Fleur du Male (2007)
    by Jean Paul Gaultier




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    Fleur du Male Fragrance notes

    Orange Blossom, Petitgrain leaf, Coumarin, Fern accord

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    Fleur du Male is a men's fragrance by Jean Paul Gaultier. The scent was launched in 2007

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    Looking back, Francis Kurkdjian’s Jean Paul Gaultier Fleur du Male marks a time when Kurkdjian was pivoting his career from work for designer labels and the more rarified niche lines to his own line. Fleur du Male was released in 2007. 2009 saw the first perfumes from Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

    Designer, but with a twist, Fleur du Male Fleur du Male matches and surpasses the Gaultier brand which had beaten its enfant terrible schtick to death and by this time had become its own catch phrase. Kurkdjian breaths new life into a tired marque and gives Gaultier a perfume that speaks to his base while also attracting new buyers. Technically a flanker, Fleur was released 12 years after le Male, also by Kurkdjian for Gaultier. Matching the Gaultier sensibility, Fleur du Male is an effusive fragrance that speaks with waving hands and superlatives. Any lack of enthusiasm I have for the Gaultier’s brand in general, is sidelined by Fleur du Male. Daring and lovely, it’s a strong statement that breaths some beauty back into a dull mainstream masculine market.

    The fougère makes it masculine, the huge orange blossom note makes it fey, the locker room sensibility makes it gay. It feels boisterous and affable, typical of the fougere genre. The enormous floral flourish ties in with a sweaty, steamy locker room vibe. The result is a fragrance tailored to the gym queen sensibility of the 1990s and early millennium. It feels as if it was intended to target a middle-aged gay set who remember the 1990s nostalgically as a time when gyms were the new bars, steroids surpassed poppers and the cruising took place in the showers showers more than the dimly lit bars of the previous decades.

    The perfume bottle is recognizable from le Male and both are derived from the Schiaparelli Shocking bottle (1937 ). It is a sort of trophy, a nude Oscar, a robotically idealized male form in white. It's a nod to the clone look/life that fits hand-in-glove with gym queen-dom. It gives the impressions of some sort of fetish, in all senses of the word, at the same time that it looks like an insertable sex toy. Where it's easy to dismiss the cheap eroticism of the le Male bottle, the same shape has a new meaning in Fleur du Male. The white marble-like bottle, a young male nude in a standing pose, is a salute to the kouros. The perfume it contains, a musky, orange blossom fougère, is a nod to YSL Kouros, its predecessor. Nice touch.

    Fleur du Male hints at some of Francis Kurkdjian's later work for his own line where woody, spicy and floral notes were used to bend traditional forms to convey more contemporary tastes. The allure of recognizable classical perfumery draws the wearer closer and then comes the twist, the surprise. It's a smart, successful use of the 'change from within' strategy, a that trend continues in Kurkdjian's own line.

    19 June, 2014

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    A much more enjoyable scent than Le Mâle, in my opinion. In fact, I don’t at first smell much of Le Mâle’s brazenly synthetic, sweet, vanilla oriental structure in Fleur de Mâle. What I get instead is a potent, soapy white flower accord with plenty of indolic orange blossom and a very conspicuous dose of bitter-green petitgrain. The vanilla does eventually well up later in Fleur du Mâle’s development, but tempered by the woody green florals, it is much more palatable here than in Le Mâle. Besides the vanilla, Fleur du Mâle shares with its predecessor an unabashedly chemical mien. Call it crass or artful, but I believe that this effect is calculatedly confrontational – just like the ridiculously campy homoerotic Ken doll bottle. In true Gaultier fragrance style, Fleur du Mâle is also loud, with conspicuous sillage and ample projection. No understatement here!

    Two hours into Fleur du Mâle’s development the orange blossom has faded, and while some floral character remains, the drydown is mostly a potent, spicy coumarin and vanilla based oriental accord that’s quite a bit more ordinary than what went before. I like it well enough, but without the added fillip of the white flowers its bluntness and is sustained high intensity can become tiresome. I see Fleur du Mâle as an olfactory diamond in the rough: a little less loud, a little less crude, and it might be an unequivocally outstanding fragrance. I like the idea behind Fleur du Mâle, and I give credit for its nerve, despite its moments of (intentional?) gaucherie.

    14 June, 2014

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    You hate it or you love it

    This is very weird i smell some kind of addictive medicine i used to have as a kid,
    maybe its the strange smell of chamomile in it what makes this so floral sensual and bright! its addictive and i need to buy it as im using a tester.
    Need to walk outside with it to enjoy its aura.
    Need more wearing time to really review it but my first opininion is strangely good and i like it.
    Not for everybody thats for sure buts there are not many scents like this!
    Well done JPG!

    Pros: Unique and intriging
    Cons: Other may dislike it by its weirdness"

    23 August, 2013

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    It's too....strong and floral. This is the kind of stuff that triggers people with allergies, I got complaints from wearing this.

    12 May, 2013

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    This is pretty foul to my nose. Smells like a cross of some Calvin Klein synthetic fresh scent with the most heavy ylang ylang and rotten fruit. Sickly sweet combined with sharp, fresh ozone and coumarin. Really a let down, and I can't wash it off! It sticks like glue!

    15 February, 2013

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    The opening accord smells a lot like bug spray, with what passes for a soapish plastic-ky orange blossom note over a bitter-sweet coumarinic base. But it mellows out to a rather intriguing blend of florals and plastics. No surprises then that FLEUR du MALE loses the popularity contest on the designer front as it takes you out of your comfort zone into unfamiliar territory.

    The concept however is unquestionably brilliant even if it does seem a little too far ahead in the game for its own good. FLEUR du MALE is a daring interpretation of the masculine flower, eschewing the typically lush feminine floral aspects in favor of the soapy and the indolic, and grafting it atop a traditionally masculine fougère. Too bad its execution while competent appears hamstrung by the allocated budget.

    Projection and sillage are both top notch, a lighter application bringing out the best. Not the easiest of beasts to work with but it offers a rare treat to the few who appreciate its strengths. And perhaps brings a smile or two to bug-spraying ex-mozzie hunters like me.

    13 February, 2013

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