Dunhill Fresh (2005)

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Dunhill Fresh is a popular perfume by Dunhill for men and was released in 2005. The scent is fresh-green. It is being marketed by Inter Parfums.

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Maurice Roucel

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBasil, Green notes, Lavender, Mint, Sage
Heart Notes Heart NotesFreesia, Iris, Mimosa, Violet
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Oakmoss, Coumarin, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedar



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Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 26.11.2018
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Bottle 6.0/10 Sillage 6.0/10 Longevity 6.0/10 Scent 8.5/10
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Abstract floral scent for close-up use
My review of Dunhill Fresh as a YouTube video in English. As a blindbuy bought on the advice of a forum member this fragrance surprised me absolutely positively. Especially for the price.

Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 8.0/10 Scent 7.0/10
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It's so green
I can't remember exactly how I came across Dunhill fragrances, but they can do something and are affordable ... if you get them, because officially there's only the Eau de Parfum (!) "Icon" and flankers left. This also comes off very well here with a cut of 8.0, but plays too much in the "Altherren" league for me personally. I don't want to discredit anyone with that, but there are those scent compositions that remind me more of family celebrations in the 1970s and 1980s! ;-)

Now to Dunhill Fresh (DF). I would rather call it "green" and not only because of the light green color. If you look at the ingredients, you know why. The undoubtedly existing freshness is not (as usual) fed by citrus fruits and/or "sea breezes" (however these are created), but by herbs, grasses, mosses and flowers. This is how DF stands out from the crowd of fresh fragrances. I go so far as to say that green scents can hardly be better mixed into a harmonious whole.

And now comes the crux: individual green ingredients are completely okay for me, but here it is personally a breath too much of green for me. In fact, I spent weeks wondering whether I should keep the scent or not ... and finally decided to keep it. At 40 € for 100 ml there is really nothing to complain about. And yes: With everything I have smelt so far, I think this fragrance is quite unique and excellently composed. But it looks a bit like it has fallen out of time and doesn't really fit into the big city of today.

The one or other opportunity to apply it (not only in summer) will already be found! :-)
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Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 6.0/10 Longevity 6.0/10 Scent 6.0/10
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Relativation 1.0 - or the history of the menthol cigarette
Dunhill Fresh...

...the fresh northern lights.
...by the same man who made Nautica Voyage.
...that's supposed to smell like a niche.
... Fahrenheit with mint.
...without lemon.

Many descriptions honor the Nordmann. But to be honest, I want to relativize it.

Now in the summer I could test him extensively. Both the Nautica and the Fresh are considered fresh. There was always one thing that bothered me about the Nautica and the Fresh and that is the oppressive synthetics. To prolong the shelf life, the perfumer adds his favourite long-lasting fragrance chemistry. The result is not fresh lightness, but oppressive freshness.

In addition, the Fresh, again similar to the Nautica, has no fragrance course. It remains rigid as it is, from beginning to end.

The fragrance itself, apart from the synthetic, smells quite good. He's a little Fahrenheit. The mint is good to smell, slightly sweet it is also. He actually reminds me of menthol cigarettes. And so is somehow his image. Only a few like these relics from the 90s.

I like the '90s. I like Dunhill Fresh. I don't like menthol cigarettes, though. I have never understood these and some opinions about the fragrance mentioned here.

The fragrance is simply a pressingly fresh-synthetic banger, without gradient, with sweet mint and with associations of menthol cigarettes.

No more and no less.
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Smart but lazy
Smart but lazy. What a shame. Dunhill Fresh could have been a really good perfume for me, if they just put some more effort in it. It is basically a violet-centered mix between a brighter version of Dior’s Fahrenheit crossed with Jil Sander Man; sort of greener and more “aquatic” than both, with a really nice soft leather base note and a smooth powdery accord of violet and green stuff. A sprinkle of woods and that’s it. So there is this kind of dark, really mellow and comforting smooth base of powdery synthetic leather with a really enjoyable and refined wood accord, topped with a sort of damp green accord of grassy citrus and herbs. So far so good, so where’s the problem? The problem is that for some inexplicable reasons, it all smells deeply, desperately lifeless and pale for me. Maybe the materials are cheap, but more than that, in my opinion it feels like if they had these two nice “ideas” to develop – something leathery-violet-rubbery, something grassy-aquatic-musky – and at some point they just slapped one onto the other and bottled the concoction as-is, without really caring to “tune in” the notes together. So you get this blend which seems containing two separate layers which proceed in a parallel way rather than blending, like if you layered two different perfumes. And they end up in taming down and annihilating each other. That’s a shame because you feel they would go well together, with just some more tuning and some consistency to really become “one” – and a quite good one. Instead here it all remains kind of uneven and patchy in my opinion. Not a complete disaster, though: as-is, it’s a decently nice, classy, warm and unoffensive office-safe perfume with an elegant and discreet projection close to skin (and a crap persistence). Nothing really “fresh” for me, but bright in its own way. Just way duller than it may have been with just a little more effort.


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