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With a day to go until my dad's birthday and no real plan for a present from me and the twin, I ended up heading into town an hour before my evening shift started in a last ditch attempt to find something!
Although fragrance does seem a little stereotypical as a present I headed straight to John Lewis to do a bit of side by side comparison. With a female nose I tried the Armanis and Diesels but felt they smelt far too sweet and young for a 45 year old guy! When I smelt this one I was sure he would like it too, it's definitely a modern man's scent, not a teenagers Joop spray! Although the smell is strong, I think it would be used more as an evening fragrance, or when dressing up. I bought the 50ml EDT, which came in a lovely looking glass bottle - perfect as a gift! The EDT was priced on the shelf at £41 and I'd price checked the cost on the perfumeshop website, to see how it compared, as I stood there and they had it listed as the same price. However, when I paid for it, the EDT ran through the till as £37.50. It turned out John Lewis was price matching a competitor (unbeknownst to me!), which just proved to me that John Lewis does offer quality and a good price!
This fragrance has complemented my father's other choices and adds a distinctive edge to his EDT repertoire that he uses for occasional formal wear, although it wouldn't be out of place in a swanky club either!
Walking into the fragrance section of Debenhams or Boots, you will undoubtedly be balled over by the choice. While it's great to try out new scents, the sheer number of colognes on the market now is just bewildering. I've tried countless fragrances from Calvin Klein to Armani, and I can safely say, there is no cologne for men that beats Dolce & Gabbana: The One.
D&G describe the scent as being "charismatic, modern and seductive", and I have to agree. Whenever I wear it, it always gives me a confidence boost - the smell for one, but more significantly, the sheer number of compliments I will receive on a night out. There's an undeniably masculine scent to it, not in an overpowering way, but it isn't as light and gender neutral as some of the CK brand I have tried. Having said that, it leads you to the only real drawback to 'The One' - it's fairly strong and sexy appeal feels perfectly suited to evening use, but I can't really imagine wearing during the daytime to meet friends or go to work. It's versatility is arguably a drawback, however it doesn't really bother me since I opt to wear cologne predominantly for a night out (and not for everyday use).
It has a classic and modern tone to it, with the heart notes of the fragrance being cardamom, ginger and orange blossom; its top notes being bergamot, mandarin, lychee and peach; and its base notes being cedarwood, ambergris and tobacco. It's a daring combination that really pays off, as the top notes are all quite sweet and fresh and perfectly counter-balance the woody base tones. The floral aspects of the scent are quite subdued, and the sweeter aspects of the fragrance begin to wear off slowly and transition to the musty, darker layers of 'the One'. This is a sign of a high quality fragrance, as a simple linear smell that remains the same a couple of hours later can often denote cheap and artificial ingredients (which in my experience, is never a good thing to have - either in terms of smell, or in having in contact with your skin for prolonged periods of time).
The bottle is very elegant, but also very sturdy with its thick glass and solid structure. There's certainly no danger of it falling over or breaking easily, and in my experience, it's fairly easy to travel with.
In terms of cost, for a 50ml bottle, it's available on Amazon for just over £38 - or £30 for the 30ml bottle in the PerfumeShop. It's definitely one to hunt around for, as with all fragrances, as the prices vary hugely online and in-store - it's very easy to find great offers and knock off significant amounts from the RRP. I suppose it's what you would call a mid-range fragrance, in that it's by no means cheap but given the quality of the smell and the brand, it's good value for money and is far cheaper yet superior in quality to a lot of its more expensive competitors.
What really seals the deal for me and reiterates the fact that it lives up to its lofty title of 'The One' is again, the sheer number of compliments I get when wearing this product. Men and women alike will tell me how good I smell, where I got it from and they'll often use the words "masculine" and "sexy" to describe it. I just can't help but love the attention and confidence boost it gives me, and I genuinely love the smell. Without a doubt, I can't imagine switching evening colognes ever again. They say when you find 'the One', there'll be no second guessing. And boy, they were right.
This will have the girls after you! Yes I know life doesn't work like that but it has taken me a while to settle on an aftershave and I think with 'The one' i may have found a winner. It's a quite sophisticated smell so your not going to smell like a teenage boy trying it on with his first girl you'll give off a vibe of knowing how to look after yourself. It also has the attraction of subtly changing. The intense smell that immediately follows spraying it is followed my a mellow fruity/woody/smoky smell but don't get me wrong you wont smell like an ashtray the woody smell is only subtle behind the main fruity fragrance and compliments it beautifully. This is definitely a fragrance I would say for the age bracket 20-30 which will make you stand out and I believe the slightly more expensive price is worth it.
When I first smelt this perfume I was instantly in love with it. It is one of the newer fragrances in the Dolce and Gabbana fragrances for men, which I believe they released once before for a limited time only. It has been one of the best sellers this Christmas with many stores selling out a week before the big day.
It has a wooden smell and it is hard to say much more than that. It has top notes of bergamot and peach and heart notes of ginger and orange blossom. It is very original and will not be like anything you have tried before.
It is a very modern fragrance suited to the sophisticated man. It is suited to all age groups but if I am honest it is more suited to men open to new smells, and not funny about appearing all masculine as it is not the typical masculine scent usually sold.
It is in the mid range price bracket, but is definitely worth it. It has been a huge hint with any women I have known to try it, but sometimes fall down to a few men who prefer the ultra male Gucci scent.
If you want to impress a lady, go for this!
The One for Men by Dolce & Gabbana is a new D&G fragrance to complement the existing womens version of "The One".
The advertising campaign is fronted by Matthew McConaughey and the images fit well with the style of the product.
The fragrance is a mixture of bergamot, coriander and basil, followed by cardamom (I had to look on wikipedia to find out what cardamom is - apparently a member of the ginger family), ginger itself and neroli (another quick trip to wikipedia - similar to bergamot). There's also a base of cedar, ambergris and tobacco, creating an overall "woody-oriental" fragrance.
The One for Men comes in 30ml, 50ml or 100ml bottles (priced at around £25, £35 and £45 respectively, although it's possible to find them for less if you shop around). As with all perfumes and aftershaves, the price per ml is much cheaper if you buy the bigger bottle, but I went for the 50ml version as it lasts for too long otherwise. I don't wear the same aftershave everyday so it takes me a while to use a full bottle.
The bottle itself is a nice, heavy glass bottle with a dark, wooden effect top (actually plastic) and more than holds it's own on a shelf with similar products.
I like the smell, and so does my wife, but like the Vera Wang fragrance I also reviewed, the smell doesn't last all day like Chanel Allure does. This is a little disappointing, but I'd still recommend this as either an everyday aftershave for work, or even for a special occasion.
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Don't let the Calvin Klein inspired name fool you, this is a powerful, masculine smelling fragrance that belong as far away from the CK one shelf as possible. Its a darker muskier smell than you would expect but one that exudes confidence and authority. One that certainly lives up to the high reputation of its creator. The smell immediately grabs you and pulls you in like outgoing tide of a seas of Italian sailors. It doesn't have the air of age either, its young, dynamic but one of seriousness too. The price tag might be on the slightly higher scale than its competitors but its worth it, the only fragrance that comes close would be the Chanel range for men. For a female perspective, my other half loves its sophisticated masculinity whilst not being too overbearing. Its a fragrance for the modern man, one that works hard. plays hard and always means business.
You're The One.
Dolce and Gabbana - The One for Men
As a woman, there is nothing better than a good smelling man. A nice whiff of aftershave as he passes by or a quick sniff of your husband as he goes out the door is likely to send any women crazy. That's why my husband always likes to smell good and the latest fragrance he has tried is The One from Dolce & Gabbana.
I had told him about this fragrance after seeing the television advert with Matthew Mcconaughey in. It's the one where he is relaxing on a couch without his top on wearing the fragrance. Well I thought, if you can look like that just by wearing this fragrance I have to get it for my husband. It just goes to show that marketing does work sometimes. Well, unfortunately, my husband still looks the same as before (lovely I think) but the fragrance is nice.
Dolce and Gabbana describe this fragrance as both classic and modern, sensual and engaging. I definitely think the bottle has a very classic look to it, quite clean and uncomplicated which is perfect for a men's fragrance but still effective and expensive looking in my opinion. The bottle is in a rectangle shape and is made of clear glass so you can see the liquid inside. The stopper on the top is a rectangle shape too and dark brown. It looks very masculine and I think that is nice.
The fragrance is described as vibrant elegance. It is a spicy, oriental fragrance which, in my experience is generally always how I find men's fragrances. To me though, this fragrance does not have an overly woody smell which is nice. It's strong yes, but not overly heavy and spicy like some fragrance which I do not really like. This has more of a strong fruity based smell without being girly in any way. It has top notes of grapefruit, coriander and basil. Then, the core notes of cardamom, ginger and orange blossom add a strong sensual component. It is finished off with cedar wood, ambergris and tobacco. Don't let the tobacco put you off though, I cannot smell any trace of cigarettes or anything like this in this fragrance!
You can buy this fragrance from Boots and other department stores. It is a bit expensive in my opinion but long lasting which is nice. A 100ml bottle will cost you £45 and a 50ml bottle will cost you £35.
Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men is a fragrance that is both classic and modern, sensual and engaging / The vibrant elegance of The One is introduced with bright top notes of grapefruit, coriander and basil / The core notes of cardomom, ginger and orange blossom are spicy and warm, adding a strong sensual component / The final accord is definitively masculine with cedar wood, ambergris and tobacco / The One for Men has an elegant glass bottle with clean, geometric lines and a refined, classic design.