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Kiton Men (1996)
by Kiton

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Kiton Men information

Year of Launch1996
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 184 votes)

People and companies

HouseKiton
Parent CompanyHerbert Frommen > Estee Lauder Companies > Palladio Fragrances

About Kiton Men

Kiton Men is a masculine fragrance by Kiton. The scent was launched in 1996

Reviews of Kiton Men

Kiton Men (1996) is an anecdotal little blip of a scent in the grand scheme of how perfumes for men developed throughout the 1990's, but offers something close to an alternate reality version of what was popular at the time, accidently becoming both a sleeper hit and a presage to gradual developments in the niche perfume sector. The brand that controls the Kiton line ultimately landed in the hands of Estée Lauder Companies, so who knows what they're doing with it now (if anything), but bottles of this still exist in what I've seen to be two different package variations. Regardless of unknown production status, the scent remains a low-key treasure for collectors in the fragrance community and I can see why: Kiton Men effectively blends violet traits from Creed Green Irish Tweed (1985) and chypre traits from Creed Aventus (2010), then peppers this amalgamation with bits and bobs of "fresh 90's" design. What you get here is a chypre variation on the "fresh fougère" phenomenon, and a designer-level masterclass of perfume wizardry that stands a decade apart from both of the niche scents it merges, one of which wouldn't even exist yet for 14 years. Some have made mention to this bearing a resemblance to Dior Fahrenheit (1988), but the violet found in that scent is far more kick-to-the-huevos than the genteel variety here. If any of that above sounds like its gonna be crazy good, then that's because it is, and you can take that statement to the bank.

The first thing you'll notice in the opening of Kiton Men, is a smooth pineapple note very reminiscent of the aforementioned Creed Aventus, but sweeter and rounder thanks to the absence of tart blackcurrant or bergamot which that later scent uses to flatten the note. Instead, you have a drier bergamot the likes of which many fresh fougères used in the 90's, coupled with some soft lemon. Into the heart you'll find clary sage, a beautiful violet, and some muguet. Together, these create a clean floral lift similar to the erstwhile Green Irish Tweed and Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel (1975), with touches of geranium that link to metallic office fougères of the era. In particular, I'm reminded of a balance being struck between something like Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme (1994), and another underdog called Le Roy Soleil Homme by Salvador Dali (1998), particularly with the tropical pineapple and geranium mixing with a tobacco note which recalls the D&G in the base. All the violet and muguet goodness rides over top of this, until a clean white musk and oakmoss conclude the experience with traces of a dry wood note. The musk might be something like timberol, because I know ambroxan was not an affordable aromachemical then and still mostly used by Creed until the 2010's, but there is a bit of that "mineral musk" vibe ambergris/ambrox gives off. Performance is a bit middling all around, but with such a knockout combo, reapplying shouldn't be an issue. I'd call this spring through fall and office-friendly too, since Kiton Men feels very versatile and could easily handle both work and play thanks to it's footing in both places structurally.

On one hand, taking a chypre approach to the "fresh" phenomenon of the 1990's sounds like a novel and extremely promising new perfumery branch if done today, but on the other, deviating from the fresh fougère or aquatic format in the 1990's when this released also seems a bit like Neanderthal thinking amidst an age when the Cro-Magnon was coming to power. Taking this into consideration, I can see why Kiton Men remains underground with only a single flanker to its name, and why scant information is available on it in general. Whether discontinued or just made in very limited quantities, Kiton Men isn't the cheapest or easiest blind buy out there, but still costs less than a quarter of what anything Creed makes will run you, so getting a sample before pouncing on what's available online is in order if unsure. If you're confident you'll like the scent profile here, I'd say just pull the trigger and sell if you hate it, because fans of either Creed it compares to may see this as a good economical compromise between two of that house's heaviest hitters on the men's market side, without being a clone. I mean, what's not to love about something that smells both fresh and youthful enough to be inviting but also mature and quality enough to be taken seriously as daily wear? Whoever perfumed this for the house was onto something good, and had this scent come out under a brand like Ralph Lauren, would have been a much bigger part of the conversation than it was. Kiton Men is likely the most innovative and enjoyable designer masculine scent from 1996 you've never heard of, until now. Thumbs up.
23rd May, 2020
Had a buddy share a spritz of this with me recently, then placed an order online. It had a pretty quick impact and I can’t wait for it to arrive.

Ermagerrrhhdd! This is seriously good. The pineapple is fresh and not overdone, the bergamot is gorgeous and well into the dry down this does get very reminiscent of Green Irish Tweed. Sillage and performance are both also great for what smells like a quite natural fragrance (to a fragrance noob).

Unlikely to be a cold weather scent, as it's just so lively and immediately reminds me of spring, but I can see it working in most scenarios. Definitely a safe choice for the office. Can’t wait for my bottles to arrive. Emphatic thumbs up.

Edit: Bottles arrived, still very happy with the purchase. I notice the florals a touch more in the heart, but not in a bad way.

Given the price of this fragrance, it’s also very hard not to recommend. Yes, it’s not as well rounded or as sound as Fahrenheit or GIT... but it’s also 1/6 or less the price of GIT and well under half the price of Fahrenheit. And it comes in a 125 mL bottle vs 100. Kind of hard not to love.
28th October, 2019 (last edited: 15th November, 2019)
From December, 2015:

Combine Green Irish Tweed with Fahrenheit and add a pineapple note to it and you may have something along the lines of Kiton Men. And I mean that as a compliment! This is a fantastic fragrance that seems to always fly *just* below the radar. While it generally receives high marks and praise from enthusiasts and those who just happen to be familiar with it, Kiton has never made a big splash in the fragrance community. Why it hasn't is beyond me. This is such a smooth, classy, and timeless fragrance, almost in a genre all its own a la Fahrenheit or Egoiste, and it is extremely versatile as far as age, season and occasion. Very easy to wear, Kiton Men opens with a sort of fruity pineapple note set to the backdrop of a petroleum accord similar to the Dior classic, though not as overpowering and intense. It creates a sort of contrast of light and dark, sweet and industrial. Still, its freshness tends to dominate and creates a kind of crisp, unique aroma, different, yet composed and sharp enough to possess the rare quality of a signature scent. As it develops Kiton loses some of its pineapple edge (though it never really fades completely) and becomes more of a powdery musky violet, with just a touch of sweet warmth holding it all together. Its dry down is very reminiscent of Creed's Millesime base, particularly as its found in Green Irish Tweed, though i almost want to say that Kiton does it even better. Something about the tenacity of the powdery tonka-laced musk really takes it to the next level; while it's in the base and occurs during the drydown phase of the fragrance, it's quite hearty, making it more than just a skin scent and something you can really sink your teeth into. It feels even rounder than GIT's base and perhaps a little deeper. Projection is nice--not too strong but definitely noticeable. Longevity is 8 to 10 hours.

This is a definite thumbs up and worthy of a blind buy. Guys looking for a signature scent should absolutely check this out. As I mentioned earlier its quite unique without sacrificing any qualities that make it appealing to the masses as well. Furthermore ,it's super-versatile and sold at a reasonable price.

Side Note: One reason why I stayed away from Kiton Men for so long was the inconsistency of the reviews. Some say it's fresh and sporty, others dark and serious. A few reviewers believe this is a 'suit and tie' type of fragrance while one mentions wearing it around the supermarket. Some focus on the pineapple, others on the petroleum. It's TRUE--Kiton is all of these things and none of them! It needs to be worn to be understood. It's one of those rare fragrances that really sits in a dimension all its own, kind of like Fahrenheit, Kouros, A*Men, Dior Homme, Habit Rouge, etc. But where it differs from theses other fragrances is that it's a SAFE SCENT. Guys, don't be afraid to buy this blindly if you can't sample it. You're more than likely to enjoy it, and at the very worst you might just find it a little boring. But if you're on the fence at all about it, and have been thinking about getting a bottle, I'm telling you...just do it! You can blame me if it doesn't work out for you. ;)

The other reason I avoided this--I'm embarrassed to admit--was because of the kind of ugly, bland bottle. Kiton Men could seriously do with a bottle upgrade (I mean come on, look at it). But trust me--the bottle doesn't do this great fragrance justice, so don't worry about it.
13th August, 2019
Classy, mature and refreshing. An uplifting and confidence-boosting scent that is sometimes overlooked, although CoachRob on youtube loves to talk it up and remind us how good it is.

Sometimes it reminds me of GIT, but it can also turn into Fahrenheit at times. I love both of those so this is a treat either way it goes.

Projects very well for the first couple hours and then after that, sits close to your skin. Longevity isn't the best.
01st June, 2017
Wow, love Kiton Men! It has a bare resemblance to Fahrenheit, but it has more spicy and wood elements in it. Definitely sense some bergamot in this one, a favorite note of mine. Seems to be available at both steep and low prices - either way, a great experience.
11th December, 2016
This is indeed a great underrated fragrance,but it has been reformulated...a bit worse in performance then original.It's more like GIT and fades away sooner then before so still a great scent but original was a little better...
11th October, 2015 (last edited: 25th October, 2015)

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