Sunday, July 22, 2012

Poker Player

I've always believed that Drakkar Noir is the father of Cool Water.  I love both fragrances, and I feel like if you refined Drakkar Noir, honed down all of its rough edges and macho power, you'd end up with Cool Water.  There are certainly differences between the two scents, but I definitely smell a common blood line.

Poker Player by Alexander de Costa (maker of the great Gucci Nobile knockoff, Nobile Royalty) smells like the halfway point between Cool Water and Drakkar Noir.  It contains what I consider the best features of both.  It has the freshness, greenness and dry sweetness of Cool Water.  On the other end of the spectrum, it also has the musclebound leathery middle notes, mossy base, the testicular opening blast of lavender and juniper, and the overall strength of Drakkar Noir.  It ends up smelling sort of like a typical 90's sport fragrance (e.g., Polo Sport), but that's not a problem for me; this style is no longer trendy, and is even considered outdated by a lot of people.  I think it smells great.  Poker Player is like a sport powerhouse in a way.

My one and only complaint is with the drydown, because after such a great masculine smelling first hour or so, it's sort of a letdown.  The drydown is heavy on the musk, and it's the powdery laundry detergent type of white musk.  I can't stand the stuff.  The good news, fortunately, is that the musk seems to recede after an hour, leaving the final stage of the drydown with a great mossy finish.  Because dihydromyrcenol is a synthetic, the citrusy glow it gives to this fragrance lasts well into the drydown, and when it blends with the moss, it makes a great final accord that smells both clean and ultra-masculine.

Don't get a bottle of Poker Player if you're looking for something unique.  However, if you love Drakkar Noir and Cool Water and you want the best of both worlds in one fragrance, then this will be right up your alley. 

MY RATING:  7.5/10

Fragrance House:  Alexander de Costa

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