Monday, April 10, 2017

AFTERSHAVE: Platinum Edition EDT by John Varvatos


Two weeks ago I left work with a real craving for lobster (weird I know) and after badgering the other half that we should go to Burger & Lobster for dinner she agreed as she was meeting the lovely PR firm that represent John Varavatos among other brands. As she left her meeting she bounded over with a toothy grin (artistic licence) and presented me with Platinum Edition by John Varvatos, a bottle of aftershave I've been stalking over at Pinterest for what feels like an age.
Platinum Edition EDT by John Varvatos
Platinum Edition EDT by John Varvatos
Platinum Edition EDT by John Varvatos
A 125ml bottle of Platinum Edition is available from Selfridges or Debenhams for £79, so not cheap, but with 125ml to plough your way through and the strength that comes with this means that it'll be in your collection for well over a year making that initial outlay actually rather reasonable. 

This is what they said about Platinum Edition over at Selfridges here:
'Embodying the rebellious yet elegant attitude of the brand, John Varvatos' Platinum Edition eau de parfum is inspired by a man of the same character. Beginning with bergamot and bitter orange before notes of incense and leather are introduced, the fragrance is warmed with a base of amber and white sandalwood.'
  • Head: Bergamot, bitter orange, sage, coriander, cinnamon and myrtle
  • Heart: Incense, vetiver and leather
  • Dry-down: Amber and sandalwood
The notes immediately suggest a very heavy and earthy fragrance and with leather sitting in the heart I confess I didn't have high hopes of liking this at all. As a lover of light and citrus fragrances I gained a little optimism from sight of a citrus note in the hope that this would provide some much needed balance.

First of all, this is strong, just a few squirts from the atomiser and the room is awash with a really sharp yet spicy aroma. Yes the bergamot is evident but the sharpness comes from the orange which feels heavy on the nose. Now that came as a massive surprise to given the freshness of Artisan Blu from John Varvatos (another lovely fragrance worth a sniff). Almost as soon as it hits the skin though this changes and the leather seems to come to the fore taking the edge of the sharp spice. 

As it dries down through the heart notes you can feel this getting warmer on the nose for around fifteen minutes as the incense dries and blends with the leather to create an almost middle eastern vibe on the nose - despite this, and with a good sniff you can still detect the bitter orange. I really liked this touch, and better still as it settled around forty five minutes in this really did calm down - it became much lighter. The spiciness dropped off significantly and the warmth reduced. 

In terms of heaviness I would put this with Fahrenheit. Despite my love of all things citrus and light this has such a unique effect on me and my skin. After applying it at 7.30 a.m. I can still pick this up on myself twelve hours later. It has received universal thumbs up when people have been accosted and asked "whatcha think to this?" once their evident shock subsided.

I would say this is perfect for daywear and I for one will be smelling delightful for the coming months as I waft into work wearing this. It's unique, earthy, screams masculine and lasts for an age, and then some. Looking to treat yourself or someone special then you can't go wrong with Platinum Edition by John Varavatos.

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26 comments:

  1. This looks like a good fragrance. Thanks for sharing

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  2. I've not heard of this before but I love the sound of this scent! x

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  3. I like the sound of this, especially as you've said the smell is long-lasting x

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  4. Oh wow what beautiful packaging and sounds like a pretty amazing product as well - would be perfect for a fathers day gift

    Laura x

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  5. This sounds lovely and I love the bottle too!

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  6. Think I might have to purchase this for my boyfriend! Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren | www.thelifeofastudentblogger.blog

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  7. This John Varvatos sounds lovely! Anything with sandalwood gets our vote. Sounds like a lovely warm fragrance x

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  8. This really does sound like a lovely fragrance and the packaging is just gorgeous.

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  9. I didn't hear about this fragrance before but it you say that you can put it on the same level with Fahrenheit, I can make an idea of how strong it is. The sandalwood notes are intriguing, I like them in a perfume.

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  10. Sounds lovely and the packaging is gorgeous - I'm the kind of person who pays extra for pretty packaging!

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  11. Sounds like a good fragrance the bottle looks fab too.

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  12. The scent of this sounds lovely.
    I agree with you - fragrances are definitely worth the high price if they have a strong smell and only need a few sprays :)

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  13. This sounds like the perfect cologne for springtime. I'll have to get my boyfriend to check it out.

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  14. This cologne definitely sounds like one that Mr What Laura Loves would enjoy wearing! He has Farenheit too! xxx

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  15. It sounds like a great fragrance. The bottle is really cool and sleek.

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  16. I do prefer a citrus scent as well but it is good that once the perfume settled in it had a palatable scent :)

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  17. The bottle is beautiful! It is worth the price when you do not have to spray loads and seems like such a nice scent!

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  18. Ooh this sounds lovely, I love the bottle - so stylish.

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  19. I'm willing to spend a bit more on a long lasting fragrance if it smells good too

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  20. Bergamot is one of my favourite scents and so is orange. This sounds like something that I would really love my partner to wear

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  21. Great one for the guys. Love the bottle very eye catching.

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  22. The bottle design is pretty and it sounds like a nice fragrance for men.

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  23. I really struggle to find decent aftershave for my guy, this sounds like something I'd like... therefore he would like! ;)

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  24. Present for my brother = sorted! Thank you, he's particular about good scents, and I am always overwhelmed when it comes to navigating mens. Thanks! Samantha JL

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  25. This would make a great present for fathers day, I love the bottle design and how you described the scent.

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  26. This sounds so lovely!!! Not sure whether I would've been fawning over this or the food at Burger & Lobster xD

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