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Review: Le Beau by Jean Paul Gaultier

I’m a huge fan of Jean Paul Gaultier fragrances and Le Male has been a part of my fragrance collection since my teens, as has Gaultier 2. What I enjoy most about the brand's fragrances are their edgy and unique scents which are undoubtedly original. Gaultier has recently released Le Beau, a scent for men which takes inspiration from the designer’s garden, while the his and hers fragrance bottles tell the story of Adam & Eve and the lesson of temptation. Here’s what I thought of Le Beau for Men.

Name: Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau

Fragrance Notes: Bergamot, Coconut Wood & Tonka Bean

Described as: A woody aromatic fragrance with a tropical twist on the original JPG Le Male fragrance. The scent opens with energising bergamot and the sweetness of coconut, instantly transporting its wearer to a remote tropical getaway. Once the scent begins to settle you start to notice the Gaultier DNA and the sweet woody aroma of Tonka Bean.

Wear it: I struggled a little with when to wear this scent. It’s quite sweet which doesn’t make it overly ideal for summer, while it’s not really warm enough for the colder months in my opinion; however, great for spring and sunny winter days. In saying that, I’ve worn this fragrance during the day in winter and pairs nicely with social occasions such as brunches, and afternoon drinks with a more casual vibe. A great scent for the office as well especially on casual Fridays.

Price: Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau 100ml EDT AUD 144. Available from Myer & David Jones stores nationally and online.

The verdict: Let me begin by saying I love this bottle. The use of sharp and powerful lines accompanied by gold accents make it striking! It almost looks like it’s carved from crystal making it the perfect accessory for any gent’s bedroom or bathroom. From a fragrance perspective, the scent is not what I’ve come to expect from Gaultier. I like an intense and unique fragrance which turns heads, and while Le Beau is nice, for me it’s missing the punch and longevity of the original Le Male. In saying that, Le Beau is more modern and provides more versatility on wear due to its lighter formulation.

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