Over the past years I feared that something has happened to Le Male. There was something completely unpleasant in the top note, the lavender aromatic note smelled cheap like a Le Male copycat and the overall tenacity was poor. I did not like at all to smell it around me because it became something different. With Le Male Terrible, the fragrance wins its "titre de noblesse" and though a flanker, this is an exquisite interpretation. Le Male becomes a Titan and the perfume is a clash of everything good from the previous versions and other Gaultier perfumes. It is not just an improved version but a creation that perfectly reorganize the essence of the original fragrance. It's more Male than Le Male! All characteristic notes like the lavender facet, the sweet hay and honey note, the woody cedar elements, the sweet musky and the ambery facet and even the small leather element were overloaded. This perfume is extreme, strong, beautiful with intermediary notes that enrich the first idea. There is some pink pepper and grapefruit on top but this doesn't change very much the theme. It's just a good contrast that shows better the sensual sweet power of the perfume. Le Male terrible is in 2010 a sophisticated version of Brut (Fabergé) when the "gladiator" shopping guy in a super market becomes the gentlemen with an impeccable suit. In the top middle notes, Le Male terrible shares some aspects with Le Bleu de Chanel like the metallic freshness + spices but it turns out that the Gaultier perfume offers a more interesting and elegant solution. There is something in this perfume that is almost a conventional note, not to say very mature. The fougère aspect makes it a very decent office perfume while the overall sweetness (now closer to the vanilla ambery facet of PI Givenchy) becomes irresistible and sensual.
La Male Terrible in Paris - the terrible french kiss on streets campaign
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