Product Type: Hugo Boss fragrances
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Separates the men from the boys? Really!
Baldessarini Ambre Eau de Toilette
Author Name: superness11
Baldessarini Ambre Eau de Toilette
The slogan for this fragrance is, "Separates the men from the boys." I can only imagine that they are saying that this EDT is aimed at the adult market rather than teenagers. It does indeed carry a more sophisticated, adultness to it that borders on boring rather than "grown up." This is a lonely bottle still sat in our bathroom cupboard as neither of us like it. It has a very spiciness to it that just doesn't do it for me. Obviously if I do not like it, he does not like it! That is a joke and he is allowed his own opinions, however even he is not a big fan, it is a little too fruity for him.
==Price and availability==
This is a cheap and cheerful fragrance and you can pick up the 50ml bottle for less than £18. This is a great price for a branded aftershave but you are paying for the label as the quality is failing slightly.
Baldessarini was created by Jean-Marc Chaillan andPierre Wargnye over ten years ago now. In my opinion, the fragrance is outdated and smells old fashioned. I like its the spices; I just don't like it. The bottle is simple and I like the design of it. Clear heavy set glass vessel that is see through with a silver pull off lid and black simple letting on the bottle. It is unpretentious and very attractive.
This has a very old man feel it and although I am careful not to offend those that like it; I think that there are much nicer fragrances out there. The fragrance opens with bright fresh orange notes, sparkling mandarin and the fruity sweetness is counterbalanced with mint. The spearmint makes the scent much fresher and lighter. Now these could easily be found in feminine perfumes, so what makes the fragrance masculine? It is the heart. The composition of the heart is a spicy; cloves and cumin with a delicate touch of patchouli flower. The perfume base is heavy too and you have tobacco, spruce, sandalwood and musk. I love sandalwood as its so clean and creamy but the other notes? I mean tobacco, really? I cannot specifically pick this out and just now I have asked my boyfriend and he did not realise that tobacco was used either. It can explain some of the muskiness of this fragrance though. The overall effect is a warm, amber muskiness.
==How it lasted and how I found it ==
When we opened the packaging and this was a fragrance on its own rather than in a set, the fragrance looked pleasant. I always like to see the colour of the liquid and to me it gives me an indication of how it will smell and if I will like it. Rose coloured perfumes are too floral for me, dark yellow are too overpowering and I tend to prefer lighter coloured liquids as they are crisper and fresher. Interestingly, I judge my vino by the same standards! So this looked ok, then we sprayed it, he like a true man squirted it about 4 times over his shirt and neck and I squirted it on my wrist. We soon realised that it wasn't for us as the overpowering muskiness took over. We both regretted his overzealous squirting but I have had worse. The scent is very masculine and it is the spices and deep nectar notes that are give it manliness. I think that this would work if you took out the tobacco, the spruce and musk and used less spicy notes. I have cardamom as a herb in cooking, it's too perfumed and pungent so I certainly don't want to smell like it; well my partner at any lengths.
In terms of lasting power, this was a long lasting one. The fragrance really hangs about which is a good thing if you like it but as we don't like it, it was not pleasant.
I have never really fallen for Hugo Boss. All the perfumes I have tried have not been ones I have wanted to buy again. I would say that this is for older men but I think even that is down to personal preference. Its too musky and spicy; not a keeper!