This certainly isn't an expensive scent, nor is it a niche scent, but neither is it a cheap drugstore blend of alcohol and calone. For a time it was a Nordstrom exclusive in the United States and went for around 8/10 of a Benjamin. Don't know if this is still the case, though, as I've seen it around online for a quarter of that.
This is a good scent for day or evening wear, but is more of a spring scent. It can come off heavy and cloying in the Summer.
It's certainly not for everyone. It has elements in common with GIT and Cool Water, but contrary to another reviewer's opinion, I believe it DOES stand out. It's much more minty and floral than any frags in the GIT scent family.
It starts off all minty-citrusy barbershop and you'll feel like a million bucks. But go easy. It's got incredible sillage and longevity through the dry-down. 2-3 sprays (wrist, neck, torso) and you can enjoy it 8 hours or more later. For that alone, it's to be commended.
The mid-notes are sweet florals. As has been mentioned, they can be almost too sweet; not in a syrupy way, but like you put your face into a vase of geraniums which were watered with jasmine tea. It's that strong. This may not sit well with some who are not accustomed to such floral scents for men. But make no mistake- there is nothing feminine about this scent.
The base notes push this into clear masculine territory. The Sandalwood softens the musk and leaves the whole experience in warmer territory than the crisp beginning would suggest. There's a touch of leather and tobacco at the end, but just a touch. It's not prominent as the floral elements persist even to the end, but enough to keep anyone from mistaking this for a woman's scent.
Have had 3 male friends complain it was cloying over the past 10 years. But in the same time period I've lost nearly twice that many shirts to gals who kept them for the smell; it's no exaggeration. It's not my favorite scent ever, but for its longevity, sillage, quality mixture and effect on females, I put it in the win column.
Another reviewer remarked it has a Euro or Swiss smell. I have to agree. It does remind me of a custom scent an old college roommate had mixed for him in France. The bottle design adds to the whole ensemble. Very classy.
05 April, 2011