I'm pretty impressed with Realm For Men, a drugstore cheapie that smells a lot better than it has any right to. Allegedly containing pheromones, this is marketed as an aphrodisiac fragrance that's supposed to make you more attractive to women. And you know what? It really does have a sexy smell. It may not be the strongest or loudest scent in the world, but it's brash, impolite and full of hairy chested powerhouse spirit. Any fragrance that says right on the box that it's going to get you laid is pretty macho in my book.
I'd call this a strong woody musk, which I
find unique; I haven't smelled
many woody musks, and certainly none that smell like this. The musk is really powdery and strong, and
spicy notes like cinnamon and ginger give the scent some aromatic bite. There are strong, sharp wood
notes that become more prominent as time goes on, and Realm becomes more
aromatic over time.
What makes Realm a particularly sexy fragrance is a weird oily,
aldehydic, gristle-like smell underlying everything. It's what makes Realm For Men so unique
and masculine. It smells skanky and dirty. I suspect the pheromones are creating the effect, since I get the exact same vibe from
Marilyn Miglin's Pheromone For Men, another pheromone bomb. I also smell something like this in Etat Libre d'Orange's awful
Sécrétions Magnifiques, a vile disaster of a scent that's
supposed to depict the smell of blood and semen. Fortunately, Realm utilizes the effect in a way that improves the
Realm For Men is a hard perfume to judge by simply sampling
it. You really need to wear this all day
to get the right feel for it. I used to
hate it a few years ago, and it wasn't until I wore it for a day that I finally
came around and ended up liking it. It's a
pretty complex fragrance, and you need a few hours with it to take it all
in. Don't be afraid to wear it like a
powerhouse either, so spray it on liberally to get the full effect.
Realm is a ballsy fragrance that is so different from what's
popular today, and for that reason alone, it's worth a try. Sillage and staying power are also very good.
MY RATING: 8/10
Fragrance House: Erox