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Nautica Classic (1992)
by Nautica

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Nautica Classic information

Year of Launch1992
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityDiscontinued
Average Rating
(based on 125 votes)

People and companies

HouseNautica
PerfumerRobert Gaudelli
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Beauty
Parent Company at launchHalston Borghese

About Nautica Classic

Nautica Classic is a masculine fragrance by Nautica. The scent was launched in 1992 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Robert Gaudelli

Nautica Classic fragrance notes

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Reviews of Nautica Classic

Nautica may very well be the Brut of the 90's. It had all the key ingredients that trending male scents had at the time, and had an enormous ad campaign to push this stuff onto every impressionable teen and relevance-chasing 20-something on the block, just like Brut. A key difference here was that Brut begat a shaving and toiletry dynasty as it aged from hip into conventional, while this stuff ended up becoming a parody of itself that resulted in it's reinvention in 2006 (with Nautica Blue), and the "classic" tag added to this stuff so the guys who would now be in their late 30's or 40's could spritz this on and relive their glory years. The huge sub-label Nautica has become is also laughable as each new scent just tries to reinvent the charm of the first. It's off-topic but kinda funny that nostalgia has a much faster turnover than it used to, whereas something had to at -least- make it past 20 years to be considered classic, while this stuff was getting that treatment only after little more than a decade. As I said, it was the Brut for Generation X, and it worked to that end. I personally associate this scent with "too-cool-for-school" borderline sexual predators that were too busy trolling for dates in their Ray-Bans and BMW's their dads bought them to see how cliche and gross they were, but that's just me.

Nautica does get a point of merit in that it strove to be nothing like the other aquatics on the market. Cool Water set a very high-quality bar that others struggled to surpass, and is probably the only aquatic that really nails "ocean water" vibe. Polo Sport was soon to follow with a deeper and richer blue, while this came along and said: "Forget the water itself, what about the rest of the beach?" Nautica is an apparel company first and foremost, with a huge maritime bent just like the older Land's End label, so naturally the "boater culture" would be tacked onto everything, including this debut male fragrance. The scent is surprisingly lacking a lot of synthetics for an aquatic, which is perhaps why it doesn't have such a resounding watery accord like the others, instead using a traditional amber/musk base with some light woods and herbs on top to approximate the smell of sand, sea foam, and ocean air. It's like a 90's approach to what the old 60's and 70's maritime-themed fragrances tried to do: capture the feeling of being by the water rather than the direct impression of it. I wouldn't say this makes up for it's vapid construction, but since we're dealing with merit and not results, it's worth mentioning. In execution, all this leads to is a scent that rings out the belfry then goes silent, since the mostly traditional base can't be made heavy enough to hold it down without ruining it's cool vibe.

This whole craze would come to an apex with Giorgio's Wings a few years after this, with a couple of also-rans coming in from Max Factor and the like to try and get a slice of the money being made on these, and that's how it would sit until the 2000's saw a second wave of these (which Nautica Blue was a part of), and thus give the need to re-brand this poor soul as "classic". It's definitely the most unique of the 90's aquatic craze, but I always dug ozonics like Claiborne for men, Tommy Hilfiger and L'eau de Issey Pour Homme better since they took the same nostril tinge and did much more complex things with it than just simulate water. but at least with Nautica, you get the entire beach. The hard choice to go neutral with this is based purely on it's associations and it's physical quality: every dirtbag with something to prove wore this in the 90's (because it was so ubiquitous with all the advertising), and the actual performance of this is barely above an 18th century eau de cologne. If you want to relive the era of grunge and the Ford Probe, and don't mind reapplying every 3 hours, reach for this. For a real quality 90's scent that doesn't feel like an episode of "Where are They Now?", look elsewhere.
24th November, 2017 (last edited: 17th December, 2017)
Reformulated and stripped down by Coty. Coty is MURDERING classic fragrances.
02nd July, 2017
One thing I'll never forget about Nautica Classic is just how much it was advertised.A lot in department stores and probably commercialized on TV more than a Skin Bracer commercial.Time has made this scent very affordable,back then it wasn't though

This stuff was the gift to upper middle class kids by parents who bought them what was in vogue at that timeframe.Tommy Hilfiger Jeans,Reebok Pump sneakers,a Vanilla-Ice haircut,and this cologne.They weren't speaking in Ebonics yet but you see where trends go mapping whom you are through mainstream media trends.So yes Nautica Classic invokes a memory lightly smelling this on people.

It wasn't until eight years ago that I bothered to try a sample of this scent.I got an oceanic scented laundry detergent from it as the base...highly synthetic.A chemical-washed sandalwood and a bitter citrus.It smells more pleasant on someone than it does actually wearing it in my opinion.It lacks creativity though as I feel aquatics seem so elementary to design versus actual craftsmanship in perfumery.Ice Blue by Aqua Velva smells richer than this stuff...but not as airy or windy like Nautica captures.On myself it doesn't seem to hang on more than an hour with low projection.No love lost there since I have no intention of buying it.On a side note it's crazy how pricey this cologne by Nautica used to be back then versus how cheap it is now.Amazing how trend can make people overlook scent quality.At least it's cheap now for those who like it.
16th January, 2017
This is more suitable for a Insect Repellent spray. Synthetic, cheap and horrible.
10th December, 2014
Still one of my most enjoyed fragrances and body spray. Among all that I own, this one never fails to elicit awesomeness. No need to analyze this as I thoroughly enjoy it. Always have. So natural and easy to wear. It is enigmatic and alluring with a cleanness unparalleled by most. Very unique.
21st December, 2013
Is this dated? Yes!
Are there better aquatics out there? Yes!
Is the projection and longevity sketchy? Yes!
Do I love this? Absolutely!

I first encountered this scent (and/or Joop!) in the early 1990s when I was in high school, and it brings back many fond memories of my teenage years. I would douse myself with this scent and go hangout at the mall with my buddies where we would strut around and try (in vain) to pick up girls. WE thought we were hot stuff, despite the fact that we had to call my mom for a ride.

This scent is pure 90s in it full aquatic glory. This and Cool Water are my coming of age scents. There are much better frags out there, but this is cheap and does the job. I just picked up a 3.4 oz bottle at Mrshalls for $16. For this price, I say it's a steal! Even if I only wore it one or twice, it is woth it!
15th May, 2013

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