Here's a Perry Ellis fragrance that doesn't get a lot of attention, but deserves to. It carries on the 360 line's tradition of creating quasi-knockoff fragrances that actually improve on the originals. With Reserve, Perry Ellis takes on Calvin Klein with a wonderful scent that's a sort of hybrid of both Eternity For Men and Escape For Men, and ends up smelling better than either of them. Keep in mind that I say this as a fan of both of those fragrances.
Reserve is a fruity and herbal aromatic fougere in an unmistakable early Nineties style. It's like Eternity For Men with all of its sharp synthetic rough edges softened and rounded off by the fruity notes, like melon, pineapple and pear, that you smell in Escape For Men. It starts of aggressively with a crisp, bracing juniper note. As the juniper mellows, you can smell the fruity notes blending in, with green herbs providing some masculine aromatic bite. Everything dries down in perfect equilibrium, with strong oakmoss, tonka bean and white musk smoothing and balancing out the sharpness of the herbal and sweet fruity notes. The fragrance always stays nice and dry, never becoming heavy, overbearing or too sweet.
You don't need to be a fan of Eternity or Escape to like Reserve, but I do think you'll at least need to appreciate this style of fragrance if you expect to enjoy it at all. Unlike Eternity For Men, Perry Ellis Reserve For Men smells totally natural, yet it has rock-solid stability from beginning to end and never falls apart. It's not a unique fragrance, but it deserves full credit for perfecting a style that both Eternity and Escape For Men made famous. Reserve is an absolute delight to wear.
MY RATING: 8.5/10
Fragrance House: Perry Ellis