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Farenheit is one of those classic aftershaves that I would bathe myself in as a teenager before I would leave the house. Having slightly more sophisticated tastes these days I avoid those aftershaves such as Fahrenheit and Kuros as it brings back bad memories of being a spotty awkward adolenscence.
The last time I was on holiday I couldn't resist having a little spray of Fahrenheit at the airport shop just for old times sake and it was instantly love at first sniff again. It was still just as overpowering but completely unique and gorgeous.
I noticed a bottle beside it called Fahrenheit 32 which piqued my interest and when the lady with the orange face asked if I needed any help I aksed her what the difference was and she informed me that Fahrenheit 32 was a newer less potent version of the original so I decided to buy that instead without even smelling it as I assumed it would be the same smell only lighter.
Fahrenheit aftershave was first created by Jean-Louis Sieuzac for Christian Dior in 1988 and quickly became a modern day classic.
In 2007 the designers François Demachy and Louise Turner were inspired to create a modern updated version of the original and Fahrenheit 32 was born and now sits alongside the original in department stores all over the world.
Upon looking at the bottle the difference between this and the original is immediately noticeable. Where as the original has a dark red glass bottle this is the complete opposite being a pure white glass bottle with a silver lid.
It states the name of the aftershave in red lettering and the all imprtant name of Dior on the bottom.
It's all very sleek and modern and just from looking at the bottle you expect the sent to be clean and fresh smelling. From looks alone it scores well and you wouldn't be ashamed to have it sitting pride of place on your bathroom shelf.
I was expecting Fahrenheit to be just a lighter more subtle version of the original and when I first tried it on I was dissapointed to find that it is actually a completely different smell entirely and only bares the slightest resemblence to the original.
It has a top note of orange blossom, heart note of veviter and a base note of vanilla and combined these notes give Fahrenheit 32 a light almost sweet smelling aroma.
The most obvious smell to me was the vanilla which is a strange choice for a man's aftershave and it has an almost feminine quality to it. Although not overly cloying the vanilla does overpower the rest of the notes and to me this is missing some sort of musky smell to give it a bit more character.
Although I was dissapointed to begin with I have started to apprecate this a little more as the months have gone by. I find it is much more wearable for everyday use than the original as it will never overpower anyone and it really does leave a clean fresh smell on the skin that is subtle but long lasting.
I actually think that the smell it leaves is reminicient of a really great shower gel and it leaves me feeling fresh all day which is great but maybe not for the price as I could acheive this feeling for a few pounds with a good shower gel and deodrant.
Being a Christian Dior aftershave it Fahrenheit 32 can be found practically everywhere that sells aftershaves all over the high street and internet. Strangly even though it is widely available I have never met anyone else who actually wears this.
As for price that will vary depending on size and where you buy it with internet retailers being the cheapest but exect to pay anywhere between £30 and £40 for a 50ml bottle.
Fahrenheit is a perfectly nice light aftershave that you will enjoy wearing but it smells nothing like the original and lacks anything that will excite you. It doesn't have the uniqueness of the original and is a tad on the generic side and for the money and because it is Christian Dior I just expected a little bit more from it.