Perfume Directory

Antaeus (1981)
by Chanel

Advertisement

Antaeus information

Year of Launch1981
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 1124 votes)

People and companies

HouseChanel
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.

Reviews of Antaeus

Fruity - aromatic woody; with a sweet and powdery cushion to soften up the texture. And less obviously there's a myrtle bouquet in the heart and fatty - animalic castoreum in the base to round out the fullness.

To see what a great fume this is, try comparing it to imitators like French Line or Vendetta pour Homme. They get part of the way there but the result is skimpy in comparison.

I'm not sure this 2015 version is the same as it originally was - there being a chemical nuance to the opening phase - but besides that Antaeus has got to be one of the best masculines ever, a real masterpiece by Jacques Polge.

Antaeus does seem loud but I think it's the sprayer, it gives one of the most gargantuan blasts in the business.

****/*
08th April, 2019
Antaeus might just be my favorite fragrance of all time, if I were forced to choose. Even though I've worn it hundreds of times, every time I wear it I'll find another reason to enjoy it. I've had numerous bottles in splash, spray, and decants - of all vintages. The oldest bottles are the best.

The only one thing about Antaeus I find challenging is trying to wear it in warmer weather. There are MUCH better fragrances for the summer heat. Another thing to keep in mind is that *less is more* with this one. I tend to use only ONE spray of Antaeus if I know I'll be leaving the house. I can see how some have said that this scent "flaunts itself" a bit. It's very rich, powerful and makes an impression - sometimes a negative impression to those who dislike bold masculine fragrances. For those who are only familiar with the modern mainstream releases, they probably won't easily find much appreciation for Antaeus - and one would expect the same would go for, say, Polo, Drakkar Noir, etc.

Antaeus has been reformulated several times and today's Antaeus has been stripped and "updated" to be less offensive - and much less expensive to produce, without a doubt. Some ingredients in the vintage like sandalwood, oakmoss and castoreum are simply not available or permitted to be used any longer. Fragrance-free zones seem to be increasing and, as such, marketing teams have ordered that scents like Antaeus will either need to be tamed or discontinued. It saddens me to think that we might never see another masterpiece like Antaeus produced again.
10th January, 2019
I've been trying out the recent formulation of Antaeus in the local Nordstrom. It's a beast mode, old-school men's fragrance that hearkens back to the 1980's rather than echoing today's favorite trends (by design, of course).

Antaeus is a mix of everything beast-mode that you'd have experienced at raves back in the day, loud and proud but not offensive by any means. Think Oscar de la Renta pour Lui, or Monogram by Ralph Lauren, or Anthracite by Jacomo, or Ted Lapidus pour Homme, or Ungaro I, Havana by Aramis, or Santos de Cartier, or Habit Rouge by Guerlain, or Fendi Uomo, or Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men, or Giorgio VIP Special Reserve for Men, or Halston Z-14, or Quorum by Puig, or...you get the idea!

Unabashed but calculated use of key notes of myrtle, clary sage, patchouli, myrrh + basil + thyme + coriander
spice attacks (unlisted above), and animalic castoreum, among others. Blind-buy only if you love all things vintage beast-mode men's cologne!
15th August, 2018
I never wore the original. That said, I have a passionate but distant love for this fragrance. And for me, there are other Chanel scents that are better blended. I love the leather and moss, but there's something else here (the myrtle?), that always cautions me, "be careful, very very careful." Make a trigger finger mistake with Quorum or Havana and you may clear a room. Too much Antaeus and you'll be running from yourself. As someone once remarked of Kouros, it's almost a scent to spray into the air and step through vs. applying directly. But swagger doesn't like to be told to go softly. I only really wear it with a suit. It's "Bonfire of the Vanities" in a cool black bottle. Go bold or go home. But carefully... :-)
18th June, 2018
This was the first cologne that really wowed me and got me started with all this $hit. The first bottle I got in the early 2000's (I think 2004) was great, I still like and buy the current reformulation but it's definitely diminished from the previous iterations of its former self. I was lucky enough to get a hold of a decent amt. of vintage and that was even better than that first bottle. The crazy part now with this newer version (black cap), is that eBayers are trying to pass off the silver capped one as vintage, lol!
14th April, 2018 (last edited: 23rd July, 2018)
We get it man, you're wearing cologne.

Sure its a high quality , but there's no way anyone under the age of 60 should be wearing this. Every frag has it's 'time' and place, but the small window this one fits just doesn't jive.
06th March, 2018

Add your review of Antaeus

You need to be logged in to add a review

Shop for Antaeus products online

Shop for Antaeus at online perfumeries

Search for on eBay

Chanel Antaeus Pour Homme 100 ml 3.3 oz Toilette EDT perfume 18Dec6-T

$56.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Apr-24-2019 23:04:14 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list


Chanel Antaeus mini 4 ml Eau de Toilette for Men

$18.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-25-2019 0:31:58 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $18.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


New with out box Chanel Antaeus 3.4oz Men's Eau de Toilette

$59.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Apr-25-2019 6:57:47 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list


Chanel Antaeus Pour Homme Eau de Toilette 0.25 oz 7.5ml Splash Rare Vintage

$10.95 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Apr-25-2019 19:19:32 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list


ANTAEUS Pour Homme Cologne By Chanel 19 ml Eau De Toilette Splash

$35.58
End Date: Friday Apr-26-2019 13:52:22 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $35.58
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


ANTAEUS Pour Homme by Chanel all products NIB Authentic

$35.02
End Date: Friday Apr-26-2019 18:43:42 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $35.02
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


ANTAEUS Pour Homme by Chanel all products NIB Authentic

$62.11
End Date: Friday Apr-26-2019 18:43:42 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $62.11
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


ANTAEUS Pour Homme by Chanel all products NIB Authentic

$100.43
End Date: Friday Apr-26-2019 18:43:42 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $100.43
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


ANTAEUS Pour Homme by Chanel all products NIB Authentic

$35.02
End Date: Friday Apr-26-2019 18:43:42 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $35.02
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


CHANEL ANTAEUS EDT 2ML SAMPLE

$5.99
End Date: Saturday Apr-27-2019 0:24:40 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $5.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


( 3 ) Chanel Antaeus Vial Spray Cologne / Eau De Toilette Travel Size

$25.00
End Date: Saturday Apr-27-2019 11:47:52 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $25.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


CHANEL ANTAEUS POUR HOMME SPORT COLOGNE SPRAY 3.3oz/ 100ml 1/2 Full

$90.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Apr-28-2019 13:41:12 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list


Antaeus pour homme by Chanel 4 ml EDT mini men's cologne

$19.95
End Date: Sunday Apr-28-2019 13:48:04 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $19.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


Chanel Egoiste Platinum Cologne Edt 5ml Sample Travel Bleu Allure Homme Antaeus

$12.99
End Date: Sunday Apr-28-2019 17:24:56 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


Chanel Antaeus Designer Type Cologne, AS, Balm & More. Choose

$14.99
End Date: Sunday Apr-28-2019 17:28:02 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $14.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list


Member images of Antaeus

You need to log in or register to upload images

Private Notes

You need to be logged in (or register here) to use Private Notes.

Advertisement

Advertisement