It's that time of year where every brand under the sun brings out a 'summer' or 'sport' fragrance, they're generally softer, lighter scents.. or more citrus-ey and 'fresher'. I, well... Stew was asked to review a new fragrance from Armani over here on my little blog and he obviously jumped at the chance so now he's used it and scrutinised it.. We're writing it up for you!
I know many of you may be thinking, well it's a mens fragrance why do I care? But I know lots of you have boyfriends and there is also some men who read my blog so I feel it's relevant!
First of all, in case you're new here let me introduce you to Stew!
(in case anyone is wondering/cares, Stew's car is a Honda Civic Coupé with SSR Mark 1 wheels!)
ps - this image is Copyright James Birch 2011. Unauthorised use is not permitted.
Stew is my wonderful, loving boyfriend of almost 3 years. He's normally found doing something to his car (as seen above), working on his Product Design degree at Uni, shooting for OMGDrift.com and Rival House Garage, working part time at blockbusters, Blogging, working on his website thats under construction, tweeting, spending time with me and collecting New Era caps and various awesome pairs of trainers!! PLUS he does his fair share of housework and DIY (ooh, manly), helps me out with EVERYTHING in general, cooks often, makes me cups of tea lots and takes me places so as you can imagine, he's a pretty busy guy!
SO, with all that in mind he's pretty much the perfect man for the job of testing out the new Armani Code fragrance, 'sport'.
Here's a little blurb:
Heart notes - Egyptian Geranium, Light Ginger
Top notes - Spearmint, Peppermint, Wild Mint, Mandarins, Lemons
Base notes - Vetiver, Labdanum, Rosemary, Hivernal®
Scent - Woody
Feel - Masculine
Over to Stew so he can tell you all what he thinks!
"The packaging of this is pretty cool, the inside of the box is bright red and the bottle itself is simple, stylish and practical. As a man who normally goes for fragrances like Paco Rabanne 1 Million and Black XS (my all time favourite) a step into the 'sporty' side of men's fragrance was a bit of a risk (the most sport I do is BMX'ing or being silly on Huffy Sliders). Although Armani Code Sport smells good (Cat says she really likes it) I just don't think it's for me. It's a bit too 'citric' and 'zingy' and once the initial scent has worn off (i'm told thats the tops notes...) it kinda reminds me of the smell of cleaning products. It's disappointing because I love the scent of Armani Diamonds. I think its the mandarin and lemon that really comes through to me the most, if the ginger and hivernal were the strongest scents in the mix then I think I'd like it a lot more!
If you're a guy who prefers to smell 'fresh' instead of using a deep, masculine fragrance then this will be perfect for you. I'm not saying it smells terrible... quite the opposite! It just isn't quite to my taste. It retails at around £50 for a 50ml bottle (the larger size) and I think thats a very reasonable price for a fragrance from such a good quality, infamous brand. I'll more than likely continue to use this from time to time as it lives alongside all of my other fragrances in the bathroom cabinet but I wouldn't purchase another bottle."
Personally, as 'the girlfriend' I love this fragrance and think it smells quite sexy! If your boyfriend is more of the sporty type then this would definitely be a perfect gift :)
Thanks for reading! xo