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I saw this aftershave was released a while ago and decided to purchase some after trying it out and falling in love with the smell. In a strange way, it has a similar scent to the original Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance but it is slightly less rich and has a lighter and somewhat floral smell although it's 100% masculine. The aftershave comes in a tin just like the original, however it is white. It has the Fleur Du Male logo in the middle with the Jean Paul Gaultier logo at the top in an urban-style text. Beneath it says 'Eau De Toilette', which is the one you want to be getting rather than one simply labelled 'aftershave' online, which isn't as long lasting on the skin.
I managed to find an eau de toilette for around £35, which was 125ml in volume. This is a very large bottle for the price so I was pleased with this. Inside, the bottle is held within a mould so it's very stable and safe if being transported. You can open the tin and then pull out this mould to reveal the bottle. It slips out of the mould to be use, and it comes with a safety cap already on. This is good as it prevents the spray button being pressed when it's not in use, so it could be handy around kids for example. The very white design with a little 'Fleur Du Male' tag hanging from the spray button makes it look very modern and simplistic.
The bottle has the same design as the original but it is white and opaque. You can't really see the level of the aftershave left although there is a slight shadow if you look carefully. The bottle is shaped like a male torso and has a white spray button on the top. The spray function does work well although you'll have to make sure you are holding the bottle roughly in an upright position so it sprays well.
The scent is wonderful with bergamot and orange blossom. Although containing more floral scents, it still has a very masculine smell although I'm sure it may appeal to the ladies more, which is a benefit if you are wearing it! It is still quite strong in the way it's long-lasting on the skin but I wouldn't say it is immediately as rich as the original. A couple to a few sprays on the neck will easily see you through a day or night. I'd certainly recommend trying this aftershave, as although similar to the original it's very unique and quite attractive. I bought mine from Amazon.co.uk, which turned out to be pretty cheap. The bottle is quite large too so will last a long time.
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Jean Paul Gaultier's Fleur du Mâle
Fleur du Mâle is presented in a cylindrical tin, sheer white and simplistic. This tin seems to be a continuing theme with the JPG fragrances and although not so easy to get into without a foreceful pop, they are a unique and eye catching design amongst regular perfume boxes.
Also continuing from the previous JPG line such as Le Male, the bottle is in the shape of a male torso. This bottle is sheer white and translucent (you can just about see the perfume if held up to a bright light). The spritzer is just above the neck and restricted from accidental pressing by a white, circular "Fleur du Mâle" tag holding the push button up. Each spray releases a generous amount of the fragrance. It is a pleasant shape to hold and also an eyecatching design. I'd say that this design is more aimed at a younger audience, similarly to the tin.
You can expect to pay around
£35.00 for a 75 ml bottle
£47.00 for a 125ml bottle
(prices from Boots.com)
I'm sure there are numerous websites where you can find this perfume cheaper
The creators of Fleur du Mâle stated before the perfume was released that it contained Orange Blossom. This floral note has been used previously in men's fragrances as well as women's however this Orange Blossom is the key note that makes up the main body of the fragrance through from start to finish.
The initial spray to me is a sweet, overpowering burst of Orange Blossom with a hint of what seems like honey. Other florals linger in the background like a bouquet of white flowers. This extreme sweetness soon settles down to a more natural smelling blossom. It reminds me a sweet, male version of Cacharel's Anais Anais as the pure floral scent makes up the main body. Also however, it reminds me of furniture polish and having wore it I have heard it being referred to as smelling of this also. But this is not a bad thing, although the Orange Blossom is very prominant, Fleur du Mâle does not project too much as to be overpowering. It lingers as you move but only subtely. Fleur du Mâle remains pretty linear from here onwards, the Orange Blossom and honey scent is layered over mild woods keeping the scent from being too feminine (even though I would consider this a unisex fragrance). The lasting power is pretty good and I can still smell traces on my skin after numerous hours and on clothes for a couple of days.
Useful tip: A dab of Patchouli oil, such as the Body Shop's own brand, onto a spray of Fleur du Mâle works well in giving the fragrance a more mossy/masculine smell.
This fragrance I'd say is aimed more at the confident, possibly younger generation males who are open minded to their masculinity as such to wear a fragrance this floral. However it is nice to see a male fragrance which isn't just a "fresh citrus woodsy" scent and perfumers being more adventurous.
The original fragrance, Le Male, was launched in 1994. Jean-Paul Gaultier second fragrance in the range, Fleur du Male, has retained the fougere note from the original scent, but is developed around an olfactory story based on the orange blossom, formulated by Takasago's Francis Kurkdjian. It comes in a white signature bust-shaped bottle housed in a white tin.