My initial thoughts upon first smelling the aftershave were positive; the immediate smell is light and fruity and reminded me of similar products from Paul Smith and Ed Hardy. Taking a little of the liquid between my fingers and applying it to my neck releases a burst of recognisable lime and tangerine notes which are striking and invigorating. As the formulation of aftershave is different to EDT it is designed to be applied to the face and neck once it has been shaved and tends to be more potent than its cheaper counterparts. The adage "less is more" applies to any aftershaves and Contradiction is no different, usually I am quite liberal when it comes to applying fragrances but do find with this that you don't need that much to be able to detect all the different notes it presents.
Once the initial burst of flavour has had chance to develop the middle notes of pepper, coriander and nutmeg are evident. It is a warming fragrance I have to say and one which is attractive on my skin, I'm usually drawn to deep musky scents as a rule and Contradiction includes all of my favourite ingredients in its mixture. Sandalwood and Musk make up the bottom notes which are the ones that tend to linger the most and these are the ones that I can detect after around 30 minutes. Similar to my all-time favourite fragrance, A*Men Contradiction has a real richness to it which I enjoy and find that it also has great staying power with an application on a morning seeing me all the way through the day without the need for a top-up.
Definitely recommended by me getting the thumbs up for its packaging, bottle design and most important of, how it actually smells and feels on my skin.