Versace Man Eau Fraîche (2006) Eau de Toilette

Versace Man Eau Fraîche (Eau de Toilette) by Versace
Bottle Design: Donatella Versace, Tino Valentinitsch
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Versace Man Eau Fraîche (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Versace for men and was released in 2006. The scent is fresh-citrusy. It is being marketed by EuroItalia.

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Perfumer

Olivier Cresp

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesRosewood, Starfruit, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesTarragon, Cedar leaf, Clary sage
Base Notes Base NotesAmbergris, Musk, Plane tree wood

Ratings

Scent

7.4 (311 Ratings)

Longevity

6.3 (235 Ratings)

Sillage

6.0 (237 Ratings)

Bottle

6.9 (241 Ratings)
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MrHonestMrHonest 148 days ago

„Rind me up.”


It's been over 12 years since its release and I still don't know how people don't get the association with the original Versace Man. True, that fragrance is a very...
FlavoriteFlavorite 4 years ago

„I Need Oxygen! I screamed...The fragrance Nearly Killed Me Last Night”


Last night my father wore this for his birthday party which involved a long drive into the city and back sitting...
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MrHonest

48 Reviews
MrHonest
MrHonest
Rind me up.
It's been over 12 years since its release and I still don't know how people don't get the association with the original Versace Man. True, that fragrance is a very spicy saffron-tobacco amber (which I adore btw), but take out the tobacco, change the spices and add a sh* load of lemon rind and you've basically got Man Eau Fraiche. Bottom line is that to my nose, they're BOTH essentially the same sweet AMBER fragrance.

Everywhere you look, you get the same description and comparison - it's a citrus aquatic that smells like LIght Blue for women. FINE. But I wonder...how many of these people have ever smelled a true citrus OR aquatic scent? Are there any aldehydes or aquatic notes listed in the description? Nope. Another shocker - carambola, the note that Man Eau Fraiche is most known for, isn't even a citrus fruit. SURPRISE. Instead, compared with true citrus-dominant aquatics that often have 3 or 4 different citrus fruits combined with a smattering of greenery - Eau de Rochas Homme for example - MEF is a neutered sweet amber woods, with a distinct lack of character compared to the fresh beasties of yesteryear overflowing with tangy fruits, sour spices, heady florals and oakmoss.

To be fair though, I really do enjoy the stuff myself on occasion (despite its lackluster performance); but for goodness sake, let the base do the talking. For those screaming at how zesty and uplifting the fragrance is, just wait a good 45 minutes and have another sniff. The overall character changes considerably as the lemon rind takes a back seat and the sweet amber and woods take over. And that's basically how it stays for the duration - unnaturally SWEET - to the point of actually becoming cloying if oversprayed in the heat. And this is supposed to be the best fragrance for the high heat? Ugh.

Not to worry though. For what it is - an incredibly mass appealing amber fragrance - it does a great job of winning people over (probably due to the sweetness and musk). At least, until it disappears after 3-4 hours. So carry a decant and enjoy in moderation. But do remember that it IS a flanker - and by today's standards, a pretty decent one at that.
8.0 6.0 7.0 7.5/10
Oske7

7 Reviews
Oske7
Oske7
2
Eau Fraiche
Very fresh, not offensive in any way. Great office scent that lasts pretty well. I don't spray anything on my clothes, but I notice that if I spray this on my chest my shirt tends to pick up the scent and hold on pretty well to give it some extra longevity. Overall it's mostly a citrus scent with a slight woody characteristic.
1.0/10
Flavorite

240 Reviews
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5
I Need Oxygen! I screamed...The fragrance Nearly Killed Me Last Night
Last night my father wore this for his birthday party which involved a long drive into the city and back sitting down wind of him and also a hug, which transferred it onto my new sweater...and also it was every wear in the car. After several glasses of wine, oysters on the half shell, Duck L'orange, arugula salad with caprese and tomatoes, double espresso and a delectably smooth plum brandy at our favorite Austrian Restaurant...I nearly barfed inside my own wind shield on the way home...I was sure it was all coming up, and it was the smell of this fragrance driving my nausea on...taunting me, whispering..."how many oysters did you just suck down?" and , "Gee, isn't this a bumpy car ride?". First thing I did was shower...but my husband smelled like it to- a contact " Versace high", if you will. As I sat in the car with my Dad, I wondered why he did not hear my previous recommendation to find a more appealing cologne...over 2 years ago...also I wondered, what in the heck is the problem with this fragrance for me- let me deconstruct for a moment...this is synthetic my Egyptian musk- strongly adhered to the backbone, boldly asserting it's Manly funk...with a plethora of green herbal almost sweet tarragon, lemon and limeness. I do not, i principle dislike any of these notes on their own. but everything about this fragrance screams "I am trying to cover up either the awful smell of the world or the awful smell of the human body. " (that is the end of my psyche eval. on Dad) but really...this is a monster truck sillage of "sure fire" current winners Man-musk, citrus and synthetically derived cedarwood and rosewood---that smells, well, totally synthetic, like a rodenticide of some sort. Versace Man Eau Fraiche gives very little thought on the long-term implications for the rest of the kids buckled in for the long road trip. I thought when I found my own signature scent after nearly 10 years of hunting, my fragrance addition would subside...but no, no...I must take up the gauntlet once again. I am going to start with a couple by Byredo to address the sillage problem, then a couple by Serge Lutens or even Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille to get some more variety in the dialogue of skin and notes...finally, forbidding the synthetic musk and Cedarwood aspect- I will site "Migraines, nausea or Ebola" to justify this if necessary! I must find my father a less disgusting signature scent or I can never ride in a vehicle with him again without a full hazmat suit and ventilator. Summary: this fragrance nearly killed me last night.
2.5 5.0 7.5 5.0/10
GothicHeart

87 Reviews
GothicHeart
GothicHeart
Helpful Review    6
Too Light to be Blue...
My younger brother's relationship with fragrances is quite a strange and rather inexplicable one. Although he looks totally mesmerised every time he visits my house and sprays some antediluvian '70s or '80s powerhouse on him, he has never bothered to buy any. Not even in their current, way less potent formulations. On the contrary, he always falls for trendy and tremendously popular new launches, which I wouldn't buy even if my life was depending on it. So upon my last visit to his place, I found a bottle of Eau Fraiche on his desk and sprayed two spritzes on me just out of curiosity about how "fresh" is interpreted nowadays. The fact that the other two fragrances lying on his desk were 1 Million and CK One Shock should have alerted me like an apotropaic sign, but I ignored the prognostics and went home to evaluate the newly acquired entry in my fragrance encyclopaedia.
There, I took a quick glance at the fragrance's pyramid and I got completely befuddled by smelling something which was growing into something too outrageous to be true as time passed.

10 minutes mark: Why on earth do I smell green apples when the composition has none?
20 minutes mark: Why on earth does this smell so familiar?
29 minutes mark: Why on earth did someone put Light Blue in an Eau Fraiche bottle?

Yeah, that's right. It took me no more than half an hour to realise that this was definitely a hybrid that should be called either Dolce & Gabanna Man Eau Fraiche or Versace Light Blue.
And to get things straight, I'm talking about the original Light Blue, launched as a feminine scent in 2001.

Olivier Cresp must be either a serious case of selective amnesia or a con man. There's no other way to explain how he managed to duplicate one of his creations, sell it as a new one to a large and well acknowledged company, and get away with it. And I suspect that his amnesia falls in the selective kind because I'm sure he didn't forget to get paid.

I wonder whether it's possible that no one in Versace had ever smelled the hugely popular firstborn Light Blue that was launched only 5 years before and less than ten blocks away, since both companies are literally bumping heads in the center of Milan. Cause if that's not the case, then something is rotten in the state of Denmark (or Italy for that matter). And it's not the fragrance. The fragrance is what it claims it is. Fresh. A nice although mundane copycat, based on a concept that was repeated countless times, but fresh nevertheless.
I don't know what part CEOs are playing in the creation of a fragrance. I guess it depends on the house. So if the ones running Versace are not of the kind that's usually involved, I believe they had a helluva WTF moment upon smelling Eau Fraiche, while Olivier Cresp was already away counting his money.

I'm facing great difficulties to evaluate Eau Fraiche, and most of them belong to the ethical kind. I like Light Blue very much, thus I should like Eau Fraiche equally. The problem lies in how I define "generic". The abundance of near clones of an original fragrance that have come to dominate the market and therefore render the way that the said original smelled as "generic" because of its widespread use, doesn't mean that the smell of the original was generic when it was launched. On the contrary it might have been groundbreaking. And this has nothing to do with whether I like it or not. Davidoff's Cool Water might have a story or two to share about how these things work. So all I can say is that Eau Fraiche is quite a nice fragrance, but rather stale and no fresh at all when it comes to originality, since it's yet another example of a concept that was done to death, resurection, and death again. And this kind of karmic wheel will always be a far cry from immortality in olfactory terms.
JSpines

115 Reviews
JSpines
JSpines
Helpful Review    5
Versace Man Eau Fraiche
I found this on sale for a great price and couldn't pass it up. The lemon in this is the star of the fragrance and keeps it from falling into the bland world of men's cologne. I find most men's designer cologne these days so boring and generic smelling. This scent has that "little something extra" which raises it above most of the others in the same category. Absolutely perfect for summer. No one is going to dislike smelling this fragrance on you! Very fresh, very pleasant and very inoffensive. The bottle is cool looking as well. Good, thick glass in a beautiful shade of blue. Every man should have a bottle of this in their collection.
7.5 5.0 5.0 5.0/10
Miaw2

339 Reviews
Miaw2
Miaw2
4
I already smelt this before...
Great opening with rosewood and citruses, but dries down to something boring and generic.

For me at the end it smells almost the same as Light Blue by D&G: sweet and slightly woody.

Sillage, projection and lasting power are average.

Updated January 2014

Statements

Pio 46 days ago
Delicate scent, sweet and light. Lovely for summer.
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Mike1337 155 days ago
Nice summery bergamot+1

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