Genghis Khan (1990)
by Marc de la Morandiere


Genghis Khan information

Year of Launch1990
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 26 votes)

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HouseMarc de la Morandiere
PackagingSerge Mansau

About Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan is a masculine fragrance by Marc de la Morandiere. The scent was launched in 1990 and the bottle was designed by Serge Mansau

Genghis Khan fragrance notes

Reviews of Genghis Khan

Stardate 20170818:

Reformulated EDP version in the old style bottle:

I do not know how different this is from the vintage but AFAIK the EDP in old style bottle is pretty close to original.

I sought this one out cause it is liked by many and is hyped. I must say this is one of the bigger disappointments I have had in this hobby.
Starts out with spices but then a discordant sour note emerges and destroys it. After a while the sourness subsides giving way to spices,patch and some sweet amber.
All in all a pretty average fragrance. Definitely not worth the price.
Neutral to Thumbs down.
18th August, 2017
Natural and mature, but not so macho that a younger 30's guy couldn't pull it off if he enjoyed it. Definitely get the incense and pine. Then just a touch of sweetness throughout and the patchouli kicks in, giving that old school, diversified-investment guy vibe.
18th February, 2017
This review is of the ORIGINAL formulation.
Somehow I never got around to rating this. It is one of my favorite fragrances. It is hard to describe or break down, A Chypre woody, spicy, green opening screaming testosterone, and pillaging villages. I haven't smelled the reformulated version, but BOTH are listed for sale on Marc's website so they must be different enough that they give you a choice in purchasing either one.
27th June, 2016
Like it, but don't love it. Genghis Khan kicks off with a pretty standard 80's woody chypre top, a crowded blast of bergamot, lavender, greens, and something kind of lemony that feels simultaneously woody and mentholated. Powerhouse fanatics will swoon while others will just find it kind of dated in its roughness. This eventually gives way to sandalwood, though the topnotes stick around to flavor it. Later in the day, as the topnotes recede, the sandalwood gets paired up with a slug of galbanum.

All in all, I've enjoyed Genghis Khan, but haven't really been won over. When I want a rough powerhouse, I want a rough powerhouse, so I'd go with Bijan for Men or something similar before this. As for retro sandalwood chypres, this can't hold a candle to Santal Noble. I'll still vote a thumbs up, but without much enthusiasm...
04th December, 2015
A fresh spicy opening that is a little bit soapy starts this fragrance off. Soon enough a herbal sour note makes a appearance and melds with the above.

In the basenotes and once the fresh spiciness diminishes the scent becomes dry and arid from the vetiver that now dominates.

This fragrance has character and is unusual in the way the notes come together. I can smell lots of pine and cloves that is offset by lots of other notes. Thumbs up!
06th September, 2015
A first blast on skin and a marvellous spicy flashback of my youth jumps arrogantly on mind. Look around at the listed notes guys and compare at once those to all the ones listed around by Basenotes and Fragrantica under the great Romeo Gigli by Romeo Gigli; many many elements expressly in common (bergamot, citrus, cloves, aromatic herbs, rosemary, amber, patchouli, sandalwood, resins etc). I detect furthermore a common note of tobacco and a touch of animalic (civet??), both the elements not listed for Marc de la Morandiere Gengis Khan while present in Gigli. I detect more in general also a common foundation of resinous (ambery-incensey) oakmoss, ginger, sweet spices, indiscernible fruity patterns and amber-vanilla. Either the scents are tremendously spicy, resinous, exotic, animalic and musky. Basically the two fragrances are really close each other, being Gigli far more floral, sparkling, revolutionary (despite seems having been issued one year later) and complex while Genghis Khan seeming more mossy-resinous, woodsy and typically coniferous. Anyway both the juices are woodsy/resinous spicy-oriental with plenty of nuances (based on a common foundation of resinous oakmoss, oriental patterns and richly spicy tobacco/tonka) despite Romeo Gigli stands out incomparably. Anyway Genghis Khan (Gengis Khan) performs a powerfully earthy undetone (prickling under my nose) which I appreciate a lot along the way. Another juice jumping far more timidly on mind is Boss Elements (because of the fruity-floral spiciness rooted over a woodsy foundation) but Elements is more properly woodsy aromatic and floral while Gengis Khan and Gigli deflect towards a resinous spicy-exotic "orientalism" more daring and visceral. A further floral-spicy-oriental jumping endly on mind (with its ambery/mossy/coconutty/suede-tobacco veined resinous dry down) is also the great Moschino Pour Homme, more properly powerhouse in structure, leathery and benzoinic. An extremely sensual fragrance with a classic articulated structure (with many "powerhouse" nuances of course) and an exotic hyper spicy modernism.
06th April, 2015 (last edited: 20th September, 2015)

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