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Monday, December 05, 2005

Perfume Review: Jean Paul Gaultier Gaultier 2



Jean Paul Gaultier’s new perfume, Gaultier 2, is described as a fragrance “for a skin-to-skin encounter” that “reunites masculine and feminine through the most intimate human feature: sensual skin”. That sounds like a typical perfume-marketing talk, vague in an artsy kind of way and rather meaningless, but I was intrigued, because the notes (amber, vanilla and musk) seemed to promise that Gaultier 2 would be a warm and maybe even gourmand scent, somewhat a departure from more typical fresh(-er) unisex fragrances.

I was not disappointed in my expectations and must say that it is a very pleasant scent, indeed warm and gourmand. I love the fact that is also has a certain spicy kick to it, especially in the beginning, when I smell ginger and nutmeg. At that point Gaultier 2 reminds me of I Profumi di Firenze Zenzero, Annick Goutal Mandragore and Jo Malone Nutmeg and Ginger all at once, and these are very agreeable associations for me. As the spiciness subsides, and especially in the drydown, I am reminded of yet another scent, namely Lea St Barth. The drydown of Gaultier 2 is positively almondy on my skin, a lovely mix of bitter almonds and musk. In fact – dare I say it? – at this stage I find Gaultier 2 much more interesting and “deep” than popular Lea St Barth, the scent that, however hard I try to like it, is consistently pale, bland and sour to my nose.

Because of the fact that there is quite a bit of sweetness in Gaultier 2, I am not sure that many men will find it wearable. Like Robin (NowSmellThis), I also think that it leans towards the feminine end of the unisex spectrum. I find it to be a very agreeable, wearable and pleasant fragrance. Having said that, as far as I am concerned, it doesn’t make the earth move, and I will not be in any rush to buy it, maybe ever.

Gaultier 2 can be found at ImaginationPerfumery.com, $42.99-$80.99.

8 Comments:

Blogger NowSmellThis said...

Nice review, M, and completely agree that it doesn't make the earth move. Guessing it will move a few wallets when it hits the US counters, though!

11:35 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

R, I also think it will be quite successfull. It is a nice, pleasant scent.

11:36 AM EST  
Blogger ParisLondres said...

I enjoyed your review M! I liked Gaultier 2 - when I tried but not enough to shell a few euros I had to. Lately, I rather purchase perfumes I love than buy just because I like something.
So this was not love. It is better than many (rather awful)
ones.

Hope you are well. :)

12:19 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear N., it is a nice new release from Gaultier, it justs didn't wow me :-)
Have a great evening!

PS. I also try to buy only what I love, but sometimes I succumb to hype and/or my own greed :-)

12:29 PM EST  
Blogger boisdejasmin said...

I think that it is quite nice, although I have a sample sitting on my desk for the past couple of weeks, and I have not be tempted to revisit it after the first try. I wonder how popular it might be. It is a big hit in Europe, from what I hear.

2:01 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

V, it is nice and I think it is going to be popular over here too.

2:14 PM EST  
Blogger mariodefiori said...

Did not enjoy it from the start but now I don't seem to reach for anything else. Love the stripped away florals and wood in favour of that basic, animalic musk and vanilla. Although not at all a fan of vanilla, it seems less so than so many others that carry at as a passing note.

The shower gel is awesome, coupled with Paul Mitchell's Awapuhi shampoo and body wash...

Am looking into the massage oil as well. Also just purchased Antidote, Prada and London yet tend to this one every time. Not a big fan of vanilla though.

Yet, what gives?

10:36 PM EST  
Blogger jen said...

I really love this scent. Of all of the fragrances I have, I think this is probably my favorite. I'm glad the weather is turning, so I can wear it again. It's a bit to warm for my tastes in the hot weather.

8:46 PM EST  

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