SUMMER '16 FRAGRANCE BATTLE


I have been extremely fortunate enough to have received quite a few fragrances these past couple of weeks, and I had spent some time on working out on how to review them. I didn't feel as though a simple blog post per fragrance would suffice, and I wanted to mix things up a little! So, I have decided to 'pit them against one another' and determine which fragrance, is best suited for you.

Each fragrance has been worn for 4 days at a time, allowing me to really pick out the different notes, how powerful the sillage was, determine what type of fragrance group they best fit, and to see how long their staying power could last. 

The four fragrances that I will be covering are:

ARAMIS: VOYAGER | DAVIDOFF COOL WATER; OCEAN EXTREME

ARMANI CODE: PROFUMO | RALPH LAUREN: POLO BLUE


ARAMIS; VOYAGER

A spicy fragrance, that feels fresh and is rather warm.

  • Top Notes: Ginger, Juniper Berries, Black Pepper
  • Middle Notes: Nutmeg, Sage, Lavender
  • Base Note: Tonka Bean

The initial spray is luxurious, and the spices within the fragrance, make for an interesting Summer fragrance! However, I must admit, I found the longevity of this rather disappointing. I found that when sprayed upon my skin, the scent only lasted 1-2 hours.

The top note of Black Pepper remained prominent throughout, with the base note, Tonka Bean, adding a creamier feel to the fragrance. The sillage of Voyager is light, which is ideal if you're after a light, fresh fragrance!

If you like fragrances that are fresh, and warm, then Aramis Voyager is a fragrance you need to try out! You can purchase this fragrance here.

 

DAVIDOFF COOL WATER; OCEAN EXTREME

An intense version of the iconic, 'Cool Water', the Ocean Extreme is powerful, and aquatic.

  • Top Notes: Frozen Mint, Juniper Berries, Rosemary
  • Middle Notes: Sea Notes, Lavender, Sandalwood, Geranium
  • Base Notes: Cedar, Crystal Musk, Seaweed

Upon the first spray, this fragrance smells absolutely divine! Initially, when having read the notes, I was unsure as to how the 'Frozen Mint' note would play out, in fear it could smell similar to mouthwash? Well, how wrong was I!? The sillage of Ocean Extreme is heavy, and is instantly distinctive. I was pleasantly surprised at how long this fragrance lasted upon my skin, due to the fresh notes featured within the scent! If you like fragrances that are fresh, yet pack a heavy punch, then Davidoff Cool Water; Ocean Extreme is definitely one to check out! This fragrance is available to purchase in your local drugstore.

 

 

RALPH LAUREN; POLO BLUE

A classic fragrance, and one that will never grow old. 

  • Top Notes: Melon, Mandarin Orange, Cucumber
  • Middle Notes: Basil, Sage, Geranium
  • Base Notes: Musk, Woodsy Notes, Suede

When first sprayed onto my skin, I am hit by the 'Musk' and 'Suede' notes, which gives a sensual feel to the fragrance. The longevity of Polo Blue stayed upon my skin for up to 6 hours, which I found impressive!

The sillage is heavy, perhaps a little too heavy for the Summer daytime, and best suited for a Summer's night. 

If you enjoy timeless fragrances, then Ralph Lauren; Polo Blue is your best bet! You can purchase this here.

 

 

ARMANI CODE; PROFUMO

Rich, luxurious and animalistic, a fragrance that is an instant winner.

  • Top Notes: Green Mandarin, Green Apple, Cardamom
  • Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Lavender, Nutmeg
  • Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Leather, Amber

Admittedly, when I first sprayed this, I felt as though I had smelt this type of fragrance before. Yet, as the different notes came out to play, and the way it smelt on my skin, I came to realise that this fragrance stood out from the others. A really creamy, rich fragrance. One you could imagine wearing at a trendy bar on a warm, Summer's night. The longevity of this lasted for up to 8 hours, and the sillage is medium/heavy. 

If you like creamy fragrances, then Armani Code; Profumo is the one for you! You can purchase this fragrance here.

 

In summary, if you prefer fragrances that are richer, creamier and you want to attract attention, then your best choices are between Aramis; Voyager or Armani Code; Profumo. If you want something fresh for the Summer, then I would choose the Davidoff Cool Water; Ocean Extreme or the Ralph Lauren; Polo Blue.

Which is your favourite fragrance out of these four? Do you have a preference when it comes to the type of fragrance that you wear throughout Summer? Let me know your thoughts down below in the comments box!


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