Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I will never understand why the mainstream fragrance industry thinks men want to smell like metals and other impersonal, machine-like things. I also don’t understand why the industry only wants mean to smell like hedione and metallic, cold showers. I want my partner to smell warm, approachable, cuddly. Azzaro Chrome is as soft, cuddly, and approachable as the Silver Surfer – cold and stand-offish but with a masculine six pack!
Chrome opens up as cool and aquatic. It’s generic “man scent”, a blend of bergamot water in an aluminium can. It hurts my nose and gives me freezer burn. Chrome is metallic and cold. It’s heartless and frigid. Chrome really does recreate a “chrome” feeling, but it isn’t a motorcyle that has been outside on 90°day. Chrome is air-conditioned. The citrus in Chrome is crisp, generic and I’ve bet you can get something like this from Axe these days (unfortunately). Eventually, Chrome gets more aquatic, somebody is washing that motorcycle. I do get something that vaguely reminds me of ivy: cool, wet, green, slightly floral. It’s still really cold. Frankly, I don’t get much dry-down from Chrome. I get generic aquatic citrus woods. It never “warms” up and it never becomes “human”. It’s what the 90’s wanted us to think that good-looking, muscular young guys should smell like.
I am not a fan of this one. I don’t want to smell like Chrome (I am female). It’s abrasive, I can’t imagine this juice sprayed. A couple of dabs on my pulse points worked my nerves. But, I don’t mind smelling this one on someone else walking by…really, really quickly. It’s one of those fragrances.
Notes listed include bergamot, bigarade, neroli, ginger, ivy, lichen, hedione, cardamom, mate, rosewood, and sandalwood. Perfumer – Gerard Haury
Give Chrome a try if you if you want to remember what every available bachelor smelled like in 1996 or if you like cool, aquatic masculine fragrances/ “aqua” fragrances like Davidoff Cool Water, Bvlgari Aqua Homme, Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua, Ralph Lauren Polo Blue, Dior Farenheit 32, and/or Givenchy Pour Homme Blue Label.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION: The Earth will be consumed by Galactus before I’ll purchase a bottle of Azzaro Chrome for myself or anybody that lives with me.
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