Mark Birley for Men 1996 Eau de Toilette

Mark Birley for Men (Eau de Toilette) by Mark Birley
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Mark Birley for Men (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Mark Birley for men and was released in 1996. The scent is fresh-citrusy. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
LemonLemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarrot seedCarrot seed
LeatherLeather
VioletViolet
Base Notes Base NotesMuskMusk
SandalwoodSandalwood
VetiverVetiver
FrankincenseFrankincense
CedarwoodCedarwood

Ratings

Scent

7.286 Ratings

Longevity

5.865 Ratings

Sillage

4.860 Ratings

Bottle

6.452 Ratings
Submitted by Andi136, last update on 27.03.2021.
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Tbenschop

2 Reviews
Tbenschop
Tbenschop
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Serious citrus
Mark Birley for men is a citrus based fragrance. It comes to me as rather mature (as opposed to playful), dry, dusty, dirty and bitter. There is this sharp smell that you get when squeezing the skin of mandarin.
Overall this fragrance is quite unique, as I don't know anything similar.
To be used for formal occasions. I quite like it, but find it a tad bit boring as well.

7/10
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Helpful Review    3  
Perfect!
A perfect example of a fully deserved hype, and I’m surprised this doesn’t get more. Alongside Richard James Savile Row, probably the best British contemporary fragrance for men I’ve smelled in years, although the nose is French. Ironically, given Fredéric Malle is involved (with what role, precisely?), I think that in some way Mark Birley for Men smells “more Malle” than most of his own label’s scents. Many of them are in fact way cheaper and duller than this, which on the contrary is just stunning, both quality, refinement and creativity wise. “Nicher” than most of niche. Citrus, lime, black pepper, crisp smoky woods, some peculiar sort of breezy and “grey” powdery violet notes: actually a seemingly simple structure, but smelling completely unusual, modern, unique and somehow very “dimensional” in the way the notes unravel and evolve. On paper it may seem just another violet-woody cologne with some fresh top, while it isn’t really. It’s just totally different from what you may expect, and briefly put, I have not the slightest idea of how to describe it. It’s just “new” and very unique as a whole.

Probably a sort of “metallic sparkling” aura would define the most immediate of its peculiar features, followed by a sort of aldehydic-musky “dry clean laundry” nuance (due to violet, musk and woods, I guess) which for example you also find, in a similar but way bolder incarnation, in Penhaligon’s Sartorial – and finally a sort of subtle saltiness providing a delightful, very realistic watery-sea feel. But it’s actually the way they work together which is just brilliant. It’s distinguished yet very casual and informal. The citrus-lime top accord alone has some very interesting features as well, as it smells very tangy, fresh, but somehow very robust, bold and very long-lasting, still without smelling like everlasting mosquito repellent. It’s very natural, bright, vibrant and almost kind of fizzy, with a bright freshness that seems always about to fade away, and yet it lasts for hours. It’s very substantial but totally weightless and bright. And the middle and base notes are just great as well, the way violent and woods blend is so effortless and mellow – probably incense has a key role in smoothening the accord and making it smell just as a sophisticated nondescript “mist” of grey-purple nuances. To cut it short, Birley for Men has them all: it’s very unique yet completely versatile and un-challenging to wear, it’s very pleasant, the quality is outstanding and it performs surprisingly well (I disagree with the lack of longevity complaints, it’s very discreet but quite long-lasting). It’s a joy both to explore and to just spray liberally and forget about it. Brilliant.

8,5-9/10
8
Scent
2.5
Longevity
2.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Drseid

809 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
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An Underrated Gem...
Mark Birley opens with a beautiful slightly sparkly lemon and bergamot tandem. The lemon remains into the heart notes, but becomes increasingly creamy and slightly powdery as the citric sparkle at the open disappears. Underneath the lemon remnants lies a very nice violet note that adds some real differentiation from your typical citrus scents, underpinned by base notes of clean vetiver, sandalwood and light musk. Projection is below average and longevity is poor.

Mark Birley is quite the pleasant surprise. It is very light and subtle, while the slight powdery lemon is quite captivating and distinctively different from most citrus scents. There is a slightly off-putting almost ammonia-like undertone beneath the powdery lemon heart notes that could scare away some, but it really is not unpleasant at all and is certainly not the focus of the scent while successfully keeping one guessing as to its origin. Even though the base has a hint of sandalwood in it, the scent never is sweet, instead using the also present vetiver to convey a bit of slight earthiness to the composition. To close, with names like Bourdon and Malle associated with Mark Birley for Men, greatness is to be expected and in this release it is nearly achieved. The excellent smelling Mark Birley for Men earns a strong 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5 rating and an easy buy recommendation.

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