You had me at the nomenclature, but I have to say that it's the pretty herbaceous green hue I like to call "pistachio" that drew me to Caesars Man. However, this is definitely a "man's man" type of fragrance with none of the candy-like sweetness promised by some online reviews! However, it’s blending possibilities are endless…
Launched by Caesars World in 1988, Caesars Man Legendary Cologne Spray has been most closely compared to Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche, though with far fewer notes and thus lacking in complexity, comparatively. Priced at a fraction of Drakkar Noir, it has become a favorite of men who like a drier, uncomplicated masculine scent with herbaceous overtones.
The top and most prominent note is definitely rosemary, which gives this dry scent a decidedly bitter quality which somewhat lessens after its dry-down. A pretty apt description online by the Fragrance Foundation's Fragrance Directory spells that Caesars Man is a "rich combination of armoise, verbena, juniper berry, Italian bergamot, Alpine lavender, and fir balsam then balanced with warm, woody notes of fresh amber, Indian patchouli, treemoss, sandalwood and Haitian vetiver."
Appropriately, Caesars Man’s squarish bottle is embellished with olive leaves, with the gold cap sporting a pretty accurate profile of the legendary Roman general Julius Caesar himself. Likewise, the box sports a rich black marble with gold veins and angular gold lettering as though they were chiseled into the stone, invoking ancient Rome itself.
As a woman smelling this fragrance, I want to add that I personally would layer it with orange blossom water for a citrusy sweetness, green tea and perhaps another floral like lily of the valley, jasmine, honeysuckle or even carnation to balance out all that masculinity. Subsequently, I experimented by layering Caesars Man with Miss Dior, and later Diorissimo, which both have Lilly of the Valley and Jasmine.
I also have an old bottle of Mari Mari by The Body Shop, which has ingredients made from Amazon plants (the word goes!), that I have found too sweet alone. Together with Caesars Man, and/or Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea and Sanborns Orange Blossom Cologne, the results are amazing!
As stated earlier, the very prominent rosemary top note makes this is a decidedly masculine scent that needs layering with florals. Unless you’re prepared to do some creative layering ladies, Caesars Man is strictly for the boys and even then it needs to be tempered to add a little sweetness to the masculine mix! I’ll still give Caesars Man five stars for its endless blending possibilities.
Fortunately, the spray nozzle does unscrew so that you can alter the cologne to your satisfaction – if need be! So, you might be wondering what Caesars Woman smells like? Stay tuned…