Instinct perfume was, if Fragrantica is not wrong, the first fragrance for men by the Beckhams. Although unmistakeably fresh-aromatic, the opening is clean, as in clean-bed-sheet clean, with citrus notes that make it a bit more interesting than the average. And after that, there is the spicy phase, with peppery and also some green notes at some point, which even turned into clove for a very short while.
All in all however, the spices feel quite generic, the impression is that the people at Coty wanted to play so safe, that the perfumers Beatrice Piquet (Echo for men by Davidoff, Lady Million) and Alain Astori were forced to tone down anything that could stand out, to even the slightest extent. Involuntary comic effects of marketing: a fragrance called Instinct is the triumph of focus group reason.
I have a bias towards aromatic perfumes, but I have to say that Instinct Beckham is sure quite pleasant, but quite forgettable as well. Yes it’s clean and young, and the opening is not that bad, but the heart notes were under-developed, and the longevity is questionable as well. They didn’t go the extra mile here. Indeed they stopped short. There’s better stuff out there, in the same category, like Versace Pour Homme, or Ferrari Black, or Dior Homme Sport.