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Group: Woody Spicy
Over the years I have collected miniature fragrances from practically all major fragrance or designer houses including some from Rochas, a French haute couture house that released about 40 fragrances since its foundation in 1925.
Well, maybe it's just me but the frosted cone-shaped upside-down bottle kind of jumps out at me being something Freud would have classified as a phallic object - a representation of power, well the power of attraction in this case! Let's face it, not many traditional houses would put out a man's fragrance in a metallic pink box or the cheeky plastic case my miniature comes in. Actually, I quite like the playful and fun design which just like the scent doesn't take itself too seriously.
Top notes: bergamot, lavender
Man opens up with a huge waft of vanilla, the type of sweet, linear, 1990's type of baking vanilla found abundantly in fragrances of the era. It immediately blends in with lavender that helps cut through the sugar and give the beginning some freshness. The accord is like a richer, sweeter and creamier version of the opening of Belle en Rykiel for Women that somehow still works without being tooth-achingly sugary and cloying.
Heart notes: jasmine, cedarwood, lily-of-the-valley, raspberry, cappuccino
Some minutes later a darker, woody-like note joins in that at first feels like sweet cedarwood that again offers some contrast against the thick cloud of suave cupcake aroma floating about. Later on, an aromatic note kicks in that I recognise as the mocha note from my Belle en Rykiel fragrance offset by the fresh, sweet scent of lavender. There are no other floral notes I detect here as the most dominant for me is the sweet cedar wrapped up in that ever present vanillic whipped cream effect that interweaves fragrance right until the end.
Base notes: amber, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla
After about 6 - 8 hours most of the explicit sweetness of the vanilla is already gone and the fragrance enters its least sweet phase as a soft, clean and musky type of smell similar to its big brother Pour Un Homme de Caron at the end. The result is a comforting, fuzzy blanket of light vanilla supported by some dusty woods to balance out the sweetness. The base is also the most masculine part for me only detectable very close to the skin in the final 2 - 3 hours.
Rochas Man is a fairly linear sweet, vanilla and creamy cappuccino scent where the main emphasis lies on its exaggerated smoothness and creaminess. Right after spraying it's sweet vanilla ice-cream and is pretty much what you'll get in the first 5 - 6 hours plus some creamy cappuccino and a dash of lavender.That in itself isn't a bad thing if you're looking for stability rather than complexity and layers which Rochas Man obviously doesn't possess. Its projection is intimate and its sillage is sweet, clean and rather unisex if I could get away with wearing it for a couple of days at work and no one raised an eyebrow.
Whilst not hugely original - two blueprints of vanilla - lavender - Un Homme de Caron and Le Male - come into mind - it manages to seduce with its charming and playful simplicity. Man is a well put together, young and playful gourmand that's quite sweet but never goes over the top. A simple, easy-to-wear, versatile oriental vanilla scent that doesn't come with the heavy price tag like its more sophisticated and complex brothers such as Le Male or A*Men. I recommend it for any man regardless of age that like young-at-heart, sweet, vanilla-based gourmand fragrances with an aromatic twist.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Available at some department stores or online on eBay or Amazon for around £22.45 / 50ml and £35.66 / 100ml Eau de Toilette. The lower concentration aftershave can be bought for £12.50 / 75ml from online retailers such as cheapsmells.co.uk
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Woodsy-flavored man perfume was introduced in 1999 / It was designed by Maurice Roucel / In the top notes there is intoxicating beginning with sweet fresh bergamot and gentle germanous balsamic notes of lavender / Pure and intense jasmine pulses with the heart of perfume along with gentle grassy and fresh notes of lily-of-the-valley and the touch of sensual musk / The base is soft, creamy and warm together with vanilla, sandal, amber and gourmand tone of the coffee.