Chrome 1996 Eau de Toilette

Chrome (Eau de Toilette) by Azzaro
Bottle Design Federico Restrepo
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Chrome (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Azzaro for men and was released in 1996. The scent is fresh-aquatic. It is being marketed by L'Oréal.
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Perfumer

Gerard Haury

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot
GrapefruitGrapefruit
GingerGinger
Heart Notes Heart NotesAniseedAniseed
HedioneHedione
MuskMusk
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber
Precious woodsPrecious woods
LichenLichen
MatéMaté

Ratings

Scent

6.8388 Ratings

Longevity

6.7292 Ratings

Sillage

6.3285 Ratings

Bottle

6.5307 Ratings

Value for money

8.122 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 21.07.2021.
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Oedegaard1
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Bad pun aside: The da has what on the box.
Already some time on the market, various flankers left and right. I would like to call him already a classic, even if he can probably not hold a candle to the Cool Water (no more puns, I promise).

Flacon comes along handsomely, the cap has the typical ripple pattern. However, the cap does not sit well throughout, so rather grab at the bottle. Spray head is ok. All in all, you can see him that he "comes from another time".
Quite different the fragrance:
A not-so-typical, fresh-aquatic fragrance that absolutely does not smell outdated or out of fashion. In the top note I guess aquatic notes, some ginger and trace bergamot, although the two notes are really VERY covered. The rest I can't sniff out more precisely with my still somewhat inexperienced nose. What does stand out, though, is a (as the name suggests) metallic note that also seems a bit synthetic and cool. It doesn't come across as distinctly citrusy, soapy or powdery. When I first tested Chrome, it immediately occurred to me that Chrome's opening smells like a subtle rainbow. A metallic rainbow...? Non-ferrous metal? Whatever. I had to have it immediately, even though I'm not usually so easily seduced by top notes. I didn't regret it. For my perception Chrome consists especially in the top note of so many different notes that complement each other perfectly.
The EDT then slowly fades in a slightly less fresh musk breath, which lags a little behind the fragrance from the top note in my opinion. The durability is not breathtaking (with me about 4 - 5 hours), Sillage also not too massive.

Chrome is not unique, but still different from most Aquaten and definitely worth a test.
My love for the Chrome of Azzaro is still unbroken, although the enthusiasm has decreased somewhat, since there are other Aquaten, which "can a little longer".

My conclusion: Not without reason a classic, certain recognition value with wonderful top note. For all those who like to smell a little metallic. Or after discreet rainbow ;)
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Scentility

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Fresh aromatic
Chrome has always been my favorite for men. I know it is out of fashion now, but it smells very appealing. It’s been labeled as aquatic, but it’s actually more a citrusy aromatic cologne. It starts out with some lemony bergamot and then gets into some light spices like coriander and ends up oakmossy fresh with some woody undertones for added strength. It can easily be an office or business friendly scent, and just as easily a date night one as well. I think it especially can suit a more reserved, introverted personality.
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Vmitsopoulos

10 Reviews
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Freshie
I had this given to me as a birthday gift at eighteen and have been wearing it ever since I’m now thirty-four my wife loves it was the one I wore when we met she even made me spray he pillow so she could smell it when I wasn’t there .
It starts of fresh and a bit cold it has good projection and lasts a while on my skin awesome for spring summer and warmer autumn nights.
It can be worn casually or as an office scent and it doesn’t seem to offend anyone and it does get compliments I’ve had tons over the years if you don’t have this in you collection I highly recommend this
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Taurus1967

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Chrome as you are
When you think of fresh-aquatic fragrances, most people will probably think of Cool Water. After that nothing follows for a long time ... and then many will probably have Chrome from Azzaro in mind.

An eau de toilette that probably polarizes less, but doesn't exactly excite the masses either. It's just the spotlessly clean office fragrance, for warm days, when you want to be perfumed without attracting attention.

It starts - and that's really not a surprise - fresh, but without any citric tangyness or sea breeze chord. No, Chrome goes rather the harsh path and can hardly be identified except for the musk by the ingredients.

And yet musk from the heart note and in this intensity is quite unusual for a fresh fragrance. However, the spirit of the synthetic is easily seen around the corner.

I think Chrome is one of those fragrances that are so consensual because they hardly catch the eye, they seem a little stuffy but not old-fashioned, that you can give them away relatively safely if you want to give young people something from the perfumery for the job. In principle, one should not do this, but with this one is olfactorically secured from spring to autumn. Geeeee like.

Advanced chrome players will rather avoid chrome because it doesn't give enough and in the wide world of fragrances there are far too many really good alternatives to enjoy.

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Efficient
Can a fragrance be efficient? And if so, when is a fragrance efficient? I think he is when he serves his purpose. And AC fulfills it. It cools the vehicle on the hottest summer days.

Does AC offer a sophisticated fragrance process? No. He doesn't have to. He is a super simple knitted summer companion that doesn't get on your nerves - uncomplicated. Free, fresh, happy.

It frees and refreshes, is reduced to the bare essentials. Not an olfactory painting that leaves much room for interpretation. AC is easy to interpret. He is straight ahead without digressions and to the point.

How can freshness be described? Even if it sounds banal: But AC is a standard fresh fragrance. The only undertone may be something slightly harsh to scratchy. No freshness with filigree aspects like a Bergamask by Orto Parisi perhaps. AC does not play in this league.

Still, I like him. Because he's such a refreshing, uncomplicated salesman. No more, but no less.
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7.5
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IndianaJones
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Helpful Review    5  
Summer holiday 2018...
Planned were: 1 week Hamburg and in the direct connection with the airplane into the Marche region, the heart of Italy. Actually I wanted to wait until the Duty Free Shop. Actually. It came how it had to come. Great summer weather, a holiday mood and a small perfumery in the Hanseatic city added a surprising element to my trip: Azzaro Chrome. I'd already heard from him. I tested him without too many expectations. His spray cooled the surface of my hand. Suddenly he contacted me: "Well, finally you have discovered me! I'm going with you! When do we start? Of course we can make a jump on the way to my friends at the airport, I recommend you my holiday love Neroli Portofino. But all in confidence; -) And so it happened that Chrome, with his fresh and cool manner, cheated himself 2 Italian weeks before my other 5 fragrance companions and I, indulging in deep nostalgia, still like to apply him today. Very underrated, that little blue cheeky bastard.
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Manscents

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Solid Aquatic scent
Chrome is a fresh clean aquatic fragrance by the house of Azzaro which was released in 1998. I have a newer reformulated version so my review is based on this version .

This scent opens to my nose with a sharp citrus / lemon notes which are provided by the bergamot and the grapefruit. Also I get a little ginger and some florals. There is also some sweetness provided by the amber which comes through more on the dry down with some wood notes,

It is leans a little towards the synthetic side but i find it to be a well balanced fragrance which is inoffensive. There is some likeness to CK One by Calvin Klein but I find this to be more on the masculine because of the wood notes in the background. Also it is more complex to my nose.

Azzaro Chrome would make a good daytime work or Casual scent which is ideal for spring or summer. It is very clean and fresh smelling and does have a good aquatic vibe.

I get decent longevity on my skin 7-8 hours . Silage and projection is average perhaps leaving a nice scent trail for first 2 - 3 hours . I would go 5 or 6 sprays as not a heavy fragrance. I like the bottle design although I think a proper metallic cap instead of plastic would have been a nice touch.

Overall quite solid 7.5 / 10
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Fresh21
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A wonderful fragrance... just before the end!
I remembered this classic from the time of its market launch, as somehow pleasant and unpleasant at the same time. Undeniably, he's got something special, but in the end I didn't touch it back then. And that's probably how it will stay - a good 20 years later, because

Azzaro's Chrome starts with a slightly citric-flowery freshness, but from the first moment on countered by a dull-metallic-synthetic note, which is somewhat irritating and unpleasant. Only after approx. 1.5 hours this aquatic sturgeon fire takes itself back gaaanz slowly a little, through what its perplexity more emerges, that cannot be found however in its pyramid rightly. All in all, the fragrance is more flowery than citric. And from the former he has (perhaps driven by the Hedion) for my feeling a little too much on board and becomes more sweet only after 3-4 hours when the amber joins the musk. But then he gets a little too sweet and his strange metal characteristic also flashes through again.

Conclusion: Chrome is quite extraordinary, but not automatically good. Because for me its course is too synthetic for 1.5 hours, then 3 hours too flowery and then 2 hours a little too sweet. Only after 6-7 hours, when it is barely perceptible, does Chrome suddenly appear pleasing, fine and balanced: all three effects, the alienating aquatics, the intrusive flower basket and the too sweet base are now milder, the mix of which ultimately makes this Frenchman fragrant. But then it is unfortunately too late for its durability, in order to score again correctly ... Too bad, because so Chrome would be a wonderful smell !

P.S. For those who like chrome, I also recommend the more balanced twin "Unpredictable"
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Statements

KuraiKurai 9 days ago
7
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4
Longevity
2
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4
Bottle
This classic does a very fine job in terms of inoffensive freshness. Versatile like a Swiss Army knife
Jazzy76Jazzy76 1 year ago
8
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7
Longevity
7
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8
Bottle
Fresh-aromatic with a light Woody touch, it's a contemporary classic to wear by day in every season. Classy but affordable.Discrete sillage
ElysiumElysium 1 year ago
10
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7
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
The natural warmth of mate leaf encounters the persistent freshness of bergamot and the luminosity of transparent musk. Gorgeous cologne!
DPArtistDPArtist 2 years ago
8.5
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8
Longevity
8
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7
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Timeless fresh fragrance unfairly labeled generic due to it being aped so much since 1996! A less floral CK One with better far performance!
Syzygy73Syzygy73 3 years ago
7
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A light, fresh, inoffensive aquatic. Somewhat synthetic, but a pleasant everyday scent for good weather. Clean, plain and unpretentious.

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