Aramis (1965)
    by Aramis




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    Aramis was launched by Estee Lauder Companies in September 1964 in New York and then in the UK, exclusively in Harrods at first in 1965. It has remained popular ever since and is a true classic fragrance. The Aramis range has grown and includes a wide range of shaving, hair, bath and body products. Aramis Gold was launched in 1998, which has a scent based on the original Aramis.

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    Way Off Scenter's avatar

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    Genre: Leather

    Because it’s cheap, plentiful, and been around forever, a scent like Aramis is easy to take for granted. I hadn’t given it a serious wearing for decades before writing this review, and I’d entirely forgotten just how good it is. My mistake.

    Aramis has a distinctive set of tart citrus and herbaceous top notes. They will be a bit sour for some tastes, but they do a fine job of snapping the nose to attention before they meld into an earthy leather, moss, and patchouli accord that serves as Aramis’s foundation. The structure would seem utterly conventional in the “men’s club” leather chypre mode were it not for a conspicuous and beautiful sweet jasmine note that’s as startlingly incongruous in this context as a potted orchid in the Dallas Cowboys locker room. In a word: brilliant!

    The juxtaposition of the delicate white flower and the castoreum-seasoned leather generates sparks that propel Aramis through a long developmental trajectory, during which the leather becomes progressively more animalic, the patchouli “dirtier,” and the moss more prominent. When, after a few hours’ wear, the jasmine finally retires, what remains through the drydown is mostly moss, patchouli, and a labdanum-heavy off-dry amber. Aramis projects well off of the skin and provides plenty of sillage, so that it can be detected a few feet away and remains hanging in the air for some time after the wearer leaves the room. While both traits are desirable in the abstract, they can be problematic in situations (the office, business meetings,) where understatement and discretion are in order. My advice is to apply sparingly and enjoy an enduring classic of masculine perfumery. Any ladies out there who enjoy Bandit or Tabac Blond, would do well to give Aramis a shot as well!

    08 June, 2014

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    Aramis is a cold mistress.

    Or put differently, Aramis is about as warm as one of Neptune's moons, or as vibrant as Nefertiti's frozen gaze on the wall of a tomb.

    When my wife first smelled this, she said, "it smells like stargazer lilies, mixed with wolf urine." Don't quite know where she's smelled wolf urine before, but you get the point.

    For me, Aramis is one of the most elemental of modern colognes. And though I hate the smell of stargazers, I can get past the floral top notes to appreciate the deeper basenotes underneath. But somehow I wish the sandalwood (or something) on the dry-down were a bit warmer--that it would make just a small concession to frivolity and lighten up. However, for me Aramis is too much "all work and no play." It's just unyielding. And while I respect it and wear it occasionally, I can't say it's a fragrance that truly gives me pleasure.

    29 April, 2014

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    very strong masculine fragrance with long lasting strength. the fragrance is very intense at first but settles down after a while. very good classic cologne.

    26 April, 2014

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    Just scroll down to Darvant's review. Little else to say except that the vintage is much warmer, more pepper, less metallic, and has a touch of powder that isn't in the current stuff. I don't know if it's civet or musk the vintage has, but it's definitely much more feral than the current. Oak moss is definitely good stuff. This may have been everywhere in the old days, but some of you pups might owe your existence to the vintage formulation.

    Everybody is going to say I'm crazy but I'll bet this old stuff had an influence on Roja Dove. I catch a little vibe of Diaghilev in it. If that's true, Aramis would be the way cheaper Chypre!

    15 April, 2014 (Last Edited: 14 April, 2014)

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    Incredible in fact I haven't written a review. I've tried it in 22.06.2013., last year and seem to completely forgot to write something about this classic.

    Retro indeed but in style and fashion of its own, incomparable with others. Citruses and vetiver are strong with the hint of patchouli. I tend to be of an opinion that the citruses play a key role in separating Aramis from the rest of the fragrances of that era, that is, citruses give it a certain different dimension. I could compare it though with Lagerfeld Classic, however Aramis is not that much thick, although it does contain this hint of powderiness. Powdery maybe but also quite sharp unlike Lagerfeld. Higher pitched tones of fragrance notes are present, everything is neatly cut about it, nothing is round or smooth, but sharp and rough, just the way it's supposed to be - manly but also formal and elegant.

    Being sharp, Aramais does contain certain amount of warmth about it. It is the sharpness in fact that actually makes it strong and potent, yet not in a manner to suffocate the wearer and his surroundings. Formal attire is required if you want this fragrance to give your style a full backup and show its own potential, otherwise you're just look and smell weird. (worn/tried 1st time 22.06.2013.)

    Scent 10/10
    Longevity 7/10
    Projection 7/10

    29 March, 2014

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    I obliged when the store owner asked me to try Aramis since I knew it is a classic scent. Aramis is a powerful one, but not in a good way -- offensive and unpleasant to my nose. So I rushed home to wash my wrist off. Really can’t stand this one. If you’re thinking of buying this blind, think a hundred times.

    09 March, 2014

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