Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume (and I’m reviewing the “vintage”)
I’m very open about my affection for late 1970’s and 1980’s classic masculine fragrances. I love these sort of powerhouses. The funny thing is that with time, it seems that many of these mega-masculine powerhouses are becoming more and more “unisex”. This may have to do with modern designer men’s fragrances appearing more “simplified”. And modern designer women’s fragrances are leaning more towards the complex than they were in the 1990’s. Or maybe all “vintage” smelling blends are just being lumped together because they’re different than what is launched today. And since there is a generation gap from then to now, people no longer have these masculine associations with these fragrances.
Lagerfeld is a blast of aldehydes and spice over a funky sweetness. Smoke, sweet florals, more smoke, leather and sticky honey. The dry-down is an amazing honeyed tobacco with boozy tonka and sweet amber. And a smooth 70’s era musk. In comparison to other powerhouse masculines from the era, Lagerfeld is much, much sweeter. It’s a sweet amber oriental with the perfect amount of funk.
What I’m about to say is highly inappropriate, but I can’t help it. I imagine that Lagerfeld Classic is the reason why the world now has so many antibiotic resistant sexually transmitted infections. I’m sure it was some really sexy stuff back in the day. It has that perfect amount of “dirty”.
Notes listed include aldehydes, bergamot, nutmeg, sweet orange, estragon, cedarwood, jasmine, iris, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, tobacco, amber, oak, musks, vanilla and tonka bean. Launched 1978. PERFUMER – Ron Winnegrad
Or if you like Dolce & Gabanna Homme, Serge Lutens Chergui, Illuminum Wild Tobacco, aroma M Amber Rouge and/or Caron Parfum Sacre. It was once a powerhouse masculine but smelling it now, I see it as more unisex in comparison to others from the era.
Projection and longevity are above average.
My opinion on the modern formula is that it’s still good. It’s not exactly the same and it does lack some of the richness, but it’s far more interesting than 90% of the designer launches of recent years. Plus, the price of this stuff is impossible to beat.
You can find 2 oz and 4.2 oz bottles of the modern stuff for about $20 at discounters like Perfume.com. And if you can find some “reasonable” priced vintage ones on eBay.
Victoria’s FInal EauPINION – A classic oriental for the fellows but now loved by everyone that likes a good skanky amber. You guys know I like these sort of things.
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