Versace Man Eau Fraiche by Olivier Cresp for Versace 2006

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Post by Portia

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Hey Designer Fragrance Fiends,

Once upon a time, long, long ago there was a fashion house named Versace that made excellent fragrances. Run by its flamboyant and fabulous namesake Gianni Versace who was gunned down outside his Miami, Florida home July 1997. Since his demise the Versace fragrances have become cheaper and nastier, rarely a gem will lift its head above the dross. This is not really one of them but a mate of mine was smelling particularly good a while back and I asked what he was wearing, “Versace Eau Fraiche in the blue bottle” was his proud as punch answer. How could I disagree with my nose so I went and ordered a decant.

Versace Man Eau Fraiche by Versace 2006

Versace Man Eau Fraiche by Olivier Cresp

Versace Man Eau Fraiche Versace FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Lemon, bergamot, rosewood, rose
Heart: Cedar, tarragon, sage, pepper
Base: Amber, musk, saffron, woody notes

Olivier Cresp is a nose that has created some awesome blockbusters. In my collection I have or had full bottles of Juniper Sling, Kokorico, Angel, Armani Attitude and Kenzo Amour Indian Holi: all so different yet created by the same perfumer.

Opening freshly aquatic with a tingling zing of citrus Versace Man Eau Fraiche has all the hallmarks of a summer sports flanker. Bright, artificial, uber clean and lightly toxic smelling. Under this blast of radioactive citrus floats a pretty herbal greenery made piquant by cracked black pepper and a whiff of dry woods. The citrus has now softened considerably and has become quite likable with a creamy hint of pith.

Versace Man Eau Fraiche Versace Orange pith WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

As we warm into the heart Versace Man Eau Fraiche becomes quite like many of the eau de cologne style of fragrances. Nothing smells natural but it doesn’t smell bad I’m enjoying wearing it and my mate smelled delicious. More of a household functional scent than fine fragrance, it could very well be related to the scent they use in hospital disinfectant to make the corridors smell a little brighter and more friendly. It smells clean and invigorating and I can see why so many men wear it. Also over the scent of a lightly sweaty, healthy man it’s very nice. I’m surprised that juniper berries aren’t included in the notes but I suppose they covered it with cedar. I also feel that it’s full of a couple of notes that are so ubiquitous that they should jump out at me as what they are, sadly they dont.

Versace Man Eau Fraiche remains pretty linear with little warming through the base on me, projection and longevity are good but it’s the sillage that will have people looking after you with interest. I would love to smell this on one of my girlfriends to see how it lives on the ladies, probably even more lovely.

Versace Man Eau Fraiche Sexy Brazilian

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Do your friends ever smell freaking amazing in stuff you wouldn’t use to clean your driveway?
Portia xx

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9 comments on “Versace Man Eau Fraiche by Olivier Cresp for Versace 2006

  1. Laner Smith says:

    When I first got into reviewing this was an early favorite…now it has found a new home with someone who loves it much more than I do. Noses change! Big HUG!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Lanier,
      Yes noses do change but on the right person it still smells killer.
      Great to see you
      Portia xx

  2. poodle says:

    I has to buy this one for the hubband. It’s way too clean smelling to get a rise out of me but he loves it and wanted it for Christmas one year. It smells good on him but there’s nothing exciting about it.

  3. Fazal says:

    this recently happened to me. One of the friends was wearing Givenchy Gentleman Only Intense (granted he oversprayed) and for a moment he convinced me to buy a bottle but I soon convinced myself otherwise. The original Givenchy Gentleman is one of my Top 5 (in the original formula). The last great Versace scent in my opinion was The Dreamer

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Fazal,
      Dreamer was amazing, I think Blonde came out around that time too. The original Gentlemen was my first partner and my frag of choice for a couple of years too. We have quite a bit of taste in common.
      Portia xx

  4. Tim says:

    Hi gorgeous.
    I still have the Versace L’Homme which I adore and I still have my bottle of Dreamer as well. I also recall loving Blonde when it came out and insisted one of my girlfriends to get a bottle.

    There is one perfume that I cannot stand on me but I like it on one of my best friend: Abercrombie and Fitch’s Fierce. It’s way too harsh and chemical musky on me but suited him just fine.

    XXX… T

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Tim,
      One of my mates wears Fierce. He smells fantastic in it but when I spray it on me, instant headache.
      Portia xx

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