Back in 1997 (it seems such a long time ago, doesn’t it?), when Diavolo was launched, it was a n olfactory reference among my circle of acquaintances. Not solely due the fact that this was the debut fragrance from the famous Spanish actor and director Antonio Banderas, but it was also a consequence of the few alternatives that were available to u these days. Later, I began to explore ither territories and today I think about that period with nostalgia.
As for Antonio Banderas, his agreement with Puig went well and today there are plenty of fragrances launched under his. The first of these, Diavolo, represents a simple oriental spicy fragrance, developed by perfumer Rosendo Mateu. With aromas that resemble with Dior’s Fahrenheit (in my opinion even this ultra famous scent is “wasted” these days!), Diavolo is doing what was intended to do: deliver a quite pleasant aroma at a very affordable price.
In spite of the fact that I’m not a fan of any of these two and taking into account that both have their fair share of repeated tests until making myself an opinion, I feel that on a deeper level, the two are considerably different. For me, Diavolo seems to lack that industrial odor of refinery that is so evident in the Fahrenheit dry down.
Top notes for Diavolo are green leaves, mandarin orange and bergamot; its heart is geranium, pepper and patchouli; and its base is sandalwood, leather and musk. The bottle (especially the cap!) and the video advertisement are bringing to mind the mischievous character implied by the name. Personally, I consider Diavolo a good competitor in the category “celebrity fragrances”.
Antonio Banderas Diavolo Perfume Details
- Diavolo by Antonio Banderas is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 100 ml After-Shave Lotion and 150 ml Deodorant Spray; the lasting power is below average (close to 5 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Spicy
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 1997
- Perfumer: Rosendo Mateu
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual
Antonio Banderas Diavolo Video Commercial