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.
I bought this off someone in the classifieds as a blind buy. This was a leap of faith for me considering a lot of people compared the opening and a bit of the mid to Cool Water/Green Irish Tweed. I'm a huge fan of Green Irish Tweed and I was going to purchase it, however, I ignored my own advice of, "get what you actually want, not what's just like it". Well, with this one, it paid off pretty well.
The opening is familiar, it's a fresh green scent that's reminiscent of Green Irish Tweed. However, we get to the base where things take a slightly different turn. While Green Irish Tweed relatively sweet, mossy, and green, Cereus #7 has a somewhat synthetic leather note with some transparent musky woods that adds into the mix. It's almost as if it's an "updated" Green Irish Tweed that's slightly less natural smelling and about a notch more transparent. It sort of gives it an interesting edge where synthetic notes are done right. So, this is my current "go to" signature fragrance from this point on. It just works anywhere and any time.
However, for the price I got for this bottle in the classifieds, it was worth it. Is it worth it at the $125 plus tax from your local niche retailer? Not really. Especially if you're looking for a Green Irish Tweed replacement. You might as well dish out the extra money for the originator. However, it does a solid job of refreshing a 2 1/2 decade old composition. If I had to buy either one at the same price for the same amount of juice, I'd still choose Green Irish Tweed due to the fact that it provides a slightly thicker cloud of scent around you.