2013 saw the release of a new fragrance out of the House of Jean-Paul Gaultier. Created by perfumer Francis Kurkdijian, who is also the nose behind Christian Dior Eau Noire, Davidoff Silver Shadow and Giorgio Armani Mania for Men, Jean-Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male is reminiscent of one of Kurkidjian’s other perfumes, Cult Le Male. Although there are similar accords, though, Le Beau Male is an original scent that is meant to accentuate the seductive and erotic potential in each man.

Women love men who smell fresh, said Jean Paul Gaultier, and this is the premise behind the clean and fresh scent of his newest fragrance. There is nothing sexier to women, who enjoy the clean scent of masculinity that is they naturally exude after a shower. However, the fragrance is also deceptively powerful, as the masterful blend of cool accords on a base of sensual musk gives the impression of confidence and control.

The face of the fragrance is Kaylan Falgoust, who poses nude on a polar bearskin rug surrounded by ice. His damp body indicates he has recently stepped out of a shower, giving him the “hot” look that Gaultier envisioned. The ads’ message gives rise to the wonderful play of hot versus cold, just as the fragrance itself has both warm and cool notes. Le Beau Male is a fresher version of the original Le Male scent that was first released in 1995. Gaultier is keeping up with the times by reinventing one of his most famous fragrances and making it just as seductive.

The Notes

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male starts off fresh with a blast of intense mint, which is reminiscent of the original Le Male scent that was a smashing success in the 90s. It is hardly a sweet smell, especially when it is blended with absinthe, a bitter accord that gives the scent a dark, cool impression. The slightly acerbic scent of orange blossom dances beneath the minty melody, somewhat softening the otherwise harsh opening of Le Beau Male Jean Paul Gaultier for Men.

The aquatic freshness is fully developed as the heart notes begin to blend with the mint and herbal notes of the opening. Lavender makes an appearance, which is another nod to the original fragrance, but in this case, it is softer and subtler than it was in 1995, giving Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male a completely unique identity. Whereas the original Le Male was sweet and warm, the latest version is a play of hot and cold.

The base is where the fragrance’s warmth is finally revealed. There is a nice layer of musk and sandalwood that tempers the cool mint scent that has dominated the other phases of the fragrance. However, it is not as strong as the original Le Male, since the goal of this scent is to contrast hot and cold. The dry down period is also punctuated with hints of vanilla, although again, this sweet accord is nowhere near as evident in Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male as it is in the orginal.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male Bottle

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male ReviewAs with all Le Male fragrances that emerge from the House of Gaultier, Le Beau Male is bottled in a flacon shaped like a man’s torso; however, this one is white with icy-blue stripes. The color scheme is clearly meant to convey the icy nature of the liquid inside, as the blue used on the bottle gives the entire package an aquatic look. The spritzer is gunmetal silver, which is the same as what is used on other Le Male bottles.

The outside container is also an icy blue color, and is shaped like a tin can, just as other Le Male packages have been. The words “Jean-Paul Gaultier” are embossed on the can and “Le Beau Male” is printed on a splotch of darker blue to ensure the name of the fragrance stands out. The metal container also claims the fragrance is “Intensely Fresh,” giving potential buyers an idea of what they will get when they spritz on Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male. The fragrance is available in a 75 ml bottle for $64 and a 125 ml bottle for $85.

Reviews

No Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male review would be complete without seeing what actual owners of the fragrance are saying. Many people who loved the original Le Male have had a hard time embracing the newer version. The iciness is definitely an acquired scent and most reviewers who enjoyed Le Male seem to prefer the warmer notes of the original. However, there are many other reviewers who have fallen in love with Le Beau Male. For instance, one person said he was “pleasantly surprised” with the “fresh mint and other herbs” followed by the mellower scents of lavender and orange blossom.

Several reviewers who were not fond of the original Le Male have embraced Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male as a modern take on freshness. They find it “much more wearable and versatile,” indicating that while the fragrance is perfect for summer wear, it is also appropriate for fall and spring as well. Most wearers like the longevity of the scent, saying it stays on their skin for as many as 10 hours.

The one thing both negative and positive reviewers agree on is that Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male is a scent that is unlike anything on the market. While there is a trace of Gaultier’s signature accords, it is only a distant cousin, perhaps one that lives in an icier climate. It is cooler and fresher than most of Gaultier’s scents, with the mint and sage notes lingering throughout all phases of the fragrance. It is very masculine and does exactly what Gaultier intended it to do, which was to create a fresh and cool fragrance that would stand out among the many generic aquatic fragrances available on the market today.

Most people who have tried the fragrance are pleased with it as a summer scent. They feel the silage is appropriate for that time of year and its longevity is in line with other summer fragrances of its type. Still, some wearers will be sporting this fragrance all year round, as they find its base warm enough for even the coldest of nights.