I'm depressed because I have discovered that it has been discontinued. Many of the EDT versions using pure essential oils were discontinued. When i using Fleur du Mâle perfume is a great way to smell fantastic, feel great and promote wellness! My signature scent. It's light and airy and can be worn from day to night. I get tons of compliments...which means the perfume has paid itself a long time ago! So sad to see this fragrance discontinued by JPG, but happy to be able to still purchase. Much respect to Francis Kurkdjian.
I like this. It's the sweet smell of summer and flowers. I am not sure it really smells like orange blossoms or chamomile, but the scent is upbeat and summery.
On the positive side both projection and longevity are excellent, though I feel that the flower scents are somewhat synthetic. But acceptable.
It is one of the few florals that are marketed towards men, but I am sure it works fine on both men and women. Recommended.
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.
19th June, 2014 (last edited: 18th May, 2015)
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.
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"