A watered down, less vanillic John Varvatos for men to me. Not sweet in a gourmand way, sweet in a John Varvatos way. If one likes JV, he or she may like Mechant Loup. As it dries, it's more and more like JV. They are like the same scent on the dry down, so disappointing. The nuts were there and gone quickly, I get no honey, no licorice. Just a watered down, John Varvatos, with a smidge more cedar.
Wicked wolf? I think not! Incredibly unique and wonderful? I think so! It's hit or miss for me with L'Artisan, but upon first whiff, I was engaged with Mechant Loup. A truly odd and captivating old-candy style anise, in combination with cedar and pine, ever so slightly graced with a sweetness I wish I could pinpoint! Some say hazelnut, some say honey. If the longevity and sillage were stronger, this may have climbed into a favorites list! That being said, a head-cocking, eyebrow-raising, wonderful scent truly worthy of a try! 8.5/10!
imo scentwise this is absolutely ingenious. for the first 30 min. on, this is one the very finest examples of a complex masculine perfumery i have experienced.
behind the lightweight and pleasant texture hides something really frightening. extremely impressive scent that plays around both galantness and machismo. a symbiose between the free spirited forest elf and the stalking predator. the scent's name is artistically justified.
... and then the fleeting house signature reveals itself again ... too bad, since it starts breathtaking but does not perform so well after the first hour or so. the dry down is practically the falling apart.
nevertheless, i am happy to have got a chance to know this. probably the stand out from l'artisan's range.
Genre: Woody Oriental
Without a doubt an oddball, but a personal favorite as well. Perhaps it's the hazelnut that makes it so eccentric, but this scent's unique profile suits me to a "T".
Not threatening, it's true, but after all, this is a fairy tale wolf. I find Méchant Loup extremely well-balanced, despite it fundamental weirdness. The development, from somewhat sweet, woody, and spicy to nutty and ever so faintly animalic, is leisurely and smooth, and the drydown is both sumptuous and subtle. The sillage is only moderate, but I can't agree with claims of poor longevity. I can put this one on in the afternoon and have it last until the next morning.
Oh, yes, and my wife loves it.
Licorice and honey - straight from the start, this an original idea that develops very beautifully on my skin. In the drydown cedarwood is added, a lighter version and I don't get any pencil shavings. A few ingredients only but very well done. Good silage and projection, with over three hours if longevity. A great idea for a spring day, and quite versatile.