Notes: Lemon, bergamot, thyme, rosemary and sage.
This fragrance opens with citrus notes that have been grounded so to say by lots of herbs. Once the various notes have settled the resulting accord smells very much like a popular mass-market men’s fragrance. Very masculine and pleasant to wear, it is not an original offering in my opinion. Lasts for four hours on my skin.
Garrigue is a French word that refers to aromatic shrubs commonly found in the South of France which grow in limestone soil. With that thought in mind, I set out to find out if MPG's Garrigue really smelled like that. The answer is - drumroll please - sort of.
Upon the first whiff, I was taken aback as Garrigue had a very pungent masculine note of bergamot that I was not expecting. But, after about 10 minutes it mellowed into a very wearable, unisex fragrance with soft notes of rosemary and unidentifiable assorted flowers. Therein lies the trouble with Garrigue. Its top notes are likely to put off all but the most "manly" women, whereas the middle/base notes will probably cause most men not to like something that ends up being rather feminine. For my money in this genre, I would probably prefer to wear Chanel Eau de Cologne or Institut Très Bien's Cologne à la Francaise and not have to deal with such an aggressive top note.
Here are the notes, courtesy of Beautyhabit.com: thyme, rosemary, sage, lemon, bergamot and orange.
Garrigue is not the sort of men's scent that will make people stop in their tracks and whirl around as you pass on the street to ask what that gorgeous, irresistable scent is that you're wearing. However, it's a very pleasant woody fougere that will also never leave people gasping in dismay (unless too much has been applied, in which case even the best scent in the world is potentially repulsive). The notes given by Aedes are lemon, bergamot, sage, juniper berry, rosemary, sandalwood and musk. The notes given by Luscious Cargo are thyme, lavender, precious woods, mint, sage and rosemary. Combine the two and I think that you've got a relatively complete list.
I love this and can't think of anything I'd prefer to smell on a man. (I'd wear it, too, of course!) It has a brilliant bitter orange note very similar to FM Bigarade but with a velvety smooth herbal-wood base. And, the bottle cannot be beat!
Overall, I think MPG's Garrigue is a good, solid men's cologne. It has a nice blend of citrus and herbal notes, and though it is not particularly long lasting, the dry-down is pleasant enough. I have found that layering it with Serge Lutens 'Encens et Lavande' works very well to lengthen the sweetness of the herbs. A very good everyday choice for the man who wants to 'smell nice.' *Update* Gave this to my son who likes it a lot.