In 1995, the fashion house of Jean Paul Gaultier released what would become the quintessential fragrance for men. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male is a complex blend of disparate accords that creates a scent that is ideal for the discerning gentleman. It is bold, but with a softer side that hints at the underlying grace of masculinity. The man who wears Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier is able to keep up with the elite but still seem down to earth enough to mingle with blue collar workers.

A completely modern fragrance, Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male is bursting with sensuality but in a confident way that allows the wearer to command the attention of everyone in the room. Its fresh notes of mint and vanilla are such a contradiction in scents that many men find them intriguing and women find them highly desirable. After 18 years on the market, there is no indication that Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male is going out of style. In fact, it is still the go-to fragrance for many men who want to make an instant impression.

Jean Paul Gaultier’s History

Jean Paul Gaultier hasn’t always been known for his fragrances. He never received any training in the world of design, but he began sending fashion sketches to famous stylists when he was still a young boy. He was hired as an assistant to Pierre Cardin in 1970 after Cardin received one of these drawings. In 1971, Gaultier also worked with famous designers Jean Patou and Jacques Esterel. Gaultier released his first individual collection in 1976, but his famous irreverent style did not appear until 1981.

Gaultier is known for using unconventional models for his fashion displays at exhibitions. He often turns traditional gender roles upside down and enjoys shocking his audience by using heavily tattooed and pierced models, along with older men and full-figured women. He has been both criticized and praised for his techniques and has been sought after by numerous motion picture directors to design wardrobes for their films.

Along with his clothing lines and fragrance collections, Gaultier also released a dance single in 1988 and has been a costume designer for rocker Marilyn Manson for several years. He was a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first fashion designer to serve in this capacity. His first fragrance, Classique for women was released in 1993, with Le Male following in 1995. He has also released other fragrances since then, including Fragrance for Humanity, Gaultier2, Fragile, Fleur du Male, Ma Dame and Kokorico.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Notes

Overnight, Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male became a fragrance sensation. It was everywhere for many years and it still a best seller, but now, 18 years after its debut, Jean Paul Le Male is considered a classic. It opens with a refreshing shot of bergamot, lavender and mint. The mint is clearly the star of the fragrance, making a fresh statement right from the start. The lavender softens the citrus of the bergamot and the potency of the mint, but not by much. The opening is strong and powerful, with only a single spritz needed to make an impression. The mint also gives the fragrance its “barbershop” appeal, reminding wearers of the first time they ever got a shave and a haircut from their local barber.

When the heart of the fragrance makes an appearance, it is with the spicy notes of cumin and cinnamon. The citrus notes from the beginning linger, with the addition of the delicious scent of orange blossom. The spiciness of the cumin and cinnamon is smooth and warm, making this an excellent fragrance for those cold winter nights. It is too heavy for a summer scent, but can be worn in the fall as the leaves start to change color and fall off the trees.

The base notes are clear and comforting, with cedarwood, tonka bean, sandalwood and vanilla creating the underlying base line for the clear and bright melody of the top and middle notes. Sweet, but not cloying, the vanilla brings out the softer side of the fragrance, just as men always have a softer side as well. The base is so popular among women that some of them have taken to wearing the fragrance themselves. It is sensual and comforting all at the same time, making it a perfect choice for a date in which closeness is expected.

The Bottle

Jean Paul Gaultier Le MaleAs with all of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male scents, Le Male Jean Paul Gaultier for men is bottled in a flacon that resembles a male’s torso. Its armless, legless form highlights the broadness of an in-shape male’s chest, very similar to the chest of the model that is the face of the fragrance. The bottle has a metallic blue base with light blue stripes over the chest. A silver spritzer tops the bottle, resembling a neck that leads to nowhere. There is no writing printed on the bottle, giving little hint as to the designer or the fragrance itself.

As interesting as the bottle is, the packaging is even more intriguing. It resembles a tin can that might contain beans or another type of nonperishable food item. It is gun-metal gray and has the words “Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male” embossed on one side of the can. Although it is an interesting package, it almost gives an inexpensive vibe, as if what’s inside has very little value. The fragrance itself is so opulent that most people who have given a Le Male Jean Paul Gaultier review have said it smells more expensive than it really is. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male is available in a 75 ml bottle and a 125 ml bottle.

Le Male Reviews

One does not need a Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Review to tell him how amazing this fragrance is. It is still one of the best-selling fragrances for men in the world. It is not overly masculine, but instead gives off the vibe of a young up-and-coming businessman who will eventually take the world by storm. Still, it is refined enough to be worn by men who have already achieved that goal. World travelers, top-flight executives, hard-hitting salesmen and shrewd bankers have all included Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male in their fragrance collections.

The only caveat many people who gave a Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male review had for this fragrance is to use it sparingly. It has amazing silage and longevity, but it can be overpowering if too much is sprayed on. In fact, one reviewer offered his opinion on how to wear Jean Paul Le Male. He said excessive use of the scent would come across as trying to hard to impress the girls. It eventually smells like a bug repellent instead of cologne if it is applied too liberally. He recommended that the fragrance be sprayed once on each wrist and dabbed behind the ears and on the neck. It should never be over-sprayed or applied to clothing, as it will linger for hours.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male should be worn as an accessory that is meant to complement an overall clothing ensemble. It should not be the star of the show, as the goal is to make women lean in to get a better sniff. It should provide a hint of the sophistication of the wearer, but also give off the subtle nuances of a softer side. Women go wild for a man’s sensitivity, as long as it isn’t too much. They still want their men masculine and strong, which is exactly what Le Male conveys.

Most reviewers who have been wearing Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male since its debut in 1995 say it is perfectly suited for young adult males, but older men can pull it off too as long as it is worn sparingly. It can be too powerful for office wear unless the wearer has taken pains to ensure the fragrance is worn as part of an overall clothing ensemble and not as the main attraction. The heaviness of the scent is just right for fall and winter, but is probably not well-suited for the hot days and nights of summer.

Even though this fragrance was initially marketed to males only, many women have discovered they enjoy the scent so much that it has evolved into a more unisex fragrance. It is still mostly preferred by men; however, women who do not like the floral or sweet fragrances that are often marketed toward them may find this product extremely appealing. It is not overly masculine, even though its title would lead one to think that. It has the soft base notes that belie its overtly masculine opening, making it a perfect choice for less feminine women.

The bottle is a bit of a turn off for men, but it hasn’t stopped them from buying Jean Paul Le Male in droves. In the 18 years since it was first released, Le Male has shot to the top of the list of must-have fragrances for men. What’s more is that it doesn’t show any signs of slowing in the near future. This will be a scent that will become a classic in no time at all.