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Whilst writing about fragrances inevitably doesn't do them justice, I am an aftershave connoisseur (well at least I consider myself to be, due to the copious amounts of them I possess) - so I thought I would start by reviewing this one.
As you can see from the display picture, the aftershave comes in a standard sleek silver box, and a regular looking glass bottle that isn't pretentious (quite unusual considering the wide variety of shapes used in todays modern world to hold fragrances - believe me, I have quite a few!)
However, I think this particular design is very sleak looking and professional, especially in comparison to other tawdry models in the same price range.
Anyway, onto the fragrance. This is one of my favourite scents, despite its cheap price; in the world of excessive smells, this aftershave really holds its own. It is quite a rich smelling fragrance, with a lot of depth to its smell and aroma. Rather than being too sweet (like other similar priced fragrances), this one has a developed and, well, manly smell! In my opinion, for the price, this aftershave really is a steal. When compared to others at a similar price, theres only one aftershave I will be spraying, and that's Ralph Lauren, for men.
Of all the men?s fragrances I have, Ralph Lauren ? Romance For Men was the first that I bought and it inspired me to buy others because it was so impressive. I love this smell and my girlfriend really likes it too. I have numerous fragrances and she?s always compliments me when I wear this. She gets a bit confused because I have a few I like to wear but she always seems to know when I wear this. » Scent -------------- The scent of Romance is very nice indeed. It is very sophisticated and makes you feel great. I have had people ask me what this fragrance is. One occasion I was in a dry cleaners and when I was leaving a girl from the other side of the shop who worked there shouted over and asked what perfume I was wearing because she thought it was nice. It?s nice to get these compliments and you will get them with Romance for Men. » Staying Power --------------------------- Romance for Men is very good in this department. It can last for ages. I always have the smell of it still on me the next day after I?ve worn it. I think the only problem is that when I want to use a different scent I MUST get a shower so that the two fragrances don?t mix and cause a deadly nuclear reaction. All jokes aside though, this is a great product that will last for ages. » The Packaging ------------------------------ The packaging of Romance for Men is quite simplistic and doesn?t break any trend barriers. The card type packaging is black with the name is silver and looks very sophisticated. The bottle is transparent and the bottle cap is black going with the overall colouring. With a cube shape the bottle is nice and atractive but it doesn?t stand out from the crowd. A little more could have been done to improve the bottle but hey, it?s the quality and smell of the fragrance that we?re worried about here. » Cost ------------ Well, Romance for Men comes in various amounts, all obviously costing different price
s. The various amounts along with prices are as follows: » 3.4 oz EDT Spray - at around £40 - £50 » 1.7 oz EDT Spray - at around £30 - £40 » 0.25 oz EDT Mini - at around £8 - £15 A lot of people worry about the cost and quite rightly too, but the matter is that these fragrances last a long, long time when compared to cheap deodarants. After a few months you may work out that you are not spending that much more. » Other Romance Items ---------------------------------------- As well as the mens perfume, ther are also numerous other items that can go well with Romance for Men. I have tried and like the aftershave face balm. It compliments the perfume and makes for a nice combination and it goes well on the skin. Other Romance items include: » 3.4 oz Aftershave Splash » Aftershave Face Balm » Conclusion ----------------------- This is a top, top fragrance and many women love this scent. My girlfriend not only loves this, but also the Romance For Women scent. They both go together well but my preference is the Mens fragrance as it gives that Romantic, strong scent. I would recommend this product to any man looking to please the ladies or any woman looking for a great fragrance for their fella. I like to have a signature scent and I would say this is mine as not many people I know have it although it is very popular the world over. It won?t end up like Davidoff?s Cool Water when every man, woman and child was wearing it and no one was being individualistic with a better more head turning scent. » TOP TIP ---------------- Remember, next time you are in a perfume store you can try this for free or maybe ask for a few freebies before purchasing a bottle. I always ask if there are any samples and many of them are new products that are quite nice and will do for a few nights or so. Anyway, I hope this help you and you do try this product.
Whether the purchase of a little four and half inch little black box, with silver writing on it will signal the return of romance to my life can only be answered over the course of time, when of course I will be only too glad to inform you, my readers. So this little black box, with a delicate lattice work and serif typeface, what does it say? Quite simply "Ralph Lauren" "Romance - Men" and inside there is a 100ml (3.4 fluid ounces) Eau de Toilette spray of the fragrance, with a 50ml spray version also being available. The range also includes a deodorant stick, aftershave, aftershave gel, a moisturising body lotion and a shower gel for those of you who choose / can afford to go the whole hog! And of course for those who like his and hers fragrances (not unisex fragrances! None of the run of the mill CKOne brigade etc.) there is the Ralph Lauren Romance for women, with the black boxes being replaced by pink (a similar shade to a kir royale) and silver box. The fragrance is certainly one of the more expensive fragrances on the market, currently costing approximately £40 for the 100ml size of EdT spray for men, although fragrancedirect.co.uk currently has a reduction to £27 for the same product, albeit without a lid and as a tester - where you can never be quite sure about the age of the tester. Of course if you rationalise this cost, store it well - mine will be relegating the pesto with sun dried tomatoes or the Harvey Nicholls mayonnaise down a shelf in my fridge door (oh decisions, decisions!), this is really not that expensive, and given the fact that it is really for evening wear, although I tend to wear it for any occasion which befits, a bottle will go a long way. From the bottle this is also clear, as the spray tube is narrow, and the diffuser very narrow, which therefore means that a single spray won't release that much of the fragrance. In the past Ralph Lauren has gone for a great deal of show in the design
of the bottles, take safari, with the monogram and shield on a sculpted bottle, the sort of thing that looks not out of place on a sherry decanter. Romance, however, has a simple rectangular bottle, with a plain black top and only the band that attaches the diffuser to the bottle bears the name of the fragrance - minimalism adds to the simplicity yet exclusive nature of the design of the bottle, making it look a less showy version of Helmut Lang for men. So what colour does this perfume have (this was an idea I got from hpoulton - who expressed a colour for a Polo fragrance in an op she wrote)? To me there are two possibilities - black and silver (not for grieving, tombstones, sepulchres etc.) as in evening wear, with an air of sophistication class, with the silver being a pair of fine Simon Carter or Mont Blanc cufflinks perhaps? Or alternatively a very deep and regal purple, again expressing the refined nature of this product. This is probably the sort of thing Burberry were trying to achieve with Weekend and Picnic, but just didn't quite manage to. So what does this oh-so-sophisticated fragrance contain in it then? Well obviously, not being an olfactory Adonis, I decided to consult a quality website to find out, as most sites are unable to say more than musk, spice and woods, and a touch of citrus - Hmm. Well Macys (www.macys.com) have been good enough to identify the whole lot of notes. Their description (and who I am to disagree/disprove this one!) is as follows "Top notes play with pistachio leaves, iced lavender, Chinese ginger, and mandarin peel. Following up are middle notes of celery greens, wild tiger lily, Indian basil, and Kashmir saffron. The finale comes clean with brisk bristlecone pine, patchouli, and clear musk notes." All in all a complex fragrance. The scent is not quite as long-lasting as others that I have tended to wear, although given the fact that this is intended for evening wear and not everyday
wear, this is to be expected, although it lasts a good enough evening - I put some on at 6pm last night and went out to see some friends, went out to dinner and got home around midnight and could still faintly smell it, and it is noticeable around the collar of a shirt still the following morning (no, I don't normally sniff clothes!). Overall this a fragrance that suits a particular need, that of evening wear. I would not advise it really as an everyday fragrance, although it probably is long-lasting enough to make it through the office day, but this fragrance should be enjoyed, kept for special occasions rather than being the postscript to your pre-work three "S" routine? Its price perhaps help it to maintain its exclusive nature, as it not going to be sold in every high street department store. Now all I need it for it to work its magic on a discerning female nose...