I'm not smelling what everyone else does here. G-11 emerges as a coniferous forest, all pine needles, moss and rough green notes, with just a hint of dry leather in the background, and though it smells like neither, its forest accord and testosterone content align its opening with Caron’s Yatagan and Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier’s Parfum d’Habit. Then it goes somewhere else.
G-11 becomes drier, more aromatic, and less earthy as it matures, eventually veering towards an almost desiccated powdery cedar. And that’s pretty much where it stays. I don’t get much leather, and I don’t get any tobacco. Just pencil shavings. Maybe I’m anosmic to the rest of it, but I’m not enjoying what I can smell of G-11.
Notes from Il Profumo:
Top: Green & Hesperidic notes
Heart: Tobacco Flower, Neroli, Rosewood, English Lavender
Base: White musk, vetiver, sandalwood, cypress, patchouli, oakmoss
A traditional 60s-70s style masculine. It does feel balanced, but the unlisted heavy, smoky birch tar "leather" ruins the ride for me -- I hate birch tar.
Very piney on top. Feels a tad harsh for while, too. A little smoother than Pino Silvestre and the like but not as piney. The whole time it feels open and inviting and subtle yet sticks around for a while. Does feel "chemical" at times, especially at the end. Very odd woodsy drydown there. If you like green scents that are a bit powwdery, you might enjoy this.
Advertisement — Reviews continue below
Quite aromatic green at top – an aromatic that includes a firm aromatic lavender: It is refreshing and unique – I’ve never smelled anything quite like this before. One of the causes of the uniqueness of the opening is the use of oakmoss to warm up and fill out the spectrum of green / coniferous aromatics. Later, further adding to the exoticness, are the tobacco and rosewood, which both fill out and darken the fragrance a bit. This accord eventually joins with the heavier woods / light woods base. The drydown is warm and fulfilling and lasts incredibly. It has good sillage and excellent longevity. G11 is an outstanding fragrance. The depth of this fragrance is remarkable. It has a strong masculine character, but it is not loud – it’s more the strong, silent type. Its character is not in its excessiveness or dramatic persona; its character is quiet confidence, well-balanced individuality, and creativity.
G-11 by Profumo is in my estimation the most underrated top quality fragrances on the market today. In fact, it's so underrated it's essentially unknown amid the din and hype of an advertising climate that seduces everyone of every age to buy mediocre fragrances. G-11 is a rich, smooth, intoxicating scent that is green, fresh and herbal up front, and develops into a rich, tobacco and warm spice finish that lasts and lasts. It is not sweet and is very distinctive. It's longevity can only be described as tenacious. As with a powerhouse EdeP, which this is, apply sparingly for best results. On luckyscent.com, I called it an Aramis for the 21st Century, unabashedly masculine but not aggressive and definitely not dated, it is made to be appreciated by men of all ages and anyone fortunate enough to be nearby. I am sorry that our friends in Los Angeles have dropped it form their roster. If only more people could have gotten over the unappealing name and given this a try! G-11? What's that, an international summit conference that young people like to protest against? No, it's one of the finest EdeP's on the market today, and in a word it is great! Passed over by many who fail to appreciate subtlety and class, think of the Brioni add: "Be One of a Kind". That applies to G-11, in spades.