Friday, November 11, 2011

Colors Man

You can tell right away when you first spray this on that this is an Eighties fragrance.  Yet, at the same time, Colors Man is totally unique and unlike any other fragrance from that era.  Who would've guessed that an innovative fragrance could come from Benetton?

This is a strong scent, but not brutally so, and you really should apply it liberally in order to smell all of its many facets.  Colors has the requisite massive use of oakmoss, but it doesn't use the standard 80s leather and moss combo.  Instead, the moss buttresses an interesting accord of lemon and vanilla.  Surprisingly, this isn't a very sweet fragance, and that's because the lemon and vanilla is counterbalanced with dry notes of sage, patchouli and sandalwood.  Colors is much more aromatic than it is sweet.  The longer you wear it, the more herbal, woody and mossy it becomes, but the touch of vanilla is always in the background preventing the scent from having the texture of sandpaper.  It softens the accord and balances it perfectly.

But enough talk about the various notes in this.  I'll get to the bottom line - Colors Man is a great scent.  It's unique and complex enough to please perfume enthusiasts, strong and masculine enough to satisfy guys who wear power scents, and smooth enough to appeal to the general public.  And of course, fans of Eighties fragrances will eat this up.

MY RATING:  8/10

Fragrance House:  Benetton

6 comments:

  1. Do you remember the black bottle Colors Benetton? It was much better than this one.

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  2. I really like this fragrance - it's best applied a little heavy-handedly to bring the Patchouli to the front - long lasting too.

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  3. This is good stuff, and I love the opening.

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  4. Tested it, loved the simplicity of the scent, hated the non-existent longevity, let alone sillage. Bizarre.

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  5. I used to live IN this frag in college (early 1990s) -- it served me well. And this is NOT a boyish smell (sophistikays around me were wearing Biagotti Roma and D&G PH). I agree with Derbyman, you have to go liberal on the nozzle to let it unfurl, otherwise it plays sweet on you.

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  6. I used to live IN this frag in college (early 1990s) -- it served me well. And this is NOT a boyish smell (sophistikays around me were wearing Biagotti Roma and D&G PH). I agree with Derbyman, you have to go liberal on the nozzle to let it unfurl, otherwise it plays sweet on you.

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