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Antaeus (1981)
by Chanel


Antaeus information

Year of Launch1981
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 1038 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerJacques Polge
PackagingJacques Helleu
Parent CompanyWertheimer

About Antaeus

Antaeus was a handsome hero, son of Greek Goddess of the Earth, Gaeia and God of the Sea, Poseidon.
A warm, woody fragrance with notes of Sage, Patchouli and Labdanum.

Antaeus fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Antaeus

I have been wearing Antaeus for nearly 36 years and it still remains in my Top Ten Favorites.
This is one of the original 80's powerhouses that (for me) defined a generation; along with Patou Pour Homme, Kouros, JHL, Versailles, Polo, etc.....

After all these years Antaeus remains boozy, leathery and it downright reeks of old money and sex! It's certainly a fragrance that wears you and makes absolutely NO apologies about it.

I reserve wearing Antaeus now for special occasions, and most recently wore it to a very formal wedding. I had forgotten how powerful the projection of this is, and was accosted by various partygoers (of both sexes) all evening; telling me how incredible I smell.

While the IFRA guidelines have affected many fragrance houses and reduced many scents to a pale shell of what once was, the current formulation of Antaeus is still quite good. A bit lighter and a tad more floral then before, but still utterly beautiful and downright sexy. It still reminds me of old money.....
16th February, 2017
Thumbs up for vintage and current formulations of Antaeus. I've been wearing vintage Antaeus more than any other fragrance over the last couple years, and it combines intriguing smell with fantastic performance, a fragrance of considerable gravitas, an outlier even among the great fragrances released around the same time, featuring an animalic base, a touch of honey, and strong, peppery woods and patchouli.

The current version being sold during 2016 is also nice, although different enough to be a different scent altogether and not just a reformulation, and much lighter. It only retains a light touch of the character of the original, which is disappointing, but it does bring something new to the experience - a deft sweetness, a smooth, modern politeness, and an office-friendly scent bubble. I think it caters to modern tastes as something that won't impose on others, but being so light gives it an underwhelming performance that's disappointing relative to the original. If someone is looking for something light to wear to the office, this could be a good option.
29th September, 2016
Just bought a 100 ml bottle yesterday, but what a disappointment this was for me! 10 years back, this was sillage and longevity monster cologne... Now 2 hours on my skin and the scent is barely noticeable. Rest in peace great Antaeus. 100$ for a 100 ml EDT and it faded more quickly than an EDC... Thumbs down!
18th September, 2016
Stardate 20160913:

It is simply the best masculine from Chanel. Way ahead of Egoiste and Pour Monsieur .

Current Version:
Not bad at all but not like vintage. Still a thumbs up and much much better than most modern stuff.

13th September, 2016
Antaeus used to be a king, absolutely. Thick and blatant, fantastic. Nowadays, even the most recent formula, smells hollow, iris and violet centered. It's a shame, because the original idea of the creator, was to smell heavy and thick. The new one is just Ok, the original was simply one of the best male EVER created. I'm glad to have a splash one. Of course, got a new 2010 one, but it's a pale version of the former self. Good night.
25th July, 2016
A beautiful Masculine.
I've come to realize that I had avoided this for many years.
It was the Signature of a very dear friend, who in the early 80's was diagnosed with the cruel Scourge that was/is Aids. He died far to early in the Battle.

I've been fortunate enough to obtain a small sample of Vintage. Wearing it has allowed me to finish my grief and recognize it's Masculine beauty once again.
11th June, 2016 (last edited: 12th January, 2017)

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