GF Ferré Lui 2004

GF Ferré Lui by Gianfranco Ferré
Bottle Design Serge Mansau, Gianfranco Ferré
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GF Ferré Lui is a popular perfume by Gianfranco Ferré for men and was released in 2004. The scent is synthetic-citrusy. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes, Artemisia, Bergamot, Cardamom
Heart Notes Heart NotesNutmeg, Coriander, Heliotrope
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Benzoin, Atlas cedar, Frankincense

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (11 Ratings)

Longevity

6.4 (9 Ratings)

Sillage

6.2 (11 Ratings)

Bottle

6.0 (16 Ratings)
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9
Scent
4
Longevity
4
Sillage
7
Bottle
Elysium

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Elysium
Elysium
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Do people choose whom they fall in love with?
They say you don't get to choose whom you fall in love with. I can now tell you this is true for fragrances, as well. You see, I want to be in love with Lalique Encre Noire or Terre d'Hermès. They fit my perfume image of myself. I like masterpieces and complicated fragrances. But I strayed. Went to the wrong side of the tracks. Had a fling with a cheap, easy scent. Just one whiff. Just a visit, I thought. Alas, the heart wants what the heart wants. Oh, I wish I knew how to quit you.

In this review, I will talk about a fragrance from the house of Ferré that is often overlooked and underrated. Despite its silver and light blue box, and the pale blue juice inside the elegant, linear, and minimal bottle, which might be interpreted in terms of marine cologne, the scent is all but watery, salty or aquatic. Instead, the scent itself is a bunch of charming, spicy fresh, and bright notes over a nice incense and woody base.

When I noticed the bottle of the shelf I hesitantly took it and sprayed a couple of whiffs on a paper strip, with prejudice, prepared to smell something salty, musky, breezy and watery. Ouch, on the contrary, I got something dark, smooth, rounded, woody and spicy. I see some connections with Gucci Rush and Azzaro Visit, it is not a clone, however, they have some vibes in common.

Lui-Him opens with an enigmatic orangey and spicy accord which is slightly shaded by coriander and benzoin. With the presence of Artemisia and cardamom, this blend tends to have a medicinal smell. I don't know whether the green cardamom or the smutty patchouli creates an aura of dirty, animal, and earthy accords that keeps the opening from being too citrus with the presence of the aldehydes.
Cardamom and pepper naturally weaken after a while in favor of noble woods, but from the beginning they find two steadfast companions in sweet benzoin and sensual frankincense, which are hooked firmly under the arms of the head and base notes Compared side by side with Azzaro Visit, they open likewise, yet Lui has the cardamom blended with the harsh patchouli, which dirties a bit the opening.

It evolves cyclically through its notes and winds up in a muted green place. The heart is flowery-sweet-spicy, the floral heliotrope is mixed with cardamom and sweet nutmeg, the outcome is warm, sophisticated, refined, resembling a gentleman in its late thirties. At this stage, Lui has a dominant musk, whereas Visit has a prevailing incense.

The cardamom dominates the opening, the flowers bloom in the heart, but as soon as it settled into my pores and dried on the skin it mellowed out into nice, smooth cedarwood and creamy-spice blend. The smoky incense is consistent from opening to drydown, and so does the vanillic benzoin. The patchouli, in the end, is not that dominant. What I thought it was the patchouli in the opening it turns out it was the cardamom.

Close to skin wearing but nevertheless a very good and modern smell. I'll keep it for special or intimate occasions. It can be worn casually or for a more formal occasion. As it turns out, with plenty of cardamom pods, incense, and patchouli, this is perfect for cool as well as cold seasons, Marc, April, October, and November. Although it could hold well in all seasons except summer when due to heat it might dissipate fast.

All in all thumb up, and too bad it's not mentioned here and there, I think it deserves it. If you are looking for a substitute for Azzaro Visit, give it a try, the vibe is pretty similar but Lui is cheapier.

-Elysium
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ElysiumElysium 7 months ago
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Scent
4
Longevity
4
Sillage
7
Bottle
I got something dark, smooth, rounded, woody and spicy. I see some relations with Gucci Rush and Azzaro Visit, it is not a clone, same vibe.

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