Very helpful Review
The extreme winner
Another grenade? really?
V&R offers a normal flask in the feminine side of the business, while keeps on handing army toys to the gents customers. The grenade shape is there for some time now, but I am still not convinced that an explosive shaped container is a good choice as a perfume bottle, or for any product for that matter. Perhaps it calls for virile thoughts association and V&R thought it to be a good marketing image. I keep picturing a wife giving her husband one of this hand grenades to pass him an hidden messages like:
"I want to explode you!!" or "Need a gadget, army boy?"...
But I must recognize that it is a flanker. The product family image should be kept, and you receive a quality container with a good sprayer. I prefer the Lalique or Bvlgari presentation good taste.
The word "Extreme" may have an awful lot of different meanings in perfumery. Most of the times it may simply designate a flanker where a note or an accord has been intensified. What often occurs is that some other notes just got fainter or vanished. Over the years I learned that "Intense" and "Extreme" are two different concepts in this industry.
Actually I prefer this version even if I find this fragrance less "intense" than the original. It is a tiny less spicy (no pink pepper note? no pungent chili note?) and a bit more sweet due to a new dark vanilla heavy note in the base. It is kind of warmer and creamier too, probably due to added amber to envelop the vanilla-tobacco base accord. I never complained about the original Spicebomb performance, but there seems to exist a bit of a gain in this domain as well. Longevity is good enough for 9 hours with three sprays, and sillage peaks at 7 feet assuring a noticeable projection for 2.5 hours.
It opens pepperish with an undertone of grapefruit. Black pepper is used instead of pink pepper and chili. Some people claim it to be a bit intrusive but I like it this way.
In the heart, the warm an sweet strong cinnamon scent is omnipresent all through the fragrance lifespan and it's the soul of this perfume. A slight body odour (cumin?) makes it smell very natural.
The dark vanilla and tobacco base combo sweetens the fragrance even further, but in a very civilized and manly way. The sweet and hot spices are dense but smooth and comfortable due to the increased ambery background.
Let's disassemble this extreme hand grenade:
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- Opening: 9.0 (Very spicy, mainly with black pepper and cinnamon - great!)
- DryDown: 10.0 (Heavenly, with cinnamon, black vanilla and some tobacco in an amber background)
- Longevity: 9.0 (Up to 9 hours with 3 sprays)
- Sillage: 8.5 (Up to 9 feet; it projects for 2.5 hours)
- Uniqueness: 7.5 (Yes, it's a flanker and very similar to the original, besides some other designer offers)
- Usability: 7.5 (Cold season for both night and day time; avoid any type of non cold temperatures)
- Versatility: 9.0 (An elegant and manly perfume both for formal occasions or the cosiness of a fireplace)
- Compliments: 9.0 (Compliment magnet)
- Quality: 10.0 (Top quality ingredients, solid flask)
- Presentation: 7.0 (Ok... some people like the grenade shape)
- Price: 6.0 (90 ml / 100~105 Euros... pricey for a designer fragrance)
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Overall rating: 8.41 / 10.00
- between 7 and 8 = above average;
- between 8 and 9 = recommended;
- greater than 9 = do not miss;
Recommendation: This is a top choice as an elegant and masculine scent to use in cold temperatures, either during the day or at night. It fits a ceremony, the office (provided you are the boss), or at home in a family environment. A Christmas season perfume? Why not...
Blind buy? No, because it is priced above 100 Euros. But if you happen to try it, you will most certainly love it.
Music: Brandi Carlile - "The Story" (I was made for you)