Beyond Paradise for Men 
Estée Lauder (2004)

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Beyond Paradise for Men by Estée Lauder

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Beyond Paradise for Men is a men's fragrance launched in 2004 by Estée Lauder

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There are 79 reviews of Beyond Paradise for Men by Estée Lauder.

There are a couple of things I need to set straight before I can properly review Beyond Paradise for Men by Estée Lauder (2004). First and foremost, the esteemed Luca Turin did NOT wax poetic about this fragrance in his guide, so let's not get it twisted. I am sick and tired of the discourse that either places this on a pedestal as a miracle of abstract conceptual perfumery due to his glowing remarks, or goes down a sad and honestly cringe-worthy tirade of antediluvian sentiment about how synthetics ruined perfumery. Enough is enough folks; this is a mid-2000's aquatic that has little to do with the ACTUAL perfume Turin raved about, which is Beyond Paradise by Estée Lauder (2003), other than a shared perfumer for both, being Calice Becker. Yeah that's right, the fragrance you should really be going nuts for if you love Turin's opinion is the feminine-market version, which they still make (in a different bottle). Meanwhile, this one got discontinued for not selling so well, then became the weird obsession of sycophants the man himself rolls eyes at, who collect anything Turin gives five stars to in his guide, making it inordinately expensive for what it is second-hand. Now the second thing I need to address is the fact that the formula for Beyond Paradise for Men is so achingly close to the later Nautica Voyage (2006), that I'm almost certain Maurice Roucel was asked by Nautica to use his chromatography skills honed while he was at Chanel to analyze this fragrance, then do a facsimile for them. That said, Beyond Paradise for men is marginally better and would be worth the upcharge if we're comparing original retail prices and not current market conditions for both releases. As it stands today, Nautica Voyage is a far better value for pragmatic buyers, or the kind of people that use their fragrances instead of hoard 50 backups and pose them for Instagram clout.

So, with all that out of the way, what we have here from Estée Lauder is effectively their entry into the men's aquatic market, just with far greater marketing fluff and pretentious packaging than most things at the time, which were just shoved into a blue bottle and called this or that aqua and this or that blue. Becker does wield some of the nifty conceptualism she became admired by Turin for in the femme market version here, but not nearly enough to make this the groundbreaking dreams-in-a-bottle that air-headed colognoisseurs tiptoe through the tulips about on their blogs or YouTube channels. The fact absolutely nobody with both has connected this to Nautica Voyage at all just shows how high on their own hubris everyone who takes themselves "seriously" as someone knowledgeable about fragrance actually is. Everyone's just too busy either gushing or bashing to actually sit down and smell the fragrance analytically. The opening is a very fruity melange of aquatic and ozonic aromachemicals that are identified by abstract things like buchu leaf and Brazlian grape tree. There is a slightly-higher degree of floral presence here than the average calone-1951 bomb aquatic of the era, especially with hyacinth and hibiscus giving a bit of a Mexican Jamaica punch vibe, but then it slides into the same dry-down as Nautica Voyage, with sheer white musks and small slivers of woody aromachemicals over skeletal representations of vetiver and oakmoss. Turin does mention in his review for Beyond Paradise for Men that it feels more music than perfume, and there I can agree somewhat, as there is a fluid whole to this scent rather than layers of materials mixed. Is it good? You betcha. Is it great? Absolutely not. Performance is at least very good, and a few sprays will last all day, although probably not in really cold or damp conditions I suspect. Best use is like most aquatics, and found in casual contexts or in the gym.

So there you have it folks, the show is over, and you can all go home. Stop falsely attributing Turin's praise and deep analytical breakdown during his famous TED talk to this fragrance, as it is for the femme version of Beyond Paradise; which was a sales success, one of Calice Becker's favorite perfumes she's made, and the one that contains the "Eden accord" from The Eden Project. Just a tiny speck of critical thinking and maybe a 10 minute Google search could have saved many of you some heartache; but no, you had to do this the hard way and now look where we are. I don't regret buying this fragrance one bit because I fortunately got a good deal on it to sate my curiosity; but really knowing that what I have here is a slightly more-floral and complex, marginally higher-quality precursor to Nautica Voyage is just sending me through the roof with cynical laughter, especially seeing what these bottles are starting to go for on eBay while the real apple of Turin's eye is still out there waiting to be discovered. Oh, that's right, the same ossified fuddy-duddies that bemoan the loss of "real men's cologne" also wouldn't ever get near the original Beyond Paradise for fear of catching cooties or something, like a grade-school child. As for those of you who instead worship this, you follow a false God and I'm here to tell you the Goddess you serve is still available at Lauder counters and online, so get to it like a good lemming. For everyone else, this is likely a pass unless you are a collector, money is no object, or you have sentimental attachment from when it was new. Of note, Beyond Paradise for Men would be the last original non-limited Estée Lauder label masculine pillar launch from the brand to date, which sorta says something, doesn't it? Thumbs up

The opening is a mix of white florals, mainly orange blossom and hyacinth, with a orangey/citrus vying with a rather generic bergmot for an accompanying role. There is an additional ozonic component in the background that expresses fruity-seashore characteristics whilst reeking of laboratory and syntheticness - or syntheticity, but not in Kant's sense. At this stage this is truly a cologne made of calones, and I can understand why some people hate it.

Now the beginning oft the heart notes gives out another strongly synthetic burst, this times more on the aldehydic side, but later on this moves into the background, with the florals now taking over. Apart from a rather pleasant jasmine core, the gardenia, hyacinth and the occasional whiffs of muguet create an unexpected oasis of floral bouquets. They are underlined by a pleasantly executed honeysuckle that is not really extraordinary - this is no Creed Chèvrefeuille - but that provides a rather delightful grounding for the overlying potpourri. At this stage I appreciate its lovely moments and why to some people it is a beautiful creation.

The base sees a continuation of the honeysuckle, a change of the floral side to less hyacinth, the addition of a somewhat weak hibiscus, as well as the ascent of an amber impression that is quite soft and a tad insipid.

The performance is reasonable, with moderate sillage, very good projection and nine hours of longevity on my skin.

A spring creation for cooler days that has its high and lows. Neither excellent nor truly awful, although in its worst moments it is quite bad, and in its best moments rather intriguing. Overall 2.75/5.

Beyond paradise there might be not only hell - maybe purgatory.

At the beginning I'm a bit put off with a strong synthetic opening that can easily overcome with liberal application.

This is now my third time wearing this as I write, I've learned to not spray it too high on my neck and chest. It has good longevity and decent sillage and makes for a safe work scent, similar to a GIT with less iris notes and quality as this just oozes synthetics.

Not a tragic scent by any means or one I would buy again, but it's set up to fail in my expectations as it's not even close to reaching the lofty acclaim set forth by Mr. Turin, IMHO.

If you don't have GIT or vintage cool water and want to smell what an overdose of calone and hedione is try it.

This is a better version of Curve Wave. Those who haven't tried Wave, to compare to a more popular fragrance, it's along the lines of Sean John Unforgivable.

That said.. still a bit odd. Sort of a sour aquatic, very synthetic smelling. Has okay longevity for an aquatic, perhaps above average, but nothing like some of the Bvlgari aquatic's.

Genre: Woods

Beyond Paradise for Men is essentially a green-tinted, fruity/woody composition in the manner of Cool Water and Green Irish Tweed, though more obviously floral in its heart than the former, and drier and more herbaceous than the latter. It's also distinguished by a peculiar luminous quality that pervades its structure, the result, I assume, of some potent synthetic base notes that I cannot identify. It's a nice, upbeat, casual scent, but having worn Beyond Paradise for Men for a while, I've come to find it disappointingly bland. In this crowded field Amouage's brilliant Ciel, the grand old Grey Flannel, and especially the lamentably discontinued, (though still available) Rochas Globe all offer far more by way of depth and character.

Strong synthetic hedione-helional-calone opening, which is supposed to be a plastic and somehow disturbing artificial representation of some refreshing/tropical/acquatic accord of melon, white flowers and some herbs (it quite smells of basil to me). Basically some ozonic deodorant with a strong metallic/synthetic feel. It may have been a little "new sensation" back then, but I honestly find it terrible - better say, "wearable" as any supermarket deodorant. I also find it fairly similar to Odeur 53 - which instead is more delicate and pleasant, and above all, it "declares" being some avant-garde minimal synthetic experiment. Not saying it's better (it is, by the way) but at least there is no "beyond paradise"/"cheap travel agency poster" marketing bullsh*t there.


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