Photo by Lagerfeld is a more than conventional masculine cologne with citrus, lavender, carnation, rose, spices and woody-mossy notes – shortly a fresh, woody-soapy aromatic fougère halfway Versace l’Homme (to which it is much similar) and Armani pour Homme. While the accords are conventionally “barbershop” there is a youngster, cleaner vibe all over, like in the two abovementioned fragrances – which are however both much better than Photo in my opinion. Everlasting woody-rose drydown. I wouldn’t say it is bad, it is nice and graceful instead, but also terribly dull and highly forgettable. Sometimes “forgotten gems” are forgotten for a reason...
They digitalised Photo
Digital vs Old vintage Photo
I bought it back a few years ago and too bad the reformulated version of the once so good photo is gone.
Its still a good frag in my opinion but it lacks some raw edges which made photo a great mighty oriental back in the days
It is still a good and clean out of the shower kind of fragrance and from time to time it buzzes me with one word : BARBERSHOP
Photo is a true aromatic fougere with lots of aldehydes and lavender it is clean and masculine.
I gave my uncle a bottle of the latest version and he adores it.
Pros: Clean and soapy lavender
Cons: No more edge and depth just plain soapy"
A good, soapy, well blended masculine! (but only vintage!)
The vintage is worth while purchasing but the reformulation is a horrible soapy and synthetic mess!
Vintage smells natural, fresh, masculine with a nice bergamot, aldehydes opening and has very good projection and longevity. To me it smells like a lighter (in smell) but equally strong Versace L'Homme.
Photo is more formal, flowery and does not have that tad of leather in the base. Not dated at all, just buy the one as pictured above!
Pros: Well blended, good and natural smelling with good longevity/sillage
Cons: Reformulated in a very very bad way! Don't buy reformulation!"
used to wear this when it was launched it was the clean soapy effect that gave me i can never forget; fresh and clean like a surprising good soap you just used in the bathroom..
retried it lately and found it a bit' heavier' than i remember; not sure if they changed the juice, probably it's discontinued now..
*This is a review of the vintage version of Photo.
Photo (vintage) opens with sparkling aldehydes and bergamot citrus to give the scent a bit of bite early before they dissipate as very aromatic lavender joins bitter-green galbanum, and powerful oakmoss rising from the base. As the scent enters its early heart phase, the dominant oakmoss remains as the aromatic lavender and galbanum move to a supporting role, as rose and carnation florals join a dark slightly dirty musk to give the green overall accord an almost musty floral undertone. During the dry-down the oakmoss and florals lose their bite as sweet honey, sandalwood and amber emerge late to soften the finish. Projection is average and longevity is slightly below average to average at 5-7 hours on skin.
Photo is one of those scents I sniffed in a magazine 20+ years ago, impressing me just enough to remember I sniffed it but not quite enough to seek it out back then. Having now semi-blind bought a bottle of the vintage juice years later I can certainly see the allure it has on its many fans. I am not a lavender lover, but the stuff used in Photo (vintage) is very nicely done with a focus on its aromatic qualities and the gorgeous oakmoss used is so strong it is near impossible not to notice it almost immediately. Where the scent falls down just a hair is in the middle phase where the musty florals can be a bit off-putting. Not to say they detract so much for me to not enjoy and recommend Photo, just be aware that this is not quite the clean scent you may think. The finishing dry-down of Photo (vintage) may be the best part of the scent as its honey note seems to come out of nowhere, really working perfectly to soften its relatively bracing green overall nature. The very good 3.5 star out of 5 rated Photo (vintage) is a great way to get a taste of a time when oakmoss reigned queen and compositions had more bite. I have not sniffed the current version of the scent but I know just from the oakmoss in the vintage juice reviewed here that one should stick to the vintage version as there is no way it can be in the current stuff (in any large way) due to regulations and with the vintage juice still selling for $20-$35 a bottle there is no reason not to go for "the good stuff".