She Said / He Said

Boyfriends may come and go - but what about their scents?
Allure editors and their significant others smelled the latest batch of men's fragrances to see which faded prematurely and which an appealing (not cloying) way.

Excerpts from a fragrance editorial by Alison Caporimo, She Said / He Said.

Marc Jacobs Bang

Marc Jacobs Bang, with peppercorns, woods, white moss, and patchouli.

She said - "It's a stong mix of evergreen and spice. After a couple of hours, it was milder and easier to take."

He said - "It's not offensive like colognes that are overly heavy or musky. It smells clean, kind of like soap."

Bleu de Chanel

Chanel Bleu, a blend of lemon, cedar, sandalwood, nutmeg, and ginger.

She said - "It smells clean and fresh, as long as you don't pile on too much - it can get a little overwhelming."

He said - "I'd wear this to a special occation because it smells fancy. I'm glad it doesn't smell like the Abercrombie store."

Midnight in Paris Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight In Paris, with lemon, green tea, and tonka bean.

She said - "Musky with a hint of baby powder, which makes it masculine but soft. I was surprised by how much I liked it."

He said - "From the name, I was expecting something like cigarettes in a crowded jazz club. But it's fresh, like a clean shirt."

Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza

Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza, with cloves, vetiver, and white musk.

She said - "It's clearly manly, but a bit strong for my taste. You would definitely smell it from the other end of the bar!"

He said - "It reminds me of my dad's aftershave. It's how I wanted to smell in seventh grade."

Creed Aventus

Creed Aventus, with black currant, bergamot, birch, oak moss, and vanilla.

She said - "It smells hot on him, and I know all the ladies he charms at work will be even more obsessed with him!"

He said - "It smells cool. Like the guys in GQ in suits with private planes - the ones other men are jealous of."

(Caporimo, Alison. "She Said / He Said." Allure Feb. 2011: 107.)

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