The original Armani Code has been around since its 2004 launch and has spurned several popular flankers. Each fragrance in the Code collection shares much of the zesty/spicy/leathery DNA as the original but adds something unique.
With the 2021 launch of a richer and deeper EDP version, it’s the perfect time for an Armani Code Eau de Parfum vs Armani Code Eau de Toilette review.
Armani Code EDP vs EDT
First, I will review both the EDP and EDT versions of Armani Code (starting with the EDT), then provide an Armani Code EDP vs EDT comparison section.
I tested with my full bottle of Armani Code Classic Eau de Toilette against an official sample of Armani Code Eau de Parfum.
1. Armani Code Eau de Toilette
Armani Code Eau de Toilette is a crowd-pleasing citrus/floral/leather fragrance male fragrance that has been around since 2004. Every guy should have a bottle of this classic scent in his collection.
The bright zing of lemon and bergamot of the opening quickly merges with a heart of star anise, olive blossom and Guaiac wood for a spicy twist of refinement.
A base of luxurious leather, fresh pipe tobacco and smooth tonka bean add a touch of class. This fragrance settles to a manly mix of citrus, leather and spice with a hint of almond/vanilla and tobacco.
The presentation is first-rate; I love the modern and stylish tall, curved black bottle with a matching cap. The only drawback is the spray hole is also black, so easy to miss yourself!
Overall, Armani Code Eau de Toilette is bright, fresh but with a spicy edge that remains a compliment magnet. Sure, it’s not a super performer, but this is a classic smelling dumb-reach.
Check out my Dior Sauvage vs Armani Code comparison.
Star Anise, Olive Blossom, Guaiac Wood
Leather, Tobacco, Tonka Bean
Seasons & Longevity
I personally wear Armani Code Classic during any season and leans more daytime. In the spring/summer, it’s more of a late afternoon/evening scent, and in the cooler months, it’s daytime only for me.
My only disappointment is performance. I find myself needing to overspray. 4+ hours of longevity with moderate sillage and projection is all you can expect. Don’t let that put you off, as this is a great fragrance.
Benefits & Drawbacks
|Pros||Classic male scent that still gets compliments|
|Cons||Only lasts about 4 hours with moderate sillage and projection|
2. Armani Code Eau de Parfum
Armani Code Eau de Parfum is an Oriental Woody male fragrance that shares much of the same DNA as the original Armani Code. This beauty injects some welcoming vanilla and suede into the mix.
This fragrance opens with the same lemon and bergamot of the original, but the heart is a touch sweeter with lavender, vanilla and tonka bean far more present.
Dry-down unleashes smooth suede and a touch of musky wood provide balance to the sweeter heart. Finally, settles to a moreish blend of lavender and rich vanilla/tonka with smooth suede and zest.
Presented in the same tall, curved black bottle as the original but this time with a gold cap. It’s weight and looks good standing tall in your collection.
Overall, Armani Code Eau de Parfum is richer and deeper than Armani Code Classic and more suited for later afternoon and eveningwear. Well worth grabbing a bottle for you are looking for an Armani Code scent that can carry you from day-to-night.
Lavender, Vanilla, Tonka Bean
Suede, Musk, Cedar
Seasons & Longevity
Just like the original fragrance, Armani Code Eau de Parfum is (for me at least) a versatile any-season fragrance. I would not wear it in the mornings, but late afternoon and evening are where this scent shines.
I have been wearing this version for a while now and managed to get 6+ hours of longevity with good sillage and projection. Certainly no complaints here.
Benefits & Drawbacks
|Pros||Deeper and more mature version of Armani Code|
|Cons||Not really a daytime fragrance|
Armani Code EDP vs EDT: Comparison Summary
|Armani Code EDP||Armani Code EDT|
|Armani Code Eau de Parfum is a richer and deeper version of Code and more suited for later afternoon and eveningwear. The trio of lavender/vanilla/tonka bean brings effortless style.||Armani Code Classic Eau de Toilette is a brighter fragrance with a crowd-pleasing spicy edge thanks to star anise and olive blossom. Ideal for daytime, casual or formal and is office safe.|
Our Top Pick
Armani Code Eau de Parfum
My pick of the two is Armani Code Eau de Parfum, as the addition of lavender and tonka bean adds depth and complexity. The more I wear it, the more I love it.
Full Video Test & Review
The Armani Code collection of fragrances offer affordable designer scents that smell expensive and perform pretty well. Each fragrance shares the same zesty, citrus opening and spicy heart.
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