I'm rather surprised this was released in 2008 - it lacks the obnoxious, heavy, heady 'more-is-more' construction of most post millennial designers. I would have guessed this was a mid-late 90s release when the designers were more risk-averse and less willing to push the envelope.
The sichuan pepper is detectable when specifically looking for it - combining with bergamot to give a eastern-spiced G&T type opening. Sichuan pepper comes off as dry aromatic and slightly piquant. The mid notes come soon enough taking the easy and predictable route of vetiver/cedar for woody freshness. The cocoa-chocolatey note blends quite well, offering some sweet dimension along with the pleasant if synthetic ambroxan base.
Overall stereo-typically bland sweet-wet-clean-woods type designer scent. Far better options in this genre may include Platinum Egoiste, Herrera for men or Boss Bottled (even though released a decade plus before). This may be an acceptable night-out fragrance if you want to wear something different but smell essentially like the other young guys. Poor performance so heavy application advised. Too bland for everyday wear or regular rotation. No unique selling point, even the intriguing sichuan pepper is underdeveloped.
Finally: I revisited this after a testing of Sauvage screamed out Diamonds to me. Sauvage does have that 90s designer feel and the two scents do reportedly share a handful of notes - not least Sichuan pepper, vetiver, ambroxan
26th October, 2015 (last edited: 23rd November, 2015)
Stunning scent to compliment the female version.
Not sure why the negative/non positive reviews - this is a standout, standout in every sense of the word...
Rich texture that is stikingly pleasant and unforgettable.
Cigarettes in the Barbershop
The opening notes remind me of Armani Code. Later on it smells like european cigarettes and a barbershop. A fragrance for past generations.
Top Note: Bergamot, Citrus, Szechwan Pepper
Middle Note: Cedar, Cocoa Bean
Base Note: Gaiac Wood, Vetiver, Ambroxan
It took me a while with this one, but I still don't get the strawberries, and get very little cocoa that everyone speaks of. The opening is a mix of citruses and alcohol, smells very synthetic and cheap. Eventually the dry down of woodsy notes with a hint of a soft/light cocoa take effect. Opening sucks, dry down is pretty nice. Not worth buying though.
26th August, 2012 (last edited: 27th May, 2014)