Exception opens with a benzoin sweetened mild cinnamon spice and patchouli tandem, with significant aromatic lavender support. Moving to the composition's early heart the cinnamon turns nutmeg-like, as natural smelling cedarwood rises from the base to join the remaining slightly sweet patchouli and aromatic lavender. As the composition continues through its mid-section the lavender gradually shifts from aromatic to powdery, as aromatic green fir and powdery oakmoss join the remnants of the patchouli in support with the cedarwood and benzoin vacating. During the late dry-down the moderately powdery green fir and oakmoss tandem remain in control as relatively dry sandalwood joins as co-star and slightly powdery vanilla and deep amber add support through the finish. Projection is excellent as is longevity at just under 15 hours on skin.
Exception is yet another great 80s powerhouse composition that while relatively unknown, deserves so much better. As soon as one applies the composition on skin you immediately get a gorgeous gentle cinnamon and mild to moderately sweet patchouli tandem that melds perfectly with the supporting aromatic lavender. All three key ingredients are completely believable. When the composition adds in fine smelling cedar to the mix it gets even better. In truth, I would not be surprised at all if the composition contains a relatively large quantity of high quality naturals throughout. On the flip side, if there is any weakness worthy of minor mention it is later in the heart when the powdery oakmoss and coniferous fir join the party, as the powder gets just a tad overwhelming for a period of time before the sandalwood in the late dry-down effectively cuts it. All-in-all, Exception is yet another raging success from Men's marketed perfume's greatest decade. In short, Exception is nothing short of Exceptional! The bottom line is the long-since discontinued and relatively difficult to find Exception is proof positive that even drug store perfumes from the 80s largely smelled great, earning an "excellent" 4 stars out of 5 rating and a strong recommendation to powerhouse fans.
This one is superb. Such a beautiful, strongly masculine Fougère Oriental scent. No powerhouse, no 80s stereotype either. Black Pepper galore. Massive sandalwood and bitter moss smell, nice sweet benzoin. Also has an Azzaro pour Homme vibe. Manly, sensual, great performance.
06th October, 2015 (last edited: 12th October, 2015)
I had once received a tester of this scent from a friend who is a crazy for scents just like me. A very nice warm typical end of 80's fragrance: spicey, musky, vanilla. Opening is not that nice; first you get the idea that it would be very heavy and stinky, but a little later it settles down and becomes very nice. I don't know what it is but I smell like something like black pepper. I don't know if some of the notes smell like black pepper. After the tester I have searched for it in a lot of shops, but unfortunately it was not possible to get it. Pity!