Reviews of Essential by Lacoste

On opening I get tomato leaf and initially a non-descript citrus that quickly reveals to be orange. A moderately sweet and soft orange fused with mild amounts of rose and sandalwood. The tomato leaf note is pleasant as it merges with the black pepper in delivering bitterness. Soapy? very light in my opinion and smells more like a body wash gel.

I'm going to give Essential by Lacoste a thumbs up. It's long lasting but expect subtle projection like any sport fragrance. This one doesn't smell like it was developed in year 2005 but rather more influenced with how sport fragrances in the 1980's were designed.
24th March 2023
The ratings here are interesting. Quite a few, and basically split between yes, no, maybe. The scent is a bit of a contradiction, in that it doesn’t really smell like anything else and yet you could say there are better choices for what this does. Ok.

I’m gonna say yes here. It’s original (odd green freshie, with tomato leaf and a creamy sweetness) and pleasant. Especially now, in this overly blue, bumble gummy ambroxan bomb era.

Sophisticated fragheads and big time collectors are gonna pass on this and that’s fine. For enthusiasts, this is a safe blind buy - its cheap! - but if you have a large collection, this could get lost in it, and you may prefer to spend your money elsewhere.

But for an easy reach, spring and summer refresher or unique gym scent - especially for a younger man or teenager - this will serve well.

Best in short bursts (as longevity is lacking) and when you don’t want to sledgehammer anybody with your scent (light sillage and projection). Safe for gym, school, work, the pool, tennis, walks in the park, first dates, etc. it’s versatile and inoffensive.

Recommended, albeit with caveats and restraint.
4th February 2022

I sometimes get rude service when I wear this perfume.

Lasts around 3 to 4 hours.

A few females are attracted. Very few so this is not worth the asking price even if I didn't get bad service.
18th July 2021
Essential - Lacoste
Not essential in any kind of way.
10th July 2019
Starts off with a pleasant mix of bergamot, cassia leaf (which smells very green), tangerine, and tomato leaf. It's a quite pleasant opening but oddly reminds me a lot of some sort of bath body wash or soap I've used in the past. The tomato leaf makes it unique-smelling in the world of fresh fragrances, and it has a sweet undertone to it all rather than sharp citrus as is usual for fresh fragrances. I think a lot of people would enjoy the sweetness, but personally I am not a huge fan. It's a unisex fragrance in my opinion due to the sweetness: women can easily wear this. On drydown I get a lot of rose scent mixing with the tomato leaf, and it becomes even sweeter. The rose is very prominent. Basenotes are much the same but with cedarwood. Sillage is weak-to-moderate and longevity is strong but as a skin scent. Overall it's an ok fragrance but is too feminine due to the sweetness and far too casual for my liking.
4th March 2018
Green and soapy clean but it's the kind of scent that you can find in many mass-market soaps or detergents. The drydown is bland and synthetic.

Probably best for summer/daytime/casual.

15th January 2018
This is an extremely "zesty" juice to my nose that works perfectly in the spring and summer. Geared towards a younger demo IMO. Would be good as a weekend or casual scent. Nothing overbearing to my nose and will last about 3 or 4 hours on the skin. For the price it's ok to blind buy but if you are looking for something a little longer lasting try Frapin Passion Boisee. The Frapin in more expensive but overall better done.
22nd May 2017
Light, crisp citrus with a slight funk. Pretty inoffensive. Kind of an immature fragrance, I feel too old to wear it and I'm only 25. Good fragrance none the less.
27th April 2017
It's a nice and fresh smell, girlfriend loves it so that's a winner. Unfortunately, on my skin, longevity is horrible. Either that, or olfactory fatigue sets in after just a few minutes. After 30 minutes or so, I feel like I'm not wearing anything, I can't even pick up hint that I'm wearing this. On the contrary, when I spray a towel in the guest bathroom, and I come back in the evening, the scent is still good - and it can even be picked up the next morning. So maybe it's just my skin, I don't know.

I would only buy this if it was a good deal, but then it's definitely worth as a casual work/office-fragrance.
29th August 2016
Lacoste Essential is a casual fragrance. It works and does what it is supposed to do. I like lighter fragrances such as this one. Many of the evening/night out colognes give me a headache and sometimes nausea. I am thankful for these summer and daytime colognes. They have their place in the fragrance world.

Thank you,

20th August 2016
Very fresh. Very green. Smells young and invigorating. Too much can make it smell too synthetic though let it dry.
18th September 2015
This fragrance is the definition of casual. You will smell fresh, clean, like out of the shower, but you won't leave any impressions.

The tomato leaf is what separates this scent from the mayority of fresh scents. normaly this type of scents are more citrusy, but this one has a sweet undertone (not a strong sweet though) that kinda makes it different in its own way.

Perfect for a walk outside or staying at home on a spring/summer day.

13th September 2015
I didn't realize Lacoste Essential had been regarded as this versatile until seeing some of the online reviews, but it makes sense, given the curious blend of note categories it involves. I remember looking forward to and enjoying it greatly after purchasing my first batch in 2006, right when it came out, but after nearly a decade, I admit it now smells relatively synthetic. Yes, it's still an agreeable "green" fragrance that has the versatility of fruity, herby, aquatic, and even spicy notes, but none of these notes really stands out. It's green in the way that many blue fragrances are just blue---an amorphous mix of notes that are not individually recognizable enough to give it a natural feel.

Lacoste Essential's projection is relatively soft and its longevity is moderate for a lighter fragrance, so on secondary markets its price is finally catching up to its value. Not a bad item to have in a collection, but I won't be replacing my bottle with a new one once it runs out. There are simply too many superior blue/green/white designer frags to work into the warm weather rotation.

6 out of 10
31st August 2015
A decent fresh, fruity and floral fragrance which is a good choice for a guy who don't has any fragrance in this genre and he want something pleasant and safe to wear casually in spring and summer.
But if you already have great fragrances in this genre, save your money!
The opening of this fragrance is a sweet, green and fruity smell which is light and transparent.
This sweetness is smooth and OK. it's not that strong.
The fruity notes are not that fresh and citrusy. in my opinion the fruity scent smell more like juniper berries instead of bergamot or tangerine. but all and all, it's a sweet fruity scent. it's not citrusy. don't let the citrusy notes fool you!
In the mid the green vibe of the scent settles down and now the rose scent join in and you have this scent to the end.the rose note here is sweet and light but it's not feminine.
Average projection and weak longevity on my skin.
2nd June 2014
It´s a light and improvement version of Issey Miyake (L´eau D´Issey), less overpower and less overwhelming with regular longevity...the fragrance much better than Miyake more pleasant.
4th March 2014
When I first tried this from a sample I thought it was nice and soapy. A few months later I swapped and got a huge bottle, only to realize that this stuff is extremely, extremely light, and what is detectable is a green, sour mess.

Not recommended, spend your money on better stuff. Lacoste is not a good at making fragrances.
5th January 2014
review by stefly321 Pleasant enough as a summer daytime fragrance, but not for a night out. Its very green and fruity imho. Stays pretty linear and doesnt develop into much.Longevity is average/good.
26th July 2013
Nothing special everyday scent Tried it at sephora and i've got to say that the tester smelt better than the one I bought from them. Top notes were a bit harsh and the fragrance got irritating after a while (to me at least), also had a roommate who owned the same bottle so I got tired of the smell pretty quick.Pros: Fresh everyday scentCons: harsh top notes
1st July 2013
Very nice, fresh and clean, nothing special but nothing offensive here either. Great for spring or summer when i'm not sure what to wear or just for casual use. One of the better offerings from lacoste
2nd April 2013
I really wanted to like this as a light green scent; however, the tomato leaf note is way to overpowering for my nose. Whenever I take a whiff of this, I get a very acidic tomato leaf scent that just ruins the rest of the fragrance. A lot of better fragrances out there.
16th February 2013
Green, soapy citrus and floral. Too much already! Summer frag that could be worn by a woman also. I do like the lightness of the scent. Barely made a neutral rating.
9th November 2012
Good effort by Lacoste, by far their best i think - i am sure even seasoned noses will agree, clean,bright and cheerful i should look at getting a bottle for casual everyday use.
Surely a compliment getter, if you are a bit bored with Niche fragrances, i urge you to give this a shot.
9th September 2012
This is a go-to daytime/work fragrance for me. It starts out and stays nice and fresh, but seems a bit deeper underneath than a normal generic fresh frag does on my skin. As such, it's pleasant while not standing out too much. I believe it is the woody notes keeping it a bit deeper, but they don't stand out enough on my skin to notice them specifically.
6th July 2012
Nothing groundbreaking, but it's a nice and pleasant enough fragrance to give it a thumbs up. Great for the summer and in the same vein as Tommy Hilfiger, Acqua di Gio, and Boss Bottled. Probably one of if not the best Lacoste fragrance and less synthetic smelling compared to the 3 other fragrances I mentioned.
2nd July 2012