Thread: my thoughts of Clive Christian
I got some sniff samples of Clive Christian's colognes. I applied a bit to my skin, the little that was on there mind you and these are my opinions. 1872 for men, smells like butter on my skin and very little much else so far not impressed. No. 1 for men very powdery floral, reminds me prada amber, burberry brit or the dreamer for some reason, smells a bit fem to be honest but I kind of like this one. To give it credit it is not that bad if you want to smell Austin Powers putting on baby powder, it has a sweetness to it too so it is like a powdered floral, sugar baby powder type of smell. Interesting smell, probably not worth the price tag at least in my eyes. X for men, on me it is subtle, it smells like angel men on a starvation diet. Very light and toned down. These are my first impressions of the company, it is interesting to try such an expensive cologne company, but I think that it goes to show , more expensive does not necessarily mean better.
My thought about Clive Christian is, that he should have not discontinued the fantastic Crown Perfumery fragrance-line. There is something disgusting in this nouveau rich brand of his. Fortunately his fragrances - while good - are not even close to being worth the silly prices.
Czech & Speake? Fragrance doesn't get much better than vintage versions of No. 88 and Dark Rose. Oxford & Cambridge is my top 3 lavender, same applies to their Neroli. I also appreciate Frankincense & Myrrh and Cuba alot. Fantastic house.
Last edited by Johnny_Ludlow; 7th October 2010 at 03:32 PM.
Clive Christian objective with fragrances is really simple. Make the supposedly most expensive perfume. No.1 smelt like a subtle less complex cross between amouage gold and amouage reflection. The other two were hardly memorable for me.
My thoughts is that it is so ridiculously overpriced, I would never even bother trying it personally. I can't see even remotely liking it enough to pay that kind of price multiple. Even if it WAS the greatest line I ever smelled, I wouldn't shell out the cash for it.
My suspicion that no matter how good it is, people most likely buy it for the $ spending prestige, than it's superiority to other fragrances
The fact that the BOTTLE says, "The World's Most Expensive Perfume" leads me to believe their products lack the class of the World's BEST perfumes.
If one wanted to sample the masculines, where would one start? C, X, No.1, or 1872?
(I know the story about the Crown Perfumery bottle that was used for the women's scents. )
As Crown Perfumery started from a corset-maker who made smelling salts, the prices of these scents might make one a bit faint.
"...her fragrance all in my keeping; softly she comes in the night." Lyrics, Gordon Lightfoot, "Softly."
I would suggest No. 1 knowing you a bit. It is a very floral masculine that is quite modern "dandy," and IMO requires sartorial support. Almost formal, and while it may not be worth that price, it DOES smell expensive.
1872 I can't wrap my nose around at all...don't know what to say about it. I couldn't tell you what it smells like. Sort of their "gourmand" I gather.
X is dark, spicey and sultry. Heavy cardamom and cinnamon.
C is quite a lot like TF Tuscan Leather. Fans of it will defend as better quality and more refined, nuanced.
Last edited by StylinLA; 8th January 2012 at 10:21 PM.
No.1 pure parfum is their very best IMO.
I have a bottle of Clive Christian X for men, TO be very honest I find the cardomon scent too intense, smells like an Indian kitchen to me.
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Good to know, thanks for sharing, I always wanted to sample this fragrance house's scents
I Love the fragrances.....just way too costly for me!!!
Never tried, but they would have to litteraly blow my mind in order for me to spend that kind of money for a fragrance with a hideous flacon I would have to hide.
These scents have a pretty meek following here and elsewhere, considering their controversial prices. No smoke, no fire?
Want to trade - Chanel Platinum Egoiste for Dior Eau Sauvage...
Sampled several of their scents a while back, and while they were pleasant, none were worth their absurd price tag.
Primrose- I would start with X for men .I really liked it.
The price point is horrendous to me though especially No.1 . They are quality scents but the pricing puts me off.
Petty small minded people have no place in my life.
I sampled several also while they were interesting, the absurd pricing was way more for the bottle and boxes. I don't need to spend $800 on an ok scent in a nice bottle.
I have owned both No. 1 and 1872 and while I do find the fragrances to be rich and luxe, if I had bought them my expectation would be higher....but as they were free I thought them to be very nice....I gave No. 1 away to a friend who really loved it ( I did not) and I kept 1872 as I LOVE petitgrain in almost any fragrance.....
A bottle parading that it's the world's most expensive perfume is beyond tacky and tasteless, and says alot about the company and its potential customers.
I think C for Men is outstanding, but would never pay full retail.
I agree with this. Printing THE MOST EXPENSIVE PERFUME IN THE WORLD on the bottle is hideously tacky.
Having said that, I did pick up a bottle of X. I love Geza Schoen's compositions, and X is unlike anything else I own.
(Thankfully, X does not say that on the bottle.)