Flavorful scented jewelry. No, I'm not wearing that sweet stuff!
Well, you eager Emporio slayers, you asked for it. Your specimens of Stronger with you are apparently among the most widely distributed. They are piling up at my place - and after some hesitation I finally got them, bravely hiding the diabetes warnings in the pyramid up here and at the colleagues below, and finally getting on my case.
Actually, I really like Armani as an understated fashion designer. But his Emporio textiles seem to me to be quite loud and logo-printed in the last years. Actually, I associate nice memories with Armani fragrances; a lot of good and likeable things: the wonderfully fresh, old eau pour homme, the classic ladies' chypre of the 1980s, the widespread, pleasing code for guys that was quite popular for a few years. Or the flowery powdery Emporio for her. In between, there were certainly still many Armani fragrances that somehow passed me by; you have other things to do. So I don't really feel like tearing an Armani fragrance away.
Actually I have nothing at all against something sweeter or gourmand scents. Occasionally, I like to wear one of those. If only for a change. Especially if the sweet juices contain cardamom and cocoa or a nice vanilla. So I could've done something with Stronger... and me
BUT: What sticks on my wrist and rises into my nostrils is aaaaarg sweet and also undefined in taste. Top note? Sugar shock I can hardly make out the cardamom, which I hold in high esteem, it is drowning in the candied cotton candy clouds. The same applies to the chestnut, which is almost desperately sought after on the wrist, drowning in a - not particularly well-articulated - sugar vanilla. On the second test run I think I can sniff out a discreet chestnut after about two hours - but maybe this is just an effect of neuro-linguistic autosuggestion?
Presumably, disdainful mass market research drives the IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances), the American licensed fragrance giants that produce and distribute the Emporio-Armani fragrances, to such sweet realms. Sad. The Armani perfumes, on the other hand, as far as I understand it, are produced and marketed by L'Oréal. Poor Giorgio has a lot of licensing contracts to sign... Hopefully he'll be able to design his chic jackets and stylish interiors then
Actually, I find the smell unbearable. But towards the base note, after a good 2 hours, it becomes halfway tolerable for its remaining duration. But even back there it remains synthetic and spongy-sweet. This is also no reason to put on such a fragrance. For a barely bearable base, I don't have to go through the candy floss purgatory, which is at the beginning here and lets its hellish rice pudding simmer quite long. Luckily, durability and projection are moderate.
Actually, I like Armani. But when I feel like a nice sweet men's fragrance, I still prefer to go for Guerlain's Homme Ideal (with almond instead of chestnut as backbone), Bogart's 'Silver Scent Deep' (nut-vanilla) or Trussardi's 'Scent of Gold', which opens with cinnamon plums and recognisable violets and closes with vanilla tobacco. Although Mugler's fashion was certainly more garish than Armani's designs, his unquestionably loud, gourmand A*Men flankers smell far more tasteful than this Emporio (empör-mio) Stronger aberration.
Tighter with you? Than with other candy? Because you come up with the name Armani, which stands for style, the master of garish, greedy colours and cuddly cuts and you appear so garish and vulgar? Probably this disappoints me, as well as your completely failed fragrance name, and perhaps makes me rate you a note stricter than if xy had thrown you on the market as 'Candied Vanilla Chestnut'. My recollection of the great and distinctive old Armani fragrances that deserved every production continuation and sample distribution creates a drop height. You have fully exploited them here.
Experiments are now being carried out in the garden with the Stronger than You test tubes. Perhaps they can be used to set up ecologically correct ant resettlement projects or something similar? Hopefully the elegant chestnut-coloured squirrels will forgive me for this.