It's time to dig this journeyman fragrance out of the depths of the drugstore and bargain store shelves and review it, because it's a lot better than it looks. It's nothing flashy or groundbreakikng, but it's solid, reliable, versatile and it smells good. And with a price tag of about $20 U.S. for a 118 ml. bottle, you're getting damn good value here.
Released during the macho 80's, Passion For Men has the sillage and staying power of the frags of its era, even if it doesn't have the swagger. It's a heavy, sweet oriental, with the sweetness delivered by the standard issue amber, vanilla and benzoin. With a lineup like that, I should hate this scent, but I don't. The sweetness is always there, but it's balanced out with aromatic incense, woody notes and patchouli, which I like. Everything is well blended and balanced, and Passion is a very comfortable scent to wear all day.
The opening and heart stages are superb, with the citrus, herbal and aromatic notes mixing with the heavy sweetness to create an enticing, sexy smell. My only complaint with Passion For Men is with the drydown, where the aromatic bite loses some of its steam, and you're left with more sweetness. It's not bad, but it's kind of generic and can be a little boring. Luckily the incense hangs on until the end, so you're not left with an Obsession For Men-like snooze fest of syrup.
When I reviewed Obsession For Men, I said that it should be called "All-Purpose Oriental For Men". I meant it as a criticism, not a compliment. Passion For Men could also be considered an all-purpose oriental, since it sort of smells like a mish-mash of a lot of classic orientals, but Passion does it well.
Passion For Men probably won't blow you away, but you'll always smell good wearing it.
MY RATING: 7.5/10
Fragrance House: Elizabeth Taylor