I never thought this would happen, but I've actually done a total 180 with Hollywood For Men! I never got rid of my bottle, and just tonight I decided to pull it out of storage and give it a second chance.
My "jelly beans and
popcorn" description doesn't really apply now. I still detect a subtle buttery smell in the
background, but that's probably the leather note (leather scents are often
described as buttery). What I can appreciate
now but couldn't before is the incredible smoothness
of this fragrance. It's a seamless blend
of very soft floral notes, a powdery sweet tobacco note, buttery smelling
leather, and juniper. It's difficult to
distinguish the individual notes in Hollywood For Men, and the whole blend
creates a soft, semi-sweet aroma that is hard to classify or define. I smell it and think, "Hm, is it
leather? Is it flowers? Is it candy?
Is it pipe tobacco? Whatever it
is, it smells really good". The
exact same thought comes to mind when I smell Ho Hang - I can't tell what the
hell is in it, but it smells awesome.
Sure, a lot of Hollywood For
Men smells synthetic, but it's so soft and beautifully blended, it doesn't
matter. If it smelled more natural, it would lose all of its character. What's just as important is that
it's unique. You smell this and tell me with a straight
face that you've smelled another fragrance like Hollywood For Men. I won't believe you.
I'm glad I gave this another
shot, because I plan on wearing this a lot more now. Thumbs up now.
MY RATING: 8/10
Fragrance House: Fred Hayman