Posts Tagged ‘Lacoste’

Lacoste Challenge Review

July 19, 2009

Challenge is Lacoste’s most recent release, fronted by Hayden Christensen, best known as the second worst thing about the Star Wars prequels (Jar Jar Binks takes the crown). The bottle is coated with a soft rubbery material, and is meant to go back to Lacoste’s roots as a tennis accessories brand – and apparently Christensen plays tennis. Tenuous.

ChallengeChallenge opens with a citrus, herbal, green ‘smell’. It doesn’t smell particularly like any of citrus fruit I can think of, and the aromatic notes are quite disappointing too – Challenge doesn’t really grab attention. It does however remind me of a shower gel, rather than a fragrance.
As the heart appears, there is something vaguely sweaty or dirty behind a quiet and slightly peppery Ginger note. As usual, the Violet here isn’t floral, but rather Violet Leaf, which smells sharp and synthetic. It smells like YSL L’Homme, but missing a magical something. Challenge is made more tolerable by a surprising Pine needle note throughout the heart, and the wonderful drydown which is soft, creamy and woodsy – and actually smells very good! The problem is that the journey to the base is quite difficult, and then the base doesn’t last long enough on skin to justify it.

Top: Lemon, Bergamot, Orange
Middle: Ginger, Juniper, Lavender, Violet Blossom
Base: Teakwood, Ebonywood


Gucci by Gucci pour Homme – Review

January 17, 2009

I had high hopes for the newest Gucci fragrance. I’m a huge fan of Gucci pour Homme, and the feminines, Envy (sparkling green notes), Rush (fruits on steroids) and Gucci by Gucci (dark and 80’s feeling). Gucci by Gucci pour Homme is a ridiculous name – I get that they are establishing the brand across male and female but it just seems a bit OTT. I really like the lid on the bottle. It gives me the same satisfaction as pulling the plug on a bath full of water.

The opening is sweet and green. Similar to dunhill Black, I find the top note very hard to describe other than ‘green’. It’s also the same as the topnote from Lacoste Elegance (but without the chocolate) and has a similarity to D&G The One. All under license to P&G…
The heart is the best part. It’s slight spicy, warm notes shine, and the bitter Violet leaf note is softer than in Narcisso Rodriguez for Men, and really very pleasant.
The base isn’t long lasting at all. Transparent woody notes, some light musk, and with the tiniest hint of “something” salty.
It’s perfectly ‘nice’ and well-behaved, not at all overpowering. Gucci by Gucci pour Homme is mild-mannered with poor longevity.

Top: Bergamot, Cypress, Calone, Black Pepper
Middle: Juniper, Violet Leaves, Jasmine, Nutmeg
Base: Patchouli, Cedar, Amyris Wood, Tobacco Notes, Incense-Leather Accord, Ambery Notes