Based on the reviews here (which, like many I read before sampling a fragrance) you would have thought "blood! vampire/goth scent!". There is nothing of the kind here! The mint in the opening does give it a metallic tinge when combined perhaps with the earthy vetiver notes. But what I do get is the "apple + cinnamon" vibe, which is in fact more of a spicy type of orange scent, and this predominates.
I especially like the dry down, as musk comes from the base and settles on the skin, still a little fresh and spicy though. In a word, definitely unique. Am not sure how much of a crowd pleaser this might be as people won't be smelling anything similar like it. But, it is fresh and original... so well done to Caron for showing that not all 21st century fragrances have to conform to bland and banal so-called "trends" in the market. Try it for something different.
With a name like L'Anarchiste I was expecting something quite impressive. This fragrance is just non descript, I can't really describe it. The different notes seem to blend into one boring scent.
Opens with a sweet orange note, which quickly warms up to a clean, soapy, skin musk scent. Sure, it's a little Old Spice, but I think it's sexy on a man. Just a tiny dab is nice on a woman, too.
Caron is my favorite house, Yatagan my favorite men's frag along with Troisieme and Pour Un Homme. L'Anarchiste is a digression into obvious, supercharged men's frags that shout "Hey! I'm wearing cologne!" There must have been anarchy at Caron when they came up with this disappointment. Cloyingly sweet orange candy with a dash of apple and strawberry, the kind of thing they come up with for dish detergent and air freshener. L'Anarchiste? Nah. Eau De Glade.
L'Anarchiste - this is less overtly masculine than the infamous Yatagan but is just as unique, original and frightening. LOL! The note pyramid looks innocent enough:
Top Notes: Orange Blossom, Mandarin, (Mint)
Middle Notes: Cedar Leaves, Sandal, Vetiver, Cedarwood
Base Notes: Musk, (Spice)
But this scent is much more than its (listed) parts! It opens with an amazing metallic orange juice and blood accord - like a blood streaked scimitar being used to slice open a blood orange. That phospherous, metallic edge lingers until the deep dry down when the gore and thunder depart and you are left with a soft, sensual warm orange and spice tinged 'skin-but-better' musk. If you can handle scents like Issey Miyake Le Feu D'Issey, Gucci Rush, and most scents from Comme des Garcons, then L'Anarchiste is for you.
I ♥ L'Anarchiste!
4 / 5