Antaeus (1981)
    by Chanel




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    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.

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    ClassicFan's avatar

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    This is an enjoyable wood fragrance that resembles leather like Knize Ten but it's not as flooded with Amber. It's one of the better Chanel fragrances and can be easily worn in the office without offense. The dry-down is pleasant. The only problem is longevity. Tha labdanum is probably where the leathery amber is coming from.

    07th December, 2014 (Last Edited: 17th December, 2014)

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    Back in the 80's, this was on regular rotation in my collection.
    I saw it at harrods and decided to take a trip down memory lane.
    Big mistake!

    I feel cheated by channel. This is not the Antaeus I once knew. It is something else entirely and as such, it should have been given a different name.

    This new formulation has no resemblance to what I wore back then. Weak, to the point of despairing from my skin within minutes (rather than hours) and not even a shadow of what this scent used to be.

    Thumbs down indeed!
    Pros: at £40 (after discounts) it was cheap'Ish
    Cons: everything else about it. I don't think it will even make it as my WC spray!

    21st July, 2014

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    A magnificent, raw but refined opening of musky castoreum, warm but dry and really close to leather (like in Knize Ten and other classics), but gently softened by aromatic woods, spices and silky colourful hints of flowers. Animalic but friendly and elegant, it has a typical fougère "gloominess" but it also appears more "young", relaxed and modern than most of other more classic and austere fougères, and also more sophisticated and sharp. The evolution is quite predictable, as it remains a castoreum-leather smoky accord, just drier and lighter as hours pass. Restrained and noble, always without being too shady or heavy, rather keeping it slightly "airy" and more lively thanks to rose, jasmine and fresh tasty herbs like thyme and sage. Versatile, classy, cozy, masculine. Timeless classic!

    8,5/10

    04th July, 2014

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    Genre: Leather

    Antaeus helped establish the 1980s powerhouse trend in men’s fragrances, and still stands as a fine example of the genre. Unapologetically butch, it’s a leather scent that thrusts back its shoulders and says “Come on, take your best shot.” Perfect with big shoulder pads and double breasted suits, but not the height of fashion today. Antaeus stands out in bold relief against the current crop of patsy “fresh” fragrance clones, but it’s hard for me to wear without feeling like a mobster who’s overdone it with the aftershave. Among the big, bad 80s bruisers, I still prefer the more complex Patou pour Homme and Havana.

    10th June, 2014

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    I know Antaeus since 1985, and am very sorry that Antaeus has been reformulated, have a memory of higher intensity relative to that of now, with two applications on the shirt were enough to create around you a beautiful scene of beauty, luxury and elegance, that unforgettable feeling, I'm no expert at describing smells, but I do recognize the old perfumes that are faithful now, for example Chanel Monsieur, I have consulted with other people and also believe the same thing, although it is very similar , the feeling is not the same, as if something is missing, it's like the feeling of another wonderful smell, different but also creamy, mysterious, lustful, Shiseido Basala unfortunately disappeared. Lords of Chanel perfumers, because they have done?
















    06th June, 2014

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    (I own a bottle, the newer version bought at Bergdorfs in nyc this year)

    I have never tried the older formulations but the recent version is great, nothing I dont like about it from start to finish. I was amazed at this scent right from the beginning on the paper blotter at the counter and I love the way it evolves and changes on the dry-down. Try before you buy on this one...its bold and beautiful, and I can understand how some people could object to it. Its not an understated fragrance but thats also part of its charm. I could wear this all year but its probably better as a fall-winter scent.

    23rd May, 2014 (Last Edited: 14th June, 2014)

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