Paul Smith London for Men (2004) Eau de Toilette

Paul Smith London for Men (Eau de Toilette) by Paul Smith
Bottle Design Pierre Dinand
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Paul Smith London for Men (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Paul Smith for men and was released in 2004. The scent is fruity-oriental. It was last marketed by Inter Parfums.

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Perfumer

Antoine Lie

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGreen mandarin
Heart Notes Heart NotesViolet leaf
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Brandy, Sandalwood, Tonka bean

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Scent

8.0 (17 Ratings)

Longevity

7.8 (12 Ratings)

Sillage

6.6 (13 Ratings)

Bottle

7.2 (16 Ratings)
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ColinM

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Brit pop in a bottle
Creamy synthetic vetiver and sandalwood, citrus, a mint-lavender combo reminiscent of older fougères, and a thick spicy-ambery accord which seemed everywhere among woody mainstreams of the 2000s together with the other big “jolly” of that time - violet. That’s London, and it’s quite nice. For some reasons, despite being partially quite conventional (woods, violet, tonka...) London smells quite more young, vibrant, genuinely “urban” than many other fragrances sharing the same notes. It smells “pop”, somehow traditional and somehow contemporary – like so many British pop bands in fact; always “fresh”, yet always so rooted into Britain’s pop heritage of the 1960s. London shares the same “concept”; it’s like a fresher, renovated, kind of juvenile and lively version of uncle’s Dunhill colognes – more synthetic, more transparent, with a couple of “metrosexual” features (mint, violet). Far from being groundbreaking, but a really versatile and nice fresh-creamy-spicy woody scent, a bit plastic and almost cheap quality-wise but somehow in a positive meaning – that type of “plastic syntheticness” many niche brands are still able to disguise as “avantgarde”, so why shouldn’t we play that card for Smith too. Grab it in case of good deals.

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Apicius

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Helpful Review    5
Obituary For Something Blue
For some years, Paul Smith's London for Men was my daily office wear. I was working in Munich at that time, in Bavaria, and my project was not that easy to handle since I was new to that business. During the week, I was living out of my suitcase, some 700 kilometers away from home, and after 2003's decline of the markets I was not doing well in the beginning. Instead of a decent hotel room all I could afford was a room in somebody's flat whose financial situation was quite equal to mine. Munich is expensive and only nice if you are doing well. It was long before my passion for perfume began, but when I recall this time, I did wear perfume – and I wore a lot. I think it was a way of surrounding me with a kind of fragrant shelter, or maybe allowing me a faint hint of luxury wherever I was. I had Kouros Cologne Sport for the weekend and Paul Smith London for Men for the working week.

London for Men is one of the most remarkable fragrances that have ever been released to the mass market. The curved form of the flacon was very unusual, and so was the perfume. If you look at the notes, you find violet leaf in the heart. I know the scent of fresh violets good enough to know that this note cannot have lots of relationship to that flower. Nevertheless, it is something dark blue or violet coloured. For me, this note or maybe accord ranges between violet, fig leaf and coconut. It is very aromatic, and so I would classify London for Men as an aromatic fragrance.

The rest is nothing special. An inconspicuous dry amber, wood and tonka base forms a somewhat austere background – a necessary compensation to that blue aroma. There are no top notes worth mentioning, and not a lot of development. It is just this very special accord that goes a very long way. No matter how unusual it is, it has the inner coolness and detachedness that one could link to that dark blue and violet colour set, and so it helped me keep the right attitude at work.

London for Men is one of those fragrances that I really regret to be discontinued. There has been nothing equivalent from Paul Smith since then. Due to my personal memories I may overrate this perfume; nevertheless I recommend testing or even buying blind. A few bottles seem still available.
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