Hugo Boss Dark Blue after shave.
I aquired this fragrance , as with most of my smellies, as a gift, is there something my friends are'nt telling me?
Attractively packaged in a shapely dark blue, [what else?] bottle with a silver cap, it looks rather like a miniature cocktail shaker, quite appealing. My bottle contains 75ml which is lasting very well, probably because the spray dispenses a carefully metered quantity each time.
The product itself I've found to be not too heavy, a mixture of orangey citrus and spices, which I won't even try to identify. Suffice it to say that it's certainly very pleasant but somewhat sweeter and lighter than might be suggested by such a macho name. If you are off out clubbing you may need to spray it on rather liberally as it fades away and may have all but diappeared when you most need it, at the end of the evening.
Dark Blue is reasonably priced at around £18 for 75ml, probably cheap enough for every-day use. It is perhaps best suited to a less demanding environment, such as the office and maybe it's not exclusive enough for that Special Date.
Have just found this available from Amazon uk priced at £20.99 for the 125ml size, sounds good value. Also heard that this product is dicontinued, don't know if that's correct. Anyway, perhaps you should get in quickly if you fancy trying it!
Following on from my disappointment with my previous experience of Hugo Boss fragrances following my being given a bottle of the Hugo Boss Bottled fragrance I decided when out one day to get a smell of their new offering called Dark Blue and thankfully it is an improvement on my last experience.
Launched by Hugo Boss in 1999 Dark Blue is a very masculine fragrance with fresh and woody tones. The fragrance is another of those developed to have layers to it with the top tones (layer) including ginger with hints of lime and cardamom before these give way to undertones of geranium, cypress and sage, all of these scents blend well before giving way to the base of the fragrance which is full of tones of patchouli and benzoin.
The scent itself is a very fresh fragrance but does smell very dark (I know that sounds stupid but it is the best way to describe it) and so can overpower if you apply much of it. If you are careful to only apply a small amount of the fragrance then it is one of those that can offset a perfect outfit and just raise it to the next level.
Overall the fragrance comes in a stylish bottle and is a fragrance well suited to evening wear. This is a very fresh and nice fragrance which lasts well but just be careful to not over apply this.
As you might have seen from my earlier review, I really liked Hugo by Hugo Boss. On the back of my liking of the Hugo scent, I thought I would try the Hugo Dark Blue. I think I got it from my mum one Christmas, but I always like to try different scents and asked for this one, thinking that if it is anything like the Hugo original one, then I will like it.
Unfortunately, I did not like the Dark Blue Hugo as much as the original Hugo. This scent was introduced in 1999 on the back of the success of the original Hugo.
The smell is predominently of a fresh invigorating scent of mosses and fresh citrus and there is a definite woody tinge to it. I would say that this is a kind of early evening fragrance, as for me it is too heavy for the morning or daytime, but then it is not distinctive enough for a night out. Actually it would probably suit an office type job, but like I say when I had this, I did like to wear a different scent when i was going out.
Again, like Hugo, this is definitely a masculine scent and I would not imagine that it is much of a cross over scent like CK one for example.
Again, as this has been around for a good number of years, you can pick it up for a good price - maybe £20 for 75ml on some websites.
Not my favourite scent, maybe it is too reserved for me and does not get noticed enough.
It's that time of the year again. You know, when everyone drowns in a sea of unwanted fragrances and aftershaves. Fox ache, I have so many unused bottles of 'smellies' kicking around I could liberally bathe in the stuff...liberally, but not literally. In fact, I have more bottles of aftershave than faces to shave...
It's not really surprising, as these things make easy gifts. But what is surprising, is that my son is in almost the same position regarding unwanted aftershave. Why surprising? Because he bears more resemblance to Robinson Crusoe or Wurzel Gummidge than a clean-cut, clean-shaven, matinee idol (like yours truly!).
Rummaging around at his house the other day (as you do), I discovered a bottle of HUGO BOSS DARK BLUE and having no beer to drink, I thought I'd review this stuff instead. (No, of course I didn't drink it.)
HBDB comes in a rather attractive, urn-shaped, dark blue bottle (well, they could hardly have it in a green one now, could they?). The bottle has a grey top which hides a spray nozzle beneath. But you don't want to read a description of the bottle, do you? Thought not.
Let's splash it all over...
Actually at around 30 quid for a 75ml bottle, let's not bother.
Instead, I'll just spray a tottie-wee dribble and see what it smells like.
Its quite a clean, fresh smelling fragrance. It's neither overbearingly sweet, nor heavily musky, but somewhere between those two extremes.The makers claim that...och, I'll just quote them, shall I?
"Dark Blue is a refreshing, woody, mossy fragrance. A blend of citrus oranges, oakmoss, sandalwood and patchouli."
It's certainly a little woody, almost a faint pine resin quality about it, but I can't say I sense anything mossy. The sweet side of the fragrance difinitely hints at citrus fruit and oranges in particular, while I'm not exactly sure what sandalwood smells like, so I'll have to concede on that one. And as for patchouli, nope, not a trace.
I would say the fragrance leans more towards the fruity, citrus-like spectrum but without being overly sweet and sickly. It lasts quite well, but I had the impression that the pleasantness of the aroma diminished over time. From a refreshing, clean aroma to a bit more dusty and almost slightly 'past-it'. Maybe that's the moss kicking in?
What about reaction after shaving? No idea, I didn't use it after shaving. but I'd imagine it probably nips a wee bit...what am I saying? it's aftershave man, of course it'll nip!
In conclusion, I thought this a pretty average fragrance. Nothing to get excited about...but then, the day I get excited about an aftershave is the day I'll know my life's gone one step beyond sad. On the other hand, there's nothing offensive about it either. having said that, I'd be reluctant to pay premium prices for what is essentially a run-of-the-mill aftershave. Albeit one that's in a fancy bottle.
The title might give away my feelings for this aftershave just a teeny bit, but I will try to give a balanced opinion. Dark Blue came into my collection as a gift last Christmas and upon opening the wrapping paper I was impressed by the actual look for the aftershave. The bottle is shaped like an urn, the bottom two thirds of the bottle being dark blue in colour whilst the top third has a metallic finish. The metal top screws off to reveal an atomiser that dispenses the fragrance. The dark blue colouring combined with the actual shape are unique and give off a Hugo Boss feel of style and quality. The notes to Dark Blue build it up as a light citrus fragrance with subtle hints of nutmeg, which should make it warm, refreshing and ideal the man about town. Aimed at a younger more sophisticated individual I took my purchase in hand and went to test it out. The first thing that struck me was that the screw lid was an absolute bitch to unscrew. The design of the bottle doesn?t allow for any grip at all and even slightly damp hands will struggle to actual get at the fragrance inside! Five sprays later and I was greeted with a sweet, invigorating citrus aroma that was both light on the nose and refreshing at the same time. Although light and sweet, the fragrance immediately after application came out with warm mossy undertones which can only be attributable to the nutmeg extract giving this a manly smell. Unfortunately and this is the only problem with this fragrance the smell did not stay the same as it was on application. Within an hour the citrus smell had all but disappeared, the light aroma had started to become heavy and the fragrance resembled a cross between cat urine and rotten cabbage. Not pleasant at all, in fact every time I got a waft of the fragrance I gagged it was that bad and washed it off as soon as possible. This was some six hours later so unfortunately it does have staying power! Whilst wea
ring there were no compliments and a number of people did comment on that strange smell much to my displeasure. This starts off with an amazing amount of promise and descends very quickly into an instantly forgettable fragrance. This was a gift last Christmas and has only been used the once until I tried it again tonight. This bottle will gather dust in my bathroom cabinet forever more. There are better, cheaper fragrances on the market and I?d strongly suggest you try anything rather than Dark Blue. NOT RECOMMENDED Hugo Boss Dark Blue is not a cheap fragrance, it may smell cheap and nasty but at £29.00 for 75ml it certainly isn?t at the bottom end of the price spectrum . A 125ml bottle will set you back a staggering £36.00. Hugo Boss also produce a range of shower gels, soaps and shaving gels based around this fragrance and based upon my experience of the EDT I won?t be trying them. One word: VILE I've given Dark Blue two stars purely because the bottle does look rather cool in the bathroom. Thanks for taking the time to read and rate. Steve :o)
As I am always being introduced to members of the opposite sex whilst at university, it is especially important to me that I both look and smell by best at all times! As well as carefully choosing my wardrobe and hairstyle, I need a fragrance that compliments my hectic yet laid back lifestyle. I have tried a huge number of male fragrances in my time, yet I have to say that Hugo Boss dark blue is definately my personal favourite, as well as being a winner when it comes to pulling the ladies! The product itself comes in an extremely attractive gift box with a picture of the bottle on the front, and all of the relevant information on the fragrance on the reverse. As you have probably already guessed, dark blue is the main colour theme here! The bottle is made from dark blue glass and is topped by an extremely attractive chome screw top. Hugo Boss dark blue is definately an obvious choice for the refined gentlemen although it can be worn by a teenager just as well as it can be worn by a grandfather at his grandson's wedding. This last point exemplifies the sheer versatility of Hugo Boss dark blue. For example, it can just as easily be worn to a night at the opera followed by drinks in the cabaret bar, just as well as it can be worn out for a heavy clubbing session in Leicester Square! The fragrance: If heaven had a scent then surely sampling Hugo Boss dark blue would be like sampling heaven itself. It is a classic and subtle smelling aftershave, not overpowering in the slightest but it definately does not go unnoticed! On many occasions I have been complimented on my smell when meeting up with girls who are definately impressed by the classy smell of Hugo Boss dark blue! It is however, extremely difficult to describe exactly what Hugo Boss dark blue smells like without suggesting that you simply go and try it for yourselves. I guess that you could compare it to a number of other designer aftershaves on the market, although I do not think
any of them have quite the same impact or class as Hugo Boss dark blue. In this sense, Hugo Boss dark blue is simply in a class of its own. Price: Although Ive seen a 75ml bottle priced as low as £29 on the net, expect to pay nearer to £35 on the high street for a bottle. However, before you buy, I suggest that you consider the reasons behind your buying decision. If you really do want a premium quality aftershave to attract attention from the ladies and have money to burn then this is a must buy for you. However, if your image is not particulary important to you and you are not fussy about first impressions than I would reccomend a cheaper alternative - there are many around on the market. Hugo Boss dark blue is an excellent product that comes highly recommended, although I wonder how much of the recommended retail price is the cost of producing it?
After completing a review of the new Hugo Boss scent, I thought I may as well review another of my favourites from the ‘Boss’ range whilst I’m in the area… Dark Blue. Again this is a scent I have been using for quite some time, and it is also one that is commented upon (positively!) by people when I am wearing it – although not quite to the extent of some others in the Hugo Boss range. Initially it was described to me (in Kendal’s) as containing “lime and coriander… for that dark night-time scent” – honestly, the lengths some people will go to in order to make a sale!!! I’m not sure whether I can actually detect any lime in the combination, but I will state that the scent is certainly more masculine and bold compared to the other Hugo Boss fragrances. Again, the bottle is of a sensible yet striking design – easy and comfortable to hold/apply (unlike Gucci Envy, which I’m sorry is a nightmare; even though it is a great smell!); and the appearance is of an aesthetically pleasing nature (can you tell it’s getting late!!!)… dark blue in colour with a silver top; with the ‘Hugo Boss’ logo featured vertically down the front of the bottle. Personally, I have never experienced any irritation from using a Hugo Boss fragrance – although I would always recommend using an in-store tester just to be on the safe side! The last time I purchased a bottle of Dark Blue, it cost me less than £30.00 at The Perfume Shop for a 125ml Eau de Toilette spray – although I am sure that it is available at almost any perfume selling retail outlet. Despite the fact that the scent is no longer ‘new’ – I feel that it will be one of those classic fragrances that will maintain a strong following for a considerable length of time. More sophisticated than the usual light, day-time, Hugo Boss offerings; I would say t
hat this is a must for those less-than-casual occasions (cheesy or what!).