There are 18 reviews of Le Male Terrible.
Even though I would never wear it, I would not mind having a colleague at work who smells like this. First I want to say I find it so artificial that the CDG fragrances now all seem very natural and friendly. Yes I can smell synthetic elements in Serge Lutens' Fleur d' Oranger and yes I know most of the things I have in my wardrobe have a lot to do with the disguised chemicals, but the perfumer of the 'LMT' really pushed the envelope it this respect.
At first it is very similar to the original: the initial explosion has so many ingredients it is hard to tell which of them truly dominate, but to me this super rich combination mostly smells like orange blossom, orange peels, nutmeg and lavender. Of course vanilla is also very noticeable, but it is not the main culprit for the incredible sweetness of this scent. I find it sad that the mint note is so shy. I adore minty notes. The mint could have been the light at the end of the tunnel and a very nice counterbalance.
To be completely fair and honest, I am glad I gave it a try, LMT is a lot of fun, it's very sexy + it is not much worse than the popular fragrance offerings of today, so I guess... ...yeah... that's it....
Pros: Dry down is way better than the original's
Cons: Nothing and everything at the same time"
TL:DR Decent, but overpriced and not worth your time for a summer fragrance.
The opening is better than Le Male in its current state IMO. Grapefruit is well blended into the top notes that gives this a more playful version of Le Male. For a summer fragrance, it does its job. By being light, it no longer is a room clearer.
However, anything good about this fragrance stops there. Le Male Terrible is a watered down substitute for the original Le Male. The goal was to make it less cloying, but it was just way too watered down. Like most summer frags, it lacks on longevity and projection shortly after application (roughly 45 minutes after initial sprays).
The definition of terrible overseas means "great," but taking how this was released, it must have been opposite day.
Something that I have done to compensate for the short lifespan and projection is to spray 6 sprays total. I do 2 on my bare neck, 2 on my hair, and 2 on my shirt. That way, I can work around the extremely short half life of this fragrance. This allows Terrible to work more similarly like the original Le Male without being cloying...just let it air out for 10 minutes before you go anywhere. That actually raised this rating to a decent score. A ton. Otherwise, I would have given it a 0, if that was at all possible.
I get compliments by doing this, but I am using this strategy in weather where the summers are not as brutal as elsewhere. Using 6 sprays could easily become cloying elsewhere.
Pros: Less cloying version of the original Le Male
Cons: This is just diluted Le Male"
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