As you may have noticed, I’m a die hard Avon fan and have written so many Avon reviews that I should get some sort of badge or professorship or something. What I haven’t mentioned much is how good the men’s fragrances are. The price point is kept low and yet quality is not compromised.
I’ve reviewed three of my favourites here, but there are many more worth a try, and even blind buys won’t break the bank.
Avon Attraction for Men
First of all, let’s clear this up. The male version of Attraction does not smell even remotely related to the female counterpart, which is a fruity floral with a patchouli base. Oh wait, hang on, there is patchouli in both male and female versions. Hold the phone. Right, but apart from that, Avon Attraction for Him is not similar, but that’s not to say it’s not good either. It is good. In fact, for the tiny price that Avon asks for it, it’s pretty damned good indeed.
Avon Attraction for Men opens with cardamom and ginger. There’s also juniper, which makes this smell a bit like gin, but that’s OK. After that, the clary sage came out. Now, I sometimes have a problem with clary sage as it does have a tendency to show its muscles to everyone, and I have to say, this is no exception. It’s kind of got a fougere thing going on, with bits of lavender and herb garden, only more medicinal. The clary sage kind of takes over and hits a peak before dying down into a clean, shaving foam style spicy skin scent with hints of clean musk. All in all, it’s quite an adventure for under a tenner. Lasting power is about four hours on my skin, longer on my husband’s furry forearm.
With thanks to the Avon PR team who sent me this with no conditions attached. Opinions are my own.
Avon Destination Grand Canyon
For a mere fiver, I bought this for my husband for Christmas. Reader, I had an ulterior motive. I wanted it for myself but couldn’t justify yet more bottles popping up on the old dressing table. Destination Grand Canyon is a fabulously woody, wood scent with lots of woody woodiness. What I love about this is that the almost ubiquitous violet leaf note that is inserted into so many mainstream masculines, is a no show here. You might know what I mean. Many over the counter male fragrances have a synthetic metallic tang in the base that can be very off putting. To me it reminds me of jangly tooth fillings. In Avon Destination Grand Canyon however, it is about sharp citrus (grapefruit) woods, and a hint of tangy patchouli musk in the base. Don’t forget the elemi, also used in cough mixture, but fabulous for giving a deep gravelly voice to woody scents.
Many Fragrantica readers have likened this to the legendary Hermes Terre D’Hermes, and my friends, they are right. Longevity is fabulous and the price is small. I shall be borrowing my husband’s Christmas present until it is all gone and he will need another bottle for Father’s Day.
Avon Elite Gentleman Weekend
Avon Elite Gentleman Weekend is a flanker to the pillar scent, Avon Elite Gentleman and was launched in 2016. It opens with the sharp fresh green scent of cypress- or conifer to you and I. If you’ve ever rubbed a bit of conifer between your hands and sniffed (and who hasn’t, right? It’s not just me is it?) you’ll know the sappy, sharp green scent I mean. There’s grapefruit too- surely the zingiest of all zingy notes. So far, so shower fresh. After that there’s a burst of fougere style lavender, and the faintly metallic tang of the ‘ole violet leaf.
The violet leaf is quickly blanketed with warm spicy cardamom which lines the way for a leathery labdanum finish. All in all, not bad at all, especially for the tiny price. I don’t know enough about male fragrances to compare this to anything, but I will say that it is easily as good as several male fragrances I have tried over the counter in The Fragrance Shop.
Elite Gentleman Weekend is overall a refreshing green scent, with a hint of lavender that calms down into leathery woods as the day goes on. Longevity is pretty good at four hours. Jamie Redknapp is the face of the scent.
With thanks to the Avon PR Team who sent me this with no conditions attached.
Over to you
How about you? Have you tried any Avon men’s fragrances? Does this post make you want to or have I put you off? Tell me about any male scent bargains I don’t know about yet!
You can buy all of these fragrances from Avon UK or from your Avon rep if you have one. Avon Destination Grand Canyon is currently not on Avon UK, but you can buy it from Amazon or eBay. At the time of publishing and or purchasing, prices were: £5 for Avon Destination Grand Canyon (brochure only), £7 for Avon Elite Gentleman Weekend and £11 for Avon Attraction.