Cadillac Coupe smells like it's trying to be a niche fragrance without the outrageous price tag. In many ways it succeeds, because it doesn't at all smell like a trendy men's designer scent. This fragrance is heavy on the patchouli and sandalwood, which you see a lot more in niche perfumes than in designer fragrances. Cadillac Coupe's weakness is in its construction, which is rough and crude and at times unpleasant.
Cadillac Couple smells BROWN. Patchouli is definitely its dominant note,
and it's buttressed by meaty smelling sandalwood, leather and black amber. It's warm and rich, and it smells like a case
study in brown smells. I love patchouli,
leather and sandalwood, but here the combination smells monotonous and
one-dimensional after about an hour.
It's a very impressive fragrance initially, when it smells
almost like a knockoff of Byredo's Baudelaire (see my review of that scent),
but unlike Baudelaire, Cadillac Coupe lacks depth, and there's not much development or evolution in its scent.
What I really don't like is the drydown, where the fragrance
develops a dry, powdery smell. The
powderiness clashes with the patchouli and sandalwood, and it smells crude and
poorly blended. It's irritating, and by
the arrival of hour two, I can't wait to take a shower and wash it all off. Cadillac Coupe quickly gets tiresome to wear.
Although I'm lukewarm about it, Cadillac Coupe is still worth
trying, especially when you consider that a 100 ml. bottle is only about $15
US. It's a really masculine fragrance, and
you don't find a lot of patchouli-heavy perfumes these days for such a
reasonable price. If my description of
Byredo's Baudelaire sounds like a fragrance you'd like, but don't want to spend
huge money, then Cadillac Coupe is definitely worth a sniff. I don't like it, but who knows, you might end up loving it.
MY RATING: 5/10