" Terrible ", French for:
Bad, terrible, terrible, terrible, fantastic, great, sensational, great, terrible, terrifying, terrifying, murderous, grim - violent, devastating.
I think you can blame the fragrance for a lot of things that some people do: To swim through the sweetness in the mainstream of the time, to be quite similar to the original, to be somewhat weaker than the original (vintage)...
But there's one thing you can't blame him for: And that he doesn't live up to his name. And that's not what I'm talking about, negative
I have had this fragrance for a surprisingly long time (on the scale of my Parfumo time...). I have to admit, I haven't worn it for some time now, but I always knew that I wouldn't give it up, that it has a fixed place in my collection.
When I tested it "hardcore" at that time, I wore it high, up to overdosed during sports (alone, not in the fitness center or where you can torture people with it...), which I sometimes do with scents to find out where their soul lies.
It works great with sports, because the heat and sweat brings the scent to another working area, perfumes go out, I really find on and out of myself, as if you would disassemble them.
And from this experience I can tell you, you CAN overdose this fragrance. I think it's even easier than the Ur-Le Male.
Let's get back to the name and the scent. The name and outfit of the bottle (more transparent blue with worn stripes) and the box (in black) already tell its story, this is supposed to be a dirtier "Bad Boy" version of Le Male. Like ripped jeans or something. RogerWilco said that beautifully, I think: "Leather jacket and cigarette butt in the corner of the mouth". And that's exactly what the scent does for me.
He has this vanilla-lavender-amber triad which somehow makes him pretty and beautiful in the heart, but here it has been provided with grapefruit, pepper and vetiver, which makes it somehow rougher, edgier and more unpleasant than Le Male. Nice "edgy"... To me Le Male, on the other hand, seems really smooth and lovely! And I don't know if that was the reason to reduce the performance (resp. adjust it to the weak reformulated Le Male performance), but for me this smell would be too intense if it were stronger... The way it is now, you can distribute it a little better with several sprays over the body, and thus achieve a more even distribution.
I just rediscovered it for myself after a long time, and I think it's real, really cool. He is somehow different because of this olfactory plot twist, and because of his casual way to smell full of interest. I fully understand this "terrible" term; if you put on a bit too much of it, you still want to smell all the time because the notes are somehow addictive - but it's too much and somehow intrusive at the same time. Because then such a citric spiciness cuts through the vanilla, which can be somewhat cloying. I really believe that this is a fragrance that could draw a lot of attention to you through the Sillage, because even more than with "Le Male" you have the feeling "WHAT WAS THAT FOR A Smell? WHO WAS THAT? I MUST RICHE IT NOCHMAL".
Please don't put my words on a gold scale... but find it really underrated and timeless. Due to his somewhat fresher appearance I could also imagine that he is very useful especially in summer. And now that "Dior Sauvage" has made pepper suitable for the masses again anyway, it's twice as good as before in terms of people's reputation. You don't care or don't care, but it's just the fashion phenomenon.
I think if Le Male Terrible was allowed to express his opinion, it would say "I don't really care if anyone else likes me... I don't even want everyone to like me." *Grins, lights a cigarette and leans cool against the Shelby Mustang GT500* ;)