Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I featured Chanel Antaeus in my Favorite Masculines for Men post. This was a post about perfumes that I love to smell but don’t feel comfortable wearing. And it’s very evident from that post that I love late 1970’s and early 1980’s masculines. I like men’s fragrances that will remind you of Tom Selleck’s mustache.
Antaeus is a powerhouse. It is THE powerhouse. It broke the ice for a decade of “sooo masculine it was borderline campy” powerhouse fragrances. Antaeus opens with a blast of dry sage reminding me of Hollywood’s interpretation of Wild West tumbleweeds. Underneath the dry sage, it’s all animalic. There’s unwashed scalp. And faint traces of sweaty man armpits. Sandalwood and pine needles. Sweat and leather bars. Beeswax pomade in perfectly coiffed hair. A dry moss and patchouli chypre. It’s all hyper-masculine notes thrown into a sleek black bottle.
Really all I want to say is that I love Antaeus and I don’t really feel like breaking it apart. It smells really good and that’s all I feel like saying about it. David hates it; he won’t wear it. I lied. I have noticed when he tries to get out of the doghouse for saying something stupid, that he’ll wear it. And last week he thought I was going to die (or something) and he wore it (I’m still trying to figure this one out).
Notes listed include moss, cedar, sandalwood, tobacco, pine, Russian leather, clary sage, myrtle, patchouli, and beeswax absolute. Launched 1981. PERFUMER – Jacques Polge
Give Chanel Antaeus a try if you like good perfumes 🙂 or if you like fragrances like Halston Z-14, Caron Yatagan, Yves Saint Laurent Kouros and/or Tom Ford Italian Cypress. Antaeus smells very masculine to me. Like aggressively masculine. Like Tom Selleck mustache masculine.
Oh, and Antaeus is an EDT. I imagine that one spritz of an EDP could be noticed at least 3 states away. This fragrance has ABOVE AVERAGE sillage and longevity.
*I’ve reviewed a modern version. You’re going to hear all kinds of things about the vintage on-line. Yeah, vintage is nice but so is the modern. I’m not going to go around chasing things that remind me of a different hairline or a different body type than I have today…
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – An amazing powerhouse masculine that defined a decade. It’s one of my favorites to smell on masculine types. I will take this over Bleu de Chanel any day.
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