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Chic for Men (2004)
by Carolina Herrera


Chic for Men information

Year of Launch2004
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 237 votes)

People and companies

HouseCarolina Herrera
PerfumerCarlos Benaim
PerfumerJean-Marc Chaillan
PerfumerAnn Gottlieb
PerfumerRosendo Mateu
PackagingFabien Baron
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Prestige Beauty Brands

About Chic for Men

Chic for Men is a masculine fragrance by Carolina Herrera. The scent was launched in 2004 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Rosendo Mateu, Ann Gottlieb, Jean-Marc Chaillan and Carlos Benaim. The bottle was designed by Fabien Baron

Reviews of Chic for Men

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The opening blast with its lemon and the watermelon is quite nicely done.

In the drydown a sweet cinnamon/sugary aroma takes over, more a reminiscence of cinnamon candy than the actual brown-tube shaped spice.

The base is awash with white musks, which are now rather dominant. The occasional burst of an ambery sidekick and whiffs of vanilla that are present from time to time cannot detract from the fact that until the end the white musks rule.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and six hours of longevity on my skin, even after very liberal application.

A spring daytime scent that starts off quite pleasantly but losing quality form the drydown on. It turns increasingly generic and overly synthetic, especially in the more recent times I sampled it.
06th March, 2019
I will start by saying I wore this fragrance continually from about 2006 until 2014. It has had at least 2 reformulations in that time, but I will not give this a bashing as this is an unfortunate reality of the industry and rarely have reformulations improved the scent or longevity. However there is a distinction in the original to the most recent formulation.

The original was a true masterpiece that could be compared to the original Dior Homme, Polo (Green) by Ralph Lauren or Dior Fahrenheit but without the stature afforded by the marketing campaigns of the largest designer houses.

It was a gorgeous warm oriental spicy slightly aquatic scent that opened with a fantastic short lived watermelon, bergamot and harsh pepper that quickly settled to a heart dominated by cardamom, musk and amber and dried down to an amazingly gorgeous tonka, musk, amber combo that I have yet to see rivalled by any fragrance since.

While there are certainly more complex frags than this, the scent was truly marvellous and enjoyed by men and women alike wherever it was worn - a serious favourite that was frequently complimented and adored.

Unfortunately as I mention above the fragrance underwent 2 separate reformulations which took the scent from a masterpiece of its day, which would easily rival the best formulation of YSLs La Nuit, to a weak diluted cousin that had its top notes eliminated almost entirely and its heart and base weakened not only in potency but sophistication.

If you are able to find an original bottle of this or even 1st reformulation (still with clear atomiser tube) grab it and enjoy. It would project at arms length for at least 4 hours and sillage was superb for at least 6. I would get 10 hours longevity from this and still get whiffs from outerwear for days afterward. The last incarnation of this with the black atomiser tube will leave you disappointed and wondering what the fuss was about and likely to have you leaving a negative reviews.

The masterpiece version was so versatile there was no time or place you wouldn't wear it except the most formal of occasions.

Chic for Men you are sorely missed. Carolina Herrera's best by a proverbial mile.
21st July, 2017
Tried to like this one. It's not all that bad, but it is a bit strong and pungent for me as a citrus scent.

It does have a mysterious quality to it overall that has me scratching my head trying to figure it out! There are other fragrances that I connect with better that do the citrus-spicy-woody thing more convincingly than Chic, IMO.

17th March, 2017
One of the Fore-Fathers of the modern day "best selling" generics, Chic by Carolina Herrera is a a fruity, woody, spicey concoction that is a very people friendly scent. What automatically draws you in is this synthetic but watery watermelon along with other citrus notes and a supportive cardamom. The watermelon, the feature of this scent in my opinion, is not authentic but it's pleasant nonetheless. Though synthetic one still gets the impression of "JUICY" when experiencing the opening. Watermelon notes aren't as common in men's perfumery as lime, lemon, orange or grapefruit so it really stands out to me here. CH makes very green sweet frags and this is very reminiscent of 212.

When this scent came out in 2003 the industry was moving on from the fresh, aquatic era of the 90's into a more woody place. Gucci Pour Homme was released along with Mont Blanc's Individuel and Escada's Magnetism, all complex woody scents. However a couple scents went rogue Chic and Polo Blue decided to go to a simpler place with their inspiration and both were slapped with the label "GENERIC". Both Chic and Polo Blue are classified as woody scents but like Bleu de and Sauvage (in it's brief opening at least), they come across as fruity frags. Polo Blue was able to persevere commercially regardless being associated with the Polo brand which during those times was one of the most in demand brands in the US (still is to an extent). Still one could argue CHIC, may have been released either too late or in the case of the current dumbed down era of Perfumery, too soon to stand out or make a serious impact in the fragrance game. It's a scent that many people overlook.

If Chic were released today in a striking but classy bottle and had a proper ad campaign attached to it like Versace, Gucci or Chanel does for their frags I would have no doubt that it would be a hit for the house. It would be a direct competitor to Bleu De and Sauvage especially in it's older formulation when it was a lot more potent. But even as the light but versatile scent it currently is it would be hard for consumers to pass up on that very pleasant opening. That's how Blue de and Sauvage catches a lot of people and Chic's opening while familiar or "generic" as the others are, would be very appealing to a lot of people.

A lot of women or guys (depending on your persuasion) under 30 will love this fragrance. Its easy to wear, not too strong, cloying or over bearing. It's fruity especially in the opening and playful. Its not a scent you would wear if you want to make a serious statement but on those casual days above 55 degrees this frag works. It's very versatile and can be worn in 3 of 4 seasons. It lasts for about 5-6 hours and projects moderately for about 2 hours before losing its strength. Any man of any age could wear it but it would skew to the younger tastes out there due to its sweetness and simplicity.

Simply Put: if u like Bleu De or Sauvage or fruity fragrances in general you may also like Chic by CH

6.5/10- My personal rating because im not a fan of 'easy to like' fruity fragrances as much as others may be. A lot of them tend to not be distinctive for my tastes. But I must admit I find this scent to be very decent and there are places for it in my rotation especially during the spring. I've reached for it more in 2015 than CH MEN ironically.
7/10- if i were being completely neutral this would be my rating. To those of you who appreciate light fruity frags with a woody base this is most definitely worth a look.
27th April, 2016

CHIC?What a Perfect name. A very pleasant Surprise.It can Wear by people of any Age and probably can match all Tastes Because it Changes Your mood Everytime You wear it. Sophisticated, Elegant,Spicy,Sweet,Fresh,Enjoyable, Urban and Optimistic.

It smells fresh opening with Watermelon,Bergamot,A Lovely heart of Spice and A Warm base of Tonka bean,Sandalwood and Musk. In fact it is Aquatic at first but after a few minutes it starts to Spicy and Woody. It is Not too Heavy and not too Light.

CHIC is a A very Good all purpose fragrance.It works very well in any season Especially SPRING/AUTUMN. The Perfect scent for the OFFICE but also Surprisingly Subtle when wear in INTIMATE occasions.Ladies love it. It has a Definite sweet smell to it,but no doubt,it is a Masculine cologne.


Longevity?I wish it had better Longevity.

11th May, 2015
The best from CH , the best melon on top,great scent for all year round.
projects good lasts long and goes through different phases.
watermelon freshness to a bit darker lethery base.
04th October, 2014

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