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    Fleur du Male by Jean Paul Gaultier

    The opening accord smells a lot like bug spray, with what passes for a soapish plastic-ky orange blossom note over a bitter-sweet coumarinic base. But it mellows out to a rather intriguing blend of florals and plastics. No surprises then that FLEUR du MALE loses the popularity contest on the designer front as it takes you out of your comfort zone into unfamiliar territory.

    The concept however is unquestionably brilliant even if it does seem a little too far ahead in the game for its own good. FLEUR du MALE is a daring interpretation of the masculine flower, eschewing the typically lush feminine floral aspects in favor of the soapy and the indolic, and grafting it atop a traditionally masculine fougère. Too bad its execution while competent appears hamstrung by the allocated budget.

    Projection and sillage are both top notch, a lighter application bringing out the best. Not the easiest of beasts to work with but it offers a rare treat to the few who appreciate its strengths. And perhaps brings a smile or two to bug-spraying ex-mozzie hunters like me.

    13th February, 2013

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