Well, my dearest snoopers, how are you?
See, I write "my dearest", so I'm nice, you morons, but no, nobody believes me of course... :DD
Do you know what happens every year, apparently, over and over again? That's right, a new code scent from Armani. At least for us gentlemen, because the last flanker of code scents for you ladies (the Code Cashmere) appeared in 2016, unless I was too stupid to research here in the Parfumo database! But don't worry, for the ladies this fragrance also appears here (or has already appeared).
Well, what can I say, normally I would have rolled my eyes first. But not because it's a new flanker in itself. Because with Flankern it's always such a thing, there are people who don't like these fragrances at all, but there are also people who like such fragrances. I belong to the kind of people who actually like such flankers, because these fragrances for me bring a nice change to the already established fragrance series on the market, so it is great to perceive a well-known fragrance in a slightly different form.
But now it is the case that especially Armani in the last years had in my opinion strongly decreased in quality and became like for example Gucci with her Guilty fragrances. Strongly insignificant fragrances with clear synthetics, which even made the fragrances appear quite cheap. In recent years Armani has even dealt with her normally good fragrance series as well as with her latest fragrances, which in my eyes are an absolute catastrophe: The "with you" fragrances (e.g. Stronger with you, In Love with you etc.), none of which really smells good for me and you would actually smell much better if you were to diesel yourself with toilet water instead of one of these fragrances... where... *böööörks* Aaargh, why do I always come up with such EKELHAFTEN thoughts and comparisons? Baah... :DD
Anyway, fragrances like the Acqua di Gio Absolu (a fragrance line that was usually ALWAYS good!) or the Code Flanker Code Colonia from 2017 were such bad smelling fragrances for me personally, that I wanted to write off Armani for a while, but they seem to have picked up again since last year, because the Code A list from 2018 was better again. And now this code comes here, and it's even quite well done, even if it should spray a clear synthetics, but I describe that now in the description of the fragrance! And yes,... somehow I really couldn't shorten the introduction here :D
The fragrance begins beautifully spicy with nutmeg and with a nice, acidic citric, but due to the mix with other scents still warm tangerine comes across. One can also quickly smell the beginning of the tonka bean, which also has a warm aura and radiates its soft, sweet fragrance. It then becomes woody, which goes very well with the warm, spicy aura of the fragrance.
A little later it gets even spicier, woodier and warmer. Every now and then the carrot seeds seem to come through, which then have a certain resemblance to an iris root (for me at least), but you really only notice them when sniffing extensively on your skin, you won't notice this in the scent cloud.
In the end, the fragrance smells sweetly of Tonka and vanilla (although initially more of Tonka), still of woods and is also autumnally spicy. New in the base is the budding suede scent, which you can notice quite well towards the end. Besides there is also a clearly smellable synthetic, which smells okay again and doesn't seem too cheap at all or even makes you run away.
At the end of the day, you can already imagine, vanilla and tonka bean are the strongest fragrances that will continue to radiate well for quite a while (hours!), spraying their sweet, powdery scent with a hint of spices and wood in the background. And a few hours later only the synthetic remains, which admittedly doesn't smell so great anymore, but until then a few hours pass by.
The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is quite strong, so that one is wrapped in a nice scent cloud for a while, which is good for smelling, furthermore the scent is even quite room-filling, so be careful when dieseling :) The durability is extremely long and lasts about 12 hours.
The shape of the bottle hasn't changed at all, but that doesn't bother me because I think the basic design of the bottles is pretty good. So once again it is cylindrical with slightly inwardly pressed sides and this time it comes in a metallic brown colour. As always, the lid is black, and of course there is no label, as the name was printed directly on the bottle. It's a nice bottle.
Ohoo, not bad, not bad at all! After last year's Armani A-List was once again a nice fragrance, this one is also quite okay here! Of course I would have liked to have seen the clear synthetics gone, but in my opinion this doesn't seem so extremely cheap, so that the scent is quite usable and also smells strikingly of a (reasonably good) code scent again. Only after many hours there is too much of the synthetic left, so that the scent could be more exhausting, but the day is long over anyway :D
The fragrance is autumnal and for me an all-rounder for this cool season, which could be used at any time for all occasions, whether job (but here really small dosage!), daytime, evening, in the spare time or to go out. The sillage and durability are also okay, so if you don't have anything against rather simple smelling main streamers, you couldn't do anything wrong with it. But: I would still advise much more to the code Profumo, because I find it much more successful.
So this code is definitely recommendable at least for code fans again and makes you hope that upcoming scents from Armani, especially a possible new code next year, could be much better again. Oh yeah... I wish Gucci would do the same, but they only seem to give off a nice smelling Guilty scent now and then (and at least good smelling women's scents), but otherwise I miss the days when Gucci scents like Gucci pour Homme I or II, both very great scents, came from Gucci *sigh* But I don't want to go over to Gucci now and come to the end here.
Soo! That's it again. I wish you all a nice evening, until next time! :)