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This is a review about Giorgio Armani Code eau de toilette for men. I hope I've got you in the mode for code. When I say, 'code', of the fragrance genre, to me, this is all in 'code.' Words get elongated for sensuality purposes - extra syllables on words get the fashion orientated elongation treatment. E.g. 'Fragrance' is spoken like: Frray, grrr - ance, even in an English accent. The word seems to hold its own court and insists on ex-curricula sounding entitlements. If a word walked, Fragrance would be chest out chin up, lips pouting, derriere moving in a mesmeric fashion from side to side - complaining that she is associated with the word 'pong.' What's wrong with 'pong?' Pong says it all without the decadent, tongue-twisting paraphernalia. Long gone are the days of the brutish Henry Cooper's 'jus splash it all ova' - advertising quips - and of gruff Peter Gilmore's 'Onedin Line' naval force, the envy of the world depicted on the Old Spice labeling -epitomizing masculinity overload; the word beauty was purely for the ladies. Now the industry of beauty has manifested itself into male grooming. Grooming was once just for canines only, is not any longer - the term 'beauty' and 'grooming' has encroached 'grizzly adam' styled men like an unwanted pimple on date night. I could blame Giorgio Armani for this gender intrusion but alas, I'm too metro man orientated to offer disparaging comments against fragranced odours hereby replaced hirsute body odours.
Notes, not of the monetary kind
During my experimental days whereby a singular glinted blade glided through my bum fluffed chin as if cutting though margarine - I didn't need an eau de toilette - nor did I crave for any skin product comforts when I saw the thin hairs nurturing against the side of the bathroom sink - traumatized after having been cut loose from a young chin. A quarter of a century on - I need a eau de toilette - Probably a realization that the creased pores of my face require frequent hydration or an amorous scent, an occupational hazard due to closely examining my personal aging process after a good preening session. No, Code hasn't taken ten years off me visually but it gives me peace of mind that I'm not neglecting my facial duties after a close shave. There are also other benefits that I won't disclose so to not offend the easily offended - put it this way, hirsuteness is a big turn-off. Apparently, Code smells of a citron cocktail of bergamot and lemon with soft notes of olive tree blossom, gentle warmed on Guaiac wood and Tonka Bean, may sound like a pretentious 'Pret-a-Manger' wrap - however, it does get the thumbs-up on the fragrance front, partly due to the scent having natural scent qualities, therefore far from chemically - and doesn't pong of a 'baby wipe.'
Obviously, going by the advertising campaigns Armani Code is for young successful males who demand respect, preferably accessorized with a wafer-thin Audrey Hepburn on their lapel at all times especially if a camera is active. Naturally their attire must be from the wardrobe of David Niven or a Buckingham Palace butler - neither of which are easily available - but if you can do sophistication Armani Code 'won't let you down.' Sorry wrong advert. Armani Code's fragrance, entices a sultry, seductive mood, for the modern man who knows what is what - what? Don't take it literary, it does depend on who you are with - and the main properties of the balm is a skin moisturizer predominantly, again if you find that the scent provides extra-curricula activities that gives you pleasure it maybe a fluke - or could be your charismatic charm. One thing you must not do is to tell Giorgio Armani about the dalliance it'll only massage his gargantuan Italian ego.
Notes, of the monetary kind
Priced at a steep 49.99 GBP and lives in a sturdy 'noir glass baton' claiming to be a lotion for 'apres-rasage' 4.2 oz The tubular baton foregoes a squirt nozzle and opts for a screw top - so be careful when pouring the lotion onto your palm, the lotion will pour out in abundance. This occurrence catches me out every time and I denote it is a clever packaging ploy to run out of Armani Code far more quickly than one with a nozzle. One added bonus: the fragrance is long lasting - I haven't timed it, as it varies to each individual. Total decadence - Giorgio Armani knows what a woman wants? - The code to his bank balance.
Launched in October 2004 Black Code is Armani's first masculine oriental scent / Elegant timelessly sensual understated and yet heady it is a fresh spicy composition which opens on notes of lemon and bergamot leading to a heart of olive flower /