Lui by Mazzolari

Year: 2006

Notes: citrus, spices, flowers, animalic notes, leather, cedar, vetiver, Indonesian patchouli, sandalwood, ambergris
Lui may come across as a softer version of Patchouli but there's more to it than meets the eye. Yes, it's still a sweet patchouli-centred fragrance but it's a lot more masculine, complex and (with the addition of some leather and ambergris) animalic.

With sultry undertones of leather, patchouli and animalic notes, the ambergris plays a crucial supporting role to its woody-leather core. Furthermore, both the spices and florals accentuate a degree of sweetness that veers it closer towards unisex territory. As well as being mostly linear, it's also suave and persuasively raunchy. One is also able to discern a touch of blond tobacco lurking somewhere in the background.

To one's nose, the composition could have possibly been inspired by Jovan's Sex Appeal for Men (also another patchouli-centred scent). Lui successfully manages to smooth out the rough edges and significantly tweak this 1970s classic, resulting in a more modern, luxurious and sweeter denouement.

Although long-lasting, it's extremely docile on the skin most of the time. Personally, one would have preferred it in Eau de Parfum concentration (especially based on its retail price) but that's just a minor quibble. Other than that, it's an excellent olfactory specimen of post-modern masculine sensuality.