Cereus No. 7 notes list includes: Bergamot, Mandarin Oil, Clary Sage Absolute, Pepperwood, Jasmine, Saffron, Pomerose, Violet, Musk, Leather, Tonka Bean, Australian Coachwood.
To wear this is to experience a well layered very masculine scent that shows evidence of a leather lined polished dark wooden box with hints of violet, mandarin, clary sage and pepperwood. The leather and saffron are barely noticeable. This is a "must be tested" before purchasing because the aroma is a bold one, but not unpleasant. It doesn't smell like anything else I've tried and it is a difficult fragrance for me to pin down and so I probably would not wear this. It is a mystery personality to me.
Fresh and clean with a violet kick. Smells very familiar. Just can't remember what it smells like. Has a wood and leather note in this also. Not bad. Projection and longevity are average. 7/10
This fragrance is like a smoother Cool Water flowing atop a riverbed of sweet leather. It is really well blended and great for everyday wear. Excellent...
13th March, 2015 (last edited: 10th August, 2015)
This stuff is great. I'm a huge fan of Green Irish Tweed, so I want to be clear that regardless of what you may read in the reviews, neither Cereus 7 nor GIT are a replacement for one another. The opening has a few similar notes, like the familiar violet, but Cereus 7 has an all-around more synthetic feel than GIT. This isn't necessarily a bad thing! The synthetics are well-blended and wind up being much more reliable in the end than the naturals in GIT. If I want to know I'll get a full day's worth of smell, Cereus 7 will come through for me, and GIT may or may not. Also right in the opening you can tell that these are two different beasts entirely, because I can detect the gentle leather note off the bat. It's in the background but it's certainly present. Also the leather doesn't dominate on me; this is far from a leather powerhouse. It's just a very nice note mixed in. There also seems to be a hefty kick of coumarin which is detectable all the way through from the beginning to the (intoxicating) end. Overall GIT is like a clean "good boy" where Cereus 7 is a bit casual, a boy who may have a little bad streak from time to time. He is still clean and he can be elegant when he takes you out for dinner but watch out on the car ride home.
Green on the start, soft leather at the end. Impeccable and perfect in every way. Distant cousin of GIT. 5 out of 5
The opening is similar to GIT with a lighter violet note which lasts 30 to 45 minutes. Very nice and I actually prefer it over the GIT opening. After the 45 minute mark the tonka bean, coachwood, and leather notes take over with the citrus opening starting to fade into the background. The heart last a good 4 hours and it starts to resemble YSL L'homme but minus the ginger and the addition of much darker Wood and Tonka bean notes. Besides the richer notes the leather is what really separates it from smelling too much like L'homme. At about the 5 hour mark is when the tonka bean and woods give way. With the sweetness of the tonka bean disappearing the musk finally reveals itself and blends with the leather note to create the smell of a leather jacket. The drydown lasts a couple more hours and around the 7 mark it faded out. Sillage and projection were better than average, longevity was better than average, and the overall scent is really nice. This could be worn in almost any weather and for almost any occasion. Recommended for anyone that likes GIT and would be interested in smelling a more modern interpretation of it (much better than Chez Bond's take). Also for those that enjoy L'homme as it's a better quality and more mature version. While not the most original of fragrances it does separate itself as it's own fragrance by the the notes (leather specifically). Well blended, but not to the point where you can't enjoy each note. It isn't the most natural of fragrances, but all the notes are very well done and nothing is going to come up and bite your nose or become cloying. Overall I really think Cereus No.7 is a winner that will please those that enjoy popular fragrances, but can appreciate the differences and improvements over the mainstream.