Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Azzaro Chrome

Lemon, Rosemary, Pineapple, Bergamot, Neroli.
Coriander, Jasmine, Cyclamen, Oakmoss.
Cedar, Tonka Bean, Musk, Cardamom, Sandalwood, Rosewood.

I suppose the most interesting aspect of wearing Azzaro Chrome ( for me ) has been the interplay between the herbal and marine elements. I'm assuming that this interaction is giving the impression of a metallic quality to numerous reviewers. I can't say I get the metal aspect, but I can see where others may. Aside from the spicy, herbal ozonic nature evident during the life of the scent, Chrome also possesses an underlying green stem note that permeates.

Azzaro Chrome also implements an aromatic component that is at odds with its marine character. I've smelled similar oppositions before in other releases, yet it works extremely well here. To be honest, the theme dreamed up here is rather scatter-shot, but not the results. Citrus, Herb, Spice, Ozone, Woods, Earth, Balsam, Camphor and Musk can easily turn out to be a muddled mess of a fragrance. I'm persuaded to believe that this house got it right.

On my skin, the down and dirty gist is an Herbal Marine with Spice upheld by a slowly rising Musk. The rest of the players accent and augment this theme on me and deliver an interestingly fresh take on what I consider an aromatic, Marine fougere. Horizon and Monsieur Morabito also undertook a similar approach, yet Chrome smells a bit superior and is an easier wear. It's not as bold and definitely less edgy than the aforementioned. It's simply a smoother and more comfortable experience.

In totality, Azzaro Chrome is a fresh and viable fragrance. It leans masculine to me, but I doubt if I would blink an eye if I smelled this on the feminine persuasion. Fresh is fresh, regardless of the accents or who is wearing it I suppose.

Sillage is surprisingly good, but not pervasive. It also has impressive lasting power and actually rivals the longevity. Thumbs up from Aromi for Chrome by Azzaro and as always, a sample wear is highly recommended in lieu of a blind purchase.

1 comment:

  1. I guess I was one of those who just got the metallic notes as a whole, but of course it makes perfect sense that it's an effect of the herbal and marine sides.

    Also, but maybe it's just me, I found light floral notes in it. In small doses they're always welcome in a masculine frag.

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