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I don't know much about fragrances, I simply smell them, and buy the ones i like, and this is my approach to most things in life. I dont care about brands, or anything like that, i look more at the product rather than the name written on the side of things. Which is why when i first got this bottle (as a present, so i do not know the price), i had no idea what or who paul smith was. All i can say paul smith if you are reading this, i have your fragrance, you must have left it somewhere, feel free to come and take it back, but sadly i too have lost it.
Anyway, the bottle looks quite stylish, a sort of squarish bottle, and the bottle felt very posh and well made. Sadly though, i press of the atomiser, and the feeling of quality was strongly squashed. The fragranence smells way too.. too strong and synthetic almost. It sorta smells like petrol slightly, or something like that, that sort of lingering smell that remains. And its really obvious and heavy. Now maybe its just not my style, and as i said i do not know a lot about fragrances, but i prefer them to smell "sweet", but not girlie sweet, sort of meadow sweet style or fruity. This just smells like something i would clean a sink with.
Ok, now I understand looking on wilkinson this is a fairly cheap fragrance, but if you look at my other reviews, there is a umbro fragrance i got for 1 pound which i prefer over this. So seems that although this is meant to be cheap, its not cheap enough.
This is obviously not just me who thinks this, as when i was buying a fragrance for my dad, there was this and another fragrance from the same brand, a green on. When i asked the lady behind the perfume table which was better, even though they were identical in price, she recommended the green one, saying it smelt nice, and that this one didnt smell right. So seems im not the only on who though that of this particular smell.
Anyway, thats just my opinion, and i completely understand that people might like this fragrance, but for me its just too synthetic smelling.
Today there are a few men Paul Smith fragrances on the market and I love Paul Smith: Men, Eau de Toilette as it's very unique and I just love the smell. For this reason I thought it was about time to take a risk and try another Paul Smith Fragrance: Paul Smith Man 2. I didn't try this one out in the shop and bought it on Amazon, so it was a bit of a risk but I'm glad I did it.
The bottle of Paul Smith Man 2 is different than the small see-through glass bottle of Men eau de Toilette. This bottle is simply black and feels more masculine. The product name is stated largely on the bottle in grey and yellow. It has a silver lid with the logo of Paul Smith on top of it. I really like the design and it has a very young feeling to it but then again also very masculine. The bottle is easy enough to use.
When you spray the fragrance you will notice the fruit notes in this fragrance but on the background the well known musk and wood smell are there too as almost in every male fragrance. I'm terrible when it comes to recognising which ingredients are used but I found out that the top notes are Grapefruit, Mandarin, Granny Smith Apple and Cardamom. In the middle you have Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cashmere Wood and Lavender and the base notes are White Musks, Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Tonka Bean.
I would definitely say this fragrance is very fresh in the beginning but after a few minutes it settles down and becomes more a spicy scent. A really nice combination and I would say it says with you for a good 4 to 6 hours. The bottle gives you 50 ml and depending on how often you use this but it's lasting me more than half a year now. I use it one to twice a week. For the price of around 25 pounds it's not really a bargain but a price worth paying for. Five stars for me.
Since living with me for the last 6 years, Mr Lools went from being a man with only 2 fragrances in his aftershave collection to having a vast collection. I often surprise him with a new fragrance (usually when it is on offer or I want a favour in return) or purchase him a bottle as a Christmas present (when I'm stuck with what to buy him). So I was quite shocked on a recent shopping trip that when we were walking through Boots he would say he wanted to purchase a new fragrance. Paul Smith Man 2 was his chosen scent. Even more of a shock he was very keen for me to review on his behalf........
***Paul Smith Man 2***
The description of Paul Smith MAN 2 is "for the confident, sophisticated man. Bursting with zesty fruit and a cheeky fresh twist of granny smith apple in the top notes, the fragrance's warm heart elegantly warms the air before releasing the woody weight of sandal and cedar wood. All these ingredients combine into a unique cocktail of sensual aromas"
The top notes of the fragrance are grapefruit, mandarin, and apple. Middle notes of nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon with a touch of lavender and cashmere wood. The base notes are cedar, sandalwood and white musk.
The bottle of Paul Smith MAN 2 is very masculine looking. The bottle is made from black glass and is a very sharp angled rectangular bottle with a silver circular lid. Paul Smith is written in block grey font vertically on the bottle with MAN two written in the same font just in a bright yellow colour which contrasts well with the dark bottle.
The fragrance comes in two sizes. This is a 50ml or 100ml bottle of Eau de Toilette. Prices vary for the fragrance between £23 -£32 for a 50ml bottle and £29-£42 for a 100ml bottle. Mr Lools paid £26.50 for a 50ml bottle from Boots. In comparison to other male fragrances this is definitely a slightly cheaper fragrance.
The fragrance is available from a number of retailers including Boots, Debenhams, John Lewis and also a number of online retailers including cheapscents.com and feelunique.com .
Mr Lools is quite a complicated one when it comes to fragrances he doesn't really follow any pattern with fragrances or have strong preferences. He doesn't like overly strong, musky or sweet fragrances apparently but then also owns and likes Le Male by Jean Paul Gautier which I feel is all of the those things!
The reason Mr Lools purchased Paul Smith MAN 2 was because of it's fresh scent however his purchasing rationale was to spray it, sniff it then because he liked the scent he walked over to the tills in Boots and purchased it; all within 5 minutes therefore he didn't get a chance to let it develop.
The following day after purchasing he decided to wear his new fragrance. When he first sprayed it on when getting ready he did spray 3 sprays onto himself as this is how much he uses with his usual scents (which are Armani, Gucci and CK). In both his own opinion and mine this was probably a bad idea as the scent was very strong initially. The scent when initially sprayed was very fresh and the fruity scents of apple and grapefruit were definitely apparent and very appealing albeit the overall scent was a little too overpowering.
Unlike many fragrances this is not a scent which fades shorty after being sprayed. The scent does die down slightly but this is definitely a strong and lasting fragrance. After an hour the scent was still just as strong on Mr Lools and the scent was probably less fresh and fruity and it had more of a musky scent. This was still a sweet musky scent rather than a spicy type musk scent, but the apple scent was still apparent.
By the evening of that same day the scent of Paul Smith MAN 2 was still very apparent on Mr Lools. Even when stood a distance away from him I could still quite strongly smell the fragrance. The fragrance at this point was a lighter fresher musky scent but still extremely strong for an aftershave he sprayed onto himself 8 hours previously.
Since the first wear of this Mr Lools now only sprays two very small sprays onto himself in order for the scent not to be overpowering. It is still a strong scent when worn this way but not as strong as fragrances like Le Male by Jean Paul Gautier.
This is a very masculine scent which is great for males that like a confident fresh fragrance. At £26.00 for a 50ml bottle it is also a more affordable fragrance compared to the higher priced aftershave. Combined with the fact a small spray goes a long way you will not need to use excessive amounts of this fragrance.
Although very similar in some respects to Le Male by Jean Paul Gautier because of a strong fresh confident scent, it is also a lot more fruity and sweet with less of a musky scent. A great male scent which gets 5 stars from Mr Lools because "it's really good" apparently!
I end up getting a lot of Aftershaves and sets for presents. Mostly from the wife's family. I know perhaps people think it is a bit harder to choose a present for a man instead of a woman, but there is lots of things that I like. Then again getting things like this saves me the bother from actually going out and getting them myself.
I got this in a 30ml bottle and after looking online for the price of this I see that this size is around £15, the 50ml is around £23 and the 100ml is around £34. Quite an average price for an Aftershave.
The bottle looks alright. Black but with bright writing on it. Looks pretty masculine with the jet black colouring and no mistaking this is an Aftershave. The bottle is quite angular, with the sharp corners but this was easy enough to hold and apply it.
This just smells like a typical Aftershave. It isn't as aqua smeling as some of the ones I have used in the past, and although this smells quite woody and forest scented there is some lighter bits through this as well. This is meant to have Citrus Fruits in here as well, but I couldn't smell them, but there does seem to be a light spritz mixed through this which breaks the heavy scent up.
This is a nice smell and I think this would make a good present for a man who is around 20-25 as I think that is more the targer market for such a smell. Still suitable for all ages though.
There are a lot of very different and eyecatching designs of bottle when it comes to fragrances. Whether it be a masculine or feminine scent it goes without saying that you will find such a vast array of vibrant colours and odd bottle shapes. I also believe that the bottle and the overall branding of a fragrance determines the demographic of its end user, and this was exactly my thoughts when I bought the Paul Smith 'Man 2' Eau De Toilette spray. The scent comes in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles and the black background of the bottle contrasts well with the bright yellow '2' and 'Man' and the 'Paul Smith' on the bottle is written in white. The bottle and packaging overall is very much aimed at a younger demographic in my opinion, and when it came to the scent I expected it to suit my needs as I am a '20something' man.
The Paul Smith 'Man 2' Eau De Toilette spray did not disappoint me whatsoever. The scent is very modern, and certainly aimed at the younger market. Paul Smith is an upmarket brand, and 'Man 2' doesn't fail to live upto expectations. The first thing I noticed about the fragrance was the woody scent hitting my senses. The scent is very fresh on your nose as it is quite fruity. The notes on the packaging suggest that these is grapefruit, mandarin, granny smith apple and cardamom in there, and although I cannot say i can pick out each one of these, I can confirm these is a defining fruity kick to it. The base notes are cedarwood, sandalwood, tonka bean and white musks, and my impression the fragrance is woody at first gives substance to the notes on the packaging. Obviously with the scent being aimed at the younger man I would say it is perfect for a night out, but would definitely fit in with more sophisticated backgrounds aswell.
The bottle is very basic in design, but the graphics on it are very modern and give a good reflection of what is in the fragrance. The 30ml bottle costs £16.95, 50ml is £23.95 and the 100ml is £33.95. All prices are from the CheapSmells website but there are bargains to be had if you shop around. An ideal present for modern man!
I am a big fan of Paul Smith and both his clothing line and his original fragrance. I have tried the extreme version of his aftershave and I have to say I found it horrible and not one that I would ever get again so I was slightly dismayed when I received a Paul Smith Man 2 gift set for Christmas.
I had asked my aunt for the original as I had run out but she had got confused and bought me this one instead. Obviously I pretended it was exactly right so as to not hurt her feelings and besides a free aftershave is a free aftershave at the end of the day and I thought I could always ebay it if it turned out to be like the extreme.
The bottle is a little different from the other Paul Smith fragrances in that it is much more masculine looking than the other ones. It doesn't have his signiture stripe on it although this is discretely placed on the box and the glass is coloured a dark black. Paul Smith Man 2 is boldly displayed on the front and coloured in grey and bright yellow. The shape of the bottle rectangular and it has a silver lid which also has the Paul Smith logo on the top of it.
I have to say I really like the design of the bottle as it has a young modern look to it and the shape makes it easy to hold in one hand.
I have never smelt the original Paul Smith Man only the extreme and the original green Paul Smith fragrance and this one doesn't really smell like either of them.
The top notes are: Grapefruit, Mandarin, Granny Smith Apple and Cardamom.
Middle notes are: Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cashmere Wood and Lavender.
Base notes are: White Musks, Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Tonka Bean.
This isn't a subtle fragrance and is on the stronger side and I found that two sprays was more than enough even for me who likes my fragrances strong.
I'm not great at picking out notes but I can definately smell the grapefruit but it isn't too sweet and the spiciness almost overpowers it. It is definately musky and woody. I have to say I actually like it a lot. I used to like more fresh fragrances but I have started to get more into spicier one's and this seems to be the best of both worlds as it is fresh but it is also deep and musky at the same time.
Unlike the green Paul Smith which I love this one doesn't fade within half an hour and that couple of squirts is enough to last the entire day. I sprayed some on my scarf on Christmas day and almost a week later I put my scarf back on a it still smelt quite strongly of the aftershave so it is definately long lasting.
The bottle I received was 50ml and I had a look online and you should expect to pay anything between £25 and £35 for a bottle depending on where you buy it.
I can't believe I have never smelt this aftershave before as it is really nice and I like it a lot and will definately be buying my own bottle when this one runs out.
Group: Woody spicy
I was recently given a sample of this fragrance in a department store in London. Having tried two women's fragrances from the Paul Smith line (Rose and Extreme) which were nice and I since I test fragrances as a hobby, I was looking forward to testing one for men.
Strikingly similar or should I say the new edition is the exact copy of 2009 edition Paul Smith Man, the also unimaginative black rectangular bottle and yellow lettering that's only changed by a garish big yellow '2' slapped onto it. Not impressive, plus that bottle has no style or chic whatsoever, it's as ugly as they come.
Top notes: grapefruit, mandarine, Granny apple, cardamom
Using a single spray from a vial Man 2 opened up with a strong blast of harsh, detergent-like lemony aroma that was accompanied by something even harsher and bitter that may have come from the 'apple' or the heart notes. The overall feel was a dense, sharp and jumbled accord that was masculine and woody with a bit of fruity freshness thrown in. The biggest problem was that it felt very artificial, harsh and cheap and I didn't find it pleasant at all.
Heart notes: lavender, cashmere wood, cinnamon, nutmeg
The fragrance quickly moved on and about 5 minutes later the middle phase emerged. The earlier harsh and off-balance accord intensified even more with an added note of lavender and woody feel. The lavender added a powdery dimension together with the dry and nose-tickling Trident Cinnamon chewing gum aroma buried in there but somehow the ensemble felt just thrown together jostling for attention and the notes not having any space to be able to express themselves individually.
An image kept coming up in my mind. The accord felt like as if the normally delicate aromas of lavender and spices had been crushed and been tread upon by big black boots. Despite its moderate sweetness, Man 2 wouldn't settle or soften up anytime soon and the relentless, harsh and synthetic woody-spicy-lavender punch continued on its way for the next 5 - 6 hours or so.
Base notes: sandalwood, cedarwood, musk, tonka bean
The longevity of the scent clocking at 7 - 8 hours in colder weather was pretty good however it was actually a disadvantage in this case as I had to practically wait all day to get to evaluate the base notes and by the time I managed to get a headache from it. With the powdery aspects halfway gone, Man 2 took a harsh turn again caused by an in-your-face musk note that also had an off-putting sharp and sweaty odour (not from my skin, that was clean as ever!) but from the synthetic musk itself that has a reputation of smelling a bit sharp and sweaty when used in excess. It was also woody, deodorant-like and moderately powdery with a little bit of sweet, vanilla-tinged cedarwood that offset the offending note somewhat and thankfully stayed close to the skin.
The moment I sprayed Man 2 on my skin I thought: Oh no, not another badly-made and pointless fragrance! It felt harsh to start with, brash throughout and never really settled into anything congruous, appreciable or even wearable. I knew from the start where it had come from. Man 2 basically smells like a pungent, acrid and extremely synthetic version of JPG's Le Male, its biggest inspiration and it's clear it wanted to capitalise on Le Male's huge success.
I simply cannot see the point of launching two scents in two consecutive years in the first place and the second being such a bad one. There's everything wrong about Paul Smith Man 2: the laziness of the design, the lousiness of the scent but most of all, the ridiculous name. Let's hope they don't bring out an insect repellent called Man 3 next year. Though after all, I couldn't care less.
I certainly wouldn't want my man to smell like this in a million years. Definitely not recommended.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Available on the http://www.paulsmith.co.uk/ website or any specialist perfume retailer or department store for the retail price of £35 / 50ml or £49 / 100ml Eau de Toilette.
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Paul Smith Man 2; is for the confident, sophisticated man / Bursting with zesty fruit and a cheeky fresh twist of granny smith apple in the top notes, the fragrances warm heart elegantly warms the air before releasing the woody weight of sandal and cedar wood / All these ingredients combine into a unique cocktail of sensual aromas / This rich and sumptuous composition begins with fresh notes of grapefruit, mandarin, Granny Smith apple and cardamom / Heart is dominated by spices like nutmeg and cinnamon,connected with cashmere wood and lavender / The base is warm and alluring with white musk, cedar, sandalwood and tonka bean.