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BeginswithaJ 1 year ago 1
6
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
5
Bottle
5.0's brother
If you told me this is a 5.0 baby brother I'd believe you. They have quite similar DNA. Not at all unpleasant, and to be honest: I like this one the best of the three 6.0 fragrances. Invigorating and fresh, but a bit too generic to receive high marks.

Sport 6.0 opens next to a sports field with a mild injury: There is an unmistakeable medicinal quality to the top notes. But flowers present themselves quickly after that, so all aches and pains are forgotten quickly. I can't distinguish if it's the iris per se, but it's a nice bouquet nonetheless.

Compared to the classics Sport develops a fresh apple note. It's definitely not pear, or at least not a pear that I've ever eaten. It's not overly sweet and the bergamot's sparkling citrus notes helps to keep this flanker refreshing. Someone didn't forget to bring the bitter bergamot peel as well as the juice which keeps everything tied together nicely. Here and there the powdery iris returns and makes way for a rosemary-ginger-bergamot-peel base note. Expect to smell more of this when you start working out and sweating.

Funny thing is: the dry down smells exactly like Zara Man Silver! And this surprises me, especially as a 6.0 flanker. It doesn't particularly fit in between the two other 6.0 fragrances, but remains a nice refreshing mix of smells. I could see this on a young man, but older sporty fellow as well.
BeginswithaJ 1 year ago 2
5
Scent
4
Longevity
4
Sillage
5
Bottle
The bottle says it all
It smells brown. Not coffee, chocolate or 70's powerhouse brown, just... brown. Extreme 6.0 is a somewhat pleasant, warm fragrance. Sweet mouldy woods done in a nice way. Unfortunately almost as forgettable as the Classic, so a good flanker I suppose. Don't get me wrong: it's absolutely an agreeable scent, but won't stand out in a crowd.

Top notes are resinous, just as the Classic version. Yet the pear note is more noticeable which gives the opening a slightly more fruity note. Dont buy this for the pear: it's gone before you know it.

The dry down is generic woody with a hint of synthetic leather and the ever present resins leave a harsher aftertaste than in the opening. I even detect a medicinal note here and there sometimes. The iris is noticeable: there are some powdery aspects that connect Extreme to the other 6.0 fragrances.

Skin scent in over an hour, so in line with the other 2020 releases thus far.

Not one of the better ones in the line-up in my opinion.
BeginswithaJ 1 year ago
5
Scent
4
Longevity
4
Sillage
4
Bottle
We done yet, honey?
I must admit: the heart is pretty nice. But the fragrance as a whole is way too forgettable, and short lived to boot. Sweet, resinous, forgettable wood. Spray every hour or two to enjoy.

Opening with lots of resins, complemented by a fleeting powdery sweetness. Tonka and the orris root, no doubt. When the resins die down, we're left with a warmer accord. The pear note accounts for the sweetness here, I presume. If it's indeed fruit, it's so overripe that it borderlines on the heady sweetness of fermentation.

When Classic 6.0 settles down a bit, we're presented a pleasant dry wooden note, that gets more 'green' when time goes by. Think vetiver, from roots to leaves. It mixes with a distinct honey. By then the tonka resins return in the background, which three notes makes up the remainder of the fragrance's short lifespan.

This all happens within the hour, and after that it just becomes a skin scent. Pleasant, yes. Projecting? Not by a long shot.
BeginswithaJ 1 year ago 1
6.5
Scent
5
Longevity
4
Sillage
5
Bottle
Oh great, anther one
At first spray I would have thought Sport 5.0 went in the wake of Acqua di Giò, or Perry Ellis 360 Red. Great... another one. There are differences, but the direction is certainly there. So if you like those kinds of scents, this is the one for you.

It opens in a puff of lemon candy and has a little soapy character up front. Bitter bergamot is unmistakeable, and the geranium is the most pronounced in all of the 5.0 flankers, as you will. That is why it's definitely the 'greenest' of the whole line. There's a good amount of cinnamon present, giving the fragrance a little sweet warmth. Although not mentioned in the official notes, the dry down consists of cypress and has more earthy undertones that hint at fougère fragrances. The lemon notes progress into something more tart, and stay present throughout.

Sillage is around the same as his brothers, but just slightly better. I could be mistaken, but I'll give this one the benefit of the doubt.

Overall a fresh and green dynamic, but I don't know if I would describe this one as a specifically 'sporty'. Surely the most mature of the three, but absolutely wearable by most age groups. It neither impress nor annoy so a great casual-, skin-, or office scent. I would actually wear this!
BeginswithaJ 1 year ago 1
5.5
Scent
4
Longevity
4
Sillage
5
Bottle
Geranium-centric Starwalker
After the hyper fresh citrus open that lasts just about as long as a sneeze, it moves toward a greener, aromatic aquatic. Here is where the geranium's green note starts to introduce itself more prominently than in its Classic 5.0 cousin. I'm also picking up some nutmeg, and a squeeze of lemon/bergamot. Probably from the Geranium note as well.

After drying down a bit and breathing for about half an hour, a little bit of Mont Blanc's Starwalker comes peeking around the corner. Which gets more pronounced the longer we wait. And so Extreme 5.0 gets more powdery and soft. Fresher than Classic 5.0, without being sporty fresh. More like opening a window on a sunny day in spring.

Sadly the sillage and performance are again disappointing so don't expect to enjoy the dry down too much.

Final verdict: If you like Zara Extreme 5.0, give Starwalker a try! The latter is more linear, so it lacks the squeeze of lemon, but it's a bit brighter and has way better performance.
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