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Ted Lapidus pour Homme opens with an herb-laced bergamot citrus with a hint of oakmoss rising up all the way from the base. In the early heart the scent takes a rough and aggressive turn as the citrus and herbs all but disappear while very strong smoky animalic leather emerges primarily consisting of castoreum and birch tar that take over as co-stars, supported by a very strong green fir note and the remaining oakmoss. During the late dry-down the scent softens just a hair, but the animalic leather still remains sans smoke as the green notes all but completely dissipate. Projection is above average and longevity is also above average at 8-10 hours on skin.
The long since discontinued Ted Lapidus pour Homme (not to be confused with the more common Lapidus pour Homme) is quite the change artist. It starts off as a close approximation of another discontinued classic, Leonard Pour Homme, but after the first couple minutes things diverge between the two quite a bit. Ted Lapidus pour Homme turns very smoky and heavy-handed, adding a heaping of birch tar derived animalic leather. This is not the soft suede leather you smell in scents like Cuiron, but the hardcore leather purist kind. The fir note supporting the leather is also quite bold and challenging making the overall accord challenging at all times. This is not a scent that will appeal to folks looking for polish and refinement as there is nothing polished about Ted Lapidus pour Homme once you get past the initial opening citrus. Instead, you get a powerhouse that is very "masculine" leaning, hitting you over the head with a sledgehammer. I confess I like my leathers more polished and soft than this so Ted Lapidus pour Homme was not to my tastes. That said, hardcore leather purists that crave bold distinctive classic scents like Knize Ten and the like will enjoy this one immensely in all likelihood. Ted Lapidus pour Homme earns an "above average" to "good" rating of 2.5 to 3 stars out of 5.
20th February, 2013