Thursday, May 10, 2012
Matchabelli Man's Cologne
Carnation, Cedar, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Rose.
Amber, Labdanum, Leather, Moss, Musk, Myrrh.
I have become reacquainted with Matchabelli for Men since I scored a bottle on ebay not long ago. This very nice, classic masculine is a leather woody on my skin, but fits the criteria for chypre as well.
The very first thing that I notice is the implementation of cedar oil. That ingredient is distinct to me and its usage seems to be rather common in fragrances from the 1970's and 1980's. Matchabelli is from the very early 80's, if memory serves, and its overall aroma is indicative of it.
Matchabelli opens with a classic citrus-sage-lavender formula. It's friendly and familiar, never loud but still heard and understood. The cedar wastes no time inserting itself. It's a deep, dense wood rendition and effortlessly blends with the opening notes.
Another transition is quickly on the way. A spicy carnation, accented with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, enlarges the accord and forges ahead with the masculine direction Matchabelli has been on since the initial spray. I'm smiling at this stage of the wearings because this cheap and completely overlooked release is easily superior than numerous, contemporary creations that cost much, much more.
In totality, Matchabelli for Men is a nice find for anyone who enjoys classic masculines that are inherently smooth and substantial. I can see how a wearer could garnish compliments from this.
Sillage is moderate but full and longevity is approximately 4 hours before I'd consider reapplication. Thumbs up from Aromi for Matchabelli Man's Cologne and its sensual retro vibe.