Genre: Woody Oriental
I wish I could smell the quinine listed in Laguna's top notes. It would make the composition far more interesting. As it is, all I get is a very bland, anonymous, sweet, powdery accord of vanilla and amber with a cheap, careless feel to it. Laguna makes up in power and endurance what it lacks in depth and individuality, but I'm not certain that I'd count this in its favor. The sickly sweet, cloying chemical drydown is especially unpleasant, and with so many fine fragrances for men to choose from in this genre (Jaïpur Homme, Habit Rouge, New York...) I can't imagine why you'd want to wear this.
Strange Alien Oriental
Got it cheap! Was on my wishlist a while .
Complex scent with a big WOW factor as its very bi directional in a way its a warm glowy summer night scent for romantic men but also a bit feminine and strange and powerfull. I think to describe it as not classical but more neo futuristic in a sci-fi scene ( ehhh im losing it?) But i agree people will be put off on its metallic like apeal. Its funny that the cap of this beautiful bottle is blue metallic too :-)
I wear it now and worn it on work days and projects well and longevity is superb for 9 hours
If you like the stranger type of scents a bit on the sweet and extravert spicy side will digg this as i am.
Im glad i got it.
*Update : Gets boring if the smell gets known and almost cloying and thats too bad but thats my taste.
As Luca Turin stated in his a-z guide im not sure what he 's talking about maybe you can imagine a small room like a car with a man with bad hygene not washing himself for days riding around all night picking up hookers and party people... but again its not nice to say...
Pros: Soft drydown
Cons: Too sweet and dense smelling"
I was a bit disappointed with Laguna. To me its a fairly weak non-descript vanilla/oriental. Mis-named, not marine or aqua at all. It's just OK.
10th February, 2013 (last edited: 03rd April, 2013)
Smooth oriental? that's what it's described as. yes it is synthetic and has character issues. am i a fresh/clean scent with tope notes of lime/tangerine or am i an oriental with base notes of vanilla/tonka bean? a very confusing scent that plays tricks on one's mind. very low sillage and projection as i wore this in the cold chicago weather. more suitable for warmer temps which is when i will try this again. not bad smelling just a bit light to my nose..
I like it! That's an all-year-around option. Sweet but not cloying, i feel comfortable using it.
It's mainly tonka with soft florals and lots of vanilla.
Also the price is great, what makes it worth it for any collector.
20th November, 2012 (last edited: 04th March, 2013)
Laguna Homme is an über-synthetic tonka/vanilla bomb accompanied by the same type of sour, sweaty citrus notes found in Dali's revolting Le Roy Soleil Homme. There is also an overarching waxy or plastic element at play here (maybe the synthetic florals) that I find totally irritating. The overall effect is not unlike that of a cheap vanilla candle.
Those who say this is a good choice for summer have obviously not worn it in high temperature / high humidity climates, wherein this juice visibly radiates like the malodorous vapor from Pepé Le Pew.
23rd November, 2009 (last edited: 21st February, 2012)