I own several L’Occitane fragrances. They have always been a solid line of fragrance which I think is a bit underrated. That is why I always check in when I’m at the mall. Over the Holidays when I stopped in I found something new a flanker to Eau de Cedrat released in 2015. That perfume was very straightforward as a clean citrus. It is typical for much of the brand’s offerings. The new flanker, L’Homme Cedrat Cologne, succeeds because it is not so typical.
Now don’t get me wrong this isn’t something so unique but perfumer Julie Masse does a nice job at adding in some atypical aspects to the traditional citrus perfume making it more interesting than its cousin. One of the things which made this stand out was the use of violet leaves to provide the aquatic accord. It has always been a part of the perfumer’s palette but I’ve noticed it being used more often in lieu of the more typical suite of ozonic notes. At its heart L’Homme Cedrat Cologne is a Mediterranean style fragrance.
L’Homme Cedrat Cologne opens with the title note in place from the very first moment. Then Mme Masse surrounds the tart citrus with a lively selection of spices; ginger, black pepper, and chilly mint. That last note is there to begin the transition to the aquatic phase of the violet leaves. The mint is that sensation of cooling sea spray on your face. The violet leaves provide the expansiveness and wateriness of being on the water. In the heart lavender uses both halves of its dual nature as the herbal side picks up the spices while the floral nature provides a new vector. The base is back to generic as it is cedar and white musks an appropriate, if not terribly exciting, finishing accord.
L’Homme Cedrat Cologne has 8-10 hour longevity and average sillage.
As I mentioned above I like the overall L’Occitane fragrance collection quite a bit. The best of them do provide something a little different which is exactly what L’Homme Cedrat Cologne does.
Disclosure: This review is based on a sample provided by L’Occitane.