Samples Review: L.12.12. RED, L.12.12. WHITE, L.12.12. NOIR by LACOSTE

     I haven’t had much luck in the past with finding Lacoste fragrances that I find pleasant. My brother has one, and my dad is on his second one, but I just didn’t like them. Something always feels off, or a little bit unpleasant. I’m hoping that of the three samples I’ve got here today, I’ll love at least one. A boy can dream, right?

     Here are my quick thoughts about each of the fragrances:

Lacoste L.12.12. Red-White

Lacoste L.12.12. Red-White

1.) Lacoste L.12.12. Red: fun facts alert: the L stands for Lacoste, the number 1 stands for the Petit Pique material used in the first Lacoste polo shirt, the 2 stands for the short sleeves in said garment, and 12 is the number of versions made before a final one was achieved. You are now wiser than when you began reading this post, so good for you.

     This is a 2012 release, with top notes of Rooibos tea, mango, and mandarin orange. It opens with a lovely fresh orange note, with a tiny hint of something woodsy. This is the one I was waiting for – finally a Lacoste I like!

2.) Lacoste L.12.12. White: this was my dad’s signature scent last year, and it was the one I didn’t like. Also, the name of the fragrance isn’t consistent; I’ve seen White, Pure, Pur, and Blanc – what am I to call it?

     This is a 2011 release, with top notes of grapefruit, cardamom, and rosemary. This opens with a sunny lemon note, but there’s something off about it. Actually, it kind of reminds me of laundry detergent. I can’t place my finger on what note specifically ruins this for me, but I can’t enjoy it.

Lacoste L.12.12. Noir-White

3.) Lacoste L.12.12 Noir: what was so wrong with keeping in line with the rest of the collection and naming this in English? I love the word black. Black is a wonderful word. Black. Black. See? No harm in saying it… sorry, I’m getting carried away.

     A 2013 release, this has watermelon in its top, and… that’s it. It goes off into lavender, basil and verbena for the middle, and settles with patchouli, coumarin, cashmeran, and dark chocolate notes. Watermelon? Please. This is a floral chocolate, which is a combination I never thought of. Chocolate and peanut butter? Sure. Chocolate and liqueurs? Why not! But chocolate and flowers? …Not as romantic as it sounds. I’ll pass.

Collective thoughts about what I’ve sniffed today: one of three isn’t bad, right? Also, I’m grateful that Lacoste mails these samples cards. They make picking your favourite so much easier!

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