Clive Christian Fragrances Review
Clive Christian Perfume is a famous and leading British perfume house with a vision to create the world’s finest and most exclusive perfumes for both women and men. In my opinion, Penhaligon's also is a leading British perfume house for both women and men. The brand’s predecessor, the Crown Perfumery Company established in 1872, is the only house ever to have been granted permission to use Queen Victoria’s crown on its bottles.
To be honest, I love the bottle design, it makes me feel like royalty. Clive Christian is one of my favorite brands from British after Penhaligons.
Clive Christian Rock Rose
Clive Christian Rock Rose is an Amber Fougere fragrance for men. Clive Christian Rock Rose was launched in 2016. Top notes are Bergamot, Black Pepper, and Neroli; the middle notes are Lavender, Violet, Clary Sage, and Labdanum; the base notes are Vetiver, Cacao, Amber, and Patchouli.
In addition, this is such a fantastic, simple approach to a simple, yet complex perfume. This is one of those fragrances that doesn't need to have that stinky oud note or exotic/extremely unique vibe to tell you that it is "niche." This stuff will tell you it is niche by the quality of the simplicity.
It is an amazing, fresh, universally appealing fragrance. The difference with this one is that this has such a different appeal than your everyday drivers. I definitely get the lavender and violet up top which we are all familiar with. But the way those two lead the charge is so alluring I sometimes get a creamy mid which is the actual 'rock rose' or labdanum. Sometimes it's creamy and sometimes it is woody - it's kind of crazy how it changes. Personally, I like the woody facet a bit more but the creamy side is a little more quirky. What do you think?
As it dries down, the woodiness starts to blanket the bottom notes. So in the end, you get this uplifting masculine mix of lavender/violet with a creamy/woody mid followed by a woody base. I would almost say the woody base is cedar-like and not vetiver.
At the end of the day, the whiffs you get are enlivening. It's a happy fragrance with a simple yet insanely complex blend of top-notch ingredients. The only warning I will give is to make sure you spray the right amount! Too many sprays can lead to an intrusive metallic-creamy overload which is hard to handle because it is so damn strong. Lastly, the longevity could last about 8 hours,
Clive Christian X
Next, Clive Christian X is an Amber Fougere fragrance for men and was launched in 2001. The nose behind this fragrance is Geza Schoen. Top notes are Rhubarb, Pineapple, and Bergamot; the middle notes are iris, Paprika, and Jasmine; the base notes are Virginia Cedar, Cinnamon, Amber, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Styrax, Vanilla, and French labdanum.
In addition, Clive Christian X opening is very sharp with woody cinnamon spices. Imagine cinnamon sprinkles of over warmed wood chips. Just two spray wrist/neck and to projection was great for about 6 hrs. Then is started to settle into sweet powdery forgery/green notes. I really enjoyed it out in the cold weather but the longevity is short-lived and closed to the skin about 4 hrs later. Overall, this fragrance seems perfect for formal occasions. As the fragrance continues to mature, the edges become softer and the woods and amber become more pronounced.
Clive Christian No. 1
Next, Clive Christian No. 1 is an Amber Woody fragrance for men. Clive Christian No. 1 was launched in 2001. The top notes are Cardamom, Paprika, Nutmeg, Mandarin Orange, Lime, Artemisia, Grapefruit and Caraway; the middle notes are iris, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Heliotrope, Lily-of-the-Valley, and Rose; the base notes are Sandalwood, Amber, Vanilla, Musk, Tonka Bean, Vetiver & Virginia Cedar. The gold bottle design looks so elegant, classic and royal.
This is a scent for a dapper gentleman, which I like to pretend to be. This pairs perfectly with my finest suit, and it adds that perfect next level to stand out. It's the perfect amount of floral that ties in so nicely with the woody notes. Then there's just a hint of powder that tickles the nose to make this smooth--almost as if it's a bridge in the middle to join the floral and woody notes. It just keeps getting better all day. This is my lovely fragrance, which every man needs. Putting this on makes me feel like I need to be stepping into a Ferrari driving into London to broker a large contract, not a Jeep Cherokee heading into Jackson, Mississippi.
On top of that, this is an exquisite iris fragrance crafted from flawless natural extracts. It is unabashedly floral for a masculine scent yet simultaneously earthy and rugged beneath the surface. Smelt up close, it has an intensely vegetal, green undertone similar to Clive Christian X for Men.
Clive Christian 1872
Next, Clive Christian 1872 is a Citrus Aromatic fragrance for men and was launched in 2001. The nose behind this fragrance is Geza Schoen. The top notes are Petitgrain, Lime, Grapefruit, Peach, Bergamot, Lavender, Rosemary, Pineapple, Galbanum, Pepper, Nutmeg and Mandarin Orange; the middle notes are Clary Sage, Tagetes, Freesia, Cyclamen, and Jasmine; the base notes are Virginia Cedar, Musk, Amber, French labdanum, Olibanum, and Patchouli.
In addition, the opening is very fresh and citrusy - for me, it evokes an Acqua di Parma Colonia feel. The smell is quite good. It's very sophisticated and unique. It's green but retains just the perfect level of citrus. It's clean, but not really in a soapy way. On top of that, It's fresh, but not super sweet. It draws me in, and every time I'm ready to 2nd, 3rd, and sometimes 4th sniff because it's such a unique and gorgeous blend! It's mature, without smelling old man. It smells rich and dense from most of its life on the skin.
Overall, Clive Christian is considering one of the top-notch perfumes and costly. The bottle design makes you feel like royalty.