Antaeus (1981)
    by Chanel

    Antaeus Fragrance Notes

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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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    rogalal's avatar
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    Thumbs up, thought I'm not really finding Antaeus that exciting. It kicks off with bright, almost metallic lavender lifted with mint, over a pleasantly sweet sludge of herbs and flowers. All of this plays out over an upfront leathery chypre smell. Given time, the leathery chypre elements become the stars, albeit dusted with pleasant pie spices.

    At least in its current state, Antaeus splits the difference between a classic powerhouse chypre and one of those modern metallic-lavender-over-leather designer scents. However, as such, it lacks the strident swagger of a macho classic, while simultaneously smelling too old-fashioned and dark to fully work as a lavender/metal aquatic.

    All in all, Antaeus isn't bad, but I can't imagine myself actually reaching for this over other classics that I like better.

    24 December, 2013

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    Very Masculine scent...

    This is probably the best Chanel masculine, and one of the best masculines ever made. It's warm, woody, deep, rich, dark, smokey, animalic and sensual all at the same time!

    Blends really well with the skin to give off an incredible manly, musky, testosterone-filled vibe. I wouldn't call it dirty. It's incredibly well refined and very classy. A dangerous fragrance. This may be the fragrance for the big, strong, man with the muscles... but he's wearing a tux.

    21st November, 2013

    Bartlebooth's avatar
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    Antaeus is a slick Chanel vehicle that glides beyond me with little opportunity for examination or osmosis. It is undoubtedly a fragrance to be worn when you want the world to know just how hard you are trying.

    The majority of the constituent parts are fine renditions – notably from patchouli, sandalwood and oakmoss. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the presence of beeswax, which pervades much of the lifespan. It is excessive, intrusive and induces the same olfactory fatigue as it does in the equally flawed Sartorial by Penhaligon’s. The interminable sheen that it produces masks any of the subtleties that are contained within. Antaeus seemingly encourages admiration but not examination. You can drool on the glass case, but don’t lift the lid up.

    I am loath to assail the Antaeus reputation too vigorously, as it does succeed in projecting a potent formal efficacy. However, these days, it is usually an unthinking moment when my hand reaches for the bottle, and it has become a response to my most basic of fragrance needs. It was once better, and it remains competent, but it is some distance away from greatness.

    09 August, 2013 (Last Edited: 13 February, 2014)

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    Power scent

    Antaeus opens with a powerful blast of spicy coriander, citrus, and sage straight out of the 1980's. If there is any criticism of Antaeus, it is in these opening moments. For today's muted "EMO" types, this will feel overbearing. They may not give Antaeus a chance to work it's magic, which happens in the heart notes and drydown.

    After a few minutes, the coriander and citrus notes recede and are replaced by a glorious rose, jasmine, myrrh, dirty patchouli ensemble. The castoreum shows up too, as just a hint of animalic sensuality. Not overpowerering, just perfect.

    In the drydown, the patchouli continues to rise and sweeten and it is joined by my favorite note of all--labdanum. This is not the Amouage labdanum with its occasional hircine bitterness that one can almost taste on the back of one's tongue. No, this is a more Frenchified labdanum, a contemporary delicacy rather than a throwback to the ancient world.

    Here is the one problem with Antaeus, and it is one that I never expected: longevity. Despite all of the references to the 24 hour staying power of this fragrance, I have found it to be a 4-5 scent at best. After that, it hovers millimeters above my skin. Perhaps the old formulation was different, but if you are expecting Amouage- or Montale-like longevity out of modern Antaeus, you are going to be sorely disappointed.

    What a shame.

    Scent: 5/5

    Sillage: 3/5

    Longevity: 4/5

    Pros: ultra-masculine, long lasting, great projection
    Cons: longevity and projection not as advertised..."

    15 July, 2013

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    Gary F
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    Bitter and Unpleasant

    Purchased a sample of this, and I'm glad I did before investing in a full bottle. Has the depth and complexity that I'm used to with Chanel, but the coriander is so overwhelmingly bitter that I was turned off right away. Spicy is great, but not overpoweringly so.

    Pros: Depth of character
    Cons: Coriander bomb

    20th June, 2013

    noirdrakkar's avatar
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    Chanel Antaeus

    If you mostly enjoy modern releases, you will probably find this one to be a bit dated. It's not really a powerhouse, but just a dirty musty floral fragrance that really doesn't stand out in a meaningful way. It's not unpleasant, but it's something I can only enjoy when I put a great amount of effort into appreciating it rather than something that is naturally just good. I hear it was reformulated, and maybe it was a beast back then, but now, it's on the mediocre side of average.

    No, it's not that classic traditional scents are mediocre. It's that this one in particular is.

    03 June, 2013

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