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America (2019)
by Perry Ellis


America information

Year of Launch2019
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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People and companies

HousePerry Ellis
PerfumerSteven Demercado
Parent CompanyFalic Group

About America

America is a shared / unisex perfume by Perry Ellis. The scent was launched in 2019 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Steven Demercado

America fragrance notes

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

Reviews of America

Perry Ellis, what am I going to do with you? For starters, you re-use names way too much for your own good, which is a no-no for people looking to pick up a refill on something and getting Perry Ellis for Men (2008) instead of Perry Ellis for Men (1985) or Perry Ellis (2017) instead of Perry Ellis (2013). Secondly, you seem insistent on being both a stand-out mid-tier designer with unique takes on popular fragrance tropes, and also an unabashed clone operation that does little more than stuff cheaper iterations of higher-grade fragrances into your nondescript renamed bottles. Perry Ellis 360 Red for Men (2003) is a good example of the former, making what must have been the world's first (and possibly only) spicy aquatic fragrance. While on the other hand, we have the aforementioned 2013 iteration (the first iteration) of the eponymous Perry Ellis, which was little more than a clone of Bleu de Chanel (2010) with cheaper base materials. America by Perry Ellis (2019) is the second such fragrance to carry that name, with the first being America by Perry Ellis (1996), so as another confusing name re-use it already has a strike against it. Unfortunately, it's also another one of PE's would-be designer-tier clone scents, taking aim squarely at the oft-copied Creed Aventus (2010). Now, not every fragrance that borrows DNA from Creed Aventus is a clone, as some have done their own thing admittedly well with the inspiration, like Vilhelm Parfumerie Morning Chess (2015), L'Adventure by Al Haramain (2016) or Montblanc Legend (2019). Here in Perry Ellis America, we see a similar trick to what was pulled with the 2013 edition of Perry Ellis: mimic the top and heart to seal the deal, and swap out the base for something far inferior in the dry-down.

In short, this is like a cheese burger with everything on it but the cheese, so everything seems in place but there's something missing you just can't place until.. bam! The cheese is missing. In this case, the analogy presented means you get the pineapple, the bergamot, the white floral heart, the vanilla, but no smoke or noticeable proxy for "Creed ambergris". Granted, most cheaper takes stuff in ambroxan and don't bother duplicating the subtle mineralic aspects of the signature base accord, or they go too hard and dump in screechy norlimbanol a la Dior Sauvage (2015), but Perry Ellis America just goes its own way. The base isn't bad, which is why I don't hate the stuff, but it clearly doesn't hold a candle to the real deal or even a better clone. What you get for a dry down is a semi-creamy sort of musky denatured patchouli isolate thing with some myrrh and bits of "amberwood" which is probably either ambrocenide (unlikely) or an older one-two punch of ambroxan mixed with a potent woody-amber aromachemical but thankfully dosed low enough not to asphyxiate. It's boring but also harmless, meaning Perry Ellis America will only appeal to the people desperate for an Aventus clone they can potentially pick up from their local Ross or TJ Maxx. Performance is okay with moderate longevity and projection that sings for an hour or two then suddenly mutes to a skin scent, but the price is so low you won't care. All in all, this could be a dumb reach for someone on a budget, and Perry Ellis had enough cheek to call a cheap clone of a luxury fragrance "America" because we all know how obsessed American guys are these days with face culture, with "hypebeasts", "drip", and "clout" becoming buzzwords for those who take "fake it until you make it" to heart. Perry Ellis America is as generalist as they come, so use anytime, anywhere, in any weather.

The original 1996 America was also aptly-named at the time, as it was an unusually enjoyable chimera of corporate masculine fragrance tropes of the "Beige Age" 1990's, mixing bits of relevance from Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger all into one bottle that smelled like different things to different people but all smelled remarkably familiar but untraceable to everyone else. In other words, it was the perfect "beige" of inoffensive freshness and apologetic masculinity draped in pocketed white t-shirts and Perry Ellis jeans, an actual look at the time. That version of "America" isn't relative in 2019 though, which is why we get this "emperor's new clothes". Steve Demarcado did the best job he could given what the brief must have been and the allotted (nonexistent) budget, especially considering he's responsible for helping CK dupe the calone accord in Aramis New West (1988) into Calvin Klein Escape for Men (1993), or copying and revising his own work on Kenneth Cole New York Men (2002) into Kenneth Cole Signature (2005) when KC perfumes were dropped by LVMH and picked up by Parlux. Fans of Perry Ellis or good-performing cheapies will be all over this as they should be, and anyone who doesn't understand the hype behind all the Aventus or Aventus clone talk can just see Perry Ellis America 2.0 as another familiar fresh compliment-puller you've caught sniffs of on the street even if you didn't know what it was. The only point of distinction for Perry Ellis America is that it's intentionally average rather than pretending to be luxurious like most things in this style, which may actually be a good thing in some ways, because it's honest. See for yourself at your nearest discounter; you don't have to take my word for it. Neutral
31st October, 2020
I was only able to test this at the store, no good price on samples yet that I've found, so this review is only about the first impression on skin while walking around shopping.

This is a decent and enjoyable Aventus clone, in the style of Explorer by Montblanc. It did project nicely during my wearing but wasn't super strong. It's a good stand-in for the real thing but other clones exist at a similar price currently, so test before buying.

Weird that this is listed as unisex here on BN.
30th October, 2020

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