I'm fairly happy with Lacoste Essential. Â*The cassis (blackcurrant) top with pink pepper notes is a nice change from just straightforward citrus, slightly berryish, and the rose heart is a nice twist to what would otherwise be a plain, fresh, light men's scent, a dime-a-dozen among all the other plain, fresh, light men's scents. Â*It shows that a company doesn't necessarily have to go out in left field and do something entirely bizarre. Â*Just a nice twist, a few unexpected notes - that'll do it. Â*The overall effect of Lacoste Essential is of a modern, sleek take on a classic eaux de cologne like Acqua di Parma, which are heavy on rose and citrus. Â*Yes, it's synthetic and rather "department store." Â*No one will ever mistake this for a fine Chanel. Â*But, as far as scents of its class go - that class being lower-tier quasi-designers like Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Azzaro, Davidoff, and such - it's one of the best. Â*I never thought I'd enjoy this, but I really do. Â*Its longevity could be better, but it's not as poor as I thought it would be. Â*(The thing about the technology and such - ad copy bullpucky as far as I can tell.)
As for Chrome - never liked it. Â*It's one of the boring scents Lacoste Essential rises above as far as I'm concerned. Â*Pass on it.
ETA: As much as I like Lacoste Essential, I'd never pay full retail for it. But then, I almost never pay full retail for anything.