Moin you dear Parfumos.
I wish you a happy Valentine's Day.
Today, on the day of love, we're taking on the Armani Code Absolu. Why? Because I find that this fragrance fits so well to this day as hardly any other.
This fragrance has been in my possession since its release in 2019 and it's time to review about it.
Preliminary equal.......here is always the comparison to the Profumo and often I read that they are hardly different. I can not sign that so. The Absolu is clearly less loud, not quite as tone-heavy as the Profumo and overall a little softer and more balanced. But more on that in a moment.....
I would say that we just start times. :-)
The bottle: 8/10
Typical Code bottle in an elegant gold tone. Sprayer in good Armaniqualität. The only drawback, the fill level is not visible. Otherwise armanitypische, good flacon quality.
The fragrance: 9.5/10
Let's give in to the scent progression.
The fragrance starts, typical of the Coder series, without much restraint. The first notes my nose notices are the top notes of tangerine and apple, paired with the creamy orange blossom. However, it only takes seconds for the tonka bean to decide to join this session. The opening is simply gorgeous due to this fruitiness. For a designer, really well balanced and to my nose, also very precious. After the fruity, slightly creamy, sweet opening, a nice spiciness, which clearly comes from nutmeg here, joins in. This ensures that the fragrance despite the sweetness still has enough base to be worn even by people over 30. Again and again I read that this fragrance was clearly made for the target group under 30. I can't subscribe to that at all. For me, this fragrance is super wearable even at an older age. The scent is sweet, but certainly not a U30 party sticky bubblegum scent. On the contrary, the scent is, due to the nutmeg - and the subtle leather and wood tones, pleasantly soft, spicy and incredibly creamy. I've read here several times that the scent has a slight chapstick vibe.......and I can sign off on that - but in a really, really good way. Compared to the Profumo, this one is just more elegant. I see the Profumo more for partying and late at night. The Absolu also goes wonderfully during the day, to the date, in the restaurant, correctly dosed in winter even in the office. The Profumo is really much more tonal. This is here, together with the vanilla also present, but never seems uberladen or "too much".
In short: to the prelude slightly fruity, then sweet (but not exaggerated) - spicy and incredibly creamy......a very, very sensual fragrance, which is in my eyes for a designer very, very nicely balanced - Code DNA recognizable - but really independent - for me the better, more balanced Profumo.
On me, the fragrance lasts 8 hours. So quite a good performance - however, I also expect that from a sweet-creamy fragrance. Nevertheless - very reasonable.
The sillage is, especially in the first two hours very, very good. Anyone who comes within an arm's length will notice you clearly.
In hours 3 and 4, anyone who hugs you will also smell you well. There is also still enough for an olfactory experience in an elevator or car.
After that, it becomes skin deep and after said 8 hours, that's the end of the day.
The fragrance is obviously not for temperatures beyond 20 degrees.
However, this fragrance fits perfectly in my eyes in the fall / winter. Also colder spring days this fragrance will accompany suitably. He fits, by its elegance, in almost any situation. In addition, this fragrance is also an absolute seducer. It can be serious - but it can also be sensual. It is also perfect as a date fragrance. However, he is not a fragrance for a quick number, this fragrance screams passion and seduction - without being too loud.
This fragrance just knows how to please. Not only that this fragrance will hardly tarnish in the right setting - this fragrance will ensure that the people around you will ask who smells so good here. This scent captivates others - it's just incredibly seductive. I've gotten quite a few compliments on this scent and by the way, it's one of my wife's absolute favorites. And she grins every time her nose notices that I'm wearing Absolu today.
Price / performance: 8/10
You get what you see.
As always with Armani one wishes that the fragrance costs 15% less. But also this fragrance you get on offer for 85.00€ (200ml) and that is then also completely okay.
For me on the designer market currently the best winter fragrance. Super quality. Smells very valuable and balanced. Also H/S is for a designer in the upper third. Here is right for me almost everything.
So......today is Valentine's Day, I generally don't think much of the commercialization of such days - just like Christmas.However, I find the basic idea very nice that there is a day in the year dedicated to love. And if you are not in a partnership, then enjoy it with your family, a friend, your pet or with your hobby. Everyone loves someone and something - otherwise life wouldn't be one.
I will start my day by spraying on Absolu (he will be my valentine fragrance) - because after all, my wife loves this fragrance. And then I will slowly start preparing lunch. My wife also has to work on Valentine's Day during these crazy times. After all, she is a geriatric nurse. A profession that is also finally in the public eye these days. Even though my wife is sure that the public discussion won't change the disastrous working conditions, she gets up every morning and enjoys going to work. After all, she's doing something good and giving back to society. She loves her job and I love her for that attitude, among other things.
She will be happy when she comes home and the first thing she will smell is Code Absolu. And even though she loves that scent, I hope she will love one smell even more today. The smell of fresh garlic in olive oil - I hope she gets a little excited about spaghetti "aglio e oilo" with shrimp for dinner. Well - and if not, then I just spray Absolu again. :-P
Guys, I wish you all a happy Valentine's Day. Surprise your loved ones, have a great day and love all year round - there is nothing more important in life.