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I tend to wear Code throughout the week to the office, a few spritzes and I'm good to go.
It's light enough to be worn as an everyday scent, but I find it too light for an evening out (I wear Hermes for that - see my review of it on my profile) - it tends to fade quite quickly and doesn't linger (in a good way!) like some of the other Armani range. I don't agree with buying cologne's based on the brand, but was bought this for a gift, it's not something I'd have chosen myself.
Armani's description of it as 'elegant and understated' couldn't be more accurate - it's not an offensive smell, but not something you're likely to get a lot of compliments on or have it noticed (even if you were to cover yourself in it it's not that strong!). After reading a lot of the other reviews I may be unique in my opinion here, and I agree that colognes are an individual's choice, but this doesn't smell like the premium cologne it's advertised as here. I work in Mayfair, so you smell a lot of Neroli Portofino and custom blends in the area - it's difficult to find a cologne unique enough to stand out here, so it's not one I'd recommend to those looking to make an impact at a business meeting.
The bottle is a classic design, very elegant and almost more suited to a female parfume, but looks manly enough on the bedside table.
After recently reviewing the Armarni Code EDT for Women, I decided I would also review the men's fragrance as well, obviously from more of a woman's perspective, but I did ask my other half on his thoughts to be able to provide a well rounded review.
Firstly the bottle is as pleasing to the eye like the woman's fragrance. It is in a more masculine bottle though, with dark navy blue glass and a chunky silver lid. Toward the base of the bottle is the name and brand of the fragrance in a simple white/silver writing. The bottle is sold in a simple blue cardboard box with the same design as the bottle. You can purchase the fragrance in 30ml and 50ml EDT and the 30 ml is usually priced at around £36 which is I feel a good price for a mens EDT. I actually bought this EDT for by boyfriend a few Christmas' ago as part of a gift set which was on offer at Boots at the time for around £40 including a shower gel and aftershave balm.
Fragrance wise the male fragrance is quite different to the feminine version, and has definite citrus tones to it that I can pick up on when my boyfriend wears it. It has top notes of Star Anise, Olive Flower and Citron, and base notes of Guaiac Wood. You can pick the as mentioned the citrus notes and a woody undertone in the fragrance, and my boyfriend mentioned that the citrus tones do stay noticeable throughout most of the day. The fragrance is quite seductive and modern and is very distinctive when worn.
The EDT has good staying power as well and has good strength. When applied the fragrance is not overpowering but will still stay put for 6-7 hours before gradually fading.
I originally received this as a Christmas gift which came as a big surprise as I'm not a great lover of Armani fragrances. They usually are overwhelming and don't last that long. However, I am glad to say that some one must have decided to address that by introducing this fragrance to the market.
Removing the bottle from the box, the first sensation is of quality. The bottle is black glass, heavy and feels like it could survive a drop from height. A simple font on the front in white gives the name. The top comes off with a tight, reassuring click meaning that it is not going come off if you throw it in your luggage; no spillages here. If there is one slight issue, the bottle styling curves inwards, so if you are obsessional about your space, you will be slightly irritated by the way your shelf isn't being maximised. Then again, this is an accusation that can be labelled against a lot of designs.
The scent is a warm, woody one with just a hint of citrus and pulls of the trick of being there but not choking. It's a strong fragrance that demands attention but it won't sicken people. The second thing that it does well is to last long. I would estimate about 12 hours, which given my experience of eau de toilettes is pretty impressive. It is also still strong enough to be smelt by other people too.
In terms of when I use, I do find it more appropriate for evenings and nights out rather than workplace but each to their own. A 30ml bottle retails for about £28 and a 50ml bottle will set you back about £35 on amazon.co.uk. As ever shop around, especially approaching Christmas and you should get cheaper deals. I like it because of it's quality feel and smell and certainly instills confidence in its' wearer
First of all, the bottle is extremely aesthetically pleasing. It's really simple but really standout and will have people asking what it is. Coupled with the brand name, you're on to a sure winner when people ask you about it.
And then the smell. The smell is brilliant, it's sort of a soft smell, but at the same time a little bit spicy, it's hard to place, but like the bottle, really is premium. It's a little bit citrus, a little bit natural, and a bit sweet. It's not overpowering at all, but it definitely is noticable. Further to this, in comparison to other rival sprays on the market, the smell does not diminish quickly, remaining noticeable for hours.
With a high premium feel and smell, the price itself is also, unfortunately at a premium. I personally paid £28 for a 30ml bottle, which while not perhaps the best value for money, I feel was still a good purchase, because you really do go out with a nice smell on you and it makes you feel confident about the night ahead!
Overall, everything about this product is premium, from brand name, to smell, to price. Therefore its a decision you have to make whether it's worth it, but to me, it is.
A sleek cardboard exterior opens to reveal the slim hourglass style bottle inside. Armani Code is both subtle and refined, with noticeable top notes and a lingering finish.
At around £40 it's a good price for such a pleasant aftershave, but I found compared to some other prestige brands the bottle doesn't last as long as I'd like. Re-application is needed 3-4 times over a 12 hour day.
The base notes don't linger for a too long, and it's really the combination of these deep tones with the top notes of lemon that give it its unique smell. Once the base notes are gone, it is a little weak in scent, and doesn't really stand out. This is one aftershave that needs the full spectrum of it's notes to stand out, as no individual note sets it apart.
It's a hit with the fairer sex, the unbiased opinion of my female coworkers is that a man wearing this is likely to be well of but not obscenely rich, and with a subtle sense of style.
A great addition to the cupboard, but not a day aftershave. Use in the Casino or the bar, with caution: your partner may not like the extra attention!
Originally called Black Code, and later rebranded to now as 'Armani Code'. As you would expect this fragrance/ aftershave was heavily marketed by TV adverts and posters. Armani say that Code is 'elegant and understated'.
oted men's second favourite fragrance ever in a 2010 magazine survey, this aftershave screams elegance, class and is clearly popular as its been on the shelves now for nearly 6 years. Its this popularity whoch is unmistakable, the smell is classy, seductive and says im elegant and sophisticated.
Id say you can definately smell hints of lemon, guaiac wood (a kind of charcoal), and olive. They provide a deep and sweet smell that lasts for a long time, it would be easy to put too much of this on and so it could be quite over powering. There are rival fragrances such as; Givanchy polay, Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet which I have also owned but id say Armani Code is the one that people always comment on when im out and when I was a singleton, my most succesful aftershave if you know what I mean.
The bottle design is very simple yet reflects the aftershave weel it is smooth lined, looks like a classic car, the bottle colour is smokey glass which gradually fades to black as you go up the bottle. The lid itself is plastic, hard resin, quite light, but as with most aftershaves the all glass bottle makes them pretty weighty but able to take a cheeky fall if you drop it...I wouldnt recommend doing this too much.
The true test of an aftershave is how many women and men if thats your fancy comment on whata ncie smell it is. When I wear it I am constantly complemented. I dont wear it allot and especially dont wear it at work. But being armani there is one problem, but also being an aftershave this is not uncommon and that is the price it actually lasts for around 6 months with a normal 30ml bottle with regular use, I dont use mine very much and I have had it for nearly 2 years...and 50ml bottle will set you back anything from £35-£45
Id have to say that along with Hugo Boss Homme is by far my favorite aftershaves it is attractively packaged and isnt the most expensive on the market, although certainly at the more expensive part of the market. Ultimately you could put this fragranc on it will last for over 6 hours without havong to put it on again. But it is just too strong to wear daily I think its a special occasion fragrance
I also have the shower gel, as it came in a pack and this is also nice, butthe fragrance is just too strong to wear as a shower gel, although it will make you smell nice.
This is the first aftershave that I purchased but I belive that it is one of the best. There are other aftershaves such as the Dolce & Gabanna one million which smell amazing and are a good choice to buy.
The defining factor is however is the individual. I feel that the armani code suits me better than other fragerances do. There are many reasons for this. First and foremost the armani brand is known for its subtlety and this fragerance is no different. While other aftershaves are over powering or fruity this is pleasant to smell and somewhat understanted. It is something you could wear to work at the office as well as at the club.
I havn't had any issues with irritation even when putting a fair ammount on. The only real thing that I would point out that if alot is put on then it does lose some of its subtle smells so it should be used somewhat sparingly.
The only disadvantage is that it somewhat lacks staying power compaired to other similar products.
I have done a fair few reviews of fragrances and the main reason is I like to try new ones all the time. I particularly like to receive a selection of minituares for Christmas or Birthdays and in the one this year contains a 7ml sample bottle of Giorgio Armani's very popular Armani Code fragrance. This is one of the more expensive Armani fragrances you will find with just a 50ml bottle setting you back just over £40 so having seen the price, does this fragrance give you enough to counter the steep price. Well read on and you'll find out my view of this fragrance. This fragrance was released in 2004 when it was originally called Black Code and is still a very popular fragrance.
I was quite impressed with the look of the bottle when I first saw this fragrance available. It looks quite different in shape and style from most other fragrances and that makes it stand out a little, not that it needs to stand out all that much given the sway that a Giorgio Armani fragrance has already. It's expensive but it also looks like an expensive product from the look and feel of the bottle. This fragrance is styled as seductive and for me this description is quite accurate. Anyway enough about the look, It's important yes but the most important thing with any fragrance is of course how it smells.
Armani Code continues a fine reputation of Armani fragrances with a fresh, citrus scent which also has the usual notes of bergamot and combines them with something different with the excellent olive tree blossom. Also included are Guaiac wood and Tonka Bean which add a nice touch to the overall feel of this fragrance. It has to be said that this "Armani Code" is a very elegant fragrance in both style and scent.
The "Armani Code" fragrance opens with the instant citrus scent of lemon mixed with bergamot, This is an excellent opening and impresses on a first smell. The notes lasting for typically 3 hours before blending into the middle notes which give a slightly oriental feel.
This is where the Olive Flower comes in from the Olive Tree, this is an interesting result and changes the scent. It's a very upmarket smelling scent which works really well for a good few hours until fading towards the bottom notes.
We finish the fragrance notes with the excellent combination of Guiac Wood and Tonka Bean which makes for a spicy yet subtle fragrance. This particular part of the fragrance is great for a night out with friends. It lasts for around 3-4 hours before fading.
This is an excellent but rather pricey fragrance. If you don't might spending a little extra or you find a great deal then snap up this great fragrance and you won't be disappointed. I would guess that this fragrance is aimed at men going out at night for meals etc but this is pretty much a versatile fragrance which is subtle enough for everyday use and distinguished enough for posh do's. I always look for a fragrance with some versatility and this one has loads. Great fragrance just shop around for the best deal before you rush in.
The content of the bottle is 100ml. You can also buy the same scent with a capacity of 50 and 75ml. The 100ml bottle is quite big and looks in my opinion not as nice. The bottle is approximately 20cm long and 5cm wide. I think it makes it much too long and too thin. The bottle is again very strong, and moreover not fragile. That is handy. The bottle is all black in color, and at the bottom in white / gray wrote: Armani Black Code.
You can easily take off the cap and then you can administer the Eau de Toilette by pressing the button of the spray. The spray is quite strong and gives me the right amount. You can also feel free to 3 sprays per second, so it is very fast.
I find the smell very good, but also different. At the beginning it smells very strong, like most perfumes. You can tell the scent of lemon but later on it settles down to more a sweet scent. There is also bergamot, olive flower, guaiac wood and Tonka beans. I think the olive flower gives it more a sweetness. The scent will definitely stay with you for a long time and I think it last almost the whole day. I think it's always difficult to say how long precisely but I would say about 8 hours.
I found the smell, delicious and very special, and so surprising. The bottle does not look too good, I think. He is in my opinion too long and too thin. I find the smell quite strong at the beginning, but fortunately a strong smell disappears after a few seconds. The smell is in my opinion not too sweet. It's a nice and different fragrance that you can buy for
I've been tossing the idea of writing this review back and forth for the past few weeks, but have decided to write it anyway. I was only hesitant to write it as it is an Eau de Toilette for men - I am, of course, not a man. I figured that a female opinion may be helpful for some people out there, and considering I've experienced this scent a hell of a lot in the past few months, I feel like I can give a useful review despite not wearing it myself (at least, not everyday :P).
I first smelled this scent when I met my boyfriend and I instantly fell in love (with the scent, not the boy, I don't fall in love that quickly!) - it's a very sexy scent and was very much part of why I was attracted to him in the first place. I always like a man to smell nice, none of this dirty 'man scent' for me!
Armani Code, Eau de Toilette (for men, Giorgio Armani also does a version of Armani Code for women) comes packaged in a very minimalistic, simplistic way. This isn't to be confused for cheap looking as the packaging still manages to look fantastic perched on a shelf. The box is black with pale grey and white font simply stating that this is Armani Code, Eau de Toilette by Giorgio Armani. No fancy packaging here, but it certainly works!
Upon removing the bottle from the box you can tell that Armani have stuck with the simplistic design as the bottle is again very simple. It is a cylindrical shape which slightly flares out at the top and bottom, creates a very soft curve in the bottle (see image above) and is a very dark navy in colour. This tends to look black most of the time, but when the light shines through the bottle, you can see the navy come to life.
The fragrance itself is released through a typical spray that you will find on most fragrances these days. Very simple to use and performs well.
Now for the fragrance, some people are aware that to really dig deep into how a fragrance smells, you have to understand the notes of it. This is always much easier to do with female fragrances rather than male fragrances, but let's give it a go!
Top notes are the scents that you smell as soon as you spray the fragrance.
The heart or middle notes are the scents that you will become more aware of as the scent settles onto your skin, these can take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour to push through the top notes.
Base notes are the scents your are left with on your skin after a good few hours of wear, these are usually the strongest notes.
After reading up on the notes for this fragrance, I've decided that this is an incredibly unique scent that is blended together perfectly. The top notes claim to be bergamot and lemon and while I have no idea what bergamot smells like, I can definitely detect a hint of lemon in there. Next we have the heart note which is olive flower. This is definitely one of the strongest notes in the fragrance and although it is a heart note, it is detectable straight away. The base notes are guiac wood and tonka beans - again, I've never smelled these (nor heard of them!), but there is certainly a manly, woodsy scent left on the skin after using this fragrance.
I mentioned earlier that I think the scent is blended together perfectly, this is because the notes come together so well and don't separate and drift off like other fragrances do, which would then create a whole new scent altogether. This is one that will stay the very same from the time you spray it to the time you wash it off - although it won't be as strong.
The lasting power of this scent is incredible too. Both my boyfriend and my dad use it now (which is a little awkward because my brain correlates this scent with comfort and seduction, not something I want to be thinking about around my dad!) and both only need one or two sprays of this to last them the whole day. My boyfriend does like to add one extra spray before going out at night just for a little extra kick, but this isn't necessary.
Alongside the fact that it has a great lasting power, it will also scent whatever area the wearer is in. Like I said, my boyfriend only uses one or two sprays but his car always smells like this scent and we can smell it everywhere we go when he's wearing it.
In the intro I mentioned that I don't wear this fragrance, or at least not everyday, this is because I've been known to have a spritz of it myself if the other half is away and I need a little extra comfort. I also have a little stuffed cow that he spritzed with the fragrance a while ago (yeah, we're cheesy) and the scent is still there. It's very subtle, but definitely strong enough that I can smell it.
A 75ml bottle will set you back £51 in Boots (earning you 204 advantage card points), while you can buy the cheaper 50ml bottle for £43 (earning you 172 points). This is obviously quite an expensive little fragrance, but due to the lasting power and the fact you only need one or two sprays, I find this to be an excellent price for the quality you're getting.
Overall I think this is a fantastic fragrance. I wouldn't wear it myself on a daily basis, or even to go out, but for you men out there this is one that you definitely can't go wrong with. It is very sexy but also warming and comforting, so if you're out on the pull, this might be just what you need!
Thanks for reading!
Purchasing this and drakkar was one of my best fragrance buys ever. Armani black code is one of the most elegant, and beautiful smelling products I have bought. I have got to say that wearing this fragrance, I had a lot of "oh my god, what is he wearing it smells so good" by the females. They did a really superb job with this product, however it is a tie between Drakkar Noir and Armani Black Code. Both are superb products, and I will definitely be restocking this as soon as my supply finishes. I wore Armani Black Code to a interview, and just having a nice fragrance really changes the perspective people have towards you. You can be a complete slob, go to a interview with nice dress pants and dress shirt, spray some of this "job tie breaker" on and you are sure to have people thinking you are a clean person :) Overall I recommend anyone picking this up, males only.
If you want the women to follow you around like they do on the lynx ad's, I'd recommend getting some Armani Code on your skin pronto.
When it comes to fragrances, I'm far from an expert, but I go on my instinct, smelling it on others, and listening to my girlfriend and her friends. This is one smell that every single girl I know has complimented me on. It has a masculine, slightly spicy, simple smell that makes you want to smell it again. It's so good at lasting as well. The smell will easily last all night from 3 or 4 sparys and usually lasts on the clothes if you were to wear them again that week, which is something I don't do, as I'm not disgusting, however, I am prone to tell lies.
It's got a nice design, which doesn't really matter much to me, just a nice extra, but something I do judge is travelability, new word, which is how easy it is to take with you. In this case, with it's slick design, it's very easy.
*Note (the first of many ...): I don't know a lot about fragrances. This one smells good. I'll explain why ...*
Decked out in sleek, unfussy midnight blue (that is to say, black) and apparently inspired by the glimmering lapels of an Armani tuxedo, Code makes a bold statement of refined masculinity. This is a fragrance that likes beer and chips, but shuns plastic cutlery and knows its Debussy from its Dvorak. Or something equally cultured.
I'd describe the base notes, but I don't know what a base note is. The smell, though - or the fragrance, so as to sound more agreeable - is deep and sultry, heady and slightly surly. Apparently I'm looking for bergamot, guiac wood and tonka beans; a generous reward is on its way to *anyone* who knows what tonka beans smell like.
As I'm not one of those people, the olfactory experience is more like this:
The first whiff is rich, like fancy truffley chocolate left out to melt on a hot summer's day. Then - there's more - a bold, aggressive citrus fragrance bursts through (a "note", perhaps?), a hint of lemon maybe, or an angry orange. There's a wafting of a horse's tail that follows this, a pang of flattened grass, a sensation like licking a well-used piece of garden furniture, and then your nose is so heavily-assaulted by manly odours you can't detect much of anything anymore.
Armani Code is a bold, distinctive fragrance, then, that asserts itself pretty strongly on first application, but mellows into a deep, thoroughly pleasant background smell. It's long-lasting and improves with time - up to a point - and has plenty enough staying-power to hang on throughout a night out or day at work. It seems to speak of assurance and quiet confidence, and is sufficiently arresting so as to be noticeable without gassing everyone in the room. Comments are inevitably positive - so it's heavily, mannishly recommended.
Smells like: a dignified older gentleman hosting a charity gala-cum-lecture on the mating habits of white tigers.
Looks like: It would be difficult to break. I haven't tried yet, as this would make it a poor-value purchase. Very black, mildly intimidating, potential for use as a blunt instrument in hand-to-hand combat.
Retails like: a moderately expensive fragrance, but worth the outlay. Lasts ages with regular use, and a little goes a long way. Priced at around £30-40.
This for me is ultimate fragrance on a night out. Its sophisticated and has a strong smell without being to overpowering. It has a mellow, spicy scent and I havent come across anyone who doesnt like it. It lasts for hours and doesnt lose its strength. Other fragrances such as attitude seem to be copied versions of code and are ok but not as good. I will still purchase other fragrances but code will always be in my stock because it has in my opinion a timeless smell. As well as using for a night out I'd say its ok as an everyday fragrance as well, because of the smell not being to overpowering as I mentioned above. The only thing I would say though it can be over done easily if sprayed to much, three of four sprays is enough which is a good thing as it lasts for a long time.
I bought this aftershave a couple of years ago after coming across a sample of it in a magazine I was reading at the time.
Unfortunately I cannot agree with all the excellent reviews I have read for this product. I am in my late 20's and have passed the school days of drowning myself in the cheapest, most potent aftershave I could find. I now prefer a more subtle tone that not every second person will be wearing.
Yes, I agree, it is quite a pleasant fragrance but it would not be at the top of my list. I find the scent to be very strong, sickly sweet and should only be applied sparingly. Most girls I spoke to agreed and said they found the smell to be common and sickly. Sickly definitely seemed to be the most common term associated with this fragrance.
This being said, the scent does last for long periods of time so I found topping up is un-necessary. Aftershaves are such a personal preference and this being said, my scense of smell will be greatly different to the next guy or girl. Sadly this product just isn't for me.