Average Rating 4.0/5
Review by gingerrama
The poor man's Eau Dynamisante; or a lighter version for summer.
Delightful fresh scent, a pleasant and modern take on the good old-fashioned classic cologne. Not old men, old spice, and 4711. Rather, we're talking the classicism of Creed, Floris, Acqua di Parma, Santa Maria Novella, or (the very underestimated) Roger & Gallet. But fresher. Citrus, wood, spice, greenery. Works well on hormone-temperamental skin, the one perfume I found that stayed constant throughout spells of skin "going sweet." Some people find this works better on them in some seasons rather than others; and some prefer it as a spring-summer scent.
Do try before you buy, and keep sniffing at it for several hours (ideally, the whole day) before making any decisions: this smells very different on different people, also settling differently after initial application - i.e. what you first smell may bear little relation to this half an hour or two hours later. At least - so I gather - you'll know quite definitely if this is "you" or not. No half measures.
This lasts very well. Can be layered to even greater satisfaction using at least the matching body oil. The shower gel was lovely (but kept disappearing from shops? haven't bought it in ages), the moisturiser pleasant but overpriced for what it was: I got much the same effect by mixing an unperfumed body lotion with the Dynamisante oil. All the products are supposed to be beneficial. As with many Clarins products, there's a lot of elegant hot air of a pseudo-scientific nature, crossed with Paris-chic environmentalism. To be fair, some of the claims are a little dated, and were certainly revolutionary at the time of this product's launch (1980s? 70s? ages ago, anyway). Going beyond fairness and into praise, it's one of the less irritating scents out there - on one's own person, and with respect to others. Also, it's supposed to be unisex and indeed suits many men too. And it's one of these scents that many men seem to like. And, indeed, other women. And both in a non-sexual way. The gist of that seems to be that if Dynamisante "sits" right on you, it seems to exude comfort, stability, and friendliness.
In a plastic spray bottle. Lasts quite a long time.