It is not easy for me to decide whether or not to make a review on "Le Male".
I think that this is a fragrance that every perfume lover or collector knows and owns at least 1 bottle in a lifetime. There must be hundreds of stated opinions about this fragrance. What more can I discover and add as a useful opinion?
Le Male is an oriental and sweet fougère having, as predominant scent, one of the following notes or combinations of them: moss, lavender, bergamot, geranium and coumarin. Bergamot, oakmoss and lavender are virtually essential for a good fougère. The fragrance oriental side of "Le Male" demands notes such as amber, vanilla, cinnamon, sandalwood and sometimes oud (not in this case). This is a masculine and intense perfume and there is no other way to understand it.
Although not a novelty any longer, it's a modern fragrance. On top of it, it's sexy, alluring and makes you feel comfortable if you are a mature male over 25. This perfume does not really fit well to male teenagers, and most of them don't feel at ease either wearing or smelling it. It's scent also does not appeal to young girls. It's really a fragrance to be used by adult men and to please adult women (or other adult men).
Its environment is any night event, being it either a club, a fancy dinner, a group gathering, a romantic date or intimacy. Even with the risk of other men using it as well, it does mark a personal position, almost an individual stand point.
As with any night fragrance, just forget about using it in warm days or hot weather due to its sweetness and persistance. You may incur in the risk of becoming annoying with a cloying radius around you.
As strong accords I would like to mention the opening lavender and mint, the heart neroli and cinnamon and the bottom tonka, vanilla and woods. The quite long drydown mainly reveals the bottom notes in an ambery frame. It is notably persistent on skin ensuring a longevity of at least 10 to 12 hours. The sillage is also respectable with a peak at six feet and almost three hours of strong projection.
Of course that such a quality fragrance has many followers (the gentle name for clones). There are some similar fragrances on the market, namely Cuba Gold (nice and cheap), 212 Sexy Men (very nice and with a similar price), Jacomo Rouge (nice and cheap), Prada Luna Rossa Sport (very nice and with a similar price), Perry Elis 360º White for Men (nice and cheap), and many others. Nevertheless "Le Male" sustains its uniqueness in quality, blending and performance, besides its very good looking and still innovative bottle, identifying its wearer on his skin and on his shelf.
I do have an almost unused Cuba Gold cigar bottle - with a cheap price that became expensive as I don't use it - and already tried all the clones I mentioned.
However I do own three bottles of "Le Male" (200ml, 125 ml and 40 ml), besides three of its flankers. If you still have not tried it, just skip the test and buy a flask!
Keep your scent high!