Product Type: Hugo Boss fragrances
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Nice but not as complex as some others
Hugo Energise Eau de Toilette
Member Name: jipp05
Hugo Energise Eau de Toilette
Advantages: Good scent for everyday wear, nice mix of sweet and spicy
Disadvantages: Doesn't grab you the way some other aftershaves do
~~~~~~~~~~ Notes ~~~~~~~~~~
I always like knowing what the notes are in my aftershave as I like to know whether or not I can actually smell them when wearing the aftershave. This particular aftershave has top notes of Mandarin, Pink Pepper, Cardamom and Coriander. The middle notes are made up of Coriander leaf, White Freesia and Amyris Wood while the base notes come from Cocoa beans.
Sometimes with aftershaves and perfumes the notes that the fragrance is supposed to smell of smells nothing like the actual fragrance when you spray it on your skin but this is actually quite like I would imagine it to be from reading what the notes actually are.
~~~~~~~~~~ The fragrance ~~~~~~~~~
This particular aftershave is a really fresh and uplifting smelling men's fragrance. It is one that is really suitable for anything and can be worn anytime as it is not only refreshing in summer but there is also a spiciness to it which is really nice and warming in the winter time too. It is definitely a modern man's fragrance and doesn't have the musky smell of a lot of more classic aftershaves. I like a really distinctive aftershave and while this one is distinctive in its own right it is the sort of inoffensive smelling aftershave which can be easily worn in the office as it doesn't overpower or cause people to reel from what you are wearing.
The fact that it is called energise is really apt as it is actually one of those fragrances which makes you feel energised while wearing it.
It is a very young smelling aftershave which isn't a bad thing as it just means it is modern smelling. I have seen this in a lot of nightclub toilets and it is one of those that seems to be very popular with men in their 20's. The design of the bottle is also skewed very young with the curved shape and red accents.
When you first spray the aftershave you immediately notice that it is very sweet smelling. I can definitely pick up on the mandarin in it as it has a real hit of citrus but I can also detect a spiciness to it which I assume is coming from the pink pepper and cardamom. It also has a slight sweet powdery note to it which is actually quite nice when mixed with the citrus and the spiciness. The longevity and strength of this fragrance is really good as well. There is nothing I hate more than spending money on an aftershave only to have it fade after wearing it for a couple of hours. I can get between 6 and 8 hours of wear out of this before my nose can no longer detect it and even then I can sometimes still smell it on my clothing after a couple of days albeit subtly.
Although I have said that this can be worn all year I really do think it is best in summer as the heat really brings out the notes in it and just intensifies it somewhat. Normally I would think it was too summery to be worn in winter but I think that the spiciness of it makes it more suitable to be worn all year round than a lot of other citrus based aftershaves.
The one thing that I have a problem with is that although I think this is lovely it is also very forgettable. This is the kind of fragrance that I really like when I am wearing but it isn't something that I have to buy and I usually only pick myself some up in the sales. When I am wearing it I enjoy the smell but it isn't one that I grab from my collection to wear all the time. It also isn't one that gets a lot of compliments off people. It isn't to say that they don't like it but because it is so inoffensive people don't tend to go out of their way to mention it like they do with some other more distinct fragrances.
~~~~~~~~~~ Price and availability ~~~~~~~~~~
I can honestly say that I have never bought this full price as it is always heavily discounted in post summer and Christmas sales where as some aftershaves remain really expensive. The rrp price of the aftershave is £27 for a 40ml bottle, £37 for a 75ml bottle and £49 for a 125ml bottle so even full price this is good value when compared to a lot of designer men's fragrances. You can buy this online and in department stores but one thing I have noticed is that this isn't as widely available in shops as some other Hugo Boss fragrances.
~~~~~~~~~~ Recommendation ~~~~~~~~~~
I would recommend this aftershave but it depends on what you are looking for. This is a really 'nice' fragrance which basically means it can be worn by anyone and to anything but it isn't going to be someone's signature scent as it just isn't special enough. It is nice to wear and smells really good but it lacks the complexity of a lot of other aftershaves which are available. As a daily aftershave to keep you smelling good this is great but don't buy it expecting it to be amazing as although it is nice and I personally enjoy wearing it this particular aftershave isn't going to rock your world anytime soon.
Summary: A really good daily aftershave but just not as good as some others