Eros by Versace
Gentlemen Only by GivenchyPrice: $80
Available in spring 2013
Le Beau Male by Jean Paul GualtierPrice: $84
Available in February 2013
At first glance, it would be easy to confuse the new Gaultier release with its infamous predecessor -- the iconic torso bottle and tin packaging remains, as does the magic touch of the original perfumer, Francis Kurkdjian. And there’s a pretty high-camp advertising campaign to boot.
But the similarities between the two Males end there. Olfactory speaking, Le Beau Male is so far removed from its predecessor that it could have benefited from a completely original concept and name. The reinterpretation is a frosty and sharp blend, featuring a cool blast of mint right at the front. Le Beau Male settles down into a more familiar lavender accord after a while but there are only fleeting traces of the oriental facets contained in the original bestseller.
The Game By Davidoff
Hugo Red by Hugo BossPrice: $82
With the original Hugo Boss now 20 years old -- and still going very strong -- there really isn’t much call for an update. But, hey, when did that ever stop the guys at P&G from pushing another product? The scent is centered on contrasts: hot and cold, solid and liquid. And while the idea of juxtaposing contrasting accords is (somewhat ironically) rather polarizing among fragrance-philes, Red manages to fuse a cold and metallic accord (comprised of grapefruit and rhubarb) with a hot amber drydown featuring cedarwood. And, yes, Jared Leto is still the face.
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