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Released in 2015, Hugo Boss The Scent is a very popular spicy-sweet cologne for men. It contains essence from a unique aphrodisiac fruit of Manika and is so far the first cologne to include this note.
I decided to give this cologne a review after hearing rave reviews about its warmer and spicier notes. With the autumn and winter months approaching, it seemed like the perfect time for this fragrance to shine. The anticipation was high, and let me tell you, it lived up to the hype.
In this Hugo Boss The Scent review, I’ll share my experience with this fragrance, highlight its strengths and weaknesses, and let you know if it’s worth buying!
Our Verdict of Hugo Boss The Scent Review EDT
When applying The Scent for the first time, the smell reminded me of strawberries dipped in chocolate, with a slight touch of rum. It’s sweet and spicy and gives a fantastic tingle to the nose.
If you look at the note breakdown, you will notice there is ginger, bergamot, lime, and of course the Manika fruit that we mentioned. According to Hugo Boss, it is currently the only cologne that contains this specific South African fruit.
There are also some hints of sweet citrus, like mandarin, or maybe even bergamot. Ginger is certainly the top note, while Manika fruit and lavender make an excellent addition as mid notes. I also noticed leather to be a base note.
The Scent is that it opens up with a sweet, fruity, maybe even a bit spicy vibe, which makes it a great casual cologne. If you are looking for a cologne for some formal occasions, I would personally look for something with the sweetness toned down a bit.
I received the cologne in a very simple, minimalistic black box. The bottle itself looks quite interesting and has “The Scent” engraved on the atomizer. It feels good to hold, and I particularly like the choice of bronze colors which complement the cologne inside.
The atomizer has a cap that clicks, and it actually works quite well. It might be a little bit on the narrow side, but it still gets the job done. Make sure not to overuse it, because the scent is a bit more on the “intensive” side, and might be too strong if overused.
The performance of this cologne is pretty good. It lasts for around five hours, maybe even a little bit more. It is impressive for the first two hours and slowly becomes the skin scent at between four and five hours.
The Scent also has very good silage and leaves a sweet, casual trail behind. I personally noticed that the scent of this cologne can be detected from afar, which makes it a good choice if you want to stand out. It is still not too strong and won’t smell unpleasant in close distance.
Due to its casual vibe, The Scent is very good for spring and fall, but not the ideal choice for extreme weather. I personally wouldn’t wear it during winter or summer, because it simply doesn’t match the vibe. It is also an excellent choice to wear in the evenings.
I should mention that this cologne is not strictly for men. The company doesn’t state that it is unisex, but it smells good on both men and women.
The Scent is reasonably priced. Depending on where you buy it, the 50ml bottle will cost slightly more or less than $50, which is pretty decent. I definitely state that The Scent provides great quality for the price, and is one of the best colognes with a casual vibe in this price range.
There is also a Hugo Boss The Scent Intense version, which comes at a similar price. It has a similar, but obviously more intense scent, and has a more spicy vibe. However, I find this version a better choice for the price.
If you want a classic cologne for spring and fall, Hugo Boss The Scent makes a great choice. It comes at quite a reasonable price, and definitely has a nice, spicy-sweet scent, that is not too intensive.
It’s a fantastic daily-wear cologne that has a well-balanced selection of notes. Unlike more refreshing and sporty scents such as Hugo Boss Iced EDT, this has a warmer and slightly spicy smell that makes it more relaxed and better suited to cooler seasonalities.
Top Notes: Ginger, Mandarin, Bergamot
Middle Notes: Maninka, Lavender
Base Notes: Leather, Woody Notes
- Generic but very attractive warm scent
- Perfectly suited for casual, daily wear
- Excellent value for money considering the price
- Very well-blended accords
- Some people may find it a little bit outdated
- Average longevity and performance on the skin, which is expected from an EDT