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The dose-dependent lion
You really never stop learning here at parfumo and you always learn more, mostly with scent samples that you never expected. One such one was this one. You probably know it: You get a completely unknown scent sample in the context of a souk purchase... Hm, I don't know it at all, just click into the pyramid of scents of parfumo... Wow, a Lalique with 8.2, look at that, that's interesting. But: Isn't Lalique the producer of Encre Noir, a fragrance that didn't really convince me at that time and so I "ticked off" Lalique de facto according to the motto: Can anything good come from there?
In short, yes, it can!
The opening is rather harsh, almost bitter, probably due to the bitter grapefruit in combination with rosemary and lavender
However, this rather unfavourable first impression is defused and becomes increasingly floral-woody. The emphasis is on FLORAL-woody and not ONLY-woody, like the Creed Bois du Portugal, to which it is often compared. However, I cannot say anything more precise about this comparison, because at that time the BdP bottling was allowed to leave very quickly because it was too one-dimensional, almost "penetratingly woody". In any case, Bois du Portugal did not convince me in any way.
As a result, however, this one here is much more complex, pleasantly creamy-powdery vanilla, which effectively "tames" the wood parts (or perhaps even the whole lion?). In drydown, this powdery impact makes itself very attractive, I think. I would now describe it as a powdery-woody floral scent, where the segments floral and woody are equal, which for my taste is the special attraction of this scent.
In my opinion, the sillage ability is also worth mentioning: In my opinion, if overdosed, it could easily be used as a distance-maintaining weapon in the sense of the COVID 19 regulations. Therefore, be careful with the dosage, because otherwise the lion could become uncomfortable and unpredictable and become a sillage monster or a fragrance penetrance.
Durability: Very good, lasts loosely as a skin-near fragrance up to 8-9 hours.
If this fragrance hadn't been around for 23 years, I would call it an insider tip. It really amazes me that it has so few comments despite such a high rating here at parfumo. Allegedly, Bill Clinton is or was a user of this fragrance, but that didn't have much influence on my review... :-)
For me, the price of Lalique pour Homme Lion is once again a typical example of how strongly the price depends on the sound of the brand: I dare say that if this were a fragrance from a niche manufacturer (Lalique is a niche, isn't it?) with an even more resonant name, it would probably easily cost several times as much. Of course I'm happy about it.
By the way, because this often seems to be a quality criterion: I don't care, either I like a fragrance (and YES, this can also be a mainstream fragrance) or I don't like it (and YES, this can also be a niche fragrance).
Conclusion: A real discovery, which made it into my collection in flacon form in a very short time. ROOAARRR!!!