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What separates this from the usual boring designer woody citruses is the way everything is blended - instead of getting a sharp, biting scent with prickly rough edges from overpowering synthetic wood notes, in Perceive the citrus, herbs and wood notes coalesce to create a nicely rounded, bright, but still powerful, scent. Though this isn't a powerhouse or an Eighties fragrance, the citrus and herbal notes together remind me of the opening and middle stages of old school power scents like Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui and Halston Z-14 - shiny, tart, slightly sweet, and mossy, even though moss isn't listed as an ingredient. The drydown is particularly good and aromatic, with well blended patchouli, cedar and musk, bringing the fragrance to a nice spicy closing act. A teeny dab of vanilla in the base gives everything a slight hint of warm sweetness, and it rounds everything off nicely.
My one complaint with Perceive, as with a lot of Avons, is that it's somewhat crudely constructed. There's a strong, very long lasting grapefruit note in here, and although it smells good, it's a bit overpowering with its astringency, and I wish it were fine tuned better with all the other notes. Perceive could have been better blended, and as a result, it smells somewhat like an unfinished fragrance.
All criticisms aside, at the end of the day the only thing I think of is, "Does it smell good?". And I say, "Yes, it does". Perceive For Men projects well, lasts a good six or seven hours, has a pretty unique smell, and costs very little money. How can you go wrong?
MY RATING: 7.5/10