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Jean Paul is one of the most most popular brands on the market for men. Its most well known for its original fragrance 'Le Man' for being masculine, sweet and distinctive. However, since that original fragrance i am afraid to say i think the brand has lost all sense of smell and really has gone down hill.
The brand has some of the most unusual bottles on the market, particularly for male fragrance. The bottles for the Le Man range are all shaped in a male torso, from the thigh to the neck. You really cant miss them. This particular bottle is blue with misted grey/blue stripes across the chest and a razor blade on a chain around its neck. The fragrance name is displayed on the right shoulder of the torso. Admittedly the bottle itself would look great on a shelf, just wish i could change whats in it. The fragrance itself has notes of vanilla, grapefruit, pink pepper, vetiver, lavender and amber. This would suggest a fruit fragrance with a peppery backnote, however i would say the pepper is slightly stronger than you would expect from this list of ingredient, probably followed by the grapefruit. The best thing about this fragrance is the fact its not overpowering, while being slightly stronger than subtle.
This product is sold for about 28 pounds for a 40ml, and 38 pounds for a 75ml. You may be able to get a 125ml, but i am not sure on the price.
This fragrance is a big let down after the original Le Man fragrance. While the fragrance is not horrible i certainly would not recommend it. The notes in the fragrance just do not seem to go together well and does not really product a nice masculine smell. It was designed as a Autumn fragrance and i can certainly see what they were going for, but with some many gorgeous fragrances on the market i would not recommend it. Admittedly it lasts a reasonable time on the skin, about 4/5 hours.
I would not recommend this fragrance. Despite the unique bottle the fragrance itself is not that nice and from my experience does not really sell very well.
Personally 2 Stars, but for someone who might prefer its scent, maybe 3 Stars.
When it comes to packaging you can't get much more original or unusual than this bottle of Jean Paul Gaultier Le Mâle Terrible. The outer packaging is very strange and resembles a tin of beans without the label. It is a strong, black, tall tin with blood red print. It is a very masculine style of packaging when compared to other male fragrances on the market and it's strangeness is something I quite like.
But it's the bottle that I thick is it's crowning glory. Firstly is a vivid blue with White stripes but it is it's shape that makes this one of the most interesting bottles in my bathroom. It's the shape of a perfectly proportioned male torso and hips. The TV advertising campaign for this fragrance has a male model in the distinctive sailor top that the bottle replicates. The shape of the bottle is very tactile and the curve of the waist makes this a very comfortable bottle to hold. The glass used is nice and strong and feels of good quality. The fragrance comes out in an even, light mist when I push gently down on the pump style top. And it's refreshingly cool upon application.
Great looks aside, this is a fragrance (I have to keep stopping myself from saying aftershave) so what about the all important scent?
Well, it is lighter than most male fragrances and although it does smell somewhat masculine it isn't overly so. The notes are described as being of vanilla, grapefruit, pink pepper, vetiver, lavender and amber. So as you can imagine from that list this isn't a bottle of Brut it is a little too feminine for my liking. More floral than you would expect, light and summery but just not manly enough for me. Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani is fresh, light and perfect for summer but it still has a masculine heart. This also smells strongly of citrus fruits which must be the grapefruit coming through. Like all fragrances it changes with time as it adjusts to your body temperature. The first blast of flowers and fruit becomes more subtle and subdued and the scent takes on an ever so slightly warmer hint. Unfortunately this is too weak to overpower the other aspects of the fragrance and the floral, citrus, notes win out.
If for example a female friend of mine was wearing this I wouldn't blink an eye I would just accept this as being a perfume. Ck one by Calvin Klein on the other hand is suitable for both sexes and has found that very hard to find happy medium.
This is sold as a masculine fragrance but I don't feel it is. This fragrances predecessor was the very popular Le Mâle and I like that one much more than this. And if you are going to buy a Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance may I recommend you try that one before buying this. Or even better go for one of the two I mentioned above.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night
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The new Eau de Toilette Extrême by Jean Paul Gaultier: a new olfactory interpretation of the legendary 'Le Male' fragrance / Terribly fresh top notes, a terribly masculine heart, on a terribly sexy and raw dry down / Olfactory family: Woody fougere / Top notes: Grapefruit / Middle notes: Lavender / Base notes: Vetiver, Vanilla /