Helpful Review 6
Many Lalique scents share a positive feature: they smell creative. Maybe not entirely compelling, but really unusual, quite “niche” despite the really low price and the wide availability. L’Homme Equus isn’t an exception: it is in fact a really peculiar sort of herbal-woody fragrance standing quite on its own among herbal-woody fragrances. The woody notes smell vibrant and exotic, with that sort of aromatic “African” mood of scents like Idole de Lubin or Trussardi Inside Man (and similar fragrances featuring slightly less common woody notes such as mahogany or rosewood). Bracing and really realistic, powerful “woody” in the best and most natural meaning. There’s vetiver too, but just more as a nuance of the main woody accord, which smells quite complex and colorful. I never smelled a sequoia so I don’t know about that sequoia note, but it smells really good. Then, something leathery (the only flaw here; the exact same sweet-mellow dull leather note as in CH Men by Herrera) provides some “mainstream feature” to the exotic woody base, giving it a shade of weight and “masculinity” (and dullness as I said). Now imagine this, topped with a sort of Mediterranean herbal-spicy-citrus bouquet a bit similar to Rochas Aquaman, or Lanvin Oxygene. Grassy, kind of pungent, really aromatic and again, quite exotic (juniper stands quite above the rest). Some slight resinous-fruity nuances give some warmth and sweetness. And that’s it, there is no significant evolution to my nose except a general drift towards woody-ambery tones. A woody-herbal scent with a colourful sweet vibe and a unique, decidedly “exotic” feel. Refined, totally versatile and really enjoyable. Sadly it smells also a bit thin and quite short-lasting, but it’s a fascinating piece of mainstream perfumery surely worthy a try.