Wow! Cover me with slices of lemon and sprinkle me with a pinch of salt. Eau De Monsieur is back. Sadly, I never had a chance to smell the original version of this fizzy, sherbety creation, but I can safely report that this new edition - tweaked by Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen and reminiscent of YSL's Pour Homme - manages to convince the wearer that it's been zapped to 2013 straight from the 70s. With its almost comically yellow, glaringly bright lemon/verbena heart, its sharp, bitter herbal facets and its intriguing saline note (vetivert, perhaps) it harks back to a time when 'clean citrus' meant 'mature gent' in no uncertain terms. As it reaches its drydown, there are moments when its moss element becomes excessively metallic and the detergent-like aspects of its lemon accord make their presence known too frequently. But by and large, this is a solid piece of work whose sunny disposition is hard to resist. If only the mainstream gave men something as radiant as this every now and then.
[Review based on a sample of eau de toilette provided by Annick Goutal in 2013.]