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Paul Smith isn't one of the aftershave brands that really stands out when I think of which one to buy next, I usually stick to the more common ones of Izzey Miyake, Calvin Klein or Paco Robanne. The packaging doesn't really do much for this item either, it is quite dull and of a standard shape and size. The only reason I noticed it was when a lovely woman approached me in Boots and after me a spray of it, as you do I jumped at the opportunity of smelling nice as I walked around the shops so I agreed. The first initial smell was very strong and made me scrunch up my face as if I'd just been slapped but as it began to get comfortable on my sweater it began to give off a beautiful aroma which stayed with me all day as I was dragged from shop to shop. It really does make you feel more attractive as it smells so nice, it's a manly aftershave but with a smell that would attract the ladies. I will be going back and buying some more that's for sure!
This isn't one of my regular favourites - in fact, I didn't even know that Paul Smith made fragrances, but it managed to sing to me from the shelves in Boots, and I'm rather impressed with it. I'm not sure what persuaded me to pick it up - the bottle is pretty functional and doesn't exactly grab the attention, but maybe this helped. This isn't a flashy or overstated perfume, and the simple-yet-bold packaging hints at the kind of product contained inside.
In truth, top notes aren't the most promising. It's a spicy, rich fragrance on initial application, with sharp, strong touches to it. Happily, this fades, and only seconds after spraying it, the aroma is a much more pleasantly soft and woody one. At the same time, this depth and faint smokiness has fruity highlights mixed into it - hours after application, there's a pleasant hint of raspberries and cherries, but in a thoroughly strong, masculine way.
The staying power's pretty good with this product; in fact, it's a grower. It's not as distinctive or full-bodied as some other fragrances, but it's a good solid option that would be suitable for all sorts of occasions. In fact, it's probably best-suited to work or casual wear - a background aroma that doesn't shout too loudly or gas people with its pungency.
All in all, I'm a fan. I like the design, I like the smell, and I think it's pretty good value for money.
Paul Smith Man is a strong and masculine fragrance that embodies the very essence of British elegance and sophistication / Vibrant, zesty bergamot starts this scent with a resfreshing kick of yuzu and bergamot which settles down to a heart featuring warm incense and spicy accord / Sensuous violet accompanied by tonka bean ends the fragrance on a floral but highly modern and masculine note / Top Notes: Yuzu, bergamot and anise / Heart Notes: Incense, patchouli and spicy accord / Base Notes: Orris, voilet and tonka bean /