Rich and complex in emotions, yet surprisingly easy to like. Classy and sexy, dignified and hippy-indulgent, all at the same time.
To me this is a match made in heaven between the smoothest, driest cacao note and an exquisite, absolutely golden patchouli. this can be worn pretty much all year long, except maybe in the peak heat of summer. I love it on a warm beautiful spring day.
An improvement on Homme L'eau.
The first hour is almost identical to the first hour of L'eau. Mentholated citrus/grapefruit is what you get. Then, a subtle at first and then stronger note of earthy vetiver kicks in nicely, which gives L'eau Boisee the strength and consistence that was lacking the L'eau version. the transition is smooth and pleasant, and this is basically where the scent settles for the next 4 hours.
contrary to what others have said on various threads here, I think the citrus/grapefruit notes never completely disappear after the vetiver enters the scene, which I like.
All in all this is not bad. it really improves on the L'eau version. Bottle worthy? For me yes, but maybe not for those who already own the L'eau version, as it is still pretty redundant of that one. However, keep in mind this is not a masterpiece by any stretch, just a good lovely spring/summer scent, and admittedly better than most of the competition.
This scent was almost impossible to find as early as 2008, at least in europe. Lots of bottles at discount stores have turned to vinegar, urine ect. I tried it last week, and it immediately smelled like a rotten fragrance, with the unmistakeable vinegar note at the start. It would be great if rochas would relaunch Lui, but I doubt it. So for the moment, any review dated past 2008 must be taken with a grain of salt.