Approximately one year ago, I was looking for a B-day present for a friend of mine. Considering I knew he likes colognes, I visited a perfume store and stumbled into this brand-new release from Pepe Jeans. Indeed, I was very lucky as there was a gift set sold at a ridiculous price. The metallic box was holding a cologne and a shower gel. I just tested it on a paper strip and, right off the bat, I concluded it was a gift for myself, either. I found it surprisingly good for the price.
Notwithstanding Pepe Jeans for Him is a cheapie, for a cheapie it smells pretty good, without the blast of alcohol in the opening. On the contrary, the opening smells very good, luscious, fruity and citrus. It is crispy, elegant, with a refined gentlemanly freshness. To begin with, the bottle is like no other, a cocktail shaker-shaped bottle, with a light blue denim glass with ashlar decoration, and a silver-plated cap. A gorgeous looking bottle and a fabulous scent. The fact that the essence inside smells good is just icing on the cake.
Pepe Jeans for Him greets you with the familiar citrus combo of bright bergamot and mandarin, plus a touch of naughty pineapple, something "Creedish" you might guess. Though I surmise, I am not sure, that Pepe Jeans has some resemblance to another popular club fragrance and sits in the same room as Eros Eau de Toilette
, besides they share a few notes like citrus, vanilla, wood, and amberwood. Don't get me wrong, Pepe Jeans for Him is not a rip-off of Versace Eros, they just share a similar DNA and vibe. The opening is moderately similar, yet Versace has a prominent minty accord that lasts through all the heart and keeps the two of them apart.
Let the sparkling zestiness calm down a bit, and an aromatic lavender essence dominates the heart before revealing original, bold notes of coffee liqueur. Here the coffee aroma is not reminiscent of roasted beans or espresso as in Intense Cafe
or Uomo Signature
, yet it is all too nutty, chocolaty, caramelly as in Ferrero Pocket Coffee, a praline of Italian liquid espresso with an outer shell of amazing bittersweet dark chocolate. The heart has even a spicy twist thanks to the presence of nutmeg, one of my favs spices.
The base is all about a modern woody structure that highlights the manly aspect. Candied and amber note in symbiosis with an elegant woody part of cedar, ambergris, a sort of dry dusty amber compound the dry down, that's Amberwood molecule combined with the addictive grace of an oriental harmony of lukewarm vanilla and boozy coffee. Again, it's fairly sweet, but it has a very good dimension of depth because of the coffee. It doesn't smell like a cup of black coffee, but it smells like a semi-deep, nonexclusive citrus-spicy frag.
If you're anything like me, and you like Versace Eros, you'll appreciate the beauty and boldness of Pepe Jeans for Him. I am rocking it today, the 3rd of December, and I think it is perfect for these last days of autumn. Maybe, suitable occasions are evenings and nights out, but no one will be bothered if you decide to wear it at the office. There’s no out of place or dissonant notes, there aren’t any flashes or parts of it which come off loudly artificial or vexatious, and it performs very well. Pepe Jeans for Him accomplishes its theme properly and offers a very good low-price option in this style and popular category of scent.