Well, honestly I was expecting something else out of this fragrance. based on the main notes and dominating castoreum note I was expecting something extremely animalic with kind of dirty buttery leather type of scent but this is more toward smoky type of leather with only hint of animalic feel.
At the opening I can smell a dark green, smoky, mossy and earthy scent which definitely is something manly.
Even though it has been made in 80's the smell is very modern and It doesn't smell dated at all!
As time passes and in the mid scent gets smokier and more leathery plus hint of dirty animalic feeling of castoreum note which is very lovely.
In the base I can smell pretty the same smell only a little bit more smoky and earthy.
It's a completely linear scent and do not expect something very complex. what you get at the opening is exactly what you will get till the end.
Projection is strong and longevity is something between 7-8 hours on the skin.
It's a solid masculine scent but I was expecting something much more daring and much more complex!
Wood, spice, leather, tobacco, and perhaps even incense---Chanel's Antaeus is the wintersection of all of these aspects, and as usual, I regard a fragrance that involves different characterizations like this to be on the more versatile (situationally and seasonally) and less trendy side. Antaeus fits the bill in the cold weather corner of fragrances, as its density and darker character would make it difficult to pull off on a warm day. It opens with a slightly sharper sage element but devolves into the aforementioned blend. It conjures sophistication, stability, and maturity---certainly not the very young man's scent. Projection and longevity and both strong for an EDT.
Some reviewers have classified this as the winter counterpart to summer's Pour Monsieur. I've only recently retried the latter, and bought both the EDT from overseas and the new EDP domestically in the US, and I agree that Antaeus is a classic alongside both versions of PM (even the concentree, too). Antaeus is a must-try for those who revere a classic masculine fragrance. Another Chanel staple.
8 out of 10
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)
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.
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!
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!