Sharp and classy
Easily one of the nices offerings by Lagerfeld for men, partially because it’s decent itself and partially because it would be a really easy win anyway. You can definitely smell Christine Nagel’s favourite notes and inspirations: Lagerfeld Man is a sharp, breezy, really thin Oriental blend based on a really nice and simple balance between cinnamon and cedar, with green-pine notes enhancing the natural-balsamic side of cedar, and some “laundry musk” (or something similar) giving some weight and “masculine” depth to the scent – vaguely barbershop, too. Shortly something similar to many “pencil shavings” fragrances, just with a bit more class and some more complex Oriental mood, mostly due to cinnamon which is quite heavy here, initially at least. Pleasantly refined and virile, even a bit dark and quite sophisticated given the sharp feel of woods and spices and the overall “minimalistic” approach; just a bit linear, the only evolution being a slow turn to vetiver then back to cedar (with an unexpected similarity to Gucci pour Homme II on the very final stages of drydown: Lagerfeld and that do share a couple of notes in fact), and also I am afraid a bit cheap as regards of the material. It does not “scream” cheapness, and Nagel surely did her best to make the most out of the budget; but still you clearly smell this isn’t Fendi Theorema for women or other masterpieces by this same nose. It is more, say, kind of a “budget version” of her skills. Nonetheless it is still really nice and perfectly enjoyable, with also a “niche” feel, just probably a tad below what it could have been with some more quality materials.