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It comes in a very 'boxy' glass shape (as seen in the picture above) with a screw cap and a plastic squirter with Paul Smith written on one of the less wide sides. It looks like quite nice and the green tint of the bottle ensures you'll notice it on the shelf but it's by no means the most stylish aftershave bottle I've ever held. This bottle is exceptionally good value and is one of the main reasons why I always purchase it. For 30ml, you'll pay roughly £11. 50ml is £15, 100ml is £19. A quick Google search tells me that the top notes are: Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Basil, the middle notes are: Fig, Violet Leaves and the base notes are: Vetiver, Iris, Bio-Musk. Understanding that means nothing to most, for me, it's a light and fresh daytime scent with a gentle hint of orange. It's more subtle than overpowering but manages to last the majority of the day. Some may find it gets a little weak by the end of the day but this said, you can still smell it on your clothes/skin if you are 'looking/sniffing for it'. The main negative for me is that the screw cap can be pulled off without unscrewing which results in the removal of the plastic squirter. Although I've never done this, I have a friend who has managed to break all 3 bottles of this aftershave that I have owned. The bottle can still be used but in my opinion, the weak squirter assembly is a design flaw. Overall, this is a great fragrance for the price. I have a few other, nicer, sprays for evening wear but for everyday wear I always resort back to this. It's a real main stay in my collection.
This was a gift I received from my little girl for my birthday. I was given the choice of any new aftershave since my supply was running a little low, and vaguely remembered this as a nice summery one I quite liked from a bottle I had as part of a miniature/tester set. To be honest my wife was a bit reluctant to buy this given the price... it seems to be drastically reduced from the RRP which usually alerts her to a shoddy product, but I asked very nicely and it ended up on my prezzie pile after all! I got the large 100ml bottle of aftershave which was £18 from Debenhams. Usually the RRP on that size bottle is close to £35 so it was a seriously good buy (good job I liked it after all really)! The bottle is square and broad with a large acrylic screw top revealing a squirter underneath. It's made of green glass (unless it's actually clear glass and the liquid is green - I'll report back once I'm an inch into it!) and looks quite attractive. It looks light and summery. The scent is actually not what I usually go for. It's initially very fruity with very powerful citrus tones, then quickly settles down to a very flowery smell which tends to last the day. With a good deep inhale there is some spice there as well - maybe that's what appeals to me - with either clove or some ginger there as a vague afterthough. For a daytime aftershave it's about as refreshing as it gets, Flowery but not feminine, if that makes sense. As an evening scent it's a bit light and breezy, I prefer something either very sweet (Hugo Boss 'Bottled') or something deeper and more powerful (CK Be or Sean Jean Unforgiveable) for an evening. The Paul Smith lasts very well. I wear it to work and I'm quite active throughout the day, it does fade slightly by mid afternoon but I still get a little waft of it when I change in the evening. Despite the price I don't see this as a budget fragrance. I've no idea why it is reduced by such a large margin but I'm not complaining, it's a very nice and truly unique smelling aftershave. This comes in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml as well as miniatures in multi fragrance sets. The 100ml is currently available at Debenhams for £18 and a couple of discount online shops for £20-£22. Full price is £42.50 for the Eau de Toilette and £35 for the aftershave but not many places have it listed for that. This is usually one of the first discounted fragrances at Boots when they have an event on, but currently only the 30ml is on sale. Daytime fave, but a bit tame for the evening. K
Intro I'm not what you might call big user of aftershave, but I do like to wear it now and then when the mood takes me. I have a few on the shelf that were given as presents and two which I have self-purchased because I like them. Paul Smith falls into the former category. Paul Smith The bottle containing the light green liquid was to say the least unimaginative, being that it was pretty much the boring old square bottle with a round top. It has a darker green spray nozzle under the clear circular top. The small bottle I quite thick glass so I don't think dropping it would cause any serious damage. The reason I mention this is I though it the kind of fragrance my wife might throw out of the window since we seldom seem to agree on what's nice and what isn't. The longevity of Paul Smith is perhaps its most endearing feature; it seems to linger around all day, or evening if that is when you wish to wear it. This said it is quite sweet and fruity and at times it kind of sticks in the back of my throat. Apart from the predominant fruity overtones, once it settles there are tinges of floral scents drifting to the fore. It is not a fragrance that I would consider very masculine, although it is quite nice after it has been on some time. Initially however it is quite overpowering and strong, and it does take a while to settle. Summary I think I'd like this more if it settled quicker and the initial tones were less prominent, the slightly floral sweet, fruity later tones are really quite nice, and they are far more subtle than the initial slap of fruitiness. It's the one on the shelf which spends most time on the shelf purely because of this overwhelming factor. Usually if I'm getting ready to go out I'd put my aftershave on last, just before leaving, with this I almost have to put it on before shaving. I like it, but it is not on my favs list.
I got a 50ml bottle of Paul Smith: Men as a Christmas present from my brother who usually has good taste. Pakaged in a small grey, non descript box featuring the Paul Smith Logo, it contained what i'd call an apple green bottle. The first squirt left a surprisingly good impression. Firstly, Paul Smith is a Nottinghamshire born fashion designer who was kniighted in 2000. At 63 he is still involved in the business as both designer and owner. There are 12 different collections that come under the Paul Smith brand ranging from Jeans, London, Shoes and of course Fragrance. Onto the fragrance itself which I would now rank as my favourite. As most men my age will have spent more time than they would care to admit finding a fragrance that both smells nice and lasts longer than five minutes, it comes as a pleasant surprise to report this does. The smell itself is strong, masculine but not overpowering with a little hint of something fruity. The bottle it comes in is a toughened, thick glass that is shaped into a square sided piece. Now this from me is brilliant for one reason, space. Both at home and when travelling, there is nothing more annoying than bottles in ridiculous shapes taking up more space than needed. Here this will fit snuggly into any shelf or toilet bag. Added to that the cap is fairly tight, so no need to worry about leakage in your luggage. Cost varies from shop to shop, but it certainly compares well with leading brands and is available from all the leading retailers. So in short, and with Father's Day round the corner, you may want to consider this as a gift. It fulfils everything needed and is equally at home as a workplace fragrance or something for a night out. And it's British, so help the economy and smell good.
There are now a few Paul Smith fragrances for men out there but for my money the one that offers both the best value for money and the nicest smell is the original. It comes in a nice little square bottle and is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sizes. I usually get the 50ml as it is the perfect size for putting on the bathroom shelf. The bottle echoes Paul Smiths design ethos and is quite minimalist and has a light green tint and I have to say it looks very cool in a very modern understated way. Made of glass is comes with a glass screw top lid and like most modern aftershaves is a spray rather than a splash. As cool as the bottle is the real reason to buy this is for the smell which is in my opinion a modern day classic. The blurb the makers give is that it contains top notes of citrus with a judicious (judicious? I mean really its an aftershave) combination of Bergamot, Brazilian Orange, Lavander, Basil and Cardamom. Heart notes are green fig and violet and the base notes are living oriental wood, oakmoss, Vetiver, sandlewood and biomusk. Now to me this all sounds like complete and utter waffle, all you need to know it smells slightly citrusy and is one of the freshest smelling aftershaves out there. It always reminds me of being clean and the smell just makes me feel really fresh and if during the day at work I feel a little grubby a quick spritz of this makes me feel refreshed. The price of this aftershave really varies so it pays to shop around, currently boots are selling it for 39.00 for the 100ml, 29.00 for the 50ml and 16.33 for the 30ml but most the discount chemists sell this and I always buy mine from one of those and although I can't remember the exact price I paid I know it was under the twenty pounds for the 50ml bottle. The only problem I have with this fragrance and the reason I do not wear it all the time is simply because for me the scent is just too subtle. When you first spray it is gorgeous but within about half an hour I can no longer tell I am wearing it. Now I am all for my aftershave not being too overpowering but I don't spend twenty pounds on a fragrance to not be able to smell it after half an hour. It's a shame this is the case because to me this is in the top 5 aftershaves for men that you can buy and if only the smell lasted a little longer I would wear it daily.
I received this as a Christmas Present for 2008 from my Girlfriend, after a year of nipping into Boots and spraying the testers all over me. I originally smelt this at my old work place, as a colleage was wearing it. I asked what it was, and he told me that it was this very fragrence. The smell itself is quite strong, and even lingers for a couple of days on clothes and your skin, if you dont wash it off, but dont let this put you off buying it. Its a fantastic smell, and a very complimentary fragrance for any bloke. Many, many women like this fragrance, however not many men have been buying this fragrance since its release, meaning it isnt a Chanel Number 5 in the Mens Fragrance department, but the smell could easily be one of, or not THE best mens fragrance on the market. Sizes range from 5ml to 100ml (I have the 100ml bottle, which is going to last me all of 2009) and is fairly cheap too! Women - if your looking for an aftershave for the man in your life, you cannot go wrong with this. Men - if you havent smelled this yet, get yourself down to a Perfume shop or Boots, and get a tester stick. I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
**Introduction** This is my first fragrance review for a while and I have chosen to review a very popular fragrance, Paul Smith for Men. I had used a tester of this fragrance many times whilst I was in Boots and Debenhams but had never actually bought one due to the price compared to other fragrances which I prefered and I have bought a wide range of fragrances over the years. Here is my review of Paul Smith's popular fragrance for Men. This is the first Paul Smith fragrance I have used. **The Bottle** I feel that The bottle is a more important feature than you might think, Nobody wants a fragrance that has a weird gastly looking bottle. I like the design of the bottle it's like the Calvin Klein Eternity fragrance. The difference is that the Paul Smith fragrance is a nice green colour whereas the Calvin Klein Eternity is a kind of pale yellow colour. I feel that this Paul Smith fragrance looks eye catching on the shelf with it's light green tint. One of the best looking fragrance bottles at the moment. **The Smell** I am very impressed with the smell of this fragrance. It's a very cool, casual fragrance that opens with top notes of citrus spicy, with a combination of Bergamot, Brazilian Orange, Lavander, Basil and Cardamom. These top notes will blend into the middle notes after a couple of hours and they result in a fragrance that blends a peppery Green Fig and Violet Leaves together with a trace of Hyacinth and a strong scent of Geranium. After another couple of hours the fragrance will blend and will result in a woody scent of Oriental Wood, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Sandalwood and Biomusk. This results in a very refreshing overall fragrance which will last well for around six hours before it starts to lose it's freshness. ** It's Use** This is a versatile fragrance as you can use it for daytime wear as much as you can use it for nights out. If you were going to only wear it for one of those then I would have to say that it would be slightly better for daytime wear as it's light clean freshness is great for a nice summers day. It is a pretty versatile fragrance however. **Stockists** As with most popular fragrances you will be able to find this one just about anywhere that sells fragrances. At the moment there is an offer in Boots which has Paul Smith for men at £14.51 for a 30ml bottle of the fragrance. You will also be able to find the fragrance at low prices in a number of the biggest fragrance stores in the high street and shopping centres. As usual at this time of year you can also pick up a gift set which features the fragrance along with Paul Smith for Men All Over Shampoo 75ml. You can buy this package for £25.94 in Boots and you will get a 50ml bottle of the eau de toilette with that gift set. **Overall** I am impressed with this fragrance, whilst it is not as good as many of the competitors it is still a very nice smelling fragrance which will suit a lot of men and will impress as many women with it's clean, fresh scent. Whilst it's on offer it might be worth picking up the 30ml version to find out for yourself. Against the competition it's Not quite worthy of five stars but a very decent fragrance all the same.
This is my first review for a fragance. I am very inexperienced with fragrances and usuaully resort to the cheap brands from tesco and superdrug. However with my friend giving me this for a bday present, I was quite optimistic and although personall I didn't like the small a lot of my female friends at uni used to complement me about the smell, so evidently it does have a postive reaction. I have now started experimenting with other fragrances like lacoste and hugo boss, but this is still my number one chocie for fragance, although I do not wear it everyday otherwise it will become a regular smell that I would get bored of, so I stick to the cheap fragrances for everyday use and then when going out or on dates I put this fragrance on and I will be sticking to it for a long while yet, unless my friend gets me another fragrances that gets an even more positive review.
Paul Smith Original (this one) - For Men, is my personal favourite when it comes to Eau de Toilette. Not only is it amazing in its smell and guaranteed to get you noticed and complimented, it also doesn't break the bank. In boots you can buy a 50 ml (as seen in picture) pot of this stuff for about £16, which really isn't bad when you compare it to other such fragrances. The bottle/pot and packaging are also very cool and it will make a nice item on one of the surfaces in your bedroom or bathroom, looking very cool and very suave. I've worked my way through a fair few fragrances for men (Hugo Boss, Beckham's stuff, the other Paul Smith products and many more) but I must say this does remain my all time favourite. You can buy this particular product in several sizes, 5ml, 10 ml, 25ml, 50ml and 100ml, meaning you're never stuck for choice.
It is a fragrance which marries the classic with high fashion and reflects the image of Paul Smith who says, A perfume should always whisper never shout /