Now we're talking...one of my favorites.
Well, where to start. Many reviews, including mine make a reference to Le Male. The first time I tried it, the opening blast smelled just like Le Male to me. I dismissed it and left Lucky Scent Scent Bar in a huff. One of the rookie snap judgments in my early Basenotes days.
But, for some reason, I revisited it. Made it my splurge purchase last year. I can't say enough about it. The opening notes may evoke Le Male, but a couple of minutes in, it is quite different. It has none of the lavender/vanilla notes of Le Male. It's got some citrus in the opening, but morphs into a very smooth and creamy almond/sandalwood scent. Pretty heavy on the almond.
It's called a "barbershop" scent, but that would be a European barbershop with almond soaps and creams. Being from Detroit myself MrFragReview, it does NOT evoke a Michigan barbershop.
It's very potent, and almost oily on application. Lasts a long time. Might be considered very linear by some. Be careful with the dose. It's strong. You know when you wear it, there are some pricey ingredients in this one.
The Le Male thing? Well maybe kind of sort of. While i don't have the nose of many here, i would not make such a snap judgment these days. It's a very adult scent, but I wouldn't say "mature." Well, it is mature in the sense this requires a mature attitude to wear it. It's not a "clubby" scent. I prefer wearing it when pretty well dressed, but it's not super elegant really. For me, it kind of lives in the same place as Tobacco Vanille in personality.
Quite unisex I suppose, but I tend to think it leans pretty masculine. Perhaps the almond makes it lean gourmand-ish to a degree, but other than the opening notes, it's really not very Le Male like. As one reviewer said, it smells like a very expensive almond soap. Quite European.
Have I gone on long enough? It smells great, lasts a long time, and was worth every nickel to me.
Sorry, haven't tried Reflection Man. A guess would be that Reflection will be fairly complex, and Antico Caruso is pretty simple.