Very helpful Review
The Cartier mature gentleman
Santos EdT Concentree is one of the rare oriental perfumes meant only for the male gender. There is no sweet accord throughout its evolution. The vanilla here is black and natural, with darker facets that recall treacle with off notes. Along with the note of coconut, it plays a secondary role. The surrounding amber exists only to soften the edges of more compelling aromas and is not identifiable by itself.
Santos Concentree is eminently a fougére but with a load of spicy seasoning that makes it interesting, seductive, and darker.
The opening is a penetrating explosion of fresh resin, strongly aromatic and green herbaceous elements. It is an almost invasion of the senses by juniper and lavender with the citrus touch of verbena. Fresh Juniper has a resinous nuance and features a light, grainy sweetness, not unlike a blueberry.
The heart is dominated by nutmeg and chilli pepper, two of the strongest elements of this fragrance. All other notes are now playing a supporting role and making the fragrance more creamy. Residual basil and verbena as well as geranium, add a bit of strength to existing greens, while vetiver and patchouli contribute to the earthy brownish sensation of chilli mixed with nutmeg.
Close to the drydown, the coconut and the vanilla stand out, but, along with the amber, always with a performance peripheral to the main accords of this perfume. Cedar and sandalwood now mark a heavy presence close to the end of the evolution, but, due to its magnific blending, the fragrance also has a leather-like accord that only enhances its "allureness" and "uniqueness".
These notes and evolution really mark Santos Concentrée as a "noir" classy fragrance.
It seems neatly aimed at a mature, confident, experienced, and very elegant man. The perfume is marked by a manly aura typical of the classic perfumes from the 70s and 80s. Few of those "powerhouses" are still in fashion to this day. From that period, only have survived those who demonstrate class and superior notes and blending. l mean perfumes like YSL Kouros, Boss Number One, and the original Genvichy Gentleman. Many others were lost in the course of time, drowned in layers of musk and patchouli, forgotten in their animalistic aromas and off-putting notes. Santos gladly took the weight off the years. It is certainly not suitable for a young man, but it is a fantastic choice for a man over 30 and ready for a unique formal fragrance, or a signature perfume.
Santos Concentrée is not suitable for a hot or humid environment, but it can be easily used in all other situations given its tremendous seduction.
Likewise, it can be a natural choice for all formal or elegant environments. Its alluring power should not be overlooked as it is also a great choice for dating and romance. It is a fragrance with high longevity, sillage, and projection, being usually enough to apply never more than two or three sprays, under penalty of becoming cloying.
How does this Cartier gentleman accept ratings?:
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Scent opening: 9.0 (One must still get used to the heavy lavender with juniper and verbena, but it's very pleasant)
Scent Dry Down:10.0 (Manly, earthy, leathery, and very woody; monumental!)
Longevity (h): 9.0 (Up to 10 hours with 3 sprays)
Sillage (ft): 8.0 (up to 6~7 ft sillage and 2.5 h projection with 3 sprays)
Versatility: 8.0 (above average but not really for Summer)
Usability: 8.0 (Everywhere except hot indoors & outdoors)
Compliments: 8.5 (Attracts a lot of compliments but not from young people)
Uniqueness: 9.5 (This fragrance is a flanker of the regular "Santos")
Quality: 10.0 (very high)
Presentation: 8.5 (a matter of opinion)
Price: 8.0 (€38 / 100 ml tester + taxes)
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- Average: 8.77/10.0
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;
Opinion on Santos EDT Concentrée:
Very good flanker and provides a higher satisfaction than the original. Value for money is above average as both Santos sell currently under 40 Euros. Always choose this version over the original.
Recommended? Yes due to its looks, quality, and uniqueness, but only if you are a man over 30 years old and like to dress smart.
Is blind buy worthy? No, you better try it first. It's not a please everybody perfume.
I recommend this fragrance. It is an almost inexpensive niche quality unique fragrance. But the scent is quite strong, so do try it first.
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