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Mat; Very Male (2005)
by Masakï Matsushïma


Mat; Very Male information

Year of Launch2005
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 41 votes)

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Parent CompanyPanouge

About Mat; Very Male

Mat; Very Male is a masculine fragrance by Masakï Matsushïma. The scent was launched in 2005

Reviews of Mat; Very Male

Top notes: Bergamot, water notes, anise
Heart notes: Lotus, Bamboo, Wood
Base notes: Patchouli, Cedar, Licorice

A really pleasant spicy semi-gourmand fragrance. Being a fan of anise / licorice (eg Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin, Kenzo Air), Very Male won me with its light touch of this wonderful spicy sensation, complemented by the hypnotic cedar and patchouli.
Floral elements tastefully surround the other elements in a non-cloying way.

Not a heavy scent like Au Masculin, but still a bit more than a skin scent. I don't see much resemblance to Mat's Male outing, so it doesn't appear to be a flanker, per se.

14th March, 2017
Quite pleasant. Light, ethereal woody-liquorice scent. Fans of Comme des Garçons/Yohji homme would probably like it.
31st March, 2016
Somewhere halfway two other prominent Japanese brands making (sometimes) nice scents – Comme des Garçons and Kenzo, and a tad below – yet connected to – the majesty of Yohji Homme, there lies “mat; very male” by Masaki Matsuhima. The aesthetics are clearly closer to Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto, and so is the inspiration of this scent for me – quite minimalistic, “urban”, dark and hypermodern; but some notes and the overall texture definitely remind me of a couple of Kenzo’s, notably Kenzoair for a similar use of “transparent woods” and a sort of light, grassy-watery breezy vibe. Finally I can’t not mention Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin for the top anise accord, here filtered through a contemporary Japanese sensitivity, and also actually smelling a bit more quality and less juvenile than in Lempicka’s rendition. Just add Comme des Garçons Black’s smoky licorice to the scents I just mentioned above, and you’ve quite a good picture of “mat; very male”. In fact it’s pretty much that: smoky licorice, breezy anise, “airy” woods, an almost unperceivable hint of birch-suede, with a touch of water and a Japanese sense of peaceful, ephemeral suspension. Be prepared to a massively light scent, but it lasts for a decent amount of time.

Shortly a very compelling modern take on a woody-anise-licorice theme, quite “synthetic” in spirit but actually fulfilling and “round” enough not to smell annoyingly artificial, or too harsh. Nothing top notch, but it’s very (very!) decent. Very easy to like, very versatile, not too derivative, quite unusual too due to its “aquatic black” sort of atmosphere – a transparent, breezy ambiance yet with a subtle, weightless black feel amazingly paired with the sweetness of anise. It can still be found for relatively cheap on eBay, if you like the names I mentioned in my review I’d definitely recommend it.

02nd March, 2016
For anise and licorice fans this is the pure straight forward answer to what you crave. Nothing else...just tons of black gooey sticky licorice.
06th September, 2012
I forgot to rate this. I love love love this fragrance. It embodies woody masculine in its dry down in a way that is honest (no pretense). To avoid being boring, there is a sweet anise and licorice in the opening. This causes the jus to pale in comparison to one of my holy grail frags, Encre Noir. But where Encre Noir is strong and downright overpowering, Mat; Very Male is soothing. What does Encre Noir and Mat; Very Male have in common? just the vetiver bond really, but I find myself bouncing back and forth between the 2 sometimes, just depends on my anise/licorice tolerance at the point in time.

If you like Lolita Lempicka's Au Masculine, I don't see why you wouldn't love this. Same for Givenchy Play Intense.
26th October, 2011
JaimeB Show all reviews
United States
A bit strong at first, with a clear, sweet anisette liqueur note. Then subtler bamboo and lotus flower notes chime in, along with other woody notes. Finally, patchouli. licorice, and cedar complete the scent. Overall, quite captivating; I would say almost addictive, because of the anise and licorice complemented by cedar and other woods. A stroke of perfumer genius made to flatter the male ego.
29th April, 2011

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