Abercrombie Woods... The "Original" is a classic... What is the old saying, "if it isn't broke, don't fix it"...!!! I see that Abercrombie has relaunched the Woods fragrance. I have the original fragrance and I am almost embarrassed to say, I have had this bottle nearly 15 years. Don't laugh - with a sizable collection, I don't use it as much, but I can't part with it. The reason is simple - it is still unique among fragrances and still get's compliments... For those of you who love those musky, spicy, and outdoors ('woodsy') notes, this cologne is for you. Even if you cannot find the original, from what I read about the new relaunch, it is still the same fragrance with minimal difference from some time ago. The bottle design is simple yet classic and Abercrombie does a great job with packaging (and marketing). Probably catering to a younger crowd, I have no problem wearing it (or buying a new bottle). It is excellent for fall/winter and will work for any occasion. Like I said, Woods is ripe for compliments. I may wear this cologne twice a year now, but I still receive compliments. This was the first time Sweetie has experienced Woods and while not initially impressed, she grew more fond of it as the day progressed. On a sidebar - she kept her nose close to my neck most of the night..!! :) (don't mention that I wrote that should you know or meet her..) The Wow Factor is there - It has potential..!! I can't speak of the longevity for the relaunch, but the original Woods lasts for hours and scores well above average. My only complaint about Woods is the price or value. I am very critical in Department Store signature fragrances - they can be over priced with below average longevity, especially if purchased in the store. In prior reviews, I have been critical of the value of Hollister fragrances. If you can find Woods on sale, or through other means, for around $25.00 - I definitely recommend picking it up. Final scoring for Woods 4.2 stars out of 5. Woods is a great musky/'woodsy' fragrance - If the price/value were better, perhaps my scoring would be higher. Play like a champion today...
Abercrombie & Fitch Woods by Abercrombie & Fitch
Although A&F scents tend to be great for a middle school, this one is a great for going to lunch or any event that isn't of very much importance. Has a good top note but after that you might as well wash it off.
Definitely evokes thoughts of Drakkar Noir. Perhaps slightly less offensive with much less projection and longevity less than 6 hours. Very much a cheap mass market attempt at "one scent to suit all". Unsophisticated and boring. Might well suit a teenager just starting out.
I do like the smell of A&F Woods, although it's not my favorite. I have the old version that I've had since 1998. After getting this at age 18 my girlfriend at the time absolutely loved it. I guess it's pretty good, she is now my wife of 8 years. I didn't wear woods for years until recently I wore it a few times and she still says it's her favorite of all the frags I have.
The rereleased version of this differs from the original. The new one has a much more prominent blast of lavender than the original, and lacks the pineyness. Other than that, it's pretty close. The old one, if you can find it, is really nice and well done. Great fall scent, reminds me of walking through leaves on the ground. Very spicy, with some woods and pine that add up to a very masculine scent. If only A&F weren't cheap bastards and made this at least an EdT.
Drakkar Noir......heh, sorta. Abercrombie & Fitch Woods is less about woods and more about lavender. A clean, rugged lavender note gives it a bit of a "soapy" smell. A real "meat and potatoes man" fragrance, this has the most balls out of all the Abercrombie fragrances. The lavender note is soon joined by a detectable but not intrusive note of cumin; my least favorite fragrance note. The cumin disappears, the lavender stays, and some ACTUAL woods and spices join in for the base. My brother has worn Woods since it came out in the late 90's, I remember it being discontinued, and now it's back. For the price, it projects well, but the longevity is just average. Why is Woods only an Eau de Cologne? Maybe Abercrombie & Fitch could make an Eau de Parfum concentration of their best men's fragrance?
To put it bluntly? It smells just like the reformulated (read: less offensive) version of Drakkar Noir, but with a thin veil of soap concealing its inner dirtiness. Buy this if you like the original DN, but think the new version is too light.
One of my favorite colognes. I bought it way back in the 90's and it became my daily sent for years then I put it back on the shelf. I've tended to wear it during the winter months around the holidays. I recently saw that A&F brought it back in a newer bottle. I haven't checked it out in person but I'm happy if they did.
Lavender, juniper and patchouli is what i get the most. Brings back memories of my college years with every sniff. The spice in it really shines through.
As Odysseusm said, this is not the woodiest log in the pile. In fact, any wood note in Woods has got to be synthetic; my nose doesn't detect any real wood. Although people mention citrus, I don't smell any significant real citrus. It's possible that any citrus smell is totally synthetic too. What my nose smells is a somewhat fresh scent apparently composed almost totally of synthetic components. Woods is also soapy, but the soapiness is not the more common floral-based soap, it too seems synthetic. My verdict on Woods is: Meh This is an OK fragrance, but certainly nothing to rave about. That it seems composed entirely of synthetic aromachemicals is fine with me, but may not be satisfactory to some. Woods is fairly strong, projects well, and is moderately long lasting. Test before buying.
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