This is the modern version. Nothing positive to say. Far too syrupy sweet, moderately synthetic, low-rent floral.
Love the vintage 10/10 but that because I'm 46 & a powerhouse & oakmoss junkie. But pre 2011 new formula is well worth the £ . I have a 90s bottle with a £30+ rice tag ... Which shows the quality of ingredients used. My 2011 bottle is close but is less dense & dark but with a very natural carnation & other florals which project & dance in a cleaner more separated way than my vintage bottles. Longevity still very good even with minimal / no oak moss.
Modern ( pre 2011) is one of the best reforms from the 80s & stays true. But since ODLR sadly passed , I can't vouch for today's bottles
Wow--gorgeous stuff. No wonder the elegant Mr. de la Renta wore this himself. This reminds me of a great classic--Azzaro Pour Homme--but if that scent was bookended with a soapy fresh top note and a darker, bitter greeny-leathery base. Quintessential 80s powerhouse but with an elegance and gentlemanliness often missing in this genre. Great to wear with a suit and tie--makes you want to stand a bit taller and smile at passers-by.
Remember this gem walking into the scene in the early 80's. A girl within our peer group chose it as a Signature at the time. Us boys were astonished, almost repulsed as it had been marketed so heavily as a Masculine.
Just had the opportunity to compare side by side Vintage vs Contemporary.The only change, blatent, is in Bombast. The newest retains the essential character of past (clean, bright,airy, ozonic) and has moved into the era of Unisex most gracefully without resorting to the use of Calone.
I wonder what that girl is doing now?
Probably breaking other barriers.
13th November, 2015 (last edited: 09th January, 2017)
A sharp, dry, pungent powerhouse of oak moss, patchouli, carnation and vetiver. There's sandalwood and galbanum here as well. Reminiscent of Aramis, but without the latter's sweetness. The dry down becomes redolent of strong tobacco leaves, cured for cigar smoking.
This is the vintage version I am reviewing. It is typical of so many powerhouse men's scents from the 1980s and does not really stand out from the others.
Projection is enough to kill at twenty paces. Use very sparingly, a little goes a long way.