Hugo Element by Hugo Boss Cologne Review

I recently got a hold of a sample of Hugo Element cologne by Hugo Boss. I’ve already done plenty of Hugo Boss reviews on this site and I’ve been wearing Hugo Red seemingly a lot over the summer, so I was looking forward to getting to try out another scent from this house’s line. In this post, I want to explore how this fragrance smells, how it performs, when it could be worn, and whether or not it is worth a buy.



hugo element

Notes include: ginger, coriander, cedar, courmarin, calone

Click here to try: Hugo Boss Cologne for Men, Element, 3.0 Fluid Ounce


The opening of Hugo Element is kind of an aquatic blast of ginger for the first 5 minutes before transitioning into a citrus laced fragrance. I have to say, the citrus notes in this are fantastic, they are really fresh and juicy. Element is quite crisp and aquatic, which I found to be very attractive, and I was beginning to enjoy this cologne a whole lot. That said, it is a very linear experience, after 10 minutes you know exactly what you’re getting. There isn’t any real complexity, just clean/aquatic/citrus with ginger undertones.

Projection wise, Element isn’t great. It is on the softer side of moderate and doesn’t seem to want to make its presence all that known. Longevity is also another issue. It quickly becomes a skin scent and only lasts around 4 hours, which is disappointing. I feel like this could’ve been a really nice spring/summer casual wear, had it been designed with better performance.

Overall, is Hugo Element a buy? I can’t say yes. I actually like the fragrance itself, it works, and has great citrus notes. With a little added intensity, this would’ve been a nice scent to wear around during the summer. I’m sure you could double the application and get a longer lasting use out of it but why bother with better performing scents out there.