an hour or so...very nice all around fragrance. Somewhat "meek and mild", but that can be ideal sometimes. Lasts 5-7 hours on skin and clothes.
Cheap cinnamon air freshener and vinegar/floral feminine deodorant spray! Foul all around...
18th May, 2016 (last edited: 21st May, 2016)
Supremely orange/bergamot and masculine floral with great longevity and silage. Lasts 7+ hours on skin. The fragrance notes listed here are true and pure. Great for daytime or work in mixed company.
Complex spicy floral...opens with an intense lemon oil and cardamom note reminiscent of furniture polish that quickly mellows to a cedar-patchouli-incense heart that is softened by a moist vegetal green character (think freshly cut grass and pruned rose bushes). The cardamom really pops throughout wearing and binds the citrus/gourmand notes with the smoky aromatic woods and florals.
ARTISAN BLACK is a predominantly masculine floral fragrance that's elevated by citrus and cardamom. Rich and intriguing...lasts 6-7 hours on skin and clothes.
Very light and sprightly (not an adjective I'd use often)! Pops with pure citrus and mild spice...like a refreshing iced tea. Perfect for summer when heat and humidity make other fragrances too heavy and cloying. Not much progression of notes and longevity is only about 5-6 hours on skin, but a great men's fragrance that makes its presence known without being offensive.
STEEL SUGAR is a sweetie! This manages to be very sugary and gourmand but still fairly masculine. I like Aquolina's BLUE SUGAR better, but this provides a nice alternative to the heavier tobacco/leather/musk scents that are so traditional in men's fragrance. Opens with a candy sugar and vanilla quality that dries down to a smoky sweetness with some apple and pear notes. The heart is a mildly burnt sugar and vanilla harmonizing with a lavender floral that has a soapy clean smell. The tobacco is there only very slightly, but does present a masculine note that makes STEEL SUGAR a fascinating alternative statement for the "mild" guy's personality. Unfortunately this lasts no more than 4 hours and doesn't project very much. Again though, perfect for a quiet fragrance statement.
Gives a very pure read on a somewhat familiar scent profile. Opens with a deep, bitter citrus note that is both masculine and fresh.Dry down brings a leather and woods quality with a very slight essential oils undertone that could be heavy if not for the continuing citrus notes. This fragrance is a nice cross-generational, day or night type scent that doesn't project much and lasts 6+ hours on skin/clothes.
Opens with a sinus blasting mint that is arctic in its coolness and far too abrasive for a personal scent. After several minutes, a slight orange oil bitterness comes forward followed quickly by an herbal note that is more green salad than clean cologne. This is basically an obnoxious loudfragrance that breaks down to oily herbs and mint then disipates to almost nothing (except mint) within an hour. Bad mix of notes, badly formulated.
Fruity...an odd mix of fresh fruit and dried fruit. Opens with a vaguely citrus and banana vibe that is very intense and a little synthetic...like juicy fruit gum. This mellows on dry down to a softer quality with an herbal tea heart that is both green and very mildly spicy. The notes don't marry well and it cycles far too quickly to a bland, watery "fruit tea" scent that disipates entirely in about 4 or 5 hours and doesn't project much. 1881 ACQUA FORTE is not offensive, which isn't much of a compliment. Might be good for teens or as a blandly pleasant daytime fragrance.
Wonderfully complex, rich, intense with astounding depth! I am absolutely floored by FUSION SACREE LUI. Opens with a fascinating bergamot and neroli oil scent that is fresh, heavy and very organic. This opening is supported by a wonderfully complicated cycle of gourmand spices and subtle florals. There is a dry wine and vaguely sage-like herbal note that mutes some of the sweetness. The heart of this fragrance is a deep, pure clove and sandalwood that projects and warms up whole rooms. Complex secondary notes come out about an hour into wear...I get anise, mace, nutmeg, an interesting cedar and pine sap quality...there is a very rich but subtle toffee note in there as well. This fragrance builds and builds, holds your interest for hours. Lasts well over 9 hours on skin and clothes. Definitely a signature scent for the complicated, sophisticated man with something to say...
Bland...inoffensive, but unremarkable. Very light opening of apples and vanilla that reminds me more of stewed fruits prepared for canning as the notes are so light and watery. There is a very mild soapy quality at the heart of this. Disappears after 3 hours at most. Certainly doesn't project at all. Wears close to the skin and ephemerally at that.
Opens with an incredibly moist earthiness that suggests early spring time when last year's foliage is breaking down as the snow melts and new delicate green things are just sprouting. Indoors are the smells of gourmand spices, cinnamon, mace, coriander and sage. Very much an evocation of Easter in the United States. The middle notes are vanilla, tobacco and moist patchouli. HINDU GRASS is complex and interesting...for about an hour. After that, it breaks down to a sweetly putrid rotting vegetation odor then fades away by hour three. The spices remain somewhat, but take on a different character that is overwhelmed by that putrifying green smell. Starts out promising, but disappoints upon development on the skin.
If not entirely original, GENTLEMEN ONLY by GIVENCHY is a purer concoction of notes in harmony than others of a similar profile. Opens with a wonderful clear sweet orange note that has the intensity and slightly bitter quality of pure orange oil. This segues into a cedar oil accord that tones down the sweetness and brings a sophistication to the fragrance. The oily intensity subsides as a dry, smoky patchouli and frankinsense overtakes everything else and creates a dusty heart with that initial orange oil running through it. The heart of the fragrance makes me think of orange furniture oil being used in an old, dusty cedar closet. I like this effect, but it is a commitment to wear. No subtlety, those notes punch out through your personal scent cloud to everyone within 30 feet of you! I don't really get much pepper or spices and I wouldn't say this is a green or fresh fragrance either. Orange oil, cedar and dusty incense are the notes and GENTLEMEN ONLY lasts approximately 5+ hours on skin before breaking down a little abruptly and messily. I like it so I reapply when that happens!
After reading the great reviews, I had to try this and was left feeling...perplexed. EQUIPAGE is very floral, almost feminine and overwhelming. There is a pine note, though mild. I also get a tannic resins/leather note that is fleeting and so light it doesn't seem to hold it's own...a leather note I would associate with women. I don't really get spice notes at all. Rather bland fragrance overall that lasts approximately 5 hours on skin and breaks down to even more purely floral design long before that.
Opens with a fairly nice and bold rose and labdanum accord which dries down to a dusty, powder fragrance with a very pronounced pine cleaner heart. This aspect is synthetic and dominant. With effort, I can discern patchouli in there and a vague mash up of green herbs...but it's tough. After an hour or so, the rose and a slightly bitter lemon note comes through and is interesting. Lasts well over 6 hours on skin. Projects mightily. Overall a bit too much and not well defined. Not horrible, but not worth the price point either.
Rich and fascinating fragrance...evolves a lot from a pungent rose and dried twigs opening that suddenly cycles into a gourmand spiciness then an hour later those dried twigs actually deepen and clarify as the cedar note mentioned here. Periodically over several hours, the rose pops and could be feminine, but a spiciness lingers that isn't sweet at all, thus this is a true unisex fragrance and really delightful! Lasts well over 7 hours on skin and clothes.
Eww-wee! This is a whole lot of synthetic banana-coconut-orange "nothing fruit for about 7 or 8 minutes. Then an equally synthetic vanilla cream accord develops. Something reminicent of non-alcoholuc champage, white grapes pops up. Another reviewer described Juicy Fruit gum. That's definitely an accurate description.
Whole thing breaks down in 2 or 3 hours and only the barest if scents is discernable at skin level.
Very light and sprightly...almost ephemeral in it's lightness. A vague hodgepodge of bittersweet orange and lemon oils with a faint hint of sawdust. This is perfectly nice when a "no scent" fragrance is needed. Very unisex. Very little projection. Disappears within 4-5 hours.
Moldy citrus fruits followed by a dank, musty smell that combines to evoke thoughts of industrial cleansers used in public showers to mask the perpetual wet moldy odors. In the same vein, there is an organic sour yeasty quality here that evokes the bodies that use those showers. Beneath that, and popping up throughout wear, is a distinct creamy melon note like sunscreen and an oddly juxtaposed tobacco/patchouli accord...still reminiscent of men in public showers...specifically old men who smoke cheap cigars and sweat profusely at the YMCA. That's ARTISAN ACQUA.
VINTAGE is...predictable. Very much what all mens fragrances were in the 80s and 90s. Pine, iris and sharply astringent green/aquatic mish-mash. This isn't bad, just unremarkable and overly well-tread scent. Probably not worth the price as this profile can be found in any discount store...
Yes...as others state, this reads as "soapy". It is a freshly bathed fragrance that is fairly light and wears very close to the skin. Doesn't project much, but that can be desirable in some circumstances. I find the lavender to be dominant, although it is listed as a middle note. There is a dusty sandalwood vibe in here too that maintains the masculinity and saves SUNG HOMME from being a totally boring scent. The lightness and short longevity is nice as a transitional fragrance after the gym or for early-in-the-day socializing. I wouldn't wear it when I wanted to smell "special", but I like this every now and then. It has it's place.
Creed's overblown ego reveals itself again with Neroli Sauvage. This is nice enough, a bold cedar and citrus fragrance that reads pure and lasts 7+ hours on skin. Not that unique however and you can find the same profile and qualities for far less. The exorbitant price for Creed fragrances is entirely for the name and how many people carry around the bottle to show where there cologne came from?
When I was very young (30+ years ago), we would visit my great grandmother's house and there was an overall fragrance of linseed oil and musty odor. She also used some kind of cream to polish her silverware. That's the combination in Vintage Tabarome. A dank, dusty, oily smell. I'd give it a thumbs down rating if it wasn't for this very personal affectionate sense memory. Not sure that this is something that would be pleasant as a personal fragrance, but I can't help having a little respect for it.
Fresh...green grapes and the noted pear are here on top amd in the heart. I'm not sure that I'd describe thos as "fruity" however because there is a dry sandalwood and powdery quality that is more pervasive. Dry down brings an anemic mint note that is fleeting and a lackluster woodiness. This is an interesting fragrance overall and I don't regret purchasing it. Suitable for wearing when you only want a hint of neutral pleasant scent. Lasts 5 hours or so on skin.
Fascinating...and just a little revolting. Pulp opens with a crisp apple note that becomes creamy with a liqueur-like orange and vanilla quality that could be the fig as it starts fresh and earthy then dries down to the deeper dried fruit and resinous depth of generic "unisex" cologne. There is another dip after twenty minutes or so to a slightly withered floral and overripe fruit that is so muddy it can't be identified as any one scent. This wears close to the skin and is by turns sweet and earthy. Lasts approximately 5 hours on skin and clothes.
Sweet and smokey with a bold "punch-in-the-face" orange blossom and frankincense heart that pervades the air around the wearer for hours! Delightful, but very dominant fragrance. Sweet, spicy fruits underlying and occasionally come to the fore. Apple, peach, cinnamon, and nutmeg...something else...perhaps mace. Very much a gourmand scent, but that wonderful incense and smoke makes this dignified and masculine.