“ Brand: Paul Smith / Type: Aftershave / Gender: for Men „
I have owned a number of Paul Smith fragrances in the past and currently use their Paul Smith Extreme eau de toilette. The Paul Smith Story has been around for around four years now from my memory, and it is becoming harder to get hold of online and even more difficult to buy in fragrance stores as it isn't the latest scent from the Paul Smith range.
Paul Smith Story comes in a white box with 'Paul Smith Story' written towards to bottom of the box. The bottle is also quite simple, with a clean glass bottle and clear and simple cap. The spray pump isn't of the highest quality, but it will stand up to daily use. I must say that I were never overwhelmed with the product aesthetically. When it comes to fragrances I find that image is everything, branding is a key point and so is the look of the product. Paul Smith Story does bring plenty to the table, however. Although not a very recent release of scent it still leaves a smile on my face when I use it. It isn't an instantly recognisable scent to friends, as it isn't as popular as the latest scents. The 50ml bottle can be bought for under £20 online, or as part of a gift sat for just a few pounds more.
The smell of any fragrance is really the most important element to most people. The selling point is usually the packaging, but if it doesn't appeal to you scent-wise then you simply won't use it! The unique fragrance has a clean and crisp air about it, apparently carrying bergamot and green ivy, followed by floral scents such as green rose and jasmine accents. Amber, musk and cedar wood are also present. I find that fragrance descriptions are useless in allowing you to create an impression of the scent, until you have actually tested it yourself. The fragrance for me isn't the typical brash masculine fragrance. Although the scent is fairly subtle, it has proven to be long-lasting and pleasant throughout its wear.
I wouldn't say that Paul Smith Story will go down as one of the modern iconic fragrances, but I do find it very pleasant to wear. There is also the intrigue that this fragrance carries. Where is the fun in wearing a scent that everyone instantly recognises? The only downsides for me are that the scent isn't quite as bold as it could be - perhaps that could be seen a positive? The other negative is the unflattering packaging, it just doesn't draw you in against a background of loud and colourful competitors' fragrances.
I purchased Paul Smith Story for my partner a while ago, a bit unsure at first whether I liked this fragrance or not, it has now grown to be one of my favourite scents for men. I often give myself a sneaky spritz of this when he's not looking, it really is that good.
Paul Smith Story, is exactly that, a story. It is in the shape of a book, which oddly enough does work, it looks quite retro, so to does the typewriter style of print on the bottle. It is said that this fragrance is inspired by Paul Smith's passion for books.
I would describe Story as a fresh green clean type of fragrance, that doesn't meany soapy, but that description really does not do it justice. When you first spritz this fragrance it invigorates with sparkling fresh citrus types of aromas, including zesty grapefruit, combined with bergamont and green ivy.
The mid notes combine a very light jasmine, which isn't too heady in this particular scent, with green rose notes. But is is when the fragrance has fully dried down, that it really comes alive. It is an amazing mix of musks, cedar wood and a vibrant green fresh vetiver that makes this really stand out. It is slightly peppery too, which lifts the freshness and gives it a delicious hint of spice.
It has real staying power too, I spritzed some on for work this morning, and I can still smell it quite faintly on my wrists now, which is 8 hours later. I may have confused some by saying that I too enjoy wearing this fragrance. It is definitley marketed at the male population, but I think that it does have some unisex qualities, such as the jasmine, and the citrus scents that make it more universal and very wearable for women too.
I paid £14.99 for a 30ml bottle, which I feel is good value for such a likeable and wearable scent. I find it's perfect for daytime due to it's sheerness, as well as evening, it really does stand out. It is also available in 50ml and 100ml as well as an aftershave balm.
Would I recommend this fragrance? A resounding yes, it is both sexy and subtle, fresh and clean, but with a little spice to give it that element of surprise. Next time you are at a fragrance counter, give it a try, you might just be pleasantly suprised!
I am not very successful when it comes to aftershaves. My delicate nose and ability to sneeze at everything that moves usually means I have a reaction to scents. Paul Smith's 'Story' is a tale of disaster for me.
Chapter One: The Gift
I was presented with this as a present a year back. I had not heard of the fragrance, but Paul Smith was either a fashion designer or that guy I went to school with...probably the former. The packaging was smart, minimal and manly, good so far. The bottle was basic in shape and you could see the aftershave inside, this is handy so you can judge how much you are using over the course of a month.
Chapter Two: Using It
My first use of this was a painful experience. It squirted easily enough and I applied it around my neck. Within minutes, my nose was twitching and my throat was sore and dry. There was something in this aftershave that was setting off a nasty reaction deep within. I suspect it was the bergamot and green rose extract. The top tones in the aftershave were way too sharp and really got me into a fluster. I much prefer aftershaves with a deeper earthy resonance.
Chapter Three: The Aftermath
I persisted using this aftershave a few times more and each time it gave me the same reaction. I am not saying that the scent was bad, it was fresh, punchy and had a summery feel about it, but it was just too strong for me. It would suit a man who does not have a sensitive nose and it should be worn during the day while at work, it is too potent for dining out at night. It would suit men of any age, but perhaps not the much older gentleman who should wearing something a little more woody.
Chapter Four: The End
An so it draws to a sorrowful ending for Paul Smith's aftershave. Nicely presented, but not subtle enough for me. A small 30ml bottle will cost about fifteen pounds.
Launched in 2006 by British fashion designer Paul Smith, Story is an aftershave for men. Largely promoted at the time as a "Geek Chic" fragrance it is a light, crisp fragrance that I do wear from time to time. Housed in an attractively designed bottle that has been made in the shape of a book, the writing on the bottle is in an old fashioned typewriter font and has a designer look to it.
Removing the top of the glass book allows you access to the pump spray and after gently pressing down a fine mist of fragrance is delivered. My first reactions to the scent are positive, it is a light, crisp smell that is not floral but has a gentle fruity smell to it. After allowing the scent to settle on my skin the full range of aromas are evident, I can smell grapefruit and a slight woody smell and it does make a change from my usual, more heavy aftershave that I wear - A-Men.
Researching the fragrance online for writing this review the inspiration for this scent was Smiths passion for books, he explains that he loves the smell of ageing paper in antique books and the smell of fresh type print in a brand new book when it is first opened, personally I don't think the analogy quite works, after all, who wants to smell like an old book?
To me, the fragrance is light enough to wear during the day and also can be worn for a night out after a re-apply. It is certainly pleasant enough and I would say it was more of a summer fragrance than a winter one, but obviously that is down to the wearers' discretion. I find it be a nice aftershave to wear straight out of the shower when it's a nice, warm sunny day and you want to feel cool and fresh.
The elements that are combined to make this fragrance include Haitian Vetiver, grapefruit, bergamot, green ivy, jasmine, green rose, musk's, mineral amber and cedarwood and although personally I wouldn't know what most of these smell like by themselves they do blend together well to give the scent I have already described.
It's not my first choice of aftershave if I'm being honest, preferring my 'old faithful' A-men by Thierry Mugler, but for the right day or occasion Paul Smiths "Story" does get its use. Prices vary by the bottle size and you can expect to pay round about £20.00 for the 30ml Eau de Toilette up to £40 - £50 for the 100ml from the high street stores, but is vastly cheaper online, so do check there first.
It gets a 3/5 Dooyoo rating from me, I've worn better and a lot worse aftershaves in the past so it's quite a middle-of-the road, not bad but not great scent which I cant really muster that much excitement over.
A light, fresh aftreshave to complement the Paul Smith Story for Men fragrance /