Adam Levine For Him smells like a man’s armpits after a day at the office. A bit of sweat, and the damp powder traces of manly-clean smelling deodorant. If you date men or are married to a man, I’m sure you know this smell well. It seems to be pretty universal. What is surprising is that the fragrance mimics it so exactly. For Him smells like other things, too, of course, including interesting things like grapefruit, ginger, and guava (!). But the whole equation is, uhhh, more than the sum of its parts.
For Her is possibly the most boring women’s fragrance I have ever smelled. With notes allegedly including saffron, marigold, and Australian sandalwood, one might hope it would be more than a sugarspun rose violet and vanilla confection. One would hope in vain. Remember, ladies and gentlemen, that the inclusion of “benzoin tears” in a note list is never a harbinger of good things.
Far more interesting than how they smell is the question of whether these fragrances are a social experiment. After famously insulting celebrity fragrances, Adam Levine launches two of his own. The men’s one smells like armpits and the women’s one smells like a Hello Kitty store. Is perfumer Yann Vasnier a subversive genius? And if so, did Adam get the joke?
For reviews of Adam Levine For Him and For Her, your best bet is probably Fragrantica. Image is courtesy of Details Magazine. Samples were my own acquisition.