11/18/17

Suede (Bath & Body Works)


Fragrantica user "Robinsda" wrote of Suede:
"This may seem weird, but I get a similar vibe from this to Aqua Di Gio Profumo."
Now, if you're familiar with AdGP, you know that it has a reputation for smelling not like a flanker to the original, but like the actual original formula of Acqua di Gio from the 1990s (Essenza ticks that box, too). This suggests that Suede smells like a floral citrus aquatic scent, which is counterintuitive for anything professing to focus on leather.

To me Suede smells like a basic citrus cologne with an English Leather-style dyrdown, except with an oversized white musk standing in for EL's wood notes. Is this worth $35? Yes and no. If you're looking for a tenacious cologne with a fairly harmless (non-animalic) drydown, and you can't afford to spend $85 on 100ml of AdG, I suppose you could get Suede. However, I can think of better citrus scents: Adam Levine's signature masculine is an excellent grapefruit cologne with a bit of a clean woodsy base, Ed Hardy's Love & Luck is still a great dupe of Creed's MI (by proxy a dupe of AdG), and Aqua Quorum has a piney richness under all the calone that makes it infinitely more "suedy" than Suede for half the cost.

My issue with fragrances like this is that there are too many similar comparatives to make a purchase worthwhile. Why should anyone drop $35 on an average citrus-woody cologne when there are better colognes for the same price or less? Bourbon is at least a somewhat unique concept, but "citrus leather" barely registers anymore.


5 comments:

  1. Hi, Bryan. Is there any possibility you might at some point review The Baron (LTL/Evyan) cologne?
    P.S. - Please forgive me for submitting my question here. No need to post it, I just didn't know how to properly submit my query. Happy Thanksgiving and all best.

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    1. It's a possibility but I have to say that this fragrance is awfully unpopular and surprisingly expensive for what it is (basic powdery barbershop). If I can find a small bottle for under $30 I'll post a review. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  2. Thank you for your reply. I'm delighted to know that you may one day review The Baron. Yes, it is unpopular. More precisely, I think it's largely unknown. What I wouldn't call it is a "basic powdery barbershop". I happen to own a bottle. And it's unlike anything I've ever smelled. That's why I'm so interested to know your impressions. I certainly would be happy to share my bottle with you, if you like. I don't know how — or if — this sort of thing is done. But my offer stands.

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    1. Thanks for the offer John but I'll just file this one into the future and will review it later. Have you smelled White Shoulders? Apparently people get a strong similarity to The Baron, remarking that you can smell the feminine Evyan formulas lurking in there, which frankly doesn't sound very good, but I'll keep an open mind and hope I come across a bottle. Thanks again for the suggestion.

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  3. Yes, that's quite alright. Besides, Christmas is coming and that shiny Baron bottle would make a great stocking stuffer. I'm ambivalent about The Baron. The graphics are ghastly, for one. As far as the fragrance goes, I would say it's very aromatic. Perhaps in the way Arden's Sandalwood opens with that strong clary sage note. A similar feeling. Herbal, dry, floral. It doesn't remind me of a version of anything. Not even White Shoulders, particularly, although I've heard that comparison made, too. Frankly, I'm not even sure I like it so much as the idea of it. And the fact that it's so unusual. For what it's worth, your fellow Pour Monsieur blogger left a favorable review on Basenotes. And "Scentland" recently posted a video on Youtube extolling The Baron's virtues and commenting on its old fashioned feminine vibe. I must admit I'm just so curious what you'll make of it. Again, my apologies for posting this unrelated topic. Thank you for being so generous with your time and indulging my interest in The Baron.

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