Created by : Unknown
Date : 1989
Genre : Woody amber
Concentration : cologne spray
I couldn’t help but review Passion for Men. All those images of Elizabeth Taylor and her many men throughout the week had me wondering what she would have liked her man to smell like. And so when I saw the deep purple box at the perfume store, I bought it.
I have to admit I cheated a little. I checked around the other blogs to see if it was terribly bad or half-decent and when I read the fairly good reviews, I figured it’s probably worth the low price. My verdict? It’s good. I wore Passion for Men throughout the weekend and I found it fun to wear. PfM has a subtle swagger facet to it and it made me feel younger… probably because it’s a period piece. It speaks to the tastes of the 80s.
Passion for Men is a transitional scent… drawing from the great fougères of the 80s like Davidoff’s Cool Water (1988) and yet helping to pave the way for ambers of the 90s such as Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Le Male (1995) and Chanel’s Allure Homme (1998). It flirts with being a fougère with all that lavender… and only when I got to the drydown did I realize it was an amber all along.
According to the Elizabeth Taylor Beauty website, there’s a nutmeg note among the jasmine, patchouli, musc and vanilla but I’m getting more of a ginger note, similar to the ginger-jasmine accord from Caron’s Le 3e Homme (1985). I’m exaggerating of course because the ginger-jasmine accord in the Caron is gorgeous, upfront and centre but let’s say they share some DNA.
As for lasting power, Passion for Men is an honest fragrance. As a cologne it lasts about 2-3 hours which is what it’s supposed to.
I’ve never spent so much time looking for an image to go along with a post. I perused hundreds of photos of Elizabeth’s men… both off-screen and on. I eventually settled on James Dean because of his swagger. The above Crucifixion-inspired still of Giant caught my eye.
This one goes next to Stetson… an everyday, inexpensive luxury that reminds me of my younger days and is perfectly wearable.
Top image : Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in Giant (1956)