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Launched in 2004 as an alternative to the already popular A*Men cologne Thierry Muglers B*men is a fragrance that I have worn on and off over the years. A*Men is 'my' smell and is an aftershave that I wear pretty much on a day to day basis but as it is quite a heavy and has a very distinctive aroma (it's a musky, burnt wood fragrance) I do tend to wear lighter colognes in the summer months during the day and B*Men along with A*Men Summer Flash are the alternatives that I tend to go for.
Noticeable for its deep orange/red appearance the fragrance is made up from notes of rhubarb (yes, seriously) fruit and sequoia but rather than smelling sweet is actually spicy but subtle. I find that a few squirts of B*Men in a morning after I have had a bath or a shave will pretty much stay noticeable on my skin until the afternoon and once the initial spicy aroma has calmed down that I am left with a hint of spice and amber that seems to linger. Rather than being a 'fresh' smell which is common to CK or my other favourite, Ed Hardy, B*Men tends to be a warming scent which is reminiscent of cinnamon and nutmeg and for me is more suited to day wear rather than the heavier A*Men which I find to be suitable for nightwear or the colder months.
Thierry Mugler has a successful range of men's and women's fragrance and is perhaps better known for his Angel and Alien fragrances for women, A*men is the male equivalent of Angel (and is known as Angel for Men in the US) and is his most expensive male fragrance. B*Men on the other hand tends to be offered for sale at a lower price and usually costs around half the price of its older, better known brother and prices do tend to vary for this scent depending on what size bottle and design you go for.
Usually retailing in a 100ml rubber flask for anything from £15.00 to £30.00 there are bargains to be had with this fragrance and shopping online can save you a significant amount of money depending where you shop. It doesn't tend to appear very often on the high street as A*Men is the premium choice which gets more exposure and promotion but this can easily be found online from the likes of cheapsmells.com and strawberrynet.
B*Men isn't my favourite aftershave I have to be honest as I am an A*Men guy at heart, but it does offer a cheap alternative which lends itself better to the hotter weather and is an ideal gift choice for anyone with a budget of under £20.00. I tend to buy B*Men whenever I can get it on offer as I prefer to spend more on my other alternatives, but for a cheaper end male cologne from a significant name in the fragrance industry you won't find much better than this. If you like your scents to have a warming, fruity aroma rather than sweeter, fresher smells then B*Men could be ideal for you and coming in a 100ml bottle or flask you will find that it will last you for ages before needing replacing.
Overall then B*Men comes out with a respectable 3/5 dooyoo star rating from me. A*Men will always be a five-star fragrance as far as I'm concerned and comparisons between the two were always going to made if you are a fan of the original scent. For the price, availability and exactly what you get for your money though this is a scent that I would have no problem recommending and gets the thumbs up from me.
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