It's not just any kind of perfume. It's "Le Parfum", the apparent top of line model developed by Mercedes Benz. So, I imagined it to be a kind of perfume for the Mercedes S-series.
At first sight, I had no problems with the finishing and the bodywork. Le Parfum is presented in a very nice leathery case and the bottle is solid and nice to look at, with a good cap and atomiser.
My biggest curiosity was about the engine, or the juice if you like. With Polge as the engineer, it looked quite promising, probably with plenty of horsepower and making us enjoy a pleasant and comfortable drive.
I used it for a few days, not letting anyone know I was wearing the three-pointed star Mercedes-Benz Le Parfum
My wife - not an oud scent lover at all - just asked me: "Are you using another Middle Eastern oud fragrance? I'm not sure if I like it.... In any case, it's different from the other oriental stinkers you have".
My daughter was blunt and direct as always: "Dad, are you wearing another old man's scent picked from the back of your wardrobe?
At work, my partner commented, "That's a strong stuff... much too strong for me! That's a "cabaret" scent! What kind of perverted things are you up to tonight?"
Well! I don't love it, but I like it! It's masculine, but not overly masculine; it has a decent power; it's more versatile than most oud fragrances I own, reasonably elegant and even a bit sexy. But it's not an unchallenged, radiant, three-pronged fragrance star!
It opens with bergamot and pink pepper. This phase seems overly fresh and aquatic. That's a bit unnatural for this kind of fragrance. That happens probably due to the overuse of Cascalone, an ingredient that has been manufactured or synthesised in a laboratory. It just doesn't convince my nose... Is Oliver Cresp trying a few tricks in the manner of Alberto Morillas? The resulting watery and fruity undertones seem a little out of place in this type of perfume.
As the fragrance progresses, we notice a strong violet leaf aroma, which for me, forms the signature of Mercedes-Benz Le Parfum
together with the oud note. The unnatural freshness of the opening is now rounded off by a more natural violet leaf freshness. Polge probably wanted to recreate the chic ambience of a luxury-class Mercedes. On the other hand, the saffron note is also quite noticeable and blends with a scent reminiscent of leather. Okay, now I understand! Polge has added powerful air conditioning and real leather seats to this Mercedes-Benz Le Parfum
. I just don't understand well which of the listed notes are responsible for this leather accord.
The base accords are quite predictable, with some amber and vetiver in a woody / oudy frame that lasts until dry down. It is unsurprising but pleasant and almost seductive. I like this dry down "finishing" even if it is not unique.
As a final remark, I can honestly say that I like this Mercedes a bit more than the ordinary noses around me. This is tantamount to saying that I have some new car scent haters around me who don't really care about riding this Mercedes vehicle.
Let's give a full drive test rating to this Mercedes:
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- Opening: 7.0 (not really offensive, but less Cascalone would help).
- Dry Down: 8.5 (consistent leathery and oud woody dry down).
- Longevity: 8.0 (up to 7~8 hours on my skin, with 3 sprays).
- Sillage: 7.0 (the sillage extends over a 5 feet radius and projects for about 2.0 hours or so).
- Versatility: 8.0 (surprisingly, it's quite versatile, unfolding better in spring and autumn but remaining pleasant on winter days and summer nights).
- Usability: 7.0 (it's not a fragrance you can use almost anywhere; there is some transactional conflict between the fresh opening and the woody base; as a result, this fragrance is neither fresh nor typically leathery oudy or woody).
- Compliments: 7.0 (It pleases more men than women. They smell elegant and clean, that's it).
- Uniqueness: 9.0 (due to its tangled blend, it is quite unique; the saffron-leather accord is a bit weak in my opinion. It does not justify the comparison made by several reviewers between Mercedes-Benz Le Parfum
and perfumes like Tuscan Leather Eau de Parfum
, La Yuqawam pour Homme
. It is not as leathery pleasant as these three fragrances).
- Quality: 8.5 (The fragrance ingredients quality is above average despite the opening synthetic note remarked. It bears a quality presentation, with a sturdy glass bottle, a heavy cap, a good sprayer, as well as an unusual well-crafted fake leather case).
- Presentation: 9.0 (Beautiful case, flask and cap).
- Price: 6.5 (€ 60 for 120 ml? The juice is not worth it. You are paying for the leathery case and the Mercedes name as well. I bought my flask on sale for €45).
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- Average: 7.81/10.00
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;
Opinion on "Le Parfum":
Nice bodywork and finishes but an "engine" a bit below expectations. You can do much better with the same amount of money. As I am an Oud sucker, I like it better than the common John or Jane Doe.
Recommended? Not really! Unless, like me, you are an oud collector or fancy the high standard perfume presentation.
Is a blind buy worthy? Of course not!
Music: Janis Joplin "Mercedes Benz"