Thierry Mugler launched A*Men Pure Wood1 last summer; it’s a limited edition that, according to my most-trusted Nordstrom perfume sales person, is selling fast. I was beginning to worry the A*Men “Pure” scents (among them A*Men Pure Energy, A*Men Pure Shot, A*Men Pure Havane, A*Men Pure Malt and A*Men Pure Coffee) were smelling too similar. A*Men Pure Wood stands apart from others in the “Pure” collection with its sweet/dense “oak” aroma, mingling with pungent cypress and woody vanilla and patchouli. Dare I say that my first impression of A*Men Pure Wood was: “Wow! It’s Chêne-sque!” …as in Serge Lutens; I want to try these perfumes side by side.
A*Men Pure Wood is a linear perfume, but it does not wear me out or bore me as the day progresses; in fact, I enjoy it more and more as time passes — it’s a comforting fragrance. I almost bought A*Men Pure Wood at the Nordstrom counter the first time I sniffed it, but held back for a few days’ wear. When I returned to purchase it, I was told there were no more bottles in stock; availability online seems fine.
Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Wood Eau de Toilette is $90 for 100 ml.
Michael Kors just launched Michael Kors for Men2 (unrelated to the older Michael for Men fragrance that debuted in 2001 and has now disappeared from the Kors website).
Michael Kors for Men provides its pleasures quickly: there’s zing in the opening and early heart notes — lots of pepper and coriander mixing with bergamot, a breath of sheer incense, a plush cushion of suede, a fresh, slightly “evergreen” moment or two, and an accord that brought to mind citrus rind…all energizing and fun and happy. I was about to be impressed until Michael Kors for Men fell flat on its base...with a thud, removing all fun and happiness.
Michael Kors for Men’s base notes smell of (very) artificial wood and dreary musk. Why must so many mainstream brands skimp on the bases of their perfumes; after all, the base notes are what we smell longest (and Michael Kors for Men lasts a long time on skin).
Michael Kors for Men Eau de Toilette is available in 75 ml ($62) and 125 ml ($78); scented grooming products include after shave splash, after shave balm, and hair and body wash.
1Listed notes of oak, coffee, cypress, vanilla, patchouli.
2Perfumer Harry Fremont; listed notes of bergamot, pepper, star anise, sage, coriander, thyme, elemi, incense, suede, patchouli, sandalwood, musk.