Paul Smith Man (2009)Eau de Toilette

Paul Smith Man (Eau de Toilette) by Paul Smith
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Paul Smith Man (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Paul Smith for men and was released in 2009. The scent is spicy-powdery. It was last marketed by Inter Parfums.

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Perfumer

Nathalie Lorson

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAniseed, Bergamot, Yuzu
Heart Notes Heart NotesTonic, Frankincense
Base Notes Base NotesIris, Tonka bean, Violet

Ratings

Scent

7.0 (62 Ratings)

Longevity

6.9 (44 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (41 Ratings)

Bottle

5.6 (41 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 28.12.2018.
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WildGardener

100 Reviews
WildGardener
WildGardener
Violate's rule
In these decadent times, not smelling vile has become the first hurdle a perfume must cross, and not all do.

Paul Smith Man is not offensive, but it does fail to meet Sophia Grojsman's golden rule that a perfume should be coherent; the top note should relate to the body and they should be well connected in a solid structure.

Besides all that, there can be no good reason for pairing a sweet amber with violet, they have nothing in common. And because the floral keeps its head above water for several hours, you end up wearing a dry down of violet fudge.

But the thing is, it works, sort of.
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
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Grey gem!
Graphite by Montana and/or Balmain’s Carbone meet Dior Homme and Narciso Rodriguez for Him. The composition is extremely clean and “geometrical” and you can really clearly see these inspirations for me. Pencil-wood shavings, peppery synthetic incense, iris, that same exact feel of “wet concrete” caused by violet leaves as in Narciso, with just the exact hint of citrus freshness not to smell overly oppressive. How come this fragrance is so neglected and underrated? I may be wrong, but I find Man probably the best offering ever by Paul Smith. And one of the nicest mainstreams of the last decade, deserving for me way more praise than it gets. This is a remarkable little gem of satin matte dusty greyness, masterfully blending Lorson’s signature “pencil sharpener” notes with a truly enjoyable iris-violet accord which smells slightly sweet, but massively aloof and decidedly androgynous, completely emptied of any “powdery” weight. I mean: it is powdery, just in a really transparent, light way (so, yes, totally “masculine” if that’s your concern). The same for woods – more “industrial wood shavings” than actual raw woods. The entire fragrance smells actually totally weightless, resulting in an extremely sophisticated feel of “empty” dustiness. Feels more like the balmy smell of air where these materials have been processed, rather than the actual result of the processing. Instant love for me, the quality of materials isn’t probably stunning, but this doesn’t smell cheap for me. Or better say: it makes a really good use of synthetics, so cheapness isn’t an issue in the first place. A peculiar yet versatile and refined fragrance with a remarkable contemporary feel, extremely linear but it works. Also quite niche-smelling for me – could have been easily something made by Andrea Maack or nu_be. Totally nice bottle too. Sadly discontinued.

7,5-8/10

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