Metro Man & Metro Home

By Leslie Rice Hart

Nautica is getting ready to launch its latest men’s fragrance, Nautica Voyage. Perfumer Maurice Roucel has created an eminently wearable scent, perfect for casual everyday wear. The character is, as the name suggests, strongly marine. The fragrance contains notes of green leaf, apple, mimosa, water lotus, cedar wood, musk, moss, and woody amber. The heart of the scent features a “sailcloth accord,” which can be described as a mixture of hemp, air and sea aromas.

Like the scent, the packaging is designed to similarly evoke the thrill of the wind and the sea – in the curved facet of the bottle, the brushed nickel cap with blue detailing, and the blue tint of the liquid inside. The Nautica Voyage Eau de Cologne ($44 for 1.7oz) will be available at department stores nationwide in March 2006. Get one to ensure yourself a cool, sporty summer ’06.

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Proclaiming the launch of the à¼bersexual, supposedly a step up from the metrosexual breed, from the Sean Jean line comes the fragrance Unforgivable. After a limited edition release in December, the fragrance is having a mass release this month.

The fuity-citrusy-aquatic opening does not serve the fragrance well. However, as time passes and the cloying hodge-podge of the top notes dies out, the scent takes on a more intriguing and sexy quality. In its dry-down, it becomes even debonair with the basil and the powdery iris from the middle notes lingering amongst the woods of the base. Top notes are of Sicilian lemon, Italian bergamot, Moroccan tangerine, grapefruit, juniper and sparkling champagne accord; the heart is of Mediterranean air accord, Tuscan basil, Florentine iris, clary sage, and lavender; and the base notes are cashmere accord, cool sea moss, Australian sandalwood, amber, and tonka bean.

Like the philosophy behind the fragrance, some will find it likeable, others forgivable, and yet others unforgivable indeed. Unforgivable, the Eau de Toilette ($55 for 2.5 oz) will be available at department stores nationwide in February 2006.

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Originally published February 2006
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