With Epic Games merrily forging the metaverse over in Fortnite, it's getting harder these days to surprise people with a daring crossover. Ryu and Chun Li from Capcom's Street Fighter have already appeared in the world's foremost battle royale, but this latest Street Fighting cross-promotion has really come out of the blue. Geddit?
Davidoff — Swiss purveyor of pungent and expensive liquids — has temporarily dumped its chiselled models emerging half naked from the ocean and teamed up with Capcom to release a pair of Street Fighter-branded fragrances featuring Ryu and Chun Li. Yes, you can now mask your repulsive gamer scent with an odour designed to evoke memories of sweaty street brawlers.
What do these eau de toilettes smell like, you ask? An earthy, peaty aroma, with a touch of lilac, perhaps?
Well, reading much like the kind of blurb you'd find on a bottle of cheap plonk, Davidoff Cool Water Champion Edition 'For Him' apparently mixes notes of "black pepper and green mandarin, blended with gaiac wood"; the 'For Her' variant features "green mandarin and absolute of tuberose, blended with juicy pear accord". Yep, that'll go down nicely with a carbonara.
We could stop there, but the expanded PR spiel for the two parfums really is something — hats off to the copy writer who produced this delightful nonsense. Here are some choice extracts (if you'll pardon the pun):
Opening with a vibrant note of green mandarin that reveals zesty and sparkling accents, it fuses into a sizzling heart note of black pepper that adds a powerful and distinctive virility...
A fresh combination of tonicity and strength which perfectly reflects Ryu’s formidable fighting style.
Yep, 'tonicity' is right up there on the list of adjectives that spring to mind when we picture Not-Ken. Still, they've done a decent job of evoking the idea of street fighting without making us think of underarms and stinky gi.
We're almost too afraid to see what they've got to say about Chun Li...
Davidoff Cool Water Street Fighter V: Champion Edition needed a sparring partner, a counterpart worthy of its valor, bottled as a dazzling citrus floral bouquet.
Crafted in synch with the masculine fragrance, it builds on a fresh and zesty mandarin and juicy pear. The creamy signature of tuberose tempers this fresh fragrance with a sensual and lasting trail.
Blending pure energy and grace, the perfume perfectly captures the quintessence of Chun-Li.
The creamy signature of what now? My word. A tuberose, if you're wondering, is an ornamental plant native to Mexico. Totally above board. Nothing untoward. Simply the 'quintessence' of one of video gaming's greatest icons. Ahem.
From the looks of the marketing materials, Gill, Lucia and Ken in their Street Fighter V guises are also in line to get distilled into liquid form with suggestive copy:
So, yes. Street Fighter perfume: it's a thing. And an expensive thing from a noted manufacturer, not just a cheap bottle of splash packaged with a can of deodorant and a pair of socks in a holiday present pack from Superdrug.
Sorry, we're still recovering from that description up there — where's some cool water when you need it? Let us know below if you've ever dreamt of smelling like someone who's been wearing the same clothes for thirty years.
I want to smell like Mario ):
You, too, can smell like an abundance of chin
I almost choked on my mouthwash reading the headline. ☠
Oh yes, because when I think Ryu, I think male fragrance.
Umm, pretty sure if Ryu were a real dude he wouldn't smell all that great. There's an old piece of Capcom art depicting Ryu in a laundromat standing in his underwear, implying his gi is literally his only clothing. And I can imagine laundry day doesn't come around all that often, what with all the training/wandering.
At first glance my brain parsed "Davidoff" as "David Hasselhoff".
Missed a trick not calling it J'adore-Ken
@HotGoomba Then go into the sewer.
@HotGoomba "I want to smell like Mario ):"
Just rub a peach around your face then 😳
Give me Eau de Blanka or get out!
@HotGoomba No Luigi.
@Snatcher yeah you got a point.
You can see in the logo that there are other characters they have planned. But you can unlock them early by pressing the nozzle Down, Down, Down, Left, Left, Left for player two or Down, Down, Down, Right, Right, Right for player one.
No, I don’t want to smell like burning fabric (because of the three fighters fire attacks), blood, or man sweat
This reminded me of the old davidoff adverts that featured Josh Holloway from Lost
You might say this Collab is a load of...
E. Honda probably smells the best. He's always at the bath.
Seriousssss nintendo life ..... Dont do that hahaha
When i saw that picture of ryu i was like Yessss streetfighter for switch 🤣🤣🤣
60% of the time, it works every time!
Hmm.. I wonder who might be the best smelling Street Fighter? 🤔
Vega probably comes a distant second, and Rose has to be in first place. I mean, it's right there in her name.
what if I just want to smell Ryu ?
If Ryu smells uniquely... I wonder what I smell like? Anyone want to smell like me? Hehe
You can tell how little NL writers know about fragrance. The PR is admittedly over the top, which is par for the course for the industry, but it's quite descriptive, and the notes listed are common, meaning anybody familiar with fragrances will start with a point of comparison. Anybody familiar with fragrances will also know that the entire purpose of the three notes listed is to give people familiar with Cool Water--there are many, as it's one of the most popular fragrances ever--an idea of how this flanker differs. Of course, they probably already know if they really cared, because this is just Cool Water Aquaman rebranded to see if targeting a different market will help it to sell. Also, don't call this expensive. Cool Water and its flankers are among the cheapest fragrances you can find. At a discounter Cool Water is about $20. Green Irish Tweed, the niche fragrance it is most commonly compared to, is $300. It retails for $400. This article might be attempting light sarcasm, but it fails to land because there is no knowledge behind it. It's as if a Fragrantica writer thought that "finish him" made for a bit of clever copy.
@e-love I was just thinking the same about Chun-Li.
"You can see in the logo that there are other characters they have planned. But you can unlock them early by pressing the nozzle Down, Down, Down, Left, Left, Left for player two or Down, Down, Down, Right, Right, Right for player one"
You mean this is the base fragrance. The rest will be locked behind an extra season pay wall.
and to think i just brought a gigantic bottle of the stuff heheh. i thing ill just stick with that.
Is there anything to compare this to so that I can be sure it's authentic?
A scent that makes you smell like Ryu??? What a load of Balrog!!!
Or we could not torture people who are allergic to perfume.
Fun fact: products like this contain formaldehyde. Which is poisonous to all people, not just people who immediately get sick from airborne irritants. These types of products are one of the reasons cancer is so much more common today.
Just use an under arm anti-perspirant and you’ll smell fine.
"The world's foremost battle royal."
Tetris 99: Am I a joke to you?
I'm not a fan of Street Fighter, does Ryu's smug face and gigantic chin scare anyone else?
As someone who's outfits don't change much despite a lot of physical activity over the course of the past few DECADES... and not to mention whomst also is always barefoot... it's a safe bet that, in maybe this instance only
... Ryu stinks. 😬
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