John Varvatos 2004

John Varvatos by John Varvatos
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John Varvatos is a popular perfume by John Varvatos for men and was released in 2004. The scent is spicy-woody. It is being marketed by Revlon.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesDateDate
HerbsHerbs
Tamarind leaf
Heart Notes Heart NotesAjowanAjowan
Coriander seedCoriander seed
Clary sageClary sage
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber
BalsamBalsam
OudOud
Black leatherBlack leather
VanillaVanilla

Ratings

Scent

7.6248 Ratings

Longevity

6.3200 Ratings

Sillage

5.8196 Ratings

Bottle

7.6197 Ratings

Value for money

7.317 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 05.09.2021.
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WildGardener

209 Reviews
WildGardener
WildGardener
   1  
Shalimar with toffee and toothpaste?
Minty fresh aromatic and sweet gourmand accords on a woody oriental.
Hold on a second! If that sounds like Shalimar with toffee and toothpaste, think again.
At first whiff, this may resemble a locker room freshie but there's more going on than that.
First the 'minty' accord; it isn't really mint at all but Ajowan (red thyme, caraway, cumin, fennel) and there's a sweet note of dates in the back. These are nuanced with herbaceous, powdery, woody and bitter-leathery accents, which turn a shower gel into something more interesting.
It's quite a feat to make mint smell good enough to wear, and I would think about buying this if I didn't already have l'Essence de Cerruti (2009) - which smells a bit like it from a distance.
10
Scent
3
Longevity
3
Sillage
8
Bottle
Rquill67

199 Reviews
Rquill67
Rquill67
   3  
Masculine Fall and Winter Frag!
This is a great fragrance by Varatos. I can only smell the leather on the opening, and as it dries down it's a spicy masculine scent. I was hoping to smell the dates, caramel, vanilla, etc., in the dry-down but I only smell the tamarind, wood, fir and hay. This fragrance doesn't last that long on my skin, and I'm still a fan! 7 / 10 for me. It's a good masculine fragrance for Fall, Winter and early spring!
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7.5
Scent
3
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
Ultimativo
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Ultimativo
Ultimativo
Less helpful Review    1  
Masculine recommendation that disappears quickly
pleasantly masculine scent mixture, which hardly changes from the first perception to the final flying away after only 2-3 hours. A cheap, recommendable surprise when testing some fragrances.
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6.5
Scent
4
Longevity
3
Sillage
BartS
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BartS
Helpful Review    4  
Mixture of too many scents
John Varvatos was not known to me for a long time, until it had slowly gained attention on YouTube. Described as "super unique" with a "mass appeal", the attraction was great to explore. I was now able to test some of the brand's fragrances in a shop and I don't find them particularly unique now. A mass taste, on the other hand, is well met I guess. Does this also consist of a mixture of well-known scents. A little Le Male here, a little Bruno Banani there and a pinch of a classic men's shaving lotion and there we have John Varvatos.

Admittedly, all this doesn't smell bad and most fragrances are wonderfully wearable and not at all obtrusive. The fresh start reminds me strongly of Le Male only softer and not quite as sweet. The synthetics of a drugstore fragrance is unfortunately also his own. I won't go into the notes, because I have to admit that I can't really smell a single one. I could swear that there is a hint of lavender in it, but I could be wrong. Well, as it progresses, JV gets a little woody, sweeter and the freshness fades
The shelf life and silage is absolutely underground and without frequent re-spraying is a perception of fellow men wishful thinking. At just under 35€ for 125ml, it is fortunately not an imposition to refill.

So if you want to give a fragrance as a gift, don't want to take any risks and have a small budget available, you can take a bold step here. For me, it will remain with the 5ml filling, which I will also not buy later, because it is not special enough for me to provide for supplies.
8.5
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
8
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Carlitos01

317 Reviews
Carlitos01
Carlitos01
   8  
A recommended all purposes EDT for men
This John Varvatos EDT is full of happy contradictions: bold and relaxed; subtle and sophisticated; masculine but delicate; day elegance and night sensuality.
There are a couple of notes - Tamarind and fig/fig leaves - that blended with the strong leather, but also the tobacco, plum, thyme, amber, vanilla, and a little oud, make a unique marvelous, sweet, creamy scent. It's a very well-crafted fragrance. If it would last more it would be a real masterpiece. The dry down, although a bit subtle, it's very pleasant.
The scent is bound to be noticed while it lasts. It really draws a lot of attention in daily normal use. It is totally safe to use it in an office environment.
The bottle is very masculine and elegant.

My rates for John Varvatos for Men:
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Opening: 9.0 (pleasant unusual fruity and spicy opening)
Drydown: 8.0 (good ambery smooth leather but a bit subtle)
Longevity: 6.5 (under average with 6 hours on my skin, with 3 sprays)
Sillage: 6.0 (up to 4 feet, 1.5 hours projection, with 3 sprays)
Versatility: 9.0 (a true good for all-weather scent but a bit less adequate for hot weather)
Wearability: 9.0 (use it almost everywhere; just exclude sweaty activities)
Compliments: 8.5 (while it lasts it's a head-turner, and people do comment about the scent)
Uniqueness: 9.0 (it has some vibes in common with other smooth leather fragrances but with a different type of sweetness)
Quality: 9.0 (great but I take 1 point for the slightly under average performance)
Presentation: 8.5 (very good! Very simple and effective; flask similar to all Varvatos)
Price: 9.5 (125 ml non-tester for €26)
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Average: 8.37 / 10,00
- between 7 and 8 = above average;
- between 8 and 9 = recommended;
- greater than 9 = do not miss;

Comments:
My 125 ml John Varvatos cost me 26 Euros and the price seems to be a stable one. It's a very good deal.
This is a fragrance of recurrent use. It is a pleasure to use and it grabs a lot of feminine attention. I do recommend it. It's a very good all-purpose fragrance and quite nice to use in the work environment.
My performance perception changed (for the better) after the following recommendation:
Apply 2 sprays above your ears, 2 sprays in the neck/chest, and 2 sprays in your clothes. It does not stain. The longevity of the "normal" 2 sprays behind each ear will double and you will get a good 3 hours projection, with up to 4 feet sillage and up to 8 hours longevity. More than enough performance!

Music: Elton John - "Rocket Man"
7
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
Smora

152 Reviews
Smora
Smora
Very helpful Review    6  
Quintessentially American
Scentrack
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John Varvatos for Men is at first sniff a generic fragrance, but beneath the simple surface are numerous dark and bright layers. All these layers are perfectly polished and harmonized to create an olfactory balance. Brighter fruity notes of plum and fig are juxtaposed to darker and plushy suede accord fortified with some woodsy notes. This main juxtapose is accompanied by the short lime note in the opening, and spicy notes of pepper and cinnamon in the heart. There is also some, to my nose, unidentified darker herbal entity. The summarized composition is masculine in a classical manner, yet so modern, clean and wearable. In my European eyes, a quintessentially American.

Rating: 7/10

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Topfpflanze3Topfpflanze3 5 months ago
8
Scent
7
Longevity
5
Sillage
7
Bottle
Very hard to describe scent. I love it but I cannot pinpoint what it is. Also wearable by the younger crowd
Carlitos01Carlitos01 2 years ago
8.5
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6
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
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John Varvatos EDT happy contradictions: bold & relaxed; subtle & sophisticated; masculine but delicate; day elegance & night sensuality.

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