I bought this for my boyfriend for Christmas because I tried a sample in the store and I could not stop thinking about it. This is a wonderful scent, more masculine than feminine, but it would not be impossible for a woman to pull off. The scent has good staying power and over time mellows out to a softer, more vanilla-y scent. As far as price goes, this cologne/perfume is very reasonable in price. The best part is that there are other products from L'Occitane with the same scent, so this is a great way to layer the scent.
Another Templar scent. Brilliant!
Gentle spice vanilla-wood-musk of fancy soap or French perfume. Almost plum notes in there. Warm/cool, smooth, gorgeous incense spices. Dry down is Rhukus incense. Love it. Lasts well, medium sillage. Want
I marked that I would buy this again because I DO like it, but I probably won't actually buy it again because I don't LOVE it and I like to try lots of fragrances.
So, I bought this for myself. I'm a woman. I've never worn a man's scent before but I like them. I woke up one day feeling like a needed a woody scent to wear. Something truly woody, not like the "woody" scents for women which are actually florals with a itty bit of sandalwood or something on the dry-down. I knew L'Occitane had a Cedre fragrance so I went over there.
I couldn't decide between this and the Cedre, which is a woman's scent. I went for this just because I was feeling like a stronger, more masculine scent might be cool. It is. I like the scent. It's nice and woody. I occasionally notice it during the day, but not as often as I'd like. I think it does have staying power but it only lets off scent when I get warm or perspire. Perhaps that's to prevent men from stinking since they tend to wear too much! LOL!
Anyway, I like it. It's nice. If I only use one spray it is very subtle. Definitely worth a try for women wanting to try a man's scent and for a guy if he knows how to wear cologne properly.
I think I'll try the Cedre next.
I bought this for my guy around Christmastime and I'm so happy I did! I had a tough time deciding between this and L'Occitane's Vetiver for men, but in the end, I couldn't resist the cypress and sweet smoke billowing out of the atomizer of Eau des Baux.
Upon initial whiff, the notes I discern are cypress (so natural and obvious, it will bring to mind the smell of freshly cut wood), sweet resins (I detect a hint of amber and something that I can't quite place), a subtle hint of vanilla which ties everything together and adds just enough warmth, anise (which is prominent in the top notes but fades a bit with time) as well as a bit of pepper and wood smoke (which must be the incense note listed, I suppose).
As another reviewer noted, this fragrance is linear, it doesn't change or develop into something different on the skin and I adore that about it. It is sexy, warm, exotic and yet still clean, from first spray until dry-down. Though I should mention that wood notes often smell clean to me and there are no aquatic or green notes of any sort that I can detect in this scent. Something about this scent reminds me of summer, though it most definitely is a woody oriental, and I think it must be the woods and smoke that take me back to the summer camping trips of my youth. Wearing it in the summer wouldn't be a faux pax though, it's woody notes stand out the most and I think woods can (and should) be worn year-round.
It could easily be worn by a woman and if the label on the bottle didn't specify "for men," I would probably consider it myself, but alas, I follow directions and am easily led so that is why my guy is currently wearing Eau des Baux instead of me. Oh, and also, it smells amazing on him and it's usually more fun when he smells sexy, anyway ;) continued >>
Eau des Baux is part of the men's fragrance lineup from l'Occitain, and their ad copy from the official website reads as such:
"In Provence, the knights from the village of Les Baux chose the cypress tree as a symbol of their strength and honor, and a bright star in the sky as their guiding force. In honor of their courage, L'OCCITANE has created a sensual and mysterious blend of cypress and incense named Eau de Baux.
"Top Note: Pink pepper, Cardamom
Middle Note: Cyprus, Incense
Base Note: Vanilla, Tonka Bean"
This fragrance is an exquisite, cool, dry woods fragrance. I get nothing but cool, mildly camphorous incense and cypress over a beautiful wood accord with perhaps a touch of myrrh. I find Eau des Baux neither masculine nor feminine, and I get no artificiality at all from it.
Eau des Baux is a very linear scent, and lacks complexity and depth, but it makes up for it that in what else it lacks: there is nothing chemical or obvious about it, nothing sweet or heavy. It would be at home in the dessert or on a Mediterranean beach - it's reminiscent of cool ocean winds, burning hot sand, driftwood and bonfires.
It's a casual fragrance, and perfect for lovers of the woody, spicy, and oriental to wear when the weather doesn't permit the usual dark fragrances. It's unlike anything else on the market, but it's simple and doesn't try. Perfect to wear to the gym, to dance class, for a romp in the woods or to the beach to smell clean and woody but totally inoffensive and non-chemical. It lasts and lasts, too. continued >>