Hugo Red by Hugo Boss Cologne Review

I’ll be making my way through plenty of reviews over the next few weeks and today I thought that I’d go with one from Hugo Boss, Hugo Red. I’ve already included this cologne on my list of best by Hugo Boss, however, I want to give it a closer look that I feel it deserves. In this post, I will explore what makes up Red, what it smells like, how it performs, and whether or not I think it is worth a buy.


Notes include: grapefruit, pink pepper, rhubarb, amber, pineapple, tonka bean, cedar

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Hugo Red is quite an interesting scent to me. At times, it reminds me of some other fragrance that I’ve once smelled and at other times it seems wholly unique. The opening is the usual citrus affair of pineapple and grapefruit notes which give it a spring/summer fruity vibe to it. However, Hugo Red becomes interesting in that there is this almost metallic aroma to it, sort of like Creed Himalaya (which I don’t enjoy) but in Red it is enjoyable.

The spice to this really isn’t really heavy and it’s kind of tough to explain. Red has a warm and woodsy heart that is only slight spicy and provided by the amber, pink pepper, and cedar. It’s sort of unique because the rhubarb note isn’t all that common in many fragrances and I think that this note is what is setting Hugo Red apart.

This fragrance is quite clean, crisp, and refreshing. People also seem to dig it, even if it can seem synthetic/generic at times. It is a moderate projection and I could detect it without having to get close to my skin. This fragrance has a reputation of not lasting long but I got really good wear out of it. I put it on the night before and it was quite noticeable still when I woke up the next morning. This would be a great choice for the warmer months but I think it’d perform pretty well in wintertime, also.

Overall, is Hugo Red a buy? It does smell good and it’s completely safe to wear for any occasion. I’d say that this could be an everyday wear for guys in the 18-30 range. It’s not too expensive and was a solid performer for me. If you like citrus based scents with a woodsy/spicy heart, then Hugo Red is worth a look.