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Versace Eros Review: Does It Live Up To The Hype?

A good Versace Eros review must first understand Eros the god. Son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, Eros is an expression of male sexual power and fertility.

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This fragrance from Versace was launched in 2012 and was envisioned as the aromatic expression of the raw sexual energy of Eros.

Made using the same precision Versace is known for over the years, Eros is certainly a game changer. Hailed as one of the best high-end colognes in the market currently, it is aromatic, mild, and designed for any contemporary man who is cognizant of the need to smell good. Below is an incisive look at the cologne and what to expect.

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Released with a female counterpart, Eros for Men was the first male fragrance to be released by Versace in five years.

“Eros is truly the DNA of the House of Versace”, said Donatella Versace, “We have a Greek motif making us think about ancient Greece, antiquities, and mythology, while the turquoise color represents the Mediterranean. That is Versace!”.This decadent fragrance joins the ranks of other great male Versace fragrances like Versace Pour Homme, Versace Dylan Blue, and Versace Man Eau Fraiche.

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Versace Eros Review: Does It Live Up To The Hype?

Snapshot of Versace Eros for men

PROSCONS
Fun and playfulMay work better for guys under the age of 30
The strong projection that gets you noticedCan be too strong for some offices – spray cautiously
It tends to generate positive complimentsVery popular and may not be unique to you
Excellent longevity and can last the whole dayI find the dry-down seems heavy after a while
Complex aroma profile for cologne in this price range It may not appeal to someone who dislikes sweeter colognes
  • Fragrance Type: Aromatic Fougere
  • Scent Potency / Appropriate For: Strong – Great in spring, autumn, winter, and cooler summer evenings. Potential all-year signature scent. Best for a date, a night on the town, romantic evenings
  • Sillage: Great projects from 3 – 6 feet 
  • Longevity: Excellent – lasts 6 to 10 hours
  • Price: $$ 

Scent Notes

Versace Eros cologne is classified as an aromatic fougere fragrance. The scent opens with a strong blast of mint, sweet green apple, with touches of orange and lemon. 

After the initial spritz fades, the aromas move to the heart, bringing forth a prominent vanilla note. This is also where the mint begins to expand, giving the fragrance a noticeable scent trail. 

The mint is emphasized further with the note of geranium which can give off a sweet, minty herbal scent along with the florals. The Versace website also notes the use of ambermax, which introduces the warm, woody amber notes. 

Finally, the fragrance settles on a base of Madagascan vanilla, vetiver, oakmoss, Virginian cedar, Atlas cedar and a touch of patchouli.

Overall, its fragrance is unique and is bound to bring a masculine touch to the wearer.

Performance

In this Versace Eros review, I can safely say that this eau de toilette (EDT) has a truly impressive performance. The initial projection is great and continues to expand as Versace Eros cologne moves through the heart, base and dry-down. 

As I walked through my day, there were moments when I was surprised at how well this cologne for men continued to project off my skin, leaving a comforting minty-vanilla trail. Even after 6 – 8 hours, I still received compliments on how “delicious” my cologne was. If you are looking for strong performance in a Versace men’s cologne, then the Eros line is a great place to start. The EDT is one of the more powerful colognes for men, but the strength and performance increase as you move into the other Versace Eros cologne concentrations – specifically the Eau de Parfum and the Parfum.

Who Makes It? 

Versace Eros Eau de Toilette for Men was created by Frenchman Aurélien Guichard. Born in Grosse, widely regarded as the capital of perfume, the world of fragrances was never far from his life, even in childhood.

His grandparents had made a living producing roses and jasmine for perfumers, while his father, Jean Guichard was a perfumer. Aurélien studied at Paris’ legendary Givaudan School and followed in his father’s footsteps. 

He has worked for a diverse range of perfume houses, from Bond No. 9 to Davidoff, Gucci, and Burberry.

His career has taught him many lessons already. Explaining the mantra that guides his work, he said: “To have a clear olfactory goal, to bring excitement to life, to create perfumes that people want to use and share, and simply to be happy.”

Who Would Like It? 

According to Donatella Versace, Eros for men is “a fragrance for a man who is his own master. He is a hero: A man who defends their ideas and goals.” Does that tell us about what sort of personality this fragrance suits, but what about what age man this is for? This Versace Eros review recommends the scent to a confident, up and coming male in the initial throes of adulthood, or a late teenager transitioning into their twenties.

Where and Where Should You Wear It?

Versace Eros Cologne is both masculine, yet playful. Thanks to its impressive projection and sillage it’d be great for a club or date environment. Office use may be risky if you want to avoid choking your co-workers. If you do decide to wear Versace Eros to work, just be light with your sprays. 

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Although Versace Eros cologne may not seem like the ideal summer choice, it could work great on cooler summer evenings, especially if you’re outdoors in a warm breeze. 

The projection and sillage will carry nicely and the minty vanilla can be delightful – especially if you’re near the ocean. The salty sea air matches well with the primary notes in Eros. 

In cooler weather, Versace Eros cologne is a no-brainer. It has a warm and comforting character that’s easy to love. The projection and longevity also make it a perfect choice for when you’re out in a crowd or at a party. Versace Eros cologne will still be pleasant and noticeable, even with other competing aromas. 


Packaging and Presentation

The bottle, designed by Donatella Versace herself, is a masterpiece of decadence.

A block of azure blue glass contains the fragrance, adorned with Greek frieze motifs surrounding the central image, a depiction of the head of Medusa.

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It’s crowned by a blue topper, gold on the top, and with another image of the head of Medusa.

Versace Eros Review: Personal Impressions 

The opening notes in Versace Eros cologne for men are always a pleasure to experience. There is an incredible burst of fruity freshness that oscillates between citrus and candied green apple – at times flowing from mandarin to lemony notes. 

When the vanilla begins to sneak in, it starts to intertwine and then overtake the fruit notes. There is a consistent tension between the notes as the fragrance moves to the heart and base and as the fruit notes back off, the sweeter and ever so slight powdery tonka continues to enrich that vanilla presence. 

Although the base seems to contain heavier notes, this cologne for men remains fresh and expansive, largely due to the presence of mint, floral and green notes. 

These – along with the dry amber, cedar and sandalwood in the base allow the mid and base notes to whirl around each other. This effect results in continued projection and development as it dries down. 

The only knock I had on Versace Eros EDT was that it almost hung on for too long. By the end of the day, I was ready for a change, which is likely why this gets tagged as the perfect nighttime Versace cologne. 

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Similar Fragrances / Alternatives

Versace Eros for Men EDT had been such an influential men’s cologne that in 2018, they finally came out with a flanker called Versace Eros Flame. This is an awesome take on the Eros DNA which has greater emphasis on the citruses. 

Although Flame also uses the familiar vanilla note, it is more toned down in favor of a spicy peppery touch. It almost seems like Flame focuses on the citrus peel, rather than the juicer notes, making it a bit more serious and contemplative. If Eros EDT is the playful first date, then Flame is the hook-up.  

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Richer and more complex variations of Eros have also come out in the last few years, with an Eau de Parfum in 2020 and the Parfum concentration in 2021. What I love about both of these is that they do not stray far away from the original EDT’s DNA, but rather add to the legend of Versace Eros cologne. 

Versace Eros EDP is a darker, more brooding version of Eros, with a woody, ambery grip. The Parfum also retains the Eros character, but provides the richest, most complex variation, while keeping the projection more subtle and comforting. Both are great for older guys who love the Eros style but prefer to come off a bit more sophisticated. 

If you’re looking to go outside of the Versace cologne line, another great option could be Mercedes Benz Club Black EDT. That one amps up the vanilla, almost pushing it into gourmand territory. It truly is captivating. 

Another great choice is Yves Saint Laurent Y Le Parfum. It has a similar green apple opening but with a more crisp and traditionally male cologne drydown, with notes of ginger, lavender, and frankincense. 

Conclusion

Versace Eros has a long-standing reputation as being one of the go-to club night colognes for men. Since its arrival on the market in 2012, Versace Eros has been a staple cologne for any guy looking to make a strong, sensual impression. It’s playful, flirty, fun, and appealing to those who are around you. 

With classic packaging and a legendary blue/green bottle that evokes thoughts of The Mediterranean Sea, Versace Eros projects a sense of timeless passion. 

The projection and longevity of Versace Eros cologne will likely result in compliments from this attention-getter. Like many Versace men’s colognes, Eros is priced slightly better than similar fragrances from Dior, YSL, or Jean Paul Gautier, but still exhibits similar quality. 

One of the best features of the Versace Eros line is that multiple concentrations add versatility and maturity to your options, without sacrificing the cologne’s core DNA. No matter what stage you are in your life, reputation, or relationship, there is a Versace Eros that will fit the bill. 

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Ron Pitt is a winemaker who developed a passion for fragrance while studying the olfactory relationship between smell and taste. After producing and marketing wines that focus on complex aromatics along with flavor, Ron altered his attention from the tasting room to the perfume lab. In addition to his passion for both wine and fragrance, Ron and his wife have been rescuing beagles for over 20 years.

Versace Eros Review: Does It Live Up To The Hype?