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Claiborne for Men by Liz Claiborne is a Chypre fragrance for men. Claiborne for Men was launched in 1989. Top notes are artemisia, melon, lavender, green notes, bergamot and lemon; middle notes are cyclamen, carnation, juniper, jasmine, rose and myrrh; base notes are leather, amber, patchouli, musk, oakmoss and cedar.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Artemisia Melon Lavender Green Notes Bergamot Lemon

Middle Notes
Cyclamen Carnation Juniper Jasmine Rose Myrrh

Base Notes
Leather Amber Patchouli Musk Oakmoss Cedar

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Benetton Verde Man
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Exceptional Because You Are For Men
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Claiborne for Men Fragrance Reviews

richdaniels
richdaniels

I agree with most reviews here. Alcohol open with synthetic green/citrus smell.

I got an ounce on eBay for around $5 but I doubt I'll wear it. It could work as a summer scent, like an active day at the beach. But it's too synthetic for a romantic walk on the beach. Gould give you two a headache.

Would not purchase again.

Jun
24
2014
mildspicej17u55l
mildspicej17u55l

One word: Nasty

Apr
27
2014
ChaoticBliss
ChaoticBliss

This is the first designer fragrance I had. I got it for Christmas '89. It was my signature fragrance until about the mid 90s. I agree the formula has changed, however, the overall feel of it is enough to bring me back to my teens/early 20s when I wear it. This fragrance will always have a special place in my heart.

Apr
26
2014
stumpbass
stumpbass

A chemical mess. Nuclear citrus waste. Smells synthetic and hurts my soul. The only thing better than finally getting the smell out of my skin (the next day) is the fact that the memory of the harsh abuse my nose suffered has faded (months later).

Wish I could have smelled an older formulation!

Jan
07
2014
AZJeff
AZJeff

I had this cologne when it first came out in the late 80's. I still have the old empty bottle. It smells nice. It's a clean fresh citrus scent with some sweetness to it. It's probably one of the better citrus scents around. So far this scent of all citrus scents I've tried is almost the best one. The only one I like better is"Concentre d'orange verte" by Hermes. I'm not sure if I would get this cologne again as I've tried some other "Claiborne" scents that I think I like better than this one. I think I've moved on to different things for my cologne wardrobe,so I will pass for now in buying this again.

Oct
12
2013
archer12
archer12

I have to agree with I'msooookoool on this one. This was a wonderful affordable scent in the late 70's, early 80's that paved the way for all the other Claibornes to follow. Someone sent me a sample to "refresh" my memory.
This is not at all the same scent - the original Claiborne was fun, accessible, and garnered many positive comments. I'm afraid of going out with this new reformulation - it offers nothing but a synthetic smell that will garner - I'm allergic to perfume - comments.

Please bring back the original!!!!!!!

Oct
11
2013
Bigsly
Bigsly

Just found a bottle of the original formulation. At first it's quite musky but not heavy. Within the first hour it settles down considerably. There is nothing that smells "synthetic" about it, thankfully (and no strong lavender either). Don't expect any strong notes in the drydown but it smells great, and is excellent for a warm day. There is clearly a bit of wood but I can't say I can detect anything that registers as leather. I look forward to wearing this one when the weather gets warm here, to see how it performs then. I don't think this is the kind of composition that does well with cheap reformulations so my guess is that it may now be a "chemical mess" kind of thing.

Feb
28
2013
IMsooKool4Real
IMsooKool4Real

When I first bought this fragrance in the early nineties it was nice, fresh, clean and fairly natural. There was something innovative aquatic about it (not that this is an aquatic scent in the standard way - because it's not). I remembered a nice citrus, good lavender and even the oak moss note was smooth. All of it in a wet chypre structure that had stages of progression with a final dry-down of clear amber and something approaching leather.

I don't know how many reformulations it's gone through since then but wow - it now smells very synthetic and metal sharp - it's almost unrecognizable. The original initial wet freshness is gone.
I just bought a bottle a year or two ago and ended up getting rid of it.

If you find a bottle from the early nineties - Lucky you!
Otherwise, I would stay away from it. Too bad, it was once something nice & original - now it smells like a typical although decent sports frag.

My Grade System : 1 is horrid, 5 average, 10 perfect

Fragrance :
Top Notes : Aqua Chypre : 6/10
Mid Notes : stale aqua & herbs : 4.5/10
Drydown : stale herbs, wood : 4.5/10

Other :
Price (Low) : 9/10
Quality Ingredients : 4.5/10
Uniqueness of Scent : 6/10
Sillage : 7/10
Logevity : 7/10

OVERALL SCORE : 5.5/10

Feb
03
2013
shamus1
shamus1

Don't let the low price and the fact that you find this in cheapie stores fool you. This is a great fragrance.

This is a strong, very long lasting dry, green, woody citrus scent, made before woody citrus scents became a fad. The citrus notes seem to last forever, buttressed by lovely green notes. The oakmoss and leather never weigh the fragrance down, but they provide richness and smoothness, and they give it the signature 80s smell.

This is versatile and can be worn any time of year, any place. It will also please both fans of 80s scents and fans of sporty citrus-based scents.

MY RATING: 8/10

Jul
03
2012
Cylore
Cylore

This was my first signature scent, back in the early 90s, so I might be a little biased here, but I really like this stuff. It does have a synthetic quality to it, but its not a BAD synthetic quality. To me it smells like orange peels floating in soapy water. With a wildflower patch nearby (but not too close, this isn't really floral, but there's some depth to it with a green floral tilt) This fragrance also has a salty vibe to it if you smell it right on your skin - it isn't that pleasant. It is much better smelled indirectly.

It is good for about 8-9 hours on my skin. After that it is a typical leather/wood/amber base, which is fine, but not what I want.

I think this is worth a look if you see it cheap at Marshall's/TJMaxx. It is a good, fresh, clean scent for summer that isn't an aquatic at all.

Jun
20
2012
dancinleroy
dancinleroy

Irish spring soap all the way.

Apr
30
2012
dancinleroy
dancinleroy

this stuff is very common and basic. It's very clean and soapy, and I dont know why people hate clean soapy smells... who doesn't like soap? I like this and for $12 at TJ maxx, I will add it to my collection when some other things run out ( I have 46 others colognes). Very casual, every day masculine clean scent. It's good.

Apr
28
2012
Scentrist
Scentrist

Now this is a walk down memory lane if you like strong/fresh chypres from the late 80's/early 90's. Along with others, it was part of my rotation for wearing. By and large, it wasn't bad.

But everything already said about it being a somewhat synthetic perfume with a bit of everything and a clear identity crisis...that aptly describes this scent. It's leather...no, wait, it's a fresh citrus...no no, it's a chypre. Heck, it was nice for whatever it was, suitable for daily wear, not overly strong or off-putting, inoffensive and good for office wear. It was well-balanced so that it wasn't as pungent as Polo Sport or others of the subsequent period.

In short, as artificial as it might have been, I liked it and it filled that niche of a fresh spring/summer fragrance despite it being somewhat quaint by current standards. Interesting department store frag that I do miss.

Apr
13
2012
andy
andy

its really an out dated dry chypre 1980s category fragrance that is fairly outdated for todays standards

Feb
21
2012
MustardGas
MustardGas

I Got This For Free And Still Didn't Even Wear It :(
I Used It To Spray My Trailor After I Smoked
Doesn't Really Have A Good Smell Anyways
It Kinda Starts Smelling Like Cheap 99 Cent Cologne After Like 30 Min

Feb
21
2012
Bigsly
Bigsly

I had a vintage mini, which evaporated, but it didn't smell as bad as some of these reviews suggest, so my guess is that it was reformulated. Find an old bottle if you want to give this one a try is my advice !

Jan
03
2012
andy
andy

it is a chemical chypre and a total disaster, the lady at the scent counter totally hated this smell when she got a whiff of it.

not reccomended!

Instead, try curve soul or claiborne sport and you will be pleasantly surprised

Aug
31
2011
karlovonamesti
karlovonamesti

One of those cheap-smelling laundry detergent musk scents. The jasmine stands out the most, penetrating a thick heart of chemical citruses and spices. The drydown gives way to a raspy black pepper and musk accord. Everything is thin, artificial, and poorly-balanced. I recall buying a shirt made by Liz Claiborne, and wearing it to work. It lasted an hour before it ripped. That's the same kind of quality craftsmanship on display here in this scent. Save the pieces.

Aug
14
2011
emille55
emille55

Hi,
I bought this scent when I returned from my 1st deployment overseas in 1989.Encountering this scent, I noted the top notes, which to me was fresh and clean, like linen. Then afterwards, the bottom notes were rather earthy and alive. This stayed with me and it caused me to enjoy this scent more.

If you want something to wear to the office or to some daytime event, then this is it. It's not over powering, but alive and fresh. I know some will not agree with me, but maybe their nose isn't quite in tune with this.

Most people I encountered like what I was wearing and most times this was it. Cheers!

Jun
24
2011
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

A stunning late eighties male chypre from Liz C, my first encounter with this was at Marshalls and I think it must have turned or something; because, it smelled like a 20 year old bottle of Avon's Weekend (EEWW!) to me. However, when I ordered this one from Midtown Perfumes on the strength of the reviews here, it was a wonderous light men's scent that grew on me and got better as it went...

This begins with an effervescent citrus and faint fruitiness accented by greens (fresh and slightly bitter)and soft lavender note. My first impression was 'ginger ale'-because of it's light bubbly scent and overall smooth sweetness and surprisingly there is no ginger in this! As it starts to dry the juniper becomes apparent, the refined flowers bloom and the myrrh adds a resiny incense-like feel that is just out of this world. Perhaps the myrrh and juniper had 'taken over' in the one I tried at Marshalls. This is different from a lot of eighties scents, and the bottle is peculiar; though, I find the three different shapes and colors an excellent metaphor for the three distinct and seperate phases of this juice. This changes alot on me and each time I get a whiff of it it's slightly different, and I dig that. The ultimate drydown is manly with leather, musk and oakmoss and despite the patchouli, amber and cedar never gets TOO aromatic and finishes very clean on me with an ever so sensual earthiness. Very nice and much less intense than the listed notes would have you believe...

Sillage: good
Longevity: above average
Overall: 3.75/5

If you want something that has a little bit of everything and not too much of anything, Claiborne is for you. I am so glad I found this one after my tastes became a little more refined. If I had smelled this 5 years ago, I would have left it behind and missed out on a quirky and unique fragrance...they don't make them like this anymore!

Sep
12
2010
stxgdv
stxgdv

This one holds sentimental value to me. Was my very first fragrance when it was released in '89. Fresh and enjoyable to wear, haven't smelt anything else like this one. Might have to buy it again just to have in my wardrobe.

Mar
26
2010
ObsessionForMen
ObsessionForMen

One of the first fresh scents that didn't rely too heavily on citrus (YSL PH, Eau Sauvage, Armani PH, etc. just smell like lemon water). A surprisingly well composed fragrance. Great lasting power I might add. What were they thinking with that flacon?

Jan
02
2009
raverdudes
raverdudes

Claiborne for Men stands out for several reasons: a) it is one of the few bergamot-heavy frags I really like, b) it receives little attention on Basenotes, probably because of its modest price,c) it has superb longevity, d) it has wonderful sillage (strong but not "crazy strong"), e) it always garners me tons of compliments and, finally, f) it's the only offering from Claiborne that doesn't bore me to tears and/or make me want to retch.

A very nice late Eighties/early Nineties cheapie -- snarf it up before it all disappears from the shelves forever.

Nov
10
2009
guynspfld
guynspfld

This was my first adult colonge and I do miss it.....I wore it well into college until I could no longer find it. It is very fresh and refreshing with the citrus notes, but they are toned down by wonderful leather, patchouli and oakmoss.....Too bad Claiborne doesnt make anything now that isn't "hip". SUCH A CLASSIC!

May
12
2009

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