Review: Giorgio Armani Armani Code
What I love about fragrance is its ability to remind you of a person or a particular time in your life. A fragrance that takes me back to my 2005 holiday to Cyprus would have to be Armani Code – or back then known as Armani Black Code. Every time I smell this scent I’m transformed back to my summer vacation where I spent my days at the beach with a Frappe in hand, and the evenings were spent getting dressed up and exploring upscale, outdoor bars perched off cliffs with ocean views as far as the eye can see. While Armani Code has received a sleek bottle upgrade and a change of name, it’s juice remains unchanged and is just as relevant and modern as it was when it launched in 2004.
Name: Giorgio Armani Armani Code
Notes: Bergamot, lemon, Star Anise, olive flower, Guaiac wood, leather, tobacco and Tonka bean
Described as: a masculine oriental-style fragrance with is elegant and understated. Armani Code is quite distinct, and if you’re familiar with this scent, you know when someone’s wearing it, much like the women’s edition. The scent has a nice refreshing burst which is quickly followed by spice which creates a captivating warmth once it settles on the skin. It’s said the bottle was inspired by the ‘satin lapels of an Armani tuxedo.’
Wear it: During the cooler months, this fragrance can be worn both day and night and works well for a suited up occasions such as a wedding or ball. Armani Code can be worn to work if you’re in an office role which is slightly dressier. During spring the scent can be worn day and night, and in summer I would recommend evening wear.
Price: Giorgio Armani Code For Men Eau De Toilette 75ml $145. Available from Myer and David Jones stores nationally, along with leading pharmacies and fragrance retailers.
The verdict: Apart from the sentimental value this fragrance has for me, what I enjoy most are the classic masculine notes which are stylish and relevant today. I’m finding the older I get, the more I appreciate a spicy masculine scent. While this scent does have a good amount of spice, it’s on the lighter side which makes it wearable year-round. Earlier I mentioned this fragrance is unique, and I would put it down to the use of olive flower and star anise which almost has a slight licorice like sweetness – there isn’t anything on the market quite like it. In 2006, the fragrance received the coveted FiFi Award for Men’s Fragrance of the Year – Prestige, which has previously and since be won by fragrances such as Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Dior Sauvage, and Tom Ford Noir. An award winner and a star in my eyes – this fragrance should be a staple in every refined gent’s collection.