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!
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.
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.
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)
Some people compare it to Roma Uomo. Yes it's true that it has some similarities. But this an oriental fougère (like Le mâle). It is the ancestor of the sexy oritental like le mâle and body kouros (when I smell it I have the same vibe of the 90's). Minotaure is a masculine, warm, original and modern perfume from the 90's. It has also the warmth of body kouros.
When it was launched in 1992, it was something new and surprising. Unfortunately, it didn't have a big success, maybe because the brand is not a famous designer like Chanel or Dior. Today even if Minotaure has many descendants,it is still unique and original.