In today’s review post, I want to take a closer look at a reasonably priced fragrance for men, 212 by Carolina Herrera. I want to give an overview of its ingredients, my impressions of it, how it performs, and rate whether or not that I think it is worth a buy. Also, check out my post in the best Carolina Herrera colognes for men for more options that might suit your tastes better.
Notes include: grapefruit, sandalwood, mandarin, ginger, green notes, musk, spices
Click here to try: 212 By Carolina Herrera For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Ounces
The opening of 212 is a rather unique blend of green notes, ginger, and grapefruit. This gives is a sort of grassy/floral scent at the start, which isn’t my favorite but it is moderate and short lived enough that it doesn’t distract from the overall scent which is very pleasant. While this cologne is for men, it strikes me more as a unisex fragrance with enough musk and spice to make it lean slightly masculine.
The drydown period is where 212 really begins to shine. The floral/green note is present during the whole way and the citrus scent from the grapefruit and bergamot takes on a support role. Ginger is a strong element to this fragrance and gathers some of it warmth and spice from the musk. It’s a very clean scent overall.
212 is a moderate fragrance in terms of projection. At first, it comes on pretty strong (in terms of projection) but quiets down later in the wear. Also, it longevity is average, not bad but really not an all-day longevity champ either. It is a versatile cologne that can be worn on any occasion but it is a better where for the warmer months of spring and summer.
Is 212 worth a buy? Yes, it is a moderate, non-offensive scent that is affordable enough to be a value purchase. Carolina Herrera, has a whole line of great scents for men and I personally like CH better than this one but 212 for men is still a great pick for many guys.