It might have taken Jimmy Choo a while to unveil it’s first men’s scent about four years ago. The flankers haven’t stopped coming ever since. In 2015, THE MAN put the spotlight on that debut scent – Jimmy Choo Man, and we came away with mixed impressions. The Jimmy Choo Man story continues and Ice is the theme of the fourth chapter.
If there’s something Jimmy Choo knows well, it’s packaging. We loved the flacon on the first edition. What’s not to like about a bottle that is reminiscent of a hip flask. Man Ice features the same flask, except this one’s frosted and is crowned with a svelte white leather cap. It’s a showstopper yet subtle. Jimmy Choo enlisted the services of seasoned perfumer Michel Almairac for Man Ice. I’m a big fan of his 1990s classic – Burberry Weekend, that rare citrus scent with tremendous staying power. It’s the same citrus that dominates the opening burst of Man Ice.
That connection with Burberry Weekend didn’t stay all the way through the fragrance’s drydown. Man Ice will probably remind you of Dior Sport, a sporty, citrus scent from the 2010s. Mandarin Orange and Bergamot give this scent the perfect, zesty start. Vetiver, patchouli and musk make up the fragrance’s heart, while musk is the key note at the base of the scent.
We love how the more intense notes don’t ever take over this scent’s pleasant vibe. That however means that Man Ice doesn’t rank high on projection. Jimmy Choo Man Ice is certainly not a scent you can sniff from a mile. Longevity is average too. And yet, we like this scent a lot better than the original Jimmy Choo Man. Ice scores with its fresh appeal. It’s almost like a cool, salty sea breeze on a warm summer’s day. That should more than work for a feel-good weekend scent. But just like that weekend, Jimmy Choo Man Ice one doesn’t last endlessly on your skin.
Jimmy Choo Man Ice costs Rs 5,700 (100ml) and is available at leading department stores across India
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