Platinum Egoiste Review

Platinum Egoiste is the flanker to Egoiste. Launched in 1993 and still about today, probably because it’s so quiet and inoffensive. The “Platinum” part comes from an old French saying, “Qui a de la platine”, “He who has Platinum”, used to describe an eloquent man. Similar to saying someone has a silver tongue. Makes me think of Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne from the Witches of Eastwick. He’ll-say-anything-to-get-you-into-bed kinda guy.

platinumegoistePlatinum is round, smooth and, for lack of a better word, fresh. It’s not aquatic by any stretch of the imagination. The fragrance must have been copied into thousands of shower gels, because I can’t get the image out of my head. There is a light Orange note up top, followed by an aromatic-floral accord.
The muted fragrance develops slightly into a woods, but they have been given a very light, transparent touch. This is why you can tell this is a 90s fragrance, it’s so clear. Reminds me of YSL L’homme with it’s soft floral feel, but Platinum is fresher in character, which is where L’homme wins out for me. I just don’t get most fresh fragrances, especially when the volume is turned right down.
It feels as though Platinum “breaks apart” rather than moving smoothly between stages. There is a softness in the drydown that reminds me of Burberry Touch, but without the violet leaves. The base is a slightly sour, powdery vetiver, again with the light feel.

Top: Lavender, Rosemary, Petitgrain, Neroli
Middle: Clary Sage, Geranium, Galbanum, Jasmine
Base: Oakmoss, Vetiver, Cedar, Cistus Labdanum

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