Canali, the Milan-based men’s apparel company, launched their first fragrance this year: Canali for Men. It was created by perfumer Pierre Bourdon, and the notes include bergamot, tangerine, pineapple, apple, nutmeg, cardamom, coriander, lily of the valley, jasmine, violet, orange blossom, leather, suede, iris absolute, guaiac wood, cedar wood, sandal, vetiver, tonka bean, amber and oakmoss.
Despite an impressive list of 21 ingredients, many of which had me quite excited, the Canali fragrance is as unimpressive as most everything else these days. It opens with a quick nod to sweet fruit notes and then quickly moves to florals, ending in a mish-mash of woods. The overall effect, however, reminds me of last year’s Vera Wang for Men, though with a slightly richer base of leather and suede. The fragrance is so seamlessly blended that it is difficult to recognize many of the precious notes — where’s my much beloved iris? Where’s the sweet violet? Heck, even the simple glass bottle, with a nod towards classic inkwells, is a yawner.
Canali is a nice fragrance, but indistinct and underwhelming. This is a fragrance for the man who is looking to play it safe and smell nice too.
Canali is available at major department stores including Saks and Bloomingdales, and at some of the online discounters.