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Minotaure (1992)
by Paloma Picasso


Minotaure information

Year of Launch1992
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 231 votes)

People and companies

HousePaloma Picasso
PerfumerMichel Almairac
SupplierCreations Aromatiques
PackagingPaloma Picasso
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > Prestige & Collections

About Minotaure

The Minotaur is a reoccurring theme in Pablo Picasso's work, and this is where his daughter got the name for her only masculine fragrance. The name "Minotaure" is sculptured in the glass circling the whole bottle. The fragrance itself has citrus topnotes, herb heartnotes and basenotes of musk and amber.

Minotaure fragrance notes

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

Reviews of Minotaure

I blind bought this, because a few Minotaure reviews seemed to strike a chord with me. I couldn't find any reasonably priced samples so I went with a 75ml bottle.

Paloma Picasso Minotaure... not that it's some ground breaking scent everyone should be clamoring for, but you can get it reasonably priced. One of the most pleasant, easy going and wearable fragrances I've come across having an interesting character -- not a bland aquatic modern fragrance by any means. I've worn it sparingly in warm weather, as it can get cloying if you apply liberally.

Paloma Picasso is Pablo Picasso's daughter. Apparently she had Minotaure produced in homage to her father, who had featured a mythical Minotaure creature (half man, half bull) in some of his art work. This is not a beastly fragrance... and so I wouldn't say it matches up with the theme. The bottle has the bold lettering of "Minotaure" raised out of the glass, giving it a wonderful old-world charm. I'm not one to be into heavy vanilla fragrances, but despite the high quantity of it in this fragrance, it works well. It doesn't come off cloying or gourmand. I'm one who is keen on sandalwood and this note does appear into the dry down, nicely paired up with the resins, fruits, and vanilla. A little soapy from the aldehydes, but manages to stay modern. Overall, a scent worth having if you can pick up the 75ml bottle for around $35 or less.
09th July, 2015
Marais Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A smooth melange of leather, vanilla and sort-of-sandalwood. It's not too sweet but otherwise I would not call it dated in the least, despite its 1990s origin. It reminds me a bit of Jil Sander Man. Longevity is excellent as a smexy skin scent but projection is non-existent. An ideal scent for the smart superhero about town, but owing to its less than super performance, perhaps more suited to Robin than Batman. 3/5
26th June, 2015
Unforgettable... one sexy beast!

Pablo Picasso was a passionate man. He lived according to his passions, emotions and desires... life, art, women, he enjoyed everything. Throughout his work he featured the theme of a "Minotaure", a mythical beast half-man and half-bull. It was often said that to Picasso this was his alter-ego. His "inner" persona, the animalic "beast" inside every man. Nearly 20 years after his death, his daughter Paloma released a fragrance inspired by this very personal theme of her father's work. The "inner" personality of her father.

Minotaure is quite a unique fragrance to me. It's a heady cocktail of vanilla, musk, fruits and citrus... with strange notes for a male fragrance, like lily-of-the-valley, aldehydes, galbanum. It's such a mythical beast!

I cannot describe every single note here but it is blended really well. I get a "vibe", of sweetness, warmth, sensuality, and human sweat. It's sweet and candy-like, but also somehow masculine. I think this perfume represents the loving, caring, sexy nature inside every man. Like male sexuality under a strong, physical exterior. You can imagine a man who has just been swimming in the Mediterranean, coming out of the water, embracing a girl. They lie down on the beach, in the hot sun... there is a basket of fruit beside them. The smell of flowers and her perfume mixed with his warm body still wet from the sea. This really is a classic fragrance for men and it's one I enjoy wearing.

I have found that this works better in cooler weather, as I once sprayed too much of this in the high heat and it was overwhelming. I think the salty, musky mix of amber & vanilla, fruits and sweat is very intoxicating. I also think that (due to the wide range of notes) this could be worn by a woman - in the same way Habit Rouge could. This reminds me of a mix between Habit Rouge and Aqua di Gio by Armani. But it's so nice! Wonderful use of vanilla in a very sexy, raw, Mediterranean & masculine way. Try it out if you get the chance to!
22nd October, 2014
Genre: Oriental

Minotaure is a sweet, candied orange and amber oriental that opens on a spiced bergamot top note before launching into an aldehyde-rich floral heart. Minotaure’s rose, aldehydes, and powdery amber give off a faintly nostalgic, “perfumey” vibe that’s surprising in a 1990s masculine scent. This retro impression is augmented by a generous dose of traditional barber shop aromatics that have Minotaure flirting briefly with fougère status before it settles into its comfortably conventional powdery vanilla, amber and sandalwood drydown.

Historically, Minotaure fall in with the wave of sweet woody orientals, including Le Mâle, Égoïste, Jaïpur Homme, The Dreamer, and Roma Uomo, that define one pole of 1990s men’s perfumery. (The other being the antiseptic “fresh” fougères and aquatics.) A lack of chocolate, coffee, or licorice distances Minotaure from the gourmand lineage of A*Men, Lolita Lempicka au Masculin, and Rochas Man, but Minotaure has been compared more than once with Laura Biagiotti’s Roma Uomo, with which it shares conspicuous candied orange, sweet amber, and vanilla. The resemblance is real, but also superficial, in that Roma Uomo is a much slimmer, sweeter, and simpler composition, without Minotaure’s retro aldehydic floral notes or fougère-like aromatic elements. Next to Minotaure it winds up smelling at once more “modern” and far less sophisticated. I think Minotaure’s spiced orange and powdery amber actually align it with Patricia de Nicolaï’s slightly earlier New York, which could well have served as a template for Minotaure’s basic structure.

Taken in isolation, Minotaure is a pleasant enough scent; solid, versatile, and easy to wear. On the other hand, I don’t find it terribly distinctive, and it faces formidable competition in a crowded field. If you’re a fan of New York and want something “the same, only different” in your wardrobe, give Minotaure a try. Likewise, if you’ve worn Roma Uomo, Le Mâle, Pi, or The Dreamer, and think you’re ready for something more grown-up and sophisticated, Minotaure may also fit the bill.
19th June, 2014
Oh, yuck. In an archeological way, Minotaur is basically the missing link between Joop's sweet cherry cinnamon and Le Male's vanilla fougere. It's interesting as a museum piece, but I just don't find it to be well executed.

The topnotes are a mess, a mix of sweet red Joop smells and lavender, with a weird fennel/licorice undertone that's probably an attempt to cut the sweetness, but just smells weird. Minotaur also has that metallic sperm coumarin smell that's hidden in Le Male, but brought forward, which makes for a Secretions-Magnifique-layered-with-Joop element that's subtle, but that keeps grossing me out. Blech.
17th February, 2014
This amazing oriental statement is a breath of fresh air. I mean if you can imagine standing on top of a mountain in Japan, taking in a deep breath, with cherry blossoms dropping on your head and David Bowie singing in the background (he wore/wears Minotaure)- you have halfway summed up this fragrance. Born at the exact right time, meaning it's ok that it's brash cousin Joop came barreling thru first,Minotaure is more refined and less diabetic. I like to use the Minotaure soap before the EDT (helps it last another hour).
27th January, 2014 (last edited: 07th February, 2014)

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