Saturday, February 28, 2009

My Apologies to Azzaro

Hello, dear readers (all four of you).

I know I warned you all at the outset that I was likely to lose interest in this blog, but I don't suppose any of you thought I meant after only a few posts. Well, I haven't! I've had a monster cold for the last few weeks, which left any sniffing-type activiy more or less out of the question. I'm feeling a bit better now, and will soon be able to commence with the smellage.

I don't have a new review today, but I have a few lined up for the coming weeks. I just wanted to check in and say "hello." Also, a little housekeeping ... In my last post, I compared Azzaro Pour Homme to Old Spice and, while noting that the former was more subtle and pleasing than the latter, suggested that one might as well just save some money and buy the Old Spice.

Since then, I've had occasion to sample some Old Spice, which I haven't actually smelled in many years (since my dad stopped wearing it when I was in high school). And when I say "sample," I mean I covertly splashed some on at the local Rite Aid a few weeks ago. Shhh. Anyway, while the Old Spice was pleasant enough at first, it quickly turned bitter, excessively soapy (like Lava soapy), dank, and way too loud for my liking. After about an hour, I scrubbed it off.

So, I'm forced to rescind my previous pronouncement and admit that Azzaro Pour Homme is, by far, the nicer fragrance. It does project a similar character to Old Spice, but does so with much more restraint and charm.

Huh, now that that I think of it, I guess that was a new review, after all.

Image note: A schooner, like the one that Old Spice has used on its bottles for decades. I love schooners. Here in Maine, there are companies that will take you out for a schooner cruise along the coast, for an afternoon, overnight, or even a week. I never saw myself as a "cruise person," but my mouth has been watering at the prospect of taking one of these trips for the last several years.


BitterGrace said...

Glad you're back in shape for sniffing. I can see both takes on the Old Spice/Azzaro comparison; i.e., they are similar, but Azzaro's nicer.

BTW, if you have any interest in trying a couple of Bourbon French's less feminine creations, email me at my blog and I'll be happy to send you some samps. The New Orleans perfumeries make some really interesting "men's" scents--they walk an interesting line between the usual gender categories.

Julie H. Rose said...

In 1978, when this perfume was released, its slogan was "a fragrance for men who love women who love men" (but in French).

Just so you know.

jmcleod76 said...

@BitterGrace - That's really sweet of you! I'd love to check out some new stuff. I wish I had anything I could trade, but I've just got my dozen or so partially used samples.

@Jules - Or "the fragrance for women who love women who love women"? Meh ... naw, I'm digging some of the Hermes muh more.