Versace Eros - Cologne for the Workplace

Versace Eros Cologne Review: A Work-Friendly Fougere

One of the most recognizable high-fashion names in the world, Versace symbolizes the utter peak of luxury. Designed by Aurelian Guichard of Givaudan in 2012, Versace Eros Eau de Toilette is a provocative, alluring fragrance that exemplifies Versace's position as the one of the foremost arbiters of luxury. The Versace Eros cologne is a fresh and manly scent for the workplace. 

Fragrance Notes

Versace Eros Eau de Toilette is aromatic, woody, and green. With top notes that mix the scents of fresh mint leaves, green apple, and Italian lemon zest, it's a fresh and invigorating eau de toilette. Middle notes of tonka bean, Venezualan ambroxan amber and geranium flower add depth; and vanilla, cedarwood, oak moss, and vetiver provide Versace Eros with a sweet, dark, forest depth. 

Versace Eros belongs to the Fougère family of fragrances. Fougère scents are characterized by sweet, blended top notes that evaporate quickly to reveal woody, sharp, and lightly sweet middle and base notes. As an exemplar of this category, the blend of scents in Versace Eros is well-balanced and masculine without being overwhelmingly dark. 

As an eau de toilette for men, Versace Eros is a bit unexpected. It's much lighter and sweeter than many and somewhat androgynous, making it appropriate for women who want to smell masculine as well. The unexpected notes, however, are a benefit here – it's a fragrance not often replicated, making it alluring and exotic. 

Presentation

This eau de toilette comes in a deep turquoise bottle with a gold-accented cap. Square in shape, it features Versace's iconic Medusa logo embossed in the center and on top of the cap. Around the logo is a meander in a slightly deeper turquoise reminiscent of those found in Ancient Greek art. 

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The overall presentation of Versace Eros is intended to evoke the brand's Mediterranean origins. Versace's Medusa logo is prominently featured and in combination with the classic meander, is reminiscent of Ancient Greek mythology and legends. 

This is a very attractive bottle that adds a distinctive look to a fragrance collection. 


Usage

The blend of mint and vanilla notes make Versace Eros appropriate for daytime use. While it is certainly a masculine scent, it is on the lighter end of the spectrum. Albeit light, it is strongly scented, so I would recommend using care when wearing it to work or in other professional situations to ensure that it is not overwhelming. 

With a clean, fresh, and sweet scent, Versace Eros is best suited for warmer times of the year. It does have a fairly significant sillage, so wearing it on steaming hot days is not ideal. 

While appropriate for work in restrained use, Versace Eros can also transition seamlessly to a night out. Its strength works in its favor, as it lasts all night and lingers on the skin. It's more youthful than many fragrances, making it great for dates and nightclubs. 


Sillage / Longevity

For an eau de toilette, Versace Eros ranks highly in terms of both sillage and longevity. Just a single spray under the shirt provides day-long fragrance at a level that is appropriate in work and other professional situations. 

It dries down after about two hours, leaving the base notes of vanilla, cedarwood, oak moss, and vetiver. Vanilla is a dominant scent here, and will linger for up to 12 hours, depending on your personal chemistry and activity level. 

Within the first few hours, wearers of Versace Eros will experience sillage of around three feet. It lingers on the skin throughout the day, and the scent lasts on clothes for several days. 


Verdict

If you like sweet, fresh scents, this would be a great fragrance for you. Since vanilla is a long-lasting element in Versace Eros, stay away from this eau de toilette if vanilla is not a scent you enjoy. If you are a bottle collector, the distinctive look of the deep turquoise makes it a good addition to your collection. As this eau de toilette is strongly scented, it is long-lasting as a single spray is adequate to last an entire day. 


This is a fairly versatile perfume that can transition from a day at work to a night out. 

It's best for the spring and summer due to the sweetness of the scent, but after it dries down, the cedarwood, oak moss, and vetiver notes make it possible to wear during cooler months. 

Overall, I would recommend this cologne if you're looking for an eau de toilette that's versatile and professional. The initial notes are spicy, sharp, and sweet, and the long-term scent is sweet and warm. Fougère scents are a staple in most men's fragrance collections and this is a high-quality scent at a mid-price point. 

Undecided?

If you'd like to learn about other scents beside Versace Eros cologne, please see my overview article on the Best of Versace fragrances — or if you'd like to try it first, check out how to find samples or this mini-version.