Sunday, August 10, 2014

Clinique Happy for Men

It's been a while since I posted - I was going to take a bit of a break throughout August as I go and soak up the sun but my blog draws me back. 

Happy by Clinique wasn’t something I’d wanted to try but after a friend encouraged me to buy a bottle on the assurance that it was ’the best ever’ (vague to say the least), I parted with cash and took the plunge. 

Coming in an orange card box, the bottle looks tacky to say the least, oval in shape, the overall first impression was "eurgh" but the looks were indeed deceiving.

On removing the lid I was greeted with a fruity citrus aroma that reminded me more of a bowl of oranges (hence the colour of the bottle I'd say) and upon inspecting the notes, this is marketed as a refreshing masculine scent made from a blend of lemons, mandarins, oranges and grapefruit and is recommended for day wear around the office.

Clinique Happy for Men

The full notes to Happy are:

  • Head: Lime, green notes, mandarin orange, lemon and sea notes;
  • Heart: Freesia, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and rose;
  • Dry down: Cypress, musk, guaiac wood and cedar.

Taking the blend of ingredients into account it wasn't surprising that my first impression of the fragrance was one of a very acidic, fresh and citrus aroma. As stated earlier, the overbearing initial fragrance is oranges, but once applied it fades quickly and after around 30 minutes the entire fragrance is subtle, the lime and jasmine begins to stand out over the other ingredients. 

Over the course of the day, the lime fades and lemon and oranges are again the predominant fragrances.

This is not what I would call a masculine aftershave, but it is still lovely.

I can't stress enough how subtle this is. Without actually sniffing at area's I had sprayed I wouldn't have known I was wearing this. Saying that however, it is a sign of a good quality aftershave and that it blended well with my skin and can’t actually smell it.

Bearing in mind I couldn't smell this after an hour you would think that quite a large amount of the aftershave would be needed for a day in the office. You'd be wrong, three to four sprays from the 50ml bottle is all that is needed for well over 12 hours of smelling gorgeous.

At under £30 for 50ml, this is a real bargain and is an ideal stocking filler for that man in your life.

Clinique Happy:

  • Smells gorgeous
  • Is reasonably priced
  • Long lasting
  • Refreshing
  • Will get you noticed for all the right reasons
  • Is a versatile fragrance, ideal for office wear, but personally I prefer to wear it when out on the town.
  • The only faults I could find with this fragrance were the actual bottle design which to this day looks completely out of place. It is neither unique nor pleasing to the eye and after shaving it stings like no other aftershave I own. I put this down to the actual citrus and alcohol ingredients, but it is seriously sore for a few minutes after applying.

Taking everything into account, and the fact that you will get noticed wearing this it can only receive the thumbs up from me. 



  1. I tend to find a lot of mens colognes are very strong in smell and can be quite overpowering. Next time I'm in a perfume shop I'm going to check out this one :)

  2. I quite like Clinique packaging and this seems to fall in line with their other products. This sounds like a great product, definitely something I would consider for my husband.

  3. I love the smell of this - it's gorgeous but I can't talk my husband into wearing it x x

  4. I am a huge fan of this, though I do prefer others x

  5. Never seen this one, mabye because OH have sensitive skin so he's using same cosmetics for ages :)

  6. What a great review, refreshingly honest x

  7. Ohh I might have to go and hunt this down for the OH need to grab a sniff.

  8. I love citrus smells so will have to try this for myself

  9. great review - i do love citrus smells

  10. I love Clinique's male fragrances, they smell so fresh and clean

  11. Happy is one of those fragrances that just gives me a headache! I dont know why especially as I love jasmine and mandarin.

  12. I really like citrus smells, especially grapefruit and prefer them to the more musky smells that many men's aftershaves seem to have.

  13. I quite like the look of the bottle - definietly one to bear in my mind for hubby's xmas pressie!

  14. Might just get this for the OH. We both love citrus fragrances.

  15. ooh I'm always looking for gifts for Tom as he is so hard to buy for! x

  16. It's nice to get a review on some products aimed at men. This will certainly help when it comes to buying gifts!


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