Since its introduction on the market, Le Male became instantly a huge success. Therefore, at that time the fragrance was used by everybody and this was only partially due to the image built with the aggressive marketing campaign. Judging by these facts and also because I am, most of the time, a very selective person, I decided pretty late to sample Le Male on my skin. And the conclusion I reached was predictive and surprising at the same time.
Launched in 1995, 2 years after its legendary feminine counterpart, Classique, Le Male was created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. This oriental fougere perfume has a very fresh character and the listed ingredients substantiate this assertion. The top notes combine mint, cardamom, bergamot, lavender and Artemisia; the heart makes a combination from caraway, cinnamon and orange blossom and finally the base notes are constructed around amber, sandalwood, vanilla, cedarwood and Tonka bean. The power character is conferred by the fresh mint, the tradition is symbolized with lavender and vanilla gives affection and kindness to this fragrance.
From the first look you realize that this is a Jean Paul Gaultier’s creation, since it is similar to its feminine version, exhibiting a male torso, instead of the beautifully shaped female body. The different shades of blue used for the chromatic are constructing the powerful image of the absolute male. That is also transmitted in the ad campaign, which features a tattooed sailor with strong arms.
The conclusion is that Le Male deserves your attention, like a perfume that women find it irresistible and conceived in contrasts: strong and sensual, fresh and mild, traditional and bold, with the clear intention to surprise you.
Le Male Jean Paul Gaultier Perfume Details
- Le Male is available in 75 and 125 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary grooming products in the range, such as: 125 ml After-Shave Lotion, 200 ml Shower Gel, 150 ml Deodorant Spray, 100 ml After-Shave Emulsion Alcohol-Free and 125 ml Prestige Cologne; the lasting power is above average (more than 10 hours) and has also an exceptional sillage, therefore I would apply it sparingly.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Fougere
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 1995
- Perfumer: Francis Kurkdjian
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual
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