WHAT I SMELL: Photograph for Men has a sparkling and zesty citrus opening which is energetic without being sweet . Funny, after a couple of minutes the fragrance seems to dissipate and it almost disappears. I’m thinking to myself… really? Is this it? All I get is a lightly fresh and sweet layer that smells good, but there’s not much there. After around 10 minutes or so, Photograph for Men starts to reveal its true self as it begins to bloom with more spice and hints of lavender. After some more time, the fragrance becomes richer and warmer with a light amber. This is no powerhouse scent, but it’s clean, neat, and somewhat spicy which gives it a bit of oomph. And for an eau de toilette, the development of the fragrance is remarkably lengthy and three-dimensional.
From the John Russo Fragrances website:
Photograph for Men is an ambery, earthy, green, woody type with top notes of mandarin, orange, bergamot, lemon, and bay oil, middle notes of lavender, ginger, leather, and clove, with an amber, woody musky smoky, tobacco note.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: John Russo is trying to capture the essence and glamour of old Hollywood. The picture on the box cover conveys the fragrance’s character very well.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE PHOTOGRAPH FOR MEN: smooth, effortless, put-together
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT PHOTOGRAPH FOR MEN: Photograph for Men is so new that I only found one review on Fragrantica.
BOTTOM LINE: Not quite a celebrity fragrance, but bordering on so as John Russo is a famed celebrity photographer, I was a bit skeptical as to what to expect. But Photograph for Men is well put together and a very pleasant surprise overall. Nicely done.
- Bone Rating: 3 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Aromatic
- Classification: Masculine
- Expense: $65 for 100ml EdT; available from the John Russo Fragrances website
Disclosure: Product for review provided courtesy of John Russo Fragrances.
November 2, 2013 at 8:46 am
Oh!? Citrus, lavender. Sounds like something really fitting my tastes.
And I love the simple square bottle.
Do tell Houndie, is that cap made of wood, or just a plastic imitation of it?
November 2, 2013 at 8:52 am
It’s all wood Lucas. The bottle is clean, simple and elegant. It fits the fragrance and the concept very well.
November 2, 2013 at 8:57 am
Wow, I love when perfume has a genuine wooden cap.
The overall look of that bottle is very simple and elegant indeed.
November 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm
Like a fading photograph and then a touch up. That 10 minute mark sounds like an interesting dramatic effect. Will set this up with a flashlight next week and see how it pops. Great to see John Russo extending his artistic range across platforms. I think that photo conveys quite a lot.
November 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm
Jordan – I did think Photograph was going to be a huge disappointment with that disappearing act, but like you said, the bulb went off and there it was in all its glory. Great analogy my friend.