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Recently I had decided to go on a crazy manhunt for a new scent as I had completely ran out of bottles of everything. Shops were trawled while I sprayed every available part of me with various smells; some were better than others. After making myself smell like a male hooker on a good night, I finally settled on Hugo Boss: Just Different. That wasn't the end of the trawling about though. Now that I had settled on a new smell, I had to find myself the best deal. After four or five shops I found The Perfume Shop which was doing the lowest price deal for the 75ml bottle of Just different. The cheapest deal also included a shower gel. It was quite obvious at that point where I was going to buy my new smellies.
===Not very Boss===
Hugo Boss was founded in 1923 in Germany by a man of the same name (middle name Ferdinand). They started off by making clothes (which almost ran in the family; Boss's mother had a lingerie shop which he took over.) Since then the company have had a bit of a colourful history since Mr Boss was a heavy supporter of the Nazi party. His company went on to make the uniforms for Hitler Youth, The SS and SA with the use of slave labour. For his efforts at clothing the Nazis he was heavily fined after the war and banned from running a business so his son in law took over from him. They have since issued an apology for the slave labour and continue to this day to be an incredibly wealthy company specialising in designer goods. Hmm. Their first aftershave hit the shops in 1984 and they've been building a small repertoire of smells since then. The perfume side of the company is now owned by Proctor and Gamble, owners of approximately everything.
If you wish to get in touch with them they have a website www.hugoboss.com with a contact us section (as long as your browser translates the German). They also have a little address on the bottle you can write to
P & G
The shower gel that comes in the gift set I bought was 100ml. Like the eau de toilette, the bottle is place with a red Hugo Boss logo on the front. The bottle sits on its cap meaning that any shower gel in the bottle will automatically run to the bottom which is always a good thing. The bottle is also recyclable which is always a plus. It does get a little slidey in the shower but nothing too difficult to handle and the cap clicks on and off nicely without any bother. All in all, it's a perfectly functional bottle that looks good in your shower.
Top Notes: "Frozen" Mint Accord
Middle/ Heart notes: Basil, Feesia, Coriander
Base Notes: Labdanum, Patchouli, Cashmeran, Oilbanum.
Above are the notes of the EDT for a bit of reference. The gel is clear and clean looking when it comes out, with a decent thickness to it so it doesn't feel like it's not going to get you clean. As you would expect the shower gel smells pretty much the same, however, it doesn't start off with the same slightly alcoholic kick. It pretty much just dives right into the heart and base notes giving you a very fresh but spicy and manly smell. As with the EDT, I don't detect any hints of the mint that is supposed to be in there, but I'm ok with that. The sexy, spicy smell fills the air when you're showering leaving the bathroom smelling lovely without overpowering you. The scent also stays on your skin for about half an hour afterwards which is nice and doesn't interfere if you want to then put on a different scent. After about half an hour the scent of the shower gel is gone.
===Tackle my Pits===
The most important thing about any shower gel for me is if it tackles my hairy man pits. A lot of shower gels I've tried have left me smelling less than fresh after I get out of the shower which makes the whole process of showering entirely pointless. Thankfully this shower gel really tackles any man-stench it finds, leaving me smelling clean and fresh even after the scent disappears. It lathers quite well (though anything does for me as I use a shower puff) and leaves me feeling clean, so top marks on that count!
===Mix it up===
The shower gel is made in Poland and is composed of many a thing that could turn you into a turnip if you have sensitive skin. That part, however, is up to you to decide if it will or not, so here is the full list of ingredients for anyone interested:
Aqua (water), Sodium laureth sulphate, sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium chloride, parfum (fragrance), cocamidopropyl betaine, citric acid, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, sodium xylenesulfonate, disodium edta, magnesium nitrate, BHT, methylchloroisothiazolinone, magnesium chloride, methylisothiazolinon, limonene, butylphenyl methylpropional, alpha-isomethyl ionone, geraniol, coumarin.
The price of this stuff on its own is insane at £14.99 for 200ml of the stuff. 100ml of the stuff came with the EDT for £28 which on its own is retailing around £36. I don't imagine that you'll want to buy this stuff separate from the EDT as otherwise you'll be paying through the nose. Your best bet here is to look out for the gift sets and buy them together. You could easily get through this bottle in a week if you use it every day so I'd never suggest buying it separate when you essentially get it free for buying the EDT at a discounted rate. As you don't get a lot for your money, this stuff turns into a shower gel that I keep for nights where I'm going out rather than a regular use shower gel.
As a shower gel, this stuff is great. The only thing that I could possibly take a star off for is the price. This clearly isn't made to be bought on its own (though you can). If the price was no issue, then this stuff will leave you feeling fresh and clean with a lovely scent on your skin and in your bathroom for a little while. Four stars out of five from me.
A refreshing shower gel, delicately scented with the Hugo Just Different scent / Hugo Boss Hugo Just Different is for the man who takes inspiration from everything around him / His journey is unusual and the route he takes seems random; at every step his movement is fast, energetic, spontaneous / He sees the unexpected and he know that a receptive mind is the key to his creative success and enrichment / He has the ability to see the world around him differently, he is the catalyst for new experiences, and together with his friends he turns the night upside down and back again.