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273 for Men opens with a blast of what is primarily lavender, joined by a supporting bergamot note that adds just a faint citrus sparkle to the heavy floral onslaught. The now slowly receding lavender remains well into the heart before giving way somewhat to a very strong musky cedar accord that takes on the mantle of the starring role, sweetened by supporting amber and slightly powdery oakmoss from the base. Projection and longevity are exceptional.
273 for Men is the epitome of the 80's powerhouse scent in every way. It goes on super-strong with its lavender floral, and it stays strong throughout, adding its even stronger cedar and musk tandem later. I definitely do understand the Antaeus comparisons, but the woody-floral composition of 273 for Men is no clone, only passingly resembling the Chanel classic. Whether you will enjoy 273 for Men will depend on how you feel about slightly sweet masculine florals. I am not the biggest fan of the genre (rose scents withstanding), but I definitely can respect this rather minimalist composition and do not regret my blind buy. I *do* regret the very shoddy nature of the bottle design including its extremely cheap feeling lightweight plastic cap, but I guess Fred Hayman had to cut corners somewhere to get to its $15 street price per bottle. The bottom line is 273 for Men does not set the world afire, but it earns a "good" 3 stars out of 5 and a "buy" rating if you like collecting woody lavender minimalist throwback compositions "on the cheap."
05 October, 2012