And I say that with respect and appreciation for both brands.
Let me start by saying that when I sprayed out Le Lion, I was immediately reminded of Shalimar - it has a bright top and the sweetness and the amber just vividly captures the essence of Shalimar, but then it turns to a much louder side - while Shalimar concentrates more on its powdery facet and its vanilla, Le Lion - to my nose - is much, much more smokier, has much rougher leather nuances and almost a tar-like nature.
I can smell it on my skin the next morning and on my clothes.
The Cistus here reminds me of Antaeus but just the note itself.
For many years I was incredibly bitter towards Chanel, however, Le Lion de Chanel recently sparked my curiosity.
~Something reminds me of coromandel--patchouli? While the smoke and resins are still center stage, its quite remarkable in my view.
My first day was overwhelming, with too much strong, smoky leather notes maybe it was the labdanum? I say Le Lion deserves its own olfactory invention patent and its own place in the Hall of Fame.