Captain Molyneux (1975)
    by Molyneux




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    Captain Molyneux is a men's fragrance by Molyneux. The scent was launched in 1975 and the bottle was designed by Pierre Dinand

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    Colin Maillard's avatar

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    Captain by Molyneux opens with a sharp, powerful citric-herbal and aldehydic accord on a raw oak moss note blended with vetiver, spices, a quite classic masculine floral accord (lavender, rose, carnation) and a nondescript exotic, irresistibly aromatic feel all over. What makes Captain original and particularly great in my opinion, aside from its overall quality, is how the patchouli note is elaborated here; it is earthy and rooty, but with a totally peculiar sort of thick, rich and subtle sweetness, slightly vanillic, that makes it almost resemble to licorice. Which is a really modern feature, that after a while blends with tobacco and perhaps a softer woody note (sandalwood?) to provide a fabulous, “round” sense of dark-sweet warmth. Quite a peculiar feature for such a powerhouse, making it somehow more “mysterious” and sophisticated than the average for this genre. Captain is a solid, compelling, complex scent with an incredibly high quality of materials – you can tell it by noticing how rich, sharp and clear notes smell. It’s balsamic, cozy and fresh in a way, but on the other side, it’s also dark, warm, smoky and earthy. Powerful yet refined. A contrasting interplay of shades and nuances which makes this gem still innovative and totally wearable today. The only “vintage mark”, apart from some traditional accords, is mostly the aldehydes note, which is quite bold and provides its “signature” metallic feel all over, but it’s an enjoyable old-school touch I would not consider a flaw (well, perhaps after a while). I see this sometimes on sale at crazy prices; it’s not *that* masterpiece for me, but it’s surely worth it if you find it for a decent price (e.g., one euro and something per milliliter? My opinion, of course).

    8,5-9/10

    07th November, 2014

    Francop's avatar

    Spain Spain

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    Gorgeous 70`s fougere scent full of herbal aromatic moss, lavender, geranium and carnation. If you are fortunate enough to see the vintage formula, get it!

    An example of what masculine fougere scents were like in its day.

    An absolute must for a fougere lover like myself.

    Longevity of about 4 hours and medium sillage.

    Thumbs up!

    07th December, 2013

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    The old formulation:
    A delightful blast of orange, lemon and lavender open he show very nicely.The middle notes are more on the green and flowery side, with carnation and geranium discernible, where against the base has a restrained vanilla character that is never too intrusive or cloying. Towards the end I get a hint of a very gentle mossy note. This all is exceedingly well blended and of great quality, with just the base being a bit unexciting on my skin. Whilst more on the restrained side, silage and projection are acceptable, and the longevity is very good and over five hours, the last hour being very close to my skin though. A great scent of a fougère character, which wears well in spring.

    07th November, 2013

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    I write for the version Vintage 70s.
    I'm in love with this fragrance, which I have heard much sought after by a collector.
    In fact, the '80s version is weak and less natural than the original, and the current version is really a joke, because of the real Captain Molyneux in name only.
    Oak moss and lavender on a powdery base of vanilla, with a slight touch of civet, remind me of ancient and unsurpassed Guerlains.
    Molyneux had here a great perfume, and bottle Dinand, unsettling quality.
    10/10

    15th May, 2013

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    *This is a review of the vintage Captain by Molyneux.

    Captain (vintage) opens with an amazing blast of oakmoss and lavender with natural lemon support before the lemon gradually recedes as the scent enters its heart phase. In the early heart, the lemon is now replaced by a dry tobacco leaf that co-stars with the still very strong lavender and oakmoss, supported by nutmeg and rosemary spice, pine and slightly dirty patchouli rising from the base. The overall accord comes off as somewhat soapy, aromatic and spicy, but very complex while being perfectly balanced and smooth blended. During the dry-down the tobacco and lavender both fade as just ever-so slightly sweet sandalwood emerges to replace it with the oakmoss and spice remaining through the end. Projection is average and so is longevity.

    Let's get right to it, Captain (vintage) is my kind of scent through and through. The outstanding soapy oakmoss utilized in the scent that jumps right out at you from the moment you spray it on is just heavenly smelling and you won't be able to find any scent currently on the market that can replicate or approximate it. When coupled with the aromatic lavender, pine and spice-laced dry tobacco this has got masculine powerhouse written all over it; but while Captain (vintage) follows the formula you would expect from the best of the classic powerhouse scents of the 70s and 80s it is also quite well-behaved and really isn't one. Despite its powerhouse ingredient characteristics one would have no issue wearing Captain (vintage) to the office as it is not obnoxious or loud at all while being a real confidence builder. If you can get your hands on a discontinued vintage bottle of "the good stuff" in its admittedly unimpressive housing, the juice contained within is the exact opposite, earning a very strong 5 stars out of 5 and a strong buy recommendation.

    Note: There is a re-issue of Captain still in production housed in a modern looking bottle that is a completely different smelling scent than the vintage stuff described here and is not recommended.

    05th January, 2013 (Last Edited: 31st July, 2014)

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    I have the Captain in the new shaped bottle. It's gorgeous. A blend of lavender lemon and musk. A lovely soapy fragrance - it's a good one!

    21st August, 2012

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