When David Beckham branched into fashion and fragrance, no one really batted a cynical eyelid. An astute businessman and fashion icon himself, it was only a matter of time really. I was given a Beckham set for Christmas last year, and have used some of his products as a result.
The Instinct fragrance is Beckham's first, and doesn't disappoint. The packaging is rather simple, with a black box and some simple silver embossing. Less is more, I guess. The box opens much like any other fragrance box, so nothing special or surprising there. The bottle inside is a small and dumpy little bottle, which I quite like. The taller and thinner it is, the more chance I've got of knocking it over or breaking it in transit. It has a rather large lid on top of a slightly curved bottle, the lid housing an effective spray that is very easy to use and doesn't drip. This to me is a fundamental part of an effective spray, one that doesn't drip. Too many are poorly designed and after a period of use the spray fails on you a bit, getting worn away and becoming more of a nuisance than a simple morning spray.
It's designed for daytime use rather than going out at night. It makes sense, really, as it has a rather gentle fragrance to it. Officially, it's grapefruit zest, bergamot and cardamom, although there are plenty more flavours in there to a lesser extent, such as sandalwood and star anise, of all things (I haven't noticed any aniseed flavouring which is just as well as I'm not a fan). The resultant effect is a rather pleasant and gentle fragrance that does actually last a lot longer than most. Throughout the day, particular movements might trigger the residual fragrances on my skin, and I'll catch a gentle whiff of the scent. I wouldn't say it's as recognisable as something like Joop Homme or Game, but they have much stronger, masculine out at night scents which are designed to be noticed and associated with particular age groups, for example. This Beckham fragrance can be used by all ages, and I would say is ideal for work, personally.
They market it as a strong fragrance for the man looking to stand out, and the subtlety of the fragrance along with its durability is probably what does this. I found that even driving home at the end of the day, the scent was still there in its gentle guise, and this is what impressed me the most, I guess. So many fragrances rely on power at source in order to remain as a scent later in the day, which is where their secondary scents come through and potentially aren't quite the same quality. Beckham's original scent is ideal for durability with a mature approach. Retailing at £15 for a 30ml bottle, you can often get it for less, but it's still a price worth paying. Quality product.
Instinct by David Beckham is a light refreshing fragrance for men. It contains scents of grapefruit, mandarin leaf, cardamom seeds and patchouli.