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Visit (2003)
by Azzaro

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Visit information

Year of Launch2003
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 376 votes)

People and companies

HouseAzzaro
SupplierFirmenich
PackagingFederico Restrepo
Parent CompanyGroupe Clarins

About Visit

Visit is a masculine fragrance by Azzaro. The scent was launched in 2003 and the bottle was designed by Federico Restrepo

Visit fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Visit

Spicebomb for your Dad. Pepper, Spices, Cedar, and Musk toned way down to an acceptable volume and presented in a bottle that looks like the hood ornament on the Starship Enterprise.

Your Dad will love it and appreciate the nostalgia. Happy holidays!

3 stars.
07th October, 2020
Azzaro Visit (2003) is a masculine fragrance that sort of embodies a particular era in the men's perfume market when optimistic thinking led to a massive increase in style diversification and pushed in sleek "the future is now" packaging. Fragrance for men in general was finally becoming about as mainstream as women's perfume had been for a century or more, and the designer perfume market exploded with options for men akin to the way the drugstore market did during the 70's, while even higher-end niche options started popping up all over as well. IFRA had just placed a minor clampdown on oakmoss in 2001, making everyone explore substitutes in fear of further restrictions that would eventually manifest a decade later, while marketing departments starting breaking down new emerging men's perfume styles by age group rather than trying to make a fits-all solution as signature scents of the past had done. Azzaro Visit was also the first new male pillar to take a risk since the brilliant but failed Azzaro Acteur (1989) came and went almost 15 years prior, following in an odd theme of old-meets-new established by Gucci Rush for Men (2000) a few years before, forming a bridge between dry woody ambers and slightly plush semi-oriental styles. The "old" comes in the form of the way the scent handles the pencil shavings wood base, something straight out of a mid-century pine scent or 70's chypre, while the "new" manifests in the semi-sweet gourmand-like spices and clean amber/musk treatments that surround these woody notes. Other full-on woody amber fragrances that became popular in the same decade went for full dry woods emphasis or used dirtier amber treatments, while Azzaro emulates Gucci by using a creamier and sweeter supporting cast, which is perhaps why it gets called the best alternative to the much-vaunted and discontinued Rush for Men. I see the similarities for sure, but Azzaro Visit is its own fragrance.

The opening of Azzaro Visit is full of metallic aldehydes and smooth spices like cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg. The biggest comparable feature of Visit's opening to that of Gucci Rush for Men is the slug of pink pepper. This was long before pink pepper was abused as a filler in modern "blue fragrances" for men, so here it stands nearly naked alongside brothers cardamom and nutmeg, while the ginger makes it all "pop". The sweetness from these opening moments comes from the white musk profile in the base, which is evident right away even at the opening, acting like a canvas the rest of the scent "paints on" during the wear. The heart features cedar, guaiac wood, and olibanum which all further the sharpness of the woody themes along, contrasting the soft and pillowy synthetic muscone-style base. Sandalwood, amber, timberol (ambergris proxy), the aforementioned musk, labdanum, and what I'll describe as an almond note (but others describe as a dry coconut) link it all together in a sheer, satisfying way. Daniela Andrier helped Annick Menardo compose this, which is why people associate it with Gucci Rush for Men, but I think it has more relation to Menardo's later Kokorico for Jean-Paul Gaultier (2010) than Rush, or even the luxury Parfums de Marly Pegasus (2011) in tone, the latter of which blends aspects of both Rush for Men and Visit together, then amps them to 11 with powerful aromachemicals. Azzaro Visit is not massively exciting, but makes for an amazing dumb reach when you're tired of fresh fougères, ambrox bombs, barbershops, and the other "usual suspects" that get snatched on a moment's notice for work. Wear time is good at over 8 hours, and projection is fine for the first four, then becomes closer to skin for the last four, but strikes me as a versatile office-friendly affair anyway since the attitude of Visit is very business-like. Best times of year for Visit are fall through spring, and although I say this can pull summer duty because it isn't very cloying, the notes aren't the most invigorating for high-heat days. I think the spicier and rounder semi-oriental elements of Visit work better for me than the lavender and patchouli-infused greener near-fougère elements of Rush for Men as a whole, regardless of price and availability.

With Menardo on board doing her thing, I think Daniela Andrier took the DNA of Rush for Men and made it into something just a bit more special than it had been in the original Gucci alongside Antoine Maisondieu, even if the banshee-wailing sycophants who clambor over each other tooth-and-claw for the glory of slaying unicorns will tell me to go stuff myself in righteous disagreement to this view. Regardless of whether or not you worship at the "Temple of the HypeBeast", Azzaro Visit is a creamy, woody, spicy, and smooth fragrance worth checking out, focusing on nutmeg over cedar on a soft amber musk foundation that's a bit artificial but with a lot of class, and is fairly age-neutral in the style department. The bottle is total early 2000's futuristic cheese with its integrated gun metal chrome spray head and angular shape, while the blue-colored liquid inside is completely at odds with the actual smell of Visit, but perhaps that's the point. Will this replace Gucci Rush for Men for a lot of guys truly, madly, and deeply in love with that lost scent? Certainly not, but it is an excellent choice for fans of high-end stuff like the aforementioned Parfums de Marly Pegasus, who might want something they can spray a little more freely without making their wallet cry. Visit had a little-discussed flanker called Azzaro Bright Visit (2006) a few years later, but it's almost a different scent. My bottom line is I'm usually on the fence about this style of scent, but the balance of spices and woods to the less-interesting ingredients binding them together is executed well enough that I can forgive its early 2000's idealism and find use for it even in dark times, especially at the usually painless prices at at which you can find Azzaro products. Be that as it may, something like Azzaro Visit isn't and can never be something spoken of in the same revered tones as many things to which it is compared, due to quality of ingredients and/or brand cachet, which may be a deal breaker depending on why you buy and wear fragrances. Thumbs up.
30th April, 2020 (last edited: 02nd May, 2020)
Blind buy per price and base notes reviews. Happy with most of my Blind buy purchases. This one however I can’t tell if it’s pissy urinal mint or feminine hygiene spray extravaganza. Save your $20 this is bad bad stuff.
02nd November, 2019
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United Kingdom
The opening blast is characterised by a slightly peppery spiciness, some cardamom and a fresh, nigh aquatic undertone, which is resembling more Escentric molecules than aldehydes.

The drydown bring in a nonspecific woodsy note, whilst the base has rounded off the latter by white musks with touches of spice, amber, whiffs of tonka and diluted coconut milk.

I get soft sillage, adequate projection and eleven hours of longevity on me, albeit extremely close to my skin for at least half of this time.

This creation for warmer autumn days is not particularly unpleasant, but it is so generic and screamingly synthetic that it is definitely nothing to write home about. 2.5/5.
27th August, 2019
A sweet, spicy fresh scent that has a prominent coconut note throughout.

Projection is okay while longevity is about 4-5 hours.
19th May, 2017
Visit by Azzaro is a classy, clean scent that lasts a long time on me.

The top spicy notes - pink pepper, cardamom, nutmeg - blend together well with the woody and incense heart notes. Doesn't feel layered or complicated, Visit just makes me feel good throughout the day, with the musky-amber base notes keeping me company without overshadowing the peppery note which I like a lot.
16th December, 2016

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