Founded in 1933 by Rene Lacoste and Andre Gillier, Lacoste began offering perfumes only in the 1980’s starting with Lacoste for Me. A series of perfumes for men and women have been launched since then, adorned with the crocodile logo. We took a closer look at the affordable favourites in this review and listed out some of the top ones out here.Each selection has a link to where you can find them.
Best Lacoste Cologne
Eau de Lacoste Blanc
L.12.12 is the name given to the first polo shirt launched by Lacoste. Blancis part of a series of three-the Vert (Green) and Bleu (Blue). They chose ‘Blanc’ or white as it represents simplicity, elegance and freshness and opens on top notes of tangy grapefruit having a dash of rosemary and cardamom.
At the heart, you have soft floral notes of ylang-ylang and tuberose. And on the base you have sensual scents of cedar, leather, suede, and vetiver. The flacon reflects the spirit of this cologne with this clean, white and fresh white colour.
- clean and fresh citrusy offering
- really good for summers
- moderate sillage and longevity
- somewhat generic and outdated scent profile,
It easy for the BlancL.12.12 to get labeled as genetic as this is to be used primarily in summer. But colognes need to have that’s something extra in order to last through the summer heat and this it does just that. Its very well blended – where it is a blend of fresh and floral but yes, not exactly ground breaking seeing how it was formulated in the 1980’s.
What’s special about it is that it’s smooth and soft enough to be a unisex perfume. There is definitely this sweet, candy or tart like vibe, possible due to the florals, ylang-ylang and grapefruit but is anything but cloying. Fresh, inoffensive and unusual scent for a cologne and is a move away from the heady, alcohol-like formulas normally found in colognes.
L’Homme Lacoste Cologne
L’Homme from Lacoste is reminiscent of the sharp suited 1908’s business man the essence of the scent is essentially modern,masculine and elegant. It is a woody spicy fragrance and has top notes of mandarin and sweet orange essence mixed up with this unexpected juicy quince and bold rhubarb infused for that energetic vibe. Then you have vibrant spices at the heart like black pepper, ginger, transparent jasmine and almond and all of this has been made timeless with a sensuous woody base of cedar wood with dry amber, musk, vanilla and Akigalawood.
- clean and fresh
- daily wear
- average performance,
- dated and generic profile
The citrus and rhubarb is fantastic in this and is a break from the bergamot and lemon normally found everywhere, with the orange note standing out.It leans towards unisex as it has this creamy touch to it. Sometimes it is this tart, juicy fragrance, while other times it is this linear catastrophe.
We guess this has to do with the longevity, which isn’t the best, but this lightness gives it even more versatility for any event or time of year. Unique qualities and lots of value for money but it does still have that generic, conservative vibe though that might not suit people who want performance out of their perfume. This is a love-hate choice and we suggest trying it out before buying.
Touch of Pink
Touch of Pink is the first modern approach taken by Lacoste and this EDP is a younger, trendier scent for women. The profile is described as vibrant, youthful with lots of floral and sweet notes. So the top notes are as vibrant as can be with blood orange, coriander leaf, cardamom and peach. Energy has been added in the heart with jasmine, carrot, and violet leaves. All of this drama has been softened out in the base with woodsy-musk and vanilla.
- moderate longevity,
- soft to moderate sillage
- poor performance
This scent is just outstanding with its citrus, spicy and savoury vibe with a feminine sweetness, but doesn’t last as long as we’d like it to- it works like an EDT.Although meant for teens and younger girls, it can be worn by older women as well and that due to the spicy notes. But it isn’t distinctive and if you’re the type that loves a lot of perfumes, then this can be described as someone’s ‘signature’ scent ever.
One thing we can say is that it doesn’t have that cotton candy sweetness and in terms of longevity, it’s more of a skin scent but does last a while. Scrumptious, surprising but safe and is good for the summer, office and in this way is versatile.
Lacoste Pour Femme Intense
The Pour Femme Intense from Lacoste is a sporty and elegant offering from 2003 for the cosmopolitan woman. It is a completely new composition from the stuff found in the 80’s and is floral, velvety and woody. The inspiration for this unique profile came from the character that has a strong personality, combination of softness and strength, self-confident, elegance and humble.
Top notes include caramel which represents the tan color of the packaging. The heart is floral notes of with Bulgarian rose accord from the first version and the signature notes of Himalayan cedar and sandalwood at the base.
- skin scent,
- simple composition
- mild sillage
- caramel notes hard to identify
A refreshingly simple and beautiful take on the original LPF. There is nothing gourmand about it, but instead this quiet wood tempered with musk. It reminded us of Juice Couture Viva la Juicy and Crystal Noir. It is an odd blend of the pungency of fruity florals but plays out is a very classy, sophisticated way, giving it loads of versatility.
One thing we noticed is that the caramel accord could get lost from time to time and the projection is a whole lot less because of it. It is also safe, non-cloying as caramel can be sweet.
Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle
This is a new take of theoriginal Eau de Lacoste which is darker and the sweetness of fruits of the original hashas been replaced with an appealing gourmand touch of nougatine. It isin keeping with thebrand’s core style to perfection and iscarefree, chic,sensual perfume. At the same time it stands out from the usuallighter scents from Lacoste withsparkling, vibrant pink pepper that contrasts the tart blackcurrant.
The performance is affected by the changes in theatmosphere. Turkish rose has been combined with the delicate essence of sweet peaand is made stronger with the addition of GladiolusInflexus. Soft, sensualnougatinenotes blend with amber in an elegant, effortless fragrance and timeless way. The fragrance is kept in a bottle of the same design, but in a different color, deep blue.
- good performance
- not too sweet
- too gourmand for some
- poor longevity
This EDP smells like flowers sprayed over with musk and just a hint of creaminess. It is elegant, classy and romantic and just pretty. The main almond like nougat accord is soapy and musky so it’s sweet but not in the sugary sense of the word. It is close Bvlgari’s Mon Jasmin Noir because of the kind of notes used.
We wished it lasted longer on the skin though – the berry scent is mixed with rose, musk and amber. A few hours later, the nougatine and amber become stronger and vanilla appears in the dry down.