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A top mainstreamer I had to learn!
I have Coach for Men (by the way, I would NEVER have referred the name to the coach... for me it was always a sport mentor, coach...) Ordered for him because of the hypes. I am always very curious about sweet/aromatic-fresh woody crowd pleasers. You can wear them well when it's hot (or you get sweaty), they please a lot of people and you always feel comfortable, fresh and not overdressed. On the other hand I think it's not so easy to find something generic enough to be "pleasing" in this sector, but individual enough to make you stand out and not smell like everyone else, and then the whole thing should be made olfactory-aesthetically beautiful. By the latter I mean high quality ingredients, well balanced, etc..
And I know you can't overestimate the opinion of the people on the Interweb, but in that case I had the feeling - I want to know! ;)
And yes, it's a mainstreamer, so nothing that makes us throw party hats around in the first place because it sweeps us out of the water in an avant-garde way. (as "Le Male" would have done it with me in 1995 definitely... if I would have been there already 30 ;P )
But when I tested it for the first time, I was immediately SO RIGHTly disappointed. My first impression was that it smells like trying to create a fragrance that just smells like SUPER artificial. Like a cheap alcoholic top note.
But I quickly understood why this is so: The pear. For me, pears in fragrances often have an artificial touch, it's the kind of sweetness that a pear has naturally! (Except the ones we screw into the lamps.. :D) And in the top note there are 2 different kinds of bulbs... screwed together, and another Kumquat. Well, there must be a lot of pears in the area! ;P
It annoyed me so much that I forced myself to test him again and again during sports or before showering full-on. He was so popular with so many people, there had to be something to it! And lo and behold, I got used to the bulb, and find it now really cool!
To the scent, to the preserves.
The mentioned fruity, slightly sweetish peary-stoneoby top notes, are fanned out by the spicy heart notes, especially the cardamom that I so appreciate and love! The leather in the base gives you a gentle opponent that makes the whole thing a bit softer and gentler.
The pear-vetiver axis makes the perception slightly sharp when you bury your nose in your arm. However, in the Sillage this only makes a concise impression, i.e. it looks beautifully accentuated and is not disturbing, but makes it interesting to smell. A really pleasant, and sometimes a bit different, more modern, and yet independent fragrance.
Don't let the first impression fool you, because it can be very trivial and mainstream as described.
Clear test recommendation, up to blind buy recommendation! Because with what it costs, you can still give it to your nephew / brother to someone else, if the pear does not go into the pear after all.
And I have the feeling that only a few of us wear it, because it is not available in the big European shops.