Watermelon? Cocoa?? Where??
First and foremost.. this is a copy more or less of Cool Water Game, another fragrance I can't stand. Game is a synthetic watermelon/patchouli fragrance, a bad combination in my opinion, but hey, some people must like it. Noir is the same, only the watermelon note doesn't last as long, and there's no patchouli in the dry down, rather leather. Patchouli is listed in the base, but I don't get it at all.
What I get here is cheap watermelon/apple opening, that disappears quite quickly. It becomes more lavender, with a soapy/slightly herbal/slightly floral vibe, before a hefty dose of leather takes over from the middle to the end. Leather is nice, but not with cheap fruity notes.. not my thing. There's too much of a contrast here with the notes, they don't mix well.
I just don't like it.. but maybe you will.
Not sure about this one
L 12 12 Noir smells fantastic. It's slightly sweet, yet fresh, and is suitable for all occasions. However, the longevity is pretty poor. If I spray this on my arm, it's undetectable within an hr or 2.
Modern with a twist of retro
Not bad at all. It has retained the bits of prior versions and yet there is this distinctive smell that reminds me of Denim Black aftershave. There's the catch, very retro scent but also somehow contemporary. Lacoste did a nice job with this one. Could have been better, mayhaps a bit stronger, but really a job well done.
Pros: stylish, distinctive
Watermelon! A bit sweet and like Lacoste Essential. Longevity is pretty good, was a blind buy that I end up liking quite a bit. Would buy again.
I tried this at a Carson's when I recently visited Chicago. It is definitely the best Lacoste in this line. It smells great and I almost bought it on the spot...I will probably order this online within the next few days. The best way I can explain this fragrance is that it is blended very, very, well and smells of Lavender, Coumarin and Berries. It has a WOW factor about it and I could see this being a big compliment getter for sure!