Lay Down as a Lamb, Wake Up as a Wolf
Delicious sweet candied toasted hazelnut is drizzled over a kind and gentle myrrh, then it gets really naughty. Méchant Loup loosely translated means naughty wolf and that is a very fitting name for this fragrance. I smell a little bright pop of crisp ripe apple upfront, toasted nuts, honey and a gentle subtle brandy accord, although not indicated in the notes. The first time I sampled this I was certain that this would be the L'Artisan that made it into my FB collection. The only reason why I held off was due to the events that followed about 8-12 hours after initial application. Talk about a 'wolf in sheep's clothing!'. I put this on and felt so relaxed, cozy and soothed, I quickly opted for an afternoon catnap. When I awoke 3 hours later...it was the smell that woke me up...my smell...a musky, rugged manly smell of bone-dry cedarwood, gaiacwood and Iso E super tinged with oakmoss. It was just like a Werewolf turning and waking up lost, naked covered in caked dirt, pine needles, rabbit blood and crisp dry maple leaves with bits of fur in One's teeth- deep in the forest the day after the full moon and thinking what in the ___have I done now? Described as unisex, perhaps masculine leaning, I find it very lovely and feminine up front, and then it morphs into a wild man-animal after about 8 hours. This starts off so soft, yummy and tender, after about 20 minutes I detect that peppery note, but here it is more like white pepper and isn't enough to induce sneezing like either "Oxygen" by Lanvin, which I want to love but find so peppery, it induces a sneezing fit. This fragrance is like nutty praline candies, without being cloying. I find it gentle at first when dabbed from my tester it is a low sillage scent, but with the spray of the FB, it probably has a bit more projection. I read somewhere that Méchant Loup is a favorite of Penelope Cruz in spite of it's masculine dry down and I find this to be a wildly seductive balm on the right woman or man. I would definitely expect to be followed around in Méchant Loup and asked at least once what fragrance you're wearing, because it is so "un-perfumey" and atypical of today's department store type fragrances, it will garner curiosity, at least and stalking by hungry animals at best. This strikes me as a perfect fragrance for "Joan Harris" the full-sized sexy redhead bombshell on "Mad Men". Women wearing this one, be warned...tongues will wag! Men wearing this one, be warned...ditto!