I found this wonderful French cologne when I couldn’t locate my favorite Pour Monsieur by Chanel. What a delicious discovery. With notes of Lemon, leather, and tobacco to name just a few, it has a sparkling citrus shimmer like the Chanel but more on the summery side. Less Place Vendome at midnight and more like a spring rain under the trees of the Place des Vosges. Smart, with wit and élan it is a very good scent for the guy who likes to go beyond the obvious to something really special. I have to say for me, Chanel’s Pour Monsieur and Rochas Globe are running neck and neck as my signature scent.

Five Sliver Stars *****

(Update) I am reading a wonderful book by New York Times fragrance reviewer Chandler Burr. It is called “The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside The Perfume Industry In Paris and New York” It is all about the perfume industry. One of the subjects is Jean-Claude Ellena  who was the nose that created this scent “in the old classic French style” right before he broke new ground with Bulgari and introduced “tea” notes. The book is a wonderful read. More on that later.

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