Are Hugo Boss perfumes really “the deepest pit of hell” as Chandler Burr calls them in his The Perfect Scent? I opened the lid to see what fetid vapours I would find, and I came out of the experience unscathed, although, I have to admit, not really impressed.
Bottled Night Hugo Boss starts with citrus, fruity and slightly sweet notes, which soon turn out to be a very fragrant lemon. They could – and should – have lasted more, but they are soon joined by herbs, and there you have your usual fresh / aromatic / citrus / herbal combination. In its defense though, there is an interesting mix of bitter and sweet, at last so far.
Although, well, it does smell a little of deodorant at times…
It will stay like that for a good while, and then, alas, here comes the disappointment. It all starts when the fragrant lemon subsides after 30-40 minutes and, with the herbs still alive, there is a hint of Lacoste Sport Essential. Which is not bad, I liked it when I owned it, but if things work, why change?
And that’s when it lost me. Now I understand Jean Claude Ellena‘s hate for the molecule responsible for that, called dihydromyrcenol, not because of the way it smells, but because it’s easy.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that, after a promising start, this Hugo Boss perfume for men could have played more with the aromatic notes, or with the light and fruity sweetness, but it went detergent instead. There is the feeling that there may be much more underneath, but the clean smell goes to the foreground and becomes tyrannical.
Not a perfume to despise at all, this Hugo Boss Bottled Night Cologne, but I think that the name is a bit pretentious, considering the results. Besides, I would have doubts about its duration: after 5 hours on the paper strip, with four good sprays from a close distance, it’s quite weak. And, as you know, unlike those who party all night, paper strips don’t sweat. That’s why it will be perfect for the day.