A very manly Monday – Armani Profumo, Kouros Silver & Polo Red Intense

I haven’t featured something for the boys in yonks, so I figured I’ll do a triple whammy men’s fragrance feature. Or men’s cologne? Do we still call it cologne? Anyhoo. I’m happy to report that these three have very little similarities aside from all being flankers to their original name scents, so if you’re shopping for smelly stuff you’re spoilt for choice.

First up there’s YSL Kouros Silver. It’s by far the most interesting of the three scents here because the first thing I smell is fresh, juicy green apple – I thought I was hallucinating so I actually went to check the press release. It dries down to an ultra wearable, soft, woody fragrance fairly quickly, with notes of herbaceous sage and something that may just be coconut.

I love that it isn’t a sweet fragrance at all, but that the woody notes aren’t suffocatingly dry either. At first I wasn’t sure whether I was a fan at all but once I smelt it on my skin I was a convert – I can’t recommend this enough.

YSL Kouros Silver is launching later this month in selected Edgars, Stuttafords, Woolworths, Foschini & Truworths stores. R820 for 50ml, R1089 for 100ml.

Acqua di Gio Profumo, YSL Kouros Silver, Ralph Lauren Polo Red Intense.
Acqua di Gio Profumo, YSL Kouros Silver, Ralph Lauren Polo Red Intense.

Next there’s Acqua di Gio Profumo. It surprised me by being particularly spicy – which I didn’t expect for an Acqua fragrance – but I find it incredibly comforting and, well, manly.

It took me endless sniffing, waiting, and sniffing again to finally figure out the note that was standing out to me was rosemary. I can’t recall ever being so impressed with it before, but it works incredibly well with the softer notes of bergamot and geranium, and it eventually settles on a base of patchouli and incence – but still the rosemary comes through.

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Profumo is launching in July and will be available from selected Edgars, Red Square, Stuttafords, Woolworths, Foschini and Truworths stores. R890 for 40ml, R1165 for 75ml, R1350 for 125ml.

The third scent for today is Ralph Lauren Polo Red Intense. It’s the most easy-to-wear of the bunch, and it manages to smell simultaneously fresh, spicy and slightly sweet. They went all out with the Polo Red fragrances, and all the featured notes are from red ingredients too – think cranberry, saffron, red ginger, red leather…

I find it a little more tricky to isolate notes with this one (not necessarily a bad thing), but once I’d put my nose to it (ha! see what I did there?) I picked up leather, grapefruit and ginger; and as always it was a relief to actually find those notes listed in the description.

Ralph Lauren Polo Red Intense already launched a couple of months ago, and while I don’t have it listed like the other two I’m pretty sure it’s available from the same stores. R995 for 75ml and R1245 for 125ml.

C x



1 Comment

  1. Natasha
    Aug 13, 2015 / 6:25 PM

    My husband is so picky and I am really struggling to find him a splash aftershave, it seems like most fragrances for men are EDT or EDP sprays and the few aftershaves one does find is too spicy and in opinion for men of a more mature age. When we where still dating my husband wore Crave/ Krave, now that stuff was yum!

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