Notes: mandarin, bergamot, clary sage, thuja, mint, sequoia, amber, musks
Ed Hardy for Men opens up with some citrussy notes which lead into a rather mentholated woodiness. Not sure whether this effect is from the mint, because it's not obviously minty, or from the thuja, aka arborvitae. In any case, it's a fairly typical "masculine" fragrance opening. As the scent dries down, it becomes warmer, losing the sharp edge of the sage and gaining some softness from the musks and amber. The drydown of the scent is actually quite nice and I can almost see myself wearing it. I much prefer it over Hardy's scent for Women (which I won't get into on this blog).
Here's the official word on the scent:
"This fragrance was created with special effects and colorful sensations inspired by the dramatic and cool Ed Hardy tattoo art. Bright and tantalizing citrus effects of Bergamot & Mandarin are touched by the aromatic expression of Thuja and the sharp bite of Clary Sage for added zest. This opening is the perfect preview to a colorful Mint Julep cocktail that matches up with Ozone for a psychedelic explosion of color and effervescence. The result is of super refreshing mint mixed with colorful bubbles that provides a provocative edginess. Sequoia Scent Trek brings a masculine woodiness to the fragrance that is embraced by sensual Musks and a touch of Black Amber. The final effect is of a masculine floralcy tattooed on to wood that lasts and lasts."