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Le Male: The upgrade - unobtrusive, but still present.
After months of (quietly) following this great community, here finally is my first review of my longest worn fragrance.
Digression: This fragrance was the first, which I have chosen unprejudiced and by own discovery in a perfumery. At that time I was first indifferent between the Essence and Armani Code Profumo. The Essence won out. I knew the original Le Male, however, at the time I did not know what the fragrance wanted from itself.
(To be noted is my significantly younger age for the perfume community and even more so at the time, if memory is not faulty, I was sixteen years old.) At the perfumery, I immediately understood what the fragrance wanted and when I should wear it.
Now about the fragrance. I am by no means an expert of fragrance nuances and would like to give here my subjective impression of the scent.
It starts spicy-sweet with woody notes; I suspect that cardamom is responsible for the spice and the Georgywood (see fragrance pyramid) for the woody. The bergamot is perceived only very briefly, until it fades away almost immediately.
The heart note is dominated by a very gentle leather, which is not at all. In addition, the osmanthus. According to my research, osmanthus should remind of rough (woody?) Peach.
Here, I would describe the osmanthus more as a marzipan-like creamy peach scent. According to my Dufttempfinden paired with the leather not at all feminine smelling.
Together with tonka and vanilla in the base, the fragrance smells creamier, rounder towards the end.
The top note evaporates with me after 10 minutes, while the heart note lasts about 5h with me, until
the base note slowly creeps in and sets the tone towards the end, however, the leather remains even at the end, so that the fragrance does not drift too strongly into the vanillige.
I find the JPG - Le Male Essence de Parfum a super fragrance for the cooler to cold time, but it is also (lower doses) as Ausgehduft wonderfully suitable. On my skin it lasts a very long time, at least eight hours if not more. If I put the scent on at 7pm, it's still skin-perceptible in the morning. I should note that I have greasier skin and the good durability is possibly therefore explainable.
The sillage is very strong at the beginning and lasts 3h. After that, it becomes less and less.
At the fragrance I find it super that he just NOT like the popular offshoots of sweet fragrances (Ultra Male, One Million, etc.) penetrating smells and begs for attention literally. In my opinion, perfume is supposed to complement a person, not make them out like clothes do (or are supposed to do. When I see all the fake Gucci, LV, Hermes and whatnot on the youth and young adults, I kind of feel ashamed of my generation...). The Essence de Parfum manages to be a sweet scent, which smells wonderful and is appealing without being overly sweet/sticky. Very eloquently understated yet delightfully sweet-leathery.