In my latest batch of cologne samples, I received some that were really great (see: Guerlain Pour Homme) and others that simply weren’t for me (see: Michael Kors and Givenchy Very Irresistible). When it came time to try out B Men by Thierry Mugler, I was pretty confused on how I should feel about it. Initially, I found it repulsive, but then I gave it another try and it began to sway me towards having a more favorable opinion of it. In this review, I want to take a closer look at this fragrance and give my opinion as to whether or not it is worth a purchase.
Notes include: licorice, vetiver, patchouli, violet, vanilla, musk, spices, and leather
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As I said, I wasn’t exactly thrilled with this fragrance at first. That is mostly due to it’s licorice note, as it wears on me and gives me a headache, as I wrote about with Lolita Lempicka. The licorice combined with the intensity of the spice accord in the opening note was simply too much for me. However, it turns out that the licorice scent starts to take a back seat after a short time period and the real essence of the cologne emerges.
B Men is a very masculine scent. It is a blast of warm spiciness with sweet undertones and leather. As the licorice begins to recede, the vanilla note steps up to help give it more of a manageable sweetness that serves to take the intensity down a couple of notches. It’s a dark scent which is probably best served for use by a more mature man, as it exudes a confident sensuality.
This cologne projects very well and also lasts for a fairly long time. I wouldn’t say that it is the longest lasting fragrance by any means but it does deliver quite well in that regard. B Men is a good choice for the winter time, I think it would turn into a complete mess on warmer days and be quite insufferable. However, on cold days, its warmth will envelop and this fragrance will behave as it should.
Do I recommend this cologne? Sort of. It’s not my personal favorite but it has grown on me. Also, I don’t think that it would be a great choice for a lot of guys nor is it useful in every situation. It’s not quite a niche cologne but it is close. I like it and I would say that you should give it a try if you are into spicy scents with a bit of sweetness to them.