Live 2013 Eau de Toilette

Live (Eau de Toilette) by Van Gils
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7.4 / 10 35 Ratings
Live (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Van Gils for men and was released in 2013. The scent is woody-spicy. It was last marketed by Royal Sanders.
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Main accords

Woody
Spicy
Sweet
Synthetic
Oriental

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
GrapefruitGrapefruit Air accordAir accord OrangeOrange
Heart Notes Heart Notes
PatchouliPatchouli VetiverVetiver
Base Notes Base Notes
OudOud VanillaVanilla LeatherLeather
Ratings
Scent
7.435 Ratings
Longevity
6.830 Ratings
Sillage
6.631 Ratings
Bottle
6.435 Ratings
Submitted by Michael, last update on 30.12.2021.

Reviews

1 in-depth fragrance description
9
Pricing
9
Bottle
7
Sillage
7
Longevity
8
Scent
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The camper oud
The Netherlands is known for some classics. Rembrandt, van Gogh, bad soccer, that elderly woman from the Mini Playback show, and lately, apparently, some pretty good oud scents. The Times They Are a-Changin'.

Van Gils' Live is also very clearly about oud. Live was released in 2013 and comes in an eau de toilette concentration. The bottle is in my opinion absolutely stylish, reminds of the color of the vintage M7 from YSL and is very good in the hand. The closure is made of plastic, but seems high quality and closes with a rich click. You can therefore take the fragrance up even with the closure. The sprayer is on an above-average level and distributes the fragrance evenly in a very fine spray. This is the first surprise.

A look at the fragrance pyramid shows us that we are also dealing with a spicy-woody fragrance. In the top note we have an air accord (which sounds stupid on paper, but makes olfactory sense, but more on that later) orange and grapefruit. In the heart notes we have vetiver and patchouli and in the base vanilla, leather and oud.

The live starts very briefly fresh, citrusy and actually airy. This may sound stupid, but is quite noticeable. This air accord (whatever it may be made of) really makes you feel for a brief moment like you're standing at an open window with fresh air blowing towards you. The vetiver and patchouli then form the basic foundation for the oud that comes in later. The basic DNA here already tends towards a tart oud wood. I can't detect a cardamom note like in Harry Lehmann or Tom Ford. Instead, the vetiver and patchouli create a pleasant earthiness.

The leather is not superficial here, but gives the oud enough space to unfold. This smells neither fecal nor particularly medicinal, but rather woody-warm. At the very end, vanilla is added in the drydown and rounds off the scent olfactorically, but without drifting into sweetness. The Live remains at all times a thoroughly masculine fragrance. The shelf life is 5-6 hours. The availability of Live is a little more difficult to determine. On Ebay you can find the fragrance now and then.

So in the end remains a more tart, edgy relative of Tom Ford's Oud Wood and YSL's M7, which seems a bit awkward on his clogs in the first moment, but knows how to make up for it with charming manner
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