Name: Hugo XY
Brand: Hugo Boss
What I liked:
– fresh and pleasant citrusy aromatic cologne
– suitable for any occasion and any season
– could easily be worn by women too
What I didn’t like:
– very generic and boring
– short staying power
Last year, I reviewed Hugo XX Fragrance for women, a generic but pleasant fruity floral scent. Now, it’s time to share my thoughts about the matching fragrance for men, Hugo XY. Is it better than it’s female counterpart? Not really. Just like XX, XY is a scent that everyone will find pleasant, but have smelled a thousand times before already.
I had heard that XY featured pear leaves in its top notes, and I was looking forward to smelling that, but there was only a subtle whiff of it. I guess the fragrance, as it so often happens these days, must have undergone several reformulations to remove everything that made it smell remotely different and unique. Instead, it opens with a fresh citrusy note (grapefruit? bergamot?) with some subtle herbal hints in the background that slightly balance its sweetness.
The heart is a refreshing and green blend of mint and basil. At this point the fragrance, which is still quite sweet, but not in a feminine way (although it could easily be worn by women too), turns slightly bitter. This was the most interesting stage of the fragrance. The drydown, on the other hand, is the most disappointing. It’s supposed to be a musky woody accord, but it is very subtle. The musk here is very subdued and inoffensive, and completely lacks all its earthy, most pungent facets.
Hugo XY is like a soft breeze carrying the scent of aromatic herbs in the summertime. It’s pleasant, but not memorable. Fresh and clean, this inoffensive scent is perfect for a casual day at the beach or a walk in the park, but it could easily be worn with a suit at work. It tends to stay pretty close to the skin, but doesn’t hang around long. Four hours later, it’s already time to spritz it on again.
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Hygo XY is a fresh, pleasant and inoffensive citrusy aromatic cologne with average sillage and short staying power. Although not overly feminine, it could be easily worn by women too.