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I was first introduced to this brilliant fragrance by a mate who always used to wear it when we were out on the pull. I need not say that it got the attention of many fine women! It is a strong quality fragrance. Prior to this, I had never heard of the brand 212 or Carolina Herrera but now I am on my 4th bottle. It is ideal in the evening for all sorts of occasions, whether you are going to a party, restaurant, club, pub or even just visiting someone, This is the perfect fragrance that always gets noticed for the right reason. I cannot describe what it smells like really, you really have to just try it. I have become a fan of this and the entire range of 212 fragrances(sexy, vip, on ice). A few sprays will last you the entire evening and it represents great value for money.
I now have a collection of over twenty different aftershaves/eau de toilettes. These range from budget fragrances, through to the more expensive, and through to celebrity brands. However the 212 aftershave definitely comes under the budget category, but this is no bad thing, it simply means that it is value for money.
This is one of those rare fragrances where I enjoy the dry down as much of the top notes, usually it is one or the other especially when it comes on to the price this is available at, but not here. The top notes are different types of leaves, now whilst this is true, I also get a very citric smell from this initially, and after 30 minutes or so this then develops into a more woody smell and this coincides with the base notes of woody musk with sandalwood.
I recommend this fragrance for day to day use, mainly for going to work. In terms of evening use, dates, clubbing etc, I don't think this is the one you should be looking at. Simply as the smell isn't quite unique enough, it is an everyday smell and hence should be worn for that type of use. In terms of evening use maybe look at Polo black or even if you want to look at Carolina Herrera then maybe look at the VIP version.
The longevity of this fragrance is about six hours, unfortunately on my skin it does not last the best, but like I always say, this can vary from person to person. The projection however is very good, and can be smelt from a couple of feet away, although not too strong, that people will be smelling you from miles away!
I got my bottle on special offer, so there is no point mentioning my price as you will not be able to find it, however you can get a 30ml bottle fro under £17 at fragrance mad and cheap smells. Let me know if you need more details. Of course the bigger sized bottle you get, the more expensive it becomes, however the less you pay per ml. You can get a 100ml bottle for just under £34. The 50ml bottle works out at 56.67pence per ml, whilst the 100ml bottle works out at 34 pence per ml. So of course it is much cheaper with a 100ml bottle but this applies to most things in life whether it is fragrances or food. Great value either way in my eyes.
I would put this above the Paul Smith for men fragrance in terms of the actual smell, but for my normal day to day use I think Huge Boss for men will always be the number one. However second place for day to day wear is not bad at all.
In terms of value for money this is definitely the best out of there, simply for that fact alone, well I say fact but its more of a personal opinion, however I give this five stars.
This is a fantastic fragrance but not something I would buy myself. I was given this by an ex girlfriend of mine and although L ike the smell I normally have fragrances that are stronger.
It comes in a stylish cylinder shape bottle, with bold writing on the front of it. It is engraved with a mix colour of silver and black writing with 212 as the emblem. What I like about the bottle is that it comes in a really cool shape but also that it is very sturdy. I have broken two expensive after shaves in my time because they have been made of glass and they have been broken on the bathroom floor from knocking them over. If you happen to be a bit clumsy they this won't happen and will certainly last a long time as its made of plastic there is no chance of you losing that expensive favourite.
Although not an after shave that is particularly well marketed in the media I am sure if they did many more people would get to know about it and therefore appeal to a wider customer base. What I like about it and I think more people would enjoy is the fact that it is a lighter smell that you could wear if you want during the day. The first time I used it I actually sprayed on the normal amount I use. Which is a few sprays around the neck and ears. After about 30 seconds I still couldn't really tell if I had put any on. It is such a light fragrance in that sense. It was only when I started to move around that I could smell the after shave working. This in my mind would make it suitable for wearing to work when you needed to freshen up for that business meeting or perhaps to join friends after work. Yes of course you could wear it at night time too for going out and you will find you get some excellent responses but it is its durability and multi functions to wear in different environments that I particularly like.
Do not mistake the lighter smell for weakness either. The fresh, vibrant product will still stand the test of time when you put it on so as not to fear you would have to put lots of this on and keep maintaining the sprays throughout the day. It will stay with you all day like all good eau de toillettes do.
Overall this is quality you can be sure of that and one to wear for all ocassions.
I first purchased this eau de toillette on a holiday to Crete at duty free, i was pounced on by one of those women who clearly get paid comission for each sale and thought that i would give it a try. I loved the smell straight away and during my holiday i wore it each night to the clubs. I met up with this girl and we were together for 2 years and each christmas or birthday i would find a bottle in one of my presents....... it was clear to say that she loved this smell. My now girlfriend is also obsessed with this smell and as a result i have not been able to change my fragrance for 3 years :D everybody i bump into seems to love the smell and comment on its scents...... if any girls are looking for a present for their guy then this is a very masculin smell and one that you will love. I cannot be without this lovely smell by Carollina Herrera and it is well worth the £30 - £40 PRICE TAG. it may be one of the more expensive smells on the market however deals can be found and it will not dissapoint.
It comes in lovely packaging and the quality throughout is unbeatable
A must have and an excellent change of smell if this is the direction you wish to take. perfect gift for any males birthday............... or christmas 2010?? :D
This is a great scent, and one to be highly recommended. I first discovered it when I asked a guy at work what he was wearing. He's now my fiance! So, I'm biased, but I'm really picky and I'm really taken with 212 men.
It has a fresh, air-y quality to it, so although a good all-round smell, it's particularly great for daytime wear. The slightly spicy, citrus-y initial smell is also warmed with a tinge of floral scent. It smells of quality - not like some of the more Lynx-y male EDT. It also isn't too heavy or musky, yet it warms nicely on the skin and I find it subtly changes as the day goes on. Saying that it lasts very well, and you certainly don't have to douse yourself in it like some cheaper brands.
The bottle is pretty satisfying too. It's encased in a metal cylinder and the 212 are part of the glass bottle underneath. The lid is the top part of the cylinder and has a quirky magnet fitted so it snaps back into place on top of the bottle. Pretty robust, which is good if you're going to sling it in bag!
212 MEN was recommended to me a few years back as almost a "secret fragrance", only the best get to hear about it! It isn't as well known as say the Armani or Davidoff brands which actually works in its favour as I still get people asking what I'm wearing (In a positive way).
I've now been using it on and off since my first recommendation because it really is a wonderfully aromatic and distinctive smell which people will notice.
It's got a mix of wonderful spices and a slightly floral and "citrus-y" edge to it. It really is classy compared to some other fragrances out there. This feels as if it wasn't churned out in some East European factory in the tanker loads.
What I really love is that you don't need to splash on too much so there's always just a hint of the smell compared to some of the slutty "splash all over your body" sprays.
The actual packaging is basic but the bottle is a clever cylindrical container with a heavy magnetic lid that clicks on to close.
A recommended EDT that will set you apart from the common fragrances. It will make you stand out from the crows!
I discovered this fragrance while I was waiting in departures at Heathrow last year, as I was doing the usual routine that everyone does - spraying yourself with plenty of different eau de toilettes before boarding and annoying the other passengers by smelling like a tart's handbag. However this scent really appealled to me and I picked some up on the returning journey.
Carolina Herrera's 212 Sexy for men, despite a slightly ridiculous name is an alluring fragrance which has hints of grapefruit, ginger, mandarin, green leaves and aqua musk. It's a pretty powerful smell, so you don't need to apply much making it last quite a long time. I like it as it is especially distinctive, yet it is rare that I notice someone else wearing it. It's a musky and masculine smell which I think would probably be better for evening rather than daytime.
The scent comes in three sizes, 30ml (£25) , 50ml (£27) and 100ml (£38). These are the retail prices but you might find them lower online or if you are lucky enough to find yourself in a 'duty free area.'
The bottle is a nice design and comes in an indistructable aluminium tube that has a simple magnetic lid. Therefore it is brilliant just to chuck into a kit-bag with no worry of the bottle breaking or the liquid spilling everywhere.
Carolina Herrera 212 Men EDT For Him; is a refreshing, flowery fragrance / This masculine scent possesses a blend of a floral, yet totally masculine fragrance / It is recommended for office wear / Carolina Herrera 212 Men contains grapefruit, ginger, mandarine and green leaves, base of aqua musk.