Coming next year…a brief taster of three fragrances heading your way in Spring 2013


The vibe: Mining the Paco Rabanne 1 Million vein, this sweet, aromatic woody fragrance with its novelty casino chip bottle is clearly aimed at young, single lads looking for a punchy, accessible, not-too-scary, night-out fragrance. And in that respect it ticks all the boxes.

Key notes: Iris, blackwood and juniper to give it a “gin fizz” accord.

Verdict: it’s not going to stun anyone with its originality but has huge mass-market appeal. Expect to see it in The Perfume Shop’s best seller list.

versace-eros-profumo_650x478Versace Eros

The Vibe: Fresh, sweet, woody oriental fragrance with a slightly bombastic Eighties feel (and name).

Key notes: Mint, Green Apple, Tonka bean, Ambroxan, Geranium flowers, Vanilla, Vetyver, Cedarwood and an oak moss accord.

Verdict: with Eros as the name it’s positively tumescent with potential but alas, the juice is surprisingly pedestrian and though appears sexy initially (in a sweet, Thierry Mugler kinda way) it matures into something my nan might have worn. Fab bottle though…

gaultier le beau

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male

The vibe: Fresh, herbaceous and uber-commercial new Gaultier fragrance created taking a few cues from the original Le Male fragrance and housed in a reworked version of the familiar torso flacon. After the commercial disappointment of Kokorico it seems they’re taking no chances this time.

Key notes: mint, absinthe, lavender, orange blossom, sage, musk

Verdict: Refreshingly different from Le Male (a fragrance too heady for me) the hint of absinthe is lovely, as is icy freshness of the mint and slight soapiness of the sage. The signature Le Male lavender and orange blossom are still there at the fragrance’s core but thankfully the vanilla is barely noticeable in this incarnation. Wearable and not nearly as polarising as Le Male, which is both its biggest asset and biggest drawback.


One thought on “Coming next year…a brief taster of three fragrances heading your way in Spring 2013

  1. Reblogged this on scent bound and commented:
    Here’s a flavour of what’s coming next year in the men’s fragrances category. It sounds like we’ll get more of the same 1 Million sickeningly sweet and unabashedly tacky fragrances (see Davidoff’s The Game. I wonder if Davidoff will get Neil Strauss, the author of the popular pickup artist manual by the same title, to endorse it.).
    A big thank-you to Jean Paul Gaultier who will finally try something slightly more original and add another Le Male flanker featuring absinthe. I love the note but isn’t Mr. Gaultier a couple of years behind the absinthe craze? In any case, it sounds interesting and will definitely look forward to this release.

    Thank you, Grooming Guru for your post and the heads-up.

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