Saturday, April 14, 2012

Casual For Men

I have to wonder what the sales figures are for Paul Sebastian fragrances, because there doesn't seem to be much of a marketing plan for these things.  Their packaging is uniformly hideous, and I always seem to find them in clearance bins with ripped boxes, markdown price tags, etc..  People aren't exactly kicking down doors to buy Paul Sebastian fragrances. 

Like its siblings PS Fine Cologne and Design, Casual For Men is a case of how you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.  Its box may look like a box of Band-Aids, but this a good fragrance.  It's a citrusy, floral woody fragrance that is surpisingly complex, with three separate, very distinct opening, middle and drydown stages. 

It has a superb opening phase that is bright, crisp and refreshing; you get a wonderful spray of juicy citrus mixed with powdery but dry floral notes, smelling a lot like Cerruti's original 1881 For Men.  Unfortunately the middle heart phase is mediocre - the citrus and floral notes have faded to a very low hum, and what you're left with is mostly sweet, boring vanilla.  Booooo!!!  The good thing is that this stage only lasts about an hour.

When the drydown arrives, the whole fragrance seems to get a second wind and pick up steam, and you can smell the fragrance opening up.  It's almost like the fragrance was taking a breather during the middle phase, only to pour it on again in the drydown.  During its final stage Casual blossoms into this woody, very mossy scent, making for a very fitting closing movement and giving the whole scent a nice balanced feel.  The staying power of Casual For Men isn't great - about 4 or 5 hours total - but it's hard to complain when you consider that it projects strongly during that time, and it costs very little money.  Plus, its citrusy, transparent smell makes it the kind of scent you can reapply during the day without making yourself sick.

Casual For Men is versatile, easy to find, inexpensive, and it smells good.  It's not a great perfume and it'll never win any awards for originality, but it's a solid, well made fragrance with absolutely no pretensions.

MY RATING:  7/10

Fragrance House:  Paul Sebastian

1 comment:

  1. I really like Casual mainly because it's like Boss #1 Ultra Light, and it just smells great. I get 8+ hours out of it but I am a fat guy so I'm not putting out as much heat as you leaner folks do. That may be why I can use a lot more fragrance than most people too.