Opens with a creamy mint with a dash of green. The mint is very toothpaste-y.
Mint becomes stronger after a few minutes, plastic chocolate starts to make it's appearance. Not getting any raspberry or pepper.
After about half an hour the mint is gone, the chocolate remains a the ghost of generic wood peeks through. The chocolate is what some think of as bitter, but I find dusty, like a box of chocolates forgotten in a wooden cabinet for a year.
Dust scent gets even more prominent before fading away.
Elegance isn't bad, but it certainly isn't what I would consider to be a classic scent. Mildly interesting, could be good for an occasional spray during the fall or winter. When this 1/3 of a bottle that I swapped for is gone I won't be picking up another.
Pros: Decent mint scent
Cons: Dust scent"
I won't go into the details, for that you can read The_Cologneist's review below.
But let me tell you, this is a wonderfully crafted scent and it is HIGHLY UNDERRATED. The more I wear it, the more I love it. Its a great find for me. The mint/pepper/chocolate combination is just too good. Longevity is good too but after 3-4 hours it goes very close to skin, but, it never disappears. I can smell it even after 7-8 hours of applying it.
17th November, 2012 (last edited: 18th November, 2012)
An underrated gem is Lacoste Elegance. It opens up with a blast of white pepper (definitley not black pepper), and a confusing background, but just give it a second. Ahh, here comes the mint, it's raining mint leaves. Mint, mint, mint! Eventually it turns into a combination of raspberry, chocolate mocha, and a great mint note that is less intense than the opening. With some citrus in the background, and a little spice. The combination of the raspberry and citrus, makes me think of watermelon flavored Bubble Yum. The base brings in some sandalwood and amber. It slouches in the projection department from beginning to end, but lasts a good 8-10 hours.
I would say it's sort of a mix of a very light Fuel for Life, with a very light A*Men, minus the tar and patchouli of course. The reason I say A*Men, is because of A*Men's distinctive chocolate fudge note that I haven't found in any other fragrances. I feel Elegance has it, but much much lighter, with a mocha kick to it.
I really enjoy Elegance, and would love to know the perfumer behind this fragrance. If anyone knows, please message me!
I am not a lover of gourmand scents and I do not like chocolate--literally, I get a migraine thinking about chocolate much less eating it--so the smell of chocolate is nothing that conjures up warm, indulgent, decadent thoughts--just the opposite! Amazingly, however, I really like this scent. The chocolate note is a bitter one and has nothing to do with Easter Bunny shaped chocotale candies. The total absence of floral notes and the deft use of fruit, woods, spices and yes, even chocolate, make this avery compelling scent. There is an elegance to it, as the name suggests, although not in the usual sense. The elegance lies in this scent's ability to harmoniously marry a diverse group of gourmand notes in a way that is subdued, compelling and not in the least foody. I love to smell the foods I love but I do not want to smell OF them. There is no elegance in smelling like you have just come from the table..... Lacoste Elegance smells of the promise of good things to come as opposed to the recent eating of good things. Despite the lack of feminizing florals, none of the notes is particularly masculine in the traditional sense so this could work well on a woman who is looking for a drily elegant demi-gourmand scent.
To my untrained nose, this comes out as little more than woods, raspberry, and chocolate. And it's incredible that way.
Definitely not a mature scent either - a teen can pull this off. It is a cold weather cologne though.