I got a whiff of this seductive scent while walking on the bridge of Love in Paris and was intrigued enough I couldn’t resist not asking what it was. I’m in my mid-20s and the gentleman who wore it was nearing 40s I think, and it struck me that this cologne might be more suitable for that age crowd.
I am however not one who thinks whether or not I’m old enough to ‘pull-off’ a fragrance. I naturally gravitate toward younger, modern, sophisticated fragrances like Polo Green and Kouros, and have never received any criticisms, only compliments. Note that I do only spray 1-2 spritz, and I don’t drown myself in any particular scent.
Anyway, I was so enticed I had to go out and get a bottle, despite my age. I am now addicted to the scent, and not only do I like it, my wife, who is of the same age group, LOVES it. This one is her favourite of my collection, followed by Art of Shaving’s Sandalwood and Acqua di Gio by Armani as well.
Albeit slightly too powdery and sweet for my liking, Armani Code somehow manages to keep its masculine fragrance. With a blend of fragrance notes that include lemon, bergamot, guaiac wood, tonka bean and olive flower, it is definitely a sexy masculine fragrance which doesn’t shout, but has a sense of quiet command. It is somewhat inconspicuous yet gets your attention, unique without really sticking out. There’s also an excellent perfume/cologne guide at www.fragrancecellar.com that you should take a look at. And the fact that my wife really, really likes it, means it’ll be one that stays in my collection for a long, long time. The sensual notes mean I usually get what I want from her, and a happy wife makes a happy husband.
I personally quite like mixing this up with a fresher cologne of the same brand, i.e the Acqua di Gio. Armani created this scent for both, man and woman, inspired by the beauty of Pantelery, where he was on holiday. The fragrance for men is a scent of freedom, with a bit of seabreeze and salty water. It is a perfect harmony of salty notes and nuances of the scorching Mediterranean sun. Bitter citrus with sweet-smelling subtlety of rosemary interweaves with salty, ocean subtleties and pellucid hedione. Sharp notes of cinnamon spices are softened by a woody base of oakmoss leaving a warm, musky trail. I would use Acqua di Gio more for day-wear while I usually save the Armani Code for special date-nights.
In any case, they are both very popular cologne for men which are certainly accessible at any fragrance aisle at any of the large departmental stores. Spray some on the paper sheets they give you, smell the initial whiff to give you a taste of the top notes, however do not throw these slips away. Keep them for an hour or two and see how they smell then, as you will now be able to make out the middle or base notes, which are essentially the body of the fragrance. This bit will last on you the longest, and you will have to certainly like the middle and base notes, more than just the top notes. And once you’ve narrowed it down to which cologne you like best, try spraying it on your skin to see how it will actually smell on you as different people react to the chemicals in a fragrance differently. Good luck!