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Iquitos (1987)
by Alain Delon


Iquitos information

Year of Launch1987
Average Rating
(based on 124 votes)

People and companies

HouseAlain Delon
Parent CompanyDenz > Art & Fragrance
Parent Company at launchDenz > Parfums de Paris

About Iquitos

Iquitos is a masculine fragrance by Alain Delon. The scent was launched in 1987

Iquitos fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Iquitos

I get Doll's head and rose scented carpet powder cleaner...but in a really really good way!
It's giving me serious 80's flashbacks as a masculine counterpart to the big roses (Diva, Coco etc..) my five fabulous aunties would baths in at the time.
23rd October, 2018 (last edited: 05th November, 2018)
Stardate 20180123:

This stuff is potent. BE careful. Seems benign but 4 sprays today and the whole office is noticing. Strange cause reviews said this has poor performance. My guess is this is one of those which gets anosmic on people very soon.

The fragrance is dark and floral. Like indian rose incense. The smell of incense stick before you burn them. The smell of box that is left behind.
Has a leathery aspect to it and some aldehydes. Unlike most roses, it is not sweet.
A very unique fragrance and deserves the hype. Just not my cup of tea.
24th January, 2018
Many times while utilizing the advanced search option on this site I have been offered Iquitos as a suggestion. In finally trying it I immediately realize why.

As I am sure most regulars of this site are dead tired of hearing, I am a diehard lover of vintage Minotaure, with its untouchable bright orange and aldehyde opening, mingled with beautiful rose and indolic jasmine, backed by quiet but sturdy leather and sandalwood. So what does Iquitos have to do with Minotaure, then?


The orange, jasmine, leather, rose, and most importantly to me, the beautiful, sparkling aldehydes (which were most shamefully ripped from the reissued Minotaure after its acquisition) are all here, just in very different proportions. And there is wormwood a la Tenere, the only other thing I would have added to Picasso's release (other than added strength). The rose smells dark and tacky, as experienced in Azzaro's Acteur, and the woods are deeper, darker and more prominent in the late stages. While Minotaure balances the airy and Mediterranean with the slightly dirty, Iquitos is a more hairy-chested, 'indoor tannery' version.

This fragrance didn't stick around long because, as some have mentioned before, it was wildly at odds with the taste of the time, but this is precisely the type of scent I keep searching for - the Hyper-masculine-effiminate-dandyboy floral. Yes, that's an utter paradox, and very much the reason I can't remain in love with most things I own. But once in a long while, as I am crawling over the cusp of indifference, I find something like this, and my flame is renewed for another period of fervor.

Your silly five star rating limit can eat a bug.

Seven stars out of five.
30th August, 2016
Tsar in Paris makes Gallic attempt at Dandy

Iquitos doesn't so much flout the gender codes as completely ignore them. The problem with this profile is that it goes from an almost brutally hard fougère to a Paris-like powdery soft rose and this makes it structurally incoherent - as well as difficult to carry off.

The second phase of rose based on iris is the best part. Things would have been better if this feminine accord had been left to its own devices, but that would have been no good for Alain Delon and so a cold leather fougére intro was put on top.

Overall, I see Iquitos as a bit too ambitious; it doesn't achieve what it sets out to do (which is to unite masculine and feminine conventions by pretending they don't mean anything,) and so, as a consequence it gets three stars for the effort - but no cigar from me...

09th February, 2016 (last edited: 12th March, 2017)
Genre: Leather

I never encountered Iquitos at the time of its release in 1987, but it must have smelled either like a daring departure or an odd duck next to its mainstream contemporaries. The bold, butch leathers and aromatics of the 1980s had largely run their course, and Cool Water, Fahrenheit, and Jazz would emerge within months to launch the brighter, fresh fougère style that would dominate the next decade. Iquitos, with its powdery, aldehydic rose, its sweet spiced amber heart, and its mellow fruity suede drydown, belonged to neither party, and floated adrift in the crisp, clean tide of 1990s masculines.

In some respects Iquitos is not merely out of its time, but out of any time. Some aspects – the rose, powder, and amber – hearken back to Edwardian masculines like Hammam Bouquet. Others – the apricots and suede in the drydown – anticipate fruity niche leathers like Daim Blond. For all that, I feel Iquitos lacks the flair of some other non-conforming scents of the late 80s and early 90s. The Third Man, Insensé, Globe, and Ungaro I all had bolder profiles, while Patricia de Nicolai’s comparatively staid New York mirrored Iquitos’s overall mood in a sturdier, more resolute structure. Wearing Iquitos would please me more if it were a touch more assertive in its floral facets and if its base notes lasted longer and projected farther. As it is, I find it mildly interesting, but not inspiring.
17th June, 2014
Cheap and vulgar smell.
03rd October, 2013 (last edited: 15th September, 2014)

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