Le Mâle Le Parfum 2020

Le Mâle Le Parfum by Jean Paul Gaultier
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Ranked 12 in Men's Perfume
8.4 / 10 2655 Ratings
Le Mâle Le Parfum is a popular perfume by Jean Paul Gaultier for men and was released in 2020. The scent is sweet-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by Puig. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Sweet
Spicy
Oriental
Powdery
Woody

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
CardamomCardamom
Heart Notes Heart Notes
IrisIris LavenderLavender
Base Notes Base Notes
VanillaVanilla Oriental woodsOriental woods

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8.42655 Ratings
Longevity
8.12525 Ratings
Sillage
7.72509 Ratings
Bottle
8.32514 Ratings
Value for money
8.22094 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 26.02.2024.
Interesting Facts
The advertising campaign was photographed by Fede Delibes.

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Leimbacher

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Top Review 46  
Advancement to Admiral
The original Seaman is a modern legend in the men's game. And there are definitely some damn fine offshoots of him, too, from bona fide hits to niche insider tips. An almost unbreakable blockbuster series in the fragrance market. Every release an event. Then, last summer, Le Male Le Parfum made its way into collections and department stores. Ok, the latter rather less, because they were often closed due to the pandemic. But of course the perfume community doesn't miss such a release even in a worldwide emergency. And this black-grey sailor has earned the attention and his slight hype but times soas job...

"Le Parfum" is, without hesitation, a "Le Male." But more subdued, oomphy and evening than ever. This is definitely no longer a disco zapper, this is adult entertainment of the best kind. Matured, confident, big chested but cockless. Arrived and slept in. Still thick-sweet - but so much deeper, denser and stronger that it positively takes your breath away. I'm sure some didn't expect this in this consistency. Less mint, more mild smoke. Cotton candy with a beard. Suit in a Lamborghini. Luxury yacht at half past eight. Cardamom sailing turn. Fat dose of iris - no wonder I'm going steep. Elegant and spellbound. Really high quality vanilla for the full mainstream. "Le Male Le Parfum" is a banger in D-Groll.

Flacon: Le Male in adult and dark
Sillage: gloomy, dense, da
Durability: 11 hours, whether at sea or in port

Conclusion: a terrific, mature and almost bizarrely unsweet sailor, which has long since risen in rank to the sea bear. A hit!
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KnowThis30

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The most beautiful flanker since the original, but...
...probably I will never wear it, respectively not own it for a long time! Why? We'll get to that!

Scent:
So how does the next flanker in the Le Mâle universe smell? At least on my skin in the top note for a short period really pungent! One smells the cardamom - almost untreated and in no way sweetish designed - clearly out, even if only for a few minutes.
The heart note is, unlike the top note quasi 1:1 borrowed from the original fragrance. Although the fragrance with the iris instead of the previous mint is now able to smell fresh in a different way: both variants go in the heart note in this direction, only in the "Le Parfum" a "clean" note has crept in, almost as you might know it from some Prada fragrances - and in no way similar to the lipstick-like iris from the Dior Homme fragrances!
The base note, on the other hand, is what makes this fragrance special for me. Rarely was I allowed to perceive in a designer fragrance such a pleasant, at the same time restrained as well as omnipresent vanilla note, which is accompanied by gentle woody accords - at least my nose lets me conclude, among other things, sandalwood - but never drowned out.

Sillage & durability:
I think not to exaggerate when I say that no fragrance on my skin in both categories since "No. 02 - L'Air du Désert Marocain" has ever performed so outstanding - even if the two fragrances are of course in no way comparable. The sillage goes far beyond the usual arm's length and the fragrance lingers in the room long after it has been left by one.
In terms of durability, we are talking about about 12 - 14 hours, although of course it should be said that the fragrance itself "only" in the first three to four hours strongly radiates. From the eighth hour, "Le Parfum" becomes a gently resonating but tightly fitting fragrance on the skin, which, however, is still perceived here far above average.
In addition, it should be said that of this fragrance has never been more than two sprays on my skin and even these were also still quite sparingly dosed.
Of course, these are merely experiences on my skin and may vary from person to person.

Flacon:
If such a flacon had appeared as a new release in recent years, he would probably have suffered just as much of a tear-down, as once the gold bar of Paco Rabanne, the crown heads from the same house, or Dolce & Gabanna or the recently the shelves defacing robot!? But as a flanker of the legendary Le Mâle - fits already, even in this day and age!?
The color scheme is coherent, the black and gray divided bottle with its half matte, half glossy surface wonderfully subtly tells of the more serious, deeper and darker tone this flanker has taken compared to the former original. And I would at least like to imagine that the shiny gold spray head is meant to be a reference to the defining vanilla in this fragrance!?

Price:
Meanwhile, a good year on the market, "Le Mâle Le Parfum" is easily available on relevant discount sites - and this also at a reasonable price! Away from extra discounts, coupons and any seasonal discounts, the small 75ml bottle is available for a sum of about 40 - 50€. Considering how little perfume you can apply this fragrance, this is a terrific price-performance ratio!

Application:
"Le Mâle Le Parfum" can be loud, but never falls into a penetrating screaming like, for example, one of its predecessors - namely "Ultra Mâle"! If one foresees this for the use in the club or discotheque, then "Le Parfum" on the other hand is more suitable for the cozy and atmospheric lounge, the bar or even a jazz club. Carefully applied, it could even be used for work, provided that the top and heart notes are already - or almost - gone when entering the company.
In terms of seasons, "Le Parfum" is basically wearable at any time except for the warm summer days, although here, of course, the application plays a major role.

So why would I probably not buy this fragrance? Finally, the above sounds but actually excellent? Quite simply: because I am already in possession of Armani's "Armani Code Eau de Parfum" from 2021!
And even if some will now say, the fragrances are already completely different when looking at the fragrance pyramid, I must object that - at least for my nose - these fragrances have a strong similarity: both in the fragrance itself, and especially in the sense of purpose and application!
Both have a - albeit different smelling - quickly fading top note, which is thus not worth mentioning for me. Both heart notes remind me in the - sometimes more, sometimes less - most distant sense of the original "Le Mâle" fragrance presence. And also in the base both play with a wonderful vanilla note, although "Armani Code" differs here by the perfectly rounded tonka bean even a little stronger.
If I had to choose a note that separates these two fragrances the most: it would probably be the iris!?
So why "Armani Code Eau de Parfum" and not "Le Mâle Le Parfum", some may now ask: because the "Armani Code" for me personally simply rounder, better composed and - for lack of a better word - smoother works! If he also does not hold as long or projected as "Le Parfum", so he can be worn more easily on days and / or places where I would "Le Parfum" before applying but rather thoughtful to hesitant.
Or, to put it another way and again for lack of a better word: no matter which of the two fragrances I wear, they give me from the top to the base note at any time the same feeling!

Now this is my opinion, which should probably not impress a collector anyway. And so I say: who is still looking for an elegant, but still sufficiently playful and sweetish fragrance for the rather cooler to freezing cold days, "Le Mâle Le Parfum" is warmly recommended. Only rarely can be found in the designer sector such a pleasant and long-lasting fragrance that - despite striking flacon - can easily elegant and engaging.

What a great fragrance, which - I would not own and know the said alternative - would have moved in with me in any case!

Edit from 10.10.2021:
Now I have taken the comments to heart, tested the fragrance once, twice more and must confess: I have no idea what trick my nose has played on me then!? The difference to "Armani Code Eau de Parfum" is yet greater than previously associated by me.
What can I say! Thank you for the yet purposeful comments! Still the beautiful fragrance with the really very, very good H&S and ... then but now moved in next to my other flacons.
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Micha1984

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Top Review 27  
The completion
How long Le Male has been with me and still inspires me is something I can no longer understand. Sure, he's getting on in years, and he's a regular scent. Nevertheless he still enchants me when I smell him. There are many situations and experiences that I associate with this fragrance. And so I have possessed it from time to time when I was in the mood for it. All the offshoots that followed were less mine. Ultra Male was the last of the series I bought (at that time a blind purchase). But I had sold it relatively quickly, because it was too sticky and too young for me. After that it was over and I was waiting for an Intense version of the original. Now our prayers were answered... At least in part. Because if you think that Le Parfum is an Intense version of the original, you won't be disappointed but you'll be amazed when you smell it
About the scent itself... Le Parfum is much stronger and more masculine than the original. Mint has been replaced by cardamom, which is really good for the fragrance and gives it a modern twist. The cardamom remains present until the middle, where it combines with a touch of lavender and the strong vanilla. I personally don't notice woods, because the vanilla eats a lot of nuances out the back. The original DNA is present throughout the fragrance and resonates conspicuously in the background.

The bottle, is the original only in a different coloring. The spray head is good as usual.

The durability is much better than the original and goes in the same direction as Ultra Male 8-10h. The sillage is also good, but not as penetrating as the Ultra Male. Quasi average between Le and Ultra Male.

Afterwards it remains to say that JPG has brought a really good release here, which fits seamlessly into the series. I really like it, because it has matured a lot and is more wearable for older age groups. I can therefore recommend it
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FabianO

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Indeed: The most pompous of all sweetness, combined with "Axe Alaska"
In order not to slip through the grid as a plagiarist - Hajo21 has already made the cover below, but I like to jump on the train.
I had almost feared that this Christmas sugar bombing would fly to the top of the men's ranking with the very same concomitants I just mentioned.

No, I admit it, it shakes me up at Le Mâle Le Parfum. The original has undoubtedly become a classic, which I also find too opulent, too sweet, but which somehow leaves a clear fingerprint.

Here, however, two blatant counter currents meet, which I find truly olfactorically annoying: On the one hand, the sugar bombardment of lots and lots of cardamom and vanilla, plus powdered iris. I perceive the vanilla extremely artificial, striking and unnatural. Cardamom can be very beautiful in a good dose, but here it hits you on the omme with a rubber hammer as if you had quickly eaten 3 lockdown fire tongs punch.

And then there's - yes, unfortunately as an antipode - this undertone, which really reminds me of the cheap, somewhat sour and aqautic "Alaska" shower gel from Axe, which I was really keen on as a teenager, but whose quality was quickly removed. This cheap lab style, coupled with an overkill of overcharged sweet pre-Christmas ashes, is simply fierce in the nose and even narrowly dosed brutal.

No, I strongly disagree with the canons of praise that are effusively spread here. I would not like to smell that a second time....
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Flaconesse

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Of winter sailors and unisex thoughts
Welcome to the 16th perfume advent calendar door and behind it hides none other than Jean Paul Gaultier's latest addition to the Le Male family, namely the Le Male Le Parfum.

By way of introduction, however, I would like to strike a few more thoughtful and blogesque notes today and shout at the top of my lungs:
Please wear what you want!

Wear what you like and don't pay too much attention to the divisions between men's and women's fragrances, because those are just owed to the marketing departments of the respective companies. One of my favorite topics when it comes to perfumes and their use.

But why does humanity still strive to be shoehorned in, to have a label printed on them? I think it's partly because the whole host of sheer possibilities requires a great deal of decisiveness. After all, we live in times when women can work in executive suites and men can look after the children at home, and that scares a lot of people. This requires new ways of thinking. A dissolution of old, traditional, often endlessly entrenched structures and conventions. After all, everything was better in the past? No, definitely not. We're all still not quite as emancipated (and I hate that word) as we'd like to be, in need of women's quotas and equality officers, but in theory everyone can do what they like.

Since this unsettles many, one wants to have at least in the drugstore and perfumery a certain order and overview, so the said shelf "only for men" must come. With products such as facial cleansing, it may even make sense, since men often have thicker skin and stronger beard hair, at least most of the time. However, I also once had a phase where I used facial care for men because I liked the fresh smell so much and a good friend of mine boycotts all shower gels with the label "for men", instead reaching for creamier formulations, gladly with coconut or vanilla scent. So who decided when what smells feminine and what smells masculine?

In the past, many women's fragrances were more tart than men's fragrances are today. And without the label "men's fragrance" some of the waters would pass easily as a women's fragrance. Many niche brands have understood this by now and declare their compositions as unisex, because this label is not only a marketing decision but could, and in my opinion should, also always be a socio-political attitude. In this sense, I consider all fragrances as unisex and see the respective classification only as a recommendation, because it lives much easier, because more boundless.

But now finally to the fragrance: Le Male the Le Parfum appeared this year as the newest family member of the huge Le Male family. Many of the Le Male fragrances, with their numerous flankers, summer, winter, Easter and sailor versions, as well as the very first version, the eau de toilette, which was launched in 1995, were dreamed up by Francis Kurkdjian, who made perfume history by creating the first of the fragrances in the iconic male torso. His subsequent stellar career is well known to all perfumos. Le Male le Parfum was now, however, created by another perfumer duo, but ties in with the classic le Male:

Immediately upon spraying on, a tangy-fresh breeze blows around me, which quite clearly reveals the Le Male DNA. I am sure you have smelled this DNA before, if not consciously, then somewhere in public, train, bar or cinema. And I actually believe that there is no men's fragrance that I have smelled more often in my 20-year daily-to-work-with-the-train-driving career than this one. Shortly thereafter, the scent becomes more wintry and sweet; I smell almondy hints of marzipan, but they are not listed in the fragrance notes. Sweet iris combines with even sweeter vanilla and fades gently over woody. The ambery woods with slight synthetics that I can detect here in the drydown, surprisingly, I really like in this fragrance as they support it in the best possible way. The Le Male DNA pulls itself thereby through the entire fragrance.

So my expectations for this fragrance were extremely high and I have to say they were not disappointed. I like the fragrance so much that I have already worn it on many days and to close the Keris, it is absolutely UNISEX. So ladies, take heart. If you like the showery vibe of the original version and want to wear it adapted into a winter scent, go for it. I'm sure I'll be buying a big bottle of this when the sample is empty, because I think it's stunningly beautiful, classy and coherent in black and gold. He is particularly well suited in winter, as an everyday, going out but also as a cuddle and Einschlafduft.

To compare it with the most popular Le Male creations I would say, the original Eau de Toilette is the everyday, fresher signature fragrance, Ultra Male, the young, wild sweet-fruity party crasher and the Le Parfum the cuddly winter suitable, noblest and most adult of the series.
Thank you for reading,

Your Flaconesse

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BertolucciKBertolucciK 4 years ago
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Quality is closer to the original Le Mâle. It lacks the mint and add more sweetness. This one is more for cold days. Performance is good.
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KimJongKimJong 3 years ago
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Green spicy vanilla. The lively vibe have decreased compared to the original. I feel it's more like Tom Ford style than JPG.
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SlightSlight 1 year ago
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Really a joy to wear. I kept getting whiffs of it all throughout the day. Maybe a bit too loud for the office? No complaints otherwise.
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EdP4hommeEdP4homme 3 years ago
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The (too) sweet son of Layton and Pegasus, (but from Herod's creator!) half their price, half their performance...for the youngsters
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Rio292Rio292 1 month ago
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The mature & sweet version of Le Male. Best for Cold weather. Easily wearable. Great Longevity. Moderate sillage. A perfect mix betw: Sexy & Mature.
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